This was an entertaining conference call. Unfortunately,
I did not get to ask a question. They only had 35 minutes, and she likes
to talk - a lot! It was very interesting, anyway, though! You will see
FBC PUBLICITY: The Bones Conference with Emily Deschanel
December 3, 2010/1:00 p.m. EST
Kim Kurland Ė FBC Publicity
Emily Deschanel Ė Dr. Temperance ĎBonesí Brennan, Bones
Moderator: I would now like to turn the conference over
to Kim Kurland.
K. Kurland: Hi, everybody. I just wanted to thank you for taking
part in this call today with Emily. She is going to be taking questions
about next weekís episode, ďThe Doctor in the Photo,Ē which is sort of a
unique episode for us.
Moderator: Our first question will come from the line of Megan Ward with
M. Ward: In next weekís episode, Brennan feels a strong connection to the
victim of the case. How was it play Brennan in such a vulnerable light?
E. Deschanel: Itís hard because you have to go through all the emotions
that sheís going through. At the same time, itís refreshing because itís
a very different episode than most episodes of the show. Itís kind of
strange. Itís a different episode. I think it was one of my favorite
scripts. I havenít seen the actual final cut yet, but hopefully, itíll
be one of my favorite episodes.
Itís just very unique. Itís very personal to Brennan. She is facing her
own mortality and also looking at her life and seeing what she would be
leaving behind when she dies. You donít see that side of Brennan very
often. She becomes very vulnerable trying to solve this case, which she
believes to beó If people havenít seen or donít know basically, there is
a woman who is killed. Sheís a doctor. When they started listing the
different qualities of this person, Brennan thinks is sounds very
familiar, whether theyíre physical or personal qualities. Then, even
looking at the photograph of the person who died, it looks like Brennan
when she looks at it. Itís from Brennanís perspective, this episode.
Itís very interesting, but kind of terrifying for Brennan and confusing.
Sheís visited by a night watchman who weíre not even sure if he exists
or not in real life. Enrico Colantoni played that part, who Iíve always
loved as an actor, so it was a lot of fun to work with him.
Yes, it was definitely hard to go through that because I was also in
every single scene of this episode. There were absolutely no breaks
M. Ward: Speaking of Brennan as a whole, does it ever get exhausting
playing Brennan, because sheís so serious and factual? You, yourself
always come across as so lively. Is it hard to be in that state of mind
E. Deschanel: Yes and no. I think that Brennan has (a) become a lot more
open over the years and you get to see her kind of dorky, quirky side at
times, which is fun. I hang on to those moments and try to incorporate
things like that in every episode. My favorite things about people in
general is that they have contradictions. Brennan is no exception to
that rule. I love exploring the contradictions of her character and all
No, Iím an actor, too. So playing a character whoís very different from
myself is one of the best things to happen to me, especially in a
television series. So many times people are hired to play something very
close to who they are in real life. Itís a wonderful opportunity to play
this character who is very different. I canít say that I donít possess
some qualities that are similar or that sometimes I donít remind myself
of her, when I behave like a real, I donít know, nerdóI say that in the
most affectionate wayóbut, Iím very different. So, I love the fact that
I am different from the character. But, thatís true sometimes,
especially when youíre doing certain episodes. You come home and you
take it home a little bit with you.
I have tried to make boundaries for myself where I leave work at work.
If I have lines to learn, I do all my acting work on the weekends and
then I learn my lines the day before. If thereís any work that needs to
be done before the next day, I do it at work. I donít leave work until
Iíve finished that. I donít like to take work home with me. That means
staying late even after working 15 hours. Iíll stay late an hour or two
just to make sure I get everything right. I try to set those boundaries
so I donít take things home, but that said, it does leak into your
personal life sometimes. I think that was a really long answer to your
question, but maybe I answered like ten more.
Moderator: You do have a question from the line of Sandra Gonzales with
S. Gonzales: In next weekís episode, I think some of us have had a chance
to see it, thanks to Fox. You do a fantastic scene with David in the car
when youíre talking to him. Itís a really somber moment. Can you tell us
a little bit about what it was like filming that emotionally charged
scene? That actually had me crying, too.
E. Deschanel: Oh, thatísóI shouldnít say, ďThatís nice. Iím glad you
cried,Ē but I guess we always want to affect people emotionally. Yes, it
was one of those scenes that you know is there. You prepare for it
acting-wise. You know itís coming up, but itís one of those things that
says that youíre crying in the scene. Then, youíre like, ďItís okay if I
donít cry. I donít have to cry,Ē but then walking in, everyoneís
expecting that. So, thereís a lot of pressure of that.
Itís one of those things as an actor that you kind of dread those scenes
in a way, because youíd rather it just not be written in and see if your
emotions go to that place or not. But, at the same time, itís good to
have those markers as an actor to know where your breaking points are
for the character, and where in the story is the low point. Iím going
But, basically the scene, Brennan has to face her own life because this
woman has died, she doesnít have much of a personal life. The only
people who listed her missing are her people at work. She doesnít have
friends. She had some kind of romance with a guy. Nothing ever happened.
No one really missed her. I think isnít that almost every humanís worst
fears, dying and no one misses you and no one notices. So, this affects
Brennan greatly. She starts relating to the character, believing that
itís her. She starts seeing her own life and seeing that she made a
mistake when she said no to Booth last year. She goes out on a limb and
says to Booth, ďIím here.Ē
I donít know how much people want to reveal before the episode airs and
I donít know how much I should reveal, but I know that some of you guys
must have seen it. It forces Brennan into a place where she is bold and
kind of aware of her feelings in a way that she hasnít been before. It
takes a huge, very strange experience for her to become aware of her
feelings. Hart and IóHartís the creator of the showóweíve always talked
about how Brennan may have these feelings for Booth, but sheís the last
person to know in a way. Here, it takes a very strange experience for
her to face her feelings and to see them. I hope that answers the
S. Gonzales: Yes, definitely. It goes to that really somber place, but do
you feel that sort of ends on a positive note on this? Thatís sort of
the vibe that I got from the episode.
E. Deschanel: I think so. I think so. I think that she realizes that she
isnít that woman. She has friends. She has people who love her and she
loves. Sheís not as extreme as this person, but itís always good to have
those reminders in life to see Who am I?. What am I doing with my life?
Am I working my whole life away? Am I not spending time with people that
are important? Am I not taking a chance on something that Iím going to
regret on my deathbed? If I die tomorrow, would I be happy with my life
as it is right now?
I think one thing that Iíll say doing the show, being around death all
the time or fake death or whateveróin Brennanís Ö real deathóyou are
aware of your mortality. You canít help thinking about that. I think
that as a result you have to become more bold in your life and take
chances. I think thatís what Brennan is doing.
I think that thatís not a bad thing. I think thatís a wonderful thing to
make the most of our lives while we have it. Weíre not here for that
long. I think that Brennan took that chance. Whether it worked out or
not doesnít matter as much as the fact that she did take that chance. I
think that it is a happy ending in that way, even if it is hard and sad,
but life is hard and sad at times. The whole point is we get through
those times. I think that she still has all those people in her life and
she still has all those friends and people who care about her. Thatís
what really matters.
Moderator: Next, weíll go to the line of Matt Mitovitch with
M. Mitovitch: Do you think weíll be left with any lasting Ö change for
Temperance after this episode or is she kind of like, ďThatís that,Ē
after she makes that pitch to Booth?
E. Deschanel: I think youíll see both. Honestly, Brennanís the kind of
person that the closer she gets to opening up her feelings, the more
closed off she becomes. After that, I think she becomes even more closed
off in a way. So, there is a reaction, but it may not be the reaction
people want from Brennan. She rarely is predictable in that way. I think
youíll see Brennan becoming more protected than she has been even. Then
at times, sheís open. I think it affects her, but I think it affects her
in many different kind of opposing ways and youíll see in episodes to
come. Weíre still reading and shooting episodes that are coming up, so
weíre only few ahead of this one.
M. Mitovitch: The Ö and Hannahís Ö dynamic, thatís going to continue on.
Might it get even more serious?
E. Deschanel: Say that again. The whole, what dynamic did you say?
M. Mitovitch: Between Hannah and Booth, might that get more serious as it
E. Deschanel: Yes, it actually does get more serious. That creates the
whole situation for all of them. One thing I must say I love about this
dynamic between Hannah and Booth and Brennan is tható Hannah is not a
bad person. So many times, you see a character come in as a love
triangle. The two leads, people want them to get together. I think that
you have to like her andóthatís not an order, but I feel like sheís a
nice personóBrennan certainly likes her and respects her.
I think thereís a lot of internal conflicts rather than there being
external conflicts. Thereís internal conflicts in Brennan because she
loves Booth. She wants to be with Booth. Sheís realizing this, but
because she loves Booth, she wants him to be happy. Booth is happy with
Hannah now and thatís really hard to see. But, then she also wants him
to be happy because she loves him and she cares for him. Then, she also
sees that Hannah is a wonderful, smart, tough, cool, beautiful woman.
You canít really blame Booth for falling in love with her. Thereís all
these conflicting emotions just within one character alone. I just love
I think itís great to have conflict between characters, within
characters where no oneís intending bad things. Itís just life. Itís
just what happens. Iíve seen this happen in life so many times, where
thereís feelings for people and they donít feel the same way, but then
you canít blame them. I think itís a wonderful kind of push and pull and
dance, if you will, between the characters. I really like that dynamic,
but it does get more serious with Hannah.
Moderator: Weíll go to the line of Marissa Roffman with
M. Roffman: Obviously, you did mention the Hannah and Brennan friendship,
but as of now, Hannah isnít really aware of what went down with Booth
and Brennan last season. Is that going to complicate the friendship when
she finds out?
E. Deschanel: Say that again. Is wható? Sorry, sometimes, itís hard for
me to hear this.
M. Roffman: Is the history of Booth and Brennan going to complicate the
Brennan and Hannah friendship going forward?
E. Deschanel: Yes, it will. Yes, it will. Itís going to be revealed in
some way to Hannah about the situation with Brennan and Booth and
Brennan revealing her feelings. It definitely creates a situation with
Hannah and Brennan in their friendship. Itís an interesting dynamic
between these two that you donít see very often, but it does definitely
create some issues and conflict and things like that.
M. Roffman: Are we going to see Booth start to have some doubts about his
decision to turn Brennan down at all? Or, is he going to be steadfast,
and, ďNope, I made the right decision. Hannah is it.Ē
E. Deschanel: Thatís hard for me to say. Letís just say, so far I havenít
seen that yet, but I canít say it wonít come. I mean weíre only a few
ahead of this episode. I donít want to speak for another character in a
way, too, in what heís feeling while heís doing scenes, but in terms of
the actual script, I have not seen that yet.
Moderator: Next, weíll go to the line of Hal Boedeker with Orlando
H. Boedeker: I wanted to ask about the showís run. I mean six years is a
really good run. Why do you think the show is doing so well? It seems to
beóthe ratings last night were very good. I also wanted to ask about
Kathy Reichs and the foundation that she gave the series.
E. Deschanel: Ask about Kathy Reichs and what is the specific questionó?
H. Boedeker: The foundation she gave the series. The start she gave it Ö
her career writing.
E. Deschanel: Wow, itís hard for me to say what the success is and itís
hard for me to be objective about something that Iím absolutely in the
middle of right now. But, when people come up to me and are fans of the
show, a lot of people say, ďItís the only show that I can watch with my
husband,Ē or, ďItís the only show I can watch with my family, or my
wife.Ē Everyone likes different things. I think that one of the
qualities of our show that may have been a detriment at times and may
have not made us the huge hit right away that some other shows have been
is the fact that itís so many different things.
I mean we have science, we have forensics, we are solving crimes, but we
also have humor. We have character relationships, which kind of are the
backbone of the whole show. Then, you have episodes that are more
poignant and more serious and some that are more action filled. You kind
of never know what youíre going to get. There are certain things that
you know they will have: the relationships, thereís those dynamics,
great characters, witty dialog, and stuff like that. But, there are so
many elements that different people are drawn to for different reasons.
As for Kathy Reichs, she has a huge, huge following of people reading
her books. We had, from the beginning, I think it really helped us to
(a) have that, and also have David Boreanaz, his incredible success. So
many people are such huge fans of his from Angel and Buffy the Vampire
Slayer. So we had some fan base going in. That may be why weíve had such
loyal fans, certainly, from the beginning who followed us from so many
different time slots.
Absolutely, Kathy Reichs is a very successful writer. So many people
love her books; love the Temperance Brennan books. I think that it was
hard at the beginning because we had to explain that this Temperance
Brennan is actually based on Kathy Reichs, not Temperance Brennan in the
book. Itís only loosely based on Kathy Reichs. But, at the same time, if
youíre a fan of the books, I think youíll be a fan of the show because
this Temperance Brennan is a different Temperance Brennan, but there are
definitely similarities from the book to the show. There are manyó
H. Boedeker: Can I ask you a quick follow-up? How long do you want to go
with this show? Do you feel like youíre peaking?
E. Deschanel: Itís such a good question. Itís so hard to know. I wish I
had that perspective. Itís something that I donít really have control
over. At this point, I have a contract for eight seasons, so I canít
say, ďIím done now.Ē Iíd rather not say, ďWeíre peaking, Iím done,Ē
because Iíd be in trouble for breaking my contract. Iíd rather just
think that weíre going for at least eight seasons or something.
No, itís something as an actor that you only have a certain amount of
control over. You look at certain shows that last for ten years and that
is just incredible. I just canít believe weíve been here for six
seasons. Not because I donít believe in the show and I donít love it and
I doní think it deserves a huge audience. Itís just that thereís so many
wonderful shows that get cancelled in the first season. Thereís so many
wonderful shows that donít get picked up in the first place. I know Iím
so lucky to be doing the show; the show that I love doing and a
character that I have such affection for. Iím just incredibly lucky.
But, I love doing this show. When I started, I thought, ďThree seasons.
Thatís the most. Thatís such a long time. Iíll be exhausted by then. I
will be done and then I can move on to other things.Ē Then, it keeps
going, but Iíve never thought, ďOh, we got picked up for another season.
Oh, darn it. I wish that hadnít happened.Ē Iíve always been excited when
weíve been picked up for another season. I think that will continue, but
who knows. Maybe, talk to meóweíll go for 11 years and I might be like,
ďIím done with the show. Iím sick of it,Ē but right now Iím still
enjoying myself and loving it, and just counting my lucky stars.
Moderator: Next, weíll go to the line of Lara Martin with Digital Spy.
L. Martin: I was wondering with this case coming up in next weekís
episode, is it going to affect how she feels about her career at all or
how much time she dedicates to work? Because I know, she was
disillusioned before, does that come up again?
E. Deschanel: Yes. It does come up a bit, but not as much anymore. I
think Brennan realized when she was away from it how much she missed it.
I think thatís a small factor, but not a big one. I think that she
realizes that sheís good at this. She enjoys this. She loves solving
crimes and she loves doing it with the team that she does it with. She
loves seeing the results of her work immediately; well, not always
immediately, but you what I mean.
You can actually affect the world when you are solving crimes as opposed
to identifying ancient remains. Sure, it can impact science in such a
huge way. But right now, youíre solving a crime. Youíre putting people
behind bars. Youíre stopping new crimes from happening. You are bringing
some tiny bit of peace to family members. I think that she likes being
that person. I think she recognized that when she was away from it.
L. Martin: I know that you said earlier that youíre only a few episodes
ahead of yourself in terms of the production. But, are there teasers
that you can give us about any of the cases that are coming up?
E. Deschanel: Sure. We have an episode about daredevil BMX bikers. We
have an episode about people who are polygamists Ė one polygamist who
has many wives. So, you have an episode like that which seems to be very
popular right now with different reality shows, the Big Love show, and
all of that. Thatís interesting.
What did we just shoot? Sometimes I have no memory for a while, just
before. We have one with the gravedigger, which is action packed.
Thereís a sniper loose in DC. David directs an episode about that, which
is great, great fun, action packed episode. Just love that episode.
Thatís a really exciting one. Then, we have the BMX biker daredevil
episode, which Iím just starting reading right now. Then thereís the one
weíre doing now about Ö. Those are some ideas of a few ahead. Weíre just
like a few ahead.
Moderator: Weíll go to the line of Lance Carter with Daily Actor.
L. Carter: Now, playing this character for as long as you have, does
anything about her still surprise you?
E. Deschanel: Yes, yes. I think I was surprised as she started to open up
more. What I just love, this was a couple of seasons ago, but there was
a scene where she asked Sweets to help her learn facial expressions
because sheís kind almost on the autistic spectrum, almost Aspbergeryónot
quite, but has some characteristics that fit into that. She doesnít
really understand how to read peoplesí emotions. I just love that she
recognized that she didnít know how to do this and she wanted to get
better at it. I just love that.
I loved the Jersey Shore episode. That surprised me just how much
Brennan had studied this culture of the guidos and how seriously she
took it. In a way, things surprise me and in a way, things donít.
Because of course, she studied these guidos. Of course, she takes it
very seriously as an anthropological study. Sheís going to throw a guy
the crab, doing a body building pose to scare someone away. Itís a lot
Yes and no I guess is my answer. I love so many of her qualities,
especially when sheís trying to grow as a person and open up.
L. Carter: Whatís your advice to actors, somebody just trying to get a
start in the business?
E. Deschanel: Study acting. Do theater. Play as different kind of
characters as you possibly can. Stretch yourself as far as you can. Make
it about the acting. So many people get caught up in the looks and the
agents and the business of it all and who you know and all of that. I
guess thatís valid, but if you concentrate on the acting, I canít say
that everything will fall into place, because I know so many incredibly
talented actors who are struggling. I heard somebody say once itís 90%
perseverance and like 5% talent. I think thatís so true, but I think if
you are perseverant and if youó Concentrate on the acting, thatís all
Iíll say. Concentrate on the acting.
Moderator: Our last question will come from the line of Fred Topel with
F. Topel: After this emotional episode, how nice was it to go back to
more case of the week? Was it a relief?
E. Deschanel: Absolutely, absolutely. It took a lot out of me. It was an
exhausting episode, physically, outside in the rain at night, all of
that stuff. Iím not saying poor me in any way, but Iím just saying it
was a relief to come back to doing these episodes about Ö, things like
that. Definitely a relief, definitely a relief.
I didnít mention this. We have an episode coming up, which I was
supposed to direct. It was reported that I was supposed to direct an
episode about a wedding planner, which Iím excited to read. But, Iím not
directing that episode after all because it turned out theyíd have to
write me out of the episode before it so much and the episode that I was
directing so much that Iíd be so light in the episode that it turned out
that weíre now after Idol and we didnít know that. Itís just a wonderful
opportunity to be after American Idol.
To do that episode, they were worried if we had two episodes very soon
early on after Idol in which Iím just not very present in the show that
it might take away. I donít know if thatís true, but they were. Maybe
the audience would rather me not be in the show that much, but Hart was
concerned about it. So, we are talking about moving me to the end of the
season. Sorry, that was one thing I just wanted to clear up, because it
was reported that I am directing this episode and I am not directing
But, yes, itís nice to do a moreófluffy may not be exactly the right
word for it, but itís on the fluffier side of things, doing an episode
about a wedding planner, things like that.
F. Topel: It was interesting to hear you talk about the work you do that
you donít want to take home. What sort of extra work did you have to do
on this episode?
E. Deschanel: You just spend more time working on it. I work with my
acting teacher on it, but thereís just a lot of work you do on your own.
I hate talking about the acting process, but itís a lot of creating
thoughts and memories and all of that. So, thereís a lot of work to do.
When itís such a heavy episode, youíre facing such serious emotions as a
character. Itís just more demanding. It takes longer to do. Youíre just
working harder on that. Itís stuff I love. I love doing that. I like the
challenge. I donít think I could do it every single episode. I donít
know, maybe Iíd get used to it, but it demands lot.
F. Topel: Does directing demand even more from you then?
E. Deschanel: Oh, yes, absolutely. When we postponed the directing, so
much has happened in my life recently. Thereís a lot going on, so in a
way I was disappointed that we had to move the directing episode but I
was also relieved. Because I am going to be able to take some time in
the Christmas break to (a) Iíll have more time to spend doing things I
want to do, spending more time with family and stuff, not having to work
as much because Iíd be preparing while I was on Christmas break if I was
directing the next episode.
So, since Iím not doing that, I can spend time preparing, but in advance
whatever I can do about directing, figuring out, anticipating things
that Iíll want and need for the episode. Yes, absolutely. I probably
wonít know entirely what it will demand of me physically and mentally
and everything, until I get to the point where I am actually directing.
I think itís one of those kinds of jobs that you just canít completely
prepare for until youíre in it, and certainly, until you actually get
the script for the actual episode. Iím sure itís going to demand a lot
of me. Iím excited for that challenge, but Iím also happy to push it a
little longer because thereís a lot going on right now.
K. Kurland: All right, Lori, I think we have to wrap it up there.
E. Deschanel: Well, thank you guys so much for taking the time to talk
with me today. I hope I answered questions well for you. Have a great
Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, that does conclude our conference for
today. Thank you for your participation. You may now disconnect.
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