“I have to think that they’ll pick us up,
otherwise I’ll just give up.”
When devoted fans get a chance to interview two vampires, be sure to bring earplugs. Moonlight hasn’t been renewed for a second season yet, but stars Alex O’Loughlin and Jason Dohring got a thunderous welcome at New York Comic Con.
After a Q&A with the rowdy crowd, they talked to AOL TV about the show’s future, a bloody fan campaign and vampire therapy.
24 April 2008
by Kelly Woo
1. Has it been difficult to wait for word on the show’s renewal?
Alex: It’s really hard, but that’s my life, you know? You may or may not get fired. You kind of get used to it. I think that they will [renew]. I have to think that they’ll pick us up, otherwise I’ll just give up.
Jason: We were always on the bubble for [‘Veronica Mars’]. I’m a pro at being worried.
2. What’s your reaction to fans donating blood to save the show?
Alex: They came to me and [said], “We can make it happen if you can come on board.” I was like, “Hell yeah! Absolutely!” So we shot a couple of [PSAs] on set. I’m really excited and really honored to be a part of it.
Jason: I heard that 4,000 people already signed up for it. If I can man up, I’ll make it 4,001. Talk about a useful gift. It’s not like signing a poster — it’s like, “Here, you want some life?”
3. At NY Comic Con, a clip revealed Josef turns Mick back into a vampire. What happens?
Alex: Josef turns Mick back because Beth is in danger. As the result of that decision, he realizes that being a vampire isn’t so bad.
Jason: It’s a very emotional scene. We’ve hired a 30-piece orchestra to do the music. I was stirred up for an hour or two after I saw it and I’m not really that kind of person.
4. Was it weird to shoot such an intimate scene?
Alex: It was intense. You’ve got to get over weird, when you shoot a show like this. As an actor, you have to get over yourself … so you don’t judge the characters you play or the scenarios you find yourself in. I’m forever finding my mouth on men’s necks or wrists, and yes, it is bizarre, but I am used to it.
5. What else can we expect from the rest of the season?
Jason: In Episode 16, the vampires are all going to meet, from different walks of life — a vampire conference. We all get together and talk about how were going to deal with this and in what way each of us can deal with it through our position on the social spectrum.
6. Where is Mick and Beth’s relationship going?
Alex: They are ready to get it on. They’ve been dating long enough to get it on. It’s about time, I think.
7. When is Josef going to kick some butt?
Jason: Next episode. We go off and kick some a** together. It’s like ‘Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid,’ where we break through doors. There are some stunts in this one that are just awesome. There’s this one thing that is ‘Matrix’-inspired where there are two wires up to the top where my character and another guy meet up and cross together and come down. It’s like really bada**.
8. Will we ever see Josef’s ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ Sarah, again?
Jason: In Episode 16, you’ll see a memorial being built for her and then there’s possibly more love interest stuff that comes out with Josef. And [he and Mick] share emotional troubles so I guess it’s like ‘Oprah’ but with ‘Moonlight’ Vampire therapy.
9. What would you like the show to explore in the second season?
Alex: I would really like to explore the blood lines and the royalty, the mythology of where [the vampires] actually come from. It’s really fascinating and we have a lot more of that coming.
10. There have been so many behind-the-scenes changes. Is the show finally on steady ground?
Alex: We changed show runners again, and we survived again. It’s a testament to the show and [to] how much of an entity unto itself it is. We’re knocking it out of the park. We’ve got full great scripts and a whole second season pitched, so it’s good.
11. What does the blood taste like? And do you ever just do a shot of it?
Alex: It tastes like a gauva and pomegranate. If you drink too much, you get a really bad stomachache and it makes you fart. A farty vampire. It’s an interesting set.