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James Marsters: Appearances

22 January 2012 1 comment

James Marsters – APPEARANCES


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Charisma Carpenter: News

21 January 2012 2 comments

Charisma Carpenter – NEWS


10 Jan: Charisma to Reprise Her Role in The Expendables 2 

Charisma Carpenter Talks The Lying Game, Haunted High and Buffy with Collider

3 January 2012 Leave a comment

Charisma Carpenter Talks THE LYING GAME, HAUNTED HIGH, and the BUFFY Remake

by Christina Radish Posted: December 28th, 2011

When the ABC Family drama series The Lying Game returns on January 2nd, actress Charisma Carpenter (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) will be a recurring guest star as Char’s (Kirsten Prout) aunt, Anne Rebecca Sewell, who has come back to town after years of being estranged from her family. Having overcome being the girl who was treated poorly in high school, she wants a fresh start after her split from her husband, and returns with a confidence and success that makes a lot of people uncomfortable.

During a recent interview to promote her appearance on the popular show, Charisma Carpenter talked about her desire to find a home on a television series, that she hadn’t been familiar with the series prior to being cast but quickly caught up on episodes, the similarities between her character on The Lying Game and Cordelia from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, that working on the show is one of the best experiences she’s had, and how, although she’s been given ideas for where her storyline is going, she’s specifically asked not to have all of the details. She also talked about how her heart is in television but that she would also love to do more film, how doing a remake of Buffy without Joss Whedon could do more harm to the franchise then good, working with Danny Trejo on Haunted High, reuniting with James Marsters for an episode ofSupernatural, and how she would love to do an episode of Bones with her Angel co-star David Boreanaz. Check out what she had to say after the jump:

Here’s the show synopsis:

Inspired by the book series of the same name,The Lying Game follows long-lost twins Emma and Sutton (Alexandra Chando). Separated under mysterious circumstances, Sutton was adopted by the wealthy Mercer family in Phoenix, while Emma grew up in the foster system. When the twins reunite as teenagers, they keep it a secret so that Sutton can go in search of the truth while Emma takes over her life and discovers more secrets and lies than she could have imagined. And, Season 2 is a season of secrets, seduction and life-and-death stakes, as the twins continue to expose the skeletons in their family closet.

Question: What is it about this role that really drew you to it? Were you looking to do another television show, as a regular cast member, or do you prefer doing guest starring or recurring roles?

CHARISMA CARPENTER: I am definitely interested in finding a home, for sure. But, this was a recurring opportunity to be on a show. If more comes of it, it would be a welcome surprise, but that was not my intention. I was drawn to the complexity of a character that is not all that she seems, which I’m a little bit familiar with. With Cordelia, from Buffy and Angel, if I were to compare the two characters, she was way more up-front. She was like a soothsayer. She just said what was on her mind. You always knew where you stood with things. She’d give you advice, even when you don’t want to hear it. I think this character, Anne Rebecca Sewell, is not so forthcoming with what she’s really thinking. You know that there are wheels spinning, behind her eyes. I think that also happens with age. You filter a little better.

Rebecca definitely has her filters and her radar, highly tuned. She’s smarter, wiser and more sophisticated. Apparently, she’s a little moneyed up. She’s lived and survived a lot, especially socially. The way she was treated, when she was younger, affected her in a way that either you sink or swim, and apparently she swam. Now, she’s back to these choppy waters to navigate them and see what she can make out of it. I feel like her intentions are to set things right for herself mainly, but not in a vindictive, revenge way because then that gets into a whole other show, altogether. I think what her intention really is, she never turned heads in the past, and she was really mistreated by her peers, so it’s nice to come back on top. It feels good. I don’t think she’s really going to be willing to let that go, anytime soon. I think you’ll see a lot of similarities between Rebecca and Cordelia, but they’re not, by any means, the same character.

What characteristics do Rebecca and Cordelia share?

CARPENTER: I think they’re both very spoiled. I don’t think Rebecca was always spoiled, but she has come into money, and money changes you. There’s almost an arrogance that comes with it. And, I think that is similar to Cordelia. There’s this sense of entitlement. Rebecca has found herself. She’s made herself successful. Cordelia was very specific and very intentioned in her behavior, and protective of those people in her vicinity, that she grew to love and trust. Rebecca is a hard nut to crack. We don’t really know who she has an affinity for, if anyone. I think she will tell you the truth. She’ll say enough to make a person uncomfortable, which is very Cordelia, but she’s not as blunt as Cordelia. I think she just says enough. She’s like a garnish on a plate. She’s grown, she’s sophisticated, she uses respect and she uses her resources in a way that maybe Cordelia didn’t always know to do yet.

How familiar were you with the whole phenomenon of The Lying Game, when you were first invited to join the cast?

CARPENTER: Not at all. In fact, I had no idea what The Lying Game meant, and I’m still missing the last five episodes of the first 10. I’ve got the first five, and then I’ve got episodes 10 through 16 down, but I’m missing five. I was given the link, but I can’t get the link to work on my Mac, so I’m a little bit challenged, in that regard. I’m not that familiar with that. I’ve been exposed to it a little bit, but I don’t know in what sense it’s a game. I understand Sutton introduced it.

Was there anybody that took you under their wing and helped you get assimilated with the entire universe of the show?

CARPENTER: I would probably say that it started at the top with Chuck [Pratt]. I read the script and called him and told him that I had some questions about her like, “How does she fit in? How will that be explained to the audience? Will that be more confusing or less confusing? Who am I? What did I do?” So, he walked me through it and was pretty generous and willing to tell me whatever it was that I needed to understand, but there did come a point where I was like, “Okay, don’t tell me anymore. I don’t want to know any more than just what you said because I don’t want it to inform my performance, in a way that would reveal too much.” It doesn’t assist you to know more than you should because then you’re not playing it right. You can be informed and you can have the information, but then you have to play against that information, and it becomes more confusing and more complicated than it need be. I just like to keep it simple, and play it very earnestly and straightforward with the information I have at hand, unless I’m told otherwise.

Why has Annie been gone so long, and what is her relationship with her sister, Phyllis (Sydney Barrosse), like?

CARPENTER: It’s not about them. It’s about her. That’s the way I approach it. It’s about just focusing each interaction, one at a time, and knowing what my overall purpose is to be there. It’s a fresh start, so it’s positive and it’s a good thing. To play it any other way would just be a different show. Part of The Lying Game is that appearances aren’t always what they seem. If you go into it being difficult or giving too much attitude, there are not a lot of places to go with that. She’s optimistic. She wants a change. She’s open to befriending those people that weren’t nice to her when she was younger, and starting new. I think she comes from a place of confidence and success, and she has nothing to apologize for. She’s interested in opening those doors again.

What’s the history between your character and Ted (Andy Buckley) and Alec (Adrian Pasdar)?

CARPENTER: With Ted and Alec, my understanding of their relationship is that they were high school acquaintances. They were cruel and mean to me, but what that means, I honestly don’t know. They played games on me. Maybe The Lying Game started way before Sutton. I don’t know. But apparently, I was not treated well. I was not a confident person. I was not a charming person. I was not attractive, in any way. I guess they must have done something terrible to me, but I honestly don’t know what it is. It hasn’t been revealed to me, and I don’t even know if the writers know yet what it is that they did. More will be revealed, I guess.

How is the chemistry on the set, and how are you enjoying that?

CARPENTER: It’s one of the best sets I’ve been on. It’s probably on par with my experience onVeronica Mars. It’s a lot of young kids with a great deal of pressure and responsibility, just killing it, every day. They get it. They’re appreciative. There is no diva. There is no attitude. There are no hang-ups. Everybody has a fantastic outlook. And, in this economy, everybody is really appreciative to be working. It’s not lost on them. It’s really a wonderful thing to see such young people taking on such huge responsibilities and jobs and hours, and doing it with such grace. I really have been impressed, a great deal. And, Alexandra Chando is in her mid-20′s and she’s not one character, but two characters. It’s a fantastic environment. The chemistry is great. The crew is great. I love working with Adrian [Pasdar]. He’s crackly. He’s incensed, like he’s on fire and going to ignite, at any moment. One little bit of accelerant, and he’s just going to blow up. He’s so alive and his energy is impossible to ignore. Every time, he’ll give you a line and you might have in your mind a way that the scene would be going or the way he would say something, but no. And then, you’ll do the same thing again and it won’t be the same way either. That, for me, just brings my level of acting up. When you see the season, you will see what I’m talking about. It’s an amazing work experience for me.

Who does your character have the most chemistry with, and who will she cause the most trouble for?

CARPENTER: I feel like she has the most chemistry with Alec Rybak, but I think that’s on purpose. Some of my scenes are with him. I feel, though, there is very interesting tension between Ted Mercer and Rebecca Sewell. I feel like, whenever he’s around, he’s a cold fish and she revels in that. I think she likes that, but it’s not like it’s mutual. With Alec, it’s mutual interest. With Ted, I can tell that I can ruffle his feathers, and I love it. It is very interesting to see where that may or may not go. I think the most trouble I will be causing is probably with Kristin Mercer (Helen Slater) because she feels threatened, in some way, and she can’t put her finger on why – why I’m back and why I look different. It’s really fun to be back and turning heads. I don’t think that that’s conducive to something you say to a woman who you want to befriend and who’s married when you’re single. I don’t think that’s very comfortable for her. I don’t think Thayer Rybak (Christian Alexander) likes me very much. We don’t know why he’s so resistant because his sister, Mads (Alice Greczyn), is very happy to see me and thinks I’m cool.

Have you been given any ideas for your arc on the show, at all?

CARPENTER: Ideas, yes, and I have my own suspicions, but I don’t know what I can say without losing my job. They don’t like it when you give too much away. It’s such a difficult position because I want to give you stuff and make you happy, and I want to give you the interview that you want, but at the same time, I don’t want to lose my job. To be honest, I know things, but I don’t think I really know all of it because I’ve actually asked to not know past a certain point.

With the resemblance between you and Alexandra Chando, do you think you are the twins’ real mother?

CARPENTER: Obviously, I’m wondering, too. It would seem that I am, but I don’t know if I’m a red herring and we haven’t really met her yet, at all. I don’t know. I hope that I am. It would be nice to be around awhile. But, I don’t know for sure. They haven’t told me. We only suspect. Also, if I am the mom, who is the father? Apparently, I’ve had relations. I was a bit of a get-around girl. All I can tell you is that my feeling is that the adults are going to have their time, and they’re going to be competing hard for that storyline for the younger kids. The younger kids are very compelling and it’s the demographic and all that, but if you are a grown-up and are watching this show, you will have your own storyline and be into it. I have every intention of making it super-interesting.

Do you have a preference between working in TV or film?

CARPENTER: Yes, of course, I would love to do more film, and I will be doing more film, but I can’t tell you any more than that. My heart is in television, just because it’s been so good to me. I’ve had the joy of working on critically acclaimed shows, but unfortunately, those shows aren’t always in the Golden Globe or Emmy categories, which bums me out because they are really good, quality shows. So, television is my home. It’s a special breed of person that can do nine months on and three months off, with 22 episodes of one-hour shows. It’s very hard work. It can be a grind. It’s not a grind for me. I relish in that. But, there are very few of us that can handle that. When movie people go over into television, it’s a little bit of a shock. It’s much faster-paced. Everything is really last-minute. You won’t know your schedule for the next episode until the last minute. You don’t know if you’re going to be off for Christmas. But, it’s familiar and good for me. I like having a steady job, and all that goes along with that.

There were rumors this past year about a Buffy remake. How do you feel about that?

CARPENTER: I get asked that a lot. I talk about it on Twitter a lot because it inevitably makes it on my timeline. My feeling is, “Of course, they’re doing it. It was successful.” But, to do it without Joss [Whedon], it’s just going to be really disappointing. I feel like it could do more harm to the franchise than good. Maybe it’ll make people appreciate the original more. I don’t know. But, it doesn’t make much sense to do that, without any of the key players involved. Why call it Buffy? They should just call it something else because it’s not going to be the same thing.

What is Haunted High, and how was the experience of doing that?

CARPENTER: I’m in Haunted High with Danny Trejo. He is an amazing man, and he looks so fit. He’s on my favorite show, Sons of Anarchy. It’s just ridiculous. The man is so accomplished. He just is everywhere. I love him. He’s a doll. He’s bad to the bone. I want to be him, sometimes. I imagine, “What would Danny do?” If I could embody him, it would be really nice, sometimes. Who’s going to say no to Machete?

What was it like to work with James Marsters again on Supernatural?

CARPENTER: Oh, it was a lot of fun. What was so great about it was that we didn’t spend time together before, at all. I never really had scenes with him. We’ve been orbiting the same areas and various conventions since then. So, when we were on set, I really feel like I get backstory and I know what’s going on in his life. I know he has a kid. I know they love music. I know they play together. I know he’s involved. I really felt like I got to connect with him, and talk about the old days and what our experiences were, and reconnect, in a trusted way. It was really special to me.

Would you ever consider going on Bones, with David Boreanaz?

CARPENTER: I hear such wonderful things about that set. I have friends that have worked on the show. I am in touch with David, and Julie [Benz] and I have tweeted about doing episodes of Bones. I think it’s been brought up to the executive producers, I’m totally, absolutely game. I adore David. He’s like my brother. I know him really, really well. I love him so much. Julie is one of my closest friends. For us to get together again and play, whether independently or all together, would just be so much fun. I really want to work with Emily [Deschanel] because I hear wonderful things about her. She’s one of the nicest people around, and she and David have such wonderful chemistry. I want to meet this woman that has been so wonderful to my friend.

CARPENTER: I have had some fan encounters that were interesting, but most encounters are actually quite pleasant and endearing. But, it was a little unsettling when a very sweet young girl actually did pee her pants. That was a little odd. You hear about that happening with people like the Beatles or Michael Jackson, or something like that, so it’s a little unsettling to know that that level of excitement or emotional intensity is being caused by you. It’s flattering, but unsettling, at the same time. It’s like, “It’s just me. I’m just a person.” It’s a little odd. I don’t know how Justin Bieber deals.

Being involved with Twitter, how does the interaction with fans come into play with your projects? Is it a great way for you to not only interact with fans, but also promote the projects you do, or get that instant feedback about your projects?

CARPENTER: Social media is a double-edged sword. I’ve gotten in trouble for announcing, too soon, something that the network or the studio wanted to do, and it steals some of the thunder, so to speak. I don’t mean to do that, but it’s hard because I want to give my fans what they want to hear.

In addition to The Lying Game, do you have any other upcoming projects in the works?

CARPENTER: Yes, there is something, but I’m not allowed to say and I won’t get in trouble. I can’t get in trouble. It will be announced very soon, and it’s not TV.

 Original Interview at Collider

James Marsters Talks Ghost of The Robot with Assignment X

3 January 2012 Leave a comment

Exclusive Interview: James Marsters and the band mates GHOST OF THE ROBOT re-unit – Part 1

James Marsters, Charlie De Murs, Kevin McPherson and more talk about the band’s reunion and new album

By ABBIE BERNSTEIN ?/Contributing Writer

Posted: December 28th, 2011

The story of Ghost of the Robot is one of rock ‘n’ roll reunion. Back in 2001, Charlie De Mars, then in his teens, moved from Sacramento to Los Angeles. His new next-door neighbor was James Marsters, then in the midst of playing Spike on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. Marsters and De Mars began jamming together on their guitars. De Mars’ Power Animal band mates, bassist Kevin McPherson and drummer Aaron Anderson, and De Mars’ brother Steve Sellers came aboard. In 2002, the quintet became Ghost of the Robot. The band made an album, MAD BRILLIANT, plus several EPs and singles, toured the U.S. and Europe, and then broke up in 2004.

However, original Ghost of the Robot members Marsters, De Mars, McPherson and Anderson – sadly, Sellers passed away in 2009 – got back together for a live performance at their old Santa Monica stomping grounds the Central Social Aid & Pleasure Club (formerly 14 Below) in 2010, joined by Marsters’ then fourteen/now-fifteen-year-old son Sullivan. This kicked off a California tour. Subsequently, Anderson moved out of state, so De Mars recruited Jordan Latham to play drums on the band’s new album MURPHY’S LAW, which just debuted on iTunes. A CD edition, plus more albums and a new tour, are planned for 2012. At a listening party for MURPHY’S LAW in Los Angeles, the Ghost of the Robot membership, plus MURPHY’S LAW vocalist Micah Biagi, talk about the band’s new incarnation.

ASSIGNMENT X: How and why did Ghost of the Robot get back together?

JAMES MARSTERS: I think it was about a year ago. My son Sullivan had been a fan of our first album MAD BRILLIANT, and he started playing guitar. Ghost of the Robot became one of his favorite bands, which was really cool for me, and he started pressuring me to get back in touch with Charlie. And I kept telling him, “Oh, yeah I will,” and I put it off. Finally, I told him that I would. Two weeks later, Charlie calls me out of the blue and says, “How’s it going?” And we immediately made time to get together. Sullivan wanted to learn a couple guitar licks off of him and so we started going over to Charlie’s house.

SULLIVAN MARSTERS: I was, “I really love [De Mars’] style” from when I first heard MAD BRILLIANT. It’s one of those styles where I couldn’t figure it out without his help. He has this weird sound. We went over to [De Mars’] house and I played “Blackbird” for him And he was really nice and he’s taught me all I wanted to know and he’s really helped me develop and we’ve become really good friends. I never thought it would come to another album. That was like a faraway hope.

JAMES MARSTERS: Charlie lives up in the Delta, south of Sacramento. Whenever I was inNorthern California, we’d go over to his place and play guitar. Charlie at one point just said, “Look, we should just do a reunion show.” Kevin was in between tours and Aaron was available. We played that show [at the Central], and Sullivan played with us for a few songs, because he’d been laying in lead parts to some of the songs I’d been writing. That night, Ghost of the Robot voted him into the band without asking me. They said, “You can veto this if you want to as a father, but as a bandmate, you’re outvoted.”

AX: Sullivan, when you were hoping the band would reunite, was your hope that you could hear them, or was your hope that you could join them?

SULLIVAN MARSTERS: Hear. That wasn’t even in my mind, that I could join them. Actually, [Ghost of the Robot] were having their reunion show and they wanted me to play with them and I had just written a couple of things to go with my dad’s songs. And I brought my friends, and we had been making our own stuff [as the band Mars Police], but we weren’t really in [Mars Police] until the day before the first [Ghost] show. My dad was like, “Would you guys like to open for us?” And we said, “Yes.” And [Mars Police has] been a band ever since. So I started both at the same time.

JAMES MARSTERS: At that point [by adding Sullivan], we had another guitarist. We had enough guitars, and we just started making play dates around California, and they all went really nicely and at some point it became obvious that we had more than enough material for an album. And then it was just a question of calling up Joe Johnston at Pus Cavern [where MAD BRILLIANT had been recorded] in Sacramento, and started recording. And it just really took off. We were young when we were first together, I was hip-deep in television fame and it was a heady time. I feel like I’m a better musician and a better singer than I was back then. I don’t know if we’ve mellowed actually [laughs], but it’s been really good. There’s just a lot of love for each other. I just think that frankly we missed each other, and so maybe because we’re a little bit older, we’re willing to tell each other that.

CHARLIE DE MARS: I personally was being pushed by a specific person to reincarnate this band, which made us have that initial show. I had been meeting with Sullivan once or twice a month for about eight months. James would bring Sullivan up to the house and I’d just show [Sullivan] my hardest things that I could think of on guitar and he’d come back the next time and play it better than I could. “Okay, we got something here.” It was just a real organic reunion.

KEVIN McPHERSON: I think it was something we wanted to do again. [In 2004], we were just in very different points in our life where [continuing the band] didn’t really make much sense. Years later, we’ve gotten past that to where we’re ready again. And we realized how amazing and unique and how much fun we had on the first go. It all started just as it did the first time, just hanging out, being friends, and we said, “By the way, we have all these great new songs.”

AX: How has the band changed over the years?

DE MARS: Well, I’d have to say we’re different. We’re more mature as human beings, more experienced, we’re better musicians. This time, we just said, “Let’s really plan these things out before we do it so we can save time and money, and not finish until we [think it is] worthy of being done.” And that’s what we did with [the MURPHY’S LAW album].

McPHERSON: It felt like we were picking up where we left off. We’re still compatible, we’re still friends, we still appreciate each other’s talents and input. And it was also something new, because the songs were new and we’re in a new phase of our lives as musical maturity goes. So we were excited to explore that. I’m a side man in other bands and it’s great, but those other bands, I’m paid to just show up, be on time, know the parts well. Ghost of the Robot is my passion, it’s my project.

AX: Did you miss what you got out of being part of the group during its long hiatus?

JAMES MARSTERS: Oh, God. I missed that so much. I have pride in the two [solo] albums that I did [CIVILIZED MAN and LIKE A WATERFALL], but in the back of my mind, I always thought, “I wish Charlie and Kevin and Aaron could get their hands on these songs.” Aaron is no longer with the band. He’s decided to go to Utah and pursue a life there. But we found a new drummer, Jordan, who is just phenomenal. I think I have hungered for Ghost of the Robot the whole time. I got my panties in a bunch on our last tour, way back in ’04. We all got our panties in a bunch. It only takes a drop of success sometimes to ruin a good vibe. I’m afraid we let that happen and I think I always had more regret than I wanted to admit to myself and only realized how much I’d missed it when we started playing together [again], and I felt like I was back in the warm pool of water, like [sigh of relief], “Here I am.” We were barbecuing over at Kevin’s house, and I was saying to Charlie, “I’ve been waiting for this for many years. I’ve been waiting to really show my music off.” I’m not ashamed of my other albums, but I’m nowhere nearly as proud as I am even of the rough mixes that I heard off this album.

AX: As far as instruments go, Ghost of the Robot is three guitars, a bass and a drummer?

DE MARS: Yeah. We did some synth work on this. We wanted to keep [the synthesizer] to a minimal level. It was mainly just drums, bass, guitar, vocals and mild percussion. And some mouth percussion – a little Michael Jackson. We need a little “sss” [oral replication of synth hiss] sound in there [laughs].

AX: How did the new Ghost of the Robot drummer Jordan Latham join the group?

JORDAN LATHAM: I’ve known Charlie for probably close to ten years now, through high school. He’s always been really talented. He moved [toLos Angeles] for a number of years, and in that time, he began [Ghost] with James and Kevin and got pretty successful. I’m up inSacramento, so for a long period of time, I didn’t see him at all. I saw him two Novembers ago up at Best of Sacramento Festival, and he was just walking around on his own in a top hat and a crazy suit. I was working there and I told him about a band that I was in, Friendship. We were looking for a guitar player. He joined the band and we lasted for about a year. The band is no longer but we had a great time, and it was really great to be able to finally play music with him. Growing up, he was always someone that I wished that I had a chance to [work with], so it made me feel good. [De Mars] put in my ear that they were going to try to reinvigorate [Ghost of the Robot], and he wanted me, and suddenly I was just doing it, was up at his house, bringing my drum set, staying for the entire weekend, going there with all these songs and then step by step meeting the rest of the band, having a little rehearsal time and then going into the studio.

AX: How did Micah Biagi wind up singing on MURPHY’S LAW?

MICAH BIAGI: I have known Charlie De Mars for a really long time, so I’ve known about Ghost of the Robot from the beginning. I’ve played music with Charlie [since] 2004 on a project called Victim Effect. We were just getting started as a band and we didn’t have a drummer, so he said he would help us out, but he stopped doing that, because he was pretty busy doing some other stuff. [Victim Effect was] based in Utah from ’06 to ’08. We won the Battle of the Bands for the Warped Tour in ’07. We won ten thousand dollars in Guitar Center money, which we spent in one day. Typical musicians, I guess. Since then, I’ve kept in contact with Charlie. We’re actually really close friends. But he said he’d always wanted me to do stuff with [Ghost].  And he’s come to me recently and said that he needs me to work with him [on Ghost] and I was more than happy to.

AX: What was the songwriting process on MURPHY’S LAW?

McPHERSON: There’s one song on this record that I approached Charlie with the melody and the chords and the title, “Issues.” I don’t write lyrics. I give input on lyrics when I’m asked, but James and Charlie are the lyric guys. I said, “I don’t know what the lyrics could be for this, but I know it’s a catchy hook,” and I did a set of chords that would be fun to play over. Two or three days later, [De Mars] had these lyrics, and he sent me a demo that he recorded and it was light years beyond anything I would ever be able to do. It was a wonderful thing to hear and I’m really happy that I gave him complete control over [the lyrics]. I think it’s one of the best songs on the record.

JAMES MARSTERS: I provided about half of the songs, and then Charlie and Kevin started writing together, and came up with the other half. The other thing about this album that I’m very excited about is that Charlie is singing his songs. He’s no longer trying to get me up half an octave above my comfortable singing range [in order to sing lead on the songs]; he’s actually singing the songs that he writes himself. It’s something I’ve wanted since the band got together. We’ve always had the Beatles as a touchstone; the Beatles had no real lead singer but passed around lead vocals. Micah, who does background, his voice is just right in between Charlie and mine. And so when we’re all singing together, it’s really hard to tell who’s who. It really mixes beautifully. It took me a long time to know how to tell, “Oh, that’s McCartney, oh, that’s Lennon, oh, that’s Harrison,” because they’re all blended so well together. I’ve always wanted the band to be like that, I’ve always thought that Charlie had a great voice, and he has made such breakthroughs vocally. He really has an emotion that I am in awe of.

DE MARS:  The previous incarnation [of the band], I sang a couple tracks, but nothing substantial. One of [the tracks] didn’t get put on the record, and one was a rap song, and then [vocals] from the “David Letterman” single. But yes, I sing [lead on] a few songs on this, as well as singing harmonies with James. We’re a lot more confident in our abilities and James is really adamant about us showcasing our specific talents. [It is] whatever suits the song. A lot of songs, I will be singing a verse, and then James will take over the chorus, where it’s hard to tell who’s singing what, when, who’s got the melody, who’s got the harmony, throughout this record. Our voices do blend very well together.

AX: Who does the arrangements or do you just hear what everybody sounds like when they play their parts and arrange based on that?

DE MARS: I usually have something in mind, but I would rather see what somebody else can bring to the table before I throw anything else in the mix. Usually they have better ideas than I do and I go with that, but if there are specific things, I like to guide where it’s going to better suit what it is I hear in my brain as a finished product. But Kevin and I really worked together orchestrating all the cuts.

LATHAM: Obviously, Charlie and Kevin and James have had these songs in their heads for over two or three years probably, depending on the song, so they were already very familiar to pretty much the rest of the band. So I was by far the most in the dark. But being a drummer, being a musician, you can’t not hear your own in your head what you feel the song calls for. So I did a little bit of that. You know, “I think this should go here, I think this would sound better if I did this instead of that.” But for the most part, Charlie knew what he wanted to hear and said, “I’ll give you a skeletal outline of what I want to hear; you do your best and fly free.”

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Charisma Carpenter The Lying Game with Small Screen Scoop

3 January 2012 Leave a comment

Charisma Carpenter Talks all about The Lying Game, Teases Spoilers

Posted by Jessica Rae

Best known and beloved for her role as Cordelia Chase, I am among the millions of fans who first loved Charisma Carpenter for this role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer andAngel the series.

Charisma Carpenter Interview / Q & A for The Lying Game

Joining a group of writers for a conference call, Charisma Carpenter talked about her new role on ABC Family’s The Lying Game.

All About Annie

For Carpenter’s character of Annie, she shared that this is a woman who was not treated well before. “Some very bad things happened to her.” And she will not be received with open arms by everyone in town. That is, if they recognize her. She’s arriving as someone who looks completely different in her appearance, and is much better off financially.

Her Lying Game character is, “a more grown-up, sophisticated version of Cordelia. You’ll see similarities between the two but they’re not by any mean the same character.”

As for the mystery surrounding the character, Carpenter is currently in the dark almost as much as fans.”It doesn’t assist you” she said, to know too much. Why? Because then you have to “play against information that you know.” So what does she do? She “play(s) it very earnestly and straight forwardly with the info (she has) at hand, unless told otherwise”

Is she the twin’s real mom? “It would seem that I am. But I don’t know if i am a red herring.” She also said, “It would be nice to be around a while.” The real question would still be, who’s the father? Of Annie, Carpenter reveals that she was a “get around girl.” Ahem.

We know that Annie was running a music company in Los Angeles, but has divorcedfrom her husband and wants a fresh start. The character doesn’t intend to cause trouble, although she will. She’s back and she’s  optimistic and wants to re-open some old chapters. “She’s open to befriending those people who weren’t nice to her when she was young,” Carpenter said. “She’s coming from a place of confidence and success. “She’s smarter, wiser, sophisticated, … a little moneyed up. She’s lived and survived a lot…”

The Lying Game Spoilers

How long will the character of Annie be on the show? That’s up in the air as far asCarpenter knows. “If more comes from it, it would be a welcome surprise,” she said. She also said she’s “definietly interested in finding a home” on a TV set.

Who will be the most threatened by Annie returning? Kristen Mercer! Carpenter repeated one line that her character says to Kristen: “Between you and me, it is really fun to be back and to be turning heads.” But whose heads is she turning?

Carpenter hasn’t seen all of The Lying Game episodes. She’s still missing the last five episodes of the first ten. She said she’s seen the first five, then episodes 10-16. Meaning she’s involved (if only off screen) in at least six episodes.

Loving those Cast Members

I’ve pointed out to Small Screen Scoop readers that Carpenter and Alexandra Chando (The Lying Game) resemble each other quite a bit. Had they talked about this? It’sdefinitely come up! Aside from thinking that her character might be the twins mother (although she has no idea if that is true) Carpenter has seen pictures of Chando for continuity pictures for makeup, and she’s gone “that’s me!” only to realize it was the 20-year-younger version of herself.

“Yes, we’ve noticed it. And this is actually not even with her around—they take continuity pictures of your makeup so they know what you look for a particular outfit and day, like it’s labeled like day 1 or night 2 and this is what you were wearing, this is your makeup and this is your costume. So the costume department has one, the makeup department has one, the hair department has a continuity photo.

So, I was literally going through, running through the wardrobe and they have thesepictures cut out and I literally thought it was me. I had to remember, okay, that’s a 20-year-old version of me; but it was like me. I really did think that it was me. Dang, I look good. Oh wait a minute, that’s Alex.”

And of Alexandra Chando, Carpenter openly praised her. Certainly impressed,Carpenter said that Chando was “bright and strong and capable” She also said:

“Well, I think she’s so beautiful, so I will take that as an absolute compliment and she’s so bright, so bright, and strong. She’s just a strong girl. You can just—I just love people from the Midwest. They’re just awesome. I just love them.

Grounded and bright and down to earth and get the job done and there’s no whimpering or whining. It’s just handled. She’s very capable and I admire her very much. She has a lot of responsibility at a very young age. So I will definitely be grateful for any comparisons to that young lady.”

Aside from Alexandra Chando, Adrian Pasdar also got a special shout out from Charisma Carpenter. “He’s crackling. He’s on fire. He’s gonna ignite at any moment – one lil bit of accelerant and he’s gonna blow up. He’s so alive. And his energy is impossible to ignore.” She said fans will see this on screen on The Lying Game when it returns.

“I was drawn to the complexity of a character that’s not all that she seems. ” Drawing a parallel to Cordelia Chase (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel), Carpenter revealed that Cordelia was more blunt and up front. “She(d) give you advice when you didn’t even wanna hear it.” The character of Annie says less than what she’s thinking because her filter is on alert.

Buffy, Angel and … Veronica Mars!

One of the specific questions I asked her was to imagine she could have had twitter technology for just one year during her experiences on Buffy the Vampire Slayer andAngel. What year would she pick? It was such a perfect answer for a BTVS fan that I had to ask he to repeat her answer. (Click here to read more on this!)

Veronica Mars also got a shout-out. For her time on The Lying Game she said, “It’s one of the best sets I’ve been on. It’s probably on par with my experience on Veronica Mars.” She said the younger kids “get it” and that they’re appreciative and there’s no diva on set. Everyone has a good attitude. “Everybody – I mean everybody – has a fantastic outlook.”

Future Charisma Carpenter Projects

New projects? Yes. Something will be announced very soon, but not by her (she said she’s gotten in trouble for going to Twitter to prematurely announce things.) She called social media a “double-edged sword.””I will be doing more film. I can’t tell you anything more than that. But my heart is in television.”

In random trivia, I learned that Carpenter is a big fan of Sons of Anarchy on FX. (We always provide extensive Sons of Anarchy Recaps for you guys.)

New Years Resolutions including “less cussing”, putting in more effort to train and work-out in Austin, travel more (Montana was mentioned), have more time for family, and to “re-appropriate spending.” As an example,s he said that in her 20′s she would have loved to buy several Chloe and Fendi bags. But now she knows it’d be better to take a mini Ski vacation with her family.

Something very interesting is that she said she wants to “brand out.” She’s interested in a perfume line. She has thoughts on beauty regimens. “I’ve got plans!” she exclaimed, explaining that “I have a book that I think should be written. I’ve got some stuff on my mind.”

“I want to go to Montana. I want to spend time in Montana. I got plans. I want to brand out; brand out like sell out. Who says that? So bad. But I want to sell out. I want my own perfume line. I have some ideas about beauty regimen and care and that sort of thing. Those are the things that I think a book should be written about. I have some stuff to say. I got some stuff on my mind. I would like to get started on those things.”

Lively, confident and as someone who comes across like the wise older sister whose opinions you want and advice you trust – Carpenter will have a legion of fans (new and loyal) following her to her next adventures.

Twitter picture of Alexandra Chando and Charisma Carpenter via Carpenter’s Twitter.

Original Interview at Small Screen Scoop

Charisma Carpenter Talks Joss Whedon and Buffy Season 3 with Small Screen Scoop

26 December 2011 Leave a comment

Charisma Carpenter Speaks about (Joss) Whedon World and Buffy Season 3

December 19, 2011

Ever wish Twitter was around back in the 90′s? Us too. We took part in a conference callwith Charisma Carpenter and, naturally, some of the questions became about Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel the series. How could they not?

We asked her what season of either show she wishes she could have tweeted during. Her answer was Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 3, right before she made the jump to Angel.

“Probably the third season of Buffy; my last season on Buffy. Graduation day, I think that probably would have been a good year to be on Twitter, because we were getting ready to exit. There would have been a lot of news to share, if I was allowed to share it is another story. But there would have been a lot going on. The rebar scene, some of the kooky stuff we wore, it was exciting for me. A lot of stuff happened to me. I knew I was jumping ship, so a lot of my character was getting some resolution with relationships in that season. I finally got to vanquish a vampire after being a damsel in distress for three years. So that would have been fun to tweet. Pictures on the set with all the demons running around would have been fun. We were on a very specific lot which we calledWheden World. So it wasn’t on Fox or Paramount or any of that. We had our own sort of world going on. So that would have been interesting We were around on set, like we hadoutdoor sets, the graveyards and stuff.”

Of course, she has plenty of love for her time on Angel the series. Noting they had a lot more indoor sets there, she said that “Angel would have been fun too,especially whenAndy Hallett was around it was always fun. It was a lot of fun too, but I just think if I had to pick one year, that would have been it.”

Remember the Buffy movie remake that is (uh, hopefully not) happening? Stating that she does get asked about it a lot, her answer has never waived. “My feeling is… to do it without Joss (Whedon) is really disappointing. I feel it would do more harm to the franchise than good. Or maybe not. But it doesn’t make much sense without any of thekey players involved. Why call it Buffy? They should just call it something else.”

Carpenter is still very eager and open to hearing from fans who loved her as Cordelia Chase. Rather than refuse to talk about it, she warmly thanks you if you pay her a compliment about it.

In fact, if you have a major Buffy/Angel “omg I LOVED you” type of fan encounter with Charisma Carpenter, you’ll be glad to know she generally finds them “pleasant and endearing.” The only really unsettling stuff is when someone wets themselves. This did happen to Carpenter, a very “sweet girl” actually pee’d her pants. Carpenter said it was awkward knowing “that level of excitement and emotional intensity is being caused by you.” She said it is “both flattering and unsettling” adding, “I don’t know how Justin Bieber deals!”

Original Interview at Small Screen Scoop

Amy Acker To Guest on Once Upon A Time

22 December 2011 Leave a comment

Amy Acker will guest in Once Upon a Time as a love interest for Grumpy in a storyline that will revolve around his backstory.  The episode is due to air in “late winter”, the show will return on 8th January.

Source: TVLine

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