Harvey Guillén: From Sidekick to Star in ‘What We Do in the Shadows’

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Are you familiar with the story of Harvey Guillén's casting on the hit TV show "What We Do in the Shadows"? It's quite something! Just two days before production was set to begin, Guillén hadn't...

Are you familiar with the story of Harvey Guillén's casting on the hit TV show "What We Do in the Shadows"? It's quite something! Just two days before production was set to begin, Guillén hadn't even been cast yet. But thanks to a chance encounter at a wine and cheese night and a tape audition, Guillén quickly found himself in the role of Guillermo, the vampires' human servant.

Harvey Guillén in Season 1 of “What We Do in the Shadows” Harvey Guillén in Season 1 of “What We Do in the Shadows” (Image: Russ Martin/FX)

Guillermo's journey throughout the four seasons of the show has been nothing short of remarkable. He started as a meek and loyal familiar, but has since transformed into a bodyguard, confidante, and even a casual nightclub profit embezzler. And in the Season 4 finale, Guillermo makes a bold move, tired of waiting for respect, by offering cash to an old friend to turn him into a vampire.

But what makes Guillermo such a beloved character? According to Guillén, it's because everyone can see themselves in him. As the only human in a group of vampires, Guillermo experiences all the everyday struggles and emotions that we humans go through. His character is relatable and serves as both the moral compass and emotional core of the show.

Harvey Guillén and Al Roberts in “What We Do in the Shadows” Harvey Guillén and Al Roberts in “What We Do in the Shadows” (Image: Russ Martin/FX)

One of the most significant moments in Guillermo's journey occurs when he comes out to his human and vampire family in Season 4. Guillén, who is openly queer himself, believes that Guillermo's coming out is not just a surprise but an act of vulnerability and trust. It's about letting others in and sharing something personal with them.

Throughout the series, Guillermo's character has evolved from a quiet background figure to a central and fully developed character. Guillén's portrayal of Guillermo has been both impressive and gratifying, and he credits the writers for their understanding and exploration of the character's sexuality.

As an actor, Guillén enjoys the element of surprise when fans realize that he's played other roles they didn't expect. His versatility is evident in his recent work, including supporting roles in various TV shows and animated films. And while he has more "Shadows" in his future, Guillén is eager to tackle different genres and show off his skills in rom-coms, musicals, and action-packed roles.

If you haven't already, be sure to catch Guillén's captivating performance in "What We Do in the Shadows," now streaming on FX via Hulu. Witness how a sidekick transcends expectations and becomes a star in his own right.

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