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MessageSujet: Interviews   Dim 6 Juin - 11:53

Misha Collins: L'ange guerrier de Supernatural

"Ces anges de nos jours sont populairement dépeints comme des êtres duveteux-ailés, de chérubin, comme petites fées des dent et cela ne me semble pas intéressant. Mais le retour à la Bible et à la lecture de Révélations, ils ne sont rien comme les anges que nous voyons dans la connaissance moderne; ils sont très complexes et souvent incroyablement des caractères sombres."
Et ainsi Castiel est né ... ou devrais-je dire .. fait ? Misha Collins a rejoint la famille Supernatural et il remue les fans d'une façon impie! Aiguisé et plein d'esprit, il a beaucoup pour dire de son nouveau rôle, l'impact des fans et il a même enduré mon favori 3 questions.
Misha, bienvenu dans notre monde.
"Quelques personnes m'ont contacté par courrier électronique des liaisons aux chats où il y avait la plupart de discussion continuant et je suis stupéfié comment dans l'air les fans sont. C'est presque comme le salon a 4 millions de d'éditeurs," dit Misha avec un rire. "Il la sorte de me rend nerveux, je ne s'est pas rendu compte que les gens le reverraient avec un peigne fin. Je me trouve devant le besoin d'être sûr que je ne visse pas en haut."

Castiel de Misha est l'ange qui a tiré Dean Winchester des profondeurs d'enfer sur l'ouvreur de saison de Supernatural convenablement intitulé "Lazarus Rising." Mais l'ajout d'un ange au spectacle n'était pas un claquement trempent et Misha avait des réserves quand il est venu à la prise sur le rôle.
"Je n'ai pas voulu jouer quoi que ce soit qui pourrait être un unidimensionnel, se sentir bien, se sentir gentil de caractère. Mais la lecture des scénarios, c'est devenu clair très rapidement que ce n'était pas la direction ils entraient et cela a emporté mes réserves."
En comprenant comment jouer ce personnage nouveau, complexe était l'obstacle suivant.

"J'étais gentil de douteux de cela parce que, je pensais toujours ce que je fais, en termes d'acte, profite quelques qualités humaines universelles. Et ensuite j'ai pensé, tirer, il n'est pas humain, ainsi que diable vais-je profiter ? Mais il est en réalité été si amusant d'explorer. Je constate qu'il y a quelque chose de très humain de mon ange à la fin. Donc il a mis au point."
C'est ce morceau d'humanité a des fans complètement charmés par apparemment l'innocent, cependant incroyablement puissant étant.

"Castiel a tant de puissance et potentiel pour faire des dégâts qu'il ne doit pas l'afficher du tout," dit Misha sans hésitation du tout. "Il a tant de pouvoir qu'il n'y a aucune raison de lui pour être démonstratif, donc je pense qu'il rencontre par hasard comme très calme et paisible en partie parce qu'il est si puissant."

Misha apporte un mélange fascinant de qualités à Castiel. De ses yeux expressifs, des mouvements artificiels et la ligne originale lisent, il réussit à transmettre un vrai "pas de cette terre" la qualité en venant toujours à travers charmant et relatable.
"Kripke a certainement écrit le dialogue très stylisé et je l'en crédite complètement. Je réponds ce qu'il a écrit, travaillant avec cela, mais c'était son choix. Le dialogue a un très biblique, gentil d'antique, il l'a envie de est d'une autre époque. Je ne pense pas que l'on pourrait s'appeler un ange du seigneur et le faire rencontrer par hasard comme le sondage de hanche et le contemporain."
Les ennuis avec le dialogue comme ça sont qu'il peut se détacher sonnant guindé ou campy. Quoique quelques-uns ne soient pas d'accord, la plupart des fans estiment que Misha fait un grand travail marchant la ligne.


“It is a danger, and I think the only way to make it not campy is to play it as real as possible. It’s kind of powerful and moving. . that may sound a little trite but there’s so much information and history and theology going on, I’m getting into it. I’ve been reading Revelations in preparation for the character and it’s fascinating. It’s such a rich story to work with it would be boring to do it in a campy manner.”
Misha has spent a good portion of his acting career as the visiting guest star on a number of big TV shows so this is hardly his first rodeo, but still he found something new and refreshing about working on Supernatural.
“I’ve done a lot of guest star work and it feels like I’m the new kid in school. They’ve got their own thing going and they know each other so well that I don’t know how I fit in. This did not feel like that on the set of Supernatural. Kim Manners was directing the first episode I did and he’s such an amazing man to work with. The entire production team was very welcoming and Jared and Jensen are both very open and generous guys and it just felt like I fit in right away. It’s a really happy set. Sometimes you get on a set and it’s surly and everyone is sick of each other. [On Supernatural], despite the fact that they’re putting in 15-hour days and working their fingers to the nub, everyone’s happy.
And though he’s been warned to be on the lookout, Misha has yet to fall victim to the infamous SPN prank-monster.
“I heard that they had a tendency to prank people and I actually feel a little cheated because I have not been pranked yet. Maybe they don’t like me enough or maybe they’re waiting for me to drop my guard.”
Could be. Misha has filmed three of at least six episodes that he’ll appear in this season, so there’s still plenty of opportunities to have his trailer TP’d, or his trench coat pockets filled with shaving cream. Actually, he’s had it pretty easy since joining the cast. Nothing but indoor studio filming at normal hours and not a lick of rain in Vancouver.

“It’s such a beautiful city and it’s the best time of year. It didn’t rain a single day when I was up there so I have a sort of distorted view. I think by the time November rolls around I’ll be hating it.”
A real lover of the outdoors, he’s taking advantage of everything Hollywood North has to offer.
“I took two days off to go kayaking in Provincial Park — a chain of 300 uninhabited islands, infested with bald eagles and a big grey whale breaching right next to my kayak. It was scary and amazing. I love the outdoors and adventure in general, which is another neat thing about working in Vancouver, you can do all these neat things in the ferny, mossy woods. It’s good to get a change.”

It’s only been a week and already Misha Collins is firmly ensconced in the Supernatural fandom. LiveJournal communities have been set up to extol the virtues of Castiel (physical and otherwise) and he’s made his way into a number of fan fiction pieces, not all of which could be considered “work safe.” So how does Misha approach the fandom?
“With a mix of excitement and fright. I’ve been recognized quite a bit on the street and it’s exciting [but] I can imagine it might get a little tiring, I don’t know, but for now I’m going with mostly exciting and we’ll see about the frightening part later. Everyone seems quite nice; if it was a fanbase that hated me I’d be more frightened.”
No need to worry Misha, we’ll handle you just as if you were one of “the boys.”
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MessageSujet: Re: Interviews   Dim 6 Juin - 11:56

Meet SUPERNATURAL’s Newest Angel Misha Collins

By theTVaddict on September 24th, 2008

If there is any truth to the old adage that you only get one chance to make a good first impression. Consider Misha Collins’ mission accomplished.

As Castiel, an Angel sent down from above to aid Sam and Dean in their fight against evil, Misha Collins managed to the impossible. Sweep the fiercely protective Winchester Fangirls off their feet. Which is exactly what I congratulated him on when I had the opportunity to chat with the actor over the phone yesterday.

I believe congratulations are in order. Your appearance on Thursday’s SUPERNATURAL season premiere left quite the impression on the fandom.
Misha Collins:
Really? I thought this was par for the course.

Far from it. [Just ask Katie Cassidy and Lauren Cohan]
Well that’s very nice to hear. And I guess it makes it a little nicer knowing that fans aren’t in love with everyone who appears on the show.

Have you taken the time to Google yourself and see for what the fan reaction has been like?
Friends have emailed me links to things but I haven’t really sat down and found the time. But having done a few interviews today, the reaction has seemed positive.

How did you find your way onto SUPERNATURAL?
Originally I auditioned for the role of a demon. I thought I did a great demon, really snarky and nasty. But when I finished reading Eric Kripke [SUPERNATURAL showrunner] said, “Wait, we have somewhat of an enthusiastic fan-base and we’re trying to keep it a secret that we’re introducing an angel on the show. So you’re not a demon, you’re an angel. Can you do it again with more of a quality of innocence and curiosity about how it is these humans behave.” And it was that naiveté about human beings in general that really informed how I play Castiel.

How familiar were you with the show before you were cast?
I’m not a big watcher of television in general, but I had seen a couple of episodes and thought it was really good. Of course now I’ve caught up and am definitely watching the episodes I’m in!

Was it hard joining an established show three seasons in. Having visited the set myself, I know how tight Jared and Jensen are.
It’s not so hard to step into a cast, rather it’s the whole crew. They’re one hundred people who have spent seventy-plus hours a week with each other for the past three years and you’re the new kid at school. Normally it feels a bit tricky but they’ve really made a concerted effort at SUPERNATURAL to really welcome me in a very warm way. It was really much easier than everything I’ve ever done in terms of getting to know everybody and getting comfortable.

I would be lynched by the fandom if I neglected to ask what it’s like to work with Jared and Jensen?
Jared and Jensen are both great to work with, really relaxed and funny on the set. I’ve heard that they’re really into pranks…

That’s what I’ve heard as well. Have you fallen victim to any pranks on set yet?
Nothing yet, which kind of hurts my feelings and has me thinking that they don’t like me!

Or, they’re in the process of planning something really ’special’ for you.
Maybe I should consider a pre-emptive Bush doctrine kind of first strike.

Oh sure, those always go really well! Are you prepared for the fandom’s reaction? Are you ready for random girls to accost you on the street?
A few random girls have already come up to me. The enthusiasm that I’ve been met with is something new and not something I’m really prepared for. So far it’s fun albeit kind of strange. I guess it’s a hazard of being an actor. But actors chase that notoriety and to shun it when it comes would be in bad taste. So I’m going to embrace it.

TV stardom truly is a mixed blessing. I mean, how famous is to famous? Do you really want to make it to the level of ‘FRIENDS’ where you personal life becomes tabloid fodder?
Yeah there is something really nice about anonymity in life, to be able to walk down the street and just be a nobody. But I think because I live in LA, everybody is used to seeing people that they see on television. So actors don’t get accosted that much. Unless you’re Paris Hilton, but she brings it on herself.

Completely agree. But back to your character if I may. How much do you know about Castiel?
All I know is what I’ve made up and what has been in the script. I don’t have much backstory beyond that. I know that this is the first time that angels have come down to earth in 2000 years and that the Army’s of Hell are on the move which is why a higher power has deemed it necessary to send angels to earth to help fight the good fight. Angels have been around for a really long time, they’ve seen it all. They were around during the Spanish Inquisition and watching all of that happen. Not actually present for it but watching from above. They’ve seen all of human society formed for thousands of years so there is a certain knowledge and wisdom that Castiel brings, that Sam and Dean don’t possess.

You had a really intense scene with Dean in Thursday’s premiere. Will Sam be getting equal time with Castiel in future episodes?
You know what. For the first three episodes I only interact with Dean. So much so that I was beginning to think that maybe I was a figment of Dean’s imagination and that Dean was going crazy. But I do interact with Sam as well as another angel in future episodes. But my gut feeling without actually knowing anything is that my primary relationship is going to be with Dean for sometime.

Do you yourself believe in angels?
Good question.

Thanks but I can’t take credit for it. It was actually a reader’s question [Thanks Claudia!]
So this is a plagerized question?

Yes, it’s a Joe Biden question.
[Laughs] I can’t say that I believe in angels but I can’t say that I don’t believe in angels. I’m open to the possibility of their existence although I don’t have any verifiable empirical evidence that they do exist

Great answer! Have you ever considered running for office?
I actually have. I was planning on going into politics before I was an actor. I interned at the White House but became so disillusioned with politics after interning in the White House that I turned to what some might consider an equally nefarious career.

So true. I mean are Hollywood and Washington really that dissimilar?
I think that they are birds of a feather.

I guess it’s a good thing SUPERNATURAL shoots in Vancouver then
Vancouver is a beautiful city. I had a couple of days off and spent them Kayaking and whale watching. Plus the entire time I’ve been up here it hasn’t rained once. It’s been very positive.
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MessageSujet: Re: Interviews   Dim 6 Juin - 11:58

EXCLUSIVE: Misha Collins Gets Angelic in Supernatural

September 23rd, 2008
Misha Collins

The newest cast member of the smash-hit CW series talks about his new role, working with Jared and Jensen and yet another angel down the road

When the fourth season of the immensely-popular series Supernatural hit the CW airwaves last Thursday, viewers were treated to a demonic/angellic new character, that turned out to be more the latter than the former. This new character is Castiel, an angel who was the one who pulled Dean out of hell and was sent down by the Lord to aid in the adventures of Dean and Sam Winchester. The actor who portrays this intriguiing new character is Misha Collins and I just recently had a chance to talk to the latest Supernatural cast member over the phone. Here's what he had to say.

You played a pivotal role in the season premiere last week. How did you originally come across this role of Castiel?

Misha Collins: I came across it when my agent sent me an audition for a demon on Supernatural earlier this summer. I had an episode of Supernatural Tivoed and I watched it and I saw a demon and I saw that he was kind of snarky and nasty, as we would expect a demon to be. So, I went in and I auditioned for (creator) Eric Kripke and I gave him a very nasty and snarky performance (Laughs). He said 'Great work, except, we are trying to hide from the fans that we're introducing an angel to the show, so we sent out the audition material as a demon, so it's actually an angel.' So he gave me a couple of adujustments to try to make me a little bit less snarky and more angellic and, evidently he liked me because I got the part.

So you hadn't followed the show previously before signing on?

Misha Collins: I had seen the show previously, but I had not been an avid follower of the show. I thought it was good, but I'm not a very good television watcher. I'm not very good at keeping up with the show. It seems like Supernatural is one of those shows where it's much better if you watch it all.

Since he says he's been sent from the Lord, would it be safe to assume that the Lord has been keeping tabs on Dean and Sam then, and sent you down to help them along?

Misha Collins Yes, definitely. Yeah, God is definitely keeping tabs on Sam and Dean, which is probably a lot of pressure, if you think about it. You know, if God is watching your every move, you should probably straighten up your act a little bit.

You said that Eric (Kripke) gave you some adjustments to your character, but what kinds of things do you do to get into the character of Castiel?

Misha Collins: Well, one of the things that I've done is I have been reading Revelations. Have you ever read Revalations?

A long time ago.

Misha Collins: Yeah. It's amazing, rich material that is full of stories about angels and angels being sent down to Earth to wipe out a third of the population. I mean, there are angels that come down and wipe out a third of the population and then another angel will come down and wipe out a third of all the animals living in the sea and another angel will come down and wipe out all the vegetation on the land. They are some vengeful individules, in Revelations, the angels. In reading that, I was kind of surprised. There is a lot of destructive capacity in an angel's being. Kripke gave me a couple of things to work with right in that audition and one was that the angels haven't actually come down to Earth for 2000 years. They've been watching from a great distance, but now this is the first time they're really getting up close in 2000 years. When I'm talking to Dean, I'm observing these qualities that are somewhat alien to me. There's a curiosity and an inquisitiveness that Castiel has and also a real peacefulness and a real calm and wisdom and knowledge that goes along with being a very ancient being. If you spend your whole life in heaven, I would think that it makes you pretty peaceful, so that's a lot of what I've drawn on. My younger brother, this is going to sound kind of weird, but there's something quite angellic about him. He has this way of, very calmly, just staring into someone's eyes and it kind of feels like he can get into your soul. It's a little weird and really kind of amazing so I did kind of base my character on my younger brother.

Oh, wow. That's interesting. So, we don't really get a whole lot about Castiel in the first episode. He's an angel and he doesn't doesn't really affect mortals too well, with their eyes if they look at him.

Misha Collins: Right.

Is there anything that you can tell us that we might see from him down the road in the season?

Misha Collins: Yeah, I guess I can tell you that I'm not going to be the only angel on the show. Muriel is another angel that is going to come down as well. Muriel, he's a much more militant angel and one who is much more eager to stamp out the human communities. Yeah, he's the vengeful, smiting type. Also, my character is somewhat conflicted and not quite as sure of himself as maybe he initially was presented.

So do you and Muriel cancel each other out, or play the balancing of the forces?

Misha Collins Yeah, well there's a conflict between Muriel and I.

I've interviewed Jared (Padalecki) before and both he and Jensen (Ackles) seem like they'd be a riot to work with on this series. How have they both been to work with and how did they embrace you coming into the show?

Misha Collins: They're great to work with. They both have unusually good timing with humor, so there's a lot of sarcasm and witty quips being bantered about on the set, which, I'll tell you, makes working a hell of a lot better. They're not primadonnas... well, if they are primadonnas, they haven't shown me that side yet. They seem like very cool, very fun, very energetic, hard-working guys. They put in long hours on that show, they really do. I've been on shows where the star of the show is like rolling their eyes the whole time and totally frustrated that it's taking a long time and bored out of their minds and spend the whole time on set texting their boyfriend on their Blackberry and just had such a really bad tone for the set. Jared and Jensen, and (director) Kim Manners and the other directors working on the show, they're all really good people to work with, which is unusual and very gratifying and makes it a much better experience than it could be.

I read that you are on for the remainder of this season. Is this kind of like a recurring role or are they talking about a series regular, at some point, for this character?

Misha Collins: I don't know whether they're talking series regular for my character, but that's a good idea. You should maybe recommend that to them.

Absolutely. So can you give us a glimpse of how much you'll be in this season? Will you be in every episode?

Misha Collins: No, I'm not in every episode. It seems to me that the show kind of does this little dance between episodes that are pretty well self-contained. There are episodes where Jared and Jensen take on a particular thing that, within that episode, it's a pretty contained arc and you don't really need to know a whole lot of backstory in order for it to make sense. Then there are episodes that are continuing a broader, more epic storyling and it seems that I'm not so much in those self-contained episodes but in the episodes that are carrying that through-arc. So far, I've been in a little over half of the episodes we've shot.

You've appeared in some very high-profile series' in your career like 24, ER and many others. How has your experience on Supernatural been similar or different to those kinds of shows?

Misha Collins: Well, like I said, I think some of those shows have been less welcoming and less easy to fit into as the new kid at school coming to join a show. Some episodic television - 24 and ER are not examples of that - but there are some episodic television shows that are pretty formulaic and it feels like the series regulars are doing the same thing every episode and you can just feel their boredom. Supernatural is not one of those shows. Supernatural feels like there's always something new happening and the actors and the crew all have interesting things to work on so there's a level of commitment, artistic commitment and excitement on the set that is nice to be around and is a lot better than a lot of other shows that I've been on. It's a happy cast and crew, too. A lot of times there's a surliness that goes on behind the scenes that's not present on Supernatural, which is really great. Aside from that, it's shot in Vancouver and I've been shooting up in Vancouver in summer and early fall, which is pretty much the nicest place to be in summer and early fall, so that also. Maybe talk to me again in February and we'll see how upbeat I am about it.

I know it's only been a few days since the season premiere, but have you been noticed anywhere as Castiel yet?

Misha Collins: Yes, I have.

You have? Already?

Misha Collins: Yeah. I'm building a garden at my house and I was at a local nursery yesterday and two women who were buying palm trees came up to me and said, 'Are you the new angel?' They were really enthusiastic, incredibly sweet and I was kind of taken aback, but I was also kind of thrilled.

I know the show is immensely popular, but I know it has only been a few days so I was kind of curious to see if it happened already.

Misha Collins: Yeah, and I haven't actually been out much in the last couple of days, so yeah, I don't know. I feel like, in talking to you and talking to a couple of other people I've had interviews with, it sounds like there's a big reaction and a lot of people know about my character, which is kind of a surprise to me. I didn't realize that was happening, so, cool. I love it.

So I don't see any future projects listed for you. Is there anything that you're eyeing up, post-Supernatural

Misha Collins: There's an episode of Nip/Tuck that is coming up that I've shot. I think that there's another independent feature that hasn't been released yet, that I've shot as well, but yeah, Nip/Tuck is coming up and that's very (Laughs) a very different role. It's a decidingly un-PG role and very much not the behavior of an angel I will be exhibiting in Nip/Tuck. I have another role, I mean, it's a movie that's available at Blockbuster that I did not too long ago called Karla, where I'm portraying a real-life serial killer, which is also not like an angel.

Finally, you've worked in some huge network TV shows, and with Mad Men making history last week, it seems that the momentum is starting to shift to these smaller networks. Do you think that Supernatural is one of those shows that can push the momentum forward in the future?

Misha Collins: Well, (the CW) is definitely not one of the Big 3. Yeah, I think that the bigger networks are definitely seeing their market share dwindle because of networks like CW and Fox and F/X and all of the smaller cable networks, HBO and Showtime, they're all doing more innovative stuff. I think that this show is actually pushing the envelope a little bit for broadcast television, definitely. It's got a different feel, a darkness that you don't see in a lot of broadcast TV. Heroes, or something like that, seems a little more campy to me. This feels gritty and captivating and I think that they're doing great work on the show. I'm really happy with it.

Well, that's about all I have for you. Thanks so much for your time today, Misha, and I'm looking forward to see what you have coming up in this season.

Misha Collins: Thank you for your time.

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MessageSujet: Re: Interviews   Dim 6 Juin - 11:59

Supernatural's Misha Collins Leaps into Lore
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Written by Jenna Bensoussan
Thursday, 25 September 2008 01:00

Supernatural has a new hunk on its horizon, and the fans are buzzing about him -- Misha Collins, aka the warrior angel Castiel, who dragged Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) back up from the depths of Hell.
Misha will be blessing Supernatural fans with his presence all season long, so you know there will be a story arc of epic proportions unfolding as the series progresses. Collins plays Castiel as an angel with an attitude, and he's certainly not all fluffy feathers and bright lights. Nevermind the fact that your eyes burn out and you practically go deaf if you try to look at him in his true form or hear him speak in his native tongue.
Misha stepped into a family when he signed on for Supernatural, but settling in wasn't too difficult. "It has been great joining the Supernatural phenomenon," Collins said.
He has already compiled a list of his favorite things since joining the show: "Having Kim Manners nearly set fire to my hair when my character was introduced in a hail of sparks and gunfire at the end of the season premier, seeing the overwhelming support and generosity of the show's fans -- they are amazingly devoted and so far seem like a really great group of people, and Vancouver."
While Collins had watched the show prior to signing on, he is not an avid TV couch potato. "I had watched the show a couple of times previously, and I'm really intrigued by it, but when I was a kid we lived in a cabin without electricity and we didn't have a TV, and even now, I still only watch a few hours of TV here and there. I know it's kind of weird for someone in my position to say, but there you have it," he confessed.
From what Misha has seen of the show, he says, "I think the show works because it's not just about two guys chasing down evil monsters, it's about two very different brothers who are fighting forces of darkness in order to resolve their own personal histories and to exorcise their own inner demons. In other words, the show is compelling because the brothers are personally compelled."
Misha decided to take on the role of Castiel, because for him, it is a great character. "It would have been one thing if Castiel was just a fluffy winged, halo-wearing, harp-playing angel sitting on a cloud, but he's not. I mean, he accidentally burns people's eyes out of their sockets, and while at his core I believe he has the highest intentions, he's conflicted and dangerous, and very interesting to play," he reveals.
Portraying an angel doesn't necessarily mean you believe in them though. "I believe in angels in the sense that I believe that the universe is much more vast and inexplicable than 'reality' as I experience it in my daily life. I believe in angels in the sense that I am certain that powerful, mystical forces of good do operate in our universe. And, I believe that there are people, walking amongst us, who are 'angelic presences' in our lives. My younger brother, Sasha, is one of those people and I based some of the character of Castiel on him."
According to Collins, Castiel's presence will be significant throughout the season, and it will certainly get more intense. "Kripke keeps me as much in the dark as anyone," he says, "but, I think it's going to be, by far, the most hold-on-to-your-tray-tables-fit-your-oxygen-mask-first season yet."
What is his one word to describe Supernatural's season four? "Apocalyptic."
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MessageSujet: Re: Interviews   Dim 6 Juin - 12:14

Misha Collins Interview -- JustJared.com Exclusive

Supernatural’s latest cast member, Misha Collins, gave JustJared.com guest contributor Alana Lynch a call yesterday to talk about his latest role as the angel Castiel. (You may have seen Misha on the first season of 24, as well as guest appearances on CSI, CSI: New York, and Without a Trace.) Misha talked on-set pranks, his dream of kayaking in the Olympics, and the possibility of Alanis Morisette making an appearance as God on Supernatural.

JJ: Your introduction to Supernatural was well-received by the fans, did you find that surprising or reassuring?

MC: Yeah, I think it was both surprising and reassuring. Well, it was definitely reassuring and I’m surprised by the magnitude of the warm reception.

JJ: Would you say you might be intimated by it?

MC: Sometimes I feel like when I’ve just started on other shows, this is just one of a million procedural dramas. Nobody’s watching it too carefully, so you get the sense its on in the background while people are cooking dinner or something. And seeing how closely the fans watch [Supernatural], and how enthusiastic they were about my character, and how they panned other characters in the past, it seems like the stakes just get ramped up really quickly. And it kinda makes me want to do a good job and not screw up. I’d hate to fall out of the good graces of the fans. So, yeah, it’s a little intimidating.

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Misha Collins Interview — JustJared.com Exclusive

JJ: Let’s talk about Castiel a little bit. Did you create a back story for him at all? Or did you sort of just go in blind and go on what Eric Kripke was letting you know?

MC: Yeah, I created as much as I could. I didn’t have a ton of time before shooting the first episode, but I created as much as I could. Its an unusual kind of back story for me, just because he’s an angel, and in my mind, he’s kind of thriving on an ethereal plane. So a lot of the back story I created for me is kind of abstract and maybe difficult to articulate. But I definitely did, and I’m glad that I have more time to get into it a little bit more, and feel more me. But Kripke hasn’t given me much back story, other than saying that angels haven’t been down, interacting with human beings for two thousand years, and so there’s a quality of curiosity in interacting with human beings because they’re alien beings to me. But other than that, I haven’t been given more back story than what’s in the dialog in the scripts.

JJ: Sounds like you’re about as much in the dark about it as we are.

MC: Yup! I’m flying blind and making it up!

JJ: Do you think Castiel is aware of Ruby at all? About what her true motives might be, because I know in the episode that just aired (“Are You There God? Its Me, Dean Winchester”), he told Dean that Castiel was focusing on the big picture more than anything else, so do you think Ruby might come into play with Castiel?

MC: I don’t know whether they’re going to have much interplay. This is just an assumption and shouldn’t be taken as fact, but my assumption is that [Castiel] does know about Ruby. The angels – and there will be other angels, by the way – on the show are not omniscient.

JJ: Ah!

MC: Its not as if we can see everything that’s going on, but we do have methods for seeing more than humans do. And we are keeping tabs on Sam and Dean. While there is a bigger picture that we’re concerned about, we are also keeping tabs on Sam and Dean. Obviously, they are of particular interest to us.

JJ: Speaking of these other angels, I think at least one is named Uriel. Are you able to talk about any of your interactions with him or is that maybe too spoilery for us.

MC: I can tell you that Uriel and I are going to be working together and that there’s a certain tension between the two characters. I’ve said before that Uriel has sort of an itchy trigger finger. He’s one of these angels that is more of the “smite now and ask questions later” variety. So that’s the source of some tension between his character and mine.

JJ: So before you were on Supernatural did you consider yourself to be a sci-fi/fantasy fan, or is this sort of a whole new sort of beast for you in terms of acting?

MC: You know I’ve always liked sci-fi/fantasy films. I’ve never really followed any sci-fi television shows though. I wouldn’t consider myself a fan. When asked, I think I say the Matrix is my favorite movie. So, you know, I’m a bit of a fan, but this is a new world to me.

JJ: Yes, I can imagine so.

MC: Experiencing it on this side is new to me.

JJ: Right, especially because, as you mentioned earlier, you’d done some work on procedural shows so is your approach completely different now that you’ve kinda gotten a taste of what it is to do a procedural versus a recurring character on a sci-fi show?

MC: I don’t think that my approach is different. I think it’s nice being able to have a little bit of an arc and have more time than just one or even two or three episodes. It’s nice to have more time to sink into a character. It’s hard when a lot of times on procedural shows, it’s like you audition and then you’re shooting the next day. There’s not a whole lot of time to piece something together and there’s a lot of material to work with in a short period of time so you’re winging it a little bit more. And not to say I’m not winging it now, but I just have a little bit more time to wing it a little bit better maybe.

JJ: Okay, so hopefully you’ll be on Supernatural for awhile, but if you aren’t do you see yourself staying in Vancouver for awhile? Do you see yourself being based in LA or some other place?

MC: I think probably staying based in LA for the time being and just flying up to shoot when I need to. The trip seems to get easier.

JJ: We promise we’re not going to tell Jared [Padalecki] and Jensen [Ackles] this, but you mentioned that you might do a “first strike” on the prank war, so have you come up with anything yet?

MC: Well, first of all, if I had come up with anything I certainly wouldn’t be able to circulate it in advance. That would be just bad form. I mean it’s a good thing I hadn’t, because I’d just be shooting myself in the foot at the same time. You know what, I don’t know… Do you know what pranks they have done in the past?

JJ: Well, I know that Jared has sewn shut the hole in Jensen’s pants so he could’t put his legs in.

MC: [laughs] That’s good!

JJ: And I know they got pranked before with getting the black ink on their binoculars so when they pull them down they’ve got the black circles around their eyes.

MC: [laughs] That’s good too. All right, it’s good that it’s little bit more of a known enemy and I know what I’m dealing with. That’s good.

JJ: Ok, so semi-serious here, who has better hair - you or Jared Padalecki?

MC: Well, he has more hair…

JJ: Yeah, it’s quite the point of contention.

MC: I used to have long hair, as well, and it has its advantages. But I’m willing to concede this one to Jared. He has better hair than I do.

JJ: Okay, so that round to him. I read that you went kayaking recently, so you gearing up for the Olympics, you think you’re gonna hit London in 2012 with your kayaking skills?

MC: Now that would be great, wouldn’t it? I would love to be able to answer ‘yes’ to that question. I’ve been a river kayaker for a long time and I’ve done quite a few trips. I like kayaking and I like canoeing. I don’t really like being on yachts or sailboats or cruise ships. I don’t like anything that’s large and not human-powered. But small, human-powered watercraft, those are right up my alley. But, I suppose I’m not that keen on paddle-boats, so it’s not a blanket statement.

JJ: It’s maybe arm power instead of foot power, there.

MC: Right.

JJ: Okay. So, it’s the end of a long day, you flip on the television. What’s it tuned to - Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune?

MC: Hmmm. Definitely, definitely Jeopardy, for me.

JJ: Oh yeah? Would you like to compete on it? Maybe the celebrity version that they have?

MC: I’ve never really given it that much thought. My mind isn’t exactly that good for useless trivia, or trivia of any kind, actually. Useful trivia I’m not really that well-equipped to adhere. So, I think I’m happy to stay where I am relative to Jeopardy [laughs] which is as a watcher, not a participant.

JJ: Watch it and say, “Oh, I knew the answer.”

MC: Right. That’s what I do! Yeah, I’ll watch it and I’ll shout out the answers and I’ll be, “Hey, aren’t I cool?”

JJ: Better angel: John Travolta in Michael, Michael Landon in Highway to Heaven, or Alan Rickman in Dogma?

MC: Oh, Alan Rickman! I thought he was great. I love him. That’s my vote.

JJ: That’s my vote, too. And I think a lot of people vaguely expected Castiel to be a little bit like Alan Rickman and sort of explode people’s heads with his voice.

MC: You know, that movie stirs up a lot of controversy but Alan Rickman’s angel is good.

JJ: Do you think Alanis Morisette will make a guest appearance as God in the last episode of Supernatural?

MC: That is an excellent casting recommendation. That would be… yeah, I mean, why not? It’s tried and true terrain for her. It shouldn’t be that hard. They could probably get her for pretty cheap since she’s done it before.

JJ: Yeah, well, and she is Canadian, so she probably has some pull up there!

MC: Oh, yeah! Right! Someone asked earlier whether God was going to make an appearance on the show. I think that’s a big one to handle. I can’t imagine they do that successfully.

JJ: Well, maybe if they did it with something wacky, you know, like having Alanis Morisette.

MC: Yeah, that might work!

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MessageSujet: Re: Interviews   Dim 6 Juin - 12:17

TV.com Q&A: Supernatural's angelic Misha Collins

by Tim Surette TV.com Staff Writer 10/02/08 10:16 AM

There's a new man in town in The CW's Supernatural, and he's got wings. Actor Misha Collins, who you may remember as Alexis Drazen in 24, has joined the cast as the angel Castiel--the first revelation (pardon the pun) that the show's mythology includes the forces of Good as well as Evil.

In the fourth-season opener, Dean emerges from Hell thanks to Castiel, who pulls him from the netherworld. Castiel figures to play a very important part this season, and so far Collins has owned the role. Collins talked to TV.com about angels--and not the harp-strumming kind, but rather what it's like to work with Jared and Jensen, and how he nearly got into politics. Misha Collins.

TV.com: Let's not waste any time here. Do you know what you've gotten yourself into by joining Supernatural?

Misha Collins: Well I'm beginning to get an inkling of what I've gotten myself into now. I, of course, had no idea three weeks ago. But it seems like it's quite a world. It's like an entire parallel universe that I wasn't really aware that was operating amongst us.

TV.com: What specifically have you seen or noticed?

Misha Collins: Well, the amount of fan attention that I've gotten is pretty much what I'm talking about.

TV.com: They are hardcore. But they're really dedicated and really intelligent fans, I've noticed, as well.

Misha Collins: Yeah, yeah. I was pretty impressed. I'm overall impressed by the intelligence of the fan base. Seems like a pretty smart crowd.

TV.com: Let's talk about your character, Castiel. He isn't exactly the typical image of an angel. What's your take on Castiel?

Misha Collins: I've never done too much inquiry into angels. And I always had, I think, the popular perception that angels are just strumming on harps and they're wearing halos. And you might have a guardian angel who, I don't know, helps make sure you don't get hit by cars and things like that. But just from reading the first two scripts, it immediately was clear to me that Castiel is not one of those angels. And, in fact, I kind of came out swinging on the set in the first episode with a little bit too much darkness. And Kim Manners, who was directing the episode, sort of toned it down. He wanted to make sure that there was some piousness, or more piousness than I was exhibiting initially.

One of the things that I did in researching the role was I picked up Revelations, which has a lot of talk of angels and their deeds. And they are badass mofos in Revelations, I mean, there's a lot of smiting and a lot of destruction at the hands of very powerful angels. So I'm not really sure where the modern perception of angels comes from. But, you know, historically they haven't quite been the sweet stereotype we think of. The best character intro in recent memory!

TV.com: So you can confirm for us right now that Castiel is actually an angel? I know there's some sort of debate about whether he's tricking Sam and Dean.

Misha Collins: I'm going to say that Castiel is an angel, unless I'm the butt of a joke as well.

TV.com: I guess the jury is still out on that one, then. Castiel is a very serious character--he's bringing the pain of the Holy Ghost. I know part of Supernatural's appeal is some of the humor. Is Castiel going lighten up a bit?

Misha Collins: So far in the scripts I've read, I have not uttered any witty quips. But I think the idea is that angels don't really understand irony, they have no experience with satire. And if Castiel does end up being quippy or witty or anything anywhere along the line, I think it'll be a learned trait that he acquires from Dean and not something that he's bringing to the table on his own accord.

TV.com: What about his specific powers and his specific weaknesses? Has [Supernatural creator] Eric [Kripke] told you what they are?

Misha Collins: I don't know what Castiel's Achilles heel is. As far as I can tell, he seems pretty powerful. And I'm not really sure how far his powers reach. Really, above and beyond what I've shown or what has been shown in the first two episodes, I don't know what his powers are beyond that. Actually that's not entirely true. There is a power that I will demonstrate in the third episode of the season [which airs tonight], which is pretty impressive. But I'm not at liberty to say what it is, unfortunately. I know that angels can be killed, but I'm not sure how they're killed.

TV.com: What episode are you currently filming?

Misha Collins: Episode nine is the next one up.

TV.com: And you're still around?

Misha Collins: Yeah, I'm still around. I'm going to be in nine and ten. I'm not in eight, which is filming right now.

TV.com: Has Eric told you how long Castiel will be in the Supernatural anthology? Is it kind of a running, wait-and-see thing?

Misha Collins: Yeah. It sounds like I'm going to be around for a while, but I'm not exactly sure how long. Castiel puts Dean to work.

TV.com: At the end of episode one, you utter that great line to Dean. What exactly is this "work" that Dean has to do? What can you tell us about that?

Misha Collins: My understanding of the task that he's faced with is he's going to be instrumental in preventing Satan from rising. And basically what's happening is if 66 of these seals are broken by Lilith and her ilk, then Lucifer will be set free and the armies of Hell will begin marauding around the face of the earth. So Dean's job is involved in preventing that from happening.

TV.com: So is most of this season going to be about seals and preventing them from being broken?

Misha Collins: I don't know whether the seals end up getting broken, whether this is a battle that the Winchester boys win or lose, but I do know that that's the major confrontation of this season.

TV.com: Are we going to see Castiel's boss?

Misha Collins: God?

TV.com: The big man or woman, yeah.

Misha Collins: I don't know. That would be cool. That's an onerous task for the special-effects department, coming up with an image of God. That would be cool. I don't know.

TV.com: So who do you think would do a good job of playing him, or her?

Misha Collins: Morgan Freeman is sort of the go-to guy for God these days, it seems. I'm not sure.

TV.com: There seems to be a bit of attention to the marks on Dean's shoulders from when Castiel pulled him from Hell.

Misha Collins: Uh-huh. The body that we see Castiel in is a vessel, it's a human form that he has inhabited. And his real body is something that we haven't seen. His real voice is something that is deafening to human ears. Looking at his real body is something that causes your eyes to explode out of your head. And being touched by him, obviously, is something that causes either a burn or some sort of rash-like reaction. An allergy. Maybe Dean is just allergic to Castiel, I don't know. [Laughs.]

TV.com: So Angels use vessels the same way demons use vessels?

Misha Collins: Yeah.

TV.com: And you can be extracted from the bodies and go into another body?

Misha Collins: Presumably.

TV.com: And I bet you hope that he pretty much stays in that body, huh?

Misha Collins: Yeah. I don't see any problems with the body Castiel is currently inhabiting. [Laughs.]

TV.com: I've got to ask for the fans, they want to know what it's like working with Jensen and Jared, they seem to be really good guys.

Misha Collins: They are really good guys, yeah. I can verify that with the firsthand account of it just being a lot of fun to work with both of them. They both are welcoming on the set, they both have really good senses of humour. A lot of times you see really good-looking guys on TV and you sort of assume that maybe there's some sort of vacuity behind them. But they are both very smart and very funny, which is a lot of fun to work with.

TV.com: One of the things I love about the show also is the writing. Can you talk about how it makes your job easier when you have such great stuff to work with?

Misha Collins: Yeah. Someone asked me a question last week about how I came to speak in this odd, sort of otherworldly cadence, and there was a quality to my speech that seemed kind of angelic, and they were very impressed that I could pull this off in my performance. And the truth is that it has nothing to do with the performance, it's just the dialogue as it's written for me, it has an otherworldly quality, and it lends itself very easily to this character. It's not necessarily easy to say something like "I'm the one who gripped you tight and raised you from perdition"--that kind of thing could be a real garbled mess if it wasn't accompanied by a lot of other good writing around it that supports the character saying something like that, if that makes any sense.

TV.com: I'm sure it does.

Misha Collins: I think the writing's great. I think it's also--I think what makes it really work is that they've really woven the interpersonal dynamics between the two brothers into these broader storylines so that you're never losing touch with the personal, emotional aspect of the show. Otherwise it would just be a lot of bright flashes and demons swirling around and it would sort of look like a haunted house. But the way the story comes together, the storylines about demons and angels are riveting and interesting because it's coupled with this more personal and emotionally relevant story line.

TV.com: I'm going to get a little personal here for the fans, again. What does Misha Collins like to do on his day off? What are his interests?

Misha Collins: Well, I like to write poetry. I'm a published poet. I've been published in several literary magazines this year. I also built the house that I live in. I paid my way through college as a carpenter and a woodworker. So I've built the house I live in and most of the furniture that's in it, and I do a lot of woodworking still. And I also like the outdoors a lot. I spend a lot of time camping, and in the winter I do a lot of back-country camping and snowboarding up in the High Sierras. As long as you don't hit trees you're fine.

TV.com: What other projects do you have coming up?

Misha Collins: There's a bunch of independent features that I've been in that are in video stores now. The only thing that hasn't aired yet that I've been in, or that I've shot, is an episode of Nip/Tuck. But right now it's been mostly Supernatural.

TV.com: Didn't I read that you were an intern at the White House?

Misha Collins: Yeah. It was a great experience for me because I was going to go into politics and it got me to realize that I didn't want to go into politics. So I'm very grateful for the experience. It was interesting. I thought I was going to be mingling with the best and the brightest minds in the world under one roof. And it seemed like most of the people working in the White House were people who had volunteered on the campaign--this was the Clinton White House--or their parents had donated a lot of money to the campaign. I'm going to offend somebody here, but it didn't seem like a terribly bright or interesting group of people to be around. And I guess that's what you want, you want people that are just going to toe the party line and be supportive of what the guy at the top is saying. But it wasn't what I wanted. So I was glad to get out of there.

TV.com: Thanks for talking with us, Misha.

Misha Collins: Thank you, take care.
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MessageSujet: Re: Interviews   Dim 6 Juin - 12:18

PopGurls Interview: Supernatural's Misha Collins

Written by Amy
Misha Collins literally exploded on the scene as the Angel of Smokin' Hotness in the Supernatural season four premiere. On a mission from God, Castiel yanked Dean up from Hell to do His bidding – and we are all too happy to go along for the ride.

Misha talks to PopGurls about how he got past the FBI, why flying is overrated and if he prefers being touched or groped.

Fans have commented on how they like the way Castiel has been played -- taking angels from cherubic to something more powerful and scary. What makes something scary to you?

If it's even the tiniest bit scary, that will make it scary for me. I can't watch horror movies. I don't like to watch horrifying things. I have a godson and he wanted to watch SAW 3 with me and I said, "He's six years old. Well, if a six-year-old could handle it, certainly I can." There was no way I could sit through it.

I have a very vivid imagination so I scare easily. I don't startle though. Like, if you were to jump out of a closet at me, I would be pretty cool. I just don't think that I have a fully functioning reflex system. The more psychological stuff does get under my skin.

I played a serial killer a couple of years ago in a movie called Karla. He was the real-life serial killer [Paul Bernardo], and I got some audio recordings of him and a lot of visual images of him and transcripts of him, so I had a lot to work with. So I really started to get into the skin of the character and I started having his dreams -- I was dreaming the serial killer's dreams and that scared the shit out of me. I was afraid that I had caused some permanent psychological damage to myself – luckily, I came out the other side of that. But that was scary.

You've had some incredibly powerful lines as Castiel – in particular from the season premiere -- "I'm the one who gripped you tight and raised you from perdition." Did you practice that a lot?

Whenever I'm working on a shoot and it's the first scene that I'm doing for that role – no matter what, there's always some sort of anxiety that builds up. I just end up putting more pressure on myself for that scene. There was a lot going on in that scene – I was getting shot and there were explosions and I couldn't help but overthink the dialogue a bit. And yes, I did plan how to say that line.

We did one take and Kim Manners, the director, said, "Hey, Misha. It was like you were trying to make it spooky or something. Can you make it simple?" So, at that point, I threw out all of the stuff that I had planned and did it more simply. And that's how it came out.

It's gonna be a line of a dialogue that stands out -- I don't think there's any casual way to say "I'm the one who gripped you tight and raised you from perdition." (laughs)

Not unless you were just sitting around, having a few beers at a bar.

Possibly. I'll try to slip it into casual conversation. See how it goes. Let me make a note.

What's one of your favorite lines on an episode to come?

"I don't envy the weight that's on your shoulders, Dean. I truly don't."

I like that one.

You thought you were auditioning for a demon, only to find out he was actually an angel. If you were a demon, what would you want your power to be?

Oh, you ask good questions! If I were a demon, I suppose that invisibility would be nice. This is a common question that one should have an answer to – like what kind of super power would you want? I never really had an answer to that. What would you want?

I do like invisibility, I have to say.

Invisibility sounds like it would be really handy and kinda fun.

I don't think I'd really want to have the power to fly.

I totally agree with you – I think it's overrated. Especially with modern air travel as it is, it's not that unique anymore.

And you'd have bugs in your teeth...

That's an excellent point! (laughs) No one ever talks about the fact that there's no windshield when you fly.

If you were forced to have the gift of flight, you'd need some kind of helmet.

You'd want to have a visor! (laughs)

If you were given the gift of conjuring in real life, but you can only conjure ONE thing – what would it be?

I just came up with a really trite answer – a peaceful mind. If I could, at any point, take away negative thoughts or worries and just have a peaceful mind.

That's really nice -- but I might go for a really tasty chocolate milkshake at a moment's notice.

It's probably more practical. You probably get the same effect from a chocolate milkshake, plus the added benefit of caloric value and nourishment.

You were an intern at the White House – what department did you work in?

I was in the Office of Presidential Personnel. It's a mouthful. The Office of Presidential Personnel is in charge of selecting nominees for presidential appointments. In the 90s, there were 3,500 jobs given out by appointment ranging from the Secretary of Agriculture and Ambassadors to low-level jobs.

I was there for six months in the Clinton Administration – it was right before Monica Lewinsky sort of sullied the position of White House Intern for the rest of us.

I didn't actually love being there, but I did get to read some incredibly funny applications for jobs. There was a former Miss America from some point in the 1950s – she sent in all of these soft-focus, glossy colour photographs of herself. She wanted to be the Secretary of Agriculture. It was on heavy photo paper, really glossy, really airbrushed. Under each photo was an inspirational comment in cursive font, like "Works well with others."

There was a guy who wanted to be Ambassador, and he thought he was qualified because God had spoken to him in the bathroom of the Mayflower Hotel.

They were highlights of the job.

Was there anything interesting in your past that might have failed the FBI background test you needed to fill out?

Well, my mother was a leftie in the 60s and she did a Freedom of Information Act filing and got her FBI files and they had her down as a suspect for a Capitol Hill bombing sometime in the 70s. She wasn't responsible for it, but that could have been a problem.

The FBI background check that you do when you apply for White House intern is a very lengthy set of forms. They require you to do things like tell every address you ever lived at and the name and phone number of a neighbor at that address. Names of classmates and every school – when I was growing up, we were very poor and were evicted a lot. I was in a new school at least once a year. So I had more schools to list than I could possibly remember, [much less] classmates from all of those schools.

There were so many tedious questions, that I got kind of glib and I started making jokes -- on the FBI background check. I was 18 years old and not a big drug or alcohol user, but I had been at a party and smoked a joint. Clinton had said in his campaign that he had smoked something and didn't inhale. So I wrote this lengthy answer to one of the questions about not inhaling – a joke about Clinton's [comment]. I'm putting it into the U.S. Mailbox, a 20-something page document – and as I dropped it in the box and saw it sliding in, I tried to reach after it as I realized I put way too many jokes and stuff that I should not have said in it. The FBI may not have the same sense of humour as I do! But I didn't catch it in time and I had this sick feeling, "Why did I do that? What kind of a fool am I?" But I got the internship.

Later on, it came out that they had a backlog of the security checks and they had been hiring people for all kinds of jobs without having done the security checks. I think I was of those people. (laughs)

How long were you at NPR?
I was there for six months as well, on a show called "Weekly Edition." They had offered me a job, but at that point I was still in college – I had taken a year off – but I decided to go back to school instead of taking the job there. I loved that job.

If you could host your own radio show – what would it be about?

It would be about adventure. I'm a founding member of the Los Angeles Map and Touring Club and we go out and get tours of whatever strange facilities we possibly can. We went to a foundry where they were casting bronze, to a sewage treatment plant down in Long Beach and to the San Pedro Harbour where they were loading all the containment vessels. We went to the largest landfill in the country and go hiking in the Angeles National Forest.

Last winter, we went cross-country skiing and built an igloo. A bunch of us slept in igloos for a few days.

What was the hardest thing you'd done with the group?

The hardest thing was kayaking down the Los Angeles River. Where do you live?

I live in New York. But I do know that the Los Angeles River doesn't really have water in it...

Exactly. And the water it does have in it smells an awful lot like sewer. There was one person who had kayaked the river, to my knowledge, up until last year, and he was a reporter for The New York Times and had done it as an expedition. I thought it would be a great idea to do it and I rallied up everybody and said, "Let's go kayak down the L.A. River" -- and nobody would. I had to do it by myself. It was really disgusting.

Just this past summer, another organization decided to do another kayak ride and they solicited my involvement. It was going to be a 3-day expedition and after the first day, I said, "You know, guys, I've done this before and I know how awful it is and I don't know why I'm doing it again." So I quit on the expedition – I don't like to be a quitter, but I did.

What adventure have you been most proud of?

Outside of that little group, I rode my bike across country.

And I built my house, and I built the furniture in it. I made my way through college as a carpenter so I have some skills in that department and I'm pretty proud of that fact. It took me almost two years of doing it full time and four years of tinkering... a lot.

In a lot of interviews, I've seen people ask if you've been prepared for the Supernatural fan response. In a recent Q&A with The CW, when asked about the fandom, you said, "I'm ready." Let's see how true that is..."If you had to pick, which name for a LiveJournal community would you prefer: Castiel/Dean: Touched by an Angel, or to borrow Dean's line: Castiel/Dean: Groped by an Angel.



Well. Both of those have homoerotic overtones...

Welcome to the Supernatural fandom.

(laughs) I think that I would go full-bore with "Groped by an Angel" instead of tiptoeing around the issue. I think that might elicit more humorous threads. Why not? Go all out.
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MessageSujet: Re: Interviews   Dim 6 Juin - 12:20

An angelic visitation livens up the enjoyable 'Supernatural'

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In its new season, which is quite terrific, "Supernatural" (8 p.m. Thursday, WGN-Ch. 9) has been delving into some weighty topics. Heaven, hell, the existence of God: They've all been fair game.
But this well-constructed, well-acted show hasn’t forgotten its sense of humor, and it hasn’t neglected to supply the thrills and chills fans have come to expect (especially around Halloween).
One emissary from heaven has been giving demon-hunting brothers Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) advice on how to beat back the forces of hell, but the relationship between the new character and the Winchesters has been tense.
This season has been “ramping up the stakes for everyone,” says Misha Collins, who has a recurring role this season as the powerful angel Castiel. “It’s not only fighting against the bad guys from hell, but you’re also dealing with these incredibly powerful forces—God’s minions, which are not necessarily forces of purity, love and kindness,” he said in a phone interview.
This is not a celestial being you’ll find lounging on a cloud. Avenging angel is more like it.
“Maybe Castiel does have that harp-playing, sensitive side, but we just haven’t seen that side of him,” Collins said.

Before he began playing the angel on this solidly satisfying genre show, the actor had come close to heaven and hell himself.
Years ago, he spent time at a monastery in Nepal that was full of Tibetan monks. Not only did the experience expose Collins to Buddhist meditation, which he still practices, but the Himalayan setting was about as physically close to the heavens as humans can get.
As for hell, that could be found on the lowest rung of White House bureaucracy. Eyeing a political career during college, he spent time during the Clinton administration as an intern at the Office of Presidential Personnel.
“Mostly what I was doing was writing letters to other interns in governors’ offices and things like that,” Collins said. “I hated it.”
After graduating from the University of Chicago, he started a software company in Washington, D.C., but soon gave that up when he got roles in “Girl Interrupted” and the Barry Levinson film “Liberty Heights,” both of which were made in the Baltimore area.

“My mom had been a community theater actress and a professional storyteller when I was growing up, and I would play the kid in her stories,” Collins said. “But she was on welfare and we just had no money and … it never occurred to me to pursue [acting] as a career, because it had not served our family well, economically speaking.”
But eventually he moved to L.A., and guest-starring roles in shows such as “24,” “NCIS” and “CSI” followed. His debut as Castiel came in “Supernatural’s” fourth-season premiere. In that episode, Castiel was so unaware of his own powers that he nearly scared the Dean Winchester, with whom the angel has a special relationship, to death.

“I think that my relationship with Dean and getting to know him – angels haven’t been down on earth mingling with humans for 2000 years. So this is a first exposure to me,” Collins said. “So I think that I’m learning a little bit about humanity and re-learning something about my own humanity from that exposure. So I think that there’s a humanizing of Castiel going on.”
The relationship is also causing Dean to re-think his views on a Higher Power.
“I don’t know if atheist or agnostic is the right word, but [he was] certainly not a believer until Castiel shows up. It’s causing him to have all kinds of faith questions,” Collins said.
Collins is set to do several more episodes of “Supernatural” this season (the exact number hasn't been determined yet). In Thursday’s episode, Castiel and another angel, Uriel (Robert Wisdom, who played Bunny Colvin on “The Wire”), are convinced that some people need to die “to prevent some greater harm from happening. And Sam and Dean don’t want to let that happen,” Collins said.
“Uriel—he’s more of the smite-now-ask-questions-later school. Castiel has a conscience. Uriel doesn’t,” he noted. The episode asks the question, Collins added, “‘Do the ends justify the means?’”
If you want to get caught up on "Supernatural," several episodes from the current season can be found on the CW site.
Photos: Collins as Castiel, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki as Dean and Sam Winchester.
Below is a slightly condensed version of my interview with Collins.

MR: It’s interesting to me that “Supernatural” has been even better in its fourth season – typically that’s when shows start to coast, or get worse.
MC: I’ve been amazed just being on the set. Obviously it seems like from a story [perspective] they’ve stepped up the game, but being on the set too -- it’s not an easy show. They don’t have a big budget, they don’t have a second unit, which is typical for a show like that. So they're not only shooting the thing on a dime, which means really long hours, but the crew is 95 percent the same crew that started four years ago, which is unheard of. And Jared and Jensen are always totally prepared and always in good spirits. Well, I don’t know [about] always, but everything that I’ve seen so far. So often you get on shows that have been on for a few years and everyone is rolling their eyes at each other.
MR: And oddly enough, I’m not even really a horror fan. Are you?
MC: I don’t watch horror movies. I saw a Stephen King movie called “Maximum Overdrive” when I was 9 or 10 and that was it.
MR: Yeah, I saw a commercial for “Amityville Horror” and that scarred me for life. It made me realize – this is not maybe the genre for me!
MC: I had a scary dream about Big Bird when I was six and couldn’t watch Sesame Street after that. I may be as big a wuss as you [laughs]
MR: Well, your character, Castiel, he’s not a wuss. He’s also not an angel who’s out on a cloud, playing his harp.
MC: Maybe Castiel does have that harp-playing, sensitive side, but we just haven’t seen that side of him. I haven’t seen that side of him.
MR: What are his limits? Would he kill? Would he threaten or kill to get his job done?
MC; Yeah. I think so. I’m not going to spoil it for you but [there are two angels in the Oct. 30 episode,] Castiel and Uriel – he’s more of the smite now, ask questions later school. Castiel has a conscience. Uriel doesn’t. So you get to see these angels playing off each other. I think that these angels are at least loosely derived from some Biblical angel stories, and those angels are [very tough]. They just destroy. I picked up Revelations, and they destroy, they destroy, they destroy. There’s no mention of cherubs and harps or any of that.
MR: It’s not a “Touched by an Angel” situation.
MC: No, fortunately.
MR: Do you have a general idea of where things are going between Castiel and the Winchester brothers?
MC: I think that my relationship with Dean and getting to know him – angels haven’t been down on earth mingling with humans for 2000 years. So this is a first exposure to me. So I think that I’m learning a little bit about humanity and re-learning something about my own humanity from that exposure. So I think that there’s a humanizing of Castiel going on.
And I think it’s causing Dean to confront all sorts of issues with his character. I don’t know if atheist or agnostic is the right word, but [he was] certainly not a believer until Castiel shows up. It’s causing him to have all kinds of faith questions.
It’s also just ramping up the stakes for everyone. It’s not only fighting against the bad guys from Hell, but you’re also dealing with these incredibly powerful forces – God’s minions, which are not necessarily forces of purity, love and kindness. There’s the threat of some potential destruction coming from that angle too.
MR: I find it interesting that the show is bringing up this very logical yet provocative question – if you believe in evil and in demons from hell, then shouldn’t you believe in God and angels?
MC: Yeah. And the [Oct. 30] episode kind of asks, “Do the ends justify the means?” Because Castiel and Uriel come down and we are willing to make human sacrifices in order to prevent some greater harm from happening. And Sam and Dean don’t want to let that happen. I felt like that’s a really good, relevant question for these times. Whether these small steps that we take in daily life [lead to great harm]… I think that a lot of what’s been happening in the political world, it’s people willing to make sacrifices in terms of the means, because supposedly they’re justifying some greater picture. And I don’t know if that’s the way to go.
MR: Right, at what point do you become the monster that you’re fear?
MC: Exactly. And that’s the question that Sam is confronted by all the time.
MR: These powers that Sam has, do we know they’re evil?
MC: It seems like it. He seems to be getting a lot of admonitions not to use them. And his powers come from demon blood.
MR: It’s funny, but of the two brothers, I wouldn’t have called Dean the sensitive one, the one given to philosophical speculation. And you know, a lot of what they want to do is just kill bad guys. Now all these issues of morality and spirituality and God are coming up.
MC: Yeah and it seems like they’re sort of shifting their roles as well.
MR: How so?
MC: That’s just my take, but Sam has become more brutal and Dean has become more cautious about what he’s doing.
MR: How much more will Castiel be in the current season?
MC: I’m not sure, I think they’re negotiating that. But yes, there will be more [appearances].
MR: Couldn’t he hurt the Winchester brothers? It’s not like they are all good friends working together.
MC: No, not at all. And I think there’s some serious mistrust going on between the Winchester brothers too. They’re both forces to be reckoned with and it seems like they’re testing one another.
I think the angels have more misgivings about Sam than about Dean. Sam’s potentially got a lot of power and the angels feel it could go one of two ways, he could be a great ally or a terrible liability. And they haven’t come down decisively one way or the other.
MR: So I read in your bio that you’ve spent time in a Buddhist monastery.
MC: It was a Tibetan monastery on the Nepal side of the border. It was Himalayan and it was all Tibetan monks there. That was a long time ago, it was my first introduction. I was really naïve and idealistic and I thought that Buddhist philosophy was kind of selfish [laughs], that was sort of what I went into it with, but I was curious to learn about it. Then meditation really taught me something that I could have never, intellectually, expected to learn. That was an incredible experience and I’ve pretty much kept up with the practice, doing one of two 10-day retreats pretty much every year. And I don’t think I’d still be sane if I hadn’t been doing it. Not that I actually claim to be sane but I’d be significantly more insane [laughs].
MR: And you went to University of Chicago?
MC: Yes, I studied social theory. Marx and Weber, Durkheim. You know, dead white men and their theories about how civilization works.
MR: How did you like Chicago?
MC: University of Chicago had really long breaks, so when I was in Chicago it seemed like it was cold almost exclusively, so my perception of Chicago was a little skewed [laughs]. I did like it. But I was mostly in the basement of the Regenstein Library. I wasn’t a terribly social kid. But I don’t think anyone was at University of Chicago.
MR: I can honestly say I’ve never interviewed any actors who worked at the White House.
MC: It was the office of presidential personnel which I thought would be really fascinating and it wasn’t at all [laughs]. That office is in charge of vetting people for presidential appointments. And there are a lot of presidential appointments, it’s not just ambassadors. There are a lot of lower-level bureaucrat positions. Mostly what I was doing was writing letters to other interns in governors’ offices and things like that. I hated it. In fact, I started with a full-time internship and I whittled it down to two days a week, and I spent most of my time in the library instead of doing the work I was supposed to be doing, because it was so boring. It was an important experience for me, because it made me realize I didn’t want to go into politics. And I thought I did want to go into politics up until that point.
MR: How did you get into acting?
MC: While I was in D.C., I was working at NPR. I had been doing characters [for a long time just for fun]. I was a little weird, I would go into character for long periods of time. I spent a couple months in college as an Indian [guy]. My characters were really solid. When I started my junior year of high school, I pretended to be a Russian foreign-exchange student. People bought it. I was just kind of messing around. My mom had been a community theater actress and a professional storyteller when I was growing up, and I would play the kid in her stories. But she was on welfare and we just had no money and I never thought that acting – it never occurred to me to pursue that as a career, because it had not served our family well, economically speaking.
I was always doing this character stuff and people said, you should try acting. I went and talked to the theater department head at University of Chicago, I was about to graduate. I said, “I was thinking about maybe taking a look acting as a job option for me.” And he said, “Oh no, definitely not. You’re not cut out for it and your chances are just terrible.”
So I went to D.C. and started a little software company. I took an acting class too, just for kicks and really liked it. I had a friend who was a photographer and I got some head shots done, and I got an audition. It was for a Barry Levinson film, “Liberty Heights.” It was my first audition, I did a terrible job, but I got a part. Then I had another audition, for “Girl Interrupted,” which was casting in Baltimore. I got another part, and I thought, “Oh, this is easy!” Pretty soon I was making more money from acting than I was with this software company, and I didn’t feel like I should be supporting this struggling software company with my acting, so I took up acting full time. And I love it.
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Let’s start with a little bit on your background…

-I see you are a published poet! Are you currently working on any new poems or perhaps a short story? Is any of your work available online to view or elsewhere to purchase?

I am currently working on more poetry. It’s something that’s on my back burner all the time. I’m not writing any short stories, but I do like to read them if you have any recommendations for me. So far, my poems have been published in three literary magazines and journals: Columbia Poetry Review, Pearl Magazine and The California Quarterly. As far as I know, none of these are available online.

-You worked for NPR at one time. You have the perfect, soothing NPR voice! What was the most enjoyable part of that job?

When I worked at NPR I was a huge fan of public radio and I was a bit star struck when I saw all of the hosts and reporters walking in the corridors. It was very cool to put faces to all the voices. I worked there in 1995, just before they converted to digital recording. We were still editing on reel-to-reel audio tape with a razor blade and adhesive tape.

-You were in seven episodes of 24. Could you talk a bit about that experience? What was Kiefer like?

It was a great experience. Apparently I had a pretty convincing dialect because we had already shot four of my episodes when the producer of the show came to the set and asked me what Eastern European country I was from. (I’m from Boston.)

Moving on to Supernatural…

-What was your initial impression of the cast and crew when you arrived for your first day of filming, and how does that impression compare to your experience thus far?

When you work as a guest star on Supernatural, you fly into Vancouver and they pick you up at the airport and they have a “welcome binder” for you and it has your name on it and it lists places to eat and there’s a script in there and then they whisk you off to set and introduce you to the production staff and the director and it’s all very well organized and everyone is incredibly friendly and accommodating.

So the first impression is, “Wow, this is great.” Honestly, that pretty much sets the tone for how the show really works. Of course, after a little while they stop calling you “sir” and start calling you “loser.” But that always seems to happen as I get to know people.

-I read that you are all caught up on every episode of Supernatural. Besides the episodes you’ve starred in, can you name a few that are stand out episodes for you?

I think my favorite episode so far was “GhostFacers.” That was just so bizarre and so well executed and risky and funny.

-If you were Dean, how would you feel about Castiel?

“Oh God. Not this tight-ass again.”

-Can you give us any previews of what is to come in the second half of season four of Supernatural (without Kripke scolding you)?

Judgment day is either coming or going to be narrowly averted.

And a few questions about YOU…

-What are some of your favorite tunes playing on your iPod lately?

I’m liking Fanny Pack and Santo Gold and Sam Sparro.

-I see that you are attending some conventions in the near future for Supernatural! Are you excited / nervous / scared about it? Have you asked Jared and Jensen how to handle them?

I am more curious than anything. I don’t really know what to expect, but I’m always game for something new. Actually, just last night I asked Jensen about it on set. Suffice to say he didn’t scare me away. I think they sound fun.

Thank you for your time, Misha! We speak for all Supernatural fans when we say that we cannot wait to see more of you in season four!

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Great news for fans of Misha Collins. The Supernatural star revealed in an exclusive interview with BuddyTV that Castiel will not only play a big role in the final eight episodes of this season, but he is also in the final stages of signing on as a series regular for Supernatural season 5.

In our interview with Misha Collins, we also spoke about what's in store for Castiel this season, his interactions with fans, whether he'll finally get to wear something other than a suit and trenchcoat, getting into trouble with Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, his grandmother's reaction to his shocking and disturbing guest appearance on Nip/Tuck, and the possibility of more than just five seasons for Supernatural.

There are eight episodes left in season 4 of Supernatural, and Misha Collins will be in six of them playing a fairly substantive role. “The biggest thing for Castiel is going to be his struggle with his doubt about the orders he's getting from Heaven,” Collins said.

However, that's not all. Fans will also get a bit of an origin story for Castiel “We also will get to meet the human being that Castiel possessed,” he said, “and get to learn about that backstory, about who the man was.” Perhaps the most exciting part of this backstory is that it means Misha Collins will get to wear something other than the suit and trenchcoat he has donned all season.

“I had no idea I was going to be wearing this costume for so long,” Collins said. “I probably honestly would've given a little bit more thought to what I was wearing, maybe requested a slightly better fitting or nicer suit.” However, Collins didn't talk about what his new outfit or the man being possessed by Castiel was up to.

Collins also revealed that although nothing is absolutely official, “I've been told that I am coming back as a series regular.” He added that for season 5, Collins would likely appear in 17 of the 22 episodes, so Castiel isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

While it will be nice for Collins to finally get a series regular gig after spending more than a decade as a TV guest star, it could be short-lived since Supernatural Eric Kripke has said that there is a five-year plan for the series. Misha Collins, however, has some reasons to be skeptical. “I really don't know what the inner workings are, but I don't think that that's necessarily the final word.”

Does this mean a Supernatural season 6 is still a possibility? Perhaps.

Off screen, Collins also entered hallowed ground this past weekend by attending his first ever Supernatural fan convention in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. “I actually enjoyed myself,” Collins said. “Other than having fairly severe hand cramps from having to sign my name so many times. I definitely learned that I need to make my signature as simple as possible.”

The Supernatural set is notorious for pranks, but according to Collins, Jared and Jensen have toned down the scale a bit, though they still get into trouble. “We went and shot at an abandoned warehouse last week, and Jared, Jensen and I did get scolded for breaking some windows.” In Collins' defense, he did mention that the windows were asking for it.

Finally, Supernatural fans may have been a bit traumatized by a recent episode of the FX drama Nip/Tuck where Misha Collins guest starred as a yoga instructor who possessed the ability to gratify himself through bending. While Collins usually tells his grandmother about all his TV appearances, he left this one out, though he says she still found out about it.

Luckily for Collins, his grandmother confused FX with FOX News and missed the whole thing. “I narrowly escaped my grandmother's eternal damnation,” he said.
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