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By Suzanne

Stars of Being Human - Sam Witwer, Sam Huntington and Meaghan Rath

Interview with Sam Witwer, Sam Huntington and Meaghan Rath of "Being Human" on Syfy 1/11/12

This was a great interview... these guys are hilarious when they all get together. They spent a lot of time laughing, and it was fun to listen to. It's a great show, and you should definitely watch it.

Syfy Being Human Q&A
With Sam Witwer, Sam Huntington and Meaghan Rath
January 11, 2012 1:00 pm CT

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen thank you for standing by. Welcome to the NBC Universal Syfy Being Human conference call. During the presentation all participants will be in a listen only mode.

Afterward 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 0.

As a reminder this conference is being recorded Wednesday January 11 2012. Iíd now like to turn the conference over to Mr. Bill Brennan, please go ahead sir.

Bill Brennan: Hi everyone, thanks so much for joining us today, weíre very excited with the season two premiere of Being Human, itís this Monday, January 16 at 9:00 Eastern Pacific.

And weíve got Sam Witwer, Sam Huntington and Meaghan Rath with us today. I just wanted to mention most of you should have received the first two episodes with our mailer that went out.

If you havenít received anything please let me know, weíll get it to you. Having seen the first two episodes if you have questions about episode two we can talk about that which obviously post some spoilers of episode one.

We just ask that you hold any reporting on the second episode for week two after the premiere has aired and for folks who sometimes use portions of the transcript to post, just be mindful of the content of that so that we just time it out appropriately for the episode.

So also we have a very large group today so if people have questions and follow up questions, I mean if you can just hold off on follow ups to come around again weíll make sure to get everybody in.

So with that Iíll turn it over to the Q&A with Sam, Sam and Meaghan.

Operator: Thank you very much. Ladies and gentlemen as a reminder to register for a question please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone.

Our first question is from the line of Amy Amatangelo from the Boston Herald. Please proceed with your question.

Amy Amatangelo: Hi guys, thanks so much for doing the call today.

Sam Huntington: Amy, I can - this is Sam Huntington, I am so thrilled to be talking to you right now.

Amy Amatangelo: Well arenít you nice, well thank you so much.

Sam Witwer: Heís telling the truth, this is Sam Witwer.

Sam Huntington: I donít say that otherwise, I would not say that. Youíre in Boston, Iím in New Hampshire, I feel very close to you.

Amy Amatangelo: Well you are very close to me.

Sam Huntington: Geographically and emotionally.

Amy Amatangelo: I feel the - well emotionally was what I was talking about. I wanted to ask you guys just I know if you could just talk a little bit about what itís been like to film season two and maybe touch upon some of the bigger things people see happening with, like you guys to go back to the set for season two and how itís different to play these characters in the second season.

Bill Brennan: Sam you want to start?

Sam Huntington: Sure, we loved the show so much, I think I can speak for all of us when I say that and so we were all really, really excited to get back.

And you know the funny thing is I personally expected it to feel a lot like just one giant bout of dťjŗ vu and to be honest, like it really just felt as though we never had the hiatus.

It just felt because it was all the same crew and a lot of the same cast it just felt like we had maybe a two day break and then we just rolled into season two, it was bizarre.

But at the same time it was great because I felt like we were able to really just pick up right where we left off which was a really cool spot. So yeah, anyway, like that.

Sam Witwer: Yeah, I guess I didnít expect it to be - I mean okay thereís me and Sammy and Meaghan and we bonded I think all the way back during our first audition together.

But I guess you know you go away, we were so exhausted after the first season, I for months afterwards even the thought of doing season two would make me sleepy.

And by - when we got back I guess I hadnít expected to be as happy to see everyone as I was. The crew and all the directors and everyone and that kind of carried for me that carried me through the season.

I wasnít as exhausted this year, there was something about having a successful season one behind us and knowing the characters and having that momentum that was really positive this year.

Meaghan Rath: Yeah, and I think it was just script wise it was a lot easier to just fall back into it this year because there was no establishing who our characters were and what our circumstances were, we just jumped right into it.

And thatís reflective of the first episode, we just get right into the story immediately which was really great.

Sam Witwer: Absolutely, and in the first season there was so much heavy lifting on everyoneís part to establish these characters and to try make this all work and now we had a - some - what do you guys think, I think we had a little bit of competence going on this time.

Meaghan Rath: Yeah.

Sam Huntington: So much more, there was so much uncertainty in season one, itís like imagine like any television show, your season one is youíre kind of biting your fingernails the whole time just saying to yourself God I hope people like this and I hope people watch this.

Sam Witwer: Right and youíre second guessing yourself.

Amy Amatangelo: What about a story line, you know whatís coming up, how season two felt different and just like the stories youíre getting to tell?

Sam Witwer: Itís extremely different, itís very, very different. Itís - if season one was about putting these people who are at risk into a safe environment, well season two is all about what is that risk about?

And I think itís inevitable with these people and their adversities, you know specific risks that they have in terms of you know vampire, werewolf and ghost, what do those conditions mean.

And basically what it means is these people are in trouble and weíre going to see a lot of that trouble this year. Weíre going to see why they need so badly to have a sanctuary because things get a little bit darker this year.

Amy Amatangelo: Great, thank you guys so much.

Sam Huntington: Thank you Amy.

Amy Amatangelo: Thanks.

Operator: Our next question is from the line of Mr. Curt Wagner from RedEye, please proceed with your question.

Curt Wagner: Hey guys.

Sam Huntington: Hey.

Curt Wagner: Sam hello from Chicago.

Sam Huntington: Hey whatís up Curt?

Meaghan Rath: Hello.

Curt Wagner: I was wondering, it seems like your characters this season are sort of tempted by the darker parts of their natures. And are put in situations where that comes out.

I was wondering how you maintain sort of their humanity when playing the dark parts and what kind of challenges there are in doing that.

Sam Witwer: Well Sam - Meg go for it.

Meaghan Rath: I was going to say I mean itís - I think for me itís important to keep in mind that these are real people and not to get sucked into the supernatural element of the whole thing.

What makes the show different is that weíre playing into the supernatural stereotypes, we are trying to play these as regular people.

So for me itís a lot about just keeping in mind what I would do in this kind of situation and whatís great about the show is that itís really acting, what would you do if you were put in this situation.

And so I think thatís where the humanity comes from, just being a good person and being with these challenges that sort of question your morality and your values.

Sam Witwer: Yeah I think Meaghan is absolutely right with that. For example in television weíve kind of seen everything including vampires, werewolves and ghosts and weíve seen people get killed and all kinds of crazy stuff.

What weíre trying to do as three actors is weíre trying to bring as much humanity into those events as possible. For example if someone dies, weíre going to show you - hopefully weíre going to tell a story where you realize that that is an awful sacrifice or that something has happened that is really, really terrible.

Itís all about the characterís reactions and I mean these three characters are the eyes through which the audience watches the show.

So weíre really trying to keep our reactions to all this giant supernatural stuff very grounded. And in terms of the dark stuff that comes up, I mean the messed up thing is that at first youíll see our characters react with horror and shame and all this awful stuff.

And then as time goes on you might see them kind of get used to it and that hopefully will be a very sad thing to watch.

Sam Huntington: Yeah, I think you just kind of hit the nail on the head. I mean a lot of times on the show I can say I think the characters are almost seeing these horrible things happen for the first time, so theyíre almost like the audience.

You know theyíre viewing these things and so hopefully thatís what the audience can kind of grasp on to and also it helps as an actor it helps in form what you do.

Because youíre like okay well what if this person was killed, what would the ramifications, what emotionally what would that mean to me and how would that affect me and how would that affect every aspect of my life.

And so itís cool. It sets the show aside, we donít just roll over these issues, we actually tackle them.

Curt Wagner: All right, thanks, and then Sam Witwer I was going to ask you if you - what did you do or what did you experience growing up in the Chicago area that prepared you to live the life of an undead vampire?

Sam Huntington: It was the pizza, is that...?

Sam Witwer: Yeah, I ate a lot of Chicago pizza. I hid out in my basement with my band so I didnít see the light a lot. There it is. You know everyone wonders why the hell heís so pale, well itís because Iíve been training myself to be this pale.

Sam Huntington: You literally canít get a tan now.

Sam Witwer: No, I canít. I think Iíve lost the ability. Yeah, my skin has lost the ability to create melanin. No, I actually am telling a little bit of the truth in that me and my friends were all night people.

And we wouldnít wake up if we didnít have to for school or something we wouldnít wake up till noon or one.

And we all knew, donít call your buddy before noon, thatís rude, thatís not cool. So thereís my vampire training right there.

Curt Wagner: All right cool.

Sam Huntington: And youíre still kind of like that when youíre not working, you know what I mean? Like Iím afraid to call you.

Meaghan Rath: Still hiding out in your parentís basement.

Sam Witwer: Yep.

Curt Wagner: Awesome. All right, thanks guys.

Sam Witwer: Thanks sir.

Operator: Our next question is from the line of Aaron Sagers from Paranormal Pop Culture, please proceed with your question.

Sam Huntington: I will not answer questions from this man.

Meaghan Rath: Nope, not happening.

Sam Huntington: I refuse to answers the questions of this man.

Aaron Sagers: This is how itís going to be huh?

Sam Huntington: Dude, you knew the last time we met when that awkward thing happened that it was going to be weird between you and I.

Meaghan Rath: Hi Aaron.

Aaron Sagers: That thing was - hey Meaghan how are you?

Meaghan Rath: Good how are you?

Aaron Sagers: Iím peachy and then also hello to Mr. Witwer.

Sam Witwer: Hello Aaron, whatís happening? I will answer the questions, I will just lie though. Thatís my thing.

Aaron Sagers: Well basically I mean I think one of the things that we all know about this show is that you guys as actors and as the characters you portray have these really likeable chemistry and itís a very believable thing because you know you guys actually seem to get along with one another.

So from season one to season two and this is sort of expanding on what a previous caller asked, how are you guys interacting differently as actors on set?

Do you trust each other more, do you seek out advice from one another about how to deal with a scene? Do you feel more comfortable to bite and push back? How has your chemistry kind of changed as actors this sophomore year?

Meaghan Rath: I do not do a scene without first consulting Sam Witwer. He coaches me.

Sam Witwer: Itís true. And I give her the okay whether she should do it or not and sometimes she shouldnít do it. Iím like look.

Meaghan Rath: Often itís just donít do it.

Sam Huntington: Those are horrible (unintelligible).

Sam Witwer: You have to march right back to the producers and tell them youíre not doing this.

Sam Huntington: Yeah itís miserable. And Iím on the outside looking in, Iím just sitting there in my trailer waiting it out, you know what I mean?

Sam Witwer: Yeah well itís kind of fun because Meaghan has almost gotten fired several times because of things that I told her to do.

Sam Huntington: Exactly. And the weird thing is sheís so loyal to Witwer that she wonít start, like no, thereís this guy whoís telling me not to do this.

Sam Witwer: Yeah, me and Meaghan have this relationship where itís a little bit like the bond between kidnapper and victim.

Sam Huntington: Yes.

Sam Witwer: Itís a little bit like that.

Sam Huntington: Brainwashed.

Meaghan Rath: I have Stockholm syndrome.

Sam Witwer: So if this is partially answering your question like we really like hanging out. We really do and this year the three characters they get split up a little bit and they go off on their own little journeys and for us that just made us appreciate every time that we had a scene together all the more.

And you know I think thereís like one or two scenes with us at least in every episode with all three of us. But I think our favorite episode to shoot was this episode thatís coming up down the line.

Where weíre in every scene together throughout the whole episode. That was kind of, for us it was like oh this is the way to do it, this is the way to do the show. Who needs other actors?

Sam Huntington: Yeah, itís what the show is about and to be honest like we were comfortable with each other instantly on set. Our relationship in that regard hasnít changed.

I feel like we like pretty much learned who each other were by half way through the first season, not even and have - our friendship has grown and built and everything.

But we have so much trust and faith in one another and like I just know, when weíre in a scene with one another, itís going to work and thereís going to be that shorthand and itís going to be fun and itís going to be loose and itís going to be natural.

So you just have that confidence going into it and then in all seriousness like I think we also - I can speak for myself anyway - when I have a question or if I have a concern or if I am struggling with a piece of motivation I always ask Sam or Meaghan what they think.

And because I respect and love them so much and trust them so much so it really is truly as lame as that sounds itís kind of true and also I feel very fortunate to have that relationship with them.

Sam Witwer: I think something thatís really cool about our relationship is this thing with me and Sammy and Meaghan is that both of those actors can do a whole bunch of stuff that I canít.

And I think thatís really awesome. Like thereís not a lot of overlap in terms of personality and ability so we all have our own turf with which we have to play with but at the same time I love watching an episode and seeing what theyíre doing.

Because itís like wow, look at all the stuff that theyíre bringing that I frankly donít know how to do. I love watching them and then stealing from them when I can.

Meaghan Rath: Yah, I think the best thing about it is that the trust level has gone up so much and for me these two guys are the people I trust most on set and you always feel like in scenes youíre in good hands.

Like youíre never questioning the direction the scene is supposed to go in because it just always works every time weíre together. We just are able to feed off each other in a way that Iíve never experienced before.

Sam Huntington: Thereís a scene in episode one, itís actually online right now, itís the scene that they teased, the scene in the kitchen where Kristen comes down and sheís like you know I pulled this you know high school reunion invitation out the trashcan and Meaghanís very funny, Kristenís very funny.

Anyway when we - obviously itís episode one so you get the set and you know weíre shooting that scene Iím like God is this - is it - like I couldnít tell what I was doing, like it was still so fresh in the process of season two and we were like getting back into it.

And I was like this feels good but I really hope itís working and then you see that scene and it just - I personally think itís fantastic. Like it just nails the relationship, it picks back up exactly where it left off.

And I was just so happy to see that.

Sam Witwer: And also Kristen Hager is just wonderful this season, sheís so great. She is such a talented actress and we - and it should be noted we feel tremendously bonded to Kristen as well.

You know sheís one of us and is really awesome when we see someone that weíve worked with for so long and that we bonded with come to set, itís like oh itís her, itís Kristen.

You know sheís there a lot so thatís good.

Sam Huntington: Yep.

Aaron Sagers: Well I got to say that the first two episodes that Iíve seen look really good and itís great to have you guys back and hopefully weíll see you in New York at some point.

Meaghan Rath: Thanks Aaron.

Sam Huntington: Well theyíre talking about that digital - Syfy digital press tour thing, I donít know if thatís actually going to - or the Syfy (unintelligible) I think. Yeah, I donít know.

Meaghan Rath: I heard that.

Aaron Sagers: All right well hopefully weíll see you then.

Sam Huntington: All right buddy.

Aaron Sagers: See you guys.

Sam Huntington: Laters.

Sam Witwer: See you.

Operator: Our next question is from the line of Jamie Ruby from, please proceed with your question.

Jamie Ruby: Hi guys, itís great to talk to you again, thanks for doing this.

Meaghan Rath: Hi.

Sam Witwer: Hi there.

Sam Huntington: Hi.

Meaghan Rath: Thanks for coming.

Jamie Ruby: And also to Sammy I read your tweet, congratulations to you and your wife.

Sam Huntington: Thank you. Thank you so much.

Sam Witwer: What was the tweet Sam?

Sam Huntington: Oh I just told everybody that Rachelís pregnant.

Sam Witwer: Rachelís pregnant?

Sam Huntington: Yeah, I know dude, she has been for like eight months now.

Sam Witwer: Are you serious? I thought she was just fat.

Sam Huntington: I know dude, I know, sheís gigantic.

Sam Witwer: Whoa, okay so she wasnít - so that wasnít - because I was really - that was awkward, Iím like should someone say something, does she need to pick a job?

Sam Huntington: And itís unhealthy belly weight too, you know?

Sam Witwer: Well you what it is, itís the way that dudes gain weight, just right in the gut.

Sam Huntington: Yep. Granted she has been drinking lots of beer lately.

Sam Witwer: Well sheís an alcoholic.

Sam Huntington: Yeah, itís a problem. Yeah, my first tweet of that round was my favorite one which was just like basically like guys, I need to tell you something before you find out through one of our mutual friends, Iím pregnant.

I just let that one sit for a little while. I love Twitter.

Sam Witwer: You know and Iím sure the press is loving us right now, what was the question?

Sam Huntington: There arenít any questions.

Jamie Ruby: Although I will say you need to get on Twitter but anyway I was going to ask is there any - for all of you is there like a specific scene or moment or something that is going to happen this season that youíre kind of really excited to see the fanís reaction to?

Sam Witwer: Totally. Oh my God yeah.

Meaghan Rath: Yeah, Iím sorry, we couldnít even start about it right now because we would be fired. But there are huge moments for each of us this season that happen sort of mid way through for - yeah for all of us.

I donít want to say too much, Billís going to kill me. But thereís definitely a lot to look forward to, some really shocking things happening.

Sam Witwer: Yeah, definitely.

Sam Huntington: Shocking is the right word. Definitely.

Sam Witwer: Yeah. Iím still shocked. Iím a state of deep shock even right now.

Sam Huntington: You sound shocked.

Sam Witwer: Iím shocked. Oh my God.

Jamie Ruby: Well is there anything maybe that was really challenging this year, specifically that you could talk about or is that all?

Sam Witwer: I tell you, Sammy there was right?

Sam Huntington: Well yeah, for me I think we all have very, very - I mean like thatís whatís cool about the job to be honest is youíre challenged every day you go to set. Youíre always challenged by this wonderful material, this material that makes you really, really think.

And you know it forces you to just basically become a better actor. I had several moments this year where I got to places emotionally that Iíd never gotten to before on a set.

And so Iím - you asked if there are moments that weíre excited about, yeah, those are some of the moments, that are emotional and big and itís crazy, itís whatís so cool about the show.


Meaghan Rath: Iím sorry, for me there was every single day I felt like I was being pushed by the writers and the creators just for what they had planned for me. I have the feeling so often where I came to set and Iím looking at the scenes and Iím like - how - I donít know how Iím going to do this, when I read the script.

I donít know what Iím going to do and I think that is where you really grow as an actor, when youíre scared. And there was definitely a lot of that this season.

Sam Huntington: Yeah and also thereís a lot - like you donít want to let them down. You know theyíve given you this material and you donít want to let them down, you want to do it justice.

Sam Witwer: Yeah, the real challenge I think this year was, weíve lived with these characters for a season now and so itís like okay, what can we show - what new sides of this character can we show?

I talked about how last year we had the tremendous luxury of going in and not really doing a pilot, just going in and knowing that we had 13 episodes. So we could be leisurely about when we were going to show certain sides of the character.

When you do a pilot youíre trying to sell the pilot, sell the character, sell this, sell that. So youíre trying to show them as much as you can. But because we didnít do that I felt that - we all felt just sort of patient.

Like okay, well Iím not going to show you anything in the first episode, how about that?

Sam Huntington: Or Iím going to show you this little piece and Iím going to do the best job I can at this one bit, you know?

Sam Witwer: This one little thing and later on you knew that there were going to be opportunities to show more and more of the character and so this year itís - weíve established the characters pretty thoroughly last year.

And so this year itís like okay well what new can we show you? And I feel pretty confident that all three of us youíre going to see - well not pretty confident - weíve all seen like nine episodes so far.

We do get to know these different sides of these characters in big ways. And the other big challenge this year is that we shot everything a little bit faster.

We had less time to do stuff in for various reasons and so there were several things that I had to do that I was very - like Meaghan was saying like how am I going to do this, and I had one take to get it right.

And so that was a little bit frightening but I think it all turned out all right, Iíve seen the stuff. And itís like okay, well I think it works.

Meaghan Rath: They edit you really generously

Sam Huntington: Yeah, theyíre very kind to you Sam, very kind.

Sam Witwer: They are. Itís not what heís doing on the set, itís what the editors do to him. The others are - I was about to swear, the others are absolutely fantastic.

Theyíre really, really good, Iíve seen them save me on countless occasions. And Huntington, forget about it, I mean thereís no performance on set, itís all in the editing room.

Sam Huntington: It is, itís literally I show up and basically itís gibberish. Youíll notice that I never say a line on camera. Itís just all back of my head. And then Sam - and Witwer has to go in and loop it for me. He has to go in and actually be like wow this is what Iím saying now.

Sam Witwer: I do a really good Sam Huntington impression, yeah.

Sam Huntington: Very important. I was really lucky to have Sam there to craft Josh, you know? Really, really lucky.

Jamie Ruby: All right great, well I canít wait to see it thanks a lot guys.

Sam Huntington: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question is from the line of Erin Willard from (SciFi Mafia), please go ahead with your question.

Erin Willard: Hi, thanks so much for being on the call.

Sam Witwer: Hi.

Meaghan Rath: Hi.

Sam Huntington: Oh yeah.

Erin Willard: Iíve been a big fan of the show for the first episodes, absolutely treat and youíre all brilliant and your chemistry together is really unbeatable as witnessed on this call.

Meaghan Rath: Thank you.

Sam Huntington: Iíve got to tell you I love you already.

Sam Witwer: Thank you very much.

Erin Willard: So Iím wondering - you all get along so great, are we going to be seeing a lot of tension between the roommates this year and if so is it hard to keep a straight face when that happens?

Sam Witwer: We will be seeing tension between the three in ways that we didnít see in the first seasons, things get pretty serious and Iíll say this, - the scenes feel really good when you do them.

Thereís some scenes that we have where weíre kind of at each otherís throats, I hope that doesnít give too much away. And it feels really good in once sense to do because you know that youíre really cooking, like when itís really working you feel great about that.

On the other hand I donít like having to shout or be mean to Sammy or Meaghan, you know what I mean? Thatís the tough part. Is youíre like oh, okay.

Meaghan Rath: I like when you yell at me.

Sam Witwer: But she loves it, she loves taking it.

Sam Huntington: Sheís an odd duck. But you know what, you said is it hard to keep a straight face, generally speaking you know when itís a really, really rough moment for one of us it usually means itís a rough moment for all of us.

And we always you know like we love each other so we always generally respect when somebody needs a moment or somebody needs to gather themselves for a take.

I usually give Meaghan a really hard time, but beyond that.

Meaghan Rath: Itís unreal the hard time that he gives me. No consideration at all. For the most part youíre great, but then thereís the odd moment where you just - Iím trying to focus and youíre like fake vomiting on me.

Sam Huntington: Yeah, itís good times. Those are the nights that I sleep well, you know? But I just - oh, I lead a good day.

Sam Witwer: Or I really got her today, I really made her feel bad about herself.

Sam Huntington: Really tore her up, really made her feel (unintelligible).

Meaghan Rath: But yeah this season you will see a lot of tension between the three roommates because we all are on our own journey and trying to get ourselves out of these really desperate situations.

So for the reason that weíre doing completely different things when we do come together thereís a question of can we still relate to each other and how non-judgmental are we actually going to be towards each other?

And that generates a lot of tension between us.

Sam Huntington: And you know the temptation this season is just a beast. You know what I mean? Just a beast.

Erin Willard: Iíve heard that so really looking forward to it. Thanks so much, hopefully Iíll able seeing you at Comma Con this year.

Sam Huntington: Yes, definitely. Thank you.

Operator: Our next question is from the line of Kristyn Clarke from, please proceed with your question.

Kristyn Clarke: Hi, thank you so much for talking to us.

Sam Witwer: Hello Kristyn Clarke.

Sam Huntington: Pop culture madness?

Kristyn Clarke: You got it.

Sam Huntington: Are you okay?

Kristyn Clarke: I donít know, maybe?

Sam Huntington: I donít know, madness, I donít know.

Sam Witwer: Insane, yeah.

Kristyn Clarke: So you know as you continue to develop your characters into season two, Iím curious to know, you know is there anything youíve been surprised to learn about yourselves along the way?

Sam Witwer: You mean about ourselves as people or the characters?

Kristyn Clarke: About yourselves as people.

Sam Huntington: I learned that I have a really deep belly button.

Sam Witwer: Yes. Bizarre. So wait youíre saying either/or or which question?

Kristyn Clarke: No, you know about yourselves as people.

Meaghan Rath: I think for me I feel like thatís the way Iíve grown as a person since I started acting and itís a strange thing but every new experience you go through, every different set, every character I feel it forces you to find something in yourself that has been there.

But you never knew it existed so youíre just trying to access different parts of your emotional life or things - feelings that youíve suppressed over the years.

And it changes you, especially when you connect to a character so much and you love that character, it really forces you to question what would I do in this situation and what does this mean to me and how can I put this situation into my own words?

And thatís for me how I mature and grow.

Sam Witwer: Sammy you want to go next?

Sam Huntington: Yeah, I mean - weíve all been kind of at this acting thing for quite some time and done a lot of different, different work, different jobs, everything presents different challenges.

And you know itís a fun gig but itís really hard. And this year Iíve got to say like this year for some reason more than last year, and itís probably because of a lot of the stuff that I was given to perform, I really felt like my range broadened.

I felt like I learned a lot of things about myself and about where Iím able to go emotionally and these are lessons that Iím going to take through the rest of my career.

Because itís going to be really short, letís be honest, I mean no, but itís weird that you know you can have - relatively large body of work and then there can be this one thing that just kind of changes everything.

And you learn kind of a lot of who you are as an actor and itís been a joy. And Iíve been able to experience it with like you know these guys who are like my besties.

So thatís...

Sam Witwer: I think weíve all three learned to trust ourselves a little bit more in terms of our creative instincts. Iíve learned that if the editors have it even in pieces, even if I was a little bit you know never got through a full take without blowing something, if the editors have it in pieces, fine, leave it alone, go to sleep, itís fine, done.

And then the other thing that Iíve learned speaking of sleep is I am 40% nicer of a person if Iím well rested, 48%. I mean a lot of people are like 20% nicer if they are well rested, I am 48% nicer if Iím well rested.

Sam Huntington: Literally almost 50% nicer.

Sam Witwer: Almost 50%, I mean for me if I donít have a lot of sleep I - my political and diplomatic skills are gone. I have no ability to say anything other than what I absolutely mean and I donít care about how I said it.

Sam Huntington: I think you give yourself a hard time about that.

Meaghan Rath: I agree, youíre not that bad.

Sam Huntington: Youíre not that bad one, and two I think it was - youíre probably saying that because you got more sleep this year and it was a nicer experience as far as that goes.

Sam Witwer: I think I was nicer this year.

Meaghan Rath: Well I say youíre - I think you should give yourself a little more credit, Iíd say youíre 42% nicer when youíre rested.

Sam Huntington: Forty two, Iím with Rath, Iíll go 42.

Sam Witwer: Got it, no sheís right, maybe it is 42, maybe Iíve been too hard on myself.

Meaghan Rath: Itís a little more than 40%.

Sam Huntington: Just a scosh.

Sam Witwer: But not approaching 50 like we were thinking before.

Sam Huntington: No.

Meaghan Rath: No, no, no, God, give yourself a break.

Sam Huntington: Round it down, you know what I mean?

Sam Witwer: Yeah, round it down.

Erin Willard: Well I think you all do just a brilliant job with the show, definitely looking forward to whatís in store, thank you so much.

Sam Witwer: Thank you.

Meaghan Rath: Thank you.

Sam Huntington: Thanks so much.

Operator: Our next question is from the line of Suzanne Lanoue from the TV Megasite, please proceed with your question.

Suzanne Lanoue: Hi everyone.

Sam Huntington: Hi.

Sam Witwer: Hello.

Suzanne Lanoue: Itís been fun listening to you guys, youíre so funny. I was wondering if there are any interesting or favorite guest stars this coming season that youíd like to mention.

Sam Witwer: Mark Pellegrino.

Meaghan Rath: Yeah.

Sam Huntington: There you go.

Meaghan Rath: There are a lot of guest stars we canít talk about.

Sam Witwer: Yeah, unfortunately.

Suzanne Lanoue: Thatís what I figured. Any others?

Sam Huntington: I can tell you Kristen Hager is one of my all time favorite people to work with ever and one of the greatest scene partners and Iím such a lucky guy. You know I get...

Meaghan Rath: Yeah.

Sam Witwer: Yeah, sheís really wonderful.

Sam Huntington: Meaghan Sam and Kristen, like Iím such a lucky guy.

Meaghan Rath: Yeah, and you know I actually had a couple scenes with Kristen this year and I...

Sam Huntington: Which was great by the way.

Meaghan Rath: Which was cool and I mean I canít really say much about it but I really felt like oh God, this is what Iíve been missing out on? Like sheís awesome, I really like her.

Sam Witwer: Yeah, and Mark Pellegrino I mean he built the show with us for Godís sake so itís always wonderful to have him back. Heís just a tremendous actor, heís a tremendous actor and a cunning warrior and he was a good friend.

Meaghan Rath: Cunning warrior.

Suzanne Lanoue: Was, huh?

Sam Huntington: Cunning.

Meaghan Rath: Not any more.

Sam Witwer: Not any more, no, no, no, weíve had a major falling out but we still play Xbox together because thatís just - you have to put your differences aside.

Sam Huntington: Yeah, you break the boundaries for the Xbox.

Sam Witwer: Exactly.

Suzanne Lanoue: Okay and I wondered Sam Witwer why do you think that Aidan is - seems to me so much better than other vampires as far as trying to keep his dark side in check?

Sam Witwer: Why is he trying to keep his dark side in check, well itís interesting, again not knowing what other vampire shows are doing these days or vampire movies, I havenít really watched them so I donít know how new the idea of a vampire trying to become a good guys is.

But our take on it with the whole drug addiction analogy is I think really fresh and cool and that analogy, that metaphor is alive and well this season in a big, big way.

And why is it, why is it cool, why - whatís better about it, yeah, I donít know. I like the fact that this is generally - that all things considered if you take away the addiction this is a principled guy.

I like that about the character and I donít know, I really donít know. I couldnít tell you.

Suzanne Lanoue: The others all seem to either embrace it, really get into it or just you know go with it, whatever and he seems to want to fight against it.

Sam Witwer: He wants to fight against it but this year you do see him embrace it a little bit. Kind of against his will, the thing that we have to remember is in the first season if heís trying to kick the habit in a drug addiction sense well the first thing heís got to do is stay away from his old drug buddies.

And this season he canít so we start seeing older - weíre going to see an older version of Aidan this year and when I say older weíre going to see a worse version of him, weíre going to see some of his old character traits that he had over the past 200 years start to resurface.

Weíre going to learn first hand why everyone seems to be afraid of this guy, why everyoneís - you know even in the first season Bishop gave him you know a wide berth and Marcus was wary of him and everyone was you know spoke so highly of him as this maniac, this really dangerous guy.

And this year we kind of start learning why.

Sam Huntington: You see the old Aidan.

Sam Witwer: Thatís right.

Sam Huntington: As opposed to the moderned Aidan.

Sam Witwer: Moderned Aidan.

Meaghan Rath: Moderned Aidan.

Sam Witwer: Yeah.

Suzanne Lanoue: All right, well thank you guys.

Sam Witwer: Thank you.

Sam Huntington: Iím obsessed with you.

Operator: And our next question is from the line of Chris Piers from Television Zombies, please proceed with your question.

Chris Piers: Hey guys, thanks for the time.

Sam Witwer: Chris.

Sam Huntington: Dude, no problem.

Meaghan Rath: Hey.

Chris Piers: All right, so in addition to playing you know vampires, ghosts and werewolves weíve had Sam and Sam have each played zombies, what is it that - you know what is it about monsters thatís resonating with the viewing public these days?

Iím thinking you guys have had some time to maybe mull some of that over.

Sam Huntington: Well I mean in all seriousness I think thereís a lot of people out there who are undead and I think that they really relate to you know the undead on our show and I think thatís what sets our show aside.

Sam Witwer: I think that our society has good points and bad points but weíre a little bit more self aware I suppose as Americans...

Sam Huntington: Oh youíre going deep.

Sam Witwer: Yeah, Iím all check this out, about...

Sam Huntington: You used the word America that was...

Sam Witwer: Things - oh Iím going to go for America, about things that - check this out, check it out, are you sitting down Sam?

Sam Huntington: I am literally.

Sam Witwer: Okay cool. Now stand up and listen to me.

Sam Huntington: And put your hand on your heart.

Sam Witwer: No, I think that it might have something to do with the fact that our country - itís come to our attention that weíre not always just the sterling good guy, that thereís some gray area in there and that our heroes donít always live up to our expectations.

And itís a little bit of a - the 70s was a cynical error - era, letís go with era.

Sam Huntington: It was an error.

Sam Witwer: And the 70s was a cynical era but I donít know that they felt as messed with in terms of the media machine and constantly feeling manipulated and pushed around and feeling like perhaps weíre pushed into participating in things that are maybe not the best things morally.

So maybe itís that moral uncertainty that makes people lock in to all this dark stuff, you know looking - because what are zombies? Zombies are ourselves only completely corrupted and messed up.

Whatís a vampire? Same type of theme, werewolf, ghost, I mean these are sort of the darker aspects of our nature and I wonder if itís just - where the country has gone.

I mean for example you drive by Warner Brotherís studios which is just down the street from where I live and it used to be - thereís this building and they have this painting of all the DC comics superheroes all along the wall right?

And it used to be Superman was in the middle, and he was flanked by Batman and Wonder Woman and then youíd have all the other people. Well now Batmanís in the center and Supermanís off to the side.

And youíre just like wow, when did that happen? When did you know...

Sam Huntington: When Batman made a hundred gajillion dollars.

Sam Witwer: Well itís like that, but people are relating more to Batman than they are to Superman. It used to be - I mean if you went back to like the 40s or the 50s you think anyone like - Batman was second place to Superman.

Superman was the guy, like oh this is us, Superman is us, and now itís like I think it might be Batman, weíre a little bit messed up, you know?

Meaghan Rath: Thatís a great answer Sam.

Sam Witwer: How about that, itís the same thing for example I donít know if youíre a video game person but itís one of the things that people have suggested as to why the Star Wars character and the force unleashed game Star Killer is popular.

Because itís like heís messed up, heís like Luke Skywalker but heís messed up.

Sam Huntington: I actually think that my answer about...

Chris Piers: Sam youíve given me a lot to think about.

Sam Huntington: ...more people being undead, I think thatís the...

Meaghan Rath: Heís questioning his wife right now.

Chris Piers: Yes I am.

Sam Huntington: That was a very three dimensional answer. I liked that a lot. I listened to it, I almost put you on speaker phone so that my whole family could hear you.

Sam Witwer: Everyone gather around the speaker phone, you need to listen to this.

Sam Huntington: Listen to this, this is important.

Sam Witwer: Do we have another question?

Chris Piers: No.

Sam Huntington: Hello?

Meaghan Rath: Whatís happening?

Sam Witwer: Did we lose him?

Operator: Our next question is from the line of (Royal Nonsarch) from The Outhouse, please proceed with your question.

Royal Nonsarch: Hi guys, thanks for talking to us today.

Sam Huntington: Oh yeah.

Meaghan Rath: Hey.

Royal Nonsarch: My question is basically since you guys have had a full season behind you, and playing these characters do you guys have a ton of input in terms of plot points or the direction of where each character is going to go.

Sam Huntington: No.

Meaghan Rath: No, not at all.

Sam Witwer: Well with a caveat. If we get far enough behind yes we do.

Sam Huntington: Yeah right.

Sam Witwer: And I felt like I had quite a bit of input by the end but that was really - that wasnít necessarily out of design it was more necessity. There were problems that needed to be solved and as - you know all three of us while weíre not responsible for the macro shape of the show, we do at this point, I think we can safely say we know our characters better than anyone.

So there was for me, I canít speak for Sammy and Meaghan but there was for me a little bit of diving in and helping solve certain problems and saying hey, listen, hereís what Aidan would do, you know?

Sam Huntington: Yeah, WWAD?

Sam Witwer: Thatís right.

Sam Huntington: Yeah, I mean there were moments that youíre like you know you have you know very minimal but a certain amount of contact with our writers, the show runners and so if you have a question or something you can always ask or if you have a concern sometimes it gets listened to.

But yeah, I mean generally speaking they make the - Sam said it right, you know on a macro level they kind of - they pilot the ship.

Sam Witwer: They do and they do a really good job of coming up with really interesting turns and twists.

Sam Huntington: Yeah.

Meaghan Rath: Definitely.

Royal Nonsarch: Okay and my other question was really quickly I guess how long did it take you guys to shoot this season, and like how long - how many hour days did you have and stuff like that?

Meaghan Rath: It took about five months, we started in July and finished in December. And the days can go pretty long, sometimes 14, 15 hours depending on the day, depending what point we are in the schedule, how behind we are?

Sam Witwer: Your occasional 18, 19 hour they throw in. But there were more of those 18, 19 hour days last year than there were this year.

Meaghan Rath: Definitely.

Sam Huntington: And also consecutively last year, that was what was weird, thatís what really took - youíd have a beastly three days and it would just take it out of you for like three weeks, you know?

That kind of was the unfortunate thing about the end of last season is it was just hellish you know?

Royal Nonsarch: All right, thanks a lot guys, looking forward to the rest of the season.

Sam Witwer: Thank you.

Meaghan Rath: Thank you.

Sam Huntington: Awesome, thanks man.

Operator: Our next question is from the line of Ernie Estrella from, please proceed with your question.

Ernie Estrella: Hi guys, good to speak with you again.

Sam Huntington: I am so happy right now. Itís leaking out of me.

Ernie Estrella: Awesome. How much - being that your characters are all going to be playing a lot apart from one another how much will the hospital come into play, thatís where three of the four characters work but is it going to be kind of like that home away from home as it was in the first season?

Sam Huntington: Youíll - the hospital is pivotal in certain - in things that happen in the hospital are pivotal and kind of spring boards for a lot of stuff that happens in the season but yeah, actually you kind of definitely touch on something thatís true in that we donít - itís not like our home away from home this season like it was last year.

And I think a lot of that actually also is because you know each of us are having our individual paths so thereís less of us actually meeting up at the hospital you know?

Would you guys say thatís true?

Sam Witwer: Yeah, I think thatís true.

Meaghan Rath: I feel like I definitely spend more time in the hospital this year.

Sam Huntington: You do, for sure.

Meaghan Rath: But itís not - yeah, I wouldnít say that it was a home away from home, I think itís just a....

Sam Huntington: And itís in a different regard too, itís...

Meaghan Rath: Yeah, totally, itís kind of like just as the house is a huge part of the show, so is the hospital, just kind of a different character.

Sam Huntington: To be honest, and Sam and I actually talked a lot about this this season because you know we actually feel kind of differently about it but I could lose the hospital as a location altogether.

Sam Witwer: Whereas I love it. I think itís really great.

Sam Huntington: Yep. I like it in theory, like I like the idea that we can go there and it serves as a lot of different sets and it make sense for the characters but logistically Iím not into it for some weird reason, I donít really like it.

Sam Witwer: I think itís because they always have you cleaning up you know vomit and for me, you know Iím carrying something somewhere.

Sam Huntington: Thatís what it is. Thatís it.

Sam Witwer: Somehow Aidan ditches all the most unpleasant stuff like bedpans, he just doesnít do it. Heís like you know if I ditch it someone else will do it.

Sam Huntington: Thatís right.

Ernie Estrella: Thatís great, and then could you talk a little bit about Dichenís, the addition of Dichen on the show as well as the mother character?

Sam Witwer: Iím trying to think of how much can I say without ruining too much. We go into some vampire authority matters and there are vampires that are much, much older than Aidan or even Bishop.

And Dichen kind of represents - because I was talking earlier about how we learn about older Aidan, we learn about how he was rather than how he is and Dichen represents a lot of that in this seasons for Aidan.

She represents a lot of what he wanted, a lot of who he wanted to be and sheís thrown back into the mix and the problem is that Aidan is now a different guy so we learn how - how do I put it, itís like imagine that you had a really close relationship with someone back in high school and then you link up with them later.

Itís not exactly the same as it was because youíve both changed, that type of thing.

Ernie Estrella: Great, well thanks a lot guys and good luck on season two.

Sam Witwer: Thank you.

Sam Huntington: Thank you.

Meaghan Rath: Thank you.

Operator: Our next question is from the line of Theron Neel from Planet Fury, please proceed with your question.

Sam Huntington: Planet Fury.

Theron Neel: Planet Fury, thatís right.

Sam Huntington: I love it.

Theron Neel: Hey, this oneís for Meghan, hi Meaghan.

Meaghan Rath: Hey.

Theron Neel: Greetings from Houston, how are you doing?

Meaghan Rath: Iím good, how are you?

Theron Neel: Iím fine. I touched base with you - somebody mentioned Meaghan was an odd duck a few minutes ago and I touched base with her...

Sam Huntington: I did.

Theron Neel: Yeah, well there you go, I touched base with her at Halloween for a couple of quotes about the upcoming season. Do you remember this Meaghan, you probably donít even remember it.

Meaghan Rath: Yeah, of course I remember.

Theron Neel: Okay so one of the things you told me, this is kind of a follow up to that is we know itís going to be a darker season. And one of your one liners to me was Being Human Two, once you go black you never go back.

So thatís who youíre working with guys, anyway so does that whole black thing refer to the darkness, is that what you were trying to...

Sam Huntington: No, she was talking racially. Sheís a racist.

Meaghan Rath: Speaking purely racially. Yeah, I mean itís pretty much it, thereís the darkness of the season is kind of a prominent theme and itís really just in reference to A, my stupidity and B, just the fact that you know once you - for anyone once you dabble in something dark thatís often (unintelligible) and sort of it consumes your consciousness, itís hard to remove yourself from it.

Theron Neel: All right, yeah, I didnít really have the context for that so I was just trying to figure out what that meant. Also...

Sam Huntington: I love that answer.

Theron Neel: Moving right along...

Sam Witwer: No itís true, we do see - itís like in life right, you letís say thereís something you go - I really shouldnít eat that candy bar or something and then you eat it and youíre like I feel guilty but Iím going to let myself off the hook for this and then itís easier to eat the next delicious candy bar.

Itís kind of like the same thing. You do something wrong, you feel bad but then itís like okay do you keep punishing yourself or do you let yourself off the hook?

Well a lot of people say well you should let yourself, stop punishing yourself, canít keep doing that to yourself. Yeah but if you let yourself off the hook too easily then it becomes easier to do something like that again or something worse.

And we see that happen in all three of the characters this year.

Theron Neel: Yes, itís a slippery slope. Also Meaghan have you found a way to update Sallyís look at all, have you pitched something to the producers yet?

Sam Huntington: She wears a really cute barrette this year.

Meaghan Rath: Well hereís the thing, in season two we do get to see Sally in some different outfits and I think you know in the trailers of the show the promos that theyíve released you do see Sally in a couple different things.

Sam Huntington: Including her birthday suit, oh yeah.

Meaghan Rath: Thatís true, there is some nudity.

Sam Huntington: Finally some female nudity on the show.

Meaghan Rath: The producers are like - you can change your outfit, hereís the deal, you can change, you can get out of those clothes but thatís it. Iím not allowed to get into anything else.

So thereís a little bit of that. But this possession door that Sallyís opened has really allowed me to change it up a little bit which has been nice, yeah.

Theron Neel: All right, well great.

Meaghan Rath: But the leggings stay, I hate to break it to you.

Theron Neel: The sweater, what about the sweater.

Meaghan Rath: The sweater stays, itís the uniform.

Sam Huntington: Itís her rainy day sweater.

Meaghan Rath: My rainy day sweater. Youíre thinking of the same thing as me arenít you.

Sam Huntington: Yep, yep.

Theron Neel: Iíve got something for Witwer real quick. Witwer youíve had - you guys have all had pretty extensive television experience but youíve probably had more than anybody. And you go back to Syfy and the days when it was the Syfy Channel back on Battlestar Galactica.

Sam Witwer: Yes.

Theron Neel: Have you noticed any difference now that you guys - the channelís rebranded to Syfy?

Sam Huntington: Thatís a great question.

Sam Witwer: Wow, that is a really great question. Iíve - you know...

Theron Neel: You see both sides of the coin here, see?

Sam Witwer: Yeah, itís interesting. In terms of how the branding has changed, the marketing for everything, I think thatís something everyone can see. There - all I really know is that they want to - Iím trying to think what can I say thatís beyond - thatís like within - but how can I not pull something out of my (unintelligible) and not look like a dick here?

Basically like...

Theron Neel: Hereís a question, was it really different? I mean like was it...

Sam Witwer: No, I mean from the production side not really, no. I mean in fact one of the producers on the Syfy side that is working with us worked on Battlestar Galactica. So itís you know some of the people are around, so thatís not really different.

I will say that itís - for example networks, they have to ask sometimes shows to do things that creatively you know they may not be the most satisfying things.

But they have very legitimate reasons for asking, for example on Battlestar Galacticaís first episode, 33, not the miniseries but the first episode which is where I showed up for the first time, thereís this whole plot line where thereís a ship called the Olympic Carrier that has taken off and thereís no - itís radio silence and itís hurtling toward Galactica and no one can get a hold of anyone on that ship.

And then later we fly by the ship, we donít see anyone in the windows and we detect a nuke on board so we shoot down the Olympic Carrier.

Well the way that we shot that wasnít like that at all. The way that we shot it was the Olympic Carrier, there was no nuke on board and when we flew by we saw thousands of people in those windows, people that by the way we shot that.

And so the whole thing was thereís a ship flying toward Galactica, itís broken radio silence, itís not answer the radios, what do we do? And it was basically it was a thinly veiled 9/11 metaphor.

Thereís plane heading for - it looks like it might be heading for a building, do we shoot it down? Maybe theyíre just scared, maybe theyíre going to veer off, we donít really know. Okay shoot it down.

That was the whole idea and Syfy was like well okay, youíve got to make it a little bit more you know put a nuke on board and make it a little bit more clear cut.

Now someone might say well thatís a terrible decision creatively but then youíre like yeah, but they do have a point, 9/11 at that point was only like two or three years after. Battlestar was like three or four years after 9/11.

It was still pretty fresh in peopleís minds and Syfy had the concern of like look, letís not get this risky just yet, you know letís not scare the audience away. Now mind you Iím kind of a dick and Iíd be like well they should - itís creative integrity, blah, blah.

But I get where theyíre coming from, right? So the good news is because Ron Moore and everyone was reasonable with Syfy and theyíre like yeah, okay fine, weíll work with you and weíll do this and weíll change it so that it reflects your notes.

Then Syfy was reasonable with them and they won a lot of battles where they did some stuff that was way more hard hitting than what Iím telling you right now.

And itís the same thing on this show, itís - there are certain battles that itís like okay, they want this and okay I get why they want it because they donít want it to be too dark and blah, blah, blah and this and that.

But the good news is that when you follow that stuff, generally they - because they want to see some of the same stuff that weíre talking about, itís just that they have concerns for logistical reasons.

So you work with them, they work with you and then next thing you know you do something really shocking on television. Itís just that theyíre wise to say that it shouldnít be shocking every episode. I mean you canít burn out your audience because itís so dark, dark, dark.

Sam Huntington: Youíre right like although this season like Iíve got to say like Iím - I was shocked at some of the stuff that we shot. Some of the stuff we shot - it really like is very, very dark as far as like emotionally dark and you canít really believe the characters are doing what theyíre doing at certain times.

Iím thinking of a couple instances where you did things that are like, really? Okay, letís do it, like here it is.

Sam Witwer: Itís true, you know whatís funny is I guess Iím referring to...

Sam Huntington: And Meaghan you too.

Meaghan Rath: Yep.

Sam Witwer: They - Iím considered - yeah absolutely Meaghan. But you know like thereís an episode that I just did ADR for mid season where they blunted a dramatic point a little bit where you know they made - they cut it in such a way that it was less dark than what we had shot.

And I was upset about that until I realized Iím like yeah, but then two episodes later the most horrific thing ever, just that weíve never done on the show happens.

So maybe theyíre right, maybe it shouldnít just be non-stop driving the dark point home because weíre going to get there, you know?


Sam Huntington: And knowing you guys are - ladies and gentlemen who work at Syfy and are basically our bosses and who really call the creative shots, theyíre wonderful people, smart, very intelligent people.

And so thatís kid of cool - these executives, you have a relationship, you have almost - not almost, a friendship with these people.

And so you kind of trust their guidance and season one was awesome and dark in places.

Theron Neel: I mean yeah, in season one you guys broke the ultimate taboo, you actually killed a kid.

Sam Huntington: Killed a kid.


Sam Witwer: Syfy channel kills a lot of children, from back in the Battlestar days to even now Syfy 17, children three, you know? The score doesnít lie.

Sam Huntington: and at least the children won three of them, you know what I mean?

Sam Witwer: No, they didnít win three, but like you know, no.

Sam Huntington: The ratioís way off.

Theron Neel: Well at least the place a kid can always get a job for a couple weeks anyway. All right guys, thanks a lot, I appreciate it.

Sam Huntington: Thanks.

Meaghan Rath: Bye.

Operator: Our next question is from the line of Dustin Adair from, please proceed with your question.

Dustin Adair: Hello?

Sam Huntington: Hello.

Meaghan Rath: Hi.

Sam Witwer: Hey.

Dustin Adair: Hi, Iím actually here with my writing partner (Molly) and we have probably the most important question youíre going to be asked all day.

Sam Huntington: Do it.

Sam Witwer: Okay, Iím sitting down.

Dustin Adair: We know that in casting Aidan was supposed to be like the super sexy vampire and Josh was supposed to be the comic relief. How do you guys deal with the fact that Josh is totally sexier than Aidan?

Sam Huntington: Oh God, itís hard for me. I can tell you right now that will be the one - you are the one person who feels that way and I think you should come over tonight for dinner.

Sam Witwer: See now my thing is this, they had a lot of hopes for the Aidan character and only one or two out of the 15 have they actually achieved having hired me. So itís nothing - this is not anything new in terms of the disappointment about the Aidan character.

I think itís safe to say itís pretty much a failure of a character. So itís - this is...

Sam Huntington: In the sexy regard.

Sam Witwer: No, not just the sexy regard, but dramatically you know especially dramatically. Like the guy doesnít necessarily pull his weight.

Meaghan Rath: Heís a dud.

Sam Witwer: Well look, every show has a dud character. My thing is they pay me the same amount whether the characterís a dud or really works so for me itís a win-win.

Itís easier. Well itís a lose-win actually, itís a lose in that Iím not doing good work, win Iím getting paid to not do good work.

Dustin Adair: And we just have one quick follow up.

(Molly): Why - can you tell us why vampires are such messy eaters?

Sam Witwer: Okay, Iíve asked the same damned question, Iím like look, heís eating. Why is it all over my chest, come on.

Dustin Adair: We know that you guys drink blood, I mean we donít need to see...

Sam Huntington: Itís like the vampire equivalent of a Carlís Jr. commercial.

Sam Witwer: Thatís true, I have actually on a few occasions been able to clean it up like you know they wanted to have blood all over the place, Iím like okay guys, he has been doing this for 200 years, heís better at it than you guys are leading on.

So no, heís eating, itís in here, itís by the mouth, and maybe just a little bit on the lips and they agree with that. But one thing I will say is that if someone loses their mind, if Aidan has been starving for a long time and then starts going for it and starts getting super high, then I get the blood getting everywhere.

But thatís our mythology.

Meaghan Rath: Itís like a drunkard and their beer.

Sam Witwer: Whatís that?

Meaghan Rath: Thatís like a drunk person spilling their beer all over the place.

Sam Huntington: Thatís exactly right.

Sam Witwer: Itís a drunk person spilling their beer, basically.

Sam Huntington: are you making fun of me?

Dustin Adair: We would never make fun of you Sammy, we love you very much. You are the best thing in Dylan Dog.

Sam Huntington: Oh thank you, honestly Iím blushing, thank you so much.

Meaghan Rath: Heís a (unintelligible) celebrity.

Sam Huntington: Whatís that?

Molly: How does it feel to be such a big Twitter celebrity? You tweet all the time.

Sam Huntington: I do, Meaghan is nipping at my heels, sheís a huge...

Meaghan Rath: Well these days, these days Iíve been tweeting a little more than you.

Sam Huntington: You tweet a lot.

Meaghan Rath: Iíve been slacking in the last couple days.

Sam Huntington: I love it, Iíve got to say - I discovered Twitter, when was it that - Meg you and I joined at like the same time, when was that? That was like...

Meaghan Rath: Yeah I think it was right after the premier of the first episode.

Sam Huntington: Sure, okay season one, and I love it, like I absolutely love it. I love my followers, like I love hearing all their comments and you know hearing about their days.

I love it, I think itís a really cool community, Iím really into it. And I like being able to you know when people write me back and they say oh that just made me smile or that just put a smile on my face, I like that.

Thatís why Iím actor, so like why not do that on a kind of a smaller scale, itís cool, you know? And I feel like I have a relationship with a lot of my followers so itís neat.

Meaghan Rath: Yeah.

Dustin Adair: Well great, thank you so much you guys.

Sam Huntington: Thank you guys.

Sam Witwer: Thank you.

Bill Brennan: And I think we have time for two more questions.

Operator: Our next question is from the line of Kathie Huddleston from please proceed with your question.

Kathie Huddleston: Hi guys

Sam Huntington: oh yeah..

Meaghan Rath: Hey.

Sam Witwer: Hey.

Kathie Huddleston: Hey, so we heard a little bit about Aidanís journey this season and what we have to look forward to from him, what about Josh and Sally, what kind of a journey are your characters on?

Meaghan Rath: You go ahead, you start.

Sam Huntington: Okay, well Josh you know we pick up the second season, itís three weeks after the end of the first season, so Josh has unknowingly scratched Nora and Nora is keeping it from him.

I donít know if youíve watched the first two episodes, did you watch them?

Kathie Huddleston: Yes.

Sam Huntington: Okay, so you know what happens.

Kathie Huddleston: I do, but I want them in your words.

Sam Huntington: Right, so once again to reiterate something that Bill Brennan had said at the beginning of the phone call like well we can talk about this but donít print it until after it whatever.

But yeah, so Josh you know unknowingly scratched Nora, sheís keeping it from him and so at the end of the first episode they both turn into werewolves and Josh finds out.

And you know he was on a path to go back to medical school and that basically all comes screeching to a halt when he finds out that Noraís a werewolf and his new trajectory becomes to try and find a cure for her.

And so through doing that it changes his relationship with Nora drastically and Nora takes the news of being a wolf and the physiology of being a wolf very differently than Josh did.

And so the theme for the season is temptation is a beast but for Josh really itís trying to keep the people he loves away from temptation of others and then himself being tempted.

And it has very unfortunate results, so there you go.

Meaghan Rath: Yeah and for Sally itís basically sheís dealing with when we first see her in season two sheís dealing with the consequences of missing her door at the end of season one and what that means for her.

Sheís acquired these new powers of being able to very briefly touch things which was a result of missing the door they think and she meets some new supernatural beings that kind of introduce her to different powers and one being possession which takes her down a very dark path, because it is very addictive.

And really her trajectory of the season is trying to fight or give in to this temptation, to this new sort of vice that sheís discovered and what that brings to her and how that breaks her down.

Kathie Huddleston: Thanks guys.

Sam Huntington: Thank you.

Sam Witwer: Thank you.

Meaghan Rath: Thanks.

Operator: And our next question is from the line of Renee Martin from, please proceed with your question.

Renee Martin: Hello everyone, Iím really excited to be talking to you.

Sam Huntington: Hi there.

Renee Martin: Being Human was originally a British show, Being Human UK so I was wondering if any of you have watched it and do you feel this coming season is a chance to break away from the original because I do know that the first season very closely matched the first season of Being Human UK.

Sam Witwer: Well this season - sorry, Meaghan you want to go?

Meaghan Rath: No, go ahead.

Sam Witwer: We as actors we didnít watch the British series when we were shooting our first season because we wanted to do our own thing. We wanted to make sure that ours was its own animal.

And then afterward we watched it. We watched everything. I love their show and I truly dig on it and I got Sammy and Meaghan started by buying them the box sets for season one and they watched it since then, watched more of it since then.

And you know weíre all into it, but the writers, our writers hate it. No just kidding. Our writers, no our writers for the same reason that we avoided watching season one, theyíve avoided watching season two because they want season two to be its own animal.

So any - there is a little bit of cross over here and there in terms of things happening sometimes in similar ways. But itís really coincidental considering our writers didnít even know. So itís interesting, whenever something would happen that was similar Iíd read it in the script and kind of laugh.

Because they have no idea, but you know itís for the most part extremely different.

Renee Martin: Okay so do you think then this difference will stop the ongoing comparisons between the two shows because right now thereís currently a lot of online talk about which version is better.

Sam Witwer: No, it wonít stop it.

Meaghan Rath: I donít think it will stop, no, because it is the - founded on the same situations, theyíre both the same show. But I mean thatís okay with me, I donít mind that because I also like Sam was saying Iím a huge fan of the British one.

And Iím very positive in the second season that it does differ in a huge way. And you know and Iím - weíre the same family but different kind of - weíre different cultures and I donít know, Iím happy to be associated with them and Iím excited for the day that we actually meet.

Sam Huntington: Yeah me too, I really want to meet them. I think also weíd probably be singing a different tune if it was more negative. To be honest I think theyíve been so kind to us, you know primarily.

The people who are fans of the BBC series or were first fans of the BBC series have really embraced our show and I think if they were really hating on it weíd be ready for them to be like uh guys, you know what we are our own thing.

And like listen, we embrace that, the fact that this season we are like Sam said like thereís some small cross overs but for the most part we are - and they are unintentional. We are our own beast.

And - but yeah, I think weíd be a lot more eager to have the comparisons cease if they were negative comparisons. Right?

Sam Witwer: No, absolutely. I think that people have their preferences and it isnít - for example if someone says hey I like the British version better, Iím not going to sit there and go whoa youíre wrong.

Iíll be like no, I see why, itís different, there are different things. Personally when I watched the two shows, when I was watching you know just going through theirs and watching our season one versus their season one.

And I was kind of torn because Iíd see stuff and Iíd go oh they really nailed that moment in a way that we didnítí. They - yeah, thatís better.

Oh I like this better about theirs, and then Iíd see other stuff and go oh but you know what, I like ours better on this, or we had a better take on this, and so I personally I mean considering Iím so close to it I could never say which is objectively better.

And frankly I donít know that most people could objectively say that, I think itís more of a taste thing.

Sam Huntington: I think one of the reasons is because you watch them at the exact same time on two different televisions.

Sam Witwer: Very strange, it was like stereo but I found a way to actually lock one of my eyes on one television and one of my eyes on the other.

Sam Huntington: Is that why you look like some kind of platypus this year, itís bizarre.

Sam Witwer: I look the guy from Young Frankenstein, I look like Igor.

Sam Huntington: Thatís exactly right.

Sam Witwer: But - and thatís also why I was vomiting that day because it really had...

Sam Huntington: A really negative effect physically.

Sam Witwer: Yeah.

Sam Huntington: Sorry, are you still there?

Renee Martin: Thank you.

Sam Huntington: There you are.

Renee Martin: Thank you very much.

Sam Witwer: Thank you.

Meaghan Rath: Thank you.

Bill Brennan: And if I can just jump in I think that was our last question and I just want to thank everybody, we went about 20 minutes longer than we had scheduled for so thanks for hanging out and participating.

If you need any materials from us, any photos or screeners as I mentioned at the top please just let myself or Maureen know, our email and contact info was all on the invite that was sent out for the call today so just let us know, weíll get that to you.

And again Monday night at 9:00 pm Pacific Eastern, season two premiere so thanks again for everybody participating.

Sam Huntington: Thank you guys all so much and sorry if we missed any questions if thereís any people out there who were waiting, sorry.

Meaghan Rath: Just tweet us, weíll answer them.

Sam Huntington: Yeah there you go.

Operator: And ladies and gentlemen that does conclude the conference call for today, we thank you for your participation and ask that you please disconnect your line. Have a great day everyone.

Sam Huntington: Bye.

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