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Castle: Can Esposito Fill the "Hole" in His Life with Kelly Hu?

John Huertas, Kelly Hu | Photo Credits: Kelsey McNeal/ABC

Castle‘s Jon Huertas has been thrilled with the opportunity to take a closer look at his character, Detective Javier Esposito, during the ABC drama’s fifth season.

Following a Christmas episode that highlighted Esposito’s loneliness now that Detective Ryan (Seamus Dever) is married and his booty calls with Lanie (Tamala Jones) have become less frequent, last week’s episode featured Esposito taking special interest in an at-risk youth and revealing his character’s own troubled upbringing.

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“I thought it was an interesting story line,” Huertas tells TVGuide.com. “[It was] something I felt I could relate to. It was nice to be able to show that sometimes someone can come into someone’s life and be that instrument of guidance for them to do better. On our show, it’s always the male-female type of relationship. So I was really excited that it wasn’t about two people falling in love or playing with the idea of love.”

That’s not to say the issue of Esposito’s love life won’t be explored. In fact, Monday’s episode (10/9c, ABC) finds Esposito taking more than a professional interest in a suspect…

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