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MTV introduces us to Jace Wayland of ‘THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES’


MTV’s exclusives from the set of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones continue.

On Wednesday, MTV introduced us to Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower) and the cocky and snarky Jace we’ve all come to love.


When MTV News visited the set of the urban fantasy (based on the best-selling novel by Cassandra Clare), the actor was quick to affirm that while his character is something of a jerk, it’s a role he’s relishing.

“What I love about him is the fact that he’s actually a bit of a douchebag,” Bower said during a 3 a.m. interview on the Toronto set. “He’s not like a meathead, he’s just sarcastic and rude.”

And for good reason, as fans of the series can attest. Jace has a complicated background (one we’ll leave vague to avoid spoilers), but suffice it to say, this history has gone a long way towards making him the oft-prickly character he is today. Bower commended director Harald Zwart for capturing not only Jace’s moodiness, but that of the monster-ridden world in which he and his fellow Shadowhunters exist.

“I think there is a darkness that Harald has brought to the piece that is easily lost in adaptations, particularly of YA novels,” Bower said. “And there’s a reality to it, as well, which is nice. You know, it’s very easy to go into fantasyland too quickly — he says wearing a dress, effectively. Every girl’s got to have a little black dress — that’s how I look at it.”

Of course, it takes a lot more than black garb and strategically placed runes to embody the Nephilim.

“There’s a lot of physicality to the role, as well,” Bower continued. “Which has been difficult to prepare for, absolutely, but it’s paid off, which is great. Like, not eating cookies is so hard.”

And if you have any lingering doubts as to how effectively Bower embodies the mercurial teen, well, author Cassandra Clare is happy to attest.

“Personality-wise, Jamie is exactly like Jace,” Clare said. “It’s actually like interacting with Jace, talking to him. It’s a little bit creepy.”

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hits theaters on Aug. 21.

What is your favorite thing about Jamie as Jace? Sound off in the comments!

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23 Comments on MTV introduces us to Jace Wayland of ‘THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES’

  1. I was so excited for this, I LOVE JAMIE. But I live in the Uk! ;-; Damn you MTV

  2. Steph.t.p // May 29, 2013 at 7:43 AM // Reply


  3. lorraine/g // May 29, 2013 at 8:11 AM // Reply

    Now I can’t wait I just know Jamie will do a great job, I’m frankly sick of hearing otherwise.!! Good enough for Cassie should be good enough for us !!

  4. Just… JACE.

  5. he is so perfect for jace! its unreal x
    not eating cookies is so hard … 😛

  6. Yup he made me cry…I don’t think i’ll be able to handle this movie. I’m hyperventilating over a minute and a half of an interview…there’s something wrong there.

  7. I’m a bit disappointed we didn’t get any new footage, but it’s fun to hear from Jamie. He seems to really “get” Jace which has always been the most important thing for me.

  8. such a perfect interview! He’s always so sweet and funny! thank you MTV!!

  9. IrishShowhuntersAnonymous // May 29, 2013 at 12:47 PM // Reply

    God I love Jamie he just makes me laugh! I agree with Cassie he just is Jace it is like Jace is being interviewed. He must really like his cookies I think he said “it is so hard” like three times!

  10. JaceYourMine!! // May 29, 2013 at 2:17 PM // Reply

    awwwh WE LOVE YOU JAMIE!! you can really tell he cares about this role and that he actually understands and can relate to Jace!! he’s just spot on PERFECT!! its that simple:D

  11. …. All I can say is that I love you, Jamie:)

  12. Jennifer Herondale // May 29, 2013 at 4:08 PM // Reply

    I luv when jamie says ““What I love about him is the fact that he’s actually a bit of a douchebag”…….”He’s not like a meathead, he’s just sarcastic and rude.” haha!! i love you Jamie ❤

  13. jamie is perfect as jace and i love your sense of humor! love you jamie!

  14. teamedwardjace // May 29, 2013 at 5:01 PM // Reply

    and li it’s awesome how there’s a romance bwtween jace and clary, but like lily said it’s more than that

    • Yes, but it’s not mere romance. It’s life-altering and he is a really unique character, which I think Jamie will do a great job of perfecting over the course of the series. “Douchebag” says it all.

  15. Jamie is the BEST !!!!!!! We are so lucky to have Jamie portray Jace. He can do it better than anyone else could. Thanks for accepting this role Jamie – we love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. i must agree with jamie…not eating cookies is so hard….

  17. “Cause not eating cookies is so hard, so hard. So hard.” That cracked me up, haha, love you Jamie.

  18. Anna Herondale // May 30, 2013 at 9:26 AM // Reply

    omg I’m so excited about Jamie being Jace and…well, I’m just about excited for everyone and everything in the movie so far.

    Did you see on his left arm the look of an old rune fading? Looks amazing! perfect! like an old burn. They are bringing this book to life perfectly. PERFECTLY

    and god, he’s so hot/cute/dangerous I can’t get over it.

  19. i always imaged the runes being just a tad bit smaller…..

  20. Ze Lover of Jace // May 30, 2013 at 7:33 PM // Reply

    Nice video! Love Jamie!

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