It’s safe to say someone over at The CW is a big Chris Wood fan. The veteran of Vampire Diaries, Carrie Diaries and, most recently, Containment, is joining Supergirl in a series-regular role that’s shrouded in secrecy, TVLine has learned exclusively. All that we know is that the actor will be playing a surprise DC Comics character, and that he’ll make his debut early into the series’ second season.
Supergirl has made a number of significant casting moves as it transitions from CBS to The CW, most notably tapping Teen Wolf‘s Tyler Hoechlin to guest-star as Superman. Other key hires include erstwhile Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, as president of Supergirl‘s United States, Cougar Town alum Ian Gomez as Snapper Carr, a journalist appointed by Cat (Calista Flockhart) to serve as the editor-in-chief of CatCo Magazine, and Floriana Lima (The Family) as gay Metropolis Special Crimes Unit captain Maggie Sawyer.
Wood, meanwhile, recently landed a recurring role in the second season of PBS’ Civil War drama Mercy Street. He’ll play Lance Van Der Berg, a handsome Union captain lodging at the Green home, where he strikes up a budding romance with AnnaSophia Robb’s Alice.
Supergirl Season 2 premieres Monday, Oct. 10 at 8/7c.
The Vampire Diaries alum Chris Wood has booked a recurring role opposite AnnaSophia Robb on the second season of PBS’ Mercy Street. Wood will play Captain Lance Van Der Berg, a handsome young Union captain lodging at the Green home when he strikes up a budding romance with Alice Green (Robb).
The period drama series tells the story of two volunteer nurses working on opposite sides of the Civil War. Best known for his role as Kai on Season 6 of The Vampire Diaries, Wood recurred on The Carrie Diaries and can be seen in The CW’s Containment. He’s repped by CAA and Brookside Artist Management.
Chris spills on his new show, Containment, leaving The Vampire Diaries, and if he’d truly survive an apocalyptic situation. After gaining notoriety for his role as psychopathic supernatural murderer Kai on The Vampire Diaries, Chris Wood is taking a turn at playing the good guy on The CW’s latest show, Containment. As police officer Jake Riley, he finds himself having to step up and take charge after a deadly virus ravages Atlanta. Originally from Ohio, Chris is trained in musical theater and splits his time between LA and Atlanta. When he’s not busy filming, he can be found getting buff for his new role, hanging out at Dodger’s Stadium, or playing with his puppy, Drift. Here, we speak with Wood to find out why he loves to play someone dark and unpredictable, how he feels about being prepared for an outbreak, and why there’s always time for romance, even when the world is falling apart.
What was it about Containment that drew you to the show?
CHRIS WOOD: The character really drew me in because he seems like a nice and complicated kind of normal average Joe who has some demons and some issues that he has to work through. After talking to the producer and hearing where they wanted to take the character and where the season arc was going to be, I knew that I wanted to sink my teeth into that.