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Michael Trucco:   Right on. What‘s new? Where do we start? How are you doing man?

Panel:            We like it.

Michael Trucco:   Oh, you did – you‘ve seen it?

Panel:            Yeah, we watched the pilot, and we just talked to Michael – other

Michael Trucco:   Sardo?

Panel:            Yeah, yeah.

Michael Trucco:   Well, blame him. He made it. He did it.

Panel:            So what drew you to the role of Justin?

Michael Trucco:   180 degree departure from Battlestar Galactica. Man, people aren‘t dying.
                  Not, you know—that has a lot to do with it. You want to go from one
                  project to the next and try to maintain some sort of diversity in your roles.
                  And after three and a half seasons of Battlestar, and the fate of humanity
                  looming in the back of your head every single day on set, it‘s kind of nice
                  to get to do something a little lighter fare – be human was nice, literally,
                  play a human being. Not shave my head.

Panel:            So you really did shave your head? It wasn‘t a bald cap?

Michael Trucco:   No, I would have. That‘s another learning – you know, that‘s a mistake
                  you learn on the way. At the time, the idea of a bald cap was really cool.
                  For the first episode in the bald cap was, like, ―Hey good makeup – six
                  hours, right on. Put me in the chair.‖ And then six weeks later it was a
                  pain in the a**. And I definitely would have gone back and shaved my
                  head if I had to do that again.

Panel:            Now do you ever have a fear of being typecast as that guy who‘s in all the
                  sci-fi shows? You‘re in Battlestar, you‘re in V.

Michael Trucco:   Yeah. There‘s always that fear, right? No, not as long as I find those parts
                  intriguing, and fun. You know, the John May thing came up just sort of
                  out of the blue. And knowing just a little bit about that show, knowing in
                  the lore of this new version John May was a pretty significant character, it
                  was a real compliment, you know, to be offered that role. So I jumped on
                  it. And there was talk of, you know, it might extend farther than one
                  episode. And it didn‘t, and it may or may not still. So that‘s undecided.
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                  But that opportunity to play that role wasn‘t necessarily because it was a
                  sci-fi show, I just thought that was kind of an interesting pivotal character
                  that I‘d like to associate myself with. And Battlestar was a no-brainer. The
                  complexities of that show speak for itself. Again, it wasn‘t about, ―Oh, it‘s
                  sci-fi, let‘s go into space and, you know, blow shit up with lasers.‖ It was
                  about taking on a really – you know, a culturally significant project like
                  Battlestar Galactica.

                  I don‘t think there‘s a fear – we‘re not – I don‘t know that Battlestar and
                  the actors associated with it are—such iconic status that we‘ll never been
                  seen as anything else. There‘s some television shows in the history of
                  television, like, i.e., Friends, 90210, I mean, there‘s some things that are so
                  iconic that it‘s nearly impossible to divorce those actors from their

                  I think that Battlestar actors have largely proven so far – I think most of
                  them are all working on new – back to new shows in different places. So I
                  think it was a great format for all of us, but I don‘t think it‘s necessarily
                  going to bury us into—I won‘t always be Anders for the rest of my life. It
                  doesn‘t seem that way, at least.

Panel:            Does it seem like maybe, in a way, it‘s the opposite of that? Like, there are
                  certain shows that Hollywood seems to really like, like, Mad Men might
                  be one of them, Battlestar Galactica seems to be one of them. That, like,
                  all the show runners watched, and then, somehow have you found it easier
                  to get auditions, or get meetings, because everyone in Hollywood loved
                  Battlestar Galactica?

Michael Trucco:   A hundred percent. A hundred percent. No doubt in my mind that the
                  opportunities afforded to me after having done Battlestar Galactica went
                  up exponentially for that very reason. Because it‘s not – and this goes to
                  your answer – we didn‘t have 25 million viewers, we had two and a half.
                  We have a lot of viewers in the ancillary market now with the DVD.
                  That‘s where in fact – most people that stop me and say, ―Hey dude, it‘s
                  my favorite show. I just watched the whole series on DVD.‖ They weren‘t
                  first run watchers.

                  So we‘re not instantly recognizable to the public as Battlestar. We‘re
                  recognizable to the people in our industry, because most show runners,
                  producers, writers, studio heads, they loved that show. And the difference
                  in me five years ago walking into a room to audition for a room of
                  producers this big would be just a whole bunch of bored faces like, ―Uh
                  huh. Yeah, Trucco – what is it? Trucco? Go ahead. Whenever, doesn‘t
                  matter. When you‘re ready, that‘s cool.‖ To, like, ―Whoa, dude, hey man.
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                  Ah, great to see you.‖ You know, everybody jumping up off the couch.
                  ―Best show on television – I can‘t believe it!‖

                  ―Ron Moore – ‖ You know, and they all want to ask about Ron Moore,
                  because he‘s like, you know, the God among writers. And suddenly you
                  have this new – there‘s this shift, this dynamic shift in confidence as an
                  actor that they are actually – they‘re happy to have you in the room, as
                  opposed to just like, ―Ah, another audition. Yeah, great, have a nice day –
                  thanks.‖ So I felt that instantaneous shift of a career that became much
                  more open to me after doing Battlestar Galactica, for that reason.

Panel:            At the end that you felt like that, or was it while it was going on?

Michael Trucco:   No, it was towards the end. In the beginning I didn‘t know – I had no idea.
                  I got hired to do two episodes, and I had no idea what the show was, you
                  know, going to do for anybody at the time. I remember reading the pilot,
                  because I read for the part of Apollo, way back when they were casting the
                  pilot. And I remember thinking – and I actually wrote it down, and I keep
                  a journal – that I‘ve read probably one of the best television scripts ever
                  written – ever. And thinking, ―Man, if they make this, and this goes, this is
                  going to be huge.‖ But then I forgot – you know, it was just something at
                  the time, you write it down, and I took note of it.

                  And then a year and a half later when I started, I had been aware of the
                  show, but it hadn‘t really reached its peak until probably our season three,
                  season four, [by the end]. And then it was like, ―Oh man, this thing is
                  important.‖ And Eddie almost made sure everybody knew it was
                  important. He‘s like [inaudible], you know. ―We‘re part of something big
                  man.‖ You know, Eddie was really intense about it. And we‘re like, ―Okay
                  Eddie, it‘s cool.‖ And he goes, ―No man, you don‘t understand. Thirty
                  years from now people are going to remember.‖ And it‘s like, ―Cool, right
                  on. Eddie said that – yeah.‖

Panel:            To get back to your character on Facing Kate, we were told that Kate – it
                  was Kate‘s decision for the divorce. Are we going to see your character
                  trying to win her back?

Michael Trucco:   Yeah, that‘s a complex question. The divorce – the complexity of this
                  relationship is apparent in every episode that we‘ve shot so far. And I can
                  only speak to what we‘ve shot – I think we‘re up to six or seven episodes,
                  including – or maybe in addition to the pilot. And it seems to be – it‘s a
                  constant struggle between these two characters. There is a pending
                  divorce, where we stand right now, that actually my character is more
                  interested in [buttoning up] than Kate is.
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                  So there‘s a slight role reversal, whereas this arrangement usually works
                  for the traditional male. The arrangement being we‘re separated, we‘re not
                  together, but every time we see each other we end up in bed together – no
                  strings attached. Spend the night, you go off to work, I go off to work, it‘s
                  all good. Most traditional male perspectives would be like, ―Hey man,
                  that‘s a great arrangement. You know, you‘re friends with benefits.‖ And
                  for Justin it‘s not. He doesn‘t – it‘s a dysfunctional relationship. It‘s toxic.
                  That‘s a bad way. We were married, we‘re separated, we‘re facing a
                  pending divorce. We‘ve got to stop ending up in bed together.

Panel:            So you can‘t move on.

Michael Trucco:   Can‘t move on. And that gives a certain emotional dynamic to the
                  character of Justin that I like. So he‘s sort of taking the aggressor in
                  finishing the – the role of the aggressor in ‗let‘s finalize this divorce‘.
                  We‘ve set up – we‘ve established paperwork, we‘ve drawn up – we‘ve got
                  lawyers on both sides. It‘s over. We can still be friends and that‘s great.
                  But this thing about ending up in bed together is freaking him out – it‘s
                  weird. And I like that.

                  I like [that] the show starts with our two central characters already having
                  baggage, already having, you know, a relationship. Because most shows
                  when you cast a male and female lead, you‘ve got that they just met,
                  they‘ve just been thrown together. They‘re at odds with one another, then
                  there‘s kind of flirtation, there‘s attraction, then the will they, won‘t they.
                  Justin and Kate have already been there, done that, and we‘re starting the
                  series with a pending divorce. So it‘s an interesting way to start a show,

                  How are you guys doing? What‘s happening?

Panel:            Yeah, I have a question.

Michael Trucco:   Yeah, please.

Panel:            You said that you wanted to do different diverse roles. Is there a particular
                  dream role that you want that – anything special that perhaps you want to
                  do and you haven‘t?

Michael Trucco:   Yeah, it was Superman about five years ago. I‘m too old for that stuff
                  now. Shoot, yeah, I don‘t know, I mean that‘s – a dream role? Maybe it is
                  something iconic in the comic book lore, because that‘s so popular right
                  now that you kind of just want to be part of that. I‘ve always wanted to
                  play a cop, but I think that‘s because I was raised – my father was a cop.

Panel:            Mine was too.
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Michael Trucco:   Is that right?

Panel:            Yep.

Michael Trucco:   Yeah. And, there‘s a lot of those – there‘s detectives, and there‘s FBI, but,
                  like, just straight up beat cop, in the patrol car, in uniform. I always
                  thought that‘d be kind of cool. Because that‘s actually what I thought I
                  was going to do. That‘s what I was intended coming out of high school
                  and going into college, was I was studying criminal justice.

                  You know, you do what dad does, and you get familiar with your father‘s
                  business. You know, nepotism is what drives industry. It‘s only a bad
                  thing when you refer to it in the entertainment industry. I never understood
                  that. If some guy makes shoes and then his son becomes a cobbler, you‘re
                  like, ―Well yeah, makes sense.‖

Panel:            He‘s inheriting the family business.

Michael Trucco:   He‘s inheriting the family business.

Panel:            [inaudible] acting – [inaudible].

Michael Trucco:   But if your dad‘s a producer and an actor, and the son or the daughter
                  becomes an actor, everybody‘s like, ―Oh, well, that‘s just because their
                  dad was a producer.‖ Like, well, wait a minute – yeah, that‘s exactly why.
                  That‘s exactly why he became an actor, because that‘s what you know. So
                  for me, being a cop was, you know, to use a cliché, in my blood. Just
                  because I was around it all the time. I went on ride-alongs all the time.

                  I listened to the radio channel all the time. I listened to my dad‘s stories at
                  dinner – that‘s what we talked about. You bring your work home and he‘d
                  tell me about arrests, and hostages, and murder investigations. I mean,
                  that‘s the kind of stuff that I was fascinated by. So I would love to take
                  some of that ingrained knowledge that I feel is in my DNA and be able to
                  put that into a character.

Panel:            Wow. How did you fall into acting?

Michael Trucco:   It was my dad‘s idea. Yeah, it kind of was. In high school I did theatre.
                  When I was a kid I was fascinated by the stage. And I think more than
                  anything, I was fascinated by – it was kind of the Wizard of Oz
                  phenomenon. I wanted to know the man behind the curtain. I was
                  intrigued to know where the actors went when they left the stage. Like,
                  when someone enters, they come on, and then they go walk upstairs to the
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                  set and they go into a bedroom. I know it was just a stage, but I was like,
                  ―Where‘d that go?‖ I wanted to know what was back there.

                  I wanted to be in the land of make believe. I just thought that was really
                  cool. So theatre really intrigued me. And then it was just a hobby in high
                  school. I grew up in San Mateo, California. I wasn‘t exactly in the
                  Hollywood family. So film and television and stage, that was not
                  something that was even made available to me. So I went to college in
                  northern California in Santa Clara. And I think it was my dad who goes,
                  ―Hey, you know, you should go and check out the theatre. Because you
                  need to be a well-rounded individual,‖ you know.

                  He was saying just don‘t get stuck doing one thing. He was like, ―Go and
                  try out for the play.‖ And I did, and then two months later I changed my
                  major. I was like, ―Hey dad, mom, guess what? Yeah remember that
                  education you‘re all paying for? Well, I‘m going to do theatre.‖ You
                  know, what the hell are you going to do with a theatre degree, except this?
                  So it kind of worked out for the better. But yeah, I don‘t think that was my
                  father‘s intention was to send me into the world of acting. I think he was
                  just saying be a well-rounded individual. Who knows?

Panel:            With this role – oh.

Michael Trucco:   Go ahead.

Panel:            With this role, did it require any additional education or training for legal?

Michael Trucco:   I did. I spent a day at the Los Angeles District Attorney‘s office that
                  Michael Sardo actually helped set up for me. They didn‘t require it, but I
                  was just really curious to know what ADAs do and was pleased to
                  discover that a lot of their job coincides very closely with police work. I
                  mean, we are the justice side. You know, there are lawyers, there are
                  defence – criminal defence lawyers, and then there‘s prosecutors.

                  And prosecutors, like the police, believe that they have got the right guy
                  and we‘re going to put him in jail, or else they wouldn‘t be on trial. It‘s
                  real clean – you know, it‘s clear-cut. And that‘s where I take Justin‘s
                  character. Whereas Kate is trying to, you know, navigate the grey areas of
                  law. She wants everybody to win. She‘s a mediator. ―Well, how about
                  we‘ll give you this, and we‘ll give you that, and you guys shake hands and
                  everything‘s good.‖

                  In my world, law is black and white. There is a winner and there is a loser,
                  as long as I‘m always the winner—because I‘m a prosecuting attorney,
                  and that‘s what we do as ADAs. If I‘ve got the wrong guy – I mean, if you
                  weren‘t the guy I wouldn‘t be prosecuting you. So that‘s what I was
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                  watching for when I went to the LA – the ADA‘s office. I wanted to see –
                  and I was floored at how young they were. I mean, literally there‘s people
                  that work in the ADA‘s office and they‘re, like, 20s. I was like, ―Are you
                  kidding?‖ I didn‘t know what the hell I was going to – you know, at 25, I
                  didn‘t have a clue what I was doing. And these people are representing the
                  city of Los Angeles.

                  And we went to the courthouse, and she read some case files for me. And
                  we watched some testimony, and just got an idea of what they do. And it‘s
                  largely pretty mundane. So we take liberties in television to make it seem
                  more glamorous than it is. And my office is certainly more glamorous than
                  any real ADA‘s office is. But it‘s television, you know, we take liberties.

Panel:            So I guess I was going to say, you have an insane chemistry with Sarah in
                  the pilot. But at the same time you seemed really defined by her. And
                  Michael Sardo did mention that you brought a lot to the character. And
                  just you describing the character now, it seems like you have an incredible
                  grasp on it – clearly, because you‘re six episodes in.

Michael Trucco:   I hope so.

Panel:            So will we see – what else will we see of Justin‘s character developing as
                  the episodes progress?

Michael Trucco:   Hmm. Sardo said that? Oh, foiled him. ―Trucco really knows what he‘s
                  doing.‖ I‘m just winging it out there – I have not a clue.

Panel:            Oh, it just shows how good an actor you are.

Michael Trucco:   Yeah, exactly – I‘m just making it up on the fly Sardo. Are you here? Can
                  you hear that? Is he here? [inaudible] Wow, that‘s good to know. You
                  know, to address the thing with Sarah, I never – I hadn‘t met Sarah. But
                  we do seem to work well together. And the characters -- I don‘t know
                  where we‘re going. So it‘s – we‘re largely in the dark, and I kind of like
                  that process.

                  It was the same on Battlestar, not knowing. People always want to know,
                  ―Hey, you know, what‘s happening next? Or where do you think this
                  character‘s going to go? What can you tell us?‖ And not only can we not
                  tell you, and, you know, it‘s not like we‘re as secretively bound on a show
                  like this as say, you know, what happened on Battlestar was really intense
                  and secretive, we just don‘t know yet. I don‘t know yet.

                  And I actually don‘t seek that out. Some actors really do. Some people
                  have got to know what the breakdown is for the next – you know, if you
                  look at the production schedule, they want to know what‘s happening in
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                  October, in episode 13, ―because I need to know‖. And for me, my process
                  is that life doesn‘t unfold that way. I don‘t like to know that in life. I like
                  to take life day by day. And it sounds cliché, and I don‘t – I‘m not trying
                  to simplify it. But not knowing helps me maintain some spontaneity to the
                  character. Just as I don‘t know what‘s going to happen tomorrow.

                  I like that – I like getting the script in, you know, we get it about four or
                  five days before we shoot it, and just go with it. And use the history of
                  what we‘ve already shot to deliver our next script, and deliver the
                  performance in the next script. I‘ve gone – like you said, we‘re six in, I‘m
                  kind of getting a handle on what our dynamic – or at least where Justin‘s
                  coming from. The most complex aspect of it is this relationship with Kate
                  – where this is going, what‘s the point? What‘s happening with it?

                  And that became a point of contention even as late as yesterday when we
                  shot a scene between Sarah and I, and we had this discussion as to exactly
                  what the intention of the scene is. What‘s going on here? Who‘s fighting
                  for what? And you find that interesting as an actor because, you know,
                  you want to say, ―Well, in the scene your character – you know, you‘re
                  trying to – ‖

                  And then I stopped myself saying, I don‘t know what – I can‘t speak to
                  Sarah‘s character, and I can‘t speak for Kate. And I don‘t want to. That‘s
                  how I like the process. I don‘t know why you and I – when you and I have
                  this conversation I know why I‘m going to have this conversation, because
                  I have an intention. And I want to talk about this. What your side is I‘d
                  rather not even know, because that keeps it real.

Panel:            That‘s a really personal – yeah.

Michael Trucco:   Yeah. I think that‘s what keep – I mean, that‘s at least the process that I‘ve
                  come to try to understand as an actor. That I don‘t want to know too –
                  sometimes too much information can be a deficit, in my opinion.

Panel:            Yeah, I guess it‘s just – perhaps it‘s curious as—me as a fan, I‘m nosy.

Michael Trucco:   No, that‘s good.

Panel:            Yeah, we see Leo‘s secret life of Dungeons and Dragons, and we see the
                  secret life of Lauren where she‘s meeting with clients and they‘re hitting
                  on her, and she has to deal with that.

Michael Trucco:   What‘s Justin‘s – yeah.

Panel:            So yeah, I‘m just wondering, what‘s Justin‘s personality? What‘s his
                  secret life outside of meeting with –
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Michael Trucco:   He plays his cards close to the vest. He doesn‘t like telling – he doesn‘t let
                  on too much. To be determined.

Panel:            Were you excited or reluctant to work in Vancouver again?

Michael Trucco:   Ah, gee, wow. Ask that question to my wife, and she‘ll tell you something
                  completely different. It‘s not – it‘s both. Largely excited because of
                  having been up here for the last couple – three years, I love this town. And
                  it is actually the only city outside of Los Angeles – every other city is a
                  deal breaker. Something that you start to discover, and this is going back
                  before now that, you know, having Battlestar under my belt and stuff, you
                  get a little bit more comfortable and hope that you – like to think that
                  you‘re going to work again.

                  I was able to sort of narrow my search down to shows – at one point I told
                  my representation, ―Don‘t send me out for anything that doesn‘t shoot in
                  Los Angeles. I‘m not interested. I don‘t even want to know, because I
                  don‘t want to become interested.‖ I don‘t want to find a great script and
                  they go, ―But it‘s in New Zealand,‖ because I just—I won‘t go. Films,
                  pilots – sure, if the pilot shoots there – Toronto, great. Or a film, you
                  know, I might do one in January in Bulgaria – fantastic. But it‘s maybe
                  anywhere from three to six weeks – there‘s an end.

                  We were pretty sure that I wasn‘t going to take another show anywhere
                  outside of LA. And then Vancouver‘s, like, well, okay, ―Vancouver and
                  LA, and that‘s it.‖ Because it‘s the same time zone, it‘s a two and a half
                  hour flight, and I‘m familiar with this city. You know, I like it here. I
                  could even, you know, contemplate moving here one day. Because I just, I
                  really, really dig it here. So for me it was both. The reluctance is strictly,
                  you know, from a standpoint of relationship. You know, it‘s hard. I travel
                  – I try to at least go back every weekend, back to LA.

Panel:            I could just see you laughing as you, you know, finally get home and then
                  you get cast in another show –

Michael Trucco:   Oh, it was classic – absolutely. Like, ―Really? Here we go again.‖ Yeah,
                  so, no, but it‘s good. I love it here, so.

Panel:            Now you said – I‘m sorry.

Michael Trucco:   No, no.

Panel:            Go ahead.

Michael Trucco:   You‘re up next. My arm‘s getting tired from leaning this way.
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Panel:            You said the character of Justin just wants to move on. Are we going to
                  see him date in any of the upcoming episodes, and how is that going to
                  affect Kate?

Michael Trucco:   Well, Virginia and I joke that they should put Lauren and Justin together,
                  but I think that would just be so wrong on so many levels.

Panel:            I love that idea.

Michael Trucco:   I know, right? No, that would be a show killer. So I can guarantee that‘s
                  not going to happen. I –

Panel:            That would be too Dynasty.

Michael Trucco:   Oh, that‘d be creepy, right? I think that would absolutely just kill any
                  potential for Kate and Justin if that ever happened. So no, I don‘t think
                  there‘s going to be any Lauren-Justin any time soon. But I think that there
                  might be a triangle. There might be at least a possibility of another
                  romantic interest. It‘s hearsay at this point, but I think that it would be an
                  interesting way to go. It certainly would keep this push and pull between
                  Kate and Justin from getting stagnant. So yeah, I can say that there‘s the
                  possibility, definitely. And actually [inaudible].

Panel:            I was just going to ask the other side of that.

Michael Trucco:   Oh yeah.

Panel:            So Justin wants the divorce to go through.

Michael Trucco:   Mm hmm.

Panel:            And if it does, and Kate hooks up with somebody else, how will that affect
                  him? Like, will he be fine with that, or?

Michael Trucco:   No, he‘ll be crushed. Because Justin the lawyer wants the divorce to go
                  through. And that‘s what I think is – that duality, that thing we‘re talking
                  about the character. He‘s very cut and dry and defined in his job. And he
                  doesn‘t like grey area. And that‘s a problem for him. We separated for a
                  reason. These two – these type A personalities that are constantly butting
                  heads. We weren‘t making time for each other.

                  There‘s references in all these scripts about it. It‘s just, you know, I was
                  on this case, and you were on that case. And it‘s just like you always put
                  work – Justin‘s always saying to Kate, ―You always put work before us –
                  always.‖ But she could turn that, you know, right back on my head. But
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                  I‘d say, ―Yeah, but you know, come on, I‘m working in the DA‘s office.
                  And, you know, your dad had a big firm. You always – ‖ It was kind of
                  the more – I‘m trying to say, you know, ―You should have been the more
                  traditional wife and let me work. And, you know, but you were always
                  putting work –― and it‘s just we realize we‘re very similar personalities.

                  That we were very attracted to each other, obviously we still are. But we
                  just didn‘t mesh because we were constantly battling with our work and
                  our personal lives. So Justin the lawyer is like, ―You know what? It just
                  doesn‘t work. This just – we tried. It doesn‘t happen. Let‘s just finalize
                  this divorce and move on. We can still be friends.‖ But then enters this
                  physical and emotional attraction that they still have for one another—it‘s
                  very confusing. And Justin doesn‘t like to be confused.

Panel:            Yeah, so like in theory they could still move on, but [inaudible] –

Michael Trucco:   Yeah, but man, her with another guy – sure, that – there‘s even – I think
                  that‘s in the pilot. There‘s even that slight hint of the suggestion that
                  maybe the guy in the boat next door is with her. And, you know, you don‘t
                  see out and out – you know, I don‘t think Justin‘s the kind of guy that
                  would fly off the handle, ―How dare you?‖ Because if, you know, if we‘re
                  separating then she‘s completely entitled to date whoever she wants. But
                  inside, yeah, that would crush him, yeah.

Panel:            Having – coming back from the success of Battlestar, one of the, I guess,
                  happenstances of being from a hit show, especially a science fiction show,
                  a show that has a very large geek following, is invariably the characters,
                  especially the ones that are usually linked romantically, have a tendency to
                  have fan fiction written about them. Now this show – I‘m not even going
                  to go into [inaudible] – I‘m not going to go –

Michael Trucco:   I don‘t even want to know.

Panel:            This show, just from the pilot, looks like it is going to be a hit. And having
                  come off from your success from Battlestar Galactica I can almost
                  guarantee you‘re going to get a lot of people – viewers from that who are
                  interested in the show, just to see you.

Michael Trucco:   I hope so. Thanks.

Panel:            The question I have is –

Michael Trucco:   All right.
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Panel:            How do you think – I‘m trying to formulate this as I‘m going on. Do you
                  think that you‘d get – you would still see a lot of that going on? More to
                  the point – I‘m really screwing this up, I‘m sorry.

Michael Trucco:   No, I know what you‘re saying.

Panel:            It‘s mostly, how do you think this show would relate to that? I mean, do
                  you think you‘ll –

Michael Trucco:   Well, what I‘m taking – what I gather you‘re saying is this is not a
                  traditional – what they call the nerd herd type of show like a sci-fi show.

Panel:            Right, right.

Michael Trucco:   This is a more conventional romantic dromedy kind of a show. I think it‘s
                  the state of the culture of media that I think those lines are blurred. I don‘t
                  think – shows don‘t have to be on sci-fi, or necessarily a genre show to
                  have such an intense Internet fan base. I think everything now is subject to
                  that. Shippers is the term that I learned for the first time after being on
                  Battlestar. And I thought those were people that, you know, sent frozen
                  goods to [inaudible] countries. I didn‘t, you know – I was like, ―Oh yeah.‖

Panel:            And sometimes they are.

Michael Trucco:   But I thought that, yeah, you got cars across international waters –
                  shippers. Relationship – people who really get involved in these fictional
                  relationships. But that speaks volumes for the state of our media right
                  now. I mean, it‘s happening in literature, in most – these books are being
                  turned into movies. The whole Twilight fan base – you know, there‘s –
                  people really like to get – submerse themselves into relationships.

                  And is that really not ultimately the purpose of entertainment? You know,
                  that‘s what we do, is you hope to give somebody a little bit of solace in
                  their daily life. Be it one hour a day on – you know, one hour a week on
                  television, or two hours in a movie theatre. People like to just – want to
                  turn their brain off, and turn their life off, and just watch and get invested
                  in something else, strictly for the, you know, entertainment purposes.

                  And I think that that has a – this show is, you know, as good as any
                  candidate to be involved in that. And there probably will be people who
                  will, you know, start those shipper lines and see what Justin and Kate are
                  going to do, and find out if somebody else is going to enter the picture for
                  either me or for her and, you know, ramp up the drama. So yeah, I think
                  that that will happen.
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                  I hope so. That‘s what makes a show successful. I hope people from
                  Battlestar watch this. You know, I hope that they weren‘t just watching
                  Battlestar just because of the genre, but they enjoyed the performances of
                  the actors and they want to go on and see what those actors are going to do
                  in their next project. We invite them. I would love to hear from fans that,
                  ―Hey, I saw you in Battlestar and now we‘re watching Facing Kate and
                  really enjoying it.‖ That means we‘ve done our job, yeah.

Panel:            How do you feel about the scope of the show going from something as big
                  as Battlestar with the huge cast, and an epic story arc, to very – it‘s a very
                  intimate show.

Michael Trucco:   Yeah.

Panel:            Yeah, so –

Michael Trucco:   It is.

Panel:            Like, two people scenes most of the time.

Michael Trucco:   I know.

Panel:            Unless she‘s mediating, you know, people throwing oranges.

Michael Trucco:   There‘s that.

Panel:            But, just your take on it going from a large scale to the very intimate,
                  almost theatre like?

Michael Trucco:   It is, huh.

Panel:            Yeah.

Michael Trucco:   I haven‘t even thought of that – it‘s a good question. On Battlestar we had
                  something like 13 series regulars. It changes the workload a little bit. I
                  mean, obviously right now Sarah is taking the brunt of the workload. I
                  mean, there isn‘t a day she has off. There isn‘t a scene she‘s not in.
                  There‘s not a, you know, second of the day that‘s not on set or in some
                  scene in some fashion. You know, it‘s a little lighter for Baron, and
                  Virginia, and myself.

                  But I like it. You know, I like this – you know, I like the concentration of
                  a smaller cast. I mean, that‘s what – it kind of goes back to your first
                  question of what the difference between coming off of Battlestar and
                  doing something like this. I just was looking for something that was going
                  to be 180 degree opposite direction, just because I want to, you know, try
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                  to diversify my roles. And so this is – that kind of follows in that same

Panel:            You guys, I think we have time for one more question.

Michael Trucco:   Sure.

Panel:            Someone that hasn‘t asked one.

Michael Trucco:   [I got] Ah, yeah. [inaudible] just to qualify – who is it? Yeah all right,

Panel:            Someone that hasn‘t asked a question that has one?

Michael Trucco:   Come on, don‘t be afraid to ask questions – I know you‘re just dying –

Panel:            Well, you were talking about entertainment, so what types of
                  entertainment do you like – TV shows you watch, things like that?

Michael Trucco:   Yeah.

Panel:            And are you a geek?

Michael Trucco:   Yeah. No, you know what? I don‘t know what the definition of that word
                  is anymore. The stuff that I like to watch – I‘m trying to think what –
                  almost everything largely we TiVo. You know the shows I‘m really
                  digging, it‘s getting really weird, is True Blood. I love that show. I love
                  Weeds – I don‘t know if you guys know Weeds. Oh my god, I think that‘s
                  fantastic television. Breaking Bad – unbelievable. I remember when Bryan
                  Cranston got that Emmy – I was like, ―Bryan Cranston? What the hell?
                  This – ‖ you know, I was like—

Panel:            [inaudible] –

Michael Trucco:   He really did, and that‘s why he got the Emmy. Damn it, I missed it.
                  Because I was just like, you know what? I just give up on this whole
                  awards thing. Like, who the hell – why? I mean, because Weeds – I mean,
                  Breaking Bad I think maybe had six episodes, and then I was in New York
                  doing Law and Order. And the second AD – I had some time to kill. She
                  goes, ―Here, you have to watch this.‖ And she gave me two DVDs that
                  had three episodes each. And she called me and she goes, ―They‘re ready
                  for us.‖ I was like, ―No, no. No, no, I can‘t – no, no. You started me – I‘m
                  not going anywhere.‖

                  I watched that first season of Breaking Bad back to back and I was blown
                  away. I totally get it. Now I totally understand why he got the Emmy.
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                       That‘s a fascinating show, yeah. So those are the kinds of stuff that, you
                       know, I like to watch. And then anything that you can race. If it has
                       anything to do with racing I watch it. I‘m talking lawnmower racing,
                       airplanes – it doesn‘t matter. Sailboats – I don‘t give a shit. I watch racing.
                       I love racing. Like, that‘s my sport. Not really into football, baseball – I
                       mean, those are all great – hockey, you know, it‘s fun to watch during
                       playoffs. But yeah, my – for entertainment value I love anything that‘s got
                       an engine.

Panel:                 With your cop history do you – sorry –

Michael Trucco:        That‘s all right.

Panel:                 The cop history, have you watched The Wire?

Michael Trucco:        I haven‘t, but I‘ve heard. Yeah, I have to get that. No, I haven‘t watched
                       that. I will.

Panel:                 Just curious.

Michael Trucco:        Okay. Are we good?

Panel:                 Yeah.

Michael Trucco:        Right on. Thank you guys very much.

Panel:                 We have time for a group picture if that works. If people – there‘s no
                       pressure to be in if you don‘t want to.

Michael Trucco:        [inaudible] It‘s going to be a group of two.

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