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Interview with Jesse Metcalfe of
"Dallas" on TNT 1/24/13
Moderator: Lindsey Jones
January 24, 2013 2:40 pm CT
Operator: Please stand by everyone. We're about to begin.
Good day ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the Turner
Jesse Metcalfe Dallas Season 2 conference call. Today's
conference is being recorded.
Now for opening remarks and introductions, I'll turn the
conference over to Lindsey Jones. Lindsey, go ahead.
Lindsey Jones: Good afternoon everybody. Thank you so much
for joining the Jesse Metcalfe Dallas conference call.
Season 2 of Dallas returns Monday, January 28 with
back-to-back episodes beginning at 9:00 pm Eastern Standard
The conference call is now open for questions. Please press
star 1 to ask a question. Thank you.
Operator: Again, ladies and gentlemen, it is star 1 if you
have a question. And we please ask that you limit yourself
to one question. You may re-queue but one initial question.
Go first to (Jim Alterman), tvfanatic.com.
Jim Halterman: Hey Jesse. Thanks for you time today. How
Jesse Metcalfe: Absolutely. I'm great. Thanks.
Jim Halterman: Hey. So, you know, so much about the show is
with the strife between Christopher and John Ross. I'm
curious in the second season if we're going to see any
complications with Christopher and Bobby because they always
seem to be on the same side. I'd be curious where their
relationship is going.
Jesse Metcalfe: Well, you know, their relationship - they
were a bit at odds in the first season a little bit. But I
think they're pretty much on the same side here in the
second season at least thus far.
You know, it becomes a very tricky situation with the
running of Ewing Energies because, you know, some other
players become involved and also Sue Ellen becomes more
involved with Ewing Energies. And we also end up, you know,
bringing Jordana - bring Elena on in a bigger capacity.
So, you know, I think we need to - we need to stay on the
same page and stay, you know, stay a tight knit group more
Operator: We'll go next to Jamie Steinberg with Starry
Jamie Steinberg: Hi. It's such a pleasure to speak with you.
Jesse Metcalfe: You too.
Jamie Steinberg: How important is it for you to live tweet
during the episodes and sort of interact with fans based on
this new season?
Jesse Metcalfe: Well I think we've all made a very concerted
effort to be part of social networking, you know, and
supporting this show. You know, I wasn't even on Twitter
before the first season or maybe I had one established but I
had never used it.
And, you know, I really love it. I really getting - I really
love getting that instant feedback, you know, from the fans
letting them know what the like and what they didn't like -
letting us know what they like and what they didn't like.
So I - it really plays a large part, you know, in the
publicity of our show - the publicity strategy for our show.
And, you know, I think a lot of tweeting during episodes has
been great. I think the fans really enjoy it.
Operator: Well go next to Karen Moul with SciFi Vision.
Karen Moul: Hi Jesse. Thanks so much for making time for us
Jesse Metcalfe: Not a problem. ((inaudible)).
Karen Moul: As the - oh, thanks. Excuse me. We talked to
some of your co-stars earlier today. And I know the season
opens only about a month after last season ended. How
dangerous is Rebecca right now? And, you know, is
Christopher still vulnerable to her being that she's a
Jesse Metcalfe: Well she's dangerous. She's dangerous
because, you know, she has the backing of her family and of
her father. You know, and they - and her, you know, Barnes
Global certainly has a lot of money and a lot of power.
And he's also, you know, still emotionally vulnerable to
her. You know, I mean, you know, after all she is the mother
of his children. And, you know, they're stuck in this, you
know, bitter custody battle over his - over the unborn
twins. And, you know, it gets pretty ugly.
Operator: We'll go next to Earl Dittman with Digital Journal
and Wireless Magazines.
Earl Dittman: Hey Jesse. How are you today man?
Jesse Metcalfe: I'm good man. How are you?
Earl Dittman: Doing great. Doing great. I was going to ask
you, you know, the great thing about Dallas this new
(incarnate) or the next generation as we so lovingly call it
is that you basically as actors get to create your own
character. You're creating your own character for, you know,
What are some of the things that - you know, of course you
have to follow script but, you know, you kind of turn him
into who he's going to be from now on. So what kind of
challenge is that for you as an actor?
I mean you started off with Desperate Housewife and now
you're over here doing this fantastic job on this show and
really we're seeing layers of your acting we've never seen
before. Do you feel that way and what drives you to do those
things? And what do you draw on?
Jesse Metcalfe: Yeah. And of course I do. I do feel that
way. This is an incredible opportunity for me to get on my
first ever lead part on a series where I really feel a
responsibility to make sure that, you know, every episode is
everything it can be.
You know, it's interesting. I bring a lot of myself to the
characters I play. But I think that playing any character
serve a cathartic experience too. And it's almost like you
learn things from your character or you become more like you
character the longer that you play him.
And, you know, Christopher's a very noble character. You
know, he's really at the moral center of the show. He's, you
know, incredibly ethical and oftentimes heroic, you know,
and he's really the guy that selflessly tries to serve and
protect his family.
So, you know, and it's been a great acting turn for me, you
know, because it's really - it's really stretched - it's
really stretched me as an actor because there's a lot of
high drama, a lot of really emotional scenes.
Operator: We'll go next to Dan Deevy, the cinemasouce.com.
Dan Deevy: Hi Jesse. First of all congratulations on the
show. I think you guys are doing a great job keeping the
Dallas legacy alive and well.
Jesse Metcalfe: Thank you so much. Appreciate that.
Dan Deevy: And so now playing your character I mean
Christopher seems, you know, he's the really good guy with
the strong moral compass like Bobby. But you can't be a
character on Dallas without having skeletons in your closet.
And when they appear they can kind of come out of left
field. So I'm curious if it were up to you, what kind of
skeletons would you put in Christopher's closet?
Jesse Metcalfe: You know, I think it's obvious from, you
know, the character that we've established in the first
season what he's grappling with. You know, an I still get
into the character in the same way. You know, I think
Christopher is really defined by his need to prove himself
as a Ewing. And, you know, the baggage of being abandoned by
the only mother that he's ever known.
I think that's the fuel for his ambition. That's the source
to his ambition. So, you know, anything can really come out
of that, you know. I'm, you know, he could have a substance
problem. He could fly off the handle. I mean he's already
proven himself in the first season to be, you know, pretty
temperamental at times and, you know, very, you know, very
emotionally raw at times.
So, you know, I mean I don't really know exactly what
skeletons are going to come out of Christopher's closet. I
can't imagine they'd be that earth shattering. But, you
know, he definitely has some edge to his personality and
certainly there's the propensity to go to the dark side.
Operator: We'll go next to Jay Jacobs with
Jay Jacobs: Hi Jesse. Nice to talk to you again. We spoke
last year when this series was starting. Now of course
everyone was so saddened to hear about Larry Hagman's
passing away. With Larry playing such a huge part in the
Dallas legacy, how important is it to continue the show and
continue on his work and make sure that his work is...
Jesse Metcalfe: It's incredibly important. I think the best
way to honor Larry would be to make this show a huge success
and to keep this show going for at least a few more years to
Anything less than that I think Larry would see as a
failure. You know, I mean it's - this tragedy, you know, has
really kind of set up another monumental, you know,
television event. And I think, you know, our writers, our
producers and obviously us has actors have all come together
to try to honor Larry and honor the character of JR Ewing in
the best way that we know how.
And it's going to make for some very compelling television.
There's no doubt about that. I mean Episode 8 is really, you
know, the episode where JR's death - the mystery of JR's
death begins to unravel. And it's entitled JR's Masterpiece.
And a lot of very intriguing storylines have set in motion
because of his death. And I think they're really going to
fuel the second half of the season and possibly seasons to
Operator: We'll go next to (Jillian Beau) with Celebuzz.
Jillian Beau: Hi Jesse. Thanks for taking the time to
speak with us today.
Jesse Metcalfe: No problem.
Jillian Beau: Last season Christopher tried his best to be
on the side of right in order to get ahead in business. This
season will Christopher start to become a little cut throat
when he goes up against his Uncle Cliff and Pamela and JR
and John Ross?
Jesse Metcalfe: He definitely starts to consider
compromising his ethics. And he certainly ultimately does
dance on the dark side a little bit. He's really forced to
in order to compete with everyone around him being so, yeah,
manipulative. So yes, you know, you're definitely going to
see a darker side of Christopher come mid season.
Operator: We'll go next to Debra Wallace with Pop Culture
Debra Wallace: Hi Jesse. We all know about your film success
and your Desperate Housewives success. Can you talk about
how your professional - the personal life and the - has
changed since Dallas became, you know, an immediate smash?
Jesse Metcalfe: Honestly life hasn't changed that much. You
know, it's just nice to be on a show that people are
watching and to be working with such an exceptional group of
people. I feel very lucky. You know, this is my first
opportunity to be a true lead on a series and, you know, and
in part carry a series.
So, you know, I take this job very seriously. I consider it
one of, you know, the biggest jobs I've ever had. And I've
been enjoying every minute of it. But there - not a whole
lots changed for me personally.
Operator: We'll go next to Pamela Harland, Assignment X.
Pamela Harland: Hi Jesse.
Jesse Metcalfe: Hi.
Pamela Harland: I was wondering what part of your character
has changed because of the passing of Larry Hagman? Have all
the characters had to make a shift or an alter in terms of
what their - where their paths are going to be headed?
Jesse Metcalfe: Well our writers had to kind of urgently get
together over the Christmas hiatus and basically rewrite the
entire second half of the season. So definitely some changes
certainly transpired. And I think in a lot of ways for the
better. You know, the passing of JR within the story really
sets in motion some, you know, very exciting storylines.
That sets a lot of different characters and bring a lot of
different characters from the past and present together.
But it - and I don't think it's really - I don't think it's
really - you know, it might have even changed the trajectory
of my character of Christopher a little bit as well in that
he even had - he has to step up ever more and assume the
Bobby role and really selflessly serve his family and
protect his family because, you know, his father's grieving
and John Ross is also grieving as well and acting
increasingly more erratic.
So, you know, I mean Christopher has to assume that role
even more so. So, you know, it's been a - it's been a really
wild right, you know. An unexpected tragedy for all of us
and it's been an unexpected turn in that - with the
storyline on Dallas.
Operator: And we'll take our next question from Karen Moul
with SciFi Vision.
Karen Moul: Hi again Jesse. You alluded briefly to
Christopher feeling abandoned by his mother. Will we learn
any more this season about what happened with Pam in the
last 20 years, where she's been and, you know, what happened
with her and Christopher?
Jesse Metcalfe: Yes. Yes we will. Unfortunately I can't tell
you much more than that. I'm sorry.
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, this concludes our question
and answer session. I'll turn it back to Lindsey for closing
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 you
respective TNT publicist. Thank you Jesse and thank you all
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your
participation. This does conclude today's conference. Have a
great rest of your day.
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