ENTERTAINMENT GAL’s TV Show to Watch Tonight: Being Human!By Entertainment Gal | January 16, 2012 | Entertainment, Gals On The Town
TV DivaGal and Entertainment Gal both get caught up with some Syfy love tonight!
I discovered Being Human a little late in the game — it was a marathon of episodes that made me fall hard for the werewolf, vampire and ghost: a Three’s Company-like trio. I couldn’t wait to get the hookup from star Sam Witwer at the Winter Press TV Tour conference. Here is what the series’ resident vampire shared with me about Being Human season 2!
What should we expect for season 2?
Everyone goes to hell! (laughs) It gets bad. ItΓÇÖs still a funny show at times. It still has the spirit of the first season. But it gets dark. The characters really take some darker turns. WeΓÇÖll see how the audience responds to it. We still maintain as much humor as we can squeeze in.
What are the challenges of playing a vampire at a time when there are so many different types of vampires on TV and in film? How do you make him different?
I wish I could tell you, but I havenΓÇÖt seen Twilight, True Blood or Vampire Diaries. Actually my reference for vampires has been Bela Lugosi and Gary Oldman. Gary was the best Dracula. I canΓÇÖt say that I watched that stuff to prepare for it though. I figured they wanted just a regular guy type of feel.
And why does Aidan act like just a regular guy?
Aidan’s 250 years old, and I developed the idea that everything he does is a cover: in the ’50s he talks like a 20-something; in the ’70s, same deal. This season we get to see what type of cover he was putting on in the ’30s. ItΓÇÖs pretty cool. We donΓÇÖt just spend one episode. WeΓÇÖre there for a little bit more than two. Why does Aidan talk the way he does? Because anything else would attract attention, so heΓÇÖs learned how to assimilate to various situations. ThatΓÇÖs was really my take on it was this guy who was constantly hiding from everyone. The more charming he was, the more likely it was he was lying. ItΓÇÖs not that he wants to be lying, itΓÇÖs that he has to, or people would kill him.
Have you watched the BBC version of the show?
AidanΓÇÖs a different guy. All three of us on the show stayed away from the British series when shooting our first season. IΓÇÖd seen one episode and after that I didnΓÇÖt watch anymore because you would be tempted to bring some of that to it. Despite similar storylines, the characters are different, which is why they make different choices and the stories go in different directions. IΓÇÖve since seen all episodes of the British version and in the case of the Bernie storyline, it makes sense that Mitchell didnΓÇÖt kill him like Aidan did.
Have you picked up any traits from Aidan Turner’s vampire Mitchell that you brought to your Aidan?
Mitchell doesnΓÇÖt have the kind of problem with the vampire thing that Aidan does. Mitchell is 100 years younger than Aidan, and it makes a difference. Age is definitely a factor. I think that Mitchell is very wishy-washy, and heΓÇÖs dangerous because heΓÇÖs unpredictable and a little bit all over that place. Aidan is dangerous because when he makes a choice heΓÇÖs going to follow through on it without listening to anybody and follow in the most efficient way possible. Aidan is more like the quiet guy that when he snaps, you better watch out!
Be sure to watch Being Human, season 2 premiere, at 9 p.m. on Syfy. Then watch the series premiere of Lost Girl at 10 p.m.!