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By Suzanne

Julie Gonzalo

Interview with Julie Gonzalo of "Dallas" on TNT 1/23/13

As practically a life-long "Dallas" fan (it came out when I was in high school, and I watched every single episode), I was thrilled by the reboot. Finally, a reboot was done right, with total respect for the fans and the actors, using both the older and younger actors, and the same wonderful theme song, yet adding new elements and zest to make it a brand new drama to enjoy. I love it!  It's always great to talk to any of the cast of the show. Ms. Gonzalo was very nice. She is much kinder than her character on the show. She is an amazing actress and a worthy addition to the show, carrying on in the tradition of the Ewing-Barnes feud.

Moderator: Lindsey Jones
January 23, 2013
2:30 pm CT

Operator: Good day. And welcome to the Julie Gonzalo Dallas Season 2 conference call. As a reminder, today's conference is being recorded. At this time I'd like to turn the conference over to Ms. Lindsey Jones. Please go ahead ma'am.

Lindsey Jones: Good afternoon and thank you so much for joining the Julie Gonzalo Dallas conference call. Season 2 of Dallas returns Monday, January 28 with back-to-back episodes beginning at 9:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

The conference call is now open for questions. Please press star 1 to ask a question. Thank you.

Operator: And ladies and gentlemen, once again it is star 1 if you would like to ask a question. We do ask that you limit yourself to one question and re-prompt for any follow up questions. If you are using a speakerphone, please make sure your mute function is disabled. Again, it's star 1 if you have a question.

We'll go first to Jamie Steinberg with Starry Constellation Magazine.

Jamie Steinberg: Hi. It's such a pleasure to speak with you.

Julie Gonzalo: Oh likewise. Thank you so much for having me.

Jamie Steinberg: Well we last left off Rebecca or we thought it was Rebecca was in quite a sticky situation. Can you tell us or tease us a little bit about what to expect this season for your character.

Julie Gonzalo: Yeah. You know, well you definitely have - you can expect the truth from her this time around. You know what I mean. It's revealed that her name is Pamela Rebecca Barnes. You know, she is Chris Barnes' daughter. So I think that right off the bat - right off the, you know, gate on Season 2 she's coming clean. She's coming clean to everyone.

And this is who she's going to be. So you finally get to really get to know this character for who she truly is and not the mystery that it was last season. And there's a - there's a lot of - there's a lot of things happening.

And I think that the beauty of her being honest and, you know, the audience seeing the honesty in the character is that there's many different levels to her and there's vulnerability, there's (venge), there's this, there's a lot of things that I get to play with this year.

Jamie Steinberg: Great. Thanks.

Operator: We'll go next to Suzanne Lanoue with the TV MegaSite.

Suzanne Lanoue: Hi. Thanks for talking to us today.

Julie Gonzalo: Hi. Yes, of course. Thank you.

Suzanne Lanoue: Yeah, your character went through a lot of changes, a lot of events last season. I've seen the first two episodes this season and she's very different. Can you speak to the changes she went through and how it affects her?

Julie Gonzalo: Yeah. Absolutely. I think that, you know, Rebecca, the character last season was, you know, playing parts. She was a - she's a con artist. I think that she was just trying to make her father proud in many ways. And I think that this year that changes are that is now herself.

She is now her true self. She is Cliff Barnes' daughter. Her name is Pamela Barnes. She walks into a room and is now who she needs to be. And then it's there's a lot of honesty behind the role this year. And I think the thing that's the beauty of scenes such as the honesty in a role.

And there's going to be a lot of revelations this season that are going explain why, you know, things happened the way they did to - for her and why she did the things she did last season.

Suzanne Lanoue: Well thank you. I enjoy it and look forward to the rest.

Julie Gonzalo: Ah, fantastic.

Operator: And we'll go next to Jay Jacobs with

Jay Jacobs: Hi Julie. Nice to talk to you.

Julie Gonzalo: Yeah, thank you so much. Likewise.

Jay Jacobs: Thanks. Now I hate to bring up sort of a sad thing but of course everyone is very saddened to hear about that Larry Hagman's passing away. With him being such a huge part of the Dallas legacy, what has it been like to move forward with the show without him there basically?

Julie Gonzalo: Well, you know, it's sad. It's sad. I think the first, you know, I mean it's still sad. We still talk about him on a daily basis. I think the first few weeks, months of his passing, you know, it was very somber on set. And but I think in a strange way it really united us and it really made us all close. And by us I mean the crew and the cast and everybody involved in the production.

It just made everybody more eager to work and more - there's this level of like wanting to do the best we possibly can for him. You know, our motto became let's do it for Larry. It's a beautiful thing that, you know, we get to - we get to unite and really honor this such a legendary icon person on and off screen.

I got - I mean I was blessed to be in his presence and to have spoken to him and to have had so many, you know, encounters with him and to have traveled with him and I - we cherish those moments.

It's still sad. It's still - and it's still, you know, a little - it's weird at times. But, you know, he would have wanted to continue. He would have wanted us to have a smile on our faces and to continue on and to make the show what he made the show.

I mean obviously not anywhere near what he had done with the show but at least to just do - put our best job - our best efforts forward. And, you know, he always spoke about doing the show for another 14 years and we could only be as lucky.

Operator: We'll take our next question from Dani Lyman with

Dani Lyman: Hi Julie. Thank you for speaking with us.

Julie Gonzalo: Yeah, thank you. Hi.

Dani Lyman: Hi. Okay. So a lot of fans out there on team Rebecca. They completely have loved you the first season and they want to see Rebecca or Pamela reunite with Christopher. Do you think there's any chance of that happening? And is that even on her agenda this next season?

Julie Gonzalo: You know, to be honest with you, I don't know. Anything can happen. You know, she - we find her, you know, obviously revealing her true identity but also is pregnant with Chris' baby. So there's, you know, there's a battle going on between the two but I think that like as true Dallas show is like, you know, anything can happen on the show.

You know, we can go - you never know where, I don't know, where they're going to take us really. At this point, you know, you do find - you do find Christopher and Elena reconciling. So I mean there's different things that you - to be honest with you I have no idea where the writers are going.

I know that, you know, we're obviously stuck in a bit of a custody battle. So I mean there's tense moments between Christopher and Pamela at the beginning of the season but it's not always going to be that way.

Operator: We'll go next to Earl Dittman with Digital Journal and Wireless.

Earl Dittman: Hey Julie. How are you today?

Julie Gonzalo: I'm well. I'm well. How are you?

Earl Dittman: Doing great. Doing great. You know, I was listening a couple things - as an actress though, it must be really tough for you or very challenging to kind of play that character that way because, you know, you're pulling off a con that everyone believed - I certainly believed as a viewer that she was indeed in love with Christopher. And I would think in some strange sort of way she still is.

But as an actress how do you reconcile all that stuff in your own head? And then how do you - how do you relate to it? Do you relate to any part of either one of her personas or which is actually one of her personas but different sides of her persona?

Julie Gonzalo: No, you know, I can relate into part of that, you know, she really, you know, in the first season she really was in love with Christopher. You know, she really did fall for him. You know, I mean I think that as a character, Chris, you know, being revealed - you know, her true character's being revealed. You can sense that there's a child like behavior in her. And I think that that, you know, she really did fall in love.

As an actor, you know, I can relate to that. I can relate to falling in love. I can relate to a lot of things. But I - so truly I don't have anything in common with Pamela this year to be honest with you. I think that you get to find out a lot of why she does what she does. And she's coming from a very ((inaudible)) find her to be a mean spirited person. I don't find her to be a villain in any sense of the (woman).

I think that she's trying to make her father happy. And it's a lot like John Ross and his character. You know, like truly trying to be, you know, please his father and yeah and kind of do the things that you were programmed to do in a way, you know, since she was - since she was a little girl.

I, you know, obviously I have very, you know, I had a very different upbringing than Pamela did. But so as an actor that's the fun part for me. I get to explore that and I get to go into different levels that I've never been in. And I'm like well this is great.

And I - what I loved about playing last season and this year is the fact that there is a level of vulnerability and there's - there is a level of a child inside of her. And yet, you know, she's still going along with the things that she has to do. But yeah, I think that - I think it's going to be fun to discover the real Pamela this year.

Operator: Well go next to Jillian Bowe with Celebuzz.

Jillian Bowe: Hi Julie. Thanks so much for taking the time out to speak with us today.

Julie Gonzalo: Of course.

Jillian Bowe: Now my question is is Pamela's quest for revenge against Christopher and the Ewings more about pleasing her father Cliff, hurt that Chris is still in love with Elena or a little bit of both?

Julie Gonzalo: I think it's a little bit of both. I think that, you know, Pamela has grown up hearing, you know, I mean obviously Cliff has never had any nice things to say about the Ewing family. So I think that she grew up listening to that. I think she grew up listening to her father always, you know, have this like huge feud with the Ewings.

So I think in a way it's like she was programmed to please her father. She wants nothing but to please her father and to have his approval. And I think that most of the reason why she went on a two year con to trap Christopher into her, you know, into marrying her and all that stuff is because of her father.

Truly she did fall in love. I that - I think she really did fall in love with Christopher in the first season and, you know, it's one of those things. But, you know, it's a - you know, she is hurt. She definitely is hurt with the fact that Christopher never would have loved her as much as he loved Elena.

And I think that this season you do find a lot of that. But you can see the ((inaudible)) side of that - that whole like being torn. Being torn in doing what she needs to do for herself or what she needs to do for her father. And I get to play a lot of that this year and which is, you know, very fun for me.

But yeah, I think there's a little bit of everything when it comes to - when it comes to wanting to get back at them. Not always going to be the case though. I do have to add that.

Operator: We'll go next to Debra Wallace with Pop Culture Madness.

Debra Wallace: Hi Julie. I wanted to know how your life has changed both professionally and maybe with the fans since you've been starring on Dallas.

Julie Gonzalo: Oh well, you know, I definitely have a lot more fans. So it's really great. It's just nice. It's just really nice when you put your work out there and people really respond to it and, you know, you get the Twitter followers or the Facebook people or just emails and fan letters and but it's really - it's really nice when it's very positive and, you know, it's just like wanting to see more of your work.

To be honest with you, it doesn't really change my personal life. I'm still the same person I was, you know, 20 years ago, 10 years ago and not - I don't really get - I don't know. I don't really change whether I'm on a hit movie or a hit show or a hit something.

But yeah, you know, and even in like in the industry world like my peers get to see my work on the, you know, a weekly basis. And I get to, you know, I get to put - again, like, you know, as an actor like the goal is to just keep working. And just as long as I have a job, I feel blessed and it's just - it's been a really great run to have such an easy show to work on.

Operator: And ladies and gentlemen, we have time for one final question. Our final question will come from Jeanne Jakle from the San Antonio Express News.

Jeanne Jakle: Hi Julie.

Julie Gonzalo: Hi.

Jeanne Jakle: I was just wondering you get to butt heads with Christopher this season. That's - that must be fun. But you also get to have a - some - a different kind of a connection with John Ross, a more passionate connection obviously. How fun was that?

Julie Gonzalo: It's - well without revealing too much...


Julie Gonzalo: I love Josh. Josh and I get along really well. We're the, you know, it's fun to work with him. We do - I do butt heads with Christopher. You know, obviously this year we're in the middle of a custody battle and all this stuff that's, you know, being revealed this year that he didn't necessarily know last.

And what's fun about working with Josh and his character is the fact that they do - they very much operate on the same level. They do see eye to eye in a lot of the goals that they want to reach. So it's been fun to - it's been fun as a character to kind of, you know, play with somebody that's kind of your same level.

As an actor, I love both. I think, you know, Jesse and Josh are really great talents and they're just fun to be around on set. So I, you know, couldn't - I couldn't be - we're all very, very lucky. So we all really genuinely really enjoy each other's company.

Operator: And ladies and gentlemen, that does conclude our question and answer session. I'd now like to turn the call back over to Lindsey Jones for any additional or closing remarks.

Lindsey Jones: Thank you so much for joining today's call. As a reminder, Dallas returns on Monday, January 28 at 9:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on TNT. A transcript of this call will be available within 24 hours. Please check with your respective TNT publicist. Thank you Julie and thank you all for participating.

Julie Gonzalo: Thank you.

Operator: And ladies and gentlemen, once again that does conclude today's call. We do appreciate everyone's participation.

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