Burn Notice Jeffrey Donovan Gabrielle Anwar Interview by multipleverses

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  Jeffrey Donovan and Gabrielle Anwar
  February 25, 2010/12:00 p.m. EST


Moderator           We'll go to the line of Kenn Gold with Media Blvd, please go ahead.

K. Gold             Hello, I want to thank you both for taking the time today, I really love the

                    show and your performances. It's great to talk to you.

J. Donovan          Thanks, Kenn.

K. Gold             First question I had, I just wondered if you could talk about, are you

                    surprised at the success of this show? And I know at times, for USA, the

                    show is either competitive with NBC or sometimes even through passing

                    and are you surprised with the following that it's gotten over the years?
J. Donovan   Well, I think that all you can hope for is that you make something that

             people want to watch and then somehow keep integrity while doing that.

J. Donovan   And so I think we're very happy with the ratings definitely. I know we

             work really hard, so surprised, yes, we're always surprised when anything

             succeeds in this day and age.

K. Gold      Okay, great. And one for both of you, can you talk about your characters

             and just kind of the evolution that we've seen in your characters, and are

             you happy with where you guys have ended up with your characters? And

             if you're in charge of everything, where would you like to see them go I

             guess in the season or in the future?

G. Anwar     Do you think we've evolved?

K. Gold      I'm sure you could always do it better, I mean everybody's got to have that

             feel for their character.

G. Anwar     I don't know where we're going, where are we going, Jeffrey?

J. Donovan   Well, I think that, I'll speak for Gabrielle, I mean I know from talking with

             all the other cast mates, we're very happy with where it's going. But
            sometimes Matt Nix and all the other writers keep us slightly in the

            character dark, not because they don't trust us with the knowledge, but

            they're just trying to figure it out as well along the way.

            When you're dealing with espionage and covert affairs, sometimes the

            secret is more exciting than the knowledge. If we were both in charge, I

            would love a deeper insight into Michael's past, that's for me. I don't

            know about Gabrielle, what would you like?

G. Anwar    I'm quite happy with Fiona's enigmatic state of being. I don't think I need

            to know more about, I'd love to know more about where you're from,

            absolutely, but I quite like not knowing. I don't like to know who I am.

Moderator   Next, we'll go to the line of Joshua Maloni with Niagara Frontier, please

            go ahead. Joshua Maloni, your line is open. We'll move on to the line of

            Jenny Rarden with TVismypacifier.com, please go ahead.

J. Rarden   Hello. Thank you, guys, for speaking with us today. My first question is

            for Jeffrey, I read online that in an upcoming episode, Michael will be

            going somewhere other than Miami and that he won't be alone. Can you

            tell us where your characters going and why, as well as who's going with

J. Donovan   Well, obviously I can't. It's the season finale, and it's really literally in the

             last five minutes of the show. It's a bit of a cliffhanger. Michael's been

             stuck in Miami for quite some time, and there's a couple of psychopaths

             on his tail, and things come to a hilt. And by the end of the show, Michael

             is actually transported out of Miami, but I can't tell you where, but it's a bit

             of a cliffhanger.

J. Rarden    Well that's good enough, yes, we wouldn't want to give everything away.

             Okay, and then my second question is for both of you, when my husband

             and I saw the previews for Burn Notice before its first season, the thing

             that first caught our eye was you, Jeffrey. We've been huge fans of yours

             since we saw you in Touching Evil, which we loved.

J. Donovan   Thank you.

J. Rarden    The other things that caught our attention were the plot and that it was on

             USA, which we feel is a terrific network for bringing out new and

             extraordinarily interesting shows and characters. So for both of you, what

             first drew you to the show and to your characters?

J. Donovan   Gabrielle?
G. Anwar     I was drawn to the character, Fiona, I just thought it was so brilliantly

             written. It was sparingly written, but so insightful. I couldn't believe that

             a man had actually written the script, I mean at least her character. When

             I first met Matt Nix, who created and wrote the script, I actually said to

             him, you must have a remarkable relationship with your wife, because you

             have such incredible insight. So that was what intrigued me about playing

             a character.

             When you sign up for a TV show, you don't know if it's going to be for a

             pilot or for the rest of your life, so I wanted to play a character that I

             enjoyed thoroughly, and there weren't that many of them out there. So

             that's why I clasped onto this script with great hope.

J. Donovan   I got hooked on the voiceover, the first page is a voiceover, it says, "You

             know what it's like to be a spy?" I love the idea that not only do I get to

             play a spy, I get to play a burn spy, and on top of that, I can talk to the

             audience about what it's like being a spy. I thought I had never seen

             anything like that on television, so that's what hooked me.

Moderator    Next, we'll go to the line of Susan Leno with The TV MegaSite, please go

S. Lanoue    Hello. I was wondering if you could tell us anything about the rest of the

             upcoming episodes, especially Good Intentions?

J. Donovan   It's difficult, because a lot of it is, The Penultimate Episode and then the

             finale have a lot of cliffhangers and a lot of reveals.

S. Lanoue    Right.

J. Donovan   So without giving too much away, Gilroy, who's basically a psychopath

             controlling Michael's actions, has to deliver a plane that has a secret piece

             of cargo in it and needs Michael's help to do it. When that happens, you

             find out it actually is someone quite dangerous, and Michael unfortunately

             allows him to escape.

             And then the finale is about trying to capture this psychopath that's loose.

S. Lanoue    Alright, and what was it like working with Carlos Bernard in the episode?

J. Donovan   Gabrielle?

G. Anwar     Fantastic. He's such a wonderful man and a fantastic actor, it was an

             absolute pleasure.
J. Donovan   I didn't really work with him much, so it was all Gabrielle and Carlos. So

             I only met him in brief, I think at the lunch table.

Moderator    Next, we'll go to the line of Joshua Maloni with NFT, please go ahead.

J. Maloni    Hello, guys, thanks for your time today, let's try this again here. Let me

             ask you both, you both obviously had success in film, and a lot of times

             when that happens, people are less likely to want to do television. What

             do you like about this particular medium and why do you keep coming

             back to television? What do you like about this?

J. Donovan   I think that, especially with cable, it's an avenue to be creative. I think

             why people are drawn more now to cable shows than ever is that they take

             more risks, they're creatively pushing the envelope. I think that the

             networks have to answer to a bigger advertising calling, whereas the

             smaller cables have lower ceilings that they can bump their heads on. So I

             think that's why I keep being drawn back to television, because I think it's

             one of the most creative outlets.

             And if you think about it, we make 16 one-hour movies a season. You

             don't get any opportunity like that in movies. I mean, I can't say I'll be

             able to do 16 movies in the next year, and so that's how I see it. How

             about you, Gabrielle?
G. Anwar     I like the stability, the continuity of having a lifestyle where I know I can

             pay my rent at the end of each month. And also I have these children that

             I am raising and it's nice for all of us to sort of know that we're going to be

             in a specific place for a certain amount of time. I've never known that in

             my career. So I'm really quite grateful at this point that I get to have the

             sort of double existence and I can rely on both.

J. Maloni    Right. And Gabrielle, I apologize if you've already been asked this, but

             take us a little bit inside Fiona's mind with regard to Michael's pursuit of

             the truth of trying to erase the burn notice. What is her sort of threshold?

             How long can she wait for him to sort of fulfill this quest that he's on?

G. Anwar     I don't know. It's really not up to me is it? I have my own personal

             threshold and it was at the end of season one.

J. Donovan   Wow, wow.

G. Anwar     I think it's going to be a real testament to have patience and adoration of

             Michael, which I don't think she would admit either.

Moderator    Next, we'll go to the line of Sheldon Weibe with Eclipse Magazine, please

             go ahead.
S. Weibe     Hello, thanks so much for doing this call. One of the strengths of the

             show is that each of the three major characters is capable of assessing the

             strength and weaknesses of an opponent or an ally. What I'd like is if you

             would put yourselves in the mindsets of your characters and then assess

             your own characters and each others.

G. Anwar     Whoa.

J. Donovan   Well, Dr. Freud, I would say that Michael is probably some sort of

             borderline personality disorder who grew up in incredible fear in a

             dysfunctional hostile family. He ran away and escaped it, so he joined the

             U.S. Army to find a noble pursuit. Now, he uses all the things that

             damaged him as his abilities now to help others. I wouldn't even go in to

             trying to figure out Fiona.

G. Anwar     Well, I don't even understand your question, so let's just leave it at that.

S. Weibe     Oh, dear, okay. What would Fiona's assessment of Michael be from an

             objective potential opponent or ally position?

G. Anwar     His ability to decipher the characteristics of the problem at hand you

             mean, that assessment of him?
S. Weibe     That kind of thing, yes.

G. Anwar     I think she finds it extraordinarily erotic.

J. Donovan   Really.

S. Weibe     Okay.

G. Anwar     I do. I think it's foreplay, all of it. I think she finds him the most

             fascinating creature.

J. Donovan   Wait a minute, you said I do, and then you said she, is this Gabrielle


G. Anwar     Well, Dr. Freud, who's the bloody doctor here, Jeffrey?

J. Donovan   He is.

G. Anwar     Look what you've caused.

Moderator    Next, we'll go to the line of April MacIntyre with Monsters & Critics,

             please go ahead.
A. MacIntyre   Okay, I'm going to compose myself from that last question. Okay, right.

               So I'm loving the series and the more I watch your series, Jeffrey, it

               reminds me of this old series from the 60s called The Avengers. It has that

               feel. There's a very, the combination of real drama and camp and humor

               and lightness.

               And Gabrielle, you're Diana Rigg for lack of, yes—

G. Anwar       Yes, thank you.

A. MacIntyre   And of course, Jeffrey, you're Patrick Macnee for me, I feel the more I

               watch it, the more I'm reminded of that series as far as the pacing, the

               energy, the breaks of comedy into the drama. And I was wondering if you

               could tell me, I really enjoyed seeing Tim Matheson and you play off each

               other, and I'm wondering will we see Larry again?

J. Donovan     Yes, you will. Larry's such a pivotal thorn in Michael's ... and that gives

               my character great ammunition to kind of fight with. He's a terrific

               character and Tim's such a wonderful man and an extraordinary actor.

               One, we were lucky to get him, and two, he's actually happy to be on the

               show and wants to continually come back. He'll be directing season four's

A. MacIntyre   Wow.

J. Donovan     And also, he'll return as Larry at some point in the season.

A. MacIntyre   Love that. And Gabrielle, I love the unspoken communication, you guys

               say more in glances and looks than what's delivered on the script, and

               that's another wonderful thing about this series. And Gabrielle, I was

               wondering about you and Madeline, your relationship with each other, and

               obviously she and Michael are a tribe of two, but I think it's growing

               bigger. Can you talk about that?

G. Anwar       Yes. I think that these two women have a tremendous amount of respect

               for one another. And you're right, there's so little spoken about what's

               really being felt and really being witnessed with that connection to

               Michael, which I think is pretty accurate to real life, especially with the in-

               law figures. There's so much that's not spoken out loud, and yet there are

               so many physical undertones and it's very apparent, and that's thanks to

               Sharon. I mean, her performance is so beautifully nuanced and I find it

               terribly inspiring. She's a wonderful woman and actress.

Moderator      We'll open up the line of Alix Denver with The TV Chicks.com.
A. Denver    Hello, thanks so much for taking the call. I was wondering who would be

             your dream guest stars you'd like to see appear on the show?

J. Donovan   Hold on, Alix, how old are you?

A. Denver    I am 27.

J. Donovan   Oh, okay, you sound 17, I just wanted to make sure.

A. Denver    I promise.

J. Donovan   Okay, alright. Gabrielle, who's your dream guest star?

G. Anwar     Steve McQueen.

J. Donovan   Yes, he's dead.

G. Anwar     He is?

J. Donovan   Gosh, you don't read the papers.

G. Anwar     I didn't realize it had to be somebody who could actually appear on the

             show, but I would say Steve McQueen.
J. Donovan   I would love Angelina Jolie.

A. Denver    How interesting. And do you think there might be perhaps any other USA

             network show crossovers in the future or would you like to see that


J. Donovan   I actually would like to do a crossover somehow with White Collar, I think

             that the show tonally is similar to ours. I don't know how that would

             work, but I would like to see that. I don't think we would work with any

             other show. I think Psych and Royal Pains doesn't figure into our tone.

Moderator    Next, we'll go to the line of Lauren Becker with Shooting Star Mag, please

             go ahead.

L. Becker    Hello, thanks for talking to us. My question was, one of the things that I

             really love about the show is the different kind of characters and personas

             that you both take on to figure out to help your clients and everything.

             And so I was wondering if you had a favorite kind of accent or persona

             that you've done or how you get the inspiration for that or if you just go

             with what's in the script?

J. Donovan   Gabrielle?
G. Anwar     Well, you're the final king. I don't know how Jeffrey can come up with

             these creations that he does. It's pretty remarkable, especially he's got

             such a heavy workload and yet he still can create these fabulous side

             characters. It's really, really fun to watch. I don't have that in my

             repertoire, so I'm glad it's all on his shoulders.

J. Donovan   Oh, sure you do. You played the French character, you played a hillbilly

             kind of girl, white trash girl, Gabrielle—

G. Anwar     That's it, we've seen all I've got.

J. Donovan   I think a lot of the characters that we play really do come out of a script.

             The writers are incredibly talented and they really help us with specific

             dialogue and note and kind of character descriptions. My favorite—

G. Anwar     Yes, you do still come up with these fabulous little quirky things, like the

             chewing tobacco and the tooth picks and it's really fun. Those little tiny

             quirks make it so much more interesting than if it were just what was on

             the page I think.

J. Donovan   Some people call those crutches, those are crutches. I think those are

             crutches. But my favorite character of all has to be Michael McBride, the
             Irish character that I played. It's because it's the character that Fiona had

             fallen in love with, so it's very dear to my heart.

G. Anwar     Oh.

Moderator    Next, we'll go to the line of Sarah Fulghum with Totallyher.com.

S. Fulghum   Hello. I'd like to know what goes into learning all the side tricks. Is it just

             like here's your script and have at it or is there more training and research

             involved in your roles?

J. Donovan   We have an ex-operative that actually is a consultant on our show that

             Matt Nix and the other writers have access to, so everything that is put

             into the show gets vetted through him before we air it. Ninety-five percent

             of it you can find on the Internet anyway, but everything that is put into a

             script has been researched and vetted, so that when we speak it or we do it,

             we know it's actual.

S. Fulghum   Got it. And to both of you, what has been your most memorable

             experience with meeting the fans of the show?

J. Donovan   Gabrielle?
G. Anwar       What with the fans, sorry?

S. Fulghum     Memorable experience with meeting the fans of the show?

G. Anwar       I think actually to be honest, it's the fact that so many couples are enjoying

               it together. It's become sort of a date night theme, which is really

               fabulous. I'm happy for bringing the love, it's all about the love.

J. Donovan     Yes, that's actually true, Gabrielle. A lot of husband/wives and

               boyfriend/girlfriends come up to me, the husband will say, "Oh my gosh,

               my wife loves the show. I got her onto it," or she'll say, or a woman will

               come and say, "My husband didn't watch the show until I told him about

               it." It's pretty neat that it is kind of a date night for couples.

Moderator      Next, we'll go to the line of Isis Fernandez with Character Playground,

               please go ahead.

I. Fernandez   Hello, both of you. It's such a pleasure to talk to both of you guys.

J. Donovan     Thank you.

G. Anwar       Thank you.
I. Fernandez   And I love Fiona. Fiona is fabulous, because sometimes a girl just wants

               to see things blow up and she's the answer that we've all been praying for.

               I'm a long time viewer of the show, and one of the things that I wanted to

               know more about was season one, wanted to know who burned Michael

               Westen; in season two, we wanted to see him get away from Carla; in

               season three he was exposed, kind of naked to the world, in fact, of


               And so I was kind of wondering now that we're seeing how Michael is and

               how the group is without the big overall mystery of who burnt Michael

               Westen, and who's doing this, is there going to be a return of management

               anytime soon? Maybe management checks in saying, "Michael, do you

               want to come back," or are we going to see that at all, maybe in season


J. Donovan     Yes, season four is actually pretty remarkable. I met with the writers last

               week and we kind of broke down the next eight or nine episode ark. A

               new character is going to be introduced.

I. Fernandez   Okay.

J. Donovan     I don't know the name yet, but he is going to be a young operative, but he's

               going to play a significant new role on the show. And then there is
               actually going to be a change of management. There's going to be a new

               management that controls Michael's life, and you'll see Michael have to go

               on even more dangerous missions under this new management with the

               new operative.

I. Fernandez   Fabulous. And Fiona gets to blow more stuff up, correct?

J. Donovan     Yes, more of Fiona explosions.

G. Anwar       Oh, yes.

I. Fernandez   And my follow-up question as we know is a Fiona-related question. We

               know Fiona wants Michael to settle down, Fiona wants the life, and at this

               point, we're not sure Fiona's going to get the life. So for both of you guys

               I guess, what do you think the life that Fiona seeks would look like or

               could look like, obviously it's not going to be Suburbia and the 2.5

               children and the dog and the cat, so what could it look like?

G. Anwar       I don't know to be perfectly honest whether she does want to settle down.

               I don't think that that is interesting to her at all. I think she wants to feel

               secure, but again I don't know what that definition of security might be to

               her. It's certainly not your typical conventional idea of marriage for
             example, but I think she wants to feel secure because she's a woman and it

             seems innate in all of us.

Moderator    Next, we'll go to the line of Laura Tucker with Small Screen, please go


L. Tucker    Yes, hello. My first question is for both of you. One thing that always

             cracks me up when watching Burn Notice is the tags that they put on the

             freeze screens of like the newer temporary characters such as Gilroy

             Freelance Psychopath or Damon ... What would each of your tags be

             under your names, not for Michael and Fiona, but for Jeffrey and


G. Anwar     Okay, you first.

J. Donovan   If I got introduced, a smiling shark.

G. Anwar     Oh, gosh, still figuring it out.

J. Donovan   That's true actually.

L. Tucker    Okay. My other question is for Jeffrey, I'm always interested in the fight

             scenes on the show and I'm a martial arts instructor. And I know much of

             what we see you do is most likely complements of the stunt coordinator,
             but I've also heard that you have martial arts training yourself, can you fill

             me in on that?

J. Donovan   Actually what you see is 90% me actually. I have a black belt in Shotokan

             karate, about 15 years experience. I have eight years in Jujitsu and Akito,

             and about three years of boxing. So what I try to do in every episode is

             the stunt coordinator makes it safe, but most of the time I choreograph it.

             And it's a great relationship, because I will say what would really happen

             here is this, and then he comes in and makes it safe for the guest stars.

             And if something gets too physical, then the stunt men come in and take


Moderator    Next, we'll go to the line of Stevie Wilson with Atlas Story.com, please go


S. Wilson    Hello. Obviously I'm not Steve, I'm Stevie, and the question I had for you

             is, Jeffrey, you spend a lot of time, because you're the main character, you

             are very physical in this role, and you obviously spend so much time on

             set, what do you do for fun in what little off time you have?

J. Donovan   I golf. Luckily down in Florida, there's a lot of golf courses, and I just put

             a golf hat on and take my sticks out and I usually walk a course. And

             sometimes I'm by myself and sometimes I just kind of walk onto a
              twosome or a threesome and join them, and most people just kind of leave

              me alone, and that's my quiet time. I love walking about four or five hours

              on a golf course.

S. Wilson     How's your handicap?

J. Donovan    I'm good, I'm a single digit, I'm down to a seven.

S. Wilson     Impressive, wow. Okay, Gabrielle, you have a complicated life too,

              you've got kids and you live out in LA, how do you juggle all this and then

              find time for yourself?

G. Anwar      I don't. I don't have any time for myself. In fact, sitting here in this hotel

              room in New York is as exciting as it gets for me, my alone time. There

              really is no time, I'm a mom, and mom's don't have days off.

Moderator     Next, we'll go to the line of Cameron Cubison with poptimal.com, please

              go ahead.

C. Cubbison   Hello, thank you both so much. I was curious now having three seasons

              under your belt, is it getting easier or harder to keep playing these

              characters and stay invested in them? Are there any challenges you're

              facing now that maybe you didn't have in the beginning of the show?
J. Donovan   I'm getting older.

G. Anwar     Here, here.

J. Donovan   And as you get older it's harder to run and jump over cars and beat up bad

             guys, but it becomes easier in some ways because you know the characters

             so well, so it's a little bit of both. What would you say, Gabrielle?

G. Anwar     Yes, I always get a little anxious like the first day of school when we've

             had our hiatus and we're coming back, because I think I'm not as insane as

             I was when we started shooting, which really landed itself to Fiona. And

             now I'm afraid I might be getting a little boring in my old age, so I think

             that I don't know if I can step into her shoes and deliver. I have that

             anxiety before we start shooting.

J. Donovan   Oh, you underestimate your insanity.

G. Anwar     Really, oh, thank you, I really appreciate that support.

Moderator    Next, we'll go to the line of Lena Lamoray with Lena Lamoray.com,

             please go ahead.

L. Lamoray   Hello, Jeffrey and Gabrielle.
J. Donovan   Hello.

G. Anwar     Hello.

L. Lamoray   Have you ever tried any of the spy tips you give on the show?

J. Donovan   No. No, absolutely not. Gabrielle?

G. Anwar     Not the spy tips, no, but I do think that I can do super human things like

             drive my car at 150 miles an hour on the PCH and then get into trouble for


L. Lamoray   You have such fantastic chemistry on screen, so what is it like off screen

             with each other and with other cast members?

G. Anwar     Oh, it's a problem.

J. Donovan   Well, we don't find each other at all funny, that's a hard thing. We're very

             blessed, we really are. I know cast mates usually probably hide the fact

             that there's tension and turmoil, but Bruce, Sharon, Gabrielle, and I, we get

             along, not only on screen, but off screen. They're extraordinary actors, but
             even better people, and the chemistry is just terrific. We have dinner, we

             hang out whenever we have time off, which is very little.

Moderator    Next, we'll go to the line of Zach Oat with TV Without Pity.com, please go


Z. Oat       Hello, guys, thanks for doing this. On a recent episode of Saturday Night

             Live, they did a parity game show called, What is Burn Notice? Where

             people who had not seen the show tried to figure out what it was about

             based on vague promos and sort of an obscure title. Did you know that

             aside from your massage number of viewers, that there were people out

             there who didn't really know what the show was about? And do you think

             it's a hard show to wrap your head around either based on the title or on

             the concept?

J. Donovan   I don't know. It seems like everybody knows the show, because I walk

             down the street and everyone yells, "Burn Notice, I love your show." So I

             thought it was kind of a funny parity, quite funny actually, to make a

             show, it's like what is Seinfeld on cable? So I just thought it was

             hysterical. What did you think, Gabrielle?

G. Anwar     I thought it was funny. I think Ashton Kutcher's awfully cute. He can

             make fun of me anytime.
Z. Oat           Great, thank you.

Moderator        Brian Fitzpatrick with Lair of the Green, your line is open.

B. Fitzpatrick   Hello, guys, thanks for spending some time with us today.

J. Donovan       Sure.

G. Anwar         You're welcome.

B. Fitzpatrick   The addition of Chris Vance as a psychopath Mason Gilroy is really given

                 you guys a violent insane villainess this season. And when Michael and

                 Gilroy meet it seems like they're kind of coiled vipers waiting to strike at

                 each other. He seems to really enjoy being a psycho. How is working

                 with him added to the show during the season?

J. Donovan       Yes, he's definitely added a great tension to every scene that I'm in with

                 him, and I think kind of a great super villain that kind of governs over the

                 show. I think the best part of Burn Notice is always when the villain or

                 guest star is either more talented, smarter, or crazier than the rest of the

                 cast, because it ups all our game. What do you think, Gabrielle?
G. Anwar         Yes, I agree. I don't actually get to work with Gilroy, but I agree with

                 you. There's nothing more inspiring than to have to pull everything you

                 have out of your back pocket on the stage. And we have so little time to

                 rehearse and to find everything imaginable in one scene, that when you do

                 have this fantastic talent to work with, it really is, it's fun, it makes it so

                 much more enjoyable.

B. Fitzpatrick   Great. As a follow up, it's really obvious that Miami is as much a

                 character in the show as the setting. What's your guys favorite part about

                 filming in such a diverse and vibrant city?

J. Donovan       I actually love the weather, to be honest with you. I love that the climate

                 is constantly being washed and rinsed. You're living in the Caribbean in

                 the United States and sometimes it's incredible blue skies and sometimes

                 it's an incredible thunderstorm that kind of screams through, but I love that

                 part of Florida.

Moderator        Matt Carter with Examiner.com, your line is open.

M. Carter        Hello, Jeffrey and Gabrielle.

G. Anwar         Hello.
J. Donovan   Hello.

M. Carter    My first question I guess would just be for Jeffrey, and that's how was it

             working with Tyne Daly from Cagney and Lacey? I mean those themes at

             the start of this mid-season premiere, they were heart wrenching. It was

             some of the best drama I've seen on the show, so I was just curious how it

             was for you? I don't know if Gabrielle had much of an opportunity to

             spend time with her on set.

J. Donovan   To be honest with—

G. Anwar     No, I didn't unfortunately.

J. Donovan   Yes, and neither did I, it was almost all with Sharon. So we all, to be

             honest with you, sat back and watched two pros go toe-to-toe 12 rounds.

             It was quite remarkable. We were all just blown away by it. So I was

             more of a spectator like you than I was an actor in it.

M. Carter    Wow. My other question then would be for both of you, and that is, what

             would you guys say is most dangerous stunt you've had to do? Were you

             ever actually afraid doing it?
G. Anwar     I don't like fighting with Jeffrey, because I always hurt him. Because I

             don't know what I'm doing, and he's such an expert, and I always manage

             to accidentally cause some damage.

J. Donovan   Yes, the most dangerous is either a bomb or something going off or a fight

             with Gabrielle. They're about the same.

M. Carter    Alright, well thank you, guys, so much.

Moderator    Jay Jacobs with pop-entertainment.com, your line is open.

J. Jacobs    Hello, guys. Well, you sort of touched on what I'm going to ask already,

             but over the years Michael and Fiona sort of brought this romantic feeling

             and this background story of their past, and it seems like there are little

             hints that they're giving in a little bit more, both as a character and also as

             the straight actor.

             Do you think that that could ever work, like just as part of the show? Do

             you think that maybe it's a good idea not to give into those things, getting

             into sort of the Ross and Rachel, Dave and Mattie type of thing, where you

             sort of like too much of the tension in the show?

J. Donovan   What do you think, Gabrielle?
G. Anwar     No, what do you think?

J. Donovan   No, you go first, I've done it all.

G. Anwar     No, no, no, no answer.

J. Donovan   Fiona and Michael are our real relationship in as much as TV relationships

             are built off of tension, and let's say it's Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd

             in Moonlighting. Once the banter ended after a couple of seasons and they

             slept together, there was no tension.

J. Jacobs    Right.

J. Donovan   That is a typical TV relationship. Ours actually is atypical, we have had

             sexual relations, we have fought, we have gotten back together, we've

             hated each other, we've become friends to each other, that is the

             tumultuous relationship of their dynamic, and that will never change. So

             the tension is not about them hooking up, the tension I think is their love

             for each other and how that's displayed every episode.

J. Jacobs    Alright. And speaking of tension, it seems to me that this season

             Michael's relationship with his mother is sort of soft. Did that sort of

             come naturally with just dealing with Sharon over the years or is that

             something that was sort of planned out?
J. Donovan   Was that for me or for Gabrielle?

J. Jacobs    Well, for either of you, but I guess you probably dealing with Sharon more

             in this particular set.

J. Donovan   Could you repeat the question, I'm sorry, you broke up?

F. Jacobs    Yes, Michael's relationship with his mother has softened a lot this season

             from where it was in the early season, they were constantly fighting, and

             now you see more of the strong bond and the love together.

J. Donovan   Yes.

J. Jacobs    And they are really trying to help each other, was that something that just

             sort of came naturally from working with Sharon over the years or how

             did that come about?

J. Donovan   Well, you can help but love Sharon, but at the end of the day, we're actors

             and we can create any hatred or tension that we need for a scene to work.

J. Jacobs    Right.
J. Donovan   So I don't think the writers were ever thinking like, "Oh, how nice, Jeff

             and Sharon get along, let's make them love each other on the show." I

             think what you're seeing is just a natural evolvement of what does a

             viewer want to watch. Do you want to see a mother and son

             antagonistically attack each other every single episode for five years? I

             don't think so. So it's just a natural progression, just like Fiona and

             Michael's natural progression.

F. Jacobs    Okay, thank you very much.

Moderator    Connie Allen with Blast Magazine, your line is open.

C. Allen     Hello, thank you for taking my questions this afternoon. The first one is

             for Jeff, you mentioned about Michael's past, it seems that his father

             seems to be a significant part of who he is and we always get little bits and

             pieces about him. There's been some fan speculation that maybe the show

             isn't always what it seems, that maybe his father could be alive or could

             not be alive. How would you feel if that were to change, if he found out

             some new information about his father?

J. Donovan   Well, that device is always in play every season. I don't think we ever sit

             around and plot that Michael's father is going to come back. It's not

             something that we think about, we just know that the device is in play and
             we like it that way. I think the only shocking thing would be if Sam turns

             out to be my dad, that would be awkward.

C. Allen     Alright. And my follow-up question is actually for the both of you.

             Obviously you guys get along really well, are there any favorite or

             challenging scenes that you've done so far that kind of stick out in your


J. Donovan   What do you mean, challenging, in what way?

C. Allen     Challenging, like dangerous, any challenges there, or dynamic scenes, like

             anything that's a favorite that you two have done and worked together that

             kind of stand out as memorable?

J. Donovan   Yes, I really love a scene that kind of came out of working with Gabrielle

             this past season where we created a scene that wasn't necessarily on the

             page where I slap her across the face. And Gabrielle did such an

             incredible performance of having to deal with her feelings for Michael

             hitting her and then acting as an undercover character. That I think was

             probably some of the best work I've ever seen her do and that was one of

             the most memorable moments for me.

G. Anwar     Thank you.
Moderator    Next, we'll go to the line of Jason Kerouac with Panelsonpages.com,

             please go ahead.

J. Kerouac   First for Jeffrey, I know that you've recently donated some money to your

             high school in Angsbury, Massachusetts; but I know you're also very

             involved in Life Rolls On, could you tell us a little bit about that cause and

             what drew you to it specifically?

J. Donovan   Well, many years ago, an actor friend of mine asked me if I wanted to go

             to a charity golf event out in Malibu for Life Rolls On, and I hadn't heard

             about it. And he explained it's a charitable foundation to raise money for

             spinal cord injuries in young athletes. And Jesse Billauer suffered a life

             changing surfing accident at the age of 19, and this foundation was created

             out of his name.

             It's a wonderful foundation that raises funds that aren't necessarily being

             put into by the government or a lot of private foundations, to research how

             we can get these kids either wheelchair assisted living or new types of

             devices that will help them either walk or stand or even ride a surf board

             again or any sport that they got injured in. And so that's how I got

             involved and it's an incredible organization.
J. Kerouac   Excellent. And then my second question would be for both of you, a

             complete redirection here, but we see a lot of TV shows getting the action

             figure treatment now, Lost, Dexter, would you guys be interested if the

             opportunity came up to be a mortalized little plastic—

J. Donovan   Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute, Dexter, a serial killer is an

             action figure?

J. Kerouac   There is an action figure of Dexter, so I mean Michael Westen would be

             an obvious choice I would think, and you have to have knife—

J. Donovan   Does he have a knife in his hand, I mean, are you kidding me?

J. Kerouac   He does, he does.

J. Donovan   Are kids playing with this stuff?

J. Kerouac   I mean it's not on the shelves at Toys R Us, but it's for the older collectors.

J. Donovan   Okay, alright, now I'm feeling a little bit better. I just was a little worried

             about that.

G. Anwar     I sense a little jealousy.
J. Donovan   You sense a little fear. I would love a Michael Westen action figure and a

             Fiona Glenanne action figure, and then I could blow them up at home.

Moderator    Next, we'll go to the line of Curt Wagner with Show Patrol, please go


C. Wagner    Hello, guys, thanks for doing the call. I love the show. Most of my

             questions have been asked, but I was wondering if we're ever going to see

             any flashback episodes to see how your two characters met or maybe how

             Bruce and one of your characters meet or anything like that, if that's ever

             been talked about?

J. Donovan   Flashback has been talked about, but not in a nice way. We're not, one,

             we've never done a flashback ever of anything and it's just not a device

             that we employ, so I doubt it, but I can't rule it out. One of my favorite

             episodes of Magnum PI, which I was a fan of was when Tom Selleck got

             knocked off a boat and he had to wade in the water until he was picked up.

             So they just basically shot him for about a half an hour wading in the

             water and then did the entire show of flashbacks. I liked that idea.

C. Wagner    Alright. And then Jeffrey, any plans to return to Chicago and do some

             more theatre here?
J. Donovan   Not in the winter, I will guarantee you that my friend, never again. I give

             Chicagoans all the credit in the world. No wonder Barack Obama became

             President, the man survived winters in Chicago, that man can handle


C. Wagner    Okay. Well then I guess it's not going to happen right, your shooting

             schedule doesn't allow it then.

J. Donovan   I know, I know unfortunately.

C. Wagner    Alright, well thank you, good job, and good luck.

J. Donovan   Thank you.

Moderator    Rosa Cordero with Accidental Sexiness.com, your line is open.

G. Anwar     Accidental Sexiness?

R. Cordero   Yes, totally you guys are sexy on purpose, so I'm going to have to make a

             special posting for this interview. First, I want to thank you both for

             bringing, I'm a South Florida native, born and raised in Miami, and you

             guys bring our city actually onto the small screen, because these other

             shows they call themselves Miami, but they don't actually film here.
J. Donovan   You're welcome.

R. Cordero   So that's awesome. And I really love, I follow both of you on the small

             screen, and on the big screen, Gabrielle, you're awesome on The Tudors,

             and Jeffrey, you were so awesome in Changeling. I wonder if there's any

             other projects you guys are working on?

J. Donovan   None for me.

G. Anwar     Me neither.

R. Cordero   Gabrielle, don't you have two movies that are due to come out?

G. Anwar     Oh, that's right, yes, I do. In fact, I don't even know what's one of them is

             called, because they keep changing the title on me, so I'm not going to be

             able to do much of shout out for that. I have nothing coming up, only

             Burn Notice for now.

R. Cordero   I thought Warrior and The Family Tree?

G. Anwar     Oh, gosh, those. I shot those more than three years ago.
R. Cordero   Oh, they have them listed for 2010, that's so strange.

G. Anwar     Oh, that's not a good sign when they've been sitting on the shelf that long,

             just FYI.

J. Donovan   I'll be the first in line.

R. Cordero   And Jeffrey, I hear you have an acting school here in Miami, is that true?

J. Donovan   Well, it's not a formalized school, but it is, I teach seminars. I've partnered

             with a casting director who's been working in South Florida for about 20

             years, Ellen Jacoby, and we created a acting seminar, basically a small

             little institute for beginners, advanced, and intermediate actors in the area.

             And it's really a selfish journey for me, because we're running out of

             actors on our show to hire locally. So instead of going to Louisiana or

             South Carolina or any of these places around us, I thought why don't we

             just increase the talent level of the locals, so that's why I'm doing it.

R. Cordero   Oh, that's great, if you need any cute Miami bloggers in your background,

             you can just let me know.

J. Donovan   Okay, I will.

R. Cordero   Thank you.
C. Fehskens   Gloria, we have time for one last question.

Moderator     That will come from the line of Kristyn Clark with Pop Culture Madness,

              please go ahead.

K. Clark      Hello, thank you so much for taking our call today.

J. Donovan    Sure.

K. Clark      What has been your most memorable episode to shoot?

J. Donovan    Gabrielle?

G. Anwar      Wow. I think the episode that's airing tonight was memorable for me,

              because I actually had to work every day.

J. Donovan    For once.

G. Anwar      For once. It's true, I actually had a much greater significance in the

              storyline for this particular episode, so I got a taste of what Jeffrey has to

              contend with on a daily basis, and I was absolutely bloody exhausted. So

              it was memorable, because I just had to work really hard "for once."
J. Donovan   And I guess my most memorable is the pilot. No one had ever heard of

             Burn Notice, not even the term. They put this rag-tag team together of

             Bruce, me, Sharon, and Gabrielle, and Matt Nix who had never been given

             a show before, and we just kind of went down to South Florida and we

             made our show. We made the Burn Notice and what every episode has

             been based on since, so that's the most memorable. Because I'm so proud

             that we took a risk, we did the show we wanted to do, and that it caught on

             is just gravy.

K. Clark     Awesome. And as my follow up, since the majority of the questions have

             been addressed, what is one question that you wish someone would ask

             that they haven't asked you before?

J. Donovan   There isn't a question out there that hasn't been asked to be honest with

             you, all the way down to a why I don't sweat, and I do, I just hide it well.

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