'Nikita': Shane West on filming his hot scenes with Maggie Q and upcoming 'chaos'

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Nikita might not be among the shows that snagged early pick-up by the CW, but fans of the action-packed spy drama know that the stakes have never been higher for the characters. Not only have Michael (Shane West) and Nikita (Maggie Q) recently taken the “will they or won’t they?” out of their description, but the show’s mythology (from Division’s black boxes to the character’s backstories) is also reaching a boiling point in the last episodes of the season. (Tonight’s episode is no exception.)

In a chat with EW, West talks about the recent fan-loved hook-up between Mikita (i.e. Michael + Nikita), and what’s next for the much-adored, trouble-plagued couple. 

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Before we get to the future, let’s talk about the big Nikita shake-up we’re in the midst of, which is Michael teaming up with Nikita. What was your reaction when you read that they were finally “going there” with the two?
SHANE WEST: Well, I was excited about it. I had a little bit of reservations only because I know that the fans — God bless them — were really excited to have the characters finally get together, but I was more in shock that they got together so quickly. I thought it might be a thing that might last a couple years and really drive people crazy and truly get under people’s skin. But, yeah, I think they shocked Maggie [Q.] and I with it coming as quickly as it did, but we were glad that it did. We knew that that’s where these characters were going to be and where they were supposed to go. Now that they’re together, it doesn’t mean that it’s going to be easy. They’re still different people and the way they handle things, the way they handle their day-to-day lives, that’s one of the serious issues they’re going to have to work through now — trust issues and things like that. Their hearts are definitely unified. They’ve been connected for so long that it’s a strong connection.

Speaking of connections, tell me about filming that pretty sexy scene in “Covenant.” You and Maggie have great chemistry on screen and you’re obviously friends behind the scenes. Is that awkward or did that make for more fun?
I think it helps. I’ve heard interviews over the years from some people when they’re friendly with the person, they find it more awkward, but for me, I think it’s better that way ‘cause you have a rapport with the person. We get along famously, and it’s just something that I think would be sexier and better than if I’d just met someone off the street.

So are we gonna be seeing anything comparably steamy in the next couple episodes?
You know, I believe we will. The thing is, we don’t wanna over saturate that department so quickly. Even though I know a lot of people wanna see it, we also wanna build tension as well.

What challenges are they going to be facing, either as a couple or as professionals?
Michael is still a part of Division and, at this point, Alex is as well, and they’re going to have to get together — all three, as a unit — to do what they have to do. It’s better — there is more strength in numbers — but they’re still completely outnumbered. It’s just going to make things a little bit more difficult but at least they’ll have each other.

I know they’ve been building to a Michael/Percy showdown after he found out that big twist that Percy was involved in his family’s killing. How are we gonna see that build and climax toward the finale?
I mean, yeah, Michael still stays a part of Division. He’s currently a part of Division, and he’s has to bide his time to get his revenge. It’s not going to happen immediately, but we only have a few episodes left so he’s going to try and be, basically, the mole that Alex was originally, in the beginning of the year. He’s starting to try to collect information from Amanda, from Berkoff, from Percy and report back to Nikita. I think you’ll just see a lot more of that before the chaos truly begins.

Last time I talked to Maggie, she mentioned that at the end of the finale is a major change in the game for everybody involved. What else can you add to that?
Probably not much. It’s one of these things that we have to promote yet not talk about. The best way to put it: In the world of Nikita, everything will have changed by this last episode. It’s going to be completely different than the first episode, and it’s going to be a lot of new, different partnerships. There are going to be a lot of changes in certain characters’ positions — whether that’s in Division or the CIA or Gogol or anything like that. It’s going to keep people’s heads spinning, which we’re really excited to see how that comes out.

Last question: Obviously, Michael and Nikita are a huge draw of the show. Are we gonna end them in a good place this season?
Oy. I don’t know. I will say: yes and no. I think the fans will be happy. I think that’s all I can say right now.

(Maggie Pehanick contributed to this report)

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  • Sienna

    I LOVE this show!!!
    Loved the chemistry between Michael & Nikita!
    The actors are all excellent, and the writing is great!

    • Tom

      Nikita is so COOL.
      The fight sequences. The duplicity.
      Most importantly Maggie Q is smoking hot.

      • Hirolla74

        Maggie Q is just too hot to handle! i wish I was that tattoo on her leg! ;p

      • Hnin Oo Wai

        Maggie Q is extremely hot.I would marry her if I were a boy.
        My family also love Nikita.I am a fan of yours……..forever

      • Hnin Oo Wai

        Maggie Q is extremely hot.I would marry her if I were a boy.
        My family also love Nikita.I am a fan of yours……..forever
        BTW,I like Maggie’s tattoo on her arms…

  • CaptainDeliciousCocoapapayaberrynanastrawmelongerinesFlavouredDeath

    Nikita is the best new show on television! Shane and Maggie are amazing together.

    • M

      It is an excellent show, I disagree with it being the best, but I adore Michael and Nikta and loved the direction that the writers have taken with them. I just wish that it was on another network besides CW. For one, we still don’t know if they’re gonna renew it and another thing is that that Thursday night time slot is just not cutting it, not with Bones and Grey’s to compete with. IMO, Nikita is much too sleek and sophisticated for the CW, hopefully, if it gets renewed, it can take Smallville’s time slot after this epic series ends.

      • S.

        I like it on Thursdays – I was getting tired of Bones and Grey’s does nothing for me.

    • Ally

      I love Nikita it’s one of my favorite shows. Hate that’s it’s on the CW, it’s too awesome for such an annoying network. Nikita is dynamic and action packed. Both Nikita and Supernatural deserve better networks.

  • chiyuu

    Maggie and Shane’s chemistry is off the charts!
    CW needs to renew Nikita RIGHT THIS INSTANT!

  • JaniP

    This show is amazing and the CW needs to renew is ASAP! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for the rest of the season!!!

  • FR

    So excited about the finale. This show is really in a class of it’s own. It’s smart, sexy, and the action scenes are amazing movie-caliber stuff. It also is SO not generic- any other version of Nikita we’d be finding out Alex is the mole right about now, instead of in the pilot, and Nikita has been caught once, and Nikita and Michael have gotten together. But I have 100% faith that next season will be even better, they really have the pacing and the feel down and it rocks!

  • Sally

    Love Nikita it just keeps on getting better and better. I look forward to see how things will be different and the different partnerships. Love Mikita and Shane and Maggie have great chemistry! I just love their dynamic and the dynamic of all three working together.

  • Robin

    I love this show but I hate that it’s on the CW. It deserves much better.

  • rachel

    Nikita rocks…so excited for the remaining epis…shane and maggie = perfect chemistry!

  • LuvNikita

    Love Mikita! Can’t wait until Thursday! If CW is not renewing them, hope another station picks it up. The show deserves better.

  • ricci

    If all people thought that Shane and Maggie have chemistry, the ratinngs surely multiply more.
    And with that gaudy cheesy romance between Mikita in every episode. Ugh This became a very bad soap opera.

  • Emma

    Love this show!! And once again Shane gave us fans a nice shout out!! Sincerely hope that CW renews it… Great storylines and a great cast (Shane and Maggie have a really good chemistry)! Everyone should give it a try!

  • Mel

    Amazing show!! Still don’t understand why is not renewed yet.. the show keeps getting better as we move along in the season! The action scenes are pretty incredibly too! About Mikita, what’s there not to love?! Great dynamic!

  • nikitafan

    renew nikita it’s really a wonderful show,,,,

  • Naomi

    I love this show and think more people should try and watch it! I can guaranty they will like it! There’s a bit of everything:action scenes, suspense,romance.. And it got even better in the last couple of episodes! Love Shane.. always thinks of fans!!

  • fan

    renew nikita it’s really a wonderful show,,,,

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