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					                         SYFY MONDAY CONFERENCE CALL
                               Red: Werewolf Hunter
                                    Felicia Day
                                 October 25, 2010
                                   12:00 pm CT



Operator:       Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. Welcome to the Syfy
                Monday conference call. During today’s presentation, all participants will be
                in a listen-only mode and afterwards we will conduct a question and answer
                session. At that time if you have a question please press the 1 followed by the
                4 on your telephones. And if at any time during the conference you do need to
                reach an operator please press star 0.


                As a reminder, this conference is being recorded Monday, October 25, 2010. I
                would now like to turn the conference over to Mr. Gary Morgenstein. Please
                go ahead sir.


Gary Morgenstein:   Welcome everyone to the Red: Werewolf Hunter digital press conference
                with Felicia Day, the star. So I’m not going to belabor the point. I want to
                introduce Felicia and let’s get it going. Thank you very much. Red airs on
                Syfy Saturday, October 30, at 9:00 p.m.


Felicia Day:    Hello.
Operator:       Absolutely, thank you ladies and gentlemen. If you would like to register a
                question please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your telephones. You will
                hear a three tone prompt to acknowledge your request. And if your question
                has been answered and you would like to withdraw your registration please
                press the 1 followed by the 3.


                And if you are using a speakerphone please lift your handset before entering
                your request. One moment please for our first question. And our first question
                comes from Stefan Blitz with forceofgeek.com. Please go ahead.


Stefan Blitz:   Hi Felicia, how are you today?


Felicia Day:    Hi, good. How are you?


Stefan Blitz:   Good. So I guess the first question is actually a very good friend of mine
                wrote the movie, Brook Durham.


Felicia Day:    Oh great.


Stefan Blitz:   And my first question to you is what drew you to the part?


Felicia Day:    So I got the script in around February or March of this year and I was in the
                middle of writing Guild Season 4 so I actually wasn’t even taking auditions at
                that time because I was so busy. But they sent it over and I read it and I really
                felt like it was such a different role for me that I never played before and I
                really felt attracted to that as well as I’m a huge fairytale fan.


                I actually took several folklore classes in college and I tried to minor in it but
                my dad said that was ridiculous and he stopped that. But I always actually had
                the idea myself that it would be fun to update some fairytales and so it was
                kind of like one of those projects that I thought was kind of tailored to what I
                was looking for at the time.


                It’s much more dramatic than the things that I usually do and it’s slightly - it
                has a lot of horror overtones as well. So I thought it could be a really fun
                challenge and it was just such a privilege to be considered for a lead in one of
                the Syfy movies. I just thought that was really flattering so I carved out my
                schedule and it was just a really - I had such a good time making it.


Stefan Blitz:   Awesome. And I guess a follow-up is it a character that you want to revisit
                again?


Felicia Day:    Yeah it was really fun. It was definitely something that was a lot different
                from what I usually play. It was such a relief almost since I produce and write
                and act and everything that I do to just be an actor on the set and be able to
                really concentrate on, doing all the physical challenges as well as the more
                horror aspects. It was definitely something that would be fun to do again.


Stefan Blitz:   Very cool, thank you very much for your time.


Felicia Day:    Thank you.


Operator:       And our next question comes from (Jenna Bush) with NBC. Please go ahead.


(Miza Rona):    It’s (Miza Rona) actually but that’s okay, I wish it was NBC. Hi Felicia, how
                are you?


Felicia Day:    Hi (Miza Rona), I know you guys. That’s a great site.
(Miza Rona):   Cool. Well so from what we read, this is - Red is sort of a descendant of the
               original Little Red Riding Hood so I’m just curious about the family business
               and how the whole story works.


Felicia Day:   Yeah it’s a secret so really the whole movie pivots around the idea that I’ve
               been - I’ve left my family to sort of find myself outside of the obligation of
               werewolf hunting. And I’m bringing my fiancé back to introduce to my family
               hoping that I will be able to get permission to tell him this secret part of my
               life which is something that I inherited in a sense.


               So really it’s kind of a struggle between family and my obligation that is - that
               was handed to me versus chosen and the idea that I could have a happy life
               outside of that with my fiancé. And, he gets bitten and it’s sort of a struggle to
               try to save everything I want would love in the movie. So, it’s a lot of drama
               and a lot of blood which is fun too.


(Miza Rona):   Well as a follow-up to that, are we really going to sort of see the origin? Are
               we going to get any sort of info about the original Red?


Felicia Day:   There’s a brief moment of flashbacks but really the main thrust of the movie is
               in the modern times dealing with the family and the local, sort of localized
               conflict between the werewolves and that specific clan. So yeah, it does have
               some - a couple of flashback moments though.


(Miza Rona):   Well thank you.


Felicia Day:   Thank you.


Operator:      And our next question comes from the line of (Neil O’Connor) with
               Accidental Sexiness. Please go ahead.
(Neil O’Connor): Hi Felicia, how are you?


Felicia Day:      Good, how are you?


(Neil O’Connor): I’m good. I was wondering, I notice in the past you were on Buffy and you’ve
                  done The Guild and I was wondering what you thought the biggest challenge
                  in making a horror film was versus what you were used to doing.


Felicia Day:      I guess the biggest challenge for me was, I mean, there were a lot of physical
                  challenges on this. I did definitely work out and like train a lot for this role
                  just because it required a little more toughness and more grounded attitude. I
                  guess the role that is most close to what I’ve done in the past is the role that I
                  did on Dollhouse in Epitaph 1 and Epitaph 2 when I played Mag.


                  She was definitely more - the most similar to this character in that there is not
                  as much humor and it’s certainly a person who’s living in high state as well as
                  using a gun properly.


                  I actually had my dad take me to the shooting range for the first time. He’s
                  been bugging me like a decade to go shooting with him because we’re from
                  Texas. And when I called him up he was like oh this is the best father-
                  daughter moment I could ask for.


(Neil O’Connor): That’s awesome.


Felicia Day:      Yeah.


(Neil O’Connor): So which do you enjoy more -- the acting or the producing/directing?
Felicia Day:      I don’t actually direct. I do write everything on The Guild and I do produce it
                  creatively. I definitely work a lot with the director on all the creative that gets
                  on the screen. It’s really two sides of the coin.


                  I really do love acting. I love having - to be able to inhabit a different
                  character and also train. I love the fact that I said I did the guns and I did a lot
                  of fighting here. It’s always fun to actually have something very specific for a
                  character that I get to learn about that’s sort of the R&D side of acting I love.
                  But I can’t ever see myself completely giving up the producing and the
                  writing because I find it so fulfilling.


                  And really my whole past that led to having a big role in a Syfy movie was
                  not because of as much, you know, just being an actor but it’s because you’re
                  kind of forging a path with The Guild and participating in Dr. Horrible, things
                  that are outside the box. So it feels like a big reward in a sense to end up doing
                  this movie.


(Neil O’Connor): That’s great. Well thanks, I’m looking forward to seeing it.


Felicia Day:      Thank you very much.


Operator:         And our next question is from the line of Marc Eastman with
                  areyouscreening.com. Please go ahead.


Marc Eastman:     Hi, how are you doing?


Felicia Day:      Good, how are you?


Marc Eastman:     I’m very good, it’s great to talk to you. You know, the question I had about
                  the show because it’s a little hard to get an exact feel for it, the other Syfy
                movies that we’ve seen like Tin Man and Alice, they had a sort of mix of kind
                of real a bit maybe and then fantasy. Does this one got any of that in it or is it
                just regular day except that we’re werewolf hunters?


Felicia Day:    Yeah I know, I see your point. I think the paranormal sort of - it’s a bit of big
                resurgence in paranormal fiction and entertainment. And it hasn’t, other than
                Twilight, hasn’t crept over into a movie like this before which I think is
                another reason why I wanted to do it because I’m a huge fan of paranormal
                fiction and romance, paranormal romance and all that stuff. So that was really
                attractive to me.


                This setting is definitely set in modern times like the real world, the everyday
                world and the werewolves are actually something that our family is tasked
                keeping from the real world.


                So that’s a big pivot - a big thing the movie rides on is having the conflict
                between revealing that they’re actually werewolves to my fiancé is a big deal
                with my family and it sort of snowballs from there. So yeah, we’re not in a
                fantastical world necessarily although there’s fantastical creatures in the real
                world.


Marc Eastman:   Right, okay. And just real quick follow-up, is it a lot harder to not do comedy?


Felicia Day:    I mean, it definitely is a switch in gear. It was definitely a little more, I mean,
                I definitely took it seriously to be serious. The movie is very dramatic in tone
                and definitely like I said has a lot of horror elements to it.


                But, if you see in the trailer I’m shooting a harpoon at werewolves. So there is
                some fun to be had in that sort of aspect of the movie that, there is - it is a
                little - there are certain things that are over the top in a really fun way.
                So definitely it’s not the same tone as all the recent Syfy movies but I think it
                definitely balances all those things perfectly. And to air right before
                Halloween is kind of the perfect place to watch it.


Marc Eastman:   All right, great. Thanks a lot.


Felicia Day:    Thanks, nice talking with you.


Operator:       And our next question is from the line of Mike Roth with Cox Media. Please
                go ahead.


Mike Roth:      Hi Felicia, how are you?


Felicia Day:    Good, how are you?


Mike Roth:      Good. I love your acting, I love what you’ve done. I mean, especially when
                you get to stretch out with the kind of a bad ass role like this. But I’ve got to
                ask you, basically all the girls that you portray have been really good at heart.
                I mean, you know, they’re nice. Do you ever think about stretching a little bit
                and maybe being a little bit of a bad girl, smoking, drinking, that kind of
                thing?


Felicia Day:    Oh as far as like...


Mike Roth:      You know, just being the kind of girl that we wouldn’t want to take home to
                mom?


Felicia Day:    I don’t know about the leather, I mean, I am - I do have several leather coats.
                But, actually I have been thinking, I am - as a person am very good hearted
                 and I feel like that’s kind of an aspect that sort of shines through when I act.
                 And I bring that with me because kindness, it’s funny that the Internet is my
                 place and I hope to spread kindness there because sometimes it’s lacking. But
                 it also has a lot of the fandom and things are the other side of that coin.


                 To be honest with you, it would be really fun to play a villain. I would love to
                 play an evil villain even if it’s a comedy, a comedy villain, that would be
                 really fun. And that’s actually one of the things that I put on my list like
                 dream roles.


                 And if I don’t get to them, if somebody doesn’t like the part for me or offer it
                 or I get to audition for it, it’s on my list to write for myself in the future.
                 Because, being empowered and being able to make opportunities for me, it’s
                 like the thing that I’m most proud of in my career.


                 So yeah, I cross fingers somebody else would think of me for a villain part but
                 if they don’t I definitely down the road would love to just kind of sink my
                 teeth into something a little more edgy and not so nice.


Mike Roth:       Great, well thanks a lot.


Felicia Day:     Thanks.


Operator:        And our next question is from the line of Blair Marnell with craveonline.com.
                 Please go ahead.


Blair Marnell:   Hi Felicia, I just wanted to ask can you tell us anything about your character
                 on Eureka coming up?
Felicia Day:     Yes, actually I play a scientist that has come to Eureka to work on a secret
                 project. Her name is Dr. Holly Martin and I have a very antagonistic
                 relationship with Fargo, Douglas Fargo played by Neil Grayston and Dr. Isaac
                 Parrish who is played by Wil Wheaton is a factor in that. My attraction to him
                 creates a lot of conflict.


                 And I guess I’m in eight episodes. I have to go back up and finish the finale
                 this week. And I’ve got to tell you that not only are the scripts fantastic but
                 just working on the set is just an amazing opportunity. I feel like that show is
                 really run by geeks in a sense so they know their science and they really - you
                 could see the passion in the scripts and they’re just so funny.


                 I’ve been a show, I mean, a fan of the show in years past so when they called
                 me to be on it I was just ecstatic. And I have to say that this season has
                 definitely raised the bar over all the other seasons. They’re really innovating
                 and doing some just really fun things with the characters and with the dialog
                 and I’m just really happy to be a part of it.


Blair Marnell:   Is there any lines to whether you’ll be back next year as a regular?


Felicia Day:     I have no information on that. I just take it one episode at a time. If they keep
                 calling - they kept calling me back and I was just happy to be there.


Blair Marnell:   All right well thank you Felicia.


Felicia Day:     Thanks a lot.


Operator:        And your next question is from the line of April McIntyre with Monster
                 Critic. Please go ahead.
April McIntyre:   Monsters and Critics. Hey Felicia, how are you?


Felicia Day:      Good, how are you?


April McIntyre:   I’m very well. I enjoyed the film and I had actually some technical questions.
                  Where was the film shot?


Felicia Day:      It was shot in Toronto in March so every scene of the film I’m wearing at least
                  four pairs of tights underneath my jeans because I was so cold.


April McIntyre:   I bet. Any of the actors that you were paired with, Kavan, Stephen, (Carlos), I
                  mean, had you worked with any of these people before?


Felicia Day:      No I hadn’t. I believe all the other actors were Canadian. But the funny thing
                  is that I’m working with Kavan Smith on Eureka so we’re on the same set
                  because he plays the robot, the Android. So that’s - it was really funny to walk
                  on the set and see him there. It’s the other side of Canada and I was like whoa,
                  we’re working together again.


                  But it was really fun because we definitely, you know, it was a very small cast
                  so we worked together and we were kind of on location an hour away from
                  town every day so we really did work well together. And it’s always - it
                  always means a lot to create a little family when you shoot something. So the
                  little Red family was definitely a very supportive, fun group to play with.


April McIntyre:   The house that you shot your interiors in was really something. Do you know
                  anything about the house or did you ask about, you know, whose house that
                  was or what the history of it was? It was a really cool home.
Felicia Day:      Yeah it was actually - it was a very old house that had been recently renovated
                  and in fact half the house had not been renovated so most of the rooms were
                  not - were in the process of being renovated. So the kitchen was done, the
                  dining room was done, the living room was done but other rooms were just
                  gutted.


                  And the - it went on forever. And if you - a couple of scenes that take place on
                  the roof which is like above the third floor and then as far as the last, some of
                  the fight scenes completely utilized all the architecture inside that house.


April McIntyre:   All right, cool. My last question for you, I noticed on your blog you’re quite,
                  you’re quite involved in doing voiceover for games and are you a gamer?


Felicia Day:      Am I a gamer? Yes I’m definitely a gamer. I would define myself solely as a
                  gamer if you had to tell me I had to pick an adjective. Yeah, I actually - that’s
                  my first love.


                  The Guild, my Web show is about gamers and online gamers and I wrote it
                  because of my past has always been online gaming and interacting with
                  people online even when it was - before the Internet was the Internet really
                  like on Prodigy and Compuserve.


                  I would dial up when I was six years old to get Kings Quest tips and things
                  like that. So I feel like I was definitely weaned on the Internet and gaming is
                  the thing that I do in my past time.


                  It’s just - it’s been a huge privilege to be a part of some of these games that
                  I’ve done the voices with. I did Rock of the Dead with Neil Patrick Harris and
                  Fallout which I played for eight hours yesterday and finally recruited myself
                  which is a really - that was very odd to recruit myself and have myself talk to
                  myself to me who is a player but play with my character. But my character is
                  so good in that game I have a pneumatic gauntlet and I was - I one shot - have
                  you played the game?


April McIntyre:   No but I’ve watched it, I know exactly what you’re talking about.


Felicia Day:      Yeah, she’s completely overpowered in a wonderful way and she has great
                  one-liners. The writers told me that they definitely were inspired by Joss
                  Whedon when they wrote the character so I have the best clips in the game, I
                  have to say not modestly.


April McIntyre:   Well the movie was great fun. Thank you so much for your time.


Felicia Day:      Thank you.


Operator:         And your next question is from the line of (Patty Grippo) with pizzazz.com.
                  Please go ahead.


(Patty Grippo):   Hi Felicia, thanks for talking with us today.


Felicia Day:      Hi, thanks a lot.


(Patty Grippo):   What I want to know is you’ve been involved with some projects that have an
                  avid fan following both for the project itself and for your characters. Do you
                  see this particular project Red as eliciting the same response from the fans?


Felicia Day:      I would hope so. I can’t predict what fans, I mean, that’s what I think that I
                  come from a background of the fans are doing me a favor. Their support is
                  completely voluntary and what sparks with them sparks with them. And I
                  don’t come from the idea that I try to make people like something.
                  So I feel like I did a lot of really good work and I feel like the movie is really
                  fun so I can only hope but you never know how people receive things. So I
                  know that I really enjoy it and I would be a fan of this or I wouldn’t have done
                  the project.


(Patty Grippo):   That’s good to hear. Well and talking about the fans and the fan response, I
                  read on your blog that you have a little movement going where you’re trying
                  to get Red to outdo Sharktopus and which by the way was a lot of fun so I can
                  hardly wait to see Red. But how has the response been to that so far?


Felicia Day:      I mean, that was kind of a teasing thing. I’m not going to do a campaign about
                  it. But yeah, it would be nice to at least equal Sharktopus because Sharktopus,
                  they’re definitely two different kinds of movies and I think that’s cool that
                  Syfy is doing different genres of this kind of movie.


                  Like I said, Red is much more dramatic and horror based. But at the same
                  time you could definitely have fun with it when there’s just some over the top
                  things. And we were talking about werewolves too so I feel like the same sort
                  of that guise is underneath it all.


                  And if I could beat Sharktopus - I feel like I could probably stab Sharktopus
                  myself because I trained really hard. So if we were in a tussle together, I don’t
                  want to bet but at least I’d put up a good fight.


(Patty Grippo):   Well thanks a lot for your time.


Felicia Day:      Thank you.
Operator:         And your next question is from the line of (World Higlit) with
                  pinkraygun.com. Please go ahead.


(World Higlit):   Hi Felicia, how are you doing today?


Felicia Day:      Hey (Higlit), how are you?


(World Higlit):   I’m fine. I had a few questions for you, I’m just going to ask you two. What
                  was the main differences between Toronto and Vancouver because you - from
                  the series to the movie? What sort of differences were there?


Felicia Day:      That’s interesting. Well first of all I shot in Toronto in the winter so it was
                  extremely cold. And from what I understand Vancouver doesn’t actually get
                  that cold so that was - it was kind of an interesting contrast. I had never been
                  to Canada before I went to Toronto so it was definitely an eye opening
                  experience.


                  I felt like the crews in both places are very friendly and supportive and I like
                  the idea that the actors kind of interact with the crew on a more work level
                  basis. Everybody is just there to do their work. I felt like that was kind of a
                  commonality between working in Vancouver and working in Toronto. There’s
                  less separation between the actors and the crew which I kind of thought was
                  really nice.


                  The Red crew was much smaller because even though there was lots of
                  actions and stunts it was just I guess a lower budget and a smaller production.
                  So we were moving as fast on Red as we were ever on The Guild really. It
                  was a whirlwind. And being able to do the stunts, you get one take and we’d
                  move on. And at the end of the day we’d just be always - it’s always the film
                  making mantra is you never have enough time to do what you want.
                  But, there were some really cool locations we shot on versus in Vancouver
                  we’re shooting mostly on the stages. That - if you see some of the stills there
                  is like an old shanty town that where we walk through and that town actually
                  just exists. It’s an old set that just kind of deteriorated which really provided
                  awesome production value to I think what - to Red.


(World Higlit):   That was great, thank you. And you will be doing Season 5 of The Guild
                  hopefully later in this year. Do you think there could be a sequel to Red?


Felicia Day:      We don’t know. Season 4 just wrapped up just like two weeks ago so we’re
                  still between seasons. Whether we’re going to get picked up by Microsoft and
                  Sprint again, I would hope so. If you saw the cliffhanger I definitely at least
                  know a little bit of what is going to go on next season so cross fingers about
                  that. We should hear around the beginning of the year probably.


                  And, you never know with projects whether they’re going to have - go on to
                  have a further life. It would definitely be fun to put my knives back on.


(World Higlit):   Well that would be great. So just a follow-up to that, so Season 5 of The Guild
                  will pick up at the convention?


Felicia Day:      I can’t - I’m not going to confirm or deny that. I don’t want to promise
                  something before I have sat down to, you know, I’m actually in the middle of
                  writing the comic books. I’m doing five more issues with Dark Horse so
                  (Bork) is coming out at the end of December and I just turned in the script for
                  (Tink) and then I’m moving on to Blades that I’m co-writing with The Guild
                  director Sean Becker which will be very cool.
                  And, Dark Horse has lined up some amazing cover artists for this sequence so
                  I’m very excited for people to see them and also to enjoy kind of a little more
                  back story with the characters we don’t know quite as much about.


(World Higlit):   Oh that’s fantastic. Well I look forward that and I’m really looking forward to
                  seeing Red as well. Thanks.


Felicia Day:      Thanks.


(World Higlit):   Bye.


Operator:         And our next question is from the line of Joseph Dilworth with Pop Culture
                  Zoo. Please go ahead.


Joseph Dilworth: Hi Felicia, thanks for your time today.


Felicia Day:      Hi, thank you.


Joseph Dilworth: I have always thought of the Syfy movies as sort of a recess for actors in a
                  way. So I was wondering, since this is not something you’re known for and
                  it’s something brand new and something you could really cut loose, did you
                  have a feeling that you could just really go for it and do things you hadn’t
                  done before?


Felicia Day:      Absolutely. Like I said, I really was on a short availability window during this
                  period when we shot Red. And I had turned down a bunch of other - a couple
                  of other things just because I was so busy, because writing takes up so much
                  of my time and it’s very important to me to get my script really, really refined
                  before I produce it.
                  So this was something that just kind of - it came out of left field but it
                  definitely was an opportunity to stretch my acting legs and also just focus on
                  being an actor for once. It was definitely something that I felt like was an
                  interesting challenge.


                  I always look at a project and am I going to learn from this and am I going to
                  learn a new skill from this and is it something that I don’t think I’ll get the
                  opportunity to do again in the future? And this project definitely was check,
                  check, check on all those levels because I’m not the stereotypical action star.
                  So just the opportunity to be able to do that was just - it’s very flattering and
                  just a great experience.


Joseph Dilworth: So whether or not it was a - it would be a sequel for Red or something else as
                  interesting, would you definitely be up for another Syfy movie down the road?


Felicia Day:      Yeah absolutely. I just - it would just depend on the role and the timing but I -
                  obviously Syfy likes what I do which I feel is very flattering and we’re in the
                  same worlds in a sense. And it feels good to know that this is all kind of the
                  result of all the hard work that I do on my Web show every day. It definitely is
                  one of those true Hollywood stories in that hard work does get - beget work.
                  So I really love that.


Joseph Dilworth: Excellent. Well I very much enjoyed Red, it was a lot of fun and really
                  looking forward to seeing you on Eureka.


Felicia Day:      Thank you very much.


Joseph Dilworth: Thanks a lot.
Operator:         And our next question is from Lillian Standefer with Sci-Fi Mafia. Please go
                  ahead.


Lillian Standefer: Hi Felicia, how are you?


Felicia Day:      Good, how are you?


Lillian Standefer: I’m good. Howdy from Texas.


Felicia Day:      Oh yea. Where in Texas?


Lillian Standefer: And also I wanted to say that we at scifimafia.com are big fans of yours so
                  thank you so much for your time today.


Felicia Day:      Oh no, thank you very much.


Lillian Standefer: Well I guess bouncing back to your upcoming guest spot on Eureka, when we
                  had talked to Neil Grayston a couple of months ago he said that he thought
                  that your character of Dr. Holly Martin would be involved in a love triangle
                  with Wil Wheaton’s character.


                  And then when you were shooting over there, there was a curious tweet from
                  Colin Ferguson about him saying something about him standing in front of
                  you naked for two hours. What can you tell us about this and is there a love
                  triangle between your character, Wil Wheaton’s character, and Colin
                  Ferguson’s character?


Felicia Day:      No no, the - my primary storyline is between Fargo and Wil Wheaton
                  although I do have the privilege of working with the other actors in many,
                  many different scenes throughout the season.
                   Yeah that was just a coincidental situation where somebody was unclothed in
                   a scene that I was in and brandishing his bicep weapons at me. And I couldn’t
                   stop giggling even if we were rolling so that was - he was just harassing me.


Lillian Standefer: Is Fargo the third leg of that triangle?


Felicia Day:       Yes he is.


Lillian Standefer: Oh my goodness, I’m so glad that Fargo is getting, you know, some action.


Felicia Day:       Yeah, no I’m sure he - yeah no, it’s very funny. It’s a tumultuous situation.
                   It’s definitely a lot of tension between the three that I can’t tell you where it
                   culminates.


Lillian Standefer: Ah, okay. But in your episodes does Stan Lee also guest star in the same
                   episodes?


Felicia Day:       I was in the - yes I was acting in the episode that Stan Lee was in, yes.


Lillian Standefer: Oh perfect, oh my goodness…


((Crosstalk))


Felicia Day:       So that was exciting because I know him from the conventions, just meeting
                   him there. So I had actually seen him the weekend before at a convention and
                   it was like a reunion with him. He is one of the most charming, nice people I
                   have ever met and just a sweetheart.
                  I’ve never seen actually anybody on a set more - people - the crew who are
                  just usually kind of not really excited about actors because that’s the job. They
                  were fan girling and fan boying out over him getting pictures with him. And
                  he was so gracious, he posed for probably like 60 photos just for the crew. I
                  mean, just a class act.


Lillian Standefer: Oh that’s amazing. Well and as a follow-up question, I’ve been seeing in the
                  news that a lot of the younger generation are less inclined to choose a career
                  in math and science these days. And I know that you mention in your blog that
                  you were home schooled and that you didn’t necessarily like experience the
                  stigma of being, you know, like a geek or, you know, too smart or something.


                  And even though being a geek is chic like amongst our generation, I don’t
                  know if it’s evolved past that in, you know, regular everyday schools for kids
                  today. What would you say to them to encourage them not to be afraid to be
                  intelligent?


Felicia Day:      I think it’s very complicated and nothing that - I don’t think there’s one thing
                  that could change all children to love math and science.


                  But I do feel like the thing that made me as a child want to be good at math
                  and want to know science and math was that my parents were both scientists.
                  My dad was a doctor, my mom was a microbiologist, my grandfather is a
                  nuclear physicist. So in our family there was no question whether you would
                  be educated in that area, it would just be which topic and how good are you.


                  So there was a big motivation and I think it all comes down to mentors. And,
                  those are things that we in the public eye, I think that it’s interesting. Geeks
                  are a little bit chic but it’s more underground.
                  Like if you think of just the typical woman that a 12 year old girl would
                  emulate and admire right now, I don’t know that it’s going to be a woman
                  who’s necessarily known for her brains or for her scientific acumen or any of
                  that. Not to insult anybody but I’m just - it’s more about looks and about what
                  purse you have and more reality TV based. And I feel like the thing that you
                  can do as a creator is to create roles that are not stereotypical like that, that
                  just don’t base on looks.


                  And, one of the things that’s a byproduct of what I do on the Internet that’s
                  the thing that I’m most proud of is that girls are much more proud of saying
                  that they’re gamers or sort of coming out of the closet as gamers. Because
                  they were there the whole time but it was just considered weird or unless you
                  look like some kind of really, really hot over the top stereotypical “gamer girl”
                  that you shouldn’t say that you’re a gamer.


                  So to me it’s all about mentors and making it acceptable and having people
                  that you want to emulate and admire who are interested in those things. So, I
                  mean, I don’t know what the quick solution is but it’s just encouraging
                  mentors in a sense will make people, that’s really what people and kids want
                  to drive themselves toward achieving in.


Lillian Standefer: Excellent. Thank you so much Felicia.


Felicia Day:      Okay, no problem. Thank you.


Lillian Standefer: Thanks.


Operator:         And our next question is from the line of Jamie Ruby with scifivision.com.
                  Please go ahead.
Jamie Ruby:    Hi, thanks so much for doing the call today.


Felicia Day:   No problem.


Jamie Ruby:    So first I’ve got to ask, can you talk about working on Dr. Horrible? I would
               love that.


Felicia Day:   I mean, there’s a lot to talk about. It was an amazing experience. I don’t think
               that I’ll ever have a job to top my experience on that set. Really, it was about
               working with fantastic people but every single person was really there for the
               love of the project.


               It wasn’t really a job because clearly it was done on such a low budget and
               nobody was really getting paid an advance for it like a normal TV show or
               movie. But everybody knew that - there was like a crackling creativity on set
               that everybody knew that they were making the best thing they possibly could
               with no interference and their vision was going directly to the screen without
               having the typical steps that you do when you develop something.


               So, it definitely was just an amazing experience and clearly lives on. I hope
               that in the future they re-explore the universe of it whether, you know, I don’t
               know if I would be involved or not but I could only hope.


Jamie Ruby:    Great. So you talked a bit about, you know, your dream role and wanting to
               play a villain and all that but is there someone specific that you really want to
               work with in the future?


Felicia Day:   Wow, there’s some fantastic directors I would love to work with, Edgar
               Wright and Wes Anderson and, I could go down the list of directors that I
               would love to work with. I’d love to work with Ron Moore and Bryan Fuller.
               There are certain people that just really make me, you know, Simon Pegg, I
               would love to act with Simon Pegg.


               I definitely have a little dream list of my own going on. Who knows if that
               would ever happen but those are the people that definitely make me squeal if I
               ever was even in a room with them. I think I saw the back of Tina Fey’s head
               once and I almost fainted.


Jamie Ruby:    That’s great. You talked - you mentioned a lot of directors. Have you ever
               considered directing yourself since you usually do the writing?


Felicia Day:   I’ve never directed anything and I think that my experience writing comic
               books made me appreciate it on a different level. I agreed to do the comics
               with Dark Horse for The Guild without really thinking through what a comic
               book writer really, I mean, I appreciated it but unless you do it you don’t
               appreciate what a comic book writer really does.


               And a comic book writer is the function of what is on screen that a director
               would do, a DP would do, a writer, and production designer really. I mean,
               you really do - are the master of that domain in a world - in a way that I didn’t
               really appreciate before I started.


               So training myself to think visually in order to write the comics was definitely
               a training wheels experience. But I feel like that is definitely something that
               would contribute to my interest to direct in the future. Right now I’m really
               concentrating on developing the ideas that I want. I’m working on a couple
               other Web series right now to do between Guild seasons and as a creator I’m
               really driven to get the stories I want to out there.
               But I definitely won’t rule out the idea of trying to direct in the future.
               Everything I have always tried to do it just raises my appreciation for what
               those people - the experts in that field do.


Jamie Ruby:    Okay great, thank you so much.


Felicia Day:   Thank you.


Operator:      And our next question is from the line of Jessica Rae with Small Screen
               Scoop. Please go ahead.


Jessica Rae:   Hey Felicia, I love that you mentioned King’s Quest because I haven’t
               thought of that in forever. How are you feeling today?


Felicia Day:   I’m good. You can actually download King’s Quest on gog.com, g-o-g.com.
               It’s a site that I just got this little alien wire notebook and I’ve been
               downloading all these old games that I played as a kid like Masquerade
               Vampire and all the King’s Quest and Space Quest and Planescape Torment
               and all the old - yeah so they have a great list of old games they have adapted
               for modern use and I’ve just been wasting a lot of time on that.


Jessica Rae:   Well that’s very cool. I’m going to check that out because how can you not?


Felicia Day:   Yeah it’s a great Website and it’s only like $6 for them so it’s like a total deal.


Jessica Rae:   That is a deal, cool. So from the trailer, your character seems very tough, very
               gritty. Can you talk about how you relate to Virginia’s personality?
Felicia Day:   Yeah, it was definitely something that I worked on a lot to be able to ground
               her. And, it’s hard - you can see somebody sometimes acting tough and I
               wanted to make sure that it was something organic.


               I have a perception of myself as being tougher in my head than I know that I
               look so that was definitely something that I had to work on. And, as an actor I
               just worked to ground her and try to find some traits that we had in common.


               She’s a character that really cares deeply about everybody and is torn and
               really wants to make everything work. And I definitely feel that in myself that
               not only do I get together, but people to put together a Web show and almost
               no money.


               So I feel like there is a commonality in that, and I always love bringing out the
               best in people. That’s something that really I realize makes me happy in life
               and I feel like that’s sort of a commonality in this character. She’s definitely
               thinking of other people before herself in a sense.


Jessica Rae:   Well that sounds very much like the you that we’ve come to know so that’s
               very cool. And I love that this is airing before Halloween. Will you be
               watching this with friends live on Syfy as it airs or anything?


Felicia Day:   Yeah absolutely. I think the producer has a screening planned for Saturday
               and I think I’m getting back into town from Eureka just on Saturday morning.
               So I’ll be tired but I definitely will be watching. I think it’s just so cool. I
               didn’t know that it was supposed to air so on this date and when I heard it I
               just thought, it’s a perfect time to air it because who doesn’t want to kill
               werewolves on a Halloween weekend?


Jessica Rae:   And will you tell us what you’re going to do for Halloween?
Felicia Day:   I actually have no plans. I actually specialize in the complaining about having
               no costume at the last minute even though I should have planned ahead.


               A friend of mine actually gives out - has a really big Halloween party every
               weekend so - or every year so this Sunday I’ll be at her house handing out
               candy because I like to not give candy to kids who don’t have a costume on.
               I’m sort of the candy administrator of the block so that’s pretty fun.


               And somebody on Twitter actually this morning gave me a really good idea
               for a costume. They suggested that I dress as my Fallout character Veronica
               the scribe and I thought that’s kind of fun. If I could just get a pneumatic
               glove though before Sunday I’ll be there.


Jessica Rae:   Or you could be the - do something for the candy administrator like a button
               and some kind of hat, I don’t know.


Felicia Day:   It’s true. Maybe a mustache.


Jessica Rae:   Yes that would be awesome. Anyways, thank you so much. Talking to you is
               a pleasure as always.


Felicia Day:   Oh thank you so much.


Operator:      And our next question is from Ian Cullen with scifipulse.net. Please go ahead.


Ian Cullen:    Hey, how are you doing?


Felicia Day:   Good, how are you?
Ian Cullen:    I’m good, I’m good. I’ve just got a question about your character in Red. You
               know, on a show like Buffy which, you know, it’s kind of obvious to me is a
               (unintelligible) being a werewolf slayer and whatnot. On Buffy she’s kind of
               like, you know, all the (unintelligible) because she’s chosen one. You know,
               she’s kind of a natural in so many ways. Is that the same for your character in
               Red?


Felicia Day:   I think it’s interesting because in Buffy, Vi was chosen to be a slayer and kind
               of found herself in being chosen and I think it’s actually almost the opposite.
               It’s taking that idea of being chosen and showing the dark side of it really in
               this movie because my character Red does not feel settled with the idea of
               being trapped by destiny in a sense.


               She was chosen before birth because the family is obligated to fight
               werewolves but it’s not something that she definitely - she wanted for herself.
               She didn’t want that to be her only aspect or to trap her into not living her life
               fully. And really that’s the core of the conflict, trying to fight fate in a sense.


               So yeah, I feel like it’s almost the opposite of Vi. I mean, like I said, I think
               that the role that most closely, you know, performance wise and just
               personality wise that I have played before, the most similar would be my role
               in Dollhouse when I played Mag because she was sort of out of her element in
               a sense and fighting, tired of the world breaking down in a sense and feeling
               helpless and just trying to get day to day.


Ian Cullen:    I’ve got one more question for you. This is kind of with The Guild in some
               ways because, you know, I’m aware The Guild is a completely independent
               production that you’ve done yourself and I actually have a friend who is
               embarking on his own Web series. I’m just wondering, what advice would
               you give to people out there that are planning to do their own Web series?
               You know, what would you say the pitfalls are?


Felicia Day:   I would just say that, shooting it, it’s like every film, really shooting it and
               getting it made is only like 20% of the work. The work with the Web series is
               being smart about how you find your audience, about how you interact with
               your audience, and how you retain your audience.


               We are very privileged to have very loyal fans that carry us through with no
               advertising whatsoever. Microsoft puts us on their portals but we don’t have
               billboards, we don’t have ads, we don’t have anything really to publicize this
               and yet we still have millions and millions of views, we sell a DVD in stores,
               we have - so it’s completely word of mouth.


               And I think that you always have to operate - at the end of the day you always
               have to do the work yourself so any extra help you get from your distributor
               or the places you upload, it’s only going to - you always have to rely only on
               yourself and everything else is kind of bonus.


               I guess also I would say please make sure that you take time with the script. I
               know a lot of people who have written a first draft of a script and they think
               that’s writing but really I discovered that the first draft is merely a roadmap
               and you have to really, really work so hard in order to make the script go.


               Because if you have a great script it doesn’t matter how much you pay your
               actors or how nice a camera you have or if you have money to do special
               effects. Like if you have a good story it will definitely shine through and the
               problem is that some people are a little hasty and think that just having a script
               equals let’s just go shoot it.
                  I think being careful about what you present is the most important thing
                  because the Web, you know, you can find an audience for anything. So if you
                  make sure your story is something that just a small segment of the population
                  will like you’ll find an audience and that’s the beautiful thing about the Web.


Ian Cullen:       I’ve got one more question for you actually. As you can probably tell I’m
                  from the other side of the pond. Just when you talk about Syfy stuff on Syfy
                  Channel and stuff like that, can you ever see yourself playing a role in Dr.
                  Who if it was actually offered and if it was, what kind of role would you like
                  it to be?


Felicia Day:      Oh wow. I mean, yeah, I mean, I could definitely see myself doing that. I
                  mean, like I said earlier, like it would be fantastic to play somebody evil to be
                  honest with you. That would be kind of a treat for me. But, there are certain
                  iconic franchises like Dr. Who that, I mean, honestly just a walk-on part
                  would just thrill me to the bone.


Ian Cullen:       Okay, thanks a lot for your time and it’s been really nice speaking to you.


Felicia Day:      Thank you.


Operator:         And our next question is from the line of (Heather McLadahe) with The
                  Televixen. Please go ahead.


(Heather McLadahe): Hi Felicia, thank you so much for your time today. I’m also calling in
                  from Texas so glad to talk to a local girl.


Felicia Day:      Cool.
(Heather McLadahe): So when you said you mentioned that most of the cast on Red was
                 Canadian, were you aware of Stephen McHattie when you went up there? Had
                 you been aware of his work since he’s a bit of an icon as far as Sci-Fi and
                 Canadian work in general?


Felicia Day:     Yeah, well I think he’s one of those actors that you don’t know that you know
                 him until you see his face and then you’re like oh my gosh, that’s that guy. He
                 is - yes, what a great actor, like really just immersive really in the part.
                 Sometimes I didn’t know if he was in character or not off the set. He is just -
                 he is definitely inspirational in that he took what was on the page and just kind
                 of made it his own in a way that you could never have scripted honestly.


                 So he’s definitely an icon and working, I found in the past that you definitely -
                 there are certain actors that raise the bar for the other actors and definitely
                 make them better at what they do. And he is one of those guys that you never
                 see the actor in him, you just see the truth of the character. So he was actually
                 pretty frightening to be honest with you.


(Heather McLadahe): That sounds about right. My other question is you are involved in so many
                 different types of activities and types of work. Which one sorts of feeds you
                 the most, which one do you wake up the most excited about being able to do
                 for the day?


Felicia Day:     I think that I’m a little ADD in the sense that I love everything I do. I love the
                 waking up to write something, I love working on a new project, I love actually
                 giving notes. I’m producing a couple of Web series with my co-producer and
                 we’re developing the scripts and just being able to help people on their scripts
                 is really fun for me. I love being on set, I mean, I love taking around the craft
                 service tray to make sure that everybody has a carrot or a cupcake.
                  So to me the collaborative nature of film making is something that I love so
                  no matter what role I’m playing I really enjoy it and I feel like I’m really
                  doing something that is fulfilling in life.


                  Even waking up and spreading the word about a new episode, like that is kind
                  of a thrill. That’s something I would never want to give up being able to
                  release stuff into the wild onto the Web and see all the feedback good and bad.
                  That’s just what goes with the territory when you have millions of people at
                  your fingertips. So it definitely toughens you up but it definitely makes me - it
                  keeps me going.


(Heather McLadahe): So are you one of those folks that can go on like four hours a night? It
                  sounds like you just have full days.


Felicia Day:      No no, I’m a big sleeper so I trade sleeping for social life mostly.


(Heather McLadahe): Cool. Well thank you so much.


Felicia Day:      Thank you.


Operator:         And our next question is from Mark Hudspeth from (True Soldier). Please go
                  ahead.


Mark Hudspeth: Hi Felicia, how are you?


Felicia Day:      Hey Mark, what’s up?


Mark Hudspeth: All right, I’ll try not to ask too many Web series questions, I’ll keep the fast.
                  But you did mention other Web series projects. And you probably can’t talk
                  about them but are you going to stay in the comedy realm, are you going to try
                 getting into some of the dramatic roles that you were talking about, some of
                 what you’ve done with Red?


Felicia Day:     I can’t really say anything but I would say a couple of each. I am working on
                 something a little more dramatic but we’ll see. It’s a long development
                 process. Like I say, I will not take one step forward unless I think the script is
                 good enough to step forward on. It’s just a - as long as there’s no deadline I
                 will spend as long as I need to make sure that I’m proud of every word that
                 comes off the page.


Mark Hudspeth: Awesome. And then holiday videos, you guys are known for creating some
                 very memorable holiday videos. Is there one in the works for the remainder of
                 the year? Will we see one?


Felicia Day:     No not for the remainder of the year because there are some production
                 conflicts with some people. But I do - I am looking toward early next year to
                 see what holidays are there in the first quarter or couple of quarters of the year
                 to definitely do one. We’re going to release our Halloween video that was
                 only on the DVD perhaps to YouTube this year. So that would be a good idea
                 I think. But nothing for Christmas because we did Christmas last year, I don’t
                 want to ever do the same thing.


Mark Hudspeth: That’s true. Awesome, well thank you. And good luck with the movie.


Felicia Day:     Thank you.


Operator:        And our next question is from the line of Kevin Bachelder with
                 tuningintoscifitv.com. Please go ahead.


Kevin Bachelder: Hey Felicia.
Felicia Day:      Hi.


Kevin Bachelder: Hey, move back to a discussion of Red a little bit. We touched on a little bit
                  the fact that you’ve got some guns and some other things going on in the role.
                  Can you talk a little bit about the physical demands? Were there some stunts
                  you got to do or fun stuff like that at all?


Felicia Day:      Yeah, I did a lot of stunts. They did have a stunt double there to do some of
                  the things but I definitely - I requested to go up early just to be able to train
                  with some things. And I definitely got in better shape than I’ve ever been in
                  my life for this. I worked out every single day. And it makes me admire the
                  other mainstream actresses who are known for their physicality.


                  Like it’s a full time job just to stay in shape for things like this because you’re
                  working 12 hours a day. You have to find time to physically stay in it as well
                  as this character is a little more mature and also Kavan, I wanted to make sure
                  that the back story with Kavan and I was believable. So, the way I did my
                  hair, the way that I dressed, it was all things that I got to collaborate on with
                  the director and the producers.


                  It definitely was one of those things where I would really just wake up and go
                  to set and go to bed. And by the end of the week we had like 7:00 pm calls so
                  I didn’t - my body had no idea what day it was. I would go out to brunch and
                  they were like it’s Monday, you can’t have brunch because we were working
                  on 18 hour days.


                  So yeah, it was very physically demanding and made me appreciate working
                  on Buffy with Sarah Michelle Gellar, working all day every day, being first in,
                  last out. It definitely seems glamorous on the outside but somebody like Colin
                  on Eureka even, he’s working every single day all day in every scene and it’s
                  a lot of hard work. It’s definitely something to admire.


Kevin Bachelder: Excellent, well thanks very much.


Felicia Day:      Thank you.


Operator:         And as a reminder ladies and gentlemen, to register a question press the 1
                  followed by the 4 on your telephones. And our next question is from Rachelle
                  Thomas with Right Celebrity. Please go ahead.


Rachelle Thomas: Hi Felicia, how are you?


Felicia Day:      Good, how are you?


Rachelle Thomas: Good, thanks for taking the time to meet with us. I just had a quick question I
                  want to know. I mean, obviously you’re very passionate about the acting and
                  the writing, producing and everything. I mean, what sort of got you into it?
                  Have you always been into it or what just sort of I guess made you follow that
                  path?


Felicia Day:      No no, not at all actually. When I decided to film The Guild and put it online,
                  I was terrified. When I sat down to write a script for the first time ever and
                  actually complete it, it was kind of a terrifying experience.


                  And I think that sort of inhibits a lot of people from actually following
                  through with something they think they’d like to do but they’re afraid, they’re
                  afraid that it’s not going to be good, they’re afraid that it’s going to be too
                  hard, they’re afraid that nobody will watch it. There are just all these fears that
                  I think prevent people from creating.
                 And, the best - the most rewarding things that I’ve gotten out of this whole
                 journey in the last three years is that setting your fears aside and just plowing
                 ahead no matter what will happen reaps the most rewarding and gratifying
                 things in life.


                 So yeah, I just - it was a situation where I was just frustrated with the roles
                 that I was getting. I was being typecast more and more as kind of this quirky
                 secretary role who would just have a walk-on. And it just got very frustrating
                 and I didn’t think that was all that I had to offer and I didn’t see any other
                 option other than to quit and do something else with my life or just really
                 forge ahead and try to invent something myself.


                 Not to say that I have this grand vision, I just was trying to be creatively
                 fulfilled and just doing that and getting talented people to work with me, we
                 all made this every single day for no money, and this has come out of it.


                 It really is gratifying that hard work, and it is very hard work. I’m on the
                 Internet all day every day doing what I do. But it does pay off in a sense that
                 I’ve opened the door to do something like Red where I’m in the lead and I’m
                 not behind a desk being a secretary.


Rachelle Thomas: And just a quick follow-up, have you always wanted to be an actress? Have
                 you always wanted to go down that road? Or when you were growing up is
                 there something else you thought you wanted to be?


Felicia Day:     I mean, when I was growing up yeah, my aunt was the one who encouraged
                 me. She actually had a theater degree and she encouraged me to start acting
                 when I was like 8. I did community theater, I did Scout in To Kill a
                 Mockingbird.
                   But, I was primarily a violinist. I had been playing the violin since I was 3 and
                   it was really sort of - I went to college early, I was 16, I got a full scholarship
                   and I did a bunch of competitions, I did solo work, and I won all these things
                   and I performed in front of orchestras.


                   So, really the plan was to be a violinist but when I got into college when I
                   realized what the options were with that, I didn’t really necessarily want to
                   play in an orchestra for the rest of my life. So I knew that being a performer,
                   being creative would always be part of my life and acting, it sort of as I went
                   through college became the thing that I definitely wanted to try to do. And I
                   moved to LA right after I graduated.


Rachelle Thomas: That’s fantastic. Well you’re very talented and I too look forward to seeing
                   you on Eureka. It’s one of my favorite shows and I can’t wait to see you on
                   there.


Felicia Day:       Oh thanks, it’s such a great role. It’s just really a joy to be on the show.


Operator:          And our next question is from the line of (Christina Copar) with Maverick
                   Media. Please go ahead.


(Christina Copar): Hey Felicia, thanks for taking our call and staying so very long too.


Felicia Day:       I know, no it’s fine.


(Christina Copar): I want to know how is it working with Kavan because you worked with him
                   not only on this but also as W.D. Andy on Eureka.
Felicia Day:      Yeah, it’s so funny when I walked on the set and I saw him there. It was really
                  funny. We worked together several times during the season and it’s just like a
                  homecoming being able to work with actors. It’s a very small, tight group and
                  it seems like especially when you go to conventions you know everybody
                  there and you learn to know everybody through that.


                  So I had - it’s just a great time being able to reunite with him in a completely
                  different role. We don’t have to have the chemistry necessarily on Eureka that
                  we had to have on Red.


(Christina Copar): And working in radio I have to ask, if you were to press Shuffle on your IPod
                  right now what would be the most embarrassing song that would play?


Felicia Day:      Oh boy, like that new shoe song. I mean, honestly I listen to really bad stuff. I
                  mean, it’s the worst 80s music the better. There’s probably some, Cool
                  Sunglasses, what is that one? That’s a terrible one. Duran Duran.


(Christina Copar): Duran Duran’s not bad.


Felicia Day:      It’s not bad but, I mean, there are levels of bad. I love - personally I love
                  Roxette. I’m a big Roxette defender.


(Christina Copar): The Look.


Felicia Day:      People put them - yes, The Look is right here. I’m looking at it right now. It
                  sounds like somebody is playing somebody in the background there. Is it Hall
                  & Oates?


(Christina Copar): No right now it’s Lee Ann Rimes’ I Need You.
Felicia Day:       Oh okay, that’s pretty embarrassing but good.


(Christina Copar): A little bit. Well thank you.


Felicia Day:       Thanks a lot.


Operator:          And our next question is from the line of (Han Nguyen) with statuette.com.
                   Please go ahead.


(Han Nguyen):      Hi Felicia.


Felicia Day:       Hey.


(Han Nguyen):      Hi, you had mentioned something about like you’re a fan of paranormal
                   romances. Like which ones?


Felicia Day:       Oh all of them. If you check my goodreads.com account/feliciaday I have
                   hundreds of books on the vaginal fantasy and vaginal urban fantasy shelves.


                   I really love, I mean, I’m a huge fan of Ilona Andrews and Richelle Mead and
                   Rachel Caine and Lisa Shearin. I mean, I literally probably have read all of
                   them. I’m not kidding. There are some others that I’m getting to. I’m reading
                   like a really cool Steampunk novel right now by Meljean Brooks, Meljean
                   Brooks.


                   And I guess - oh there’s a great urban fantasy series that I just discovered that
                   I’m obsessed with by (Caroline Kane) which is Doubleblind. It’s fantastic. It’s
                   like a neurotic superhero urban fantasy. It’s like my favorite thing going on
                   right now.
(Han Nguyen):   Oh gosh, that’s awesome. And I don’t know if you’ve ever read what was it
                called, Sunshine by Robin McKinley.


Felicia Day:    Yeah Robin McKinley?


(Han Nguyen):   Yeah.


Felicia Day:    Yeah, I love that book. It’s actually one of my top favorite books. I wish she’d
                do a sequel but I guess that would not really work out but I love the world that
                she created, that’s for sure.


(Han Nguyen):   Yeah I had talked to Charlaine Harris who did the True Blood inspired books
                and she has even requested a sequel for that and it’s just not going to happen.


Felicia Day:    Why? Oh that’s so weird.


(Han Nguyen):   Well it’s because Robin McKinley is very, you know, she’s like that’s a
                contained book.


Felicia Day:    Yeah I love her work. I’ve read all her other fantasy stuff, I love it.


(Han Nguyen):   Me too.


Felicia Day:    I always make sure that it’s all listed on Good Reads.


(Han Nguyen):   I’ll check that out. And then so you are in a movie with, you know, the
                werewolf thing and you’ve done the vampire thing. Do you have a preference
                which is sexier?
Felicia Day:    Well from a dating standpoint definitely I think vampires because the whole
                hair thing doesn’t work for me.


(Han Nguyen):   No, okay. You like them less (resute).


Felicia Day:    Yeah I like the genteel vampire is definitely one that I’m a fan of. I definitely
                am a fan of Jean Claude from the early I Need a Break novels. I feel like he
                was kind of the paragon of that in the early ones like 1 through 5.


(Han Nguyen):   The early ones, right. It gets a little dicey later on.


Felicia Day:    Yeah.


(Han Nguyen):   And then when you were doing your stunts, did you have any injuries?


Felicia Day:    I had bruises all over my body all the time but no injuries because I did work
                out a lot. I think the worst thing you can do is go and do something really
                physical and not be in shape. So I went to my gym and I took like old lady
                weightlifting classes and like little cheerleader girls would go Lift and Lift and
                they would play like Pump It Up. And you know what, it got me in shape so I
                can’t complain about it.


(Han Nguyen):   Right, right, right. And then one last, you’ve mentioned okay guns and knives
                and a harpoon. What are all the weapons you’re going to be using in this
                movie?


Felicia Day:    I mean, there are a lot and I think that’s where the fun comes in. This is a very
                serious movie but you can definitely laugh with it on some of the parts that it
                takes very seriously but where I have a harpoon in my hands. I feel like there
                   is that sort of element that it’s a little over the top which I think is fantastic. It
                   definitely infuses a fun spirit underneath a lot of drama and horror.


                   So I use an array of weapons. I have knives and various - some of the other
                   cast members have some great like cyberpunk Tommy gun looking things. So
                   yeah, there’s some really fun things. It’s definitely something you can have
                   fun with looking in the background at all the things that are on the wall.


(Han Nguyen):      Oh oh, sorry one more. When is Eureka starting? Do you know?


Felicia Day:       I don’t know that. I don’t know that Syfy has announced when the back ten of
                   the season has been - will air. I’m not sure. Sometime next year I’m sure.


(Han Nguyen):      Okay, all right well great talking to you and I look forward to seeing both of
                   those.


Felicia Day:       Okay, bye.


(Han Nguyen):      Thanks.


Operator:          And our next question is a follow-up question from the line of Lillian
                   Standefer with Sci-Fi Mafia. Please go ahead.


Lillian Standefer: Hey Felicia, going back to Red, you were talking a little bit about the
                   mythology of her family and the story of how we get to the storyline of Red
                   coming from the fairytale.


                   At the end of the Grimm version of Little Red Riding Hood, Riding Hood and
                   her grandmother do actually set a trap for another opportunistic wolf and, you
                  know, as they have learned from their first experience. Does Red take that and
                  kind of progress it to a werewolf kind of hunting modernization of the story?


Felicia Day:      I think that was definitely the inspiration from it. Like I think the fairytale
                  itself was only like a jumping off point about the idea that if the first Red
                  Riding Hood killed the first wolf then what if they felt like the responsibility
                  was to kill all wolves forever and keep them away from the world.


                  So, I mean, it’s not so much a literal I think interpretation as just a jumping off
                  point of the idea that you have werewolves joined with that fairytale which I
                  think is kind of a clever thing.


Lillian Standefer: Are you more of a werewolf person or a vampire person? Because I know that
                  usually people are one or the other.


Felicia Day:      Yeah, I mean, I think there has been really fun stuff on both ends as far as
                  literature. I love Mercedes Thompson or Mercy Thompson. Those books are
                  fantastic ones that made me love werewolves in a way that I didn’t like
                  before.


                  So I have to say that vampires are definitely my preference but there are
                  certain books that bring werewolves to life really, really well and hopefully
                  that will kind of continue into Red be a sort of humanization or
                  anthropomorphize them, is that the word?


Lillian Standefer: Well I’m an old Vampire the Masquerade lover so I’m friendly in the - that’s
                  my little geek secret.


Felicia Day:      Oh that’s very cool. I just downloaded that on - the old game on gog.com.
Lillian Standefer: Oh awesome.


Felicia Day:      So funny.


Lillian Standefer: But yeah so I’m in the werewolf killing camp so I’ll be like cheering you on.


Felicia Day:      You’ll be enjoying what happens in the movie then.


Lillian Standefer: I hope so, I hope so. Well and what was the most fun you had in that role?


Felicia Day:      It was fun like at the - I love doing the fights things, I really did. Being able to
                  run and jump on people and like slash and learning how to use a gun. Like I
                  said, I actually went and trained and went to a shooting range and shot real
                  guns to do that because I didn’t want to look like I didn’t know how to handle
                  a firearm which was really fun.


                  Those are the fun things in acting when you can learn something new and you
                  take that through. It changes you. Those things just add to who you are and
                  what you know how to do.


Lillian Standefer: Excellent. Well I can’t watch - can’t wait to watch Red when it comes out this
                  weekend. And you are a huge inspiration for geek girls everywhere so thank
                  you very much and we love you.


Felicia Day:      Oh thank you so much for saying that. It means - it really does mean a lot to
                  me.


Lillian Standefer: Thank you.


Felicia Day:      Bye.
Lillian Standefer: Bye.


Operator:         And our last question is from the line of Jamie Ruby with scifivision.com.
                  Please go ahead.


Jamie Ruby:       Hi again.


Felicia Day:      Hi.


Jamie Ruby:       I was reading your book list. You’ve read a lot of books.


Felicia Day:      Oh yeah, that’s not even all of them. Somebody - I just - some of them I don’t
                  have listed so yeah, I read a lot. I love my Kindle, I read a lot.


Jamie Ruby:       Well I suggest Nina Banks for paranormal romance. That’s who I like.


Felicia Day:      Oh I’ve never picked her up because of her name but I guess I’ll try it.


Jamie Ruby:       Yeah actually they’re really good. They’re funny and got the romance so I like
                  it. So I was going to ask really quick, can you talk about maybe your favorite
                  scene in Red the film without, you know, giving too much away?


Felicia Day:      Yeah I don’t know if I can give a lot away. I do - I feel like there are some
                  dramatic things when I’m - I think the more - the scenes - there are a couple of
                  scenes if you take one where I’m very disempowered. It’s sort of - that would
                  be with the bad guy Steve McHattie.


                  And there’s definitely a scene there that has a lot of subtext and I think was
                  kind of dramatically shot and it was just really fun to be able to act like that.
                And then of course the ending, the finale, I don’t want to give anything away
                but there’s some really fun things that happen in that and there was a lot to
                coordinate.


                But I can’t wait to see it. I haven’t actually seen some of the final, final
                wolves so it was always something where it was what do the werewolves look
                like and it was always oh they’re going to look like this. And to see them
                come to life now in the post phase was kind of a thrill for me.


Jamie Ruby:     Okay, one last quick question. Since we’ve been talking so much about Sci-Fi
                and fantasy and everything -- if you could have a superpower what would it
                be?


Felicia Day:    I always thought - I’ve been playing Fallout and the pleasure that I get stealing
                things from people, I think that I would want to be invisible because then I
                could sneak around and eavesdrop and steal things. I have to say that’s
                probably what I would do.


Jamie Ruby:     Okay thanks a lot.


Felicia Day:    Yeah those are my favorite video games where I get to steal stuff out of
                drawers.


Jamie Ruby:     Okay, thank you for your time.


Felicia Day:    Okay.


Gary Morgenstein:     Thank you all very, very much. Thank you Felicia.


Felicia Day:    Oh thank you, that was really fun.
Gary Morgenstein:   Red: Werewolf Hunter premieres on Syfy this Saturday, October 30 at
                9:00 pm. Thanks again everyone, you take care.


Felicia Day:    Okay bye.


Gary Morgenstein:   Bye.


Operator:       Ladies and gentlemen, that concludes our conference call for today. We thank
                you for your participation and ask that you please disconnect your lines. Have
                a great day everyone.




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