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Category: Cast

It seems that Sleepy Hollow is growing in both human and supernatural beings this season.

TV Guide reports that The Mentalist alum, Aunjanue Ellis has been cast as Abbie and Jenny’s mom, Lori Mills.

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Abbie (Nicole Beharie) and Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) were both taken from Lori as children because of Lori’s mental condition, and subsequently wound up in foster care. The girls thought their mother was crazy and possibly dangerous, and were also led to believe that she had taken her own life 16 years ago. However, new information will help the sisters learn the truth about mommie dearest.

Season two will see the introduction of a new mythological creature, a succubus. TVLine.com reports that Caroline Ford (Lake Placid: The Final Chapter) has been signed by Sleepy Hollow to play Lilith. The official character description by EP Mark Goffman is as follows:

You may have heard lore about the biblical creature called a Succubus. And as with all creatures on Sleepy Hollow, she comes with our own twist. Ethereal and seductive, Lilith drains her victims’ life force, leaving only desiccated husks behind. She’s drawn to desire, and hidden desires burn brightest, so she will reveal many secrets in her path of exotic destruction. Things in Sleepy Hollow are about to get sexy as—you know… hell.

Date: August 15th | Category: Articles, Cast, Sleepy Hollow
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It seems there’s a new badass werewolf coming to New Orleans next season.

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EW reports that Devious Maids star Colin Woodell will recur in The Originals second season as Aiden, who’s described as “a badass lieutenant in the reigning New Orleans werewolf pack, loyal to his people first but willing to align with witches if it allows him the power he needs to take down vampires. He’ll do whatever it takes to protect his family, even if that means forming dangerous alliances.”

When EW spoke with Originals executive producer Julie Plec after the season one finale, she mentioned that the wolves might be in need of a new leader come season two. “There’s a lot of wolves that Klaus was aligned with that were all looking to Hayley as their queen, but now she’s no longer a werewolf, she’s a hybrid, and there’s no love lost there for that species,” Plec said. “So they’re going to be kind of stranded without a leader, and we’re going to have to see who steps in and takes that role of alpha. Will it be Jackson? Will it be Oliver? Will Hayley be able to win her way back? What’s going to solidify these wolves in one group, or now that they’ve won the Quarter, are they going to start in-fighting as well?”

How Aiden fits in will be revealed when he first appears in episode four.

Date: August 15th | Category: Articles, Cast, The Originals
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Although J.T. Forbes is quick with the wise cracks, Austin Basis takes his job very seriously. As J.T., Austin has been a critical factor in what makes Beauty and the Beast the unique TV series that it is, owing to a portrayal that plays on both the lighter and darker aspects of a character who’s proven to be much more than a sidekick. If nothing else, it’s his ability to find that pathos underneath the character’s humor that has made Austin a favorite among the fan community.

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In this interview with Rickey, Austin discusses some of the choice he made as an actor to try to bring J.T.’s unique personal journey to life on the screen in both Seasons 1 and 2, while also providing a behind-the-scenes account of the creative process, such as his scenes with Nina Lisandrello (who plays Tess Vargas), to some goofy stuff with the show’s two main beasts, Jay Ryan and Sendhil Ramamurthy.

How far in advance do you know where the storylines of a season are going?

Well, the only thing I really knew from the beginning of the show were a few tidbits from throughout the season. So, in the beginning, talking to [writers/executive producers] Sherri [Cooper] and Jennifer [Levin] — before even any of the other writers were hired in the first season — I had a conversation about the backstory and the relationship of Vincent and J.T. Were they college roommates? Did they know each other growing up? And the way they described it was that their families weren’t necessarily in the picture, so all they had was each other. Even from growing up. So it became a brotherhood. Especially when Vincent’s brothers died, it further solidified their bond. It was a lifelong friendship, which is different than friends you make later in life.

But then also there was that big secret that was revealed in the middle of the second season, where J.T. had been responsible for putting Vincent on the list. I didn’t know the exact secret, but I knew that J.T. had something to do with why Vincent was a beast. So from the beginning of the show — from the second episode on — I, as an actor, have been using that and playing with that secret. I think that’s an extra thing that sometimes other actors, but definitely an audience, might not realize can influence or affect someone’s execution or performance, because I personally felt that was such a driving force for J.T. And it was a great thing to have as an actor that whole time, pushing almost everything I did — that guilt that arose from being responsible for Vincent being the way he was, and having to go through what he’s gone through. I felt responsible, and I wanted to somehow make good on a mistake I had made, or amend this regret I had, as J.T. So yeah, that I knew. I also knew early along in Season 2 that JT and Tess were going to get together!

Nice!

Austin Basis: But other than that, someone turning into a beast here or there, not much. But you find out about the beasts anyway because they have to do makeup tests and all that. So we knew Gabe was going to be a beast in Season 1 an episode or two into Sendhil [Ramamurthy] joining the cast, because he was doing makeup tests already. [Laughs] So that type of stuff has to be let out in advance. But, for the most part, sometimes I don’t even know until the day before when I get the script, what’s going to be going on in the episode.

How do you play the contrast between the two sides of JT’s personality?

Austin Basis: What’s been great about the character is the way the writers have created and presented J.T., and have allowed me to contribute to that too. Like me, they understand that all that joking comes out of a tension, and also a need to relieve that tension, because the show is so dramatic, especially in Season 1 but also towards the end of Season 2. There are such high stakes. Like, the whole of Season 1 was life or death circumstances. Early on, J.T. and Vincent needed to stay off the grid because if they popped up anywhere, they could be killed by whatever organization, namely Muirfield, that was hunting them. So it was a matter of life and death, and preventing that. So, in that circumstance, what else do you have other than humor or wise cracks to lighten the load they were forced to bear for their whole existence? It comes out of nervousness but it also comes out of J.T.’s genuine need to make Vincent feel better, and to make himself feel better, and to make light of otherwise pretty morbid and dreary circumstances.

I like the balance, but hopefully we’ll never have to deal with too many characters that don’t have a full scope of emotions or a full personality, because what I try to bring and what I try to look for, as an actor, is the gamut of all that stuff. Of all the human emotions and reactions that anyone in life would have. I liken it to going to a funeral. You know it’s a very dark and depressing and mournful place. But when you’re at your lowest, what else is there but to remember a funny story about the person who passed, or to recount a story that kind of makes fun of that person? Or something to that effect. Even in the worst circumstances in life, there is levity, and there is something to be gained from it. As J.T. has progressed throughout the season, and even into Season 3, I think there’s less of that darkness and that pressure on his shoulders. For example, he’s getting to have a relationship with Tess that he wouldn’t have normally been able to have because of his neuroses and paranoia before.

Taking into account the JT and Tess storyline — this is kind of the first time J.T. has had his own storyline, where it’s not about how he’s contextualized by Vincent or Cat or what they’re doing. It’s just very much his own thing with Tess. So how did you approach this storyline with Tess?

Austin Basis: Well, J.T. had that relationship with Sara in the first season, and it was adversely affected by everything that was going on with Vincent and, in turn, Catherine. And it actually sabotaged the relationship. Or rather, J.T. let it sabotage the relationship. Because, in those last couple episodes, he was supposed to meet her parents and get to that next level. But in retrospect, I feel like J.T. used [Vincent] as an excuse to not take that risk, and not take that leap. There was some sort of comfort in the fact that he was needed, and wrapped up in Vincent’s drama. But then, coming into Season 2, by virtue of Vincent not being there, he started to have to — out of a survival tactic — start to find himself and deal with life by himself.

So, in finding Tess and pursuing his relationship with her, I feel that the challenge for J.T. was twofold: to form your own relationship with a person, independent of the life you’ve known for the past ten years, and then learning how to manage your life — and that relationship — without it being adversely affected by Vincent’s stuff. So the question was, “Can I have a relationship on my own, without Vincent?” And then, “Can I maintain it healthily without all the stuff that’s going on with Vincent adversely affecting it in a negative way that’s going to sabotage it, or provide me with an excuse to sabotage it?”

So now that we’re in a relationship and pursuing it, how do we keep it in a separate and independent world from everything that is VinCat? I think both JT and Tess have that same dilemma. How do they have their own thing without being swept away by what is normally the main plot of the show. [Laughs] Now, they will be swept away by it, but the question is how they balance that in regards to their own relationship.

Is there anything you guys do to hone the chemistry? Do you hang out offset, or run scenes together off the clock?

Austin Basis: Nina and I have run scenes together. But I think, for the most part, I’ve been in situations where it’s been both. You run the lines offset, you hang out offset, and that contributes, but it’s not necessarily correlative. If you guys have fun together and hang out offset, you’re not always able to bring that into the chemistry on-camera. And vice-versa. If you hang out on-set and you have a lot of fun, but you hate each other offset, it’s not necessarily going to work that way either. It’s tough to pinpoint the reason for chemistry working, but I would have to cite two things. One, is that the more of us that are in a scene together, the more ridiculous the off-camera or on-camera stuff gets. There’s a lot of high stakes drama, and melodrama too, because it’s romantic and supernatural, and there’s lot of fight stuff. But sometimes we’re dealing with talking with Jay, and he has dots on his face. [Laughs] And sometimes there’s a lot of dialogue we need to get out in a short time, so it’s not the easiest thing.

But if it were too tense, you wouldn’t be able to be free as an actor or as a cast to come up with spontaneous choices. Whereas with us, there’s so much laughing and so much making fun — I mean, I can’t even tell you the amount of times that Jay, off-camera, is screwing off even in the middle of the scene. [Laughs] And we’re having to hold it together and balance our scenes. And then sometimes there are jokes in the scene that make us laugh and we have to do it again. So I’m equally guilty on both sides, both of making the jokes and laughing on camera. But I think that adds the sense of camaraderie that comes across, independent of the tone of the scene, whether it’s comical or dramatic. And I think the other thing is just the fact that — and it was similar with the other show I did, Life Unexpected, in Vancouver — where we’re, for the most part, non-Canadian actors working in Canada. And the writers are in LA. With both shows, that was the case. So there’s this need to bond as a cast, and even the producers and the crew too. There’s a team that forms, because we have to communicate as a unit to the unit in LA, whether it’s the studio we work for, or it’s the writers. You need to come together and have some sort of chemistry for things to flow smoothly.

But I think, because we shoot in Toronto, especially with the second season, outside factors affected everything. The winter was freezing. The winter was way worse than it was last year, and last year wasn’t that great. We did way more outside last year though. Even the hours were worse in the first season. But in the second season, we had a crew that I think gelled in a way that — with the winter, and the ratings being what they were, and the schedule changing — we had nothing else to do but the best work possible, and to come together to do it and withstand it together. The camera crew and the sound crew, and the people that had to be out there working while we were in front of the camera, that was probably the toughest stuff. And the guys that are the grips, they’re moving stuff. And there were the props people who were freezing their butts off and working crazy hours. I think that all bleeds into the show coming across the way it did, especially in the face of the adverse conditions we had to face this season as opposed to last. The winter, and the schedule, and the ratings, and the fear and challenge of the possibility that we may not get picked up. We were fighting a little against the current, but we were doing it together.

Date: August 13th | Category: Beauty & The Beast, Cast, Interviews
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