May 2, 2013


Photo Credit, Sarah Sed

Well, I’m definitely not in Kansas anymore, or L.A. either. No, where I found myself the weekend of April 26-28, 2013 was the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo aka C2E2. Although the opportunity to spend some quality nerdy time with some friends is what originally drew me to the 3-day long convention, what truly excited me was the variety of things going on at the same time.

I found everything from TV celebrities like Once Upon A Time’s Lee Arenberg signing autographs to web comic veterans at the Cyanide and Happiness booth. Even better, I got to chat with a few of these artists. Check out our Q&A below.

I got to spend a few minutes Friday night with Janina Gavankar to talk about Arrow and what every female fan of the show really wants to know.

PPLA: I’ve been put up to this by my female friends, so I’m going to get this out of the way. They want to know, if the abs are as marvelous in person as we seen them on TV? The CW is notorious for displaying the goods and we’re not complaining.

JG: They’re even better. Colton (Haynes), who is one of my closest friends, is a regular. He and I did The Gates together, there was a lot of his abs on that show too. Anywhere he gets hired, he’s always taking off his shirt, poor guy. When we were up in Vancouver together, we got rooms next to each other, so we were basically roommates which was great. However, I’ve seen those abs too many times.

PPLA: I am all caught up on Arrow, including the part where you were injured. Did you read any of the comics to prep for the show

JG: I asked them if the character (Detective McKenna Hall) was a pre-existing character, and they said no. So I nixed reading the comics. The show is as real as you can be to the real world as something that stems from a comic book can be. I chose not to get caught up on the mythology.

PPLA: Tell me a little bit about being on True Blood.

JG: True Blood is a game all day long. It’s run by artists that are so on top of their game. It’s magical to work with them because everyone is so on top of their game. The hours on True Blood are unlike any other show. They’re longer, everyone is doing insane overtime. We take 20+ days to shoot an episode, which is unheard of. It really is like making a movie each time, and that crew kills themselves for 8 months out of the year. I have so much respect for the crew.

PPLA: Speaking of movie-like production schedules, I saw that you are a part of Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf. Before we wrap up, want to tell me a little bit more about it and anything else coming up?

JG: It’s a lesbian indie film. It’s sort of like art imitating life. The director is a performance artist, this amazing Cuban-French woman. She had a vagina costume made and she goes around doing dances and performance art, she’s awesome. It’s two movies in one movie, which is really fun and funny. Since it’s an indie movie we don’t know when it’ll be coming out, but Carrie Preston and Guinevere Turner are both in it. Also, Satellite of Love is also on Video on Demand now, which is a beautiful indie flick.

Saturday was tremendously busy for everyone at C2E2, artists and attendees alike. Amidst the hustle and bustle, we were able to steal a few minutes with Ron Perlman to ask just one question.

PPLA: How do you feel about the direction your character (Clay) took at the end of last season on Sons of Anarchy?

RP: He starts out doing a lot of bad stuff, and ended up paying the price. Everybody betrays him. It could be worse though, he could be Opie.

Last, but certainly not least was Sam Huntington, who currently plays Josh on SyFy’s Being Human.

PPLA: From a personal note, I’m a huge fan. When I first saw you on Being Human I couldn’t place where I knew you from until I looked you up and saw that you were in Jungle 2 Jungle. What was it like to work with Tim Allen? Is he as funny and nice as he seems on TV?

SH: Everyone seems to remember me most from Jungle 2 Jungle. Especially at this Con. I will tell you this though, Tim Allen is the funniest guy in the world. He was just a pleasure to work with.

PPLA: SyFy is notorious for asking it’s stars to play roles in their various creature features. Have you been asked to participate in anything like that yet?

SM: No, but I did get to be a guest judge on Face Off. I would love to do a creature feature or judge Face Off again, it was a lot of fun.

PPLA: We ended the season for Being Human with you being cured and getting married. Is there any teasers you can give us for Season 4?

SH: I can’t really give too much away, but I can say that the upcoming season will be, in my opinion, the scariest season yet. I’m really excited to contribute to the show’s growth.

PPLA: That is exciting, I personally really enjoy scarier shows. So, we’re down to the last question. You costar with Meaghan Rath in a film, I have heard that you’re very close friends, has the release date been announced yet?

SH: I’m not sure when it’ll be released but White Buffalo is a cute relationship drama about a married couple’s romantic weekend that goes awry when the husband discovers that his ex-girlfriend is running the ski lodge where he & his wife are staying. One thing I will say is that the sex scenes were weird with Meaghan since we’re like siblings. I’ve seen the rough full length movie cut and it’s wonderful, I can’t wait until it’s finished and others can see it.

If you’re more of the visual type, you can check everything out here in the PPLA C2E2 photo album.

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