For each of us the exact moment, we fell in love with Beauty and the Beast differs, we each have our own moment.
For me, it was the first scene on fire escape at the end of episode 103;
The “Ouch”, a few words about wanting to be Batman, and that was when my journey with Beauty and the Beast began.
What is certain is that when Catherine, in response to the love practically confessed by Vincent in the artist studio in ep 106, admits the importance that he has in her life, the fandom was already conquered.
As a relative unknown face on US TV, Jay Ryan was given the opportunity to play Vincent, and has made us fall in love with the character all by how he portrays him on screen.
During the past three seasons the path taken by Vincent is compelling and poignant, a climax of moods, emotions and feelings that Jay transmits with vibrating intensity, tuning the heartbeat of this noble, sweet, antihero, to the hearts of a boundless audience eagerly anxious about what will happen.
If Beauty and the Beast is a series whose leading lady, Catherine Chandler, embodies, as Belle in the fairy tale, a prototype of heroin and woman surely be imitated, in search of independence, in her choices, in the purity of spirit and courage in pursuing the goals, the paper would not have been able to confirm the same affective connection to a character, Vincent, in constant tension between the gentle and uncontrollable demon that dwells within him.
In spite of the warning signs that he never tries to hide, indeed highlights, you end up hopelessly in love with this amazing guy, who without armor nor steed, captivates the heart and the dreamy look of his Catherine…. and of all women ideally lined up behind her.
Credit to Jay Ryan and to the facets with which he painted Vincent, giving him courage and integrity as well as anxiety and vulnerability, outlining with care and delicacy a spirit wounded by the events, incredibly eager for connection, love & hope.
Season after season we see Vincent always show the most fascinating aspects of his character, and we learn more about the romantic, melancholy, brave, funny, scared and passionate Vincent.
It is like Jay Ryan has drawn on all the characters played, and why not, since all the characters encountered in the ideal stage which is the career as an actor, an element, a connotation that helped him to build a mood so multifaceted in giving life to Vincent.
The stage has given Jay, the opportunity to prove himself playing every kind of character; troubled romantic, and comedic. The result is amazing, a skill in the quite extraordinary ~ a wealth of expressive intensity poignant.
Fans of Beauty and the Beast are fully aware of the privilege of seeing the interpretation of Vincent entrusted to an actor as charismatic and versatile, they are aware of the privilege to experience the intensity of the story as true, thanks to the intensity of the emotions spilled into the story, always, without sparing himself.
Because on one hand this adaptation of the fairy tale has developed in the course of three seasons, more and more fantastic elements, a nod to the mythology, on the other is just the emotional universe, the sentimental aspect, vibrating of extraordinary, human truthfulness.
So while we wait for the end of the third season, and while in Toronto they are filming the second half of the fourth season, it is on this day that we take the opportunity to send Jay a Special THANKS.
Thank you for what you bring to Vincent, making us all little “beasts” allowing us to grasp, behind the beating of the heart of Vincent, slowly, from a distance, even your heart.
Happy Birthday Jay Ryan!
Edited by Dory