Interview with Jack Kenny and Aaron Ashmore of "Warehouse 13" on
I was at this call, but I didn't get to ask a question
because I had to leave after a half hour for another call. I had fun
listening to it, though. Ashmore was really great on both "Smallville"
and "Fringe", so I look forward to seeing him join "Warehouse 13"!
Syfy Conference Call
Jack Kenny and Aaron Ashmore
June 29, 2011
3:00 pm CT
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen thank you for standing by and welcome to
the Warehouse 13 Call.
I would now like to turn the conference over to Erica Rubin from Syfy
Publication. Please go ahead.
Erica Rubin: Hi everybody. Thank you very much for joining. We have
executive producer, Jack Kenny on the line with us, as well as the
newest team member of the Warehouse, Agent Steve Jinks, himself, Aaron
Ashmore. And a - I just wanted to remind everybody that a transcript of
the call will be available 24 hours after the call is done. So please
contact me if you would like a copy of that.
And thanks again for participating. And Iíll turn it back over to the
moderator who will take the first question.
Operator: Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen if youíd like to register for
a question you may press 1 followed by the 4 on your telephone. You will
hear a three-tone prompt to acknowledge your request. If your question
has already been answered and youíd like to withdraw your question you
may press 1 followed by the 3. One moment please for our first question.
Our first question comes from the line of Pattye Grippo with Pazsaz
Entertainment Group. Please go ahead with your question.
Pattye Grippo: Hello?
Pattye Grippo: Hi. So I wanted to ask Jack howís the show changed since
it, you know, from the very beginning and why do you think itís been so
Jack Kenny: Oh hi Patty. Thanks. Itís changed in that weíve -- like any
show, at least that Iíve worked on -- the actors start to tell you a lot
about the characters. And so we start to write more in the direction of
the actors playing the parts and their strengths and backgrounds and
So that sort of makes them - it enriches the characters, makes them more
real to us and to them, and allows them a certain ownership of the
characters so that they can actually really invest themselves.
Weíve also expanded quite a bit the mythology of The Warehouse -- its
history, its background, how it all works. We added Claudia, as you
know, in the first season to broaden out the family. H.G. Wells last
year, both good and bad -- I mean the bad guy. And sheís fantastic.
And this year weíve added Aaron Ashmore as Steve Jinks. Just sort of
increasing our family and I use that word because that, I think, is one
of the reasons the show is successful, aside from the incredible talent
of everybody who participates -- the writing staff, the cast, the crew.
Syfyís getting behind it so strongly.
I feel like because itís a show about a family -- I mean a made family
-- I think itís more relatable to everybody. Everybody can sort of
relate to that brother-sister-parent-child relationship one way or
another. And I think thatís what we have with this show -- a father, you
know, a brother and a sister, a younger sister, and now a younger
brother, and that crazy aunt who shows up once in a while.
And I feel like itís something that everybody can relate to in
dynamic-wise. So I think theyíre willing to get on the ride with us and
take that ride all the way to the end. I think they like hanging out
with this family.
Pattye Grippo: Right. And Aaron, what was it like for you to step into a
show that had already been established and had such, you know, a fan
base behind it?
Aaron Ashmore: Well, itís exciting in a lot of ways and also
intimidating. Having watched - catching up on a bunch of episodes before
I actually jumped in and just seeing how well all these actors worked
together and how well the show was put together, thatís exciting. But
itís also like, ďOh boy, now itís my, you know, I got to jump in here
and catch up.
So itís exciting but also, that first couple days itís a little
intimidating until you get up to speed and figure out how youíre going
to fit into the new family.
Pattye Grippo: Right. And then let me just end on this. I know, Aaron,
you havenít done as many episodes yet, but do either of you have a
favorite artifact from what youíve managed to play with in this time
that you wish you had for yourself?
Jack Kenny: Well I had the advantage of being able to take anything I
want. No, I actually often do try to get, if they make a duplicate of an
artifact I try to get it for the writer of the episode if thatís
possible, just as a souvenir.
I mean, honestly, my favorite one from the first season was Rheticusí
compass. And I think itís just because - not because of what the
artifact does but because of the beauty of the construction of it. I
they spent many thousands of dollars building this authentic-looking
antique, you know, 500-year-old compass, and they used brass and copper
and real compass material there.
Itís a thing of beauty. And, itís really a work of art that I would
display on a pedestal because itís so stunning. And as they do approach
all of the things they build with that kind of love and care and thatís
the most beautiful.
I think if I had to have one Iíd want the Phoenix because what could be
more handy than living through fire? But, yes, Aaron -- Aaronís done
actually a - quite a few of them. Heís been in 11 episodes so far.
Pattye Grippo: Oh, okay.
Aaron Ashmore: Yes, I mean, I donít want to give away any of the
artifacts that Iíve had a chance to come in contact with over the season
because I think everybody should tune in to find out what those are. But
I am kind of in love with the Tesla gun.
Jack said it so, you know, thereís so much craftsmanship and work put
into all these little artifacts and all these toys or whatever that we
get to play around with at the Warehouse. And I think a Tesla would be
super-handy to just have. And it doesnít hurt anyone - anybody really in
a long period - over the long-term.
But you could just use it to get out of situations and stuff. And I
think theyíre so cool instead of just a regular gun, getting this, like
awesome kind of space age steam punk sort of gun to play around with, I
Jack Kenny: Thatís true. When you guys start changing the lines I could
just zap you.
Aaron Ashmore: It could come in really handy.
Jack Kenny: Yes, having it on the set. Then no, ďSay it as written.Ē
Zap. And there you go.
Aaron Ashmore: I bet you weíll behave real quickly.
Pattye Grippo: Well that - actually thank you for entertaining me this
morning. But thank you both very much. Look forward to the season.
Jack Kenny: Thanks Patty. Thank you very much.
Aaron Ashmore: Itís frozen.
Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Reg Seeton with
Deadbolt.com. Please go ahead with your question.
Reg Seeton: Hey guys, thanks for taking the call this morning.
Jack Kenny: Hey Reg, no problem.
Reg Seeton: So Aaron can you talk about how you get into the head of
Steve Jinks to understand his ability to detect lying?
Aaron Ashmore: Well I think I thought about it and was maybe
overcomplicating it -- this idea of being able to tell when someoneís
lying. But, talking to Jack and when we kind of got into it, it was a
very simple thing of just looking at somebody and being able to tell
whether theyíre lying or not.
I mean I think that the ability is quite simple in the way it works, but
the way that it affects the character, I think, makes him very tentative
when it comes to people and trusting people. He knows that everybody
lies. And I think as human beings we know that anyways but being able to
tell exactly when those things are happening, I think makes him put a
little bit of a wall up around him.
And I think that thatís the real thing that when youíre playing - when
Iím playing Steve that I had to think about him and be aware of. So I
think that thatís really the big part of the character that thereís
these walls up because of his ability to tell when people are lying.
Reg Seeton: And Jack, whatís the key to introducing a character like
Steve Jinks effectively to enhance the dynamic between the characters
and the show itself?
Jack Kenny: Well one of, I mean, the first key is casting -- finding
somebody who fits into the family, somebody who just sort of slides
right in but yet feels different enough so that youíre not repeating a
dynamic with anybody.
And that was - thatís always very dicey when you have four people, four
very different personalities and different dynamics, and we wanted to
add somebody who brought a new dynamic to that group. So that - a lot of
that is casting. Who do you find?
And when Aaron very happily and beautifully fell into our laps, he
seemed perfect to fit that mold. It was like heís more sort of
emotionally conservative than Pete. Not as uptight as Myka. Obviously
closer in age to Claudia so that there was a possibility of a connection
there. And he just brought everything we needed.
Plus he looked a little different than everybody else, and thatís always
kind of important, too. Because you donít want somebody that looks like
one of the other characters because itís hard to tell the people apart.
But and then the next thing is sort of - what I do anyway, I listen to
an actorís voice. Aaron and I had brunch the day before he was cast in
the job. And I just - I like to hear how they talk, how they approach
life, what their rhythms are so I can write to that, rather than try to
force them into a mold of the character.
So I think itís really important to listen to the actor and hear what
the actor brings what they can - the different rhythms are. My cat is
screaming in the background. Iím trying to lock him out of the room.
So thereís bringing that actor to the part. And then, just finding the
fun ways that the characters can interact. What are the obstacles to
their being friends and what - where are the places where they connect.
And really -- I canít think of the word -- making - really making hay
out of that. Really digging into the places where theyíre going to drive
each other crazy and dig into the places where theyíre really going to
connect. Because thatís, I think, where the real meat and potatoes is of
Reg Seeton: And just one last quick question. Will we see more
cross-over emphasis this season?
Jack Kenny: Yes, Fargoís coming to visit us Episode 5 I believe. Iím not
sure because the year order tends to be malleable. But I think itís
Episode 5 where Fargo comes to visit.
Reg Seeton: Great. Thanks guys.
Jack Kenny: Thank you.
Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Jamie Ruby of
Sci-Fi Vision.com. Please go ahead with your question.
Jamie Ruby: Hi guys. Thanks so much for taking the time.
Jack Kenny: Hi Jamie. Aaron Ashmore: No problem.
Jamie Ruby: Itís nice to talk to you again, Jack. So Aaron, how did you
become involved with the show, like with auditioning and all that?
Aaron Ashmore: Well it was kind of a strange process because that - the
auditioning didnít kind of happen. I think that Jack and the Warehouse
folks had been kind of looking to cast this part and had looked at bunch
of different options and a bunch of different people. And I think it was
coming down to the wire and they hadnít found the right person.
And I happened to be up in Toronto and Jack was talking to the casting
director, Robin up here and I guess my name came up. And Jack and I went
and kind of had brunch and just sat down and talked about the character
and talked about the role and the show.
And Jack said by the end of that meeting, Jack said, ďYou know what? Iím
seeing you as this part. You know, I can really see you doing this.Ē And
as much as I was hopeful that that was true I was like, ďThis is way too
easy.Ē A lot of the times you have to go through these long casting
process auditioning and testing and all this stuff.
So I left that meeting feeling very hopeful that that would be the case.
But, also being like, ďAh, itís just too good to be true.Ē And sure
enough the next day or two days later I got the call and I was cast as
So it was a really interesting process and very different, and I wish
more could be like that -- the casting process. But it was pretty
Jack Kenny: You have to ask the - Aaron, you have to actually send a
portion of your paycheck to Zuckerberg at Facebook because it was
because Robin as friends with Aaron on Facebook that she knew he was in
Aaron Ashmore: Yes, yes.
Jack Kenny: It was such a bizarre coincidence of events. It was like
weíve gotten down to the wire, we couldnít find anybody that was fitting
in with the part and the cast. We had chemistry reads and it just wasnít
- it just didnít feel right. And then Robin spent three days before the
table reading and was like, ďWell now, you know, now we have to actually
hire somebody whoís Canadian because we donít have time to immigrate
And I was actually feeling like, ďWell this may not happen. I may have
to rewrite it and not have the part in the first episode.Ē I donít know
how that would work but it would be really tough to do.
But - and then Robin said, ďYou know, Iím Facebook friends with Aaron
Ashmore and heís perfect for this but I donít know if heís in town. I
think he is. Let me check.Ē And because it was a Saturday there was no
way to reach agents or anybody.
So she Facebooked him and he was like, ďYes, Iím here visiting my
girlfriend.Ē And Iím like, ďOh my God. Well letís have brunch tomorrow.Ē
It was Sunday. It was just all so - it was just - it was fate reaching
in and saying this is the guy. Because as soon as I -- literally as soon
as I saw him sitting in the restaurant I thought, ďOh-oh, thatís him.
Thatís they guy.Ē
Because thereís just something about it when you see the person.
Everybody says at auditions you kind of know when the person walks in
the room. When the actor or actress walks in the room, before they even
open their mouths you can tell if theyíre right or not. And itís just
something about an energy. And I looked at him and, ďOh, heís right.
Please God, let him not be crazy.Ē
Jamie Ruby: The powers of social media though, huh? So can you guys tell
- what have you, like, learned since you started working the show, or
whatís changed in your life the most?
Aaron Ashmore: Thatís for Jack or me?
Jamie Ruby: For both.
Jack Kenny: Go ahead, Aaron.
Aaron Ashmore: What have I learned the most? Well I have to say -- and
itís not totally surprising to me but because every job you go into you
learn things and working with different actors and stuff but you really
pick stuff up.
But I really feel like Iíve gotten acting lessons in a lot of ways
working on Warehouse. Because working with Saul and - itís just like
watching how he does things and is really quite interesting. And also
like the other guys, I havenít done a ton of comedy shows and more
dramatic stuff usually. So watching these guys and how good they are, I
feel like Iíve learned a lot or picked up a lot.
So I would say that my skills as an actor or just certain parts of how I
act Iíve just kind of observed a lot of things and picked up a lot of
things, which is kind of unexpected. You never know when those things
are going to come up but I would say that I feel like Iíve taken some
acting lessons working on this show, as well, which is really, really
And like I said, not totally surprising because you never know when
those things are going to happen. But I definitely feel like Iíve
learned a lot about myself as an actor doing this season of Warehouse
Jack Kenny: I think you found out how youíre funny. Because a lot of
actors are funny in different ways. Eddie has a certain rhythm of comedy
and Allison has a different rhythm of comedy. Everybody has a different
way of approaching it.
And I think what Iíve seen from Aaron is heís discovered how and where
heís funny. How a sense of humor is a big part of our show. Itís not the
whole show but itís a big part of it. And everybody has moments. And
everybody has a different way of approaching it.
Iíve learned a lot about you in terms of how to write to you. Because
you canít write the same humorous moments for every actor. Everybody
approaches it differently. So Iíve learned a lot about how to, you know,
where your funny bone is and how to tap into it, because it always takes
But I think itís really been kind of cool to watch you blossom into this
comic actor. Itís kind of fun.
Aaron Ashmore: Yes, and thatís how I feel too. Itís just a very
interesting experience and getting to work with people who are so
talented -- you guys writing stuff and the cast just knowing their
characters and just being so good at what they do, itís a pretty unique
Jack Kenny: And Iíve learned what itís like to be on a show that the
network is actually behind. Thatís been a huge, a wonderful thing.
Because Iíve worked on a lot of shows, Book of Daniel was a big
struggle, Titus had its own sort of challenges, but this is the first
time Iíve actually been on a show thatís a hit that the network loves
and is eager to support. I will ride this train until it pulls into the
end of the station.
Jamie Ruby: And then lastly, Aaron, whatís been your favorite, like
memory moment so far from working on the show?
Aaron Ashmore: My favorite memory. Well I think a lot of the things that
Iíve really, really enjoyed working on the show are times -- and I was
just thinking -- I really enjoy working with Allison a lot. I think that
sheís really fun.
I think just some of the goofy things that she does is - have just been
kind of memorable and really fun. Like just goofing around and stuff
with her I think is probably my best memory of doing the show and stuff
Jack Kenny: You guys have a great rapport.
Jamie Ruby: Do you have like a specific thing you can think of or...
Aaron Ashmore: A specific thing. Well we kind of...
Jack Kenny: Iíd like to make - just suggest - I mean I think you seemed
to have an awful lot of fun during the Confederate reenactment.
Aaron Ashmore: Yes, yes, that was actually good doing the Confederate
reenactment where we get to dress up as Southern soldiers and that was
definitely a lot of fun because who gets to do that kind of stuff? I
mean, obviously the reenactors who do that are doing that all the time.
But as an actor, just like as a person, to get to reenact these giant
war scenes and stuff itís pretty neat.
Jack Kenny: You got to shoot that guy and you looked pretty happy doing
Aaron Ashmore: Iím not a violent guy but fake violence is a hell of a
lot of fun.
Jamie Ruby: Okay, thanks.
Aaron Ashmore: Thank you.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Jenny Rarden from TV
Is My Pacifier.com. Please go ahead.
Jenny Rarden: Hi guys. Thanks for taking our call.
Jack Kenny: Hi Jenny.
Aaron Ashmore: Hi.
Jenny Rarden: Aaron, welcome to the Warehouse 13 team.
Aaron Ashmore: Thank you so much. Good to be here.
Jenny Rarden: And Jack, Iíve spoken with you once or twice before but
itís always a pleasure. My first question has to be this -- with Steve
coming in as Peteís new partner, where that leave Myka? I havenít heard
anything about Joanne leaving the show and the last time I asked you,
you said that she would definitely be back. Iím assuming thatís still
Jack Kenny: Well just to keep myself from getting into trouble I never
said she would definitely be back. Theyíll hunt me down and shoot me.
No, what Iíve always - what I kept saying to people is donít worry. We
have our fansí best interest at heart and everybody should just relax
and enjoy the ride.
Remember at the end of the first season we killed Artie. So...
Jenny Rarden: No, thatís true.
Jack Kenny: So just - everybody should just not worry. Itís going to be
a great year and everybodyís going to be thrilled. That said, thatís
part of the fun of the season this year is in the first episode is Myka
coming back? If she does, how is she coming back? How does Aaron fit
into all this?
Itís a nice fun beat. But honestly itís just, as I keep saying and Iím
surprised because I never really thought about it -- Aaron fits so well
into this family that it hasnít felt like an issue. Thereís been plenty
of room in this show to have this new character. And I got to tell you,
just separately of the writing and the acting and the shooting,
everybody in the cast just loves Aaron.
So it would be different if we had somebody who was a jerk. But heís
such a terrific human being and brings so much warmth and
professionalism to the set that I think people look forward to doing
scenes with him and seeing him. So itís been - itís just been a real
kind of a joy this year.
Aaron Ashmore: If you guys could see me Iím blushing.
Jack Kenny: And he does blush.
Jenny Rarden: As kind of a follow-up to that, Aaron, from your thoughts
you have already talked about coming into the show itself. But can you
tell us a little bit about how your character was received by the other
characters in the show? Iím assuming Claudia especially would feel like
you were an outsider and a replacement for Myka so she would have the
most difficulty. But am I wrong in that?
Aaron Ashmore: Well, yes. I mean, I think that the other characters are
tentative like this is a very tight-knit group and itís also theyíre
putting themselves on the line, their lives on the line. What their
lives are about is servicing the Warehouse and taking care of the world.
So this new guy coming in, I mean, whoís going to trust him until he
proves himself? And I donít think that anybodyís too comfortable with
the fact that he can tell when people are lying. I mean, thatís great
for solving cases but this guy can come in and you canít lie to him, you
canít B.S. him. He can tell whatís going on.
So, yes, thereís definitely some tensions. I think that what Jack was
saying earlier, though itís interesting because thereís ways that these
characters are going to kind of clash but thereís also ways that they
are going to bond in certain ways. And those are very different ways but
are also interesting.
So, yes, itís not all smooth coming into the Warehouse on your first
day. They put you through the wringer a little bit.
Jenny Rarden: Right, right. Well I canít wait to see you. My whole
family is a fan of the show so weíre really excited and we were thrilled
to hear that youíd joined the cast so...
Aaron Ashmore: Oh, thank you very much. I appreciate that.
Jack Kenny: I think this is our best season yet.
Jenny Rarden: Great. Well thank you guys very much.
Aaron Ashmore: Thank you.
Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Tiffany Vogt with
TV Addict. Please go ahead with your question.
Tiffany Vogt: Hi guys. Thanks for taking the call today.
Aaron Ashmore: Hi Tiffany.
Tiffany Vogt: My first question is for Aaron. And Aaron I wanted to ask
what do you think was Steveís initial reaction when he finally figured
out what the Warehouse agents actually do?
Aaron Ashmore: Well, I think the initial reaction is that he just
doesnít fully believe. Everybodyís telling him this stuff and heís
seeing all these things go on. But itís almost too much to believe right
off the bat.
So I think his first real interaction with an artifact and realizing how
going through it himself, I think it really shocks him and makes him
just feel like, ďOkay, this is for real. This is not just a bunch of
crazy people out here, you know, trying to, you know, run this strange
warehouse. Itís like, this is dangerous.Ē
And I think it sinks in and heís on board, heís game. I think at the
beginning heís a little tentative because heís just like, ďThis canít be
true. This canít be right.Ē But when I think that finally hits him that
this is for real, Steveís very professional and very into his job, so I
think that heís on board.
Tiffany Vogt: Okay. And what was your biggest surprise in working on
Aaron Ashmore: Well, I mean, I donít if itís the biggest surprise but
itís the first thing that pops into my mind. When I first stepped onto
the sets and saw them I couldnít believe how awesome everything looked,
and the details and all the artifacts.
You walk through the Warehouse and Artieís office and all this stuff and
I was just like, ďWow, this is going to be a lot of fun because this is
- they take this stuff seriously. This is not like some kind of
whatever. Itís like theyíve really gone out on all the details and
So it was really impressive and exciting to go into something where
everything was - all the details were taken care of. And even things
like talking with Jack, like any questions I had, any details. Again,
like everything was answered. It wasnít like me just kind of going in
there and itíd be like, ďOkay, whatever. I guess weíre going to do this
thing.Ē Itís like, itís just everything is so thought-about and the
details are all taken care of. So itís quite impressive.
Jack Kenny: Iíve got to say, anytime I walk friends or family onto the
set theyíre all wildly - everybody just goes, ďAhh.Ē Because, a lot of
times you walk somebody onto a set and itís disappointing because itís a
set and thereís fake walls and things like that.
But Artieís office is just the most awesome place to visit. Itís - it
looks like it does on TV.
Aaron Ashmore: Still, still right? Yes, even when you walk in it still
after youíve seen it before itís - Iím always still just like, ďWow,
this is really, really cool.Ē
Jack Kenny: Yes, itís really fun.
Tiffany Vogt: Wow, thatís great. Well thank you. Thank you very much.
Aaron Ashmore: Thank you.
Jack Kenny: Thank you.
Aaron Ashmore: Thanks Tiffany.
Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Erin Willard with
SciFi Mafia. Please go ahead with your questions.
Erin Willard: Hi gentlemen. Thanks so much for being on the call today.
Aaron Ashmore: Hi Erin.
Jack Kenny: Hi Erin.
Erin Willard: Hi. First will the show be visiting other warehouses this
year? I know that came up once last year.
Jack Kenny: Iím sorry, I couldnít hear you. Say again?
Erin Willard: Will the show be visiting other warehouses this year?
Jack Kenny: Well, kind of. We have - itís hard to be specific but there
are elements of Warehouse 7 and weíll be - that weíll be touching on in
Mogul - in the Mongol Empire. And Warehouse 2, the beginning of the
season, the stuffís been excavated from Warehouse 2 and has been
delivered to the warehouse and into a place weíre calling the Ovoid
Quarantine, which is where a sort of an egg-shaped purple-lit structure
that when there are large caches of artifacts brought in, thatís where
they go first, into the quarantine.
So weíll be talking a lot about Warehouse 2 and dealing with a bunch of
Warehouse 2 artifacts. I donít think weíre actually visiting any of the
other - oh, yes, no, thatís not true. Weíre going to, yes, we will be
seeing a little bit of Warehouse 12.
Erin Willard: Oh, very cool. Okay, you...
Jack Kenny: You have to remember itís been - weíre starting to shoot
Episode 12 this week and Iím just - my head is just swimming with every
episode getting mixed up in it, in my head.
Erin Willard: But production, different placesyou...
Jack Kenny: Yes.
Erin Willard: ...mentioned. You both talked about the detail in the sets
and the props. Is there much - has there been much green screen work and
will there be much this season?
Jack Kenny: Oh my God, yes. Yes, thereís green screen work. I mean, I
say that that way because itís always so hard. What a - Saul calls it
schmacting. Because itís a lot of pretending. Itís a lot of - as it - we
call green screen work schmacting and when you have to do a lot of
exposition itís call facting.
But yes, we do a fair amount of green screen stuff this year.
Erin Willard: Aaron, have you done a lot of green screen work before?
Aaron Ashmore: Yes, Iíve done some other sci-fi work. So, just that kind
of comes with the territory. But most of the time itís not so bad. I
think itís technically itís, like difficult and - but again we had good
people that - weíre working with directors that kind of talk you through
And once youíve done it a couple times itís like, ďOh yes, okay, so this
thingís going to be bouncing off the wall and then thereís this
explosion and weíre 50 feet off the ground, and okay, yes, yes, I got
that, I got that.Ē
But, so you do it a couple time sand you just kind of - you just go with
it and you at the end of the day it looks great, so you donít feel like
youíre just hanging out there, not knowing whatís going on. They really
do a nice picture for you, so itís easy to get into it.
Erin Willard: Oh nice. And then last, I really enjoyed the Warehouse 13
panels at Comic-Con. I have been to both of them. And so do you have any
details you can share about Warehouse 13 at Comic-Con this year? And
Aaron will you be able to go?
Jack Kenny: Are you going, Aaron?
Aaron Ashmore: I donít know.
Jack Kenny: I donít know either. I donít know if youíre going to be
there or not either. But I know that itís Friday afternoon. I think -
youíll have to check with Erica -- or Erica maybe you could chime in --
I think itís 4 oíclock Friday afternoon. And itís in the big room -- one
of the big rooms. And I know that the four main cast and myself will be
there. I donít know anything else.
I donít know if Aaronís coming or if C.C.ís going to be there, or any of
those details yet. I havenít really been - I know itís only three weeks
away but Iím directing the last episode of the season and my head is
kind of in that right now.
Erica: Itís at 4:15 on Friday in Ballroom 20. 4:15 on Friday in Ballroom
Jack Kenny: There you go.
Erin Willard: Perfect. Iím noting it down now. Well thanks very much
gentlemen. Iím looking forward to seeing it.
Aaron Ashmore: Thank you. Thanks Erin.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Tim Cullen with
SciFiPulse. Please go ahead with your question.
Ian Cullen: Hey Aaron, hey Jack, how you doing?
Aaron Ashmore: Good how are you?
Jack Kenny: Hey Jim, how you doing?
Ian Cullen: Iím good. Itís actually Ian, by the way. So they got my name
Jack Kenny: Hi Ian.
Aaron Ashmore: Sorry about that, Ian.
Ian Cullen: No worries, no worries. Aaron, Iíve got a quick question for
you. Have you found working Warehouse 13 when compared to when you
worked on Smallville?
Aaron Ashmore: Well, television is, itís fairly similar and the
schedules and youíre working on a lot of sets and stuff like that. So
thatís very similar, and in the sci-fi realm, like working on green
screen and all these kind of things.
But, the stories are so different and the cast is so different. All the
creative elements are totally different. I think the one thing that is
really unique about Warehouse 13, just from any show Iíve ever worked
on, is having Jack around on set all the time.
Because he is literally behind the monitors watching any questions,
anything that you have to have your show runner and who just understands
whatís going on with the show more than anybody would -- more than some
of the directors that come in and all that kind of stuff is so unique
and so amazing.
So I think thatís the one big difference between Smallville but also
between any show that Iíve ever worked on is having that, you know,
creative mind on set ready to work with you and make changes as
necessary or answer questions that you have about the character or the
show or the plot or anything.
I mean, thatís very rare to have that resource, you know, when youíre
working. So thatís probably the big difference.
Jack Kenny: Now Iím blushing.
Aaron Ashmore: Oh wow. Just returning the favor.
Jack Kenny: Yes, and Iím dark-skinned.
Aaron Ashmore: But itís very true. Itís very, very, very unique and it
just doesnít happen. Iíve worked on enough TV and it just doesnít
happen. So itís really nice.
Ian Cullen: Jack a question for you now. Thereís a breaking news story
about a month or so back about a H.G. Wells spinoff. Now it seems it was
announced a little bit too soon. Could you tell me whatís happened
Jack Kenny: Yes, I love that you refer to it as a breaking news story
because itís probably months and months away from actually being shot,
if it does get shot.
Yes, Bob Goodman and I -- one of the writers on the show went and
pitched an idea for a spinoff for an H.G. Wells spinoff to Syfy a few
weeks ago, and they really loved the idea and wanted to hear more about
it. So in the business, in the TV business, before anybody can go in and
officially pitch things deals have to be made and lawyers and agents and
blah, blah, blah, blah.
So that all started happening. And, somehow the details of that meeting
got out and it was like, ďOh, itís a spinoff and itís happening and here
it is.Ē And there are so many hurdles to jump before a show gets on the
air. I mean, thereís a thousand different stars that have to get into
line. Everything has to be in alignment and karma and all that sort of
But we were in yesterday, actually and pitching more details and more
specifics and all the characters to Mark Stern and the folks at Syfy.
And I think everybodyís really excited about it. Again, itís a long way
to go before itís actually a script and on the air and being shot and
all that sort of thing, but people seem to be really excited about the
The character seems to leap off the page. Weíre building a really cool
ensemble of people, again another family to be to people, this world and
this series. And I think it could be really exciting. But unfortunately
I have no details because weíre still in the very early birthing stage.
Ian Cullen: Well, you know, it sounded quite interesting from what I
read and it sounded like the sort of thing that Iíd actually watch.
Because I kind of like a bit, you know, the way you got the theme from
genre mixed in to Warehouse 13 with the Tesla guns and all the gadgets.
Jack Kenny: Yes, we were definitely made into the steam punk of it.
Ian Cullen: Another question is - has to do with Warehouse 13 and
Eureka. Are ever going to see anymore cross-over perhaps like we had
last year? And is there going to be a chance of a perhaps more holiday
episode, like the Christmas episode you did?
Jack Kenny: Well yes. Fargo is coming to visit our team in Episode 5, I
believe it is this year. We were not able to cross over to the Eureka
because of the shooting schedules were so different we just couldnít get
our - they were way ahead of us in terms of episodes having been shot,
so we couldnít make that work.
But Fargo is coming to visit us. And, yes, weíre doing another Christmas
episode this year.
Ian Cullen: Oh that sounds brilliant.
Jack Kenny: Iíll completely stand alone, not having anything to do with
the season, just a little Christmas present for the fans. And itís - Iím
in love with the story that weíre doing. I really am. Iím just in love
Ian Cullen: Iím just thinking of all these holiday episodes of scenes
that are getting made, so it takes me back to my childhood.
Jack Kenny: I think youíll love this one.
Ian Cullen: Okay, itís been great speaking to you guys and we all love
the show here in the UK and long may it continue.
Aaron Ashmore: Thanks Ian.
Jack Kenny: Thanks a lot
Ian Cullen: Okay, thanks a lot guys.
Aaron Ashmore: Okay, that was a good one.
Jack Kenny: We havenít gotten a single gay question.
Aaron Ashmore: I know.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Marisa Roffman from
Give Me My Remote.com. Please go ahead with your question.
Marisa Roffman: Well now I - do I have to change my question? Do I have
to ask if youíre...
Aaron Ashmore: No, no, no, no, no, no.
Jack Kenny: No, itís listed in my calendar as the gay press interview.
So weíre all set to talk about Aaronís character being gay and what that
meant and how it impacted and blah, blah, blah.
And nobodyís asked, which is - I have to say thatís lovely because it
just means that itís gotten to the point in society where itís like,
ďOh, yes, thatís cool.Ē And itís not news. Itís like, ďOh, a gay
character. Yes. Got that. Fine.Ē
So I love it. So please Marisa, go with whatever you were going to ask.
Marisa Roffman: Well I was actually going to ask about the backstory of
Steve. We found out a little bit in the premier, which was a fantastic
episode. We only got a little bit of a glimpse of what makes him him. Is
there a certain episode that weíll get to dig into those layers a little
Aaron Ashmore: I think that thereís some stuff in Episode 2 and then a
little bit farther -- I can remember what episode, maybe 6 -- where,
yes, you really start to see who Steve is and you get a little bit of
his backstory and you really see how his life has kind of impacted who
Because, heís very different, I think, from a lot of the other
characters on the show in that he is more reserved and heís got these
walls up. And so you - throughout the season I think you really start to
- I think that Jack and the writers have done a great job of kind of
just putting in these little kind of nuggets of character throughout
particular episodes so you start to be like, ďOh, okay, well that makes
more sense and I can see, you know, why this guy is how he is.Ē
And, a lot of times you donít get that in shows. They just kind of like,
itís just there or they donít even say it and itís just kind of like
implied or whatever.
So yes, I think that thereís - people will find it really interesting to
see how Steveís character develops and learn these things about his past
and then understand who he is more because of knowing those things.
Jack Kenny: I think, too that, like I was saying earlier, I learn a lot
about a character by - from the actor whoís playing him. And itís not
that I donít really know anything about Aaron Ashmoreís past or his
relationships or anything. I just - what I see when I look at Aaron on
camera, when I look at him on the monitor itís just - I see a guy whoís
got - I see a character.
And maybe this is what Aaron brings. I see a character thatís got a
complex past, maybe with some pain in it. Thatís what I see when heís
playing the part. And so in my mind he comes from a complex past. Maybe
when he came out or if he came out to his parents it wasnít
well-received. And maybe thatís brought some pain.
Thereís other things youíll learn about his character -- because I donít
want to give away here because they come as a surprise to, you know,
various members of the cast. He gets to be besties with Claudia, so they
learn a lot about each other.
I get the sense that heís been hurt in a relationship or two. And that
heís emotionally conservative. He plays his cards close to the vest. A
lot because of what Aaron was saying earlier about if you can look into
somebodyís eyes and tell if theyíre lying to you or not that affects the
way you relate to people.
You look at people differently. Itís a little bit like Sookie on True
Blood where she can hear peopleís thoughts -- itís kind of annoying. You
donít want to necessarily know all that.
So itís a - I think heís a vulnerable and tentative character who makes
friends - doesnít make friends easily but when he does he makes them
Marisa Roffman: Sounds good. Thank you guys so much for your time.
Aaron Ashmore: Thank you.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line of Brandon Sites with
Big Daddy Horror Review.com. Please go ahead with your question.
Brandon Sites: Well I wanted to get into the whole gay (care address).
That was right on my mind the whole time. I have a lot of people, some
of my Twitter followers, that are wondering how is, through story or
performance, how are they going to make the character more relatable to
the LGBT community?
Aaron Ashmore: Well I donít really look at approaching a character that
way. Like I wouldnít approach a black character trying to make him
relatable to the black community. My job is to make the characters
relatable to the family that Iím dealing with here.
How does Steve Jinks relate to Artie, Pete, Myka and Claudia? My - and I
think that the approach to Aaron, as I say, the approach to Steve is
heís a relatively emotionally conservative guy. Heís not out there. And
so weíre taking baby steps with the character. We donít want to bring in
somebody and throw him into a relationship right away.
One of the things we learned last year when we brought Pete a
relationship, we brought Claudia a relationship, was that they were
really hard to service. Those relationships are hard to service because
our people are out in the field all the time. We had to basically stop
the show to get a relationship theme with Pete and Kelly or with Claudia
And so thatís why both of those relationships kind of went away last
year. Brothers and Sisters, you can do that. On our show weíre out
running around snagging, bagging and tagging so relationships kind of
get in the way of that. If we can - if have an opportunity we will, but
this year weíre really a lot more focused on other things.
So that really didnít become an issue. I canít say that next season if
Aaron comes back that he wouldnít have a relationship. Who knows? But
that hasnít been the goal. I think -- because Iím gay and in my mind the
great thing about where GLBT characters are these days is itís just like
heís also blond and blue-eyed and six feet tall.
And itís not - I wouldnít write to his six-feet-tallness. I donít want
to write to every characterís single trait. It comes out in various fun
ways. Itís not that we - itís not that heís not outed or that he hides
it. He does talk about it and he makes jokes about it.
But itís not like - it doesnít define who he is. And that, I think, has
always been the goal of any minority group, to have that diversity not
define who you are. And I think, happily, gay and lesbian and bisexual
and transgendered characters have reached that goal in a lot of ways.
Brandon Sites: Okay, well, you know youíre talking about itís a, you
know, you donít have time to really get into relationships and
everything. But I think thereís other things that can, you know, define,
you know, the community itself other than being in a relationship.
Youíve got a show like Law and Order, you know, even though itís very
procedural and, you know, they donít have a whole lot of time to get
into the peopleís backstories you still have things that came across
about the characters that, you know, helped define them. And...
Jack Kenny: Yes, we have, as I say, Aaron talks to that. Steve Jinks,
itís not that he doesnít talk about it or deal with it, it comes out.
Aaron Ashmore: Yes, and I think it really influences, you know, who he
is. I mean, you know, some of the things that, you know, weíve talked
about like may have happened in his past and have influenced him and
stuff. I think that that comes out through the character, as well, you
know. And that I think is realistic, you know, as well.
Like, again, like, you know, we talk about his ability to lie and stuff
like that but, you know, or to tell when people are lying and stuff. But
I think itís also his conservativeness and stuff like that as far as
being emotional also has to do with probably, you know, as Jack said,
like some of his other things that heís gone through in his life.
And again, itís like, you know, you donít always talk about those things
but I think they influence the character and they influence the
performance and who he is and stuff.
So yes, I think that thatís - that that comes out, as well.
Brandon Sites: Okay, well, sorry guys, I just lost my train of thought
for a second. Iím sorry.
Jack Kenny: Thatís okay, Aaron, that happens to me all the time.
Brandon Sites: Sci-fi and horror fans, they tend to be the hardest to
win over with a gay or lesbian character and I was wondering what is
your allís approach to trying to, you know, win over sci-fi and horror
Aaron Ashmore: You know, I, in my experience talking to a lot of our
fans -- I mean, I donít - because maybe itís a slightly different genre,
our show -- but in talking to a lot of our fans I havenít found that.
Iíve found that people have been pretty accepting of really anything we
want to do, except of course, you know, losing their favorite character.
But, you know, because like Torchwood has gay characters, there was a
gay character on Caprica. Thereís been - I feel like -- and maybe Iím
just, you know, living in the bubble that is Los Angeles -- but I find
it true in Toronto too. I feel like itís such an accepted part of life
now that it doesnít feel like - especially younger viewers have no issue
It doesnít - I donít think - I think new viewers to television these
days donít see sexual orientation in the same way that viewers of my
generation donít see race. Because it kind of, you know, not all.
Obviously thereís always going to be some people who are the exceptions
to those rules. But I feel like weíve come a long way as a
I think, you know, and I count, you know, All in the Family and Maude
and those shows in the 70s for taking us there. Shows that you probably
couldnít get away with doing today. But they took us to a place where
they held a mirror up to society and said, ďLook how silly this is.Ē
And I think it started a trend of everybody saying, ďLook how silly this
is. Letís just watch these shows for entertainment. Letís accept
everybody for who they are.Ē I think little by little, you know, chisel
by chisel weíre getting to that - again to that nice sculpture of a
society that watches a show for the entertainment value and not the
color of a personís skin or their sexual orientation or their gender or
anything like that.
Brandon Sites: And I just have one more question. What you all decide to
make this character gay to begin with?
Jack Kenny: You know, it was interesting. We had talked about it in the
writerís room a little bit when we were building the character. Drew
Greenberg had brought it up to me and I said, ďHey that might be
And then for some reason when we were pitching it to SyFy we hadnít
gotten into that yet. We were just pitching the character and how he
relates and where he came from. And the executives of SyFy said, ďHey,
what about if heís gay?Ē And we were, ďOh, yes. We were actually
thinking about that. Thatís so cool that you guys think thatís cool.Ē I
said, ďYes, why not? Letís, you know...Ē
It was just sort of like, itís like when youíre casting a character and
you say, ďHey why donít we cast a Latino in this part?Ē Or, you know,
ďWhat about if it was a woman instead of a man?Ē Itís just sort of you
go, ďOh, okay.Ē Itís like, you know, I think when Sharon Lawrence got
the part in NYPD Blue it was a male role initially. And a casting
director said, ďHey, you know I met this actor, Sharon Lawrence. She
might be really good for this. What about a woman in this part?Ē
So it was one of those, you know, suggestions that somebody made and we
thought, ďOh yes, thatís a color we donít have on the show yet. Thatís
something we could toy with and touch on occasionally.Ē
You know, but again we wonít play with it in anymore than we address the
fact that Mrs. Frederick or Leena are black. Itís not what the show is.
This is not a show about diversity in minorities. Itís a show about -
itís a thrilleramedy. And itís about a family. And families tend to, you
know, they tend to accept each other for who they are and then argue
about the details.
Brandon Sites: Thank you for your candid (answers) and taking my
Aaron Ashmore: Sure of course. Thank you.
Brandon Sites: Thanks man.
Operator: And ladies and gentlemen, as a reminder you may press 1
followed by the 4 on your telephone if youíd like to register for a
question. And we do have a follow-up question from the line of Jamie
Ruby with Sci-Fi Vision.com. Please go ahead with your question.
Jamie Ruby: Hello again. Actually I have a fan question that they asked
if thereís any plans for some kind of cloning artifact or something like
that so that they can bring in Shawn on the show?
Aaron Ashmore: I donít know. Jack, what do you think? I think that that
could be a lot of fun. I donít know if youíd thought about that.
Jack Kenny: I donít know. Can we afford Shawn?
Aaron Ashmore: Heíll do a favor for me. Iíll talk to Shawn.
Jack Kenny: Yes, do you have a connection there? Can we pull a string?
Aaron Ashmore: Oh, yes, yes, yes.
Jack Kenny: You know, obviously we thought about it. And I donít know if
weíll be cloning or maybe Steve has a twin brother they didnít tell
anybody about. Or maybe there a - an evil twin that he didnít know. Who
knows? I mean, thereís any number of ways we could do it.
But sure, that occurred to us. Not this season. But it certainly
occurred to us that, you know. Well honestly, just if Aaron gets tired,
you know, and Aaron gets all sleepy one night, because sometimes, you
know, people get sleepy, you know.
Aaron Ashmore: Yes. Good to have that threat where you can just be like,
ďLook if youíre not going to pull your weight here we can just bring
your brother in because nobodyís going to know the difference.Ē
Jack Kenny: Exactly.
Jamie Ruby: All right. And then, switching gears a second, Aaron I
wondered if you could talk about working on Fringe?
Aaron Ashmore: Yes, it was great. I mean, speaking of doing work with my
brother, that was awesome because I hadnít worked with Shawn for years
and years and years, so getting a chance to play a character with my
brother and on a show like Fringe that I donít watch a ton, but whenever
I have seen it Iíve really enjoyed it and I know itís got a good fan
But we had a lot of fun, you know, trying to be as identical as
possible. Because most of the time when youíre growing up a twin youíre
trying to define yourself separately and that role is basically, yes,
can you guys act as much as you can alike and look as much as you can,
you know, alike with what, you know, a wig and with facial hair and all
So it was a really interesting experience.
Jamie Ruby: Cool. Thank you. Letís see. Are you both fans of, like
sci-fi? Like watching it?
Jack Kenny: I certainly am. You go, Aaron.
Aaron Ashmore: Yes. Yes, I certainly am. I love - well, I mean just
generally, like comic books and video games and sci-fi movies and stuff.
Iíve always been a big fan of that stuff. I think I read more comic
books now than when I was a kid. So I think Iím definitely a big fan of
the genre and fantasy and all that kind of stuff. And I like a good
escape, you know, in my mind.
I love, you know, these worlds that writers and stuff create that are so
different from our own. And I think a lot of itís very intelligent. A
lot of it has a lot of commentary on whatís going on in the world. So I
really appreciate it as an art form.
Jamie Ruby: How about you, Jack?
Jack Kenny: I was not - I was, you know, I got into Star Trek when I
was, you know, we get into all the reruns for a while. My husband and I
used to really get into watching all the reruns of Star Trek and loved
it. But more for the kitsch value than the sci-fi value, because it was
just so fun to see William Shatner act.
But I - when I was a kid I was into comedy. I wanted to be a comic actor
when I was six years old. My father always supported it. I did my
seventh grade term paper on W.C. Fields and my eighth grade term paper
on Groucho Marx. So Iíve always been enamored of comedy.
And so Iíve learned - Iíve studied them inside and out and I know all of
that. And - but when I got, you know, the thing is Iíve always loved the
movies that everybody loves -- you know, Back to the Future, Indiana
Jones, Star Wars. I saw Star Wars 11 times the summer it came out, which
just dated me, but there it is.
So I was - Iíve always been into that. And when I talked to SyFy about
this show, my initial interview, I just said, ďThis is your cross-over
show. This is the show that gets people like me to watch the SyFy
Channel. Because it doesnít scare me. Thereís not so much sci-fi talk
that it scares away non-specialists. And thereís enough sci-fi that itís
exciting to the sci-fi fans. Itís a nice mix. Everybody can enjoy it.Ē
So thatís what excited me about, like getting involved with Warehouse
Jamie Ruby: Great. Thank you very much, both of you.
Jack Kenny: Thanks Jamie.
Aaron Ashmore: No problem. Thank you.
Jack Kenny: So Aaron, how are you?
Aaron Ashmore: Iím good.
Jack Kenny: I was wondering.
Operator: Thereís a follow-up question from Brandon Sites with Big Daddy
Horror Review.com. Please go ahead with your question.
Jack Kenny: You found your train of though.
Brandon Sites: Yes, I got my train of thought back again. I was
wondering from all these shows that youíve worked on throughout the
years and everything, I was wondering what power or personality trait
would you wish that you had yourself?
Jack Kenny: Is this to Aaron or to me?
Brandon Sites: From one of your characters from any of your shows?
Jack Kenny: Me or -- Aaron. Okay, sorry.
Brandon Sites: Hey Aaron.
Aaron Ashmore: Oh, thatís actually a really interesting question. I
think the idea of having a power -- and this probably going to sound
like really boring or whatever -- but, you know, the idea of having a
power, I think, is way more exciting than actually having it. I donít
think anybody ever thinks of the, you know, of the problems or the
burdens that would come with having all these powers and stuff.
So honestly, as much as it seems exciting, you know, or if you said to
me in some plane like, ďOkay, so youíd be able to tell when somebodyís
lying so you could, I donít know, manipulate that in some way that would
be beneficial to you.Ē Iíd be like, ďOh, yes, that sounds really, really
cool.Ē But then getting into the character and playing it and see what
the reality of those things are itís like, you know what? Sometimes itís
better to just kind of be normal and, you know, not have those things.
Because I think nobody ever really thinks of the negatives. Everybody
just thinks of - even though I think on a lot of shows when people have
powers and stuff like that, you know, they show that thereís great
responsibility that comes with it. But I still donít think people really
take that into full consideration.
Theyíre like, ďOh, I could fly. Oh, sweet.Ē Or, ďI would be
super-strong.Ē But, you know, I think being normal is okay with me. I
donít think that I need a superpower. But yes, so thatís probably an
incredibly boring answer, but Iím going to stick with it.
Brandon Sites: I donít want you to feel left out, Jack so I want your
opinion on it.
Jack Kenny: On the characters that Aaron should be like?
Brandon Sites: I mean the shows that youíve worked on what
Jack Kenny: I was afraid you were going to point that at me. You know,
itís almost impossible to pick a - I mean, theyíve been all so
different. You know, my - one of my favorite characters to ever write
for was Dave, Titusí brother because he was just - I tend to like those
kind of loose cannon comedic characters. I love Pete. You know, I love
writing for Pete. I loved writing for Dave.
And at the same time I loved writing for Daniel Webster in Book of
Daniel. I could have written that guy for years. But a lot of it for me
is filled by the actors that play those parts, you know. Iím also in
love with Zack Ward, Eddie McClintock and Aiden Quinn.
Those are the people that I guess I just wish I was one of them, you
know, because when I - itís when I can get - when I get inside a
characterís head is when I can write them best. And so itís hard for me
to imagine being that character when Iím really - my job is to stand on
the outside, look inside, get a sense of who they are and then channel
them, you know?
So Iím kind of am fortunate in that I get to be all of them. You know,
itís fun to write Mrs. Frederick. Itís fun to get inside Mrs.
Frederickís head and be that character, you know -- suddenly pop into a
room out of nowhere and then disappear. I love doing that. Thatís one of
the joys of my job is I get to be everybody.
Brandon Sites: Okay, and then I have another question for Aaron. Youíve
grown from something thatís like with Servitude thatís a comedy. How do
you switch back from being, you know, serious with your role in
Warehouse 13 and how to, you know, be in a comedy like Servitude?
Aaron Ashmore: Well, you know, luckily I usually donít have to shoot
them on the same day type thing where, you know, if you have a couple
days to really kind of get, you know, you go to a new set, even and the
energy change is totally different. Like that - like I was saying, you
know, having Jack there, I mean, thatís very unique.
You go over to a different movie or a different show, I mean, the whole
environment is different, everybody that youíre working with is
different. So it really changes the energy. And obviously you put the
work into, you know, figuring out this different character and that. So
itís really as simple as that. You know, itís not the easiest thing if
characters are very - written very similarly but the, you know, Iíve
been fortunate enough to work on projects where the characters are
always interesting and different.
And just going to a different set just totally changes your mindset
because youíre working with different actors, different director, you
know, different hair and makeup, wardrobe, everything . You know,
everythingís totally different.
So even if theyíre happening in and around the same time, the projects,
itís - it really is quite easy to shift between the two. Like I said, if
youíre doing one on the same day -- shooting something in the afternoon
and then going to a different set in the evening, well thatís a little
But itís just how - if you have a little bit of time you can really find
the different character things just by the fact that itís a different
project and youíre working with totally different creative people.
Brandon Sites: Is Servitude in the vein of, like it felt like Waiting
with the power of that...
Aaron Ashmore: Yes, itís very...
Brandon Sites: Is it a comedy thing with servers?
Aaron Ashmore: Yes, yes. I mean, itís definitely a fairly broad comedy.
And Iím playing the bad guy, which is awesome because I donít get to
play the bad guy too often. But - so that was really great. And then
thatís another thing that makes it very different is the type of
character that I was playing was easy to, you know, kind of play the bad
guy in that.
But yes, itís very much in the vein of Waiting and a very broad comedy.
But I think itís, you know, itís different enough that I think people -
itís coming at it from a different perspective or a unique perspective.
So again, and I donít like giving too much away when Iím talking about
the future projects but itís a lot of fun and the cast that they got was
really, really great.
And I think it has a, yes, different takes in Waiting but similar in
that itís a restaurant and a bunch of disgruntled workers who are like,
ďWhat are we doing here? Canít believe weíre getting paid so little to
do so much work.Ē
Brandon Sites: And I just have one final question. What was your
thoughts on the final episode of Smallville?
Aaron Ashmore: My thoughts on the final episode of Smallville. I thought
that it was really well done. I thought it was a very difficult show to
wrap up and keep everybody happy when it comes to the end because so
many different fans from, you know, different age groups who respond to
different characters and all that kind of stuff. So I know that they had
a huge task at hand to wrap that up and keep everybody happy.
Personally me watching it, I thought they did a great job. I think that
they wrapped up the storylines and they really kind of, you know, put a
cherry on top of the show. So I thought they did a great job.
Brandon Sites: So what was it like coming back for that final episode,
Aaron Ashmore: Well that was difficult because I was doing Warehouse 13
at the time and, you know, one of those things where you have to work in
the morning one day and then I hopped on a flight and I flew all the way
to Vancouver and worked for a day. Not even I was there for, like, 12
hours working and I came right back.
So that was very difficult but also a lot of fun to come back and see
the old crew and the old folks. But, you know, at that point I was like,
ďThis is really fun and stuff,Ē but Iíd kind of moved to I was more
excited about Warehouse at the time, because itís a new character and,
you know what I mean? Itís like thatís where my real energy was.
So it was cool to go back and do it but I was definitely more excited to
get back to work on Warehouse 13.
Brandon Sites: Thank you, Aaron. Thank you, Jack.
Aaron Ashmore: Sure no problem.
Jack Kenny: Thank you.
Operator: And our next question is a follow-up question from the line of
Jamie Ruby from Sci-Fi Vision.com. Please go ahead with your question.
Jamie Ruby: Hi again. Iíll just keep this one quick. Whatís...
Aaron Ashmore: Thatís okay.
Jamie Ruby: ...something about both of you that people would be
surprised to know about you? Both of you.
Jack Kenny: Iím gay. I donít know whether that comes as a surprise.
Aaron Ashmore: Iím not.
Jamie Ruby: But you already knew that.
Jack Kenny: Aaronís not. Aaron?
Aaron Ashmore: Something that people would be surprised about. I donít
know. Itís hard to say what people, you know, itís hard to see -
understand how people view you and stuff like that. Iím pretty, you
know, quiet and laid back and stuff, and I think my personality says
that, so I donít that would be too surprising.
So I donít know, because itís so difficult to understand how people view
you. I donít think that, to me, anything that I do is particularly
surprising. So thatís a really tough one. I donít know. I guess I would
probably mull over that one for a while.
What about you, Jack? You got anything?
Jack Kenny: Well, I would say - if I can - if you - if I may, something
that surprises me about you is how circumspect you are. Youíre -- and
again, itís something I use to fill the character of Steve -- youíre
very - you yourself are very - you play things kind of close to the
vest. And itís a rare quality in most actors.
You know, a lot of actors are way more sort of out there -- everythingís
right on the table. And I find you to be a lot more circumspect. A lot
more, I guess to say emotionally conservative and playing things close
to the vest. And I find that fascinating and interesting both for an
actor and for a character.
And for myself...
Aaron Ashmore: It doesnít make sense, right, as an actor?
Jack Kenny: No, it doesnít make sense. You...
Aaron Ashmore: Yes, yes, I know. It doesnít make sense. Itís a...
Jack Kenny: No, no, it doesnít.
Aaron Ashmore: ...I guess that is a strange - yes.
Jack Kenny: Itís kind of nice. I mean, you remind me a lot of David Hyde
Pierce in that way. And then I guess for myself I guess people would
probably be surprised to learn that I get choked up and cry very easily.
A lot of times, like when I was reading - at the table readings I read
the stage directions a lot. And when I was reading the stage directions
for the end of our 11th episode and they were playing the scene out I
was having a hard time getting through it.
And I was embarrassed about that and I tired to hide it. But I do get
choked up and cry, you know, at things that - a lot of things move me.
Jamie Ruby: Well thank you. Both of you.
Aaron Ashmore: No problem.
Jack Kenny: Thank you Jamie.
Operator: And we have no further questions from the phone lines at this
time. I will now turn the call back over to you.
Erica Rubin: Thank you guys so much everybody for joining and thank you
especially to Jack and Aaron for their time. And make sure to turn in on
July 11 at 9:00 pm for Warehouse 13. Hope everybody has a great day.
Jack Kenny: Thanks to all out there.
Aaron Ashmore: Thanks everybody.
Erica Rubin: Bye-bye.
Aaron Ashmore: Bye guys.
Jack Kenny: Bye Aaron. See you soon.
Aaron Ashmore: Okay man. Youíve been very (perceptive), Jack.
Jack Kenny: What?
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen weíll be...
Jack Kenny: Youíre very. Oh sorry. Let him go. Iíll call you back,
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