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Interview with Apolo Ohno and Danica McKellar of
"The Tasmanian Devil" on SYFY 1/15/13
Moderator: Gary Morgenstein
January 15, 2013 2:05 pm CT
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen thank you for standing by,
and welcome to the Tasmanian Devil's conference call.
Gary Morgenstein: Welcome everyone. This Saturday, January
19 at 9:00 pm, Syfy's delighted to Premier our new Syfy
Saturday original movie, Tasmanian Devil. And to discuss the
movie are the stars Danica McKellar and Apolo Ohno. Welcome,
Operator: Our first question comes from the line of Jamie
Ruby with SciFi Vision. Please go ahead.
Jamie Ruby: I really enjoyed the movie. First question is
for Apolo though. I've got to ask, "Can you talk about kind
of your big scene?" I mean you must have been covered in a
lot of gross stuff. But that scene was really, really
disgusting, but in a good way.
Apolo Ohno: Well disgusting in a good way, I think is
exactly what we were trying to go for. You know, this was my
first I guess, real shot at being able to be on screen with
people like Danica and Mike and the others. And it was an
incredible experience, but at the same time, it was pretty
I mean but that's what we were going for; we wanted to be as
- you know, as realistic as possible and you know, I try to
make it seem how much in pain I actually really was. So I
was - I did my best.
Jamie Ruby: Okay. Well for both of you, "What was your
favorite part," or maybe that was your favorite part, I
Apolo Ohno: My favorite part is when I die, because that's
pretty much what goes down. It was a - it's you know, fairly
straight forward for me. Yes, it's very straight forward.
Danica McKellar: My favorite part, I don't know. I like
working with - I mean I guess I'm kind of afraid of heights,
but it was also really fun to work with green screen.
And there's that jump that my character has -- I think
everybody in the movie has a jump -- and you know I was all
like suspended by wires and things. And it's just wild to
like get that whole - that - all the gear and all the stuff
that goes under your clothes, and then you put the clothes
on top of it and then you're - you feel like a robot or
something. I don't know; it was wild.
I don't - again like I'm not a huge, big fan of heights and
having to sort of build up the courage to do that was fun
Jamie Ruby: Okay great, thank you so much, both of you.
Operator: Thank you. Our next question comes from the line
of Sammi Turano with TV Grapevine. Please go ahead.
Sammi Turano: It's an honor to speak with the both of you.
You both have been great role models for me. My question for
you is, "What made you decide to take on these roles?"
Apolo Ohno: Well I mean my involvement was obviously - it
was because I - like I love Syfy, you know, I've loved the
Syfy channel for as long as I can remember. And this is a -
this is just a really fun opportunity for me to go somewhere
out of my comfort zone and you know, play a character who I
think I could associate with and I could be on screen with
And you know, I've been a fan of Danica's since I was a kid.
So it was, you know, for me it was just fun to be able to be
around people like that and be around the production team
and be around a group and a crew that was, you know, all
willing to work so hard toward achieving I think the same
goal. And I got to play, you know, I got to play a small
role in it, which was an absolute blast for me.
So it was a no-brainer for me to sign on and say, "Yes." And
you know, I do get a lot of opportunities to play certain
roles and be a part of certain films, but this one to me, it
just seemed different. It seemed fun and you know, being
able to film in my back yard in Vancouver was very easy too.
Danica McKellar: Yes, I also love Syfy. I love all kinds of
different projects. I mean obviously I've been acting for a
long, long time and I love the variety. I mean I just did a
romantic comedy, a Christmas movie for Lifetime that was on
last month, and then I've got this Syfy movie. And I sort of
like to change it up and keep it different.
Yes but shooting in Vancouver was amazing. We were shooting
in some of the mountains North of Vancouver and it was just
gorgeous, I mean oh my goodness.
It was cold though, I will say that, "It was cold." And we
were not - it wasn't really supposed to be cold because we
were - it's supposed to be Tasmania, we were playing
Vancouver for Tasmania, which of course is like Australia.
And you know, we were wearing like, not enough clothing for
But that's, again part of the adventure. One day it actually
snowed on us. And they added a line about how it was
snowing, and then they didn't end up using the scene at all.
So I thought that was kind of interesting.
Sammi Turano: Wow. And my other question for you is a little
bit more off-topic, but since you guys are considered such
good role models, what advice would you give to people that
look up to you?
Apolo Ohno: Oh wow, that's an interesting question.
Danica McKellar: Do your best, yes. Do your best. Be
grateful. I think gratitude has got to be huge up on the
list, in terms of how to be successful and happy is to be;
first of all, grateful for what you have; and then be
willing to work hard for more. Actually I think that Apolo
and I have a lot of the very same views on this.
Apolo Ohno: I agree.
Danica McKellar: We follow each other on Twitter so I'm
always seeing his inspirational tweets and...
Apolo Ohno: Yes.
Danica McKellar: I say, "Yes Apolo, good advice." Go ahead.
Apolo Ohno: I don't think I could have said it better. I
mean it's, you know, anyone who's looking for inspiration, I
mean we all - you know, we all need to be refreshed every
single day, just by motivation and striving to be our best
and trying to reach further than we thought was possible.
And you know, I think we're all human too, so we all have
down days and days that we don't want to - we don't want to
be our best. And you know, those are the times that we look
to friends and to others who can hopefully uplift us.
So I think it's just consistency and I think like Danica
said, you know, I mean role models come and they go. And I
think it's up to us to kind of go deep inside of ourselves
to find out what motivates us and what pushes us to
continuously strive further.
Danica McKellar: Yes, and there's also a quote that I really
like that - I don't remember who said it first but, "We are
what we habitually do." So if you want to be a certain kind
of person, than be that person every day, you know, as much
as you possibly can.
And you know, I think sometimes the images that we have in
our head of who we are, are different from who we actually
are. And if you want to find out who you are, which is a
great starting point for self-improvement is, "What do I do
every day? What are the things that I habitually do?"
And you learn about yourself. Find out, "Who am I now and
where do I want to be? And let's see, now I know where I am,
where I want to be, and now it's time to figure out how to
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Jamie
Steinberg with Starry Constellation Magazine. Please go
Jamie Steinberg: Apolo, I was wondering what was it that
made you get into acting. You're a dancer now and you're an
Olympian, so how did you decide to get into acting?
Apolo Ohno: Well I've always had like the utmost respect for
actors and actresses. I guess I looked at it as a craft, I
mean someone who can evoke emotions through a TV screen,
those who you know, dedicate their entire lives to the craft
of what they do is - to me it was so fascinating. You know,
involved in sports my entire life, every emotion I was
showing was real, it was there, it was pure and a lot of
times that I would have to shut off and show no emotion.
And so you know I, when I first started doing my acting
classes and going to do one-on-ones with my acting coach, I
was so blown away with just the depth of all the individuals
that I would see in class and the people that I would
And I would - to me it was just - it was the ultimate
self-expression of who we are, who we want to be, and who
perhaps we never could be but we can now play on screen. And
I just - you know, to me it's a never-ending I think quest
to always be better, and there's something I think that is
very similar to what we pursue in sports as well, is that
we're always looking to constantly get better.
And you know, some of the actors that I've witnessed and
seen just, to me it just was so - it was so motivating. And
there wasn't a day that didn't go by where I wasn't in class
or I wasn't on set with somebody and I was just thinking,
"My God this is so cool." And I think everybody that I know
kind of secretly wants to be like some sort of a film or an
actor or a movie star in some capacity right?
But the work that goes on beyond that day-to-day, I mean
it's a complete lifestyle. And I don't know, for me it was
something that I've always wanted to do since I was younger
as a kid. And now that I've taken a long break away from
speed skating and from my Olympic pursuit I was able to
actually present my best hand at it.
Operator: And our next question comes from the line of
Danity Donnaly with Celebrity VIP Lounge.
Danity Donnaly: My first question is for Apolo. What was the
most challenging part of filming this movie for you?
Apolo Ohno: The most challenging part of filming the movie -
well I'd say there was many challenging parts. I think it
was because it was my first real on-film experience. You
know, everything was new to me.
You know, because I have so much respect for the producers
and directors, and all the actors and actresses; you don't
want to mess up. And you know, you just want to - you want
to be able to blend in so everything is so seamless and
So to me that was - I guess that was the hardest part was I
think just trying to be me on screen and not Apolo Ohno on
screen, you know? I guess that's the first challenge that
anybody would face in any position so. But it was fun, I
mean I'm not going to lie it was - I had a lot of - every
single day I'd go home and I would just smile, you know, and
just kind of - I loved it. It was great.
Danity Donnaly: Danica, what about you? What was the most
Danica McKellar: This wasn't - this is not what I would call
like a challenging movie, this was like a fun movie, you
know? This was fun every day. It was different every day. I
guess the most challenging part was the temperature because
it was so darn cold.
They gave us these heating packs. And I just get cold easily
so - and I was wearing a tank top. You know, we're like
running around the jungle. This is the kind of movie it is.
You know, it's not like a movie that takes itself too
seriously. It's the kind of movie you sit back and have
popcorn and watch and laugh with your friends.
So but I - it was so cool, but I put these packs and I put
them like on my thighs, on my shins, I had them on top of my
feet, I had them on my back. Like everywhere you could
possibly hide one of these things. So sometimes I was
actually - I would actually overheat. Managing temperature
was my big challenge for this film.
Danity Donnaly: And one more question, Danica. What was it
like working with Apolo?
Danica McKellar: Well, Apolo and I didn't really have too
much interaction in terms of the movie itself, but we got to
ride back and forth in the van together, which was great.
But just knowing that Apolo's going to be in the movie, and
I was also told there was going to be a lot of running in
the movie and I am not that athletic.
So I was like, "Oh my gosh, I'm not going to show up on set
and not be able to like run for 10 takes in a row and like
have Apolo be there, you know, looking at me like, what is
So I like trained. I trained - like I did my own like
self-training. And I've never had a trainer myself. But I
would run every day. I like started running for a month
before I did the movie. I would like run every morning just
to like - so I could build my stamina up so I wouldn't be
embarrassed on set so.
Operator: Thank you. And our next question comes from the
line of Reg Seeton with The Deadbolt.com. Please go ahead.
Reg Seeton: I'll start with Apolo. Apolo, you've talked in
the past about not knowing what it meant to be an Olympic
athlete before the 1998 Olympic trials. With acting, is it a
similar starting point for you in knowing what it means to
become an actor?
Apolo Ohno: I think so; I think it's very similar. You know,
with acting you often hear people practicing the art and the
craft for 10, 12, 15 years before they ever have any type of
a break. And very much like Olympic athletes, I mean there's
hundreds of Olympic athletes who perhaps make an Olympic
team or never make an Olympic team, but they've trained 8,
10 years of their life and you've never heard of them. It's
So, I think my starting out as an actor was something that I
was very much interested in and I was very grateful to be
able to have the opportunity to do so. But it's something
that I know that I cannot rest on just doing a film and
being a part of something, you know, it's an ongoing
process. So I'm constantly trying my best to learn and to
But it's hard, man; it's difficult. There are days when I
really question if I have the ability. And I guess that's
what makes it so attractive at the same time, you know?
Reg Seeton: Well, it leads into my next question. Since
speed-skating requires so much preparation to be great, like
how has that helped you prepare for acting on a - especially
in a project like this?
Apolo Ohno: Well, my role is fairly small in a film like
this, but preparations from my Olympic pursuits was
definitely very beneficial. You know, I'm used to hard work,
I'm used to dedication, I'm used to sacrifice and putting my
head and my mind to something solely 100%. So I mean
hopefully it transfers over. I guess you guys will have to
be the judge.
Reg Seeton: And I had one question for Danica. Since you've
also done so much away from acting, what motivates you as an
actress today with a project like this?
Danica McKellar: You know, I'm grateful for all the variety
in my life. I obviously I've been acting since I was a kid,
and now I also write math books for girls, you know, so very
different types of pursuits. But I'm passionate about both
And when it comes to acting I really do love variety. And
what motivated me to do this was like, "That sounds like
fun, run around - like run away from monsters and carry a
gun and..." I'm a park ranger in this and just - it just
sounded like a good time.
And I had a one-year old and so as a new mommy, you know,
you want to get out there and feel sexy and do fun things.
And this seemed like just what the doctor ordered. And I
think people are going to have a lot of fun watching it.
Operator: Thank you. And our next question comes from the
line of Krista Chain with TV Megasite.com. Please go ahead.
Krista Chain: My question - I wondered if you could just
maybe expand on your characters that you play just a little
Danica McKellar: Well my - so my character is a park ranger
who discovers these base jumpers and Apolo plays one of the
base jumpers. And they're illegally jumping in Tasmania. And
my character goes to arrest them and monsters come and then
the rest is history. It's not - you know, it's not really a
character development type of movie; it's more like a fun
Krista Chain: Okay. And what was your most favorite part to
film and maybe your least favorite?
Danica McKellar: Well, I think my most favorite part was the
- was working with the green screen and having to get hung
up from wires and do the jump and stuff. And the least part
was just being cold, just being cold when I was cold, and
the snow. Walking through the snow in a tank top; it's just
never fun, you just don't - doesn't how many heat packs on,
your arms are freezing so.
Krista Chain: Yes, I'd be the same way. Apolo, what about
Apolo Ohno: You know, I would have to say that the green
screen was very cool. It was kind of my first experience.
You know I had done commercials before on green screen, but
nothing to this nature and with this many people. So it was
a lot of fun.
You know I have to say, "I enjoyed all part of this - every
single part of being with the film."
Operator: Thank you. And our next question comes from the
line of Melissa Friedman with TVGoodess.com.
Melissa Friedman: I have two questions, the first being
that, "For people that don't necessarily watch Syfy type of
films or TV, why should they tune in to watch this film?
Danica McKellar: Great time to start watching Syfy. They’re
just fun. The movies are fun, they're not - you know,
they're not going to be Oscar winners. They're just - I mean
they're just a fun time. You know, you're being chased
around by cg monsters, you know, and everybody knows what
that is. And nobody takes it too seriously and everybody has
a great time. And the mood on set was fun, and I think that
that translates into the film.
Apolo Ohno: I agree. Yes I think, yes the film was very fun.
Very fun. You get entertained.
Melissa Friedman: Great. And then for both of you, this is
kind of a little off-topic, but for our readers, they like
that. I just want to know what you guys are watching on TV
right now, just maybe your top two shows at the moment.
Apolo Ohno: That's tough. I'm watching so many shows.
Danica, if you want to go first.
Danica McKellar: Well, okay, so I'm an actress, I write math
books and I'm a mom. So the amount of time that I get to
watch TV is very slim.
The shows that I like - and honestly I like shows - I DVR
shows and then I don't even know when - like when they
actually were on and then I watch them. So the things that I
might - that I mention right now, may not actually be on the
But what I've been watching on my DVR lately, kind of
sometimes; The Newsroom—Aaron Sorkin, I love everything he
does; the Goodwife; and Mad Men—which I know Mad Men's not
on right now; and I was watching Dancing with Stars. I
watched Apolo in the All-Stars Dancing with Stars. I
actually went in person to the finale and it was a great
show. You did really, really great -- really, really great
-- I'm really proud of you. Amazing.
Apolo Ohno: I watch - you know, I watch everything from
Vegas; you know I - obviously I used to watch Dancing with
Stars -- I was on Dancing with Stars; I watch NCIS.
What else do I watch? Sometimes I watch Modern Family, Parks
& Rec. I don't know. You know, I'm not consistent; I just
try to watch what I can. I think because we all travel and
we're all so busy, DVRs are our best friend.
Operator: We do have a follow-up question. It comes from the
line of Jamie Ruby with SciFi Vision. Please go ahead.
Jamie Ruby: Apolo, you're the one that mentioned that - you
said that, you know, you're always trying to learn more and
that. Is there something specific that the two of you
learned from filming this, either about yourself or about
acting, you know, just in general?
Apolo Ohno: Well I think Danica, she's acted in so many
things. For me, I learned how to die very well.
Danica McKellar: I don't know man. I hope that you never
have to expect that type of death. Let me just say that. My
wish for you is that you never have to experience that kind
of death. That would be truly awful. Yes. I don't every -
you know, for me every role has slightly different things
and it'd be really hard to nail down what I learned in this
You're always just adding layers to your talent and skills
just by experience alone and by working with great people.
And there'll be some little nuance that another actor will
do and you'll just get it on some level. And you'll be like,
"Oh, interesting." But you couldn't even put it into words.
I mean I don't know that I could put any specific acting
lessons into words on - in this film because it was so much
more about the adventure and the excitement and running. I
mean I got better at running while acting I guess.
But yes, it was just really great. I'm sure I learned lots
of things that I could never put into words.
Jamie Ruby: Okay, that's okay. And I also wanted to ask you,
and this is off-topic, but can you talk really quick about
working on The Big Bang Theory?
Danica McKellar: Oh yes, that was awesome. That was really
fun. I loved being on that set because it's all about, you
know, math and science. And the set - and the thing is, like
nobody on set was as into the math and science part as I
Mayim Bialik was not on the show yet when I did it, so I'm
sure it would have been different if she'd been there. But I
ended up singing the Element Song, which they later had Jim
Parsons do on the show, but this is before that. And
everyone was looking at me like, "Oh cute." But like nobody
I was like, "Wait a minute, you people aren't actually
scientists? Oh yes that's right, it's acting." But I was
just excited and I was looking at books they had on their
book shelves and all the like fun molecule displays and
stuff. And yes, it was pretty cool being there.
Operator: Our next question is from the line of Diane
Morasco with Morasco Media. Please go ahead.
Diane Morasco: I have to ask you Danica, "What is the most
challenging aspect of motherhood for you in today's
Danica McKellar: Wow, just protecting your child from so
much like media and so much information, so much technology.
I get him outside. We go to the park almost every single
day. I mean we get outside obviously every day a few times a
But just get out to the park, bring the soccer ball, have
him run around. You know, I play soccer with him kind of --
he's two you know, so we're not really playing soccer, but
we just get out there, go on the swings and just exercise
and fresh air. Like play in the dirt, you know. Like all
that basic stuff I think is so important for development.
And I know there are so many studies and so many toys that
are geared for learning development and blah, blah, blah.
And it's like, "You know what, I have this instinct which is
get the kid outside, get him running around, get him loving
- like oh, "Look at this cool rock," you know, that kind of
thing, instead of - like he - I do not have an iPad for him.
I don't even have an iPad myself. He tries to take my phone
of course, but I - you know and we do a little bit. But
mostly it keeps him outside and sticks with the basics and
remember that the best thing you can do is read to your kid,
don't have the book read itself to the kid. Read to your
child. Sit there with a book. Like that's what I'm doing.
Diane Morasco: I think that's great. Now, Apolo, "What is
the most challenging aspect for today's Olympic hopefuls as
opposed to when you were on the scene?"
Apolo Ohno: I think there are a lot of challenges. I think
especially in our society now, kids, you know they all - I
think it's common to find people who want to find the fast
track to success and I think often times they get a little
bit away from the fact that the Olympic space is one that
takes years and years of preparation and dedication in order
to achieve success. And that not every single person can
stand on top of the podium at the end of the day.
There's only three spots on the podium. Only one person gets
to stand on the Number 1 spot. But there are thousands and
thousands of athletes all over the world who are at the top
one-percent of their game. So how they distinguish
themselves day-to-day I think is really what the key there
So I think the challenge is trying, for athletes now, is
just trying to find funding so that they can achieve their
dreams and they can pursue something that makes sense. I
mean no one ever wants to hear about the story of the
athlete who's 28 or 30 years old and has had no college
experience, no social skills or anything because they've
dedicated their entire life to the Olympic space, but they
don't have any medals either.
So to me there's a little bit of disconnect in terms of the
funding that revolves around Olympic sports. And a lot of
people don't even really know that, you know, Olympics are
not funded by our government, you know, everything is by
donation and/or sponsors. So if the athlete does not have a
big name in sport they don't make any money.
Diane Morasco: Okay. Now this question is geared at both of
you, "With your demanding schedule, how do you square time
out for fun and what is your definition of fun? Danica, you
Danica McKellar: My definition of fun these days is going to
the park with my son and just playing and having fun. It's
the best thing in the world. He is just endlessly
entertaining. And it's amazing to watch him learn things and
identify letters and numbers.
And we sing songs all the time. It’s so much fun. I love
being a mom. I can't even express it. It's the best thing
I've ever done. I'm just over the Moon about it. And I spend
every minute I can with him.
Diane Morasco: Thank you. Apolo?
Apolo Ohno: And you know for me my definition of fun is just
being around family and friends. You know, it doesn't really
matter what we're doing. If you’re with the right group, you
know, it doesn't - it honestly doesn't matter where we are
or what we're doing, we always are able to find a good time.
Danica McKellar: I love all the tweets with your dad, Apolo.
It's so sweet.
Apolo Ohno: My dad is awesome. He's so fun.
Operator: We have a follow-up question. It comes from the
line of Jamie Steinberg with Starry Constellation Magazine.
Please go ahead.
Jamie Steinberg: Hello again. I was just wondering if there
was anything to your characters that wasn't originally
scripted for you but you added to your roles?
Apolo Ohno: I didn't.
Danica McKellar: Well extra grunts and groans. Wow that
scene when you get killed - I guess these are spoilers - but
it is really truly gruesome. I'm trying to remember if I
added anything to my character. It's been a while. We shot
this over a year ago. I don't remember anything significant.
No, I don't remember anything significant. You know,
sometimes you tweak a line here or there if you - if there's
something that you have a conversation with the director and
you agree on something. And I'm sure that happened a few
times, but nothing major.
Jamie Steinberg: And both of you are very active on Twitter.
Why is that such an important place for you to connect with
Danica McKellar: I think it's great. I used to be like, "Oh,
Twitter, blah," but now I love it. It's so much fun; it's
instant feedback; it's interaction with the people who like
make your career possible. It's awesome.
Apolo Ohno: I agree. It's instantaneous, it's fun, you can
you know - it's a medium in which you can share, you know,
kind of what you're doing and just what you have and you
love. And you can bring people inside of your life otherwise
they would never have access to in the past.
Jamie Steinberg: That's right because Danica, I was the one
who broke to you that your Christmas movie Love at the
Christmas Table was coming out soon. And you were like,
"Wait, they changed the name." And you were like, "How did
you find that out?"
Danica McKellar: That's right. Or they changed the date
Jamie Steinberg: And what would you guys each like to say to
everyone who has been a fan and supporter of you in your
Danica McKellar: Ultimate gratitude. Thank you so much for
everything so far and all of our adventures to come.
Apolo Ohno: I agree. And just basically saying thank you and
for the unconditional love and support, you know, and
without it you know, I definitely would not have been or
gone where I am today. So hopefully more to come.
Operator: We have a follow-up question from the line of
Sammi Turano with TV Grapevine. Please go ahead.
Sammi Turano: Hello again. I have another question for you.
Danica, you mentioned your math books; they actually helped
my cousin get through math class. I was wondering, have you
ever considered going on tours to different schools and
helping girls with math that way?
Danica McKellar: I've done some - I mean I've certainly done
some public speaking. I would love to like have somebody
organize some tour of high schools or something, maybe get
some - a sponsor or whatever. I haven't organized anything
like that myself, again being a busy mom it can be tough.
But I love talking to girls, I really do. And I love getting
the feedback in person. Because I get, you know, tons of
emails and tweets and Facebook posts and things with people
telling me that their daughters or their nieces or
grand-daughters of - and even some boys too, have like got a
whole new perspective on math and they finally get it and
all this other stuff. And that makes my day.
There's something special about meeting the girls in person
and having them look at you with that little look on their
face that I remember having for people that I admired. I'm
like, "Oh, my gosh; I'm that woman," that they're like,
"Wow, I want to be like her." And that - it just - it's
really, really special. And you know, I wrote the books for
me at that age. I wrote like "What did I - what do I wish
that I'd had?"
"Somebody who was by my side making math fun, not so scary."
Like, "Here, we're going to sit down and do this together,
it's not that big a deal. And I'm going to make it - I'm
going to put math in the context of things that you're
already thinking about to make you feel comfortable and show
you that you can do it. You can challenge yourself and do a
problem that you didn't think you were capable of because
that is the biggest gift from my books.
It's not the math itself; it's teaching girls to overcome
challenges and to show themselves that they're stronger and
smarter than they thought they were. And that extends to all
parts of life. To me, math is one of the best ways to
exercise your brain and exercise your mental stamina.
Sammi Turano: That's incredible. And Apolo, you've done so
much in your life. You've been an athlete, a dancer, an
author, and now an actor; what's next on your bucket list?
Apolo Ohno: Wow, what's next on my bucket list? You know I
still want to continuously pursue all those avenues.
Broadcasting is something, I mean I've always wanted to be
associated with, especially with the Olympic space. And then
doing a little bit of a docu-follow based on my life and the
kind of interesting, crazy characters that are in and out of
my life on a daily basis.
And then obviously the health and fitness component,
something that you know, I've lived for the past 15 to 20
years and just sharing my message and my beliefs with the
world. And hopefully people have open ears.
Sammi Turano: Wonderful. Now would you consider doing a tour
too; going to different schools and talking to students
about fitness and healthy eating and stuff like that?
Apolo Ohno: I'm actually - I actually did that, 2010 and
2011 I think we did a 46-city tour. It was a - it was pretty
Operator: Thank you. And our next question is from the line
of John Soltes with Hollywood Soapbox. Please go ahead.
John Soltes: Yes, thank you so much. I'm curious, could you
kind of both describe what the highlight of it is, of
working on this Syfy movie? I mean if you could sort of
think back to the one thing that just really made the
project for you. Thanks.
Danica McKellar: I think it was the people; the people - the
actors were really fun to work with and the crew was
amazing. And just getting to get up and go to work with such
an amazing group. Not every set is super fun and friendly to
be on, and this was a great one.
Everybody was collaborative, the director was great, the
producers were great, all the actors had such a great
attitude, we all knew that we were coming together to make a
film that's just going to be fun, entertaining and it was a
joy. It was a real joy. Everyone was really super sweet.
And I got to bring my son on set a couple times, so that was
kind of fun too. He's two years old so people - he was
one-year old at that point. So people were like, "Oh he's a
little sweet-pea." And of course I just melt in front of my
son so it was - that's always fun.
Apolo Ohno: That's great. I - you know for me I just - I had
a blast working with every single person on set, from when I
arrived in Vancouver and we started filming to when I left.
You know, to me it was an honor to be able to work with
people and be able to connect. And everybody was so
welcoming and just kind and it was just fun. It was a very
pleasant experience. I think I was lucky -- very lucky.
John Soltes: Apolo, did you have any butterflies right in
the beginning sort of on the first day because this was you
know sort of, you know, a new endeavor in your career?
Apolo Ohno: Absolutely. Absolutely butterflies. I have
butterflies right now just talking about it. I - you know it
was something that was so outside of my space. And you know,
people who watch the movie are going to laugh and be like,
But it's you know - I think we're always our own worst
critic. So we try to give our absolute no matter what, no
matter how big or small the role is and no matter you know,
what type of a character we're playing. So whether I'm dying
slowly or I'm smiling and happy as can be, you know, you try
to - you just try to be your best, so absolutely. I think if
I wasn't nervous at all, there would have been an issue.
John Soltes: And finally, do you take - you know, obviously
a Syfy original movie, there's a lot of fun worked into the
script because it's you know, it's supposed to be a little
comedic obviously. Do you guys go in sort of with the idea
that your character is the real deal?
Are you trying to play it seriously? Or do you really always
have your tongue in your cheek, you know, because you know
it's a little campy?
Danica McKellar: No, to me you play your character, you
know. You always play your character. It's just like, even
if you're doing huge comedy, even then you're playing your
character and the comedy comes from the situation. If - and
this isn't even really a - it's that other thing, it's that
Syfy, you know, silly, fun movie. But you play - but your
character has to be your character.
I mean as an actor that's kind of like, I think Number 1.
You never want to pull your punches, you play your role and
then the fun, campy side of it comes from the actual writing
and the pacing and the editing and the special effects and
all the rest of it. That's my experience. That's how I see
Operator: Thank you. And our last question is a follow-up
question from Jamie Ruby with SciFi Vision. Please go ahead.
Jamie Ruby: I was just curious, and I don't know, maybe
after seeing that scene you wouldn't, but have either of you
or would either of you ever consider base jumping?
Danica McKellar: No.
Apolo Ohno: I would. I would.
Danica McKellar: You might, I'm not. See, I'm not the
athlete, he is.
Apolo Ohno: I would. I definitely would. Even if I was just
jumping, you know, ten feet or you know 100 feet. I think it
seems like a blast.
Gary Morgenstein: Thank you again everyone for joining us.
Thank you, Danica and Apolo.
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