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Interview with Rachel Nichols and
Victor Webster of "Continuum" on SyFy 3/14/13
Both of these actors do a great job on this show playing
the heroes, the cops chasing the terrorists. Nichols'
character is from the future and Webster's character is from
our present, but both are very driven and dedicated cops.
I love Victor in particular since he has been on so many of
my favorite shows over the years, from "Days of Our Lives"
to "Mutant X" to "Charmed" to "Castle"... well, the list
goes on. I didn't get to ask them a question during this
call as it was very busy, but I enjoyed listening to it. I
did get the chance to interview Victor one-on-one in a later
call, which I shall be putting up shortly! He was charming.
Moderator: Aileen Normile
March 14, 2013
5:30 pm CT
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen thank you for standing by and
welcome to the Syfy Continuum Conference Call.
Gary Morgenstein: I'm delighted to introduce Rachel Nichols
and Victor Webster, stars of Continuum and Simon Barry,
Executive Producer and Creator to talk about the season one
finale March 18 at 8 pm of our latest popular series.
Operator: Our first question comes from the line of Robin
Burks with Fan Girl Confessions. Please go ahead.
Robin Burks: I just want to say that I really have enjoyed
this first season of Continuum and can't wait for season
Rachel Nichols: Oh thank you.
Robin Burks: No problem. It's just a great show. Do you have
any particular favorite moments from this past season that
you would like to talk about?
Rachel Nichols: Okay I'll jump in.
Simon Barry: You jump in.
Rachel Nichols: I'll jump in. It's a question where I'm
really like yes because it almost changes every time I
answer the question because I've either seen an episode
recently or I remembered something that I forgot.
The end of episode two is one of my favorite and Jon Cassar
directed that episode and I'm in the precinct and I've been
sort of - I've been jailed and I watch Dr. Fraser reunite
with his wife, and I think the ending of episode two is one
of my favorite chunks of the first season. But, you know,
everything from meeting my grandmother played by Katie
Findlay in episode five or episode eight when I kind of go
robo-Kiera, those three moments that I chose are very
different but they're all favorite moments just because they
really stand out in my memory.
Simon Barry: I know what Victor's favorite moment is.
Rachel Nichols: The shower.
Simon Barry: Getting attacked in the shower in episode
Victor Webster: I liked the behind-the-scenes version of
that one better.
Simon Barry: Go ahead Victor I was just kidding. I'm sure
you have other favorite moments.
Victor Webster: Oh no I mean so many things stand out about
the show like Rachel said. I watched a lot of it my computer
the first time and then when you watch it on a big screen
television you just miss so many things that you notice all
of a sudden. And I love the moments between Rachel and I
when I'm dying in the last episode and I've been shot and
great emotional moments, episode seven when we were out on
the balcony of the police precinct and having this
heart-to-heart conversation about trust and partnership.
Those are some great scenes. Obviously Kimani has done some
great fight scenes; I'm a very physical guy so I love that.
Those are some things that stand out to me.
Robin Burks: Great thank you.
Simon Barry: Oh and for Simon the answer would be Victor in
the shower, no. I think my favorite moment from season one
is probably I don't know actually, it's hard to pick one
because we spend so much time trying to make them all good.
I guess I'd have to say it's in episode ten which I don't
want to ruin because the audience hasn't seen it yet so I'll
just say it's in episode ten and you'll have to tune in to
see what I'm talking about.
Robin Burks: Will do; thank you.
Rachel Nichols: Thank you.
Victor Webster: Thank you.
Simon Barry: No problem; thank you.
Operator: Our next question comes from line of Jamie Ruby
with SciFi Vision. Please go ahead.
Jamie Ruby: I really enjoyed the finale I do want to say
that. It was really, really great. I watched it last night.
Simon Barry: Oh I'm glad you liked it.
Rachel Nichols: Thank you.
Jamie Ruby: So I'm curious we saw a lot more about Kellog in
not the finale but the one before Family Time and about how
his sister was captured by Kiera and all that. But at the
end of that scene he dropped the detonator so he wasn't at
least at that point in with Liber8. Are we going to see more
about how he became more a part of the group any time soon?
Simon Barry: Well I think the assumption was that there was
a lot of guilt by association in that scene that if he was
caught - that his sister was warning him that if he had been
caught with her with those detonators that would have been
the equivalent of Iím sure it looked back either way.
I think we will get into Kellog's point of view about the
future and things like that as we move forward but if you're
asking specifically about how he was sort of lumped in with
everybody criminally, I think that that sort of ends with
him being caught red-handed with something that he shouldnít
have been carrying around and linked to his sister who was
clearly working with Liber8. But we'll always learn more
about who Kellog is and his back story, maybe not
specifically as it relates to how he got to jail though.
Jamie Ruby: Okay. And then is there anything from the next
season that you guys can talk about or tease about even if
it's not specific?
Simon Barry: Yes well I can certainly say that this season
is really we get now to play a lot of the relationships of
the characters out in a way that we didn't get to do in
season one and there's a lot of dynamics. As you know
everyone now has stakes in this game and as those stakes
become chips that can be played, everyone has a point of
view about how they can best take care of themselves and
also control their own destiny. And actually that covers
almost every character.
Information comes to light, people make alliances, people
split up and break connections and so a lot of the
positioning of these characters comes down to how they're
going to control not only their lives in the present but
also in the future. And so control, power and those themes
run heavily through season two.
Jamie Ruby: Okay and really quick...
Victor Webster: Hearing you say that Simon really makes me
think how right you are after the stuff that we've done wow.
Simon Barry: Yes.
Jamie Ruby: And I just wanted to ask really quick, I know
you can't tell me a lot, but I was just curious I don't know
the character's name but Nick Lea that was in the finale,
obviously he kind of saw of what was going on. Is he going
to be back at all do you know to cause more problems?
Simon Barry: Rachel do you want to answer that one?
Rachel Nichols: What am I allowed to - I don't know what Iím
allowed to say. Am I allowed to answer that accurately?
Simon Barry: You can yes.
Rachel Nichols: Yes Nick Lea's back. He's going to return.
Simon Barry: Yes we definitely put Nick in that final
episode to tee up a process that will continue into season
Jamie Ruby: Okay great so he could cause lots of problems.
Rachel Nichols: Yes exactly.
Simon Barry: You're welcome.
Victor Webster: See you on Twitter.
Jamie Ruby: Yes bye.
Simon Barry: Bye.
Rachel Nichols: Bye.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Jamie
Steinberg with Starry Constellation Magazine. Please go
Jamie Steinberg: Do you think Kiera will make it back to the
future and will it be her future she returns to?
Simon Barry: I'm going to let Rachel answer that one.
Rachel Nichols: Well you know if Kiera makes it back to the
future the show it kind of over unless I mean, unless she
decides to be a time traveler, she figures out how to go
back and forth and back and forth and back and forth and
maybe I don't know change things. That's in Simon's head,
that's not for me to say. I'm busy enough worry about Kiera
in the present day.
I think if she gets back to the future, and I'm not speaking
with any knowledge of any future scripts or seasons of the
show, I would like to believe for her own sake and for me
playing the character that she wants to do everything while
she's here to ensure that what she's going back to is going
to be the future that she left. And so I believe that she
will return to the future that she left because if I didn't
believe that and Kiera didn't believe that then it would be
much more of a hurdle being here in 2013. So yes I would
like to think that she will eventually return home and Sam
will be the exact same age that he was when she left and it
will be like she wasn't gone at all.
Jamie Steinberg: Fingers crossed.
Victor Webster: Yes it happens in season ten.
Rachel Nichols: Fingers crossed. No, no seven.
Victor Webster: Seven.
Jamie Steinberg: And Victor even though he's only known her
maybe a month and Carlos knows that Kiera lies to him at
times, what do you think it is about her that makes Carlos
Victor Webster: She gets the job done. She may not be
completely truthful but I believe that she's doing it for
confidentiality reasons and she's not allowed to disclose
information to me through Section 6 and what she says she's
going to do she does. I may not agree with the means by
which she does them but her results speak for themselves so
I have no reason but to trust her because she makes stuff
Jamie Steinberg: Well most fans talk about the possibility
of Kiera and Kellog getting together, what do you think
about the possibility though of Alec and Kiera on the show?
Victor Webster: Getting together?
Rachel Nichols: That's an interesting question. Erik Knudsen
and I do a lot of live tweeting together and people seem to
be really, really interested in that which Erik and I are
both fascinated by. I personally don't think it's going to
happen just because that would complicate - the catch phrase
of the first season is "It's complicated" and Kiera and Erik
together would be really extremely complicated not to
mention the fact that, you know, I mean he's got to be,
what, ten years, more than ten years, you know, 15 years
younger than Kiera or something so I don't know. I like that
the fans are into that though. It's something that Erik and
I talk a lot about. So unless Simon is going to surprise me
and tell me that I end up with Alec Sadler from some period
in time that I visit I would say no.
Jamie Steinberg: All right great.
Simon Barry: I'm going to say no comment.
Rachel Nichols: Oh of course.
Jamie Steinberg: Thanks guys.
Simon Barry: No problem.
Rachel Nichols: Thank you.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Ernie
Estrella with BuzzFocus.com. Please go ahead.
Ernie Estrella: My first question is there a goal at some
point to thrust Liber8 into the front and come forward and
become hero-like figures with Kiera being the obstacle in
their way? Based off of what we know about corporations and
our desires about not wanting that dystopian future, will
they become the heroes at some point?
Simon Barry: Well it's an interesting...
Rachel Nichols: I'm going to let Simon take that one.
Simon Barry: Yes it's an interesting question. I mean, I
think that because we're keeping perspective alive in this
show that really I'm not editorializing necessarily what
anyone should think about these guys and their direction and
their purpose, although we are certainly telling the story
predominately through the eyes of Kiera and Kiera's
experience which is what grounds the show and I think makes
the show relatable, we're always trying to tackle arguments
from different points of view and we're trying to be
intelligent about our neutrality instead of just being lazy
about it. So we try and bring two sides of every argument to
bear if we can.
I think that at a certain point I may not be the person who
decides that, it may be the audience who decides that that's
happening because they may just be tapped into that and be
focused on that and that's what they'll see whereas other
audience members may not. And I think that's kind of the
goal of the show is to allow for people to take sides and
see the truth and the meaning that is relevant to them. And
I'll try and stay out of the way of that if I can.
Ernie Estrella: Okay and then also I thought it was kind of
a brave choice in the last episode, the penultimate episode,
where we do get this sense that Kellog's advancements are
starting to break through, albeit with a little bit of
Victor Webster: That always helps.
Ernie Estrella: That was kind of a brave choice to kind of
maybe taint kind of the image of Kiera because we've at this
point went along with her for the whole ride and now we get
a real first kind of bump in the road where we start to
question kind of what's going through her head.
Simon Barry: Yes I mean, I know that Rachel has a point of
view on this and I'd love her to kind of comment before I
Rachel Nichols: Oh I'm going to go first? Okay. It's an
interesting thing the relationship between Kiera and Kellog.
There's the safety and the security and the comfortability
(sic) in the idea of the fact that he knows who she is and
he knows what she's fighting and he knows who he is and he
knows Liber8. And there's also the ambiguity there which
you'll find out a little bit more about in the next episode
because it's the did they or didn't they and there are many,
many, many different options and thoughts and theories about
did they or didn't they, what is this relationship going to
be. Is he winning her over, is she using him to get what she
It's extremely complicated and that last sort of the
cliffhanger in episode nine is met with an interesting
response in me in the finale episode and it leaves a lot up
to interpretation. And there is the idea well Kiera is
married in the future but how long is she going to be here
and what does that mean and the things that we learn about
her and her life in the future as the show progresses and
her dating, however that ends up working out, I think the
Kellog mechanism is important because there's a level of
security there and also the level of I don't trust him as
far I can kick him and I still need him to do things for me
like he needs me to do things for him. So it's a very
complicated relationship with no finite definition.
Simon Barry: Yes I would agree with what Rachel said and add
that there's - the great thing I think that Kellog presents
Kiera is a way to be bad in a way without compromising her
goals. She can be flawed, she can be human, she can
vulnerable in a way that really her pursuit of Liber8 and
her pursuit of returning home doesn't often allow her to be
kind of complicated in a way that is human.
And I think that I just wanted to make sure before the
season ended that the audience understood that Kiera was
like anybody else, had doubts, had complicated feelings
about things and that in essence Kellog was someone who
really did understand her and there was an attachment there
that may not have been intellectual, it might just have been
convenient and comforting in a way but it's much more like
real life than the movie version or the TV version of a
relationship and we were trying to just at least open the
door to that.
Ernie Estrella: Great thank you.
Rachel Nichols: Thank you.
Simon Barry: Thanks very much.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Tim
Holquinn with TV Over Mind. Please go ahead.
Tim Holquinn: Congratulations on your show's Saturn and
Constellation Award nominations. That's huge.
Simon Barry: Thank you very much.
Victor Webster: Yes I love that from them, awesome guys.
Tim Holquinn: I really enjoyed the first season and to Simon
I was wondering what inspired you to take away Kiera's suit
for as long as you did? Was it budgetary considerations or a
creative move to prevent it from becoming a crutch? I know
the suit's not the focus but...
Simon Barry: Yes... sorry go ahead, follow up.
Tim Holquinn: Well I know the suit's not the focus of the
show but a friend of mine likened it to KITT being taken
away from Michael Knight on Knight Rider. So what prompted
Simon Barry: When the suit starts speaking to her that will
be a more apt comparison. No I'm kidding the suit will not
speak to her that way.
No I think we were very conscious in season one that the
suit could easily be a get-out-of-jail-free card in a lot
situations and that in the interest of having Kiera kind of
adapt to her new surroundings and deal with the realities of
being 65 years in the past, it was a better from a character
perspective to have her have to deal with certain things
head on and then get her hands dirty as opposed to finding a
way around things. So that was absolutely a conscious
But we also liked the idea that the suit's - in damaging the
suit we could also create kind of that paradoxical
connection to Alec being able to fix it and also learn
things about the future that may actually play into who he
becomes. So in a way it served many purposes to not have her
in the suit. It also created that opportunity to have the
suit come back into play which is always a nice moment too.
So we knew early on in the breaking of season one that the
suit was an opportunity but also a liability and we have to
sort of balance that and that's kind of what our solution
Tim Holquinn: Okay thank you for that. And to Victor and
Rachel on last week's episode of the show Walking Dead,
Andrew Lincoln mentioned his personal ritual of gearing up
for certain emotional or intense scenes by listening to
specific types of music to get him into moods. Do any of you
have any notable rituals you use to help prepare or focus
for particular types of scenes and if it's music, can you
share what artists or songs you might use?
Victor Webster: That one's definitely applicable to Rachel
because... Go ahead Rachel.
Rachel Nichols: You're going to hate my answer. Yes I'm very
musically oriented and music means a lot to me and different
kinds of songs bring up different emotion and whether it's a
sad scene, whether it's a love lost scene, whether it's a -
I have every song that I listen to has a very specific
meaning and very specific triggers and emotionality that
works. And then there are even aggressive scenes or right
before fight scenes to get pumped up and stuff like that but
I never tell anybody what they are.
Thatís why I said you're going to hate my question, nobody
knows what I listen to. I like to keep it very private
because in those moments especially - we had some this week
on set. I had a very emotional week on set and in those
moments right before they yell action for me they're very
private and I'm really getting into a place that at times
can be very painful and very dark so I don't like to put out
there what actually gets me to that place. It's sort of
something that I keep secret.
Victor Webster: For the right price I could tell you because
I can hear the music coming out of her headphones.
As far as me I always have some sort of drumbeat in my head.
I can't figure out where it's coming from. It goes along
with the voices that talk to me.
Tim Holquinn: All right thanks a lot guys.
Victor Webster: Thank you.
Tim Holquinn: And one last...
Rachel Nichols: Yes?
Tim Holquinn: One last question: I was just wondering real
quick will you guys be at Comic-Con in San Diego this
Rachel Nichols: I would love to go. I don't know how - I'm
not in control of that but if they invited me I'd go. Simon?
Simon Barry: I think Syfy is going to be driving that
Rachel Nichols: Okay.
Simon Barry: We don't have the in to Comic-Con that Syfy
does so if that happens it will be a Syfy-driven process I
Tim Holquinn: I hope you get to go.
Rachel Nichols: Me too.
Simon Barry: Yes that would great.
Victor Webster: So do we that would be amazing.
Operator: And ladies and gentlemen as a reminder to register
for a question please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your
Our next question comes from the line of Tina Charles with
TV Goodness. Please go ahead.
Tina Charles: Hi. I thought that Tahmoh Penikett's character
was pretty interesting and the whole storyline with Carlos
and Jim and the end of the friendship and what was going on
there. Are we going to see more of that in season two?
Rachel Nichols: Good lord I hope so.
Simon Barry: We love Tahmoh and we certainly if when he's
available we would love to get him back on the show so we're
going to make efforts to do that. I can't promise it because
a lot of it has to do with other things that he's doing so
Tina Charles: Victor what did you think about that storyline
since that involved you and it would be a great way to kind
of weave Carlos more into the story even more?
Victor Webster: Well I love it. I mean Tahmoh's one of my
best friends in real life and it just so happens that it
worked out. It had nothing to do with me but I mean it just
happened so organically it worked out that we got to play
these characters. And it's such a good relationship between
us and it was written so well in such a powerful kind of
breaking point to a friendship and a changing of seeing
somebody one way and then having that whole vision shattered
was so powerful. So I definitely would like to explore that
a little bit more and I think we could really delve into
some great character stuff with those two characters.
Tina Charles: Cool. Also I don't - what is up with Kiera's
husband? Are we going to find out more if there's something
- I just feel like there's something going on with him and I
don't know if we're going to see anything more about that in
the future scenes.
Simon Barry: Well there's something going on with him all
right. I have no idea what it is but I don't trust the guy
as far as I can throw him.
Rachel Nichols: I don't know what it is because I'm on a
need-to-know basis here and I have no idea what's going to
happen with my husband. This is why I look forward to Simon
answering this question.
Simon Barry: No we're definitely going to resolve more
details about Kiera's husband Greg and his involvement with
(Sad Tech) and Alec Sadler in season two. That's something
to look forward to.
Tina Charles: Great thank you.
Simon Barry: No problem.
Operator: Our next question is a follow-up question from the
line of Jamie Ruby with SciFi Vision. Please go ahead.
Jamie Ruby: Hello again. So do you think - I know that
obviously Kiera can't come out right now and tell Carlos
everything that's going on but will she be able to reveal
maybe some things? Like even maybe if she, I don't know, if
he knew some of the technology she had she could lie and say
oh it's secret government stuff. Will he find anything out
of her secrets?
Simon Barry: I think that we're obviously...
Rachel Nichols: Simon I don't know what I'm allowed to say
Simon Barry: Yes we obviously want to get to a point at some
point where we've mined him not knowing and sort of dealing
with their relationship based on trust and faith to the
point where it makes sense and then to move on from that
point. I can't tell you exactly when that's going to happen
but I think that weíre all in agreement that itís best for
their relationship to evolve at a certain point, weíre just
not locked into when thatís going to happen.
Jamie Ruby: Okay. So for all of you, whatís been your most
challenging so far?
Rachel Nichols: Well I know for me itís this sort of, itís
this interesting balance because Kiera Cameron is from the
year 2077 and she knows everything about the year 2077, itís
the world in which she lived and she comes back to the year
2013 about which she knows nothing and has to be completely
sort of reprogrammed and re-educated at 65 years in the
past. Me, Rachel clearly I have no idea what 2077 will look
like and itís certainly not where Iím from and I am from
So itís this very interesting balance between this - out of,
you know, fish out of water character when weíre here in
2013 because Kiera has to feel often times, although sheís a
fast learner like as though this is a completely new
scenario for her, even though I exist in 2013 and for me
when we go to the future, itís living in a different world
that Iím supposed to know like the back of my hand.
So that balance has been complicated and in the most
interesting way and thankfully, you know, I have Simon to
help me out with my barometer, new things, old things,
strange things, funny things, key phrases I donít
understand, you know, episode III rock, paper, scissors,
apparently we donít play that game in 2077. So itís been a
challenge and a really interesting challenge.
Simon Barry: Rocks have been outlawed as well as scissors.
Rachel Nichols: Apparently rocks and we donít have paper in
the future, I mean...
Simon Barry: Definitely no paper?
Rachel Nichols: Definitely no paper. Yes, that for me
definitely has been the most difficult, not necessarily in a
bad way just in a truly interesting sort of introspective
kind of figure it out way.
Jamie Ruby: Victor whatís the hardest thing been for you?
Simon Barry: Besides working for me?
Victor Webster: That was exactly my answer you took the
words right out of my mouth. I think the hardest thing for
me is just playing that balance of, you know, trusting Kiera,
knowing that she is a good partner and then not acting on a
lot of these signals and signs and just kind of collecting
all this data to eventually like Simon said maybe we will
figure that out in the future to where we do, itís trying to
I trust her and Iím working with her but thereís so many
things about her that I donít trust so keeping that
interesting and without making Carlos look like an idiot so
to speak. And I think a lot of that is in the writing and I
think theyíve done such a good job with it, so even though
that is the most difficult thing to me they need to do it.
Jamie Ruby: All right. Simon?
Simon Barry: The hardest thing for me is not having anyone
incompetent to blame anything on because we have Victor and
Rachel are so good and this crew is so amazing and everyone
is so skilled that I really end up taking responsibility for
all the mistakes myself, which is really tough.
Rachel Nichols: Oh jeez!
Simon Barry: Whatís the hardest thing? The hardest thing is,
I donít know what the hardest thing is, I donít -
everythingís hard because we work really hard every day and
we kind of give our whole lives over to making the show but
we do it because we love it and so I guess itís hard in that
we donít have a lot of other time to do fun stuff and sleep
and eat normal hours and things that people take for
granted. But I would be - I would look like an idiot if I
had anything to complain about. So Iím the luckiest guy in
the world so Iím not going to say anything.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Katrina
Hill with NerdSpan, please go ahead.
Katrina Hill: Yes. So I read that Kiera was originally
written as a male character, so at what point was the
decision made to change the lead from a male to female and
how did that affect the rest of the show?
Simon Barry: Well the truth is it was never written, we
never actually wrote a script with a male lead, the very,
very earliest pitch for this show had a male character in
Kieraís role but as soon as I entered the development
process with the Canadian broadcaster showcase and met with
the executives there, the idea of converting (Kyle) as it
was originally to Kiera made complete sense and actually was
a great contribution early on and, you know, at a certain
point you go into the process where the idea is driving
everything forward and certainly the broadcasters responded
to the idea of what the show was.
And then you get into the nitty-gritty of the little details
and you have conversations about those details and it came
up very quickly that the option to make Kiera a mom and I
immediately knew it was the right decision, it was just - it
was a no-brainer at that point and it just opened up the
show in so many ways. So we actually never got to script
place with the male version and probably just as well.
Victor Webster: What about Carlos being Carlita?
Simon Barry: Yes. Carlos was a woman. The names Carlos,
which was weird. Itís a very use of the feminine Carlos. Iím
Katrina Hill: So at some point, will we also be seeing how
things are changing in the future because of what Kiera and
(Live ray) are doing in 2012 and 2013?
Simon Barry: At some point. That would be the operative
caveat, at some point, yes, at some point.
Katrina Hill: Okay.
Simon Barry: That could be in two months or two years or 20,
I donít know when but yes.
Katrina Hill: Okay. Thank you.
Operator: Our next question is a follow-up question from the
line of Robin Burks with Fan Girl Confessions. Please go
Robin Burks: Hi again. I think this one is probably more for
Simon. Continuum seems to be part science fiction and part
police procedural. How do you balance those different
aspects and still keep it interesting?
Simon Barry: Well itís actually handy to have both because
they both drive each other. The Sci-fi mythology is kind of
part of the fabric of all the characters connection to each
other and then sets up, you know, a lot of the dynamics. The
police world allows for a structure to build certain stories
around and so I actually think itís a really great balance
of supporting the episodic in the serialized in the same
hour. And having Kiera integrate with the police department
makes sense, itís not like she is a time traveler working
out trying to do - solve a huge insurmountable problem on
She did the smart thing, which was to integrate with local
law enforcement and to use them and so - and by the way they
would have vested interest in these guys coming - being
brought down anyway, so I think that what we got out of that
was an ability to justify how Kiera can have an impact using
her relationship with Carlos and the police department and
also allow for the structure of storytelling to be a little
bit more in the domain of police cases, which brings up kind
of that familiar structure of crime stories and police
But weíre not trying to be, you know, obviously we try weave
in as much of our serialized and mythology components into
those crimes so that theyíre not outside our universe. Weíre
trying to make everything inside the universe. I think it
Robin Burks: This is for Rachel and Victor, the show has a
lot of accidents, do you guys do your own stunts? And how do
you prepare for that sort of physicality in your roles?
Victor Webster: Go ahead Rachel.
Rachel Nichols: Well, you know, itís interesting thereís
this beautiful thing called muscle memory and for me itís
fortunate because Iíve done, you know, Iíve done a lot of
action stuff whether it was G.I. Joe or Alias or, you know,
even Conan to some degree, Iíve had the good fortune of
being able to do a lot of action stuff so learning a fight
sequence and doing a physical scene, itís al lot like
learning a dance. You learn the individual moves, you string
them all together and then you, you know, it becomes -
thereís a fluidity that comes after practicing it and going
And so I mean I donít do anything special necessarily to
prepare aside from, you know, asking (Kímani) our
unbelievable stunt coordinator what looks best and will this
punch sell and what angle do I need to, you know, swing at
and stuff like that. I mean I stay in good shape throughout
the season but I rely a lot on my past experiences to help
me sort of get through a day.
The most important thing for me is I have to stay in good
shape because if you do those kicks over and over and over
and over and over and you can actually get really burnt out
and exhausted. So provided that my stamina is up, Iím
usually A-Okay on the day. Victor?
Victor Webster: Well for me I come from another world, I
used to teach martial arts, Iíve competed in martial arts, I
still compete in martial arts now as a hobby and train quite
regularly and for me itís a passion so stunt days, action
days for me Iím like a kid in the candy store, I get to
play. And working with very, very talented stunt people that
I get to do the action with that help make me look good and
(Kímani) makes me look great and everything sitting with
this storyline that we have.
And our showís not a Matrix style everything is really
perfect type of fighting, our showís very dirty, you know,
using things around, itís using our surroundings. So it all
just combines very well with our natural talents, being
athletic and like myself, having been on many shows like
Rachel and movies where Iíve had to do a lot of action. It
becomes second nature, itís something that you learn to do
and they show you these moves, you remember these moves and
you do them.
Now, if werenít coordinated and hadnít been doing things
like this in our lives before this show then that would
prove very difficult but fortunately we have experience and
they make us look good in the editing room as well.
Simon Barry: Yes. Itís a combination of a lot of elements
that goes into it but it does help that Victor and Rachel
are kind of really committed to the physical part of their
performances and that overlaps well into the fight and
action sequences, which makes our lives a lot easier because
we donít have to hide who they are, we donít have to use
stunt doubles a lot of the time, we can rely on Rachel and
Victor to be there in the dirt and in the, you know, on the
walls and being thrown around and it really adds to the
relation of the show.
Operator: Our next question from the line of Ernie Estrella
with Buzz Focus. Please go ahead.
Ernie Estrella: Hi again. My next question is about the role
reversal and maybe we can start with Victor first as you
took on this role, you thought maybe itís a leading man and
then you started to find out that, you know, your
characterís the one thatís kind of being saved a lot by
Kiera, talk about maybe that reversal and kind of that
element that makes this show so unique.
Victor Webster: Well I think one of the things about this
show is we kind of take all the stereotypes that have been
played out in other TV shows and we kind of flip them right
on their ear. So whereas the male character might be the
leading man saving the woman, we come in and we switch that
around, sheís come to my aid many, many times and Iíve had
her back as well.
So itís a very symbolic relationship in that sense but what
Iíve noticed so far is Simon does such a great job and the
other writers do such a great job of is once you think you
know whatís going to happen in this show, they pull the rug
right out from underneath you, they throw you a curve ball
and youíre left going what the heck just happened?
So I really like being able to play that, you know, but
Carlos is a very strong, proud, you know, Latin male
character and to have that kind of character be where he
just has this, you know, beautiful woman save his life and
itís his partner and itís fun to play those moments and so
it just makes it really enjoyable when they do this to us.
Simon Barry: Thank you for saying that.
Ernie Estrella: Right. My next question is, thereís a theme
of loneliness I think on all the major characters, could you
talk about maybe what the different approaches of that -
maybe that leads to their actions and especially Alec who
seems to be a little self-sufficient in his kind of computer
lab, can you talk about the loneliness theme?
Simon Barry: Yes. I think youíre taping something thatís
actually very predominant and youíre right, thereís a - we
always talked about the idea that there was a certain amount
of a castaway vibe for Kiera as well as it being a mission
driven thing for her. She also is stranded and abandoned and
cut-off and all those things that someone who would be, you
know, a castaway on a desert island would go through and it
opened up a lot of possibilities to look at isolation and to
look at those characters.
And certainly in season II weíre going to delve a little bit
more into that but youíre right, itís finding your place in
the universe, finding your place in destiny, finding your
place in, you know, the time - in the time Continuum or what
is destiny, what is fate, what you can control, what you
canít control often attaches itself to a sense of self and
isolation and sometimes beyond.
So itís - Iím glad youíre picking up on it. We are sort of
looking at people - characters who are sort of examining
themselves in ways that are unusual and mainly because
theyíre not making those normal connections and weíre going
to have those connections develop in Season II in a way that
makes - I think we can have some fun with that, what we set
up in Season I and see where it goes in Season II because we
know these characters so well on their own, itíll be
something to see how they relate when theyíre not but I
think Rachel is going to chime in too, so go ahead.
Rachel Nichols: Yes. I mean I think I love the question
actually itís different, Iíve never been asked that
question, although not the first time Iíve thought of a
response to it. So thank you but there is that lone wolf
loneliness, I mean itís something that inhabits her
obviously for sort of the superficial where sheís in 2012
and she is alone but, you know, the idea of sheís separated
from everything that she knows and everything that sheís
familiar with and sheís thrown into this new environment and
itís really sink or swim.
And there are very few people, I mean Alec and then clearly
Kellogg theyíre sort of becoming friends at the end of the
season but there are very few people that really know who
she is, where sheís from and why sheís there, how she got
there. And thereís a real loneliness in not being able to be
honest with people like Carlos. I mean the even if Kieraís
surrounded by people, she still feels completely alone
because thereís no one there really that knows who she is.
And to lie to your best friend and someone that you truly
respect and admire and appreciate on a daily basis, it is
excruciating and itís very, very lonely and itís, you know,
she feels like sheís a one woman army very frequently and
Alec, youíre right, Alec is very self-sufficient in what he
does and how he exists in season I. Weíre letting him
blossom a little bit more in season II but I think thatís
why Alec and Kiera get along so well because they know the
truth about each other and they both know what itís like to
be completely alone and feel completely alone.
And I think Kiera finds great comfort in the fact that she
has him as a friend and I think, you know, thatís really
important for the show about the idea that you can be
surrounded by people and feel completely alone - work
conversely completely alone and yet feel like youíre, you
know, that youíre not. And I think she does some of that
knowing that Alec is in her head and a part of her. And at
the end of the day, she relies heavily on him for her own
Ernie Estrella: And then one last quick question is, will in
Canada and the United States will the second season be
simulcast, will there not be like a gap in between as far as
when one country sees it versus the other?
Syfy: We havenít announced Ė hi, this is Syfy, we havenít
announced season II yet.
Ernie Estrella: Oh, okay.
Syfy: So we canít answer that.
Ernie Estrella: Okay. Thank you.
Simon Barry: I believe the U.K. is - the U.K. Syfy window is
going to be much shorter that last time. I think they will
be following, I believe itís within in weeks of the Canadian
Operator: Our next question is in the line to Tim Holquinn
with TV Over Mind. Please go ahead.
Tim Holquinn: Hi Simon. My first questions for you. I know
itís a bit early to be previewing the premiere but the
finale leaves us with such a jaw-dropping revelation with
Alec telling Kiera on the phone, I was wondering will the
premiere for Season II, will it pick right up there like
perhaps with her still on the boat or will the information
that heís telling her be unfolded in the first few episodes
of the season? Have you structured that out already?
Simon Barry: Yes. Weíve actually already shot it and Iíve
...I can tell you this season II picks up very shortly after
season I, there is a bit of time but itís not a lot and itís
certainly not enough that anything has been, you know,
reset. The stakes are still the stakes but itís, you know,
itís shortly after and I think it would be cruel and inhuman
of me to let the audience wait very long to find out what
the message was about so weíre not going to make the
Tim Holquinn: Okay. Thatís good to hear. To Victor, I often
feel pretty bad for Carlos always being lied to and I was
wondering - even though for good reason - and I was just
wondering maybe Simon can answer this too but do you think
the period of time heís lied will influence or matter in
whether or not he forgives her? Like if itís been three
seasons or four seasons worth of lies, do you think that
will make him less likely to forgive?
Victor Webster: I think it yes - I also think it depends if
he knows heís being lied to. I think a lot of Kieraís lies
maybe he doesnít know, he might suspect things but for him
to be able to ascertain whether those are lies is not - he
would have to get a lot of information for that. I think
definitely the more that - the more water that passes under
the bridge I think it would be more difficult but if Carlos
was to ever find out what was happening, I think it would be
such a event for him, it would be completely mind blowing
that I donít know how weíd feel about that.
I guess we would have to cross that bridge when Simon writes
that and see when that happens but I think definitely under
normal circumstances the more lies in what is told, the
harder it is to forgive but itís definitely not an ordinary
show so Simon?
Simon Barry: Yes, I mean I like to think that when this
happens, if it happens weíll drive - itíll be driven by all
the forces that are - we can bring to bare in this show, it
wonít just be random, itíll be driven by hopefully
character, emotion, plot, circumstance, necessity, I mean I
think thatís really kind of owe it to do it the right way.
Tim Holquinn: And pretty clearly Kiera would be sad about it
herself, like it wouldnít be a happy occasion and sheíd
probably be sad, crying or whatever saying sorry, I would
Simon Barry: Well I mean itís - I think that will be driven
by the necessity, I think more than anything the emotion
will be - would be part of - of course it would be complex,
emotional moment but I think that itíll be operating on
many, many levels not just one emotion, probably complex,
Tim Holquinn: Okay. And for Rachel, one last question on an
unrelated note, on a fashion related note, being that you
walk red carpets frequently I was wondering if thereís a
favorite designer you might have? Perhaps someone whoís made
things specifically for you?
Rachel Nichols: Oh gosh! Thatís a really good question. You
know what Iíve never had an outfit made specifically for me
to be honest, would I like it? Yes, sure that would be
fantastic so anybody who wants to make an outfit for me, you
let me know. I really and Simon and Victor and attest to
this, I like to be comfortable and even on my day off I wear
sweat pants, I usually wear sweat pants to work so I really
like to be comfortable in the things that I wear on the red
carpet, nothing too labor intensive, you know, Iím wardrobe
So I usually go for comfort, I mean I love Phillip Lim, I
love - now I canít remember any of the names Iím trying to
think of I wear a lot - I love Calvin Klein and there are
lots of (Olivia Prendashula) - I can never pronounce his
last name (Prendashula) but Iím pretty - Iím not ever really
locked into one designer. A lot of times the dresses that
are available are really for the models whoíve walked the
runway and I donít fit into those.
But actually for my favorite, my favorite premiere look was
for Alex Cross and that was Donna Karan. It was DKNY and it
was a beautiful backless blue dress and itís really - it was
really quite something so yes I donít have any favorites
itís pretty much what Iím drawn to at the time of the
fitting. I usually err on the side of I like to show, you
know, show my back rather than cleavage-bearing outfits I
So thatís usually the direction I go and I wore a beautiful
Halston backless Halston to the premiere of - hello? The
premier of G.I. Joe in Tokyo and then I wore a backless
Stella McCartney actually to the premiere of Conan. So, you
know, anybody who has a backless dress theyíre pretty much
in luck with me.
Tim Holquinn: Thank you very much. Itís been great getting
to speak with you again.
Syfy: Thank you for making Continuum such a wonderful hit
series, its very first season on Syfy. More chase scenes at
8 oíclock, watch the season finale of Continuum, take care
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen that does conclude the
conference call for today. We thank you for your
participation and ask that you please disconnect your lines.
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