Syfy’s version of Being Human just premiered last night, and it gave a taste of what’s to come for the characters who might have some supernatural abilities but also have some very real problems. LA TV Insider Examiner caught up with series star Sam Witwer — the brooding vampire Aidan who gives into temptation nearly immediately in the premiere, despite making claims that he wants to live a normal life — to ask him what we can expect from the future episodes for the show and for his character.
On what Witwer finds most interesting about Aidan, whose behavior he says exactly mimics that of an addict:
“It was more about the human aspects, definitely. This drug metaphor isn’t something that was kind of on the page or slightly on the page, this was something that was so obvious. And the way that we shoot some of these scenes, it’s as if you could change the word ‘vampire’ for ‘heroin addict’ … In fact, it’s what I responded to. If there weren’t elements like that, I wouldn’t have wanted to do it.”
On how much we will flash back to see more of who Aidan was and how his long, long lost family may affect him, if at all:
“This guy is wrestling with a humanity that he hasn’t really felt or dealt with for two hundred years. It’s bringing up a lot of stuff for him. Sometimes it’s momentary, but we get to see him as a younger version of the character, and we learn who he was. That’s important because we play with the idea that these vampires are masters of disguise, so he’s a very different person in the fifties or the seventies, and that’s been a great challenge.”
On finding the chemistry with his on-screen roommates, Sam Huntington and Meaghan Rath:
“It was just there, even in the audition. We sat down, and somehow me and Sammy and Meaghan just fell in with each other. We knew how to react to each other, where our performances needed to sit with each other, and more than anything, really liked each other … It’s an uncommonly happy set to the point where next month we’re all going on vacation together. I think you see that. We’ve gotten the note to tune down the chemistry, when oftentimes you get the opposite. You know, ‘Remember, guys, you like each other!’ This was ‘You guys need to turn it down so we can see the progression of it growing into the chemistry you already have.’ They had to remind us that we didn’t know each other that well yet.”
On if whether or not Aidan is redeemable:
“I sure hope so. If he’s not then I am handicapping the show just by being there! He really is, at nature, a very, very good person but he’s dealing with this adversary. He’s fighting it the best he can, but he realizes he can’t do it alone, which is where the other two roommates come in. In fact, that’s why he’s living with them because he would otherwise isolate himself or do whatever he wants to do so he needs to be watch dogged to an extent.”
Being Human airs on Syfy every Monday night at 9 p.m.
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