Shane West Dishes on His 'Nikita' Role and Hitting the Gym

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So I recently bugged asked Shane West on his day off to give me the scoop on the CW's new show Nikita and his role as Michael. Considering all the great deets he spilled, I don't think he minded that much.

Here's a quick summary of the show's plot: Nikita (Maggie Q) was recruited as a young girl and trained by a secret organization to become an assassin for them. She rebelled and became the only person to ever make it out. Now she's on a mission to take them down, and Michael's torn between his loyalty to Nikita and the organization.

All up to speed? let's get to the juicy stuff.

"There's lots of flashbacks that tell you what might have happened, but I do know that something has happened with [Nikita and Michael]. Whether to the extent of physically or emotionally, we don't know yet," Shane says. "But we know that they care about each other a lot and they might have been in love with each other at some point. What we're guessing is that Michael may have ended it to protect her."
And now? Michael wants what he can't have. Sheesh, boys. Shane says he believes his character regrets losing Nikita, but don't expect him to make any sudden moves to win her back.

"It's not hard to bring Michael and Nikita together. Good TV and good storytelling is finding ways to pull them apart. It won't be hard to bring them back together when they need to be. As far as how quickly it is going to happen? I'm really not sure."

Besides this possible relationship ping-pong situation, Nikita is also filled with action. And lots of it. The Louisiana native 'fesses up that he only learns many of the fight sequences the night before they're filmed. With such a small window for error, Nikita and Co. keep themselves in tip-top shape.

"It's a pretty gym conscious type of cast," he reveals. Along with co-star Aaron Stanford, Shane does indoor rock climbing to stay fit, and says in a perfect world, he'd hit the gym 4-5 days a week.

Despite the high-intensity and physical pressure of the show (I'm exhausted just thinking about it!), no one has broken any bones -- hope we didn't just jinx that! -- but Shane reveals that he's been "absolutely beaten up and bruised to death."

Lounging with Lauren is written by Lauren Metz, JSYK's TV guru. Follow her on Twitter.


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