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By Suzanne

Aaron Ashmore

Interview with Jack Kenny and Aaron Ashmore of "Warehouse 13" on Syfy 6/29/11.

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
Warehouse 13
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?

Operator: 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 successful?

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 things.

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 really enjoy...

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 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 any relationship.

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 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 Steve.

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 unique.

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 town.

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 anybody.Ē

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 nice.

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 13.

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 a while.

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 experience, actually.

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 so far.

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 it.

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 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 the case?

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 Warehouse 13?

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 that.Ē

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 it.
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 20.

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 wrong.

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 there?

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 thing.

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 idea.

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 with it.

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 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 bit more?

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 he is.

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 forever.

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 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 Todd.

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 fans?

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 with it.

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 television-viewing audience.

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 interesting.Ē

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 questions today.

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 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 following.

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 that stuff.

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 13.

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 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 personality...

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 more difficult.

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, yourself?

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 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, Aaron. Bye.

Aaron Ashmore: Yes, okay, sounds good. Bye guys.

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