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Interview with Lindsay Wagner of "Warehouse 13" on Syfy 8/21/12
I love Lindsay Wagner, and the show, and this is the
second time I was honored to speak with her. She is just very nice, and
also a kind of new-agey kind of lady, not really at all like the
characters she plays. She is very thoughtful and always takes the time
to think about her answer before giving it.
Moderator: Gary Morgenstein
August 21, 2012
1:00 pm CT
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to
the Syfy conference call, Warehouse 13. 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, please press star
As a reminder, this conference is being recorded Tuesday, August 21,
I would now like to turn the conference over to Gary Morgenstein. Please
go ahead sir.
Gary Morgenstein: Thank you and thank you everyone for joining us. Next
Monday, August 27 at 9:00 pm, Lindsay Wagner returns at Dr. Vanessa
Calder and she has a very hot and heavy romance with Artie. So Iím going
to Lindsay tell everyone all about it. Thank you Lindsay for joining us.
Lindsay Wagner: Well, thank you.
Gary Morgenstein: (Unintelligible)
Lindsay Wagner: Go ahead.
Gary Morgenstein: Thatís all right. We can put the first call forward
Operator: Thank you. So our first question comes from the line of
(Reggie Seaton). Your line is open. Please proceed.
Reg Seeton: Hi, Lindsay. Thanks for taking the call.
Lindsay Wagner: Hi.
Reg Seeton: Hi. Now that youíve played Dr. Calder a number of
times, in what ways do you relates to her as compared to how you related
to Jaime Sommers?
Lindsay Wagner: Well they both work really long hours. Doing a series is
always pretty grueling. I donít know that I relate the two characters,
to be honest with you. Dr. Calder is very - sheís very seasoned, sheís
mature, sheís - Jaime was very young and optimistic. Not that Dr. Calder
isnít optimistic, I donít mean to be saying that. But, Jaime had a lot
of enthusiasm based on a lack of experience, if you will. And
encountered difficulties and painful life lessons as all young people do
and was in a very exaggerated circumstance, obviously.
Dr. Calderís been through that state already and is very clear about
whatís going on in her life and in the strange life that she lives,
which is - the only way I can really compare the two is that - and itís
not exactly the same. But, that Jaime had to live a secret like, right,
she had two lives. Thatís similar in that Dr. Calder lives a life out in
the world and covertly goes and does this work for the warehouse. And
Reg Seeton: (Unintelligible)
Lindsay Wagner: ...I think - I guess those two - I never, you know, you
ask that question and I thought thereís absolutely nothing in common
but, Iíve never even thought about comparing the two before. So, Iím
having to kind of think this through as I answer. Forgive the lack of
Reg Seeton: Thatís okay. Well, just let me ask you how do...
Lindsay Wagner: But those are two odd things that they have in common is
theyíre having to live double lives and that always brings about certain
life challenges. Itís just that Dr. Calderís been doing it for such a
long time that noting is new or odd to her. Whereas Jaime, everything
was like whoa God, whatís going on here. So their characters are pretty
Reg Seeton: Well how do you view her energy with Artie now in their
collective troop going forward?
Lindsay Wagner: Iím sorry, could you repeat that?
Reg Seeton: How do you view her energy with Artie and their
collective troop going forward and where theyíre at right now?
Lindsay Wagner: Well, I feel that both of them have been through so much
with all the years that theyíve been doing what theyíve been doing and
for Dr. Calder certainly living a double like, Artie kind of has a mono
life because he doesnít have to pretend anything, thatís all he does.
And because she has to hide what she does in the other relationships
that she has, her relationship with Artie is something that allows
Vanessa to be all of who she is. She can be completely herself with him
because she doesnít have to hide anything, obviously. And thatís very
difficult, you know, even in the so-called real world people who work
for our government, CIA agents, things like that.
You know, they - theyíre living private lives out of necessity that -
for their own safety and for the way that the whole espionage type world
is set up. And thatís the kind of thing that Vanessaís having to live
all the time, is living this double life and itís very - one can only
imagine that itís very stressful and uncomfortable to never be able to
just relax, say what you want to say, be how you want to be, just be
And I think that for Vanessa that is such a joy to be in an intimate
relationship with someone who - sorry about the old granddaddy clock
here - where she can truly be all of herself. Thatís a blessing for
anybody, you know, when we find people who unconditionally love us and
we can just be whoever we are, thatís something thatís really wonderful
for Vanessa and I know for Artie too.
Reg Seeton: Great. Thank you very much and good luck with the show.
Lindsay Wagner: Thank you.
Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Amy Harrington
with Pop Culture Passionistas. Your line is open. Please proceed with
Amy Harrington: Hi, thank you so much for your time today.
Lindsay Wagner: Hi there and welcome.
Amy Harrington: So, we were just wondering, what is it about Warehouse
13 and the experience on working on the show that keeps you going back?
Lindsay Wagner: Oh, the people are so nice. The actors are also nice.
Jack is just a joy to work with and all the producers that work and
write there. Itís a lovely set. I was very blessed on Bionic Woman to
have a wonderful crew and Iíve guest starred and done various things on
different places and people are nice but, thereís - sometimes thereís
this special thing that happens and itís just like family and that is
what the Warehouse set is like.
So, more than anything, itís the joy of working with the people that Iím
working with. Theyíre good actors, Artieís a - I mean, Saul is a
wonderful actor, always has been. And watching the young people on the
show who are all pretty young and green just blossom and become
wonderful actors in their own right develop their characters, thatís
been really fun for me too.
Amy Harrington: Excellent.
Lindsay Wagner: I just love hanging out with them and working with them
is fun, even if itís grueling hours.
Amy Harrington: Is - would you ever consider returning to series
television as a regular?
Lindsay Wagner: I would and yes, Iím kind of sniffing around for things
and looking at some different concepts, been talking with my agent about
it lately. Itís definitely a possibility.
Amy Harrington: Excellent. Well, we hope you do and thanks...
Lindsay Wagner: Thank you.
Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Karen Moul of
Sci-Fi Vision. Your line is open. Please proceed with your question.
Karen Moul: Hi, thanks for being with us today. I know you probably
canít talk to us too much about the episode but could you tell us
anything about what brings Vanessa to the warehouse this time and tease
us a little bit about what to expect?
Lindsay Wagner: Well actually, itís not at the warehouse. I had a bit of my
gag order taken off here (unintelligible) today. Actually, Artie and
Vanessa have been taking rendezvous together and so we start out at one
of our rendezvous places. That day we decided to take the relationship
to another level and so the adventure takes place out in the world where
theyíre meeting up thinking that they were going to have a nice quiet
weekend together, which Alice, who escapes from the mirror kind of
wreaks havoc on our weekend together.
Karen Moul: Wow, that sounds like an action packed episode.
Lindsay Wagner: It pretty much is. I - yes, she pretty much makes me go
crazy in the process.
Karen Moul: Great, canít wait for it. On a different note, you were just
talking about returning to television. Did I read that youíre going to
be involved in the Scruples remake?
Lindsay Wagner: Yes, I narrated the pilot for them - the pilot episode.
Karen Moul: How - was it fun revisiting that story? I grew up in the 70s
and I remember...
Lindsay Wagner: Yes.
Karen Moul: ...the original and how...
Lindsay Wagner: Well...
Karen Moul: ...great it was.
Lindsay Wagner: ...it was - yes, it was an interesting experience
because I didnít even really get to see the episode. I just kind of had
to go in and wing it. You know, there are redoing exactly. They make -
obviously, they made a series out of it and so theyíre building their
story as they do. Although some of the - a lot of the beats are the
same. Yes, it was very interesting. But because Iím not narrating it as
Billy, that was very touch actually. It was difficult trying to find the
voice of a character that weíve developed one way. It was the voice of
the - her friend the...
Karen Moul: The roommate from New York.
Lindsay Wagner: No, the journalist. And I think theyíre kind of playing
her - theyíre trying to find the voice that they want to use of it. So,
it was interesting. I love doing voice over though, that was real - that
was fun to kind of sit in a room and massage it and work it and not have
to worry about makeup and hair and all that stuff.
Karen Moul: Great. Well, Iím looking forward to that too. Thanks a lot.
Operator: And our next question comes from the line of (Diane Moore).
Your line is open. Please proceed with your question.
Diane Moore: Hi, Lindsay. How are you today?
Lindsay Wagner: Hi there, good thanks. How about you?
Diane Moore: Iím doing well. I have to ask, what is the greatest gift
you have received since practicing meditation?
Lindsay Wagner: I think the ability to relax and let everything go and
be fully in the moment. To just experience being alive and enjoy being
alive. The - we tend to experience so much through our lives, most of it
actually, until we kind of get a handle on it, of all the facts in our
life and kind of like our thoughts become what we think life is.
And meditation and the various techniques also - the other techniques
that help you be able to calm your mind and meditate are just simply
kind of be calm and be present without always analyzing and comparing
and all those things that the mind wants to do all the time, which kind
of makes us think that we are the mind.
But we arenít and in know the spontaneous spark of life, if you will,
that when weíre fully in the present, whatever is going on around us, to
be able to experience that without all of that mind chatter is a really
wonderful experience and meditation is definitely something thatís
helped me be able to do that.
And at times, when youíre meditating, if you canít even do it when your
eyes are open and youíre walking around, at least your body has a few
minutes of being fully relaxed. I mean, thereís a lot. I donít know itís
- I donít know that I can name the one single thing thatís kind of the
Diane Moore: Thank you for that. I have to ask too, ever wanted to
dust off your dancing shoes and be a celebrity guest star on one of
those reality dancing shows.
Lindsay Wagner: Not really. Thatís not my strong suit, I must say. Never
Diane Moore: Okay. Well my last question is what traits of yours have
you seen have come from Jaime Sommers and are there any traits of
Vanessaís that youíve adapted to your own, Lindsay?
Lindsay Wagner: What traits of Jaimeís have I adopted? Is that what you
Diane Moore: Yes, for your own that you were like, wow that takes me
Lindsay Wagner: Iím not sure I can answer the question the way it was
asked. I - because for me when Iím developing the characters I look for
ways to develop them from within myself. So itís more about finding
things in me that I infuse in them.
Now, Iím - you know, Jaime was all about espionage and I certainly
didnít adopt that in my personal life but even the idea of having
children in the show. You know, Ken and I talked about it - about how to
make the character more dynamic. The more we got to know each other the
more we were able to flush out the character.
And in Dr. Vanessa, like I was talking about kind of living in two
different worlds. The traditional world, which we all kind of live in
and came from and this other world, well a lot of the meditation and the
healing techniques and the things that have learned over the years and
that I teach in my workshops and retreats, thatís the kind of thing that
she would be doing. Working with energy, not understanding that
everything is energy, that the body is energy, that even the table is
energy but it feels like dense matter. Itís just the way our sensors
perceive that energy thatís moving slower, makes it feel like itís a
hard thing to us.
But, Vanessa kind of works in both of those worlds. She works in a very
traditional medical world and she works pretty much in the energy world.
One of the things that was so much fun for me in the very first episode,
I donít remember if we talked about this in a previous interview but,
was that the writers went on my website. And they - one of them was
familiar with one of the techniques that I teach, which is a tapping
technique that you do on your own acupuncture points to release
emotional charge of fear or even physical pain.
And the - and so they put that in the show, they didnít quite get it
right but they gave me some freedom to kind of adlib and make it my own
and actually do the process with him a little bit. And so if you look at
that very first episode when I say have you been doing your tapping and
he says, sure and I know heís lying, right, so Iím tapping around on his
face and his body. That is actually a technique that I teach in my
workshop. Itís an amazing technique and so I kind of bring things from
my life and they just kind of start to blend. I donít know if I answered
your question but...
Diane Moore: You did, thank you...
Lindsay Wagner: Okay.
Diane Moore: ...so very much. I wish you the best.
Lindsay Wagner: Thank you.
Diane Moore: Youíre welcome.
Lindsay Wagner: Thanks, you too. Bye.
Diane Moore: Thank you.
Operator: And our next question comes from the line of (Ann Morris) with
Airlock Alpha). Your line is open. Please proceed with your question.
Ann Morris: Thank you for allowing us to speak with you today Lindsay.
Lindsay Wagner: Hi.
Ann Morris: Hi. I actually have not looked around and seen a lot about
your personal life or, you know, things you do outside of acting. But I
- if Wikipedia is to be trusted, which it can be variable, you and I are
contemporaries in age.
Lindsay Wagner: Okay.
Ann Morris: And both of us have grown children. My sonís, like, born
right in the middle of your, mine was born in - well, actually, my sonís
from 1974. So my sonís older but, you know, we both know what thatís
like having grown children and all that sort of thing.
And I was wondering if you have felt that there is a difficulty in
Hollywood in getting good roles at your age, because Iím really pleased
to see as a romantic lead in Warehouse 13. Those episodes are delightful
and I love seeing that, that a character is - doesnít have to be 20 to
be the romantic lead. But I want to - kind of want to know your thoughts
on that, what Hollywood gives to women who are our age and your thoughts
on playing Dr. Vanessa in light of that.
Lindsay Wagner: Well, Iíve only recently started kind of going back and
looking at whatís really going on there. I mean, thereís a few shows
that I like, I - my mom introduced me to. I kind of - you know, Iím just
not all that familiar because Iíve been in this - doing this other work
for the last 8 - 10 years. And Iím just recently starting to get back
into the industry, therein, looking at whatís really going on there. I
just donít watch a lot of it to begin with, so Iím not the best person
maybe to ask about that.
But, certainly, them being willing to write a romantic story about older
people who arenít dead, you know, is very wonderful and courageous. Itís
actually something that hasnít really been done much ever, I think, in
the history of television. Or movies, thereís the odd movie, thereís the
occasion movie that where it comes out and say oh wow, thatís right,
people are still alive and vital and, you know, have all the same
qualities of human beings once they pass 50, you know.
And - but they certainly are - have been few and far between forever,
really. I think from my viewpoint. And I honestly donít know much to say
about it other than Iím thrilled that they were willing to do that and
in the midst of something so odd to do it in. You know what Iím saying.
Ann Morris: Yes.
Lindsay Wagner: ...this show was an odd one to do it but I really
applaud the courage and the creativity of, you know, of Jack the
producer and all the writers involved for doing it.
Ann Morris: I do appreciate that answer. I think maybe being away from
it actually made it easier because you didnít have a preconceived
Lindsay Wagner: No.
Ann Morris: ...that they wouldnít do it, you know. That might well be
and thatís probably a good thing. I have another question I like to ask
when I - Iím on these calls. What kinds of entertainment you do enjoy,
what kind of books you like to read, movies you like to see. You know,
we see - we talk to all these people who are on these science fiction
programs, which is my main interest in literature and everything but Iím
curious to know what yours would be.
Lindsay Wagner: Yes, itís typically not science fiction. I tend to read
more - because I study a lot with, you know, that holistic type
modalities and things like that and I - so I read a lot of things that
people are doing that Iím learning about, things that are helpful for
people and kind of sorting through that kind of thing.
When I read Iím typically reading something like that, either self-help,
spiritual or - I did read a couple of - I mean, when my - I think I read
- this may sound silly - I read more - growing up dyslexic, I did not
get into the groove of reading. So I must admit that reading isnít a
strong suit of mine, although I donít have any problems with it anymore.
I seem to have gone through an amazing, you know, dealing with that over
the years and I can read just fine, itís just that I think early on you
either learn to read and are passionate about reading stuff.
I found myself being impatient when - even reading a good book, which I
tried. My mother is an avid read. She loves reading, she loves reading
stories and (unintelligible) development. To me I find Iím impatient
with it. I didnít get into the leisure experience of doing that because
it was years before I could do that as an adult. And so, I didnít learn
that, I - so for me, reading stories that people love, itís like come on
just get to the point. Where are we going with this? And yes, yes,
interesting character but, you know, you couldíve said that in seven
I never - honestly, and Iím embarrassed to say, I never developed the -
I can read a little bit of that but then I do get impatient with it, I
must admit. So I was kind of - thatís why I think some of the books that
are studying that get right to the point for me are.- and even then
sometimes I get impatient with - which is funny, Iím bearing one of my
odd little sides to you here.
But as far as the art of it all, films and/or television and things, I
think Iím very excited to see that - one of the things I can say about
television today, not about women or older women, that - but just in
general is the intelligence is coming back to television. Itís - it
seemed like for a while this stupider you could make people look, the
more it would sale and I never have understood that but, intelligence is
coming back. Youíve got the, you know, Suits, for example, and violent
shows like - oh, whatís that one with the - heís an art thief but he
works for the FBI - White Collar.
Ann Morris: Oh, okay. Yes.
Lindsay Wagner: White Collar, for example, whoís - you know, they have -
I mean, whether you are a fan of it or not, itís just something that
theyíre still seeing a successful show that doesnít have to have
violence in it and all of the, I think, neat, cheap tricks that things
are call on to be sensationalistic to get peopleís attention too. You
know, Iím so excited to see things coming back that arenít grasping on
to the lowest kind of common denominator of our consciousness. And that
people are going for it, that thatís exciting for me. And thereís others
too, I just those two come to the top of my mind.
Ann Morris: I think you get to be a part of that when - in being in a
program like Warehouse 13 where you have...
Lindsay Wagner: Yes, and theyíre walking an interesting line, arenít
Ann Morris: Yes, and...
Lindsay Wagner: Theyíve got the funny and the fun but, yes, go ahead,
Ann Morris: But the audience is - you know, because that audience is
typically one that likes science fiction and fantasy and a lot of them
have very high level of education, intelligence matters to them. So I...
Lindsay Wagner: Right.
Ann Morris: ...think that youíre getting to be a part of that, and I
think thatís a really nice thing. And I really appreciate you bearing
your soul. A lot of people have dyslexia. Iíve know many any it is a
difficult thing. We talked with Eddie Izzard a few weeks back and he had
the same problem.
Lindsay Wagner: A lot of artists do. The artistic abilities - theyíve
even got statistics on that - people are - tend to be very creative who
have kind of classic dyslexia. Itís kind of like the balancing factor,
if you will, of what - like I would - if I werenít as creative as I was
- am, I would never have gotten through school. But my creativity - I
mean, there is an - a very interesting intelligence. To me, creativity
is another form of intelligence.
Ann Morris: Oh, well it certainly is.
Lindsay Wagner: Yes. And itís one - well, as writers you all know. You
know, youíre kind of - you kind of are blending both worlds -- the left
brain, right brain. But that creativity part if - allows you to think
things - think outside the box, think -you know, put things together
that arenít linear and still create a communication. I mean, itís a -
itís something that a left brain canít do by itself and that right brain
creativity is definitely part of intelligence. And I think more and more
our culture is coming to recognize that.
Ann Morris: I thank you very much and I guess I better let other
people have a turn. Thank you so much.
Lindsay Wagner: Thank you.
Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Tony Tellado with
Sci-Fi Talk. Please proceed with your question.
Tony Tellado: Hi Lindsay, itís a real pleasure to talk to you. Iíve been
a fan of yours for a long time. Just have a question. And just how - in
your career how youíve seen, especially this type of show, which is
similar to the bionic woman have kind of had a chance to reflect as you
work on Warehouse 13 how much this type of show has changed as far as
the filming of it with all the effects and things? And also, even just
how itís perceived by the public compared to how it used to be.
Lindsay Wagner: Well, certainly, the technology is humorously,
profoundly advance compared to what we had to work with back then. But -
and the audience expects more today. Itís just been - itís been very
interesting doing it because even as technology was advancing, I wasnít
doing that type of thing when I was doing all the movies and miniseries
and stuff like that that I was doing. Other than explosions and things
like that upon occasion but even it wasnít - there wasnít even a whole
lot of that. So, doing this has been interesting and fun just to watch
what they do and learn how to - how they do it.
My - Iíve learned actually more because Iím not in as much of the, like,
the characters of Pete and Myka theyíre - and even Artie. Theyíre
typically the ones doing the stuff with the special effects because
theyíre putting the artifacts in the bag and all that kind of stuff
where theyíre having - or turning into something. My character is
usually not involved in that part of it a couple times. So, I still
havenít had the opportunity to work a lot with that, whereas, my kids
are both stuntmen and Dorian, my oldest son, he doubles as - he was a
stunt double for the Silver Surfer on - he was...
Tony Tellado: Oh.
Lindsay Wagner: ...Tomar Re - he played Tomar Re in the - he was the
character and did all the - I think they dubbed his voice with somebody
elseís voice but he is the character of Tomar Re in The Green Lantern.
Tony Tellado: Yes.
Lindsay Wagner: And now heís going - he is the stunt double for the new
Tony Tellado: Oh, great.
Lindsay Wagner: Heís - Iíve learned more about what they do today
through him than doing the Warehouse 13 and itís just fun to hear about
it and see some of it. And he does a lot of wire work so...
Tony Tellado: Wow.
Lindsay Wagner: ...heís used to wearing those suits with the dots all
over it for - especially for Tomar Re because they CGIíd the visual of
what Tomar Re looked like over him, you know, over his - and it was -
but that was his body and his movements and stuff. So...
Tony Tellado: Very, very cool. Do you think there is a story to tell yet
with Jaime Sommers or is that chapter do you think or the story over?
Lindsay Wagner: You know, personally, I can see a story but it means
taking the show to another level, not trying to repeat the show. And
thatís - you know, repeating the show in the style that things to tend
to want to be today is just another show.
One of the reasons I think it didnít work when we tried to do that is
that they tried to do just - they were doing kind of just that. They
just took the concept and made it into a show like things today and -
but that isnít what it was and that isnít what people were wanting to
It was fun, it was - there was levity, there was, you know, there was,
you know, yes - whatís the work I want - suspense and all that kind of
thing. But, it was - but what we were doing was new and there - by the
time the second one came out, there was nothing new about having powers.
There was nothing new about the show at all; we had - other than the -
changing what was expected. That was new, but not new as in anything
special about the show.
And, you know, for me I see - I saw taking it into more of - I mean, if
I were going to remake it, I would take it more into what she found
Tony Tellado: Cool.
Lindsay Wagner: Remember the episode, the ďBiofeedbackĒ. I donít know if
you remember that. Where they...
Tony Tellado: I think so, yes. Itís...
Lindsay Wagner: ...where the scientists could control his heart and his
mind and all that.
Tony Tellado: Yes, yes, because Iíve actually watched it before it was -
I watched it live before it was DVRs and all that stuff.
Lindsay Wagner: Yes. That - I see taking it and launching off of that.
Tony Tellado: Oh, cool.
Lindsay Wagner: That -you know, if I was going to be involved in
remaking that. To me, it was about taking her into another consciousness
level of understanding that physical power is just that no matter how
strong it is, and that thereís always somebody who can end up being
stronger than you. So whatís -you know, so whatís the big deal.
And, whereas, finding the strength within the person, within that human
being, the extraordinariness of human beings and what - how weíre really
made up. To me, the things that Iíve learned and studied about what
Yogis can do and people, you know, whoíve done - you know, everybody
knows the story about the mother lifted the Volkswagen off the kid,
Tony Tellado: Yes.
Lindsay Wagner: She - her mind just didnít, in that moment, stay limited
to what sheíd been told and that she wasnít strong enough to pick up a
car. And so, we are extraordinary human beings. I mean, we are - human
beings are extraordinary I should say. And people tend to want to write
all this fantasy stuff but itís coming - even fantasy is coming out of -
you canít write - you canít even fantasize something that there isnít
some potential flaw that was in you...
Tony Tellado: Right.
Lindsay Wagner: ...because you didnít think it. It couldnít come out of
your consciousness. You know what Iím saying.
Tony Tellado: Yes.
Lindsay Wagner: So, I would see taking her into that, to where she goes
beyond and learns to - learns things beyond physical strength. Like -
whatís that martial arts, itís - I can almost...
Tony Tellado: Thereís so many.
Lindsay Wagner: Itís about...
Tony Tellado: Krav Maga?
Lindsay Wagner: But itís all about energy. Itís all about moving energy.
Itís way advanced - Tai Chi for example, Chi-Gong. I donít know if
youíve ever seen any videos or anything about really high level Chi-Gong
masters. But, they literally - when theyíre teaching their students,
Iíve seen things where they have them - a student try to attack them and
their mental ability is what you see on Alphas, for example today.
Tony Tellado: Yes.
Lindsay Wagner: I mean, their ability to use their energy and the person
ends up never even getting to them before they flop over because they
can project their energy in such a way that that happens. So thatís what
Iím saying, I think to make The Bionic Woman interesting again is to
have her - show that sheís absorbed the - all that there could be
learned from having extra, physical strength and all the limitations of
it and went deeper. To me, that would be interesting. I donít know...
Tony Tellado: Yes.
Lindsay Wagner: ...to anybody else, but...
Tony Tellado: It gets my vote, it certainly does and I hope Syfyís
Lindsay Wagner: Okay.
Tony Tellado: Thank you very much. Itís been a pleasure talking to you.
Lindsay Wagner: You too, thanks. Bye.
Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Suzanne Lanoue
with TV Megasite. Your line is open. Please proceed with your question.
Suzanne Lanoue: Hi Lindsay, itís nice to speak with you again.
Lindsay Wagner: Hi.
Suzanne Lanoue: I was wondering - I missed the first few minutes of the
call so I hope somebody didnít ask this already but, is it safe to say
that your character can - the new episodes - that Artie is hiding a big
Lindsay Wagner: Say that again, please.
Suzanne Lanoue: Is it safe to say that in the episode youíre in that
your character can tell that Artie is hiding a big secret? Is she
Lindsay Wagner: I think in this next episode, sheís more confused about
whatís going on.
Suzanne Lanoue: Okay.
Lindsay Wagner: I think they are - because they are spending - theyíve
now moved their relationship to a different level...
Suzanne Lanoue: Right.
Lindsay Wagner: ...and they are having these rendezvous - weekend
rendezvous and where theyíre not working, theyíre not in that
environment. So Artieís a lot more relaxed and whatnot, but until
something happens in this episode, which, you know, all Iíll say about
it is that Alice escapes from the mirror and wreaks havoc on our weekend
together, which we were totally not expecting.
Suzanne Lanoue: Uh oh.
Lindsay Wagner: And Artieís reaction to that is very confusing to
Vanessa and very upsetting because sheís - you know, theyíve been having
such a wonderful time, itís not making any sense to her. So she hasnít
quite figured out what the heckís going on, obviously something. But,
itís - I think I would say more confusing than her saying aha I figured
this out, youíre hiding a secret. Yes, itís obvious but, itís painful.
Suzanne Lanoue: Right.
Lindsay Wagner: Itís hurtful for her what his reaction to it.
Suzanne Lanoue: Okay. And you were talking before about putting some of
your own things into the show and your character. How would you say that
you are very different from your character in real life?
Lindsay Wagner: From what?
Suzanne Lanoue: How are you very different...
Lindsay Wagner: From Vanessa?
Suzanne Lanoue: ...from your - yes.
Lindsay Wagner: Iím not sure Iíd be very good at living a dual life like
that or thereíd have to be a really good reason for me these day,
because itís a lot of work. Itís a lot of work to hide kind of your
life. And, obviously, sheís got - sheís very dedicated to something
thatís very important to her and so I guess we can all summon that if we
needed, but if itís important enough to us. But, Iím not sure Iíd want
to have to do that.
Suzanne Lanoue: Well, all right. Well, thank you very much and Iím
looking forward to seeing the episode.
Lindsay Wagner: Okay, thanks.
Suzanne Lanoue: Thank you.
Operator: And as a reminder, to register for a question, please press
the 1 followed by the 4. And our next question comes from the line of
Marx Pyle with Sci-Fi Pulse. Youíre line is open. Please proceed with
Marx Pyle: Hi, Lindsay.
Lindsay Wagner: Hi.
Marx Pyle: I was curious, your character is normal on Warehouse 13 but
she did cross over from one episode with Alphas, which is a very
different show and tone and...
Lindsay Wagner: Right.
Marx Pyle: ...then, of course, completely different cast. How was that
experience and did you have to adjust your performance at all? How was
Lindsay Wagner: It was - you know, it was very small. It was very short.
It was the beginning of the season and they were just trying to bring
the attention to it and thought of crossing over and bringing, you know,
bringing a name to it, as many names as they could early on. As, of
course, getting peopleís attention to come and check out the new show.
And it wasnít really that different because for the most part, it wasnít
- there was no humor to be played or had, obviously. But...
Marx Pyle: Was it - did it feel kind of odd taking this character into a
whole new cast? I mean, did it feel - I mean, feel a little out of place
or did - weíre they all welcoming and just kind of...
Lindsay Wagner: Oh, yes, they were pretty nice. You know, it was still
pretty new at the time and all crews and cast and everybody kind of
trying to find their way. It wasnít as settled in and comfortable as a
crew and a cast that had been together for a year now and kind of
figured out where theyíre going with what. Everybody was feeling the
massaging, but everybody was very nice. It was just not a well-oiled
machine yet. And...
Marx Pyle: Yes.
Lindsay Wagner: ...when I came into Warehouse, it was definitely a
well-oiled machine by that time.
Marx Pyle: And did they ever say you might make another appearance now
(unintelligible) or is that just kind of a one-time thing?
Lindsay Wagner: No, I think it was just a one-time thing. I think it was
just an attention getter to get people to watch the show.
Marx Pyle: Yes. Well, what do you think about doing those kind of
crossovers? Is it kind of gimmicky for you or do you...
Lindsay Wagner: (Unintelligible) saying that but I think thatís the
Marx Pyle: What else - so, is there anything else you can tell us about
this episode with your character that you havenít already told us?
Lindsay Wagner: Well, I donít want to ruin the whole surprise. Other
than youíre going to see a side of Vanessa that Vanessa didnít even she
Marx Pyle: Ah, thatís intriguing.
Lindsay Wagner: She might become possessed a little bit.
Marx Pyle: All right. Well, great. I look forward to it.
Lindsay Wagner: Okay.
Marx Pyle: Thanks.
Gary Morgenstein: And this will be our last question coming up, thank
Operator: Thank you. And this is a follow up question from the line of
(Diane Moore). Please proceed with your question.
Diane Moore: Hi, itís (Diane Lasko). I want to ask the question,
Lindsay. How do describe fun? What does fun mean to you?
Lindsay Wagner: Iím sorry, I couldnít understand you.
Diane Moore: Iím sorry, what does fun mean to you and how do you find
Lindsay Wagner: What does fun mean to me and what?
Diane Moore: How do find balance?
Lindsay Wagner: Itís a little foggy for some reason, the connection.
Diane Moore: No, itís probably my sinus infection, Iím sorry. How do
you find balance?
Lindsay Wagner: Balance. What is fun for me? You mean just in life?
Diane Moore: Yes, anything thatís (unintelligible).
Lindsay Wagner: Well, I love nature. I love playing with my dogs. I -
the gentler things tend to be more fun for me than sensational. I do not
like (unintelligible), that type of thing is not fun for me, thatís
I just - I love being out in nature. I love hanging out with my kids and
family and joking around and itís pretty simple docile stuff. I like - I
enjoy traveling. I have traveled a lot in my life and Iíve enjoyed
travel, although Iím kind of not as into as I used to be, which is an
interesting thing for me because I have loved it. I mean, I used to do a
lot of photography and traveled to all different places around the world
and itís interesting that I donít have as much of a drive for that
But - and how do I find balance? I do a lot of meditation and I do
clearing practices, which are kind of things that I teach in my
workshops. Thatís very helpful to me. And my spiritual life is very
important to me. Always has been and it kept me going through times when
I wasnít so balanced. But maybe I wouldíve ended up worse had I didnít
have it. And itís (unintelligible) enhanced my life and sense of
everyday peace and openness and forgiveness and all those kinds of
things that we strive for that are kind of harder, I think, when weíre
younger. And definitely, itís been a big part of my life.
Diane Moore: Really quick, can you describe what it was like to
receive the Emmy for Bionic Woman?
Lindsay Wagner: That was interesting. I truly did not think that that
was going to happen. I was just really happy to have been nominated, and
not because I didnít think that I deserved it but, as a - as far as my
performing ability, but because our show was such a different genre. We
were put in the category of dramatic actress or dramatic series and so
to have (Zeta Thompson) and - I canít - Iím trying to remember the name
of the show. I want to say House but thatís not right.
Diane Moore: Family?
Lindsay Wagner: Huh?
Diane Moore: Family, was it.
Lindsay Wagner: Something like that. It was something like that, yes.
Which is - all the other shows were very serious drama shows and ours
was clearly not a serious drama show in that way. And, so I just thought
that was wonderful that I was nominated so I didnít - I truly did not
have anything prepared. You know, a lot of people say oh I didnít think
this was going to happen but I just happen to have a speech in my pocket
in case, so when they pull this paper our, right. I just really did not
even have that.
I - and I was dumbfounded and I was panicked going up to the podium
because I so did not expect it that I didnít have anything written down
and I was shocked and excited and blown away, all that kind of stuff.
But, I - at the moment I was stunned and so afraid that I would forget
everybody that I was supposed to thank that - or that I would like to
have thanked, let me put it that way, that it was causing my mind to not
be able to remember anything. And so, it was kind of a state of
(unintelligible) in a way. I forgot to thank my manager and it was - and
a couple of other people.
And so, unfortunately, it wasnít just joy for me, it was kind of fear
and panic of oh my God, what do I say, I donít know what to say, I donít
know what (unintelligible), all of that. So it wasnít as much fun in
that moment as it couldíve been had a not had to worry about that. You
know what Iím saying. But, once that part was over and I did what I
could and went backstage and then they take - you can take photographs
and what not with the Emmys. It was starting to sink in and I was
starting to let myself just enjoy it. So, thatís what it was like for
Diane Moore: Thank you so much.
Lindsay Wagner: Yes.
Diane Moore: This truly is a full circle moment for me. I am truly
honored to speak with you this afternoon again.
Lindsay Wagner: Oh, thanks.
Gary Morgenstein: And thank you all...
Diane Moore: (Unintelligible)
Gary Morgenstein: ...thank - sorry. Thank you but we have to let Lindsay
go. Thank you so much Lindsay for talking to everyone.
Lindsay Wagner: Youíre welcome and thank you everyone for helping us to
promote the show. I mean, I appreciate it, I know Gary does. We all
appreciate it. Thank you.
Gary Morgenstein: Thank you very much. Next Monday, August 27 at 9:00,
go see Artie and Vanessaís hot date.
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, that does conclude the conference call
for today. We thank you for your participation and ask that you please
disconnect your lines.
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