A random series of events led me to the 666 Park Avenue Q&A and press panel at NYC Comic Con today and I got to talk to most of the cast and some of the producers. Naturally, nobody would say too much about what’s coming up plot-wise, but they did feed us some tiny tidbits. We also got to see a preview trailer and it looks like things get a LOT crazier in the next few weeks!
The cast was all so gracious and nice. The only one who wasn’t able to sit down at our table (because of time constraints) was Rachael Taylor (Jane – who I no idea was Australian!). But we got to talk to everyone else, including Dave Annable (Henry), Robert Buckley (Brian), Samantha Logan (Nona), Mercedes Masohn (Louise), Helena Mattsson (Alexis), Erik Palladino (Tony), Vanessa Williams (!) and Terry O’Quinn (!). We also got a couple of minutes with executive producers Matthew Miller and David Wilcox.
I was totally unprepared because this was last-minute and I never thought in a million years I’d get the chance to actually interview the actors. We got about 10-15 minutes with each group, so the questions aren’t too in depth, but it was fun to be right there and get their perspectives.
The first group to sit down was Robert, Mercedes and Helena. (Brian, Louise and Alexis, respectively.) For the record, Mercedes did not seem bitchy at all and Helena actually had clothes on. The first question they were asked is if there is anything in the world they would consider selling their souls for. Mercedes said she would sell her soul for an endless buffet and no weight gain. Also, lots of Nutella. (She’s like a size triple 0, by the way.)
When asked about the love triangle story line, Robert compared it to reality TV, where the point is to sit back and watch the fallout from people’s bad decisions. It doesn’t hurt that he is often shown in a towel and his co-star is frequently nekkid.
When asked about the fascination of the horror genre, Mercedes suggested that because of all the shit going on in the world today a show about evil beings doing evil things to one another makes real life seem less evil. I guess it can be much easier to get over your fear of being eaten by a demon elevator than your fear, of, say, losing your job and having to get rail vodka in your dirty martini.
Erik and Samantha (Tony and Nona) sat down with us next. I was especially excited since we know so little about these two so far. Erik said his character Tony is bitterly resentful of everybody and we will get to see a lot more of that in the future. Erik notes that no one in the cast knows what’s going to happen with their characters long-term, so it’s hard as an actor when you don’t have a specific overall objective. But he says he tries to find something in every episode that his character can use as motivation. When asked what he would sell his soul for, Erik said he already sold it to be an actor. But he would also like to go back to being in a band.