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Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Shanola Hampton Tease What’s Next on Found: “The Trains Are Off the Track"
Plus, Shanola Hampton reveals if she keeps up with her Shameless cast members.
Found has had its fair share of wild discoveries for both viewers and for the characters themselves.
The show follows Gabi Mosely (Shanola Hampton), a recovery specialist who has made it her life’s mission to help find other missing people after surviving her own abduction. One key to unlocking her high success rate of bringing people home was revealed early in the season: Gabi keeps her abductor, called Sir (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), confined in her basement to help better understand other perpetrators in her current cases.
Still, it wasn’t the only major curveball thrown during the show so far. Sir, whose actual name is Hugh Evans, connected the dots on who Lacey Quinn (Gabrielle Walsh) is: Bella, another child he abducted who is now working with Gabi. Then in Episode 9, viewers got a revealing look into Sir’s past.
But have we uncovered all the secrets the show has in store for us? NBC Insider asked Hampton and Gosselaar.
“Oh my gosh no,” Hampton said. “This is where it really takes off. The trains are off the tracks. Everyone is unhinged. There is so much going on.”
Shanola Hampton on What’s Next for Gabi and Sir on Found
Hampton describes the rest of the first season as a buffet, filled with so much to see each episode.
“People are starting to see the cracks in Gabi, and they are confused by it,” Hampton said. “You get to see Sir, he’s wanting to keep her, she’s wanting to move. That push, that pull.”
Even with the action-packed season, Hampton envisions fans will still be left wanting more for Season 2.
Shanola Hampton's Relationship with Mark-Paul Gosselaar
For the emotionally intense scenes on set, they both have different approaches, according to Gosselaar.
“I’m more the brooding, sort of in my head type,” Gosselaar said. “This one [referring to Hampton] comes on set singing and joyful and saying, ‘Hello!’ to everyone on set and asking what they had for lunch and what they’re doing tonight for dinner.”
Hampton is an amazing person to work opposite of on screen, Gosselaar emphasized.
“I feel truly blessed … we get to share this experience,” Gosselaar said. “I wouldn’t want to do it with anybody else.”
Is Shanola Hampton still friends with the Shameless cast?
“She gets to be a baddie,” Hampton said of her character on Found. “She gets to run with heels on, but she also has a man in the basement and so to be able to peel back all of those layers as an actor is a dream role.”
But Hampton does keep up with her former castmates: “Shameless was and is a family,” she noted, adding they still call her “Mama Bear.”
“The kids were 9 when we started, they were 20 when we finished up,” Hampton said. “I’m happy to say it was not just a summer camp job, it truly is and forever will be my family.”
The cast even has a “family chain” where they share messages and keep in touch. Hampton noted she speaks to Jeremy Allen White several times a week, if not more, and her “very best friend” is Steve Howey (Reba, Bride Wars), she said.
Keep up with her latest drama by watching Found, airing Tuesdays at 10/9c on NBC.