Hello everyone, this week we had a chance to participate in a tele conference with the start of Being Human U.S. Unfortunately, the transcript of the call is really quite long and we aren't able to share all of it with you. Below you will find a few what we deem to be the best questions and responses.
Hi everyone, thanks so much for joining us today, we’re very excited with the season two premiere of Being Human, it’s this Monday, January 16 at 9:00 Eastern Pacific.
And we’ve got Sam Witwer, Sam Huntington and Meaghan Rath with us today. So with that I’ll turn it over to the Q&A with Sam, Sam and Meaghan.
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.
Well this season - sorry, Meaghan you want to go?
No, go ahead.
We as actors we didn’t 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 we’re 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, they’ve 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 it’s really coincidental considering our writers didn’t even know. So it’s interesting, whenever something would happen that was similar I’d read it in the script and kind of laugh.
Because they have no idea, but you know it’s 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 there’s currently a lot of online talk about which version is better.
No, it won’t stop it.
I don’t think it will stop, no, because it is the - founded on the same situations, they’re both the same show. But I mean that’s okay with me, I don’t mind that because I also like Sam was saying I’m a huge fan of the British one.
And I’m very positive in the second season that it does differ in a huge way. And you know and I’m - we’re the same family but different kind of - we’re different cultures and I don’t know, I’m happy to be associated with them and I’m excited for the day that we actually meet.
Sam Huntington: Yeah me too, I really want to meet them. I think also we’d probably be singing a different tune if it was more negative. To be honest I think they’ve 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 we’d 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 there’s 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 we’d be a lot more eager to have the comparisons cease if they were negative comparisons. Right?
No, absolutely. I think that people have their preferences and it isn’t - for example if someone says hey I like the British version better, I’m not going to sit there and go whoa you’re wrong.
I’ll be like no, I see why, it’s 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 I’d see stuff and I’d go oh they really nailed that moment in a way that we didn’t’. They - yeah, that’s better.
Oh I like this better about theirs, and then I’d 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 I’m so close to it I could never say which is objectively better.
And frankly I don’t know that most people could objectively say that, I think it’s more of a taste thing.
I think one of the reasons is because you watch them at the exact same time on two different televisions.
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.
Is that why you look like some kind of platypus this year, it’s bizarre.
I look the guy from Young Frankenstein, I look like Igor.
That’s exactly right.
But - and that’s also why I was vomiting that day because it really had...
A really negative effect physically.
Sorry, are you still there?
Renee Martin: Thank you.
There you are.
Renee Martin: Thank you very much.
Curt Wagner: Sam hello from Chicago.
Hey what’s up Curt?
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.
Well Sam - Meg go for it.
I was going to say I mean it’s - I think for me it’s 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 we’re playing into the supernatural stereotypes, we are trying to play these as regular people.
So for me it’s a lot about just keeping in mind what I would do in this kind of situation and what’s great about the show is that it’s really acting, what would you do if you were put in this situation.
And so I think that’s where the humanity comes from, just being a good person and being with these challenges that sort of question your morality and your values.
Yeah I think Meaghan is absolutely right with that. For example in television we’ve kind of seen everything including vampires, werewolves and ghosts and we’ve seen people get killed and all kinds of crazy stuff.
What we’re trying to do as three actors is we’re trying to bring as much humanity into those events as possible. For example if someone dies, we’re going to show you - hopefully we’re going to tell a story where you realize that that is an awful sacrifice or that something has happened that is really, really terrible.
It’s all about the character’s reactions and I mean these three characters are the eyes through which the audience watches the show.
So we’re 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 you’ll 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.
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 they’re almost like the audience.
You know they’re viewing these things and so hopefully that’s what the audience can kind of grasp on to and also it helps as an actor it helps in form what you do.
Because you’re 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 it’s cool. It sets the show aside, we don’t 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?
It was the pizza, is that...?
Yeah, I ate a lot of Chicago pizza. I hid out in my basement with my band so I didn’t see the light a lot. There it is. You know everyone wonders why the hell he’s so pale, well it’s because I’ve been training myself to be this pale.
You literally can’t get a tan now.
No, I can’t. I think I’ve 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 wouldn’t wake up if we didn’t have to for school or something we wouldn’t wake up till noon or one.
And we all knew, don’t call your buddy before noon, that’s rude, that’s not cool. So there’s my vampire training right there.
Curt Wagner: All right cool.
And you’re still kind of like that when you’re not working, you know what I mean? Like I’m afraid to call you.
Still hiding out in your parent’s basement.
Curt Wagner: Awesome. All right, thanks guys.