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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Scifivision.com, please proceed with your question.
Jamie Ruby: Hi guys, itís great to talk to you again, thanks for doing
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
Sam Huntington: Really tore her up, really made her feel
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
Popculturemadness.com, 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Buzzfocus.com, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Theron Neel: Hereís a question, was it really different? I mean like was
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
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
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
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
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
Scifi4me.com, 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
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
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
Sam Huntington: Itís like the vampire equivalent of a Carlís Jr.
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
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
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
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
Blastr.com 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
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
Fangsforthefantasy.com, 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
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
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
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
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
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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