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Allison Scagliotti

Interview with Allison Scagliotti of "Warehouse 13" on Syfy 8/11/11

Syfy WAREHOUSE 13 Conference Call
Allison Scagliotti

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to the Warehouse 13 conference call. During the presentation, all participants will be in a listen only mode. Afterwards, we will conduct a question and answer session. At that time, if you have a question, please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone.

If at any time during the conference, you need to reach an operator, pleas press star 0. As a reminder, this conference is being recorded Thursday, August 11, 2011.

I would now like to turn the conference over to Erica Rubin from Syfy. Please go ahead.

Erica Rubin: Hi everybody. Thank you very much for joining. We are joined today by Allison Scagliotti from Warehouse 13. The Eureka warehouse crossover episode is airing this Monday night at 9:00 and weíll get started with Allison. Thanks everyone for joining.

The transcript will be available 24 hours after the call, so if you would like one, please let me or (Danny) or (Jason) know and we will get you one tomorrow. So thanks again and weíll get started with the Q&A.

Operator: Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, if youíd like to register a question, press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone. You will hear a three-toned prompt to acknowledge your request. If your question has been answered and you would like to withdraw your registration, pleas press the 1 followed by the 3.

If youíre using a speakerphone, please lift your handset before entering your request. Again ladies and gentlemen, if youíd like to register a question, press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone.

Allison Scagliotti: Iíd like to start by saying good morning. Raise your hand if you havenít had your coffee. (Hey now).

Operator: Our first question comes from the line of (Ian Cullen) from ( Please proceed with your question.

Ian Cullen: Hey Allison, how are you doing?

Allison Scagliotti: Iím well thank you. How are you?

Ian Cullen: Iím good. Iím good. Iíve got the first question. Wow. I was just going to ask you, whatís it been like to work with work with Neil again on Warehouse 13 and what can you tell us about the episode? I hear itís set in a video game?

Allison Scagliotti: So itís always a pleasure to work with Neil. Iíve said in the past, Neil is one of my best friends, and so having the opportunity to work with him on set is just a joy. Itís like summer camp but weíre getting paid to run around in crazy costumes.

Heís an incredibly professional, hilarious comedic as well as dramatic actor and is never afraid to have fun. I think I speak for the entire cast and crew of Warehouse when I say that being able to bring Neil Grayson onto the show is nothing but fun.

And, in terms of this episode, this is probably our biggest concept episode that weíve ever done. There was a lot of green screen, a lot of special effects. Itís airing sixth in our season but we shot it third in terms of shooting order because there were so many elements to capture and it took a lot of prep and we were directed by the incredibly gifted Chris Fisher, whoís also our supervising producer. And I can honestly say itís my favorite episode this season so far anyway.

Ian Cullen: Wow, you know, Iíve noticed that Claudia getting out a lot more in the field and you do enough work with the new, character, Steve Jinks, Aaron Ashmore. Do you think Claudia is going to be, you know, going out in the field a lot more then kind of that second string team on the show?

Allison Scagliotti: Yes, I think so. Youíll see in plenty of episodes that the episode between Claudia and Steve becomes very pivotal emotionally as well as professionally, you know, in terms of the Warehouse teams.

Claudiaís at this point in her life where she wants to prove herself as an adult and sheís sort of like all 20 year olds, figuring out who she is and what she wants to be. And thatís been really, really great for me to be able to bring that sort of part of my life and me discovering who I am to the character.

So in terms of Claudiaís destiny, I know last season we sort of touched on her becoming and (ex-friend) with Frederick, and what happens to her at the end of this season is really emotional and intense. I think the world is sort of Claudiaís oyster. We can see her go in a couple different directions, so Iím really excited to explore that going forward.

Ian Cullen: Okay cool. I canít wait to see more and thanks for your time. Iíll pass you onto the - onto next question now.

Allison Scagliotti: Thank you so much.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Troy Rogers from Please proceed with your question.

Troy Rogers: Hi Allison.

Allison Scagliotti: Hi Troy.

Troy Rogers: Now can you talk about some of the things weíll see inside the Warehouse 13 video game?

Allison Scagliotti: Yes, itís really - itís a very tongue-in-cheek sort of lampooning of video games in general and their depiction of women as well as what the warehouse could look like to an outside viewer or from an outside perspective.

Itís - the theme of the Warehouse video game, itís called Fortress 13, and itís the sort of castle medieval futilistic aesthetic. And so all the women have cartoonishly large breasts and the theme inside is very - itís actually a little bit conflicting because thereíre gladiators as well as knights and wenches and - what youíll get to see is your sort of staple warehouse characters but as Fortress 13 avatars, so cartoonish representations of our normal characters.

Itís really fun. Fargo sort of plays with the mythology of purple goo and artifacts. And I donít want to give too much away but given that Fargo had seen the inside of the warehouse, you know, donít be surprised when you see the disco ball from Studio 54 make an appearance (unintelligible). And is there a dragon? Maybe. Iím not saying there isnít.

Troy Rogers: Oh, okay. So you guys will actually be pixilated then, not as live action people.

Allison Scagliotti: Well, whatís interesting is we shot it in live action and then in post, the image was given a treatment so that we do look - we look stylized. We look animated in some way. But it wasnít motion capture and it wasnít animation. Itís just that the digital - I donít even know what you call it - but the digital image was altered in post so that we look at least a little bit more like a video game.

Troy Rogers: Oh thatís cool. All right. And, well, with the recent news about Eureka, has there been any talk about getting Neil on Warehouse 13 as a regular?

Allison Scagliotti: I honestly have no idea. I really - I donít know a lot about the news about Eureka. I mean, it would certainly be great to have Neil on but I think itís really early to say that kind of thing, and more than anything I hope that Eureka fans just tune into this episode of Warehouse because I think theyíll really like it. Neil gets a lot of screen time.

Troy Rogers: Excellent. Thanks again.

Allison Scagliotti: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Jamie Ruby from

Jamie Ruby: Hi Allison. Thanks for taking our call. Itís nice to talk to you again.

Allison Scagliotti: Of course. Hi Jamie.

Jamie Ruby: Hi. So youíre - now obviously youíre done for the season. So kind of what are you doing now and what are - in your free time, whatís next for you right now?

Allison Scagliotti: Iím doing what every other actor does. Iím back in LA and Iím reconvening with my representation to look for more work. Iíve got a couple things Iím waiting to hear back on. Iím continuing to play music, taking lessons as often as possible and giving press calls like this to promote the rest of the season.

Jamie Ruby: Well that works. Okay. Can you talk about working on the Warehouse 13 Web series?

Allison Scagliotti: Oh yes, the Web series. So that was really interesting. Part of it was live action and then the rest of it was, emotion comic, as you probably saw. We had one day where we had to shoot but the rest of it we were just in the studio in Toronto where we record ADR when weíre out there, and just sat in a circle and it was like a table read.

And we were directed by (Andy Sepra) and it was just a really fun sort of extra thing to throw at the fans a little bit before the season started. Very different from our typical shooting schedule. I think - we actually had to film on a weekend in order to get it done because our episodes follow such a sort of strict schedule involving prep and locations and everything it takes to make a TV show, that this sort of had to be squeezed in between the real work that we had to do.

But I think it was really fun. It came out well and I havenít really heard a lot of feedback from the fans about it but I think they enjoyed it. So itíll be up to Syfy whether we do it again next year.

Jamie Ruby: Okay great. And then lastly, whoís someone that inspires you?

Allison Scagliotti: Who is someone that inspires me?

Jamie Ruby: Yes.

Allison Scagliotti: Good question. I want to think about that before I - this is going to sound really strange for a Syfy actor to say but people arenít just one thing. Iím a big fan of Jessica Valenti. And if you havenít heard of her, she is an author and an editor and a feminist.

Sheís actually written a couple feminist books for young women to sort of reclaim their self-esteem and learn about womenís issues. And any time I read anything by her, I feel so bolstered and empowered and I think sheís spectacular and I love the work that she does and I would love to meet her. So, yes, sheís the one who inspires me.

Jamie Ruby: Okay, thanks so much.

Allison Scagliotti: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of (Michael Hinman) from Please go ahead sire.

Michael Hinman: Good afternoon Allison. Good to talk to you.

Allison Scagliotti: Hi (Michael). How are you?

Michael Hinman: Doing good. And I loved the episode by the way, this gaming episode. As someone who games way too much, itís was - I think it was spot on.

Allison Scagliotti: Awesome. Oh, Iím so glad to hear that. Itís my favorite too and Iím not even a gamer.

Michael Hinman: Yes, I was going to ask, because I donít think you really have time for gaming. But if you were to play a game, what - or are you more of an MMO type, are you more of a, like, first person shooter? What would you play?

Allison Scagliotti: I have no idea. Let me start by saying that growing up, I never had a gaming console. All my friends had Nintendo or Play Station or those little cartridges you had to blow into because they got dusty.

And that was never a part of my childhood. I mean, I was in every sense the theater kid who would just play dress up all day and then sit down at the piano and play for a couple of hours. So gaming is a whole culture that I have sort of no way to relate to.

But if I did play, Iíd probably play some adorable little Indy game or if not, then the Legend of Zelda because thatís as close to this episode of Warehouse as I can imagine.

Michael Hinman: And I know you also had to kind of share the screen with Eddieís pecs for most of that episode. What was that like for you?

Allison Scagliotti: Well, you had to be careful not to bump into him because youíll bruise. And I was worried that his pecs were going to be scene stealers but in terms of augmented body parts, I had pointy elf ears for much of the episode so I felt like I could contend to a certain degree.

Michael Hinman: And just one other thing. I know that youíre pretty close with Neil and working with him again, Iím sure is a great thrill. You know, what were your thoughts when you learned about the fate of Neilís show?

Allison Scagliotti: To be honest, he and I havenít had a conversation about it yet. I will say that this is sort of the natural order of the way television works. Theyíve had a long run. I know they have a great fan base. And I hope that their fan base tunes into this episode of Warehouse next week because itís a great episode for Neil and for all of us.

Michael Hinman: Yes, it is a great episode. And, Allison, itís been great talking to you again.

Allison Scagliotti: Say that last part again. I missed that.

Michael Hinman: Oh I said, Iím sure they will definitely - theyíll enjoy it for sure. And I just wanted to say thanks. You know, great talking to you again, Allison, today.

Allison Scagliotti: Oh likewise. Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of (Merrill Carrie) from the Film School Rejects. Please proceed with your question.

Merrill Carrie: (Unintelligible) but hi Allison. How are you?

Allison Scagliotti: Iím well, thanks. How are you?

Merrill Carrie: Iím good. So Warehouse 13 (is in) a lot of - they (saw) some of the crazy (bars) acts, stuff that Iíve never heard of, stuff that I forgot about, like (unintelligible). But so what are some of your favorite ones so far? And is there one that you wanted to do that they havenít done yet?

Allison Scagliotti: My favorite one this year has definitely been Jimmy Hendrixís guitar because it was the first opportunity they gave me to sort of play guitar on the show, which is actually something I want to add.

For those of you whoíve seen the episode, youíre expecting this. But for the people reading this article who havenít seen it yet, the writers and the network has been really supportive of my wish to play guitar and sing on the show. And this episode thatís about to air is the first time I do get to do that.

So at the end of the episode, Claudia goes to an open mike and gets out on a limb and covers one of Claudiaís - I mean, Allisonís favorite songs. So thatís - but in terms of episodes - or rather, artifacts that I would like to see, I would love - I think I pitched the red shoes this year, based on the ballet.

I mean, before that, the short story of the girl who dances herself to death or a pair of red shoes. I think that would be really interesting if some shoes sort of wound up on Claudia and she had to find a way to get out of them and they have some sort of emotional resonance.

But yes, the great thing about this show is that itís kind of past the limit. I think we can almost do anything in terms of artifacts, and even this year, we explore so many different themes that I donít think any two episodes are alike.

Weíve got this video game sort of Tran-esque episode and then two episodes later weíve got a sort of Die Hard type story line going on. So weíre keeping it fresh.

Merrill Carrie: All right, well thank you very much.

Allison Scagliotti: Thanks.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of (David Holken) from the Outhouse. Please proceed with your question.

David Holken: Hi. Thanks for taking the time to talk to us.

Allison Scagliotti: My pleasure. How are you?

David Holken: Iím good. On Syfy weíre seeing that Haven is doing a big episode story of (Arch) with Twitter. Would you like to see that type of integration with Warehouse 13?

Allison Scagliotti: I actually would not. And the reason is that Warehouse 13 is, you know, the mythology that we have established is that itís a top secret government facility, where...

David Holken: Right.

Allison Scagliotti: ...sort of a sect thatís removed from the FBI. The Secret Service doesnít really know about it. And so I think that - and to integrate something as public and difficult to control as Twitter into a mythology like the top secret mystery has an address, I think it would just sort of devalue the (unintelligible), the secrecy of what we strive for on the show.

However, Iím sure itíll be great on Haven. I actually didnít know they were doing that but, you know, the great thing about this episode is that we take something as obscure as the video game and somehow integrate it into what we do at the warehouse and thatís because Fargo inadvertently came into contact with an artifact and integrated it into his video game software.

So itís been pretty cool to watch this episo- I thankfully was able to watch it before I got on this call with you guys. I love this episode. I think itís hilarious and scary and all the things that make a warehouse episode great.

David Holken: Yes, weíre looking forward to it. With him coming from Eureka and then Eureka getting cancelled, do you think thereíre more chapters for Eureka characters to appear on Haven - I mean, Warehouse 13, and then are there any more scheduled?

Allison Scagliotti: Well, we donít have anything scheduled because we havenít our official pick up for Season 4 yet.

David Holken: Okay.

Allison Scagliotti: In terms of the possibility, sure. I really donít know. You know, thatís for the network to say. Thatís for the folks at Syfy and probably the folks over at Eureka since they created those characters and I think they had a license to. So whether or not theyíre comfortable with them going other places, but I say never say never.

David Holken: Yes, no doubt. Thereíre a lot of Star Trek references on Warehouse 13. Are you - have you been a Star Trek fan and have you been to the conventions and met any of the Star Trek legends or actors?

Allison Scagliotti: I am sorry to say that Iíve only ever seen one episode of Star Trek my entire life. And that is the most torrid episode of the Next Generation because thatís the one that sells, and itís a great episode and (Blaire) is in it and I know that he and (Blair) became friends after that.

But the only time I ever go to conventions is to promote Warehouse. I donít think I have ever - no, I honestly have never gone to a convention of my own accord for anything other than Warehouse related promotions.

However, I do geek out about things. I mean, youíre going to see the actor Steven Young from Walking Dead in this episode. Steven and I were friends long before Warehouse 13 or Walking Dead ever happened.

But Walking Dead is one of my favorite shows on TV. I watched every episode religiously last year and I geeked out a little bit when we were both sort of backstage at Comic-Con this year. And Miguel was there and a couple of the other actors and standing there with my friend, honestly, kind of squealing over the cast members. So thatís where I geek out a little bit.

David Holken: Itís cool. But - thank you very much.

Allison Scagliotti: My pleasure.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Jim Iaccino with Media Boulevard Magazine. Please proceed with your question.

Jim Iaccino: Hey Allison. How are you - howís it going?

Allison Scagliotti: Itís going well. Thanks Jim.

Jim Iaccino: Good. I first of all wanted to say because I interviewed you a couple times for Media Boulevard, I never had a chance to say this. When I first started watching Warehouse 13, it was a good show but when your character was introduced on it, I think it just added so much.

I mean, Artie needed someone, a foil - someone to work off of. And he was always sending the agents out and it was sort of like we never knew too much about Artie. So with you there, I really think Artieís character developed as well as your character, too, but the interplay just was so nice in the show that it made it much more unique.

You know, youíre sort of like an apprentice to be and youíre out in the field now and that, I think, is because of your relationship with Artie. So you really added a lot to the show, so thatís the first comment I wanted to make. And it seems like you get along with everyone on the show, right? I mean.

Allison Scagliotti: Yes, yes. Everyone - weíre lucky, you know, I donít think that every show can say that the cast and crew form such a close knit family, but we definitely do. We, you know...

Jim Iaccino: Right.

Allison Scagliotti: I mean, if anybody here watched the Comic-Con panel on (unintelligible), we basically spent an hour just talking about how much we love each other which might seem a little distrusting and gets old after a while. But itís true and weíre lucky for that.

Jim Iaccino: Cool. And that brings me to another question, sort of related to Artie. Now that youíre out in the field with Jinxy and forming a relationship there, it seems like the focus has shifted a little bit from the Artie/Claudia dimension.

We saw it a little bit again this week when Jinxy was not in the episode. But I did want to know, because you mentioned something about the finale. And itís going to be sort of a pivotal one for you. Is it also going involve the dynamic of you and Artie?

Allison Scagliotti: Yes, it does.

Jim Iaccino: Or we can...

Allison Scagliotti: It absolutely does. It - well I think the relationships between all of us are really hanging in the balance with what happens at the end of this season. The great thing about this season has been that weíve been able to explore how our characters past and their histories effect them in the present and effects what they do.

And so we - the Claudio and Reid dynamic is still very important and itís still very much in play. But in order to just stick with Claudiaís role, the relationship between Claudia and Steve Jinx has been given a bit of a spotlight, which I really enjoy.

Jim Iaccino: Okay. Okay, and one final question I had was working with Lindsay Wagner, I mean, it mustíve been quite an experience for you, the times that sheís been on the show. What was it like?

Allison Scagliotti: Sheís wonderful. I love it when we get to have Lindsay on the show because she has such a fantastic energy about her. Sheís very calm, sheís very sweet and naturally funny and always a professional. I love watching her. I love being in a scene with her. Itís an honor. Sheís a lot of fun to work with and I think that it was really fun to see Artie in love.

And I think that those two have a good chemistry as well. So I hope that we get to bring her back and explore that dynamic more in the future.

Jim Iaccino: Great. Well, thanks for taking all my questions.

Allison Scagliotti: Of course.

Jim Iaccino: Bye.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of (David Martindale) from (Hearst) Newspapers. Please go ahead.

David Martindale: Hi Allison. You all make a good show. Youíre really quite wonderful in it. Is there a story behind your getting the part in this show? Were there hoops to jump through? Or was it a relatively easy process for you, what?

Allison Scagliotti: I think every actor will tell you that timing had a lot to do with a role that they love. I was in the middle of a full load at college. I was taking 16 units, and I had worked with our show runner, (Jack Kenny), years and years ago on the last pilot I did. And I worked with two of our writers, Ben Raab and Deric Hughes, the year before on our web series with (Adaria Dawson).

And I sort of heard about this role being out in the ether and I knew that they were looking in Canada. I think the role was originally written to be Asian. It was an Asian character and they didnít quite find what they were looking for.

And so (Jack) called me. We had a conversation and he first wanted me to watch the pilot before I auditioned just to make sure it was something that I was interested in, and I did, and I fell in love with it.

I watched the pilot maybe three times before I auditioned and took this role that I just fell in love with. I thought it was really perfect for me and I was really nervous when I auditioned but I did and that was that. And so within the span I think of a week and a half, I was sort of negotiating with my professors to let me take my work on the road and from then on it was spending months in Toronto with this weird family but they made me feel really welcome immediately.

And (Sal) and I - we met and were working together within the same couple of hours and it just felt natural, it felt like weíd been working together for years and years.

David Martindale: Cool. Yes, he - Iíve talked to him before too and heís a self-starter, so I think he talked for me - to me for, like, five minutes before I asked him one - the first question in an interview with me.

Allison Scagliotti: Yes.

David Martindale: What do you think Claudiaís clothes and her physical appearance say about her on the show?

Allison Scagliotti: I think - what I hope that say is that sheís her own person and she doesnít concern herself with societal standards and what other people expect of her to - expect her to look like or expect her to behave like.

You called (Sol) a self-starter. I think Claudiaís a self-starter. I think in addition to being insecure and figuring out who she is as an adult, she knows what she likes and the thing that Iíve been really flattered by in playing her is a number of, like, moms and young girls who reach out to me and tell me what a role model she is for young women, just sort of learning to love themselves.

So I hope that what people get out of the way that Claudia presents herself is thereís nothing more beautiful or fun or comfortable then just doing what you like.

David Martindale: Cool. Well good. Thank you so much. Itís been a pleasure.

Allison Scagliotti: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Diane Morasco from the logic - sorry, Blogcritics. Please go ahead. Ms. Morasco, your line is open. Please go ahead.

Diane Morasco: Yes, Iím here. Thank you. First of all I want to say hi Allison. Thank you so much and I want to say that the character of Claudia is such an authentic character and sheís an empowering and itís so refreshing to see that instead of this cookie cutter image. I want to take a moment to say thank you for that.

Allison Scagliotti: Oh thank you. I appreciate that. That is good.

Diane Morasco: Itís great. I have a couple of questions. And the first question I want to ask is the artifacts are absolutely amazing. Have you ever come up with any artifact ideas? And if you havenít, if you had a chance to today, what would it be?

Allison Scagliotti: I actually have pitched a couple different artifact ideas to them. This year I was taking a lot of ballet classes in Toronto. I actually danced for about eight years before I became an actress. And I pitched the Red Shoes, and I thought it would be interesting if Claudia sort of fell into the Red Shoes and had to dance herself to the brink of death before she could get out of them.

But before our benevolent writers and producers were supportive of me playing and singing on the show, I pitched the stage door of (CBGB). And in order to somehow facilitate Claudia fronting an all girl punk band on the show, I believe the feedback was that makes too much sense, like whatís the parallel there. Claudia belongs in an all girl punk band. Yes, thatís it.

Diane Morasco: Okay thank you. The other question is what part of Claudia is more like Allison?

Allison Scagliotti: Definitely her wit. I think that the thing that I bring the most of - about myself to this character is my sense of humor and my sarcasm. Iíve been told since I was a kid that the way I can sort of snarl out a one-liner is pretty unique. I feel like I sound like Iím tooting my own horn or something but itís definitely my humor that I bring to Claudia.

Diane Morasco: Okay thank you. And what are you looking forward to the most about working with Kate Mulgrew?

Allison Scagliotti: Oh my goodness. Kate - well we finished shooting our season so Iíve already worked with her. And she was such a force to be reckoned with and a spectacular actress. It was an honor to watch her work, to be in scenes with her.

We have a really intense scene together in the finale that I canít tell you anything about because there were a lot of spoilers. But I hope she comes back on the show. Sheís such an important character and a fantastic energy on our set.

We've been really lucky with the guest stars that weíve had like Neil, (Greg Sand) and like Lindsay Wagner and Kate Mulgrew, that they just seem to get our show and they get the way we work. And theyíre fast and they understand our dynamic and they fit right in.

So sheís fantastic. Sheís a great addition to the cast and I hope to see her come back because I just adore her.

Diane Morasco: And my last question is whatís the most invigorating part of working on Warehouse 13?

Allison Scagliotti: Being able to get up every day and say that Iím going to work to do what I love is the most invigorating part of it. I think any job can get tiring especially if you work with the same group of people all day, 16 hours a day for six months.

But at the end of it, I think we come away proud of the work that we do and proud of each other and the reason weíre able to be so positive in these interviews is because weíre not making it up. We are just generally - genuinely proud of each other and proud of what we do and Iím just incredibly lucky to be able to say that at 20 years old Iím living my dream.

Diane Morasco: Amazing. Thank you so much Allison. I appreciate it and I wish you the best of luck.

Allison Scagliotti: Thank you so much.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of (Jenny Rarden) from TV is My Pacifier. Please proceed with your question.

Jenny Rarden: Hi, thanks for taking our calls.

Allison Scagliotti: My pleasure. How are you?

Jenny Rarden: Iím good. I actually have - I have to tell you something. My 13 year old son watches the show with us religiously and so he came through to make his lunch and asked, ďHave you talked to here yet?Ē I said, ďNo.Ē

Allison Scagliotti: Aw.

Jenny Rarden: And he said, ďWhen you do, can you tell her how much I love the show?Ē ďYes.Ē ďAnd can you tell her how much I love Drake and Josh too?Ē

Allison Scagliotti: Well, tell him Iíve talked with Josh this morning. That should make him smile.

Jenny Rarden: It will and itís fine because his name is Josh. So he gets a kick out of that.

Allison Scagliotti: I get that.

Jenny Rarden: Well anyway, we - like I said, weíre big fans. Can you tell us what has changed since episode one? What do you think has been the biggest change in the show? Obviously, you know, youíve got the new character of Jinx, but you know, aside from that, what do you think, you know, with your characters and with the stories and that type of thing?

Allison Scagliotti: Do you mean episode one from the start of the season or from my very first episode?

Jenny Rarden: Yes, over the course of the series, yes.

Allison Scagliotti: Over the course of the whole series, so like, from the time I joined the cast?

Jenny Rarden: Right.

Allison Scagliotti: Oh my gosh. I think first of all, no two episodes of Warehouse 13 I think one can say are alike. I think the major theme of our show is that we keep it diverse. The only procedural aspect of what we do is that we track down artifacts and we have to neutralize them before bad things happen.

But the scenes that we deal with are all so different and we explore different dynamics and there are disagreements between characters and there are things that make us bond and deepen our relationship. I think weíve all just grown. I think thatís the chief difference, is growth and increased trust and just, you know, what happens when you spend a couple years with working with people and also, you know, becoming family.

Yes, I donít think thereís any one singular event thatís changed then - I think itís time and human nature.

Jenny Rarden: Right. Yes, and itís been nice. Like you said, itís been nice to see the growth in all of the characters, but especially I think in Claudia, just her - your character is just really coming into her own which is - especially this season - which is really good to see. Thank you.

Allison Scagliotti: I know. And itís just been (truth) to be able to play myself at 20 sort of discovering myself and figuring out who I am and what I want out of life and being able to just bring that to Claudia because itís exactly what sheís going through to.

Jenny Rarden: Right, right. And then one other quick question. You mentioned dance and how youíve been a dancer for years. Do you ever watch, ďSo You Think You Can Dance?Ē

Allison Scagliotti: Believe it or not, I donít. I watch very little TV. I fixate on a couple shows, like Iím obsessed with (World Fair) right now.

Jenny Rarden: So is my husband.

Allison Scagliotti: Oh, itís great, fantastic show. And Walking Dead and Madmen, the Killing, (Game of Drones), Iím catching up on. I have two more episodes left before I finish the season, hitting the (fan). But no, Iíve not seen any - I just generally donít really watch reality shows.

Jenny Rarden: Right. Well I just - I thought - because when you mentioned dance, I thought, oh she would be perfect as a guest judge, so. All right, well thank you very much.

Allison Scagliotti: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Janelle Siegel from Please go ahead.

Janelle Siegel: Hi Allison. Thank you so much for taking our calls today.

Allison Scagliotti: My pleasure Janelle. Thank you.

Janelle Siegel: A pretty many of my questions were answered so I was just - I wanted to ask you, are there any other Syfy series that you would like to guest star on or that you actually watch and like?

Allison Scagliotti: Yes, I - Walking Dead is probably my number one, but in terms of whatís on the Syfy Channel, Iíd love to go do an episode of Alphas. Actually I havenít seen the show yet but there shooting schedule overlapped with ours and we also shoot them in Toronto. So I became friends with Ryan Cartwright who I think is fantastic.

Janelle Siegel: Yes.

Allison Scagliotti: Iíd love to work with him at some point. Yes, those are my big two.

Janelle Siegel: Awesome. If you could have a super power, because they actually have super powers on Alphas, well, human super powers, what super power would you want to have?

Allison Scagliotti: You know, I think in the past I said that Iím jealous of (Laura Minella)ís power which is the ability to bend someoneís will with whatever she says. I think that would be really useful, especially in the entertainment industry.

Janelle Siegel: Right.

Allison Scagliotti: But I think that right now, just for my own happiness, I would love the ability to pick up any instrument and be able to play it perfectly.

Janelle Siegel: Awesome.

Allison Scagliotti: Cool.

Janelle Siegel: Thank you so much for your time and good luck with everything. Thank you.

Allison Scagliotti: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of (Rachelle Thomas) from Right Celebrity. Please go ahead with your question.

Rachelle Thomas: Hi Allison. Itís so great to talk to you today.

Allison Scagliotti: Thank you. Thank you.

Rachelle Thomas: I have just a couple quick questions. How did you get started in acting? Is it something you had wanted to do since you were little?

Allison Scagliotti: It is. Yes, I was kind of a natural born performer. When I was a toddler, my mom used to read A.A. Milne poems to me and I have this insane memory and sort of memorized it as she would read to me and at one point, I think at a family gathering, I sat down all my elderly relatives and recited Puppy and I to them which, I guess, 500 word poems for a two year old is an odd achievement.

Rachelle Thomas: Thatís awesome.

Allison Scagliotti: So yes, so maybe - most of it by the way. Iím not sure. Anyway, I got into the talent and drama program at my school when I was five years old and it was the only thing that I really loved at school. I was living in a place that I didnít want to be and I was bored and then I wasnít connecting with my classmates.

So being in the drama department really fulfilled me and gave me an outlet to blossom, I think. And it was something that I planned on long, long before I ever came to Los Angeles for the first time.

I met an acting coach by chance who makes it his business to sort of travel the country and look for talent in young children. And I guess he saw something in me that he believed in and he spoke to my parents and recommended that I give it a shot in Los Angeles, and so we did our homework. And I did, and I was very fortunate to work almost immediately.

And I havenít looked back. I think maybe everyone sort of examines what it would be like if they made a different choice since my original sort of plan of attack was to go to performing arts high school and then move to New York, because theater was my first love, but Iím really happy where I am right now and I know that Iím doing what I wanted to do from the time I was a little girl, which is really fulfilling.

Rachelle Thomas: Thatís awesome. So my next question is what was it about Claudia that made you want to play her? I mean, I think sheís an amazing character and you do a fabulous job. But from your perspective, reading her, what was it that intrigued you?

Allison Scagliotti: I love how smart Claudia was. And I love that the writers didnít apologize for her intelligence ever. In Claudiaís first episode, this is a girl who had lived on her own for a decade, had been through some really dark times in a mental institution, was searching desperately for her brother to save him from that inter dimensional space he was caught in and was doing it all on her own without any help.

And so here was - hereís this really independent, really intelligent, really funny dark sarcastic, and also deeply insecure, scared, vulnerable character. And I rejoiced in a role so real because - Iíve mentioned this on panels before, I mentioned this in other interviews, itís so rare for a role for a young actress to come around that isnít too dimensional.

Iíve lost parts based on bra size. Iíve gotten feedback that I wasnít pretty enough for the role that was being cast. But thatís the nature of this industry. Itís a superficial business. And I just - I love the character that was so full and so real and so much like myself and not just a pair of legs and lips and a giggle and a hair flip.

Rachelle Thomas: I think thatís fantastic. And if you - letís see, if you could pick how, you know, wh- anything that Claudia could do in the next couple years, is there some sort of progression that you would like to see happen to her? Or you just sort of leave that up to the writers?

Allison Scagliotti: You know, itís always up to the writers. I think Iíd really love to see Claudia go dark willow. I think itís maybe been earned for her to go to the dark side a little bit. But itís - only to come back, you know, not be evil ever going down the line but to be...


Rachelle Thomas: ...that a little bit.

Allison Scagliotti: Yes, to lose herself a little bit in the darkness that lives insider her, because she does have that and we acknowledged several times this season, I think weíve already done it in episode two that Claudia was in an institution and it effects her to this day. Youíre going to see that in the next episode, in episode six.

Itís a really kind of violent scene that it addresses where Claudiaís deepest fear is and itís really cool to explore.

Rachelle Thomas: Okay, that sounds good. Well, I canít wait to see the episode and like I said, I think you do an amazing job and I love the show.

Allison Scagliotti: Thanks.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of (Lindsay Turner) from Pop Culture Please proceed with your question.

Lindsay Turner: Hi Allison. Thanks for talking to us today.

Allison Scagliotti: Hi Lindsay. My pleasure.

Lindsay Turner: With Warehouse 13 in its third season, what do you think it is that keeps you hooked? Is it the mystery of whatís in the warehouse or the skill of the agents? What do you think is the key factor?

Allison Scagliotti: I think itís the relationships between the characters. I think itís the fact that we are a sort of misfit family unit that people can somehow relate to. We get feedback all the time from families who watch the show together or from young people, older people alike, and I think we have a really diverse audience and itís because itís relatable in some way.

Weíre not being chased by aliens in space and while thatís fun to watch, I think thatís more of a fantastical escapist sort of entertainment then our show. I mean, our show is a lot of fantasy and itís a great way to sort of escape from the perils of what our country and our times have become that what I think is so relatable about the show is our characters and the sort of brotherly love and tension between Pete and Myka and the father/daughter master apprentice relationship between Artie and Claudia and then the whole family together.

In addition to the artifacts and the action, Iíll admit of the show being exciting and fun to watch. I think the reason people come back is to view this family that they've grown to love.

Lindsay Turner: Right. And something that I thought was really awesome and really special was when you said that you are only 20 years old because you are such a young actress and you are already living out your dream.

So as such a young actress who has had such a versatile career already in terms of doing films and starring in television roles, what do you see in the future of your career? Is there type of genre or area that youíd like to focus in in acting?

Allison Scagliotti: I can honestly say that I want to do everything. I want to do films. I want to do more TV. I want to do trans media. I just never want to stop. It is true Iím living out my dream but I think that I donít - I will never be satisfied with just the next project. Iím constantly thinking of what else Iíd like to do.

I was talking to a friend yesterday and he said, well you know, ďWhat is success to you, Allison, and what do you want?Ē And I said, ďI honestly - I want - I donít just want the roles to come to me, I want to pick the roles that I want. I want to create them and I want to, you know, if I hear about a movie thatís happening, I want to be a contender. I want to put myself in the running for it and succeed,Ē which I think a lot of - a lot - of actors can say. But Iím hungry. Iím ready for it.


Lindsay Turner: Yes, I think thatís a good attitude to have. Thank you so much and good luck with the show.

Allison Scagliotti: Oh my pleasure. Thank you.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Curt Wagner with RedEye. Please proceed with your question.

Curt Wagner: Hey Allison. Howís it going?

Allison Scagliotti: Curt.

Curt Wagner: Yes, how are you?

Allison Scagliotti: Iím well. How (are you)?

Curt Wagner: Good to talk with you again. Good to see you.


Curt Wagner: Good to see you in San Diego.

Allison Scagliotti: Yes.

Curt Wagner: That was fun. Anyway, I was wondering, is it more fun being a pointy eared elf or an enhanced princess?

Allison Scagliotti: Oh my god. I donít want to spoil that for the fans. The elf - the thing with playing an elf is that - so pointy ears was really good, right? I had to be - that putting on those ears was an hour and a half process and that was before the hair and makeup.

So I had - there were a lot of mornings filming that episode where I had to be in at, like, 4:00 a.m. which meant getting up at 3:00 and going to bed early and oh god.

But it was really fun. The hardest part was running around in those fancy gold heels while they pumped dry ice through the stage. A lot of us fell. A lot of us got hurt. A lot of us got bruised up during the filming, but I think all of that madcap energy really shows.

Curt Wagner: Yes, itís a great screen episode. But when you saw the script, did you turn to Ian and say, ďOkay, whatís the deal? What are you thinking?Ē

Allison Scagliotti: No, not at all. I love what Ian writes and I love the way he writes my character actually. I think that Ian being our youngest writer in the room really kind of just gets my voice and so Iím always excited to see what he writes next for me.

But he apologized to me over and over about the ears and how that cut into my sleep. But I really couldnít fault him for it because they looked great and it was a lot of fun, so.

Curt Wagner: Yes. Were you surprised by the whole idea that he came up with you guys existing in the game? Or did you just think, well that makes sense that he would write that?

Allison Scagliotti: I - no, it made sense coming from Ian. I mean, given that our writer Ian Stokes also wrote the first crossover last season with (Renee Abujenwa) and the computer system sort of taking over the warehouse. So Iíd say this is definitely in his wheel house.

Curt Wagner: All right, all right. So you - and you get to sing and play in the episode - play the guitar. Are we going to see an album any time?

Allison Scagliotti: No, no. I mean, listen, never say never. But at the moment I just play a lot of covers. I just bought my first bass Iím really excited about. And Iíve been playing it non-stop. I think Iím kind of a natural at it.

But, one day when Iím ready, Iíll be writing and weíll see where that takes me. I - right now I donít know. Iím just doing it for fun.

Curt Wagner: So are you self-taught or were you taking lessons for the guitar or?

Allison Scagliotti: Both. I taught myself - I started teaching myself five years ago and I just started taking lessons regularly about a year ago. So Iím back into it now that Iím back in LA.

Curt Wagner: Sure. So does this mean that youíll probably be asking - or offering up more ideas and seeing if you get to do all your little fantasy things you want to do on the show?

Allison Scagliotti: Oh, you know it. I never stop.

Curt Wagner: All right, thatís cool. And I wanted to tell you now when I heard that you said youíre obsessed with Wilfred, I thought I knew I loved this girl and now itís even more. Itís a great show.

Allison Scagliotti: Oh great because that show is so foul and just hilarious.

Curt Wagner: Yes, it is. Do you ever look at dogs now and wonder, okay, I wonder whatís going on in his head?

Allison Scagliotti: Oh, I always wonder a lot about my dog. I think that - first of all, my dog thinks sheís an actress. And maybe she is. She definitely knows how to use her cuteness to get what she wants. So maybe I could take a lesson from her.

Curt Wagner: All right. Now my last question is sort of a serious one about Claudia. Sheís sort of more willing then ever now to talk about her past. And in this episode she has to face up to her fears. Do you think doing those kinds of cathartic scenes sort of helps you work things out in your personal life too?

Allison Scagliotti: Always.

Curt Wagner: Just like...

Allison Scagliotti: I think thatís ultimately why being an actor works for me, is as a kid, it was a way for me to express what I was going through with a troubled home life or with depression about where I was living and my school. And it was a way to express myself safely behind the mask of a character.

So playing those cathartic Claudia scenes is the same. Itís telling the Allison truth within the context of a character, as (Zol) would ultimately say, because I think the best performances are ones that come from a place of truth and vulnerability, so I try to bring that to Claudia as much as I can. Itís rewarding. Itís fun to play these cathartic heavy scenes.

Curt Wagner: All right. Cool. Well, hey, itís always a pleasure and good luck.

Allison Scagliotti: Thanks again Curt. See you soon.

Curt Wagner: Bye-bye. Bye.

Allison Scagliotti: Bye.

Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Sheldon Wiebe from Eclipse Please proceed with your question.

Sheldon Wiebe: Hey, Claudia, thanks for doing this - Allison.

Allison Scagliotti: My pleasure.

Sheldon Wiebe: Iíve been listening to this...

Allison Scagliotti: Itís all right. I answer to both.

Sheldon Wiebe: And this - the - anyway, we talked a lot about donít hate the player and the fantasy aspect. In the B part of the story, Artie and Jinxy encounter the dirty FBI agent whose name escapes me at the moment, that weíve seen earlier. Iím just wondering will Claudia encounter her at some point? And is there anything you can tease about that?

Allison Scagliotti: You know, as a matter of fact, Claudia and (Sally Pecalski) never meet at any point in this season. However, what you will come to realize in upcoming episodes is that (Pecalski) does not remain the villain. Sheís definitely working for someone as we probably already established that at this point.

And it goes even deeper then what weíre sort of letting on now. And Claudia does become involved in the villain storyline in this episode. It deeply effects here at the end of the season. But she doesnít actually meet the main puppet master ever.

Sheldon Wiebe: So even though she doesnít meet either the agent or the fellow in the back of the car, they play a large part in big pivotal moments in her life in the final episode of the season?

Allison Scagliotti: Yes, absolutely. The action was - (unintelligible) the way that they enjoy the warehouse and everyone in it. It effects all of us.

Sheldon Wiebe: Cool. Thanks very much.

Erica Rubin: This is going to be the last question.

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, as a reminder, if youíd like to register a question, press 1-4 on your telephone now. Our next question is a follow up question from the line of Jamie Ruby from Syfy Please proceed with your question.

Jamie Ruby: Hello again. Great. I get the last question. Iíll give you this one because actually my mom told me to ask you this because she watches it too.

Allison Scagliotti: Okay.

Jamie Ruby: She says is there a kind of character that youíd like to play that you havenít yet?

Allison Scagliotti: Yes, Iíd like to do a period piece. Iíd like to do something totally different from anything Iíve ever done. I - and let me qualify that by saying period, like another century, because Iíve done 1980's period stuff twice now which is fun but itís not as challenging. All I have to do is sort of leave my cell phone at home and bring my music sensibility to the set and Iím good to go.

But Iíd love to do like a sort of game of thrones style period or even like early 1900s, not going as far back as (unintelligible). I kind of just want to do it all. I want to stretch my boundaries, I guess as an actor.

Jamie Ruby: Okay great. Thanks so much.

Allison Scagliotti: Thank you. Good question.

Erica Rubin: Thanks so much everybody for your participation. Thanks especially to Allison for her time today. Everybody, please remember to tune in on Monday for Warehouse 13. Hope everybody has a great weekend.

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, this does conclude the conference for today. We thank you for your participation and ask that you please disconnect your line.

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