We’re going to divide up the answers and post one part each day.
Today’s post is about TV and Secret Circle and Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles! (there is a bit of a spoiler in one of Thomas’s answer. Whoo-hoo!)
Q: What’s it like to work with Gale Harold?
Thomas: Gale is a truly brilliant man, sometimes in a staggering and head turning way. I am stunned by his versatility and fearlessness when it comes to character choices and 100% commitment to performance. I don’t think we’ve shared a single conversation that was not about art, mainly based on music and theatre, two areas in which his education is mind blowing. I’ve learned a lot from his beguiling and somewhat confusing dissertation/conversations. Thus I am proud to call him a friend and tutor.
Q: Which TV show is your favorite at the moment (besides Secret Circle) and why?
Thomas: I despise jumping on the bandwagon of mass affection as it makes me feel like a failure to those with a fringe interest. However, I can’t help myself in the case of “Modern Family”. I think it is the most brilliant American comedy to come along in far too many years. The comedic timing delivered by the cast behind the brilliant format developed by the writers is currently unsurpassed. The fusing of genuine heart by the end of every episode while still looking hard in the eye of the idiocy and tempers that ensue when it comes to real family life is incredible. That said, my heart will always belong to the searing satire of “South Park”.
Q: I was wondering if you have a mixtape for Adam/Cassie.
Thomas: I don’t! Not yet at least. BUT I did make a soundtrack for the show that all of us cast members have been listening to religiously. I’ve been waiting to share it with fans of the show so here goes:
“Bells, Books and Candles” – Graeme Revell
“Tomorrow Never Knows” – Our Lady Peace
“How Soon is Now” – The Smiths
“Song of the Storm” – Emilie Simone
“All This and Nothing” – Sponge
“Bitches of Eastwick” – Graeme Revell
“Dogs of Lust” – The The
“A Natural Witch” – Graeme Revell
“Smokey Taboo” – CocoRosie
“Butterfly” – The Verve
“Dark Secret” – Matthew Sweet
“Strong the Root” – Lamb
“So Haunted” – Cut Copy
“Calling the Corners” – Graeme Revell
“The Moon asked the Crow” – CocoRosie
“The Horror” – SpaceHog
“Last Night the Sky” – Lamb
Q: How will Adam continue to develop? Will he constantly be torn between Cassie and Diana or will he give into the sense of destiny that keeps pulling him towards Cassie? How much does a fate or destiny play into Adam and the circle’s future, or how much can they control with their powers?
Thomas: It’s strange that I read this question now as the episode we are currently filming finally allows Adam to fully embrace how he feels about Cassie. It will always remain a question, as it is in life, as to whether there truly is a pull between them that is woven into their DNA, or if it is a great metaphor for simply being attracted and impossibly in love with each other. The question of love at first sight. I think specifically for Adam, he will continue to develop as a man, regardless of the women and attractions that surround him. As he fully plunges into his situation with Cassie, for me as an actor, it is more about how he is beginning to follow his own heart and needs, as opposed to his dependency on others and his urges to be a beacon of support. He is learning his independence, and that is what is very exciting for me to develop in the character.
Q:You have great chemistry with Britt! What do you two learn from each other as actors?
Thomas: Britt and I have a very similar sense of humor that helps us get through a lot of the serious and romantic material we share in the show. We have known each other for many years having done a film called “From Within” together when I was only 19. I’m astonished by her technical prowess and comforted by her aptitude with the prolonged storytelling of a character. As my mind has been programmed by film over the last couple of years to kind of give everything all at once, I’m incredibly impressed by her ability to give just enough in each scene as to sustain her character over the long period of storytelling that television requires. But the bottom line is we are just really good friends. We laugh a lot together.
Q: When is Lena going to come and play your spell-casting, leather-clad, ass kicking teacher/coach/aunt or other long lost relative on The Secret Circle? ;D
Thomas: Oh man, if a Genie offered me three wishes for the show, this would be all three!