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Interview with Eddie McClintock, Saul Rubinek and Allison
Scagliotti of "Warehouse 13" on Syfy 7/11/11.
I missed this one, which I'm still annoyed about. They
changed the time at the last minute. Last year I spoke with McClintock
and Rubinek, and it was SO FUNNY! So I am upset that I missed this one.
Reading it will have to suffice. Great show, and I can't wait to see the
Moderator: Gary Morgenstein
July 06, 2011
4:00 pm CT
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to
the NBC Universal Warehouse 13 Conference Call.
As a reminder, this call is being recorded today, Wednesday, July 6,
Iíd now like to turn things over to Mr. Gary Morgenstein. Please go
Gary Morgenstein: Well the Warehouse is open for business, Monday July
11 at 9 PM, Warehouse 13, Syfyís most successful series ever returns for
its third season. And Iím delighted to introduce Eddie McClintock, Saul
Rubinek and Allison Scagliotti to talk about the new season. Hey, guys.
Eddie McClintock: Hello.
Allison Scagliotti: Hey.
Saul Rubinek: Hello, hello.
Gary Morgenstein: So, you can get the first caller in, the first
Operator: Certainly. Ladies and gentlemen, as a reminder, if youíd like
to register a question, please press 1 4 on your telephone keypad.
Youíll hear a three-toned prompt to acknowledge your request. If your
question has been answered and youíd like to withdraw your registration,
please press 1 3. If youíre using a speakerphone, please lift your
handset before entering your request.
One moment please for our first question.
Saul Rubinek: Itís complicated.
Allison Scagliotti: Uh-huh.
Eddie McClintock: Iím scared. Thank you.
Operator: Once again, to register any questions, press 1 4 on your
Eddie McClintock: Why donít we ask them some questions?
Operator: We do have one question registered. Our first question is from
the line of (Brian OíNeil) with (Sci-Fi Storm).
Operator: Please go ahead.
Brian OíNeil: Yes, without giving away any spoilers to the upcoming
season, Iím wondering if you can each describe how best or how the
direction of each of your characters seems to be heading this season?
Saul Rubinek: Without giving up the spoiler, oh, okay, well I was
planning to spoil everything, but if you donít want to, okay, all right.
Brian OíNeil: If you can spoil it, thatís fine.
Saul Rubinek: Oh, it is. That - theyíre willing to go there in a second.
Brian OíNeil: I donít know...
Allison Scagliotti: I have spoiled oranges downstairs, if you want me to
throw those in.
Saul Rubinek: So, Eddie, how deep do we get into Pete Lattimerís
character this season?
Allison Scagliotti: Knuckle deep?
Saul Rubinek: We should ask each other questions, honestly youíll get
Eddie McClintock: We kind of get an insight to the people that really
influenced him when he was a kid, kind of who made him who he is. We
find out more about his dad. We find out more about his mother. And so
we really actually - I canít remember the name of the episode, but my
storyline is pretty much centered around Peteís past. So weíre going to
get to find out what made him the way he is.
Allison Scagliotti: And itís sad. Oh, not all sad. And also funny and a
Eddie McClintock: Lots of things.
Saul Rubinek: Go ahead, Allison.
Allison Scagliotti: No, me? You want to save the best for last do you,
Saul Rubinek: Yes.
Allison Scagliotti: Because youíre the most eloquent of the bunch, sure.
Saul Rubinek: Because I canít think of anything.
Allison Scagliotti: Okay. Well Claudiaís arc is always sort of mirrored
my personal arc. This season she finally got a peer in the Warehouse in
the Steve Jinks character and they developed a really close, great
friendship, an almost brother-sister dynamic. Claudia is contributing in
the technical field as always, building tesla grenades and periscopes in
the Warehouse and whatnot.
But more than anything, she just sort of is figuring out what it means
to be a part of the team which Iím figuring out along the way, what does
it mean to be part of this team that makes television show every week.
Eddie McClintock: (Wacky) team.
Allison Scagliotti: Thatís right, thatís right. So sort of wanting to be
respected and, you know, just figuring out her purpose there and her
function there and also dealing with her past. I think we touched on
what was mentioned in Season 1 which is Claudiaís time in a mental
institution which is obviously emotional and a touchy subject. But itís
been cool to explore as an actor and Iíve had a really wonderful time
flushing that out this season.
All right, Saul, put all the shame now.
Eddie McClintock: What about the rock and roll?
Saul Rubinek: What? Oh.
Eddie McClintock: What about the rock and roll?
Saul Rubinek: The same. Well, third season, there - they can take some
chances in where they might not have wanted to right away, they wanted
people to get to know the characters. So there - they can play a little
bit. We can go off character a little bit. We all get a chance to be
kind of bizarre versions of ourselves in some way or another because of
- certainly I do because of artifact-related incidents.
And the writers got a chance to have a little bit more fun. They know
that theyíve got a core audience. They know that the show is successful,
that their tone and their storylines have been on the right track, that
for the most part, weíre getting incredibly positive responses from
people. We have a lot of fun. And I think that whatís going on is, you
know, weíre not searching, ďHow can we make this show work?Ē Weíre not
part of a group of people trying to figure out how to stay on the air.
Weíre trying to give the fans more of what they already like. Weíre
really - this is the kind of show I would watch with my family. So itís
really entertaining show. Itís really unpredictable and it continues to
be that way for my character certainly. I think that you get to find out
how Artie fits into the Warehouse hierarchy with a little bit more
depth. They continue to deal - as writers of the show, theyíve allowed
the show to explore the mythology and the regions and even by putting,
you know, life and death situations into the hierarchy of how the
Theyíre allowing themselves to explore this world as it really existed
and looking at the intricacies of it. Thatís really fun for fans. Itís
fun for us. We - honestly, we get scripts. Weíre very lucky that we read
through them two days before we go into production. We have a read
through around the table with some guest casts if theyíre available and
weíre listened into by network and studio.
And we sometimes havenít even had time to just - except briefly read it
once. And theyíre like page turners for us. Weíre all delighted. Weíre
laughing. There are surprises all the time. Weíre hoping that thatís
actually whatís going to happen to the fans. And itís happening to each
of the characters.
Artieís love life is explored in a little bit more depth and ruefully
and funnily. And weíre all having a great time in Season 3, yes.
Eddie McClintock: Well done.
Operator: Our next question is from the line of Rachelle Thomas with
(Right Celebrity). Please go ahead.
Rachelle Thomas: Hi. Thank you, guys for taking the time to talk to us
Eddie McClintock: Sure.
Rachelle Thomas: My question is youíre well into Season 3 now, youíve
done a lot of episodes. Can you tell me what your favorite episode has
been so far?
Allison Scagliotti: Iíve got a favorite.
Saul Rubinek: Was that one of theÖ
Allison Scagliotti: My favorite happens right in the middle of the
season, itís episode six, called Donít Hate the Player. And this episode
has everything. Itís probably our most absurd, to date, I think in the
history of Warehouse. There are sort of Tron-meets-Dungeons-and-Dragons
episode with an amazing guest cast. We all plus get to do crazy things
and play sort of heightened versions of ourselves and also very
different versions of ourselves. And thatís the episode that heralds the
return of Mr. (Neil Grayson) to Warehouse 13.
Saul Rubinek: Thatís right, yes. Go ahead, Eddie.
Eddie McClintock: I would say Donít Hate the Player is definitely one of
my favorites in the - of the season. Itís things like that just start
being - they just started being done on television. The fact that we got
it by the network and they let us make the show, it speaks a lot towards
the amount of confidence that they have in our writers and our show
runner and Jack Kenny and us as actors to pull this off.
It was so much fun and like Allison said, thereís really some absurd
stuff but itís actually funny. Itís not just silly and stupid. Itís
stuff that will make you laugh which obviously is always very important.
My other favorite would be, thereís an episode called Love Sick where I
had to play being drunk and - and for quite a bit of it and itís always
- Iíve only had to maybe do that one other time. But it was really
challenging for me to walk the line between someone playing drunk and
someone whoís actually looks the part.
So because that was a big challenge for me as an actor, Iíll be
interested to see how it turned out. And I hear that it turned out okay.
So I guess the payoff is that itís always nice when youíre trying to
convey something and youíre able to actually do that. So those were my
two favorites, Iíd say.
Saul Rubinek: And that episode, Love Sick, was one of my favorites too
and the other one too that you mentioned, Donít Hate the Player, I got
to play a kind of Artie - you know, as if he were doing a Monty Python
movie. And it was an offshoot of Artie. And in Love Sick, Artieís
bedroom is introduced and itís an extraordinary set; gets used a couple
of times during the season. Terrific times.
But what - this is an opportunity and I think Allison and Eddie will
join in is to talk about the unsung hero. Weíve sung praises of Jack
Kenny and our co-stars and how well we get along and we have wonderful
guest stars. But the unsung hero of our series is really Franco De
Cotiis, who is our production designerÖ
Allison Scagliotti: Absolutely.
Saul Rubinek: Öwho is a magician, who has created a look for this show
that I will - I really believe he should be nominated for an Emmy. I
think itís - cable is a little harder. There are less viewers and itís a
little tougher to get nominations, but if anybody deserves to be
recognized in a television industry at the moment, for my money, after
30 years of doing television, Iím looking at great designers and even in
feature - in the feature world, there are very few people who can do
what he can do on a budget that heís got.
The fans are getting a master craftsman who is doing masterpieces. Heís
doing - heís an incredible team, heís got great art director, heís got
great set decorators, people who love the show, every prop, every - that
he supervises, all the design, the costumes by Joanne Hansen, every
aspect of the show on the design front is one of the, not talked about
by you guys in the press much, and understandably, you know, weíre out
there, these characters are interesting, thereís great storylines and we
got great artifacts and the fantasies and adventure part of it is really
But take a look, I mean, a book, a coffee table book thatís come out
about Francoís work, Joanneís work, our costume designer, and if we look
at the props that weíve got all the different incredible props, some of
them spend over $10,000 per prop, you know, when they make these things.
Theyíre beautifully made. We walk along our Warehouse shelves and
thereís little cards that you never see in close-up that are besides the
little video descriptions of whatís on the shelves.
And the cards are hilarious because theyíre in detail. They talk about
the artifacts and what they can do and how to protect yourselves. They
had a great time in depth creating the detailed look of the show. They
are amazing so I wanted to take that opportunity to talk about that.
Eddie McClintock: And if I may at the moment, anotherÖ
Saul Rubinek: Sorry.
Eddie McClintock: I was just going to say, if I may throw another name
into that hat, little (Billy Rifkin) who despite his limp is one of the
finest (unintelligible) in the business and he always greets us in the
morning with a smile.
Saul Rubinek: Eddie. Eddie.
Allison Scagliotti: That was rude.
Eddie McClintock: So heís something else.
Saul Rubinek: Heís just playing with you. Allison, you were saying
something in (unintelligible), Iím sure.
Allison Scagliotti: Well, I donít know if it was intelligent but it was
at least agreeing with you. Yes, I think what always strikes me about
the work of the people that you were talking about was that thereís so
much joy that goes into the work that they do every week. Every time I
have the pleasure of meeting with our wardrobe designer, all of her
ideas comes from the story and the character. And it looks great because
itís motivated by whatís happening with us.
Saul Rubinek: Yes, they really have fun doing the show. I wish this
comes across. At least I hope you guys in the press are going to write
about that. Terrific.
Rachelle Thomas: Well, that was a great information. Thank you, guys, so
Allison Scagliotti: Sure.
Operator: Our next question is from the line of Jamie Steinberger with
Starry Constellation Magazine. Please go ahead.
Jamie Steinberger: Hi. Itís a pleasure to speak with all of you.
Saul Rubinek: Thank you.
Eddie McClintock: I got you.
Jamie Steinberger: I was just wondering, what keeps challenging all of
you about your roles.
Saul Rubinek: Well the scripts are surprising. When youíre doing the
procedural - there are a number of them on television, some of them I
like. I used to like the Law and Order episodes, their procedurals are -
youíre basically doing the same show every week. There are some slight
variations. Some of them are a little bit more (biwrote) than others and
still gets huge numbers and great fans and people like whatís
predictable with variations. We donít have that. We really donít know,
other than the fact that an artifact is going to be retrieved. We donít
Jamie Steinberger: Thereís no concept.
Saul Rubinek: Öfrom one show to the next. Weíre challenged - listen, we
were very lucky, Aaron Ashmore joined our cast this year and I think
that Allison and Eddie will agree with me. In order to do our show, you
have to deft. You have to be able to cross quickly from doing melodrama
to action, we call it schmacting, facting and acting. Schmacting in
front of a green screen. Facting is exposition. Acting youíve got to be
able to do melodrama, thriller, comedy. Youíve got to do sentimental
staff, tragedy. You got to jump usually, not just from one episode or
one scene but sometimes from one line to the next. Thereís going to be a
joke that you got to get away with some wit. And thatís basically our
So the challenge is to be able to be (spire) enough and to wake us up to
be able to see it when itís in front of you and to keep it alive and
spontaneous and jump from style to style without it looking that way.
Thatís our show, right? I mean, thatísÖ
Allison Scagliotti: We really watched out with Aaron because not only
can he handle it, heís great at it. He fills up the - at the tenets of -
at the three tenets of working in Warehouse 13 which are acting,
schmacting and facting.
Saul Rubinek: Yes. And Eddie, you know, makes fun of himself as the
buffoon of our group but the truth is and disparages the factÖ.
Eddie McClintock: Thank you.
Saul Rubinek: Öof any serious stuff that he does. But - and I know I
have to tell you, Iíve been doing this for a long, long time, Eddie can
handle all of it. And he has more of it to do than any of us and it
wouldnít be a great show, it would not be if he didnít have a
versatility that he does. So Iím a big fan of the guy.
Jamie Steinberger: I can tell heís blushing through the phone.
Saul Rubinek: Heís blushing, yes.
Jamie Steinberger: And why do you think people continue to tune in and
watch Warehouse 13?
Saul Rubinek: Eddie gets undressed a lot.
Allison Scagliotti: You tell us.
Saul Rubinek: Heís buffed up. He takes his shirt off. Okay, what do you
want me to tell you?
Jamie Steinberger: And, Allison, thereís a love interest for you this
Allison Scagliotti: Very briefly. Very briefly. The love interest that
happens for Claudia I donít think is nearly as interesting as how
Claudia learns to work with her new friend and partner, Steve Jinks.
Saul Rubinek: We didnít say, we donít have time for love interest.
Allison Scagliotti: Itís true.
Saul Rubinek: These agents are the reason why Artie didnít have a family
and these people are eventually going to discover that Artie isnít an
anomaly. When you work in the Warehouse as what happens with Pete in the
first season, right, itís very hard to hold on to a relationship, where
do you have time for it.
Allison Scagliotti: True. Right. And as Claudiaís responsibility is
increased on the job, thatís just less and less time she has for outside
things. But if she does have time for outside things like open mic which
I was - I do a couple of times this season, sheís going to spend them on
herself because thatís what 20-year-olds need to do. I hope my family
just read that.
Saul Rubinek: Allison has turned into this great performer. Sheís got a
beautiful singing voice. Youíre going to get a real treat in Season 3
when she performs on open mic. Iím not going to give away what the song
is and stuff but itís a really cool thing that the writers have allowed
her to do only because sheís really developed. Sheís really worked hard
on her craft as a musician and as a performer and thatís going to be -
thatís part of her character. Itís really cool.
Allison Scagliotti: Thatís very sweet, Saul.
Jamie Steinberger: Okay, thank you, guys, so much.
Saul Rubinek: Moving on.
Operator: And our next question is from the line of Michael Simpson with
CinemaSpy.com. Please go ahead.
Michael Simpson: Hey, guys, thanks very much for taking some time out to
have a chat with us today.
Saul Rubinek: Our pleasure.
Michael Simpson: Iíve got a question, how would you say the show has
evolved over the three seasons weíve had so far? And from a personal
perspective, how was the experience of filming the third season
different from the previous two.
Allison Scagliotti: In terms of how the seasons are different - oh, do
you want to go ahead, Eddie? You have something?
Eddie McClintock: Go ahead. Go ahead.
Allison Scagliotti: How the seasons are different? I think every episode
is different because we learn more and more with every script and with
every happy accident and every scary accident because I think Jack has
said in the past and Saul, you said, as well, the only procedural aspect
of our show is that we have to go find artifacts that threaten the world
and the worlds they neutralize and then bring them back. But weíve could
sort of endless, you know, possibilities for what happens around that,
what triggers it and what can happen as a result and whatís happening to
our characters emotionally.
So I really donít think that any two episodes are the same and as a
result, it just gets to grow more and more.
Saul Rubinek: The seasons are a combination of what happens as a family,
how we grow, how our relationships grow, our need for each other, our
worry about each other, our exploration of our dark sides and the sides
of us - each other that the more we care about each other, the stakes
get higher because we lose each other, it becomes more - it would be
more unbearable than it would be if we were just people who are just
And so thereís that one level. The second level has to do with every
season that has an overriding villain. In the first season it was
MacPherson, the second season H.G. Wells and this season also has an
aspect of that that I canít give away and the combination from the past
And those are not stuck on. They have to do with the mythology and the
past of the Warehouse and thatís whatís really cool is that theyíve
deepened the show by - I was so thrilled in the second season that they
were doing this and then the third season theyíve continued it. Itís a
wonderful that our season closer in the season had to do with the lost
warehouse in Egypt and that they really went into it, really explored it
design wise and story wise. And the mythology of the Warehouse and the
past of the Warehouse is continuing to be explored.
So our season is - our third season is a continuation and a deepening
and an even more entertaining season than weíve ever done before, partly
because weíre - writers are more secure, partly because the budgets are
really great given the fan base. Theyíre spending money on the show and
you guys are getting the benefit of that. Our fans are getting the
benefit of that.
So I think that thatís whatís really happening. And for us, look, weíre
in the third season of a hit show. We feel blessed. We love going to
work. We have a great time with each other. I think that comes across,
at least I hope it does.
Michael Simpson: Great. Thank you.
Operator: Our next question is from the line of Blair Marnell with Crave
Online. Please go ahead.
Blair Marnell: Hi, guys. Just wanted to ask, what is your favorite scene
together this season, this new season that youíre filming now?
Saul Rubinek: Eddie?
Eddie McClintock: I donít think itís happened yet.
Saul Rubinek: I think our Christmas episode is going to have it. Thereís
something especially about these Christmas episodesÖ
Allison Scagliotti: Öepisodes.
Saul Rubinek: Öwhere all four of us are together because what youíre
asking about what happens is get split up between A and B stories and so
people are - we very rarely are the four of us together. The Christmas
episode will have that for sure. AndÖ
Eddie McClintock: And a lot of times when the four of us are together,
itís like weíre basically - a lot of times we have to do exposition.
Thereís a lot of expository things when the four of us together and
weíre in the process of splitting up those scenes generally. So it would
be nice to have scenes where weíre actually sitting together and able to
act and relax and without having to give a lot of information. And I
think in the Christmas episode, we get to do that.
Saul Rubinek: We were going to do that. But, you know, the truth is that
we really enjoy it because weíve now been working together for so long
that thereís a short hand between us. We have fun together. Thereís some
spontaneity. The way things come together before theyíre shot is easier
than it ever was because we know each other and we know our characters
better than we ever have.
So Iím hoping that thereís actually more of the four of us together but
in the nature of the storytelling, things just split us up.
Blair Marnell: Allison, for the (kick me off), does any movement on the
Allison Scag 4 Cassie movement?
Allison Scagliotti: Thereís not. That movie is sort of in the - itís in
development limbo. I think the people who acquired the property are just
sort of deciding whether it makes sense to turn it to a feature, if they
want to turn it to Web content. But that oneís in the backburner for
Blair Marnell: All right, thank you, guys, and good luck for the new
Eddie McClintock: Thank you.
Saul Rubinek: Thank you.
Operator: Our next question is from the line of Joshua Maloney with the
Niagara Frontier Publications. Please go ahead.
Joshua Maloney: Hello, everybody. Thanks for your time today.
Eddie McClintock: Josh.
Joshua Maloney: So I love the show and I promise Iím going to write nice
Saul Rubinek: great.
Joshua Maloney: But my question perhaps might be somewhat, I guess,
confrontational, I guess, for lack of a better word. You know,
Eddie McClintock: Bring it.
Joshua Maloney: I thought Iíd make it a little interesting for you guys.
Obviously with technology and whatnot today, itís hard to keep things
secret. So the idea that Myka would be leaving permanently, I mean,
obviously we know Joanne is not leaving the series, we know there wasnít
any sort of Charlie Sheen moment or anything like that.
So how - what did you guys think of that storyline and how do you sort
of get the audience to buy into that?
Saul Rubinek: Well, first of all, I got to say, the audience isnít
expected to buy into it. I mean, the audience is incredibly
sophisticated. They would know if we had an actor who is asking for $1
million a episode or whatever and wasnít going to be asked back because
word, as you say, would leak out. And Arties was killed at the end of
the first season.
There is - weíre not going to give away how it happens or what happens
but the audience isnít - nobody is trying to pull the wool over
anybodyís eyes. The way you pull wool over anybodyís eyes is by saying
youíve got a great show and you donít. When you tune in, itís not. The
writers create cliffhangers, not so much because you think theyíre
trying to fool you into thinking somebodyís left the show or has been
killed or however a cliffhanger is because you really just want to
figure out - the joy of it is figuring out how do you get out of this
which is why you leave the woman on the train tracks tied up as the
train is pulling up, (Simon Legree), the bad guy tackles his way in
Well the audience is delighted by how youíre going to get out of this
mess that you just put yourself into. How are you going to do it? And
thatís part of the bargain that is struck between the writers and our
production and the audience. So thatís part of the fun of the show.
Now that said, there are things that happen that are going to surprising
that you are not going to expect. And that you will go, ďWow. How did
they do that? Why, thatís kind of - I havenít seen the series do that
before. Thatís really interesting and new.Ē And there are surprises in
the show, maybe not the ones youíll expect. Thatís my answer to that.
Eddie McClintock: Great answer.
Allison Scagliotti: Yes, I donít think either one of us could have put
Joshua Maloney: I appreciate the answer. On a more positive note,
obviously the cast continues to expand and yet the writers are doing a
really good job I think of really getting everyone involved in the
storylines, thereís no throw-away characters. Everybody is really
intricately involved in the storytelling. What is sort of the secret to
that? How do you sort of make that work the way your show does?
Allison Scagliotti: Collaboration.
Saul Rubinek: Eddie is on set more than any of us and he really knows
from the inside works. We all have ideas of it but Iíd like to hear,
Eddie, what do you think about that?
Eddie McClintock: Well, the first thing that came to my mind when you
said that was itís really the writing. The writers have found a way to -
I mean, itís their responsibility as to whether or not a character is
going to be a throw-away character and I donít think Jack would ever let
that happen because each character is import to the show. Thereís no
need to have an extraneous character and thereís no time.
And so everyone gets treated with equal amounts of respect even if their
part isnít that big. I have not had any problems making my acting
choices because the characters that Iím having to work off of, whether
theyíre there for a day or whether theyíre there for three episodes,
they are always really well flushed out by the writers.
Saul Rubinek: The writers are like - if you got them - theyíre like nine
years old spiritually on some level. They really loveÖ
Allison Scagliotti: Some of them. And others are like 60.
Saul Rubinek: Ödoing the show. But they like - they really have fun with
this show. And because itís operating on a number of levels, the job is
to create a fantasy adventure for the whole family. As it turns out,
itís a 9 oíclock show, perfect. I mean, it really is a show that the
family watches because thereís an aspect of it that are really a 10 or
11-year-old can get but then it goes - it gets wittier and there are
things that the adults in the room are going to get that the kids arenít
going to get without losing the kids.
So theyíre having fun because they donít have to take themselves 100%
seriously and at the same time, theyíre able to explore a fantasy world
that has such fertile ground. And Eddieís right, they havenít got the
time to create characters that are not going to be part of the
storytelling. The fun part of this is that, for me, the boss character
in shows has become a clichť and not on this show because Iím on the
field. Iím part of the story. My past is important. Itís not like the
boss character who gives out assignments in maybe once every eight
episodes you find out something about their personal life like theyíre
an alcoholic or they have a gambling problem or an ex-wife.
Artieís character - the past of Artieís character has insinuated itself
into the storyline, the same way that Pete and Mykaís and Allisonís
character and even now youíll find the same thing is true of Mrs.
Frederic and some of the regions they are - all their past are going to
help tell the story because of the things that theyíve done, much as in
And every show is different. One of my favorite shows in television is
Justified. Itís not a fantasy adventure show. Itís a very realistic.
Elmore Leonard created that tone for that kind of show and his stories
are (unintelligible) and the writers have a particular job there with
character and they do a great job.
Our writers are dealing at a much more comic, adventure, fantasy world
and very tough to keep that alive. And itís not just the fact that they
are - the writers are there and theyíre being led by the right person in
Jack, itís also - itís just the way it, it is that it happens that this
network and studio developed this for three years. They love their -
itís theirs. They didnít acquire it. They bled for it. They put their
reputations and their careers to a certain extent on the line when the
network got branded with this series and they put money behind it.
So, there was a lot of stake and they took chances, tremendous chances.
And itís paid off. So thatís the reason people keep coming back.
Joshua Maloney: Great. Great answers, guys. Really appreciate it. Good
luck with the show.
Eddie McClintock: Thank you.
Operator: Our next question is from the line of (Troy Rogers) with
(thedeadbolt.com). Please go ahead.
Troy Rogers: Hey, everybody.
Saul Rubinek: Hey.
Eddie McClintock: Rogers.
Troy Rogers: Itís actually (Troy). But thatís okay. I get it all the
Allison Scagliotti: You should go by (Roy) instead. Itís interesting.
Troy Rogers: Sure, why not.
Saul Rubinek: Or (Trogers).
Troy Rogers: That would also work, yes. So I want to know, what would
Aaron ask more bring to the dynamic of the Warehouse this season?
Eddie McClintock: What I think we learned about Aaron - the first couple
of episodes because as you know he becomes Peteís new partner. And so he
is a great actor. Heís got great comedic timing. And there is something
about - his character is into - is this to be Buddhist? I think heís
Allison Scagliotti: Yes, heís Buddhist.
Eddie McClintock: No, heís very Zen and itís a lot like Aaron himself.
And so he brings like in relation to Pete, heís like the calming force
to Pete and whereas where Myka was a little more rigid, heís calming in
a completely different way. Heís just more laid back and relaxed and I
think he brings a real freshness to the series and not that the series
needed freshening up, you know, I think weíre still in a great place in
regards to the status of the show. But he takes a show that didnít
really need freshening up and makes it even that much more enjoyable.
Allison Scagliotti: Fresh.
Eddie McClintock: Fresh.
Allison Scagliotti: Yes, I have to add, having spent - having the
pleasure of spending a lot of time with Aaron this season, he is a
phenomenal actor. Heís a cosmic professional and is really hilarious and
super (fassel) at what the show requires which is the ability to stand
in the moment and have (gravitos) and then flip right over to sometimes
And he and I are wired very much the same in the way we approach the
day. We come to set prepared and then, you know, have fun in the moment.
And I think heís had the opportunity to work with all of us in different
storylines and I havenít heard a bad thing about him. I think heís just
one of those guys who has the ability to complement whoever heís working
with and really just elevate a scene. So we really lucked out with
Troy Rogers: Excellent. Well, his character, Steve Jinks, has the
ability to detected a lie. So howís Pete going to get away with anything
Saul Rubinek: Tough.
Eddie McClintock: He actually puts roofie into his ginseng drink. And
okay - and then when heís passed out, he takes pictures of him in
certain states of undress.
Saul Rubinek: Stop.
Eddie McClintock: And then puts some over his head for the rest of the
Saul Rubinek: There you go.
Eddie McClintock: Heís going to blackmail them.
Allison Scagliotti: Sure.
Troy Rogers: That would work, yes. So what type of artifacts will we
see in Season 3?
Saul Rubinek: Everybody asks for that. Weíre not going to tell you. I
canít tell you.
Allison Scagliotti: Iíll talk about one but you probably already seen
between the first episode.
Eddie McClintock: Tell one. You have to be the cool one.
Allison Scagliotti: Jimi Hendrixí guitar. Thatís the one I really want
to steal this year.
Saul Rubinek: Oh, yes.
Troy Rogers: Excellent. One more quick thing and then Iíll somebody
else step in. Will we learn any more about the regions this season?
Saul Rubinek: Yes.
Allison Scagliotti: A lot.
Saul Rubinek: You will. The regions, there is an aspect to their past
that creates great jeopardy for the Warehouse and for them. I can tell
you that much. I think that weíre - the writers have gotten further into
their responsibilities and how they operate with each other and also in
relationship to us. So, yes.
Troy Rogers: Excellent. Thanks again, guys.
Eddie McClintock: Thank you.
Allison Scagliotti: Thank you.
Operator: Our next question is from the line of Jenny Rarden with
Jenny Rarden: Hi, guys. Iím late to the party. I didnít get the email
that said the call was moved up. So I apologize if this was asked
Saul Rubinek: Okay.
Jenny Rarden: Weíve heard you guys talk about Aaron himself. But can you
each talk about your characterís reaction to this new guy coming in to
Saul Rubinek: Sure.
Allison Scagliotti: Yes. Would you mind if I start this one off?
Saul Rubinek: Go ahead.
Allison Scagliotti: Claudia was expecting a bit of a promotion I think
starting out really just kind of like, Myka is gone, letís get her back
but in the interim. Iím here, Pete needs a partner, letís go. And thatís
not what Artieís got in mind and so she feels a little slighted when
this new guy comes aboard. Not exactly friendly to him initially, but
sort of getting to know him more and Steve imparting his wisdom into a
frustrated 20-year-old really brings Claudia around and the relationship
goes from, at first prickly, to one of real familial love and that
becomes extremely important to Claudia over the course of the season.
Eddie McClintock: Yes, in regards to Pete, I think heís still stinging
from the way that Myka decided to leave the Warehouse. He feels like she
basically ditched him and so he doesnít want have anything to do with
the new guy. And I actually think heís pushing for Claudia to come out
with him because he knows Claudia. He cares about Claudia and Claudia
doesnít remind him of the fact that Myka has gone and kind of left him
hanging as if were.
Jenny Rarden: And Saul, what about Artie?
Saul Rubinek: Well, itís tricky because the most important thing, you
get the feeling from the pilot episode that Mrs. Frederic and I had some
discussion about bringing Myka and Pete in and from what happened when
Claudia arrives at the Warehouse, there was a discussion about even
terminating Claudia on some levels. It was terrifying if I do say what
happened, but there was procedure for terminating someone forever in a
way, terminating them. And bringing her in to the Warehouse was on my
There was a responsibility. I have to see how itís going to work out.
Artieís constantly observing to see how the relationships are playing
out and to see whether thereís any bonding happening or whether thereís
friction. And if any of that is useful in terms of the job. Also, itís
like bringing a new kid into the family that weíve adopted. So Artieís
responsibility as a boss is one thing but then he gets emotionally
attached and that happens and it could play havoc with the way things
operate. It could work well for the Warehouse. But it could also create
danger. In our case, both things happen. It works well and it also
So he is like - he does fit in as an actor, really well. As a character,
he does and he doesnít. There are things that - aspects for his
personality, there are (off footing) and because we do miss - the agents
certainly miss Myka and her presence and how the chemistry works and
their aspects to his character certainly I think heís a little bit more
straight-laced in some areas. Heís ethically a very by-the-book - has
really - his hierarchy of values is really strong and it plays a part in
Eddie McClintock: And alsoÖ
Jenny Rarden: Right. Weíre all looking forward to seeing how you guys
react to him and how he fits in with the team. Just one last quick
question. I was on a call with Colin Ferguson from Eureka the other day
and he and Salli mentioned that, you know, they canít really do
crossovers with you guys because of scheduling conflicts but then they
said that Colin should come in and direct at the set of Warehouse 13.
So if you guys have any pull, he should convince you guysÖ
Saul Rubinek: We have none. No pull whatsoever.
Allison Scagliotti: None.
Jenny Rarden: Fair enough. All right, well, thank you, guys, very much.
Eddie McClintock: Bye. Thank you. Good to see you or talk to you.
Operator: Our next question is from the line of Jamie Ruby with SciFi
Vision. Please go ahead.
Jamie Ruby: Hi. Itís great to talk to you, guys, again.
Eddie McClintock: Hi, Jamie.
Saul Rubinek: Hi.
Jamie Ruby: Hi. I apologize. I came in late too and didnít get the memo.
So the same thing, if mineís asked, Iím sorry about that. What I wanted
to know is, I know youíre always asked about the artifacts and
everything else. What I want to know is, what would you, the three of
you, would like to see happen for your character storyline wise, whether
maybe you want, you know, more of a love interest or something thatís
crazy or just anything if you could write it.
Allison Scagliotti: Well, I kind of got what I wanted this season,
Claudia exploring her young adulthood and coming in to her own as a
member of the team. But going forward, I really love exploring that
story and we know from Claudiaís first episode that she was orphaned
because both of her parents died mysteriously. But we donít know
anything about that and Iím really curious who Claudiaís parents were.
Were they in some indirect way tied to the Warehouse or where they not
And Iím also curious about what we touched at the end of Season 2 which
is Claudiaís destiny as the future Mrs. Frederic. I know that the
writers have an idea of where theyíd like to go with that. But they have
certainly not let me in on the secret. So thatís something that Iíd like
Eddie McClintock: Iíd like to do some kind of Marine Corps flashback
with Pete and have him go back into the Marine Corps and discover why
heís no longer in the Marine Corps and how we got from the Marine Corps
to - into the secret service. We kind of touched on it in the words last
season but I think it would be cool to kind of make that because I think
itís an important part of who Pete is. So I thatíd be cool.
Jamie Ruby: Great.
Saul Rubinek: I think itíd be interesting to explore somebody - Artie
has been with the Warehouse so long, it would be interesting to see what
would make him want to leave it. What would it be - what would it take -
what kind of storyline would it take, what kind of incident or series of
incidents to do with the Warehouse and in his life would bring his
participation in the Warehouse to a crisis, a real crisis, not because
somebody else wants him gone, like MacPherson, not because of outside
forces but because of whatís happening inside of him. What would that
be. Iím curious. So that would be interesting to me.
Jamie Ruby: Okay, awesome. Now, Saul, you mentioned the other day that
Lindsay Wagner is going to be back. Is there anything that you can kind
of tease us with that and tell us?
Saul Rubinek: Yes. I can tell you that Artie is trying to - with the
help of Claudia and egging on of Pete, heís slowly trying to step
forward to try to have the kind of relationship he never had and is
wondering whether heíll be accepted or rejected. But thereís something
about her past that he doesnít expect and thatís as far as I can go.
Jamie Ruby: All right. And then one more question. Obviously, (Alfred)
is premiering the same night as you guys. Allison, you already answered
this so that youíd like to have these mind manipulation powers. What
kind of super powers would the rest of you choose if you had a choice to
have one because they care for powers or something completely different.
Eddie McClintock: Iíd like to fly. Fly. Mine is fly.
Saul Rubinek: You want to be able to fly.
Jamie Ruby: All right.
Eddie McClintock: Nobody else fly.
Saul Rubinek: Well, there are - right now they have the powers of what,
super strength, the ability to accentuate anyone of their senses at the
expense of other senses, the ability - whatís the other woman do?
Allison Scagliotti: Sheís a mind manipulator.
Jamie Ruby: Which one?
Saul Rubinek: Oh, she can bend people to her will, right? And the other
one is able to pull out any kind of electronic auras of the air and
manipulate them. Wow. Iíd like to be able to play any musical instrument
that I touch.
Jamie Ruby: Thatíd be cool. All right, well, thank you very much, all of
Eddie McClintock: Thank you.
Saul Rubinek: Sure.
Allison Scagliotti: Thank you.
Operator: Our next question is a follow-up question from the line of
(Brian OíNeil) with (Sci-Fi Storm). Please go ahead.
Brian OíNeil: Hello again. This is a follow-up question to one I asked
Allison back in October. And so Iíd like to hear from Eddie and Saul.
You obviously have a lot of fun character and directions on, you know,
the screen. And it appears that you have the same sort of a directions
off-screen with each other.
Saul Rubinek: Hate each other. We never see each other off-screen.
Allison Scagliotti: Yes, weíre not friends.
Brian OíNeil: Yes, so - okay, I guess that answers that. But she did
mention that Eddie is the cast clown.
Saul Rubinek: Not always, we all are kind of goofy. You work long hours
and if youíre not goofy, youíll just go insane. Thatís not really fair
to say that. Eddie, yes, likes to clown around. We call it the buffoonÖ
Allison Scagliotti: Heís the gaseous of all of us, letís just say that.
Saul Rubinek: Yes, heís the gaseous. I mean, if something is going to
Eddie McClintock: Actually right now.
Saul Rubinek: Yes, luckily weíre not in the same room with him, you
know, or in a car.
Eddie McClintock: The paint is actually melting off the wall here.
Saul Rubinek: Yes, Iím not surprised. No, I donít know if we categorize
ourselves that way. We all are pretty goofy on the set. Sometimes we get
serious and we work really long hours. But mostly laugh. We have a lot
of stuff to get through. We really - the directors are given a handful
of stuff. I mean, they really have sometimes 10 days with the work that
theyíve got to do it. And itís tricky - we got to be there, we canít be
late. We got to be on the (money) in terms of our lines and our presence
and thereís a lot of hard work.
So with the way we blow out steam is with each other goofing around and
some of that fun has got to make it on to the show.
Eddie McClintock: Hey, guys. Iím sorry. I love you.
Saul Rubinek: Heís got to get back to work.
Eddie McClintock: I got to get back. Theyíre calling me back in. SoÖ
Brian OíNeil: Thank you, Eddie.
Eddie McClintock: Thank you, all you guys out there for the interest in
the show. And I hope you enjoy the season this year. Truly, truly thank
you for your support and interest and hope to see you at Comic Con.
Brian OíNeil: Thank you, Eddie.
Saul Rubinek: Bye.
Eddie McClintock: Bye, guys.
Allison Scagliotti: Bravo, Eddie.
Eddie McClintock: Thanks.
Saul Rubinek: So I hope we answered sort ofÖ
Brian OíNeil: Yes. And I actually have a follow-up question to - you
mentioned early about Franco De Cotiis being the unsung hero. All the
stuff he does for the - you know, inside the Warehouse, the descriptions
of artifacts and stuff like that. With all that work he does for things
that donít necessarily get seen on the screen or seen at least in-depth,
do the writers ever pick up on some of the stuff heís kind of designed
for that and say, ďHey, this would make a great artifact for a
Saul Rubinek: I donít know if itís happened exactly like that but
certainly coming on to our set, the writers have - everyone of the
writers gets to see their episode shot. They come to Toronto. They get
to see it. It helps them immeasurably in understanding how production
works so that theyíre not writing huge sets that are going to be used
for an eighth of a page.
Theyíre learning how production affects the writing and how their
writing can really seriously adversely affect the budget. And so theyíve
learned. But also theyíre inspired by it. So in an indirect way, theyíre
like kids. Itís really fun to watch them come to the show because when
you come - weíre operating out of a huge building that has three
different studios in it that we use. And theyíre beautifully designed.
And just walking into the atmosphere is like walking a little bit into a
storybook. Weíve had visitors, various family members from cast and crew
come in and you look at them and itís like theyíre coming in to
Disneyland in a way. Thereís a real child-like expression in their eyes.
And even if the writer has written the episode, they are inspired with a
child-like fashion by the design of the show.
Allison Scagliotti: And likewise, going back to that question, if Franco
builds something beautiful thatís mentioned in one script, and itís
really spectacular and just looks - goes very well on camera, we work
with it well, it will reappear later on in other episodes. Right now I
can say that of the periscopes that you see in the first episode, as
well as the pneumatic tube system thatís in the office. There are all
Saul Rubinek: You know, Artieís bedroom.
Allison Scagliotti: Yes, Artieís bedroom, you know. If it works, it will
Brian OíNeil: Thank you very much.
Saul Rubinek: Sure.
Allison Scagliotti: Thank you.
Operator: Our next question is another follow-up question from the line
of Michael Simpson with CinemaSpy.com.
Michael Simpson: Hi, guys. CinemaSpy is based in Canada. As I understand
that you do most of your filming in and around Ontario, maybe a little
bit in Montreal. Are there any particular locations that stand out for
you as favorites that you film that?
Saul Rubinek: We donít film in Montreal. We film exclusively in and
around Toronto. We couldnít afford it. Itíd be too hard for us to go
travel to Montreal. And Toronto of course is a really kind of wonderful,
you know various looks that could be anywhere in the world. So weíve
been able to shoot London, Paris, Rome, different parts of the United
States, all in and around Toronto.
So youíre asking is there anything that - where weíd like to - what was
Michael Simpson: Any particular favorite locations that you have shot
Saul Rubinek: My favorite location is the Warehouse. I love shooting in
Artieís office. Iím - there isnít an angle in that room that isnít
shootable. Thatís my favorite place to go. We feel at home there. Going
on location is always a little tricky and difficult. We went - where was
that place, that amusing place, the Niagara Falls we went to last year?
Allison Scagliotti: It was an abandoned power plant.
Saul Rubinek: Yes, it had recently been abandoned. It was an operational
thing from the 19th century and recently been upgraded and theyíve got
rid of it and itís where we shotÖ
Allison Scagliotti: CERN.
Saul Rubinek: Öit was - we shot the place of CERN in Switzerland where
Claudiaís brother works and it was an amazing location. No one had ever
filmed in there. We were the very first people. We got a tour of the
place that goes down into the depths, six stories. We werenít able to
shot everywhere because it was unsafe. But it was an extraordinary
building. I donít know if more people have shoot there. Thereís even a
coffee table book of that place in Niagara Falls, the Canadian side of
Niagara Falls. It was an amazingÖ
Allison Scagliotti: And what was so ironic was that it was designed by
Nikola Tesla and M.C. Escher.
Saul Rubinek: Well, certain things about it were, yes. Yes.
Allison Scagliotti: Big beautiful blue turbine and whatnot. Yes, Iíd
forgotten about that. Itís a beautiful place. Iím the same. I really
love Artieís office. It does feel like home. Thereís a comfort about
shooting at the studio, although the musician and they really did enjoy
filming inside the (Silver Dollar) this year.
Michael Simpson: Awesome. Thank you.
Saul Rubinek: Sure.
Operator: Our next question is another follow-up question from the line
of Jamie Ruby with SciFi Vision. Please go ahead.
Jamie Ruby: Hello. So, Allison, youíve been on Destination Truth before.
Are you planning to go back or any of the - or I forgot that he hang up.
Or Saul, are you planning to be on any other paranormal show like that
with your interest?
Saul Rubinek: Iím not planning it, no. If Iím asked to, if my schedule
allows it. But, no, itís not something Iím planning.
Jamie Ruby: But youíre interested?
Allison Scagliotti: My answer is the same. I never plan these things.
Itís something that network initiates and if I can do it, I do because
itís fun and if I canít, then I canít.
Jamie Ruby: Great. Do you guys ever think youíll do something like a
Allison Scagliotti: I certainly hope no.
Saul Rubinek: I have no idea. There are going to be musical aspects to
the show, but doing a whole show that would be a musical, itís not
really in the cards, I donít think. I think that theyíve created such -
itís kind of like such a big gimmick for our show that it would be like,
ďWhy are we doing a big musical number?Ē
Allison Scagliotti: Come on. Thereís a musical artifact. Just like the
hat from the music man.
Saul Rubinek: Yes, but it wasÖ
Allison Scagliotti: Julie Andrewís dress from the Sound of Music, come
on, three bigÖ
Saul Rubinek: I mean, it wouldnít be the whole episode. It would be
parts of it, right? It would be fun because we have. We canít get away
from it, I guess, yes.
Jamie Ruby: All right. And lastly, what do you guys most looking forward
to at Comic Con? And are you going to any other conventions in the near
Saul Rubinek: Comic Con is a chance to meet a core audience. Some of
them - thereís a lot of really wonderful fans who were very good to us
the first season. We showed - right before it aired, we showed the
episode with Allison and we - even though there were only three episodes
that aired the very first season, we were there. We had a large group of
people. That too expand the room and it continued to expand the room for
us, the Warehouse 13. Itís really fun to see people who so much enjoy
the show and get to talk to us directly.
Thatís the best part of it, is meeting people who love your show and
getting to talk to them directly. And they get to hear our stories,
thatís the best part of it. Really itís a bit of a zoo. Itís really
crazy. And itís a job for us to do PR and if we didnít love the show as
much, it would be difficult. But we all are proud of the show and itís
fun to go. And, you the event is a great launch for us.
Jamie Ruby: Great. Allison?
Allison Scagliotti: Yes Comic Con is kind of my Disneyland. I feel the
same way. Itís really a treat to get to meet the people that consume
what put so much work into face-to-face. And this year I believe our
first two episodes will have aired by the time we sit down for our
panel. So Iím looking forward to that. Iím looking forward to seeing all
my other sci-fi friends who I donít get to see very much because they
shoot in other places. And Iím looking forward to a bocce ball rematch
with Josh Gates.
Jamie Ruby: Oh, great. Thank you, guys.
Saul Rubinek: Sure.
Gary Morgenstein: We have time for one more question.
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, as a reminder, to register any
questions, press 1 4 on your telephone keypad.
Gary Morgenstein: Saul, Allison, thank you very much. Thank you,
everyone. July 11, 9 oíclock, the third season of Warehouse 13. Take
Saul Rubinek: Bye.
Gary Morgenstein: Bye-bye.
Allison Scagliotti: Bye.
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