Constantine is new to the television game, but thanks to a solid creative team (producers Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer) and a pitch perfect performance by Matt Ryan as “hellblazer” John Constantine, the show is off to a great start.
A big part of my continued excitement comes from Angélica Celaya’s work as Zed, Constantine’s new partner-in-crime who, like the titular anti-hero, has a few intuitive powers of her own. While Constantine is an expert in the black arts, Zed’s psychic abilities enables him to solve his demonic adventures in an expedited fashion.
Hellblazer comic book enthusiasts already know that Zed has family issues of her own, and her sarcastic and individualistic nature, coupled with Constantine’s devil may care attitude, makes them a perfect (if not verbally combative match). She’s a person who’s filled with self-confidence and determination, qualities Celaya undoubtedly shares.
“I’m the only girl with older brothers,” Angélica Celaya, who played Angela Flores on Burn Notice. “And with that, I’m also the smallest of my siblings. You have to step up on your own and have a voice. Because your brothers are not going to pay attention to you and you’re not going to be able play baseball on the street. That’s what happens. So definitely my family helped me get that voice.”
Zed and Constantine’s back and forth banter is not the only reason to tune in to the show, as a rogue’s gallery of memorable characters are just around the corner. “Tonight we have Papa Midnite,” adds Celaya. “He’s one of the best villains ever and in my opinion he’s one of the best dressed cast members. We’re all dressed in these dark colors and Papa Midnite comes in with these beautiful clothes and nice silk shirts (laughs)! He’s an awesome villain – he’s just too cool for school.”
Constantine, starring Matt Ryan and Angélica Celaya, airs tonight on NBC (10 pm et/pt).