FBC PUBLICITY: The Bones Conference with Katheryn
September 29, 2010/1:00 p.m. EDT
Kim Kurland Ė FBC Publicity
Katheryn Winnick Ė ďHannah Burley,Ē Bones
Moderator Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and
welcome to the Bones Conference with Katheryn Winnick. At this time, all
participants are in a listen-only mode. We will conduct a question and
answer session. We please ask that you limit all questions to one
question, one follow-up. If you have additional questions, you may
re-queue at any time.
Your hosting speaker, Kim Kurland.
K. Kurland Hi everybody, I just want to thank you for
participating in the call today with Katheryn. Weíre very excited. Her
first episode airs this Thursday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time. So, thank you so
much. Kevin, we can take our first question.
Moderator Our first question is from the line of Jim Halterman of
J. Halterman Well, Iím very excited about seeing you join the cast for
some episodes. I talked to Hart and Emily about this and the fans are
already in a little bit of an uproar. Have you gotten a whiff of that?
K. Winnick I heard. I heard that I may be causing a stir. But, Iím
excited about it. I think people are going to be excited about my
character. I hope that they will welcome me.
J. Halterman Can you talk a little bit about your interaction on this
show? I mean, we know how you come into this show, but who have most of
your scenes been with at this point?
K. Winnick. I play Hannah Burley, a war correspondent. I met Booth in
Afghanistan. I actually move in or come back to Washington to be with
him. Most of my scenes have been with Booth. But, a lot of the times,
Iím with Brennan as well. I get a chance to get to know her and befriend
her. We have a lot in common, so we get a chance to get to know each
other on a personal level.
Moderator Our next question is from the line of Matt Mitovich of Fancast.
M. Mitovich I was wondering if you could elaborate on how exactly it is
that Hannah and Brennan bond. Like what is it that they have in common?
Why is it that they get along so well, and Brennanís not just outright
protective of Booth?
K. Winnick Thatís a very good question. I really feel that Hannah and
Brennan are similar in a lot of ways, specifically, that theyíre both
driven by facts. Theyíre both very motivated, intelligent, adventurous
women. I really feel that I respect Brennanís character and hopefully
she does the same with me. So, thereís not any major tension right away.
But, I think itís this understanding that we both have a similar path
and a similar, I guess, motivation to really get what we want out of
life. I feel that we have that. That is one of the reasons we really
M. Mitovich I was wondering if you could tell us about how many episodes
... for, because my concern is that Hannahís going to get tempted by
some sexy, overseas assignment and leave our boy high and dry.
K. Winnick You know, as far as I know, Iím in a handful of episodes. Iím
super excited to be here. I love the show. I get a chance to get to know
the characters on a personal level, which is fun for me.
Moderator Our next question comes from the line of Marisa Roffman,
M. Roffman How much did Hannah actually know about the Booth-Brennan
relationship? Because last season, they kind of did have a little bit of
a personal falling out when he tried to go forward with the
relationship. Is she aware that he tried to make that move on Brennan?
K. Winnick Yes, thatís a very good question. I asked myself that several
times. I know that she definitely knows about Brennan, and they have
some kind of history and that they are very tight. I donít know if she
knows the details of their relationship and what happened last season. I
think it would be more interesting to kind of discover that.
But, I donít feel that sheís threatened by Brennan. I feel like my
character, Hannah, is very strong, independent, and motivated in her own
personal journey of working for the press corps that I donít feel that
sheís threatened with Brennanís relationship with Booth. Thatís what
makes her really fun to dive into. In Bones, or the show, really know
how to write strong women. That really attracted me to doing these
episodes or join this arc.
M. Roffman Were you a fan of the series before you joined?
K. Winnick I got a chance to watch it as I was getting involved in
shooting it. So, I got little snippets of it, but Iíve heard a lot about
it. I do love the show. I got a chance to watch a few seasons before I
jumped on, too.
Moderator Our next question is from the line of David Martindale, Hearst
D. Martindale Is it an easy acting challenge for you to pretend to be in
love with David Boreanaz?
K. Winnick What I find really interesting about our dynamic is that our
characters have a very easy, comfortable chemistry, that he brings out a
fun side of Hannah, which is a fun side of me really. Just when we get a
chance to work together, itís very fun and freefalling. He makes me
laugh on and off screen. I think that our dynamic is definitely really
special in a lot of ways.
So, to answer your question, yes, it is easy. I donít find it
challenging at all. I respect him and his acting and his work and have
the chance to have fun while Iím shooting.
D. Martindale Have you happened to have hung around on a ďbody day,Ē as
Emily calls it? If so, is that hard to take?
K. Winnick I assume a body day is watching when theyíre working with
cadavers and dead bodies. Is that what you mean?
D. Martindale Yes.
K. Winnick I have not had that experience yet. So, now Iím curious.
Maybe I need to hang out and see what a body day is all about. Iíll get
back to you on that.
Moderator Our next question is from Alice Chapman-Nugent of The
A. Chapman-Nugent Are there any particular personality quirks or traits
that you contribute to your character as Hannah?
K. Winnick Yes, I feel, me (Katheryn) I think my character Hannah is Iím
very similar to her in a lot of ways. Being work driven, being
ambitious, being always wanting more out of life and finding out the
facts, and not one to sit around and let things happen to me, but really
making things happen. Iíve had that experience in my past of really
starting my own martial arts school at the age of 16 and opening up 3 by
the time Iím 21. I had a very big career and a passion before I got
involved in acting.
So, when I look at my character, when I was doing my research on Hannah
and who she is and why I like her, I really feel that sheís someone that
I respect and Iím wanting a lot out of life. So, I do feel that we are
similar in a lot of ways.
A. Chapman-Nugent Is there any particular scene that you think really
stands out that shows your character?
K. Winnick I do, actually. Even in the first scene, or the first
episode, I feel that thereís a scene that after Iím in bed with BoothóI
donít know how to say that in a nice wayóbut after we get a chance to
connect and have some fun, one of the first things that I mention is his
connection with Brennan. I ask BoothÖÖ..that his relationship with
Brennan is really unique and theyíre very close.
So, in other words, I feel that Hannahís character is very intuitive.
She reads people very well. She reads Brennan and tries to get to know
who she is outside of just seeing what she sees and little does she know
... very intuitive and I feel that thatís a really good example when she
just got there and just spent some time and she really kind of
understands, or at least wanting to know more about the characters.
Moderator Our next question is from Troy Rogers, TheDeadbolt.com.
T. Rogers Things sound serious between Hannah and Booth. I just want to
know how far do you see this role going. Do you think sheíll become a
K. Winnick Oh, I donít know. For me, Iím just lucky to have a great time
on set and have a character that I love working with and really sink my
teeth into. For me, itís really Iím just enjoying each episode that Iím
in and getting a chance to really find out more about Hannah and what
makes her tick. All I know is Iím in a handful of episodes and Iím glad
to be here.
T. Rogers Now, you mentioned that Hannah and Brennan are getting along
now. If things turn for the worst, could you see Hannah employing your
martial arts background to take her out?
K. Winnick We havenít written Hannah this large life, but she did go to
Afghanistan, so I would think she had some kind of training. Itís funny;
also one of the first questions I asked Emily was if her character does
martial arts. She told me that there have been scenes in the past where
she has trained in self-defense and her character does know some martial
In our first episode, weíre laughing, all about us sitting at the table
at the bar and it would be interesting to have both go intoónot a cat
fightóbut go into this, I guess, showdown. But, I feel that my
character, yes would love to be able to get a chance to kick some butt
on screen. I think it would be fun. Hannah could definitely hold her own
and take care of herself. But, I wonder with who?
Moderator Our next question comes from the line of Joshua Maloney of
Niagara Frontier Publications..
J. Maloney So, Katheryn, in every interview that Iíve seen with your
co-stars, theyíve really gone out of their way to tell fans youíre going
to like Katheryn, youíre going to like the role that she plays of
Hannah. Obviously we know a lot about Hannah on the surface. We know
that sheís a reporter and we know that sheís going to be involved with
Booth. But, in your own words, why should the audience give Hannah a
shot? What do you think they will find appealing about this character?
K. Winnick I hope the audience will give Hannahís character a chance and
realize that sheís not there to be part of a love triangle or to create
a cat fight or high school drama. Sheís there because she truly does
love Booth. Sheís there to explore a different part of her life and
start a life with him.
I think that the audience hopefully would respect her and her strong
character, her strong will, and her motivation and drive to work and to
find out facts in her own job that sheís not there just to be just the
cute girlfriend. Sheís there for her own purpose, her own path. I hope
that the audience will give Hannahís character a shot and fall in love
with her, because Iíve fallen in love with Hannah.
J. Maloney Obviously, the producers are going to keep Booth and Brennan
apart for as long as they can. If this proves to be something thatís
popular, that resonates with fans, if they come and have the
conversation with you, would you be interested in doing this for longer
than just what you said was a handful of episodes?
K. Winnick I will be definitely open for that conversation. I love the
show. Iím having a blast working with David and Emily, and Michaela as
well. I think everybody as actors are fantastic on this show. I respect
the writing. Iím having a great time.
Moderator Our next question is from Ian Johnson of Metro Toronto.
I. Johnson Yes, I guess Iíve got to ask the Toronto question. I just
wondered if youíve been back here or do you get back here much to work?
K. Winnick Yes. I was actually back last week. A week ago, I was there
for a few weddings and the Toronto Film Festival. So, I got a chance to
come home and eat pirogues with my family. I got a chance to get
together with old Ukrainian friends and stuff like that. So, it was nice
to be at home, nice to be in Toronto.
I. Johnson You donít come up here to work much oró?
K. Winnick I would like to. I havenít had the opportunity in a while to
work in Toronto. But, for me, Torontoís home. I would like to get a job
there so I can spend more time with my family, of course.
Moderator Our next question is from Adrienne McNolton, Premier Guide.
A. McNolton One blogger referred to you as the Bones bombshell. Do you
feel that youíre the Bones bombshell?
K. Winnick Wow. I guess I donít see myself that way. Thatís very
flattering. Thanks, Iím pleased. But, I feel like my character is strong
and driven by work, so thatís kind of how Iím seeing it. Iím flattered
with the compliment.
A. McNolton How were you received by the cast?
K. Winnick Iím sorry, itís hard to hear.
K. Kurland I think she was asking how were you received by the cast?
K. Winnick The first day on set, Emily and David were fantastic, so warm
and friendly. Itís always tricky going into a TV show, especially if
itís been around for so many seasons, and being the new girl. Thatís
always a little awkward at the beginning in general, but for me it was
such a warm and welcoming experience that I felt very lucky. They
welcomed me with big hugs, ďOh, youíre the new girlĒ. We got to know
each other and talk about decorating with Emily and got to know each
other on a personal levelÖon self-defense, we had many conversations
maybe doing something for the Bones cast and kind of giving back and
teaching them self-defense. For me, I felt at home from the beginning. I
couldnít be more thankful and lucky to have such a warm experience.
A. McNolton Will we see any cat fight or tension between you and
K. Winnick I feel like Brennanís character canít help but probably feel
a little bit tension of whoís this new girl. I think she said she didnít
even know if she is at all jealous, but she may be not even admitting to
herself or her character is. It would be interesting to see how the
story and the arc plays out, if she discovers something within herself.
I donít know. I feel like thereís definitely with my character, with
Hannah, of being the new girl, of being the new girl that moves in with
him and knowing that they have a strong bond, work related or not,
thereís always a part of me that has one eye open and making sure that
that relationship is what it is and nothing more. But, no, I donít think
thereís a cat fight. I enjoy them. I enjoy their experience, of getting
to know Emily.
Moderator Our next question is from Melissa Laury of NiceGirlsTV.com.
M. Laury Since you havenít seen a body yet, you havenít been there on a
body day, does this mean that Hannahís going to be giving us aóis she
going to be the method to give us a stronger look at Boothís personal
K. Winnick Yes. I really feel that Hannahís character brings a fun side
out of Booth that we havenít seen yet - hopefully, his fun loving side,
and get to know his character a little more and why Hannah and Booth
have this strong bond. I feel that my character also gets a chance to
really form outside of work and see him in a different light. Iím
excited for the Bones fans to see tható
M. Laury I think thatís something fans have been looking forward to
seeing and you know itís nice to finally get a chance to have that. Iím
also wondering if weíll be seeing more on how Hannah and Booth met,
maybe some flashbacks.
K. Winnick I donít know if weíre going to see some flashbacks. I know in
the first episode that I explain how we met. I donít know if itís safe
to say that we met in Afghanistan and he actually saved my life. So, I
feel that we had a strong bond from the very beginning, which was nice.
We had fun under a fig tree, if you can say that. But, I feel that it
would be interesting to see if Hart ends up doing some flashbacks. I
think it would be very interesting. Iím not sure how it ends up, but
Moderator Our final question is from the line of Jim Halterman,
J. Halterman When I talked to Hart recently, he said he thought there
were a lot of similarities between Hannah and Brennan. Do you see that?
K. Winnick Oh, very much so. I think Hannahís character is very similar
to Brennan in a lot of different ways. Theyíre both strong, independent,
strong-willed, driven women, and clear driven. So, they both have this
need for finding out the true facts of any story. They both are, I
guess, adventurous and just really wanting more out of life than just a
I think thatís whatís really interesting about what more Booth really
respects and why he falls in love with Hannah is the fact that he gets,
he seeís my character in Brennan, my character in Ö. But, itís a really
interesting dynamic. The writers are really smart. I feel grateful for
them to write such a strong character.
J. Halterman The show kind of fluctuates between these lighter scenes
and maybe the little heavier, dramatic stuff with the crime solving or
whatever. What have most of your scenes been? Have they been lighter or
they kind of fluctuate in between both sides?
K. Winnick I want to say that they fluctuate between both sides. I think
that Booth pulls a certain side out of me and Hannah, which is a fun
loving side that for me is interesting to play, how to just let go and
improvise a scene and really just be in the moment. I think thatís
really special. But, it also has, the last episode that I shot, has some
serious moments where under certain circumstances, life kind of kicks in
and real life drama kicks in. Finding that balance between both is what
makes my character really fun, and really interesting to work with.
Moderator Thank you for the questions. Back to Kim Kurland for any
K. Kurland I donít really have anything else to add, just to thank
everybody for taking part. Again, the episode airs on Thursday at 8:00
p.m. on Fox and just to e-mail me if you have any questions after the
call. So, thanks a lot.
K. Winnick I want to thank everybody. Thank you so much for this. It was
a lot of fun. So, thank you.
Moderator Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. That does conclude your
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