Shane West Steps into a Frightening Past as John Alden on Salem

In our second clip from the Salem press room during TCA earlier this year, we feature a familiar face on our site — Shane West. He jumped right into the role of John Alden on Salem after wrapping production on Nikita, and is very excited to take on this new challenge!

Be sure to watch the full video below, but here are some highlights from the conversation:

  • He shared that this is a different take on John Alden, and teased a “prisoner of war” aspect that he’s looking forward to learning more about.
  • This is very much a fantastical horror story, but there is a love story at the heart of it, namely between John Alden and Mary Sibley.
  • Shane mentioned that it was easier to lose a hand (on Nikita) or legs (on ER) than to tackle the challenges of the costumes on Salem.
  • Seth Gabel crashes the chat at one point, and hilarity ensues!


Salem debuts on WGN America tonight at 10/9c, and Canadian viewers can catch it at 9e/6p on Space.

Photo and Video by Melissa Girimonte. Copyright © 2014

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