“If There Be Thorns,” the latest movie based off of the V.C. Andrews “Flowers in the Attic” series, premiered on Lifetime Sunday night. While many were wrapped up in the twisted tale of the Dollanganger family, others couldn’t help but be thrilled to see a familiar face return to the screen – Jason Lewis!
The 43-year-old actor has appeared on TV in numerous ventures like “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Charmed,” “Brothers & Sisters” – and of course – “Sex and the City.” In 2003 he waltzed onto the screen as Samantha’s (Kim Cattrall) love interest, model turned actor Smith Jerrod. Although Samantha had a history of going through men, Smith Jerrod’s sexy yet sweet demeanor won her over … and viewers as well.
Smith Jerrod is very different from Jason Lewis’ latest role as Christopher Dollanganger in “If There Be Thorns.” But putting aside the fact that Christopher is engaged in a taboo relationship with his sister, Cathy (Rachael Carpani), fans might have caught some subtle similarities between the two men. While both Cathy and Samantha pushed Christopher and Smith Jerrod away, the characters loyally stood by their significant others. They were protective, compassionate and willing to do anything for their loved ones – whether it be Christopher confronting Corrine (Heather Graham) about emotionally “poisoning” his family in “If There Be Thorns,” or Smith Jerrod shaving his head to help Samantha go through her battle with cancer in “Sex and the City.”
“I hadn’t really thought about the correlation of the two,” Jason Lewis told the International Business Times of his characters. “The significant difference is the point of awareness.”
“I think that if you’re talking about Smith he was aware of what was going on in his behavior,” Lewis continued, adding that the “Sex and the City” character had “patience” to allow others to go through their own journey. “With Chris it’s a blind need for everything to get it right. Just always wanting.”
But although Lewis sees Christopher’s blindness as a “dysfunction,” he believes that both characters “come from a great place.”
Fans of the “Flowers in the Attic” series can watch Christopher’s story continue when the fourth installment, “Seeds of Yesterday,” premieres on Lifetime on Sunday, April 12 at 8 p.m. EDT.