The Season 3 finale of “Being Human” airs tonight on Syfy, and one of its stars, Meaghan Rath, and guest star Amy Aquino sat down for a chat about what we can expect in the episode, entitled “Ruh Roh,” and shared lots of other info from the show.
Q: What can you tell us about what we have to look forward to in the final episode?
Meaghan Rath: I think it’s pretty obvious to everybody that things are coming to a head right now, especially for Sally. She’s made this decision that she’s going to let herself die and decompose. And she’s forced to go through Donna’s door and face her. So there’s a big showdown. And more people are involved than you think. A lot of people are involved.
Q: In the finale are we going to see some new things popping up to possibly carry us into the next season? Or are we just going to wrap up the current business with Amy’s character?
Meaghan Rath: Oh, come on. You actually think we would end the season without a cliffhanger?!?
Q: What would you say were the main themes for this season?
Meaghan Rath: Well, the theme for the season is ‘Be careful what you wish for.’ For the last two years we’ve seen these characters strive so hard to just retain a sense of the life that they’ve lost. And they wanted so bad just to fit in, and this season they’ve gotten what they wanted. And I think we’re kind of realizing that we’re in for more than we bargained for.
I think that to have the life that we really want comes at a big price. And it’s kind of tragic because I don’t know that these people will ever be happy in the way that they once were when they were human. And that’s really what drives them. But I don’t know that it’s possible for them.
Q: What has been the weirdest scene that you got to do this season?
Amy Aquino:: Oh my God. Where do I begin? Kind of like eating sawdust off the floor was very interesting for me. It wasn’t exactly sawdust, but it may as well as been. Being transformed physically was actually the really weirdest thing for me and really exciting and fun. It’s a pretty extreme transformation, and I was really psyched about it, being able to do these prosthetics, and we had these brilliant makeup artists. And I had a very cool time sitting in the basement on those locations an hour outside of Montreal in the dead of night – and I’m talking about 3 a.m. surrounded by these three hot women and this very cool guy, with music blaring, turning me into a 200-year-old woman. It was very cool — very cool. Got it on my phone.
And it was a lot of fun for me as Donna to be able to be involved with so many really cool people, I’ll put it that way. I’ve spent most of my career, you know, playing judges who tell people to go to hell. And now I actually get to send them there. It’s so much fun. It really is. I’m not a genre person just in terms of my own consumption nor in my career so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, and what I found were just tremendous, great, professional, sweet, really talented people who really give a crap and just give it 100%.
Meaghan Rath: And I think for me – [we have] to talk about the stuff that I’ve eaten this season. I’ve eaten everything… I’ve eaten 11 waffles and I threw up. I’ve eaten a mouse. The mouse scratched my face and shat all over me. I’ve eaten Sam Witwer. I’m mean it’s really just adding up at this point.
Q: If you could title your characters’ autobiographies, what would they be?
Amy Aquino:: I know mine — “I’d Like to Have You Over for Dinner.”
Meaghan Rath: That’s really great. Mine would probably be called – probably something like “Living Dead Girl” or something… just “Living in a Material World” or like “Sally Malik: The Truth Behind Ghost Boners.”
Q: Meaghan, when we talked to Sam Witwer earlier in the season, he spoke about filming his favorite scene, and now that we’ve seen it, we’re pretty sure he was talking about his conversation with you in the kitchen where you share your theory with him that his problem is that he’s “backed up.”
Meaghan Rath: Yes.
Q: Can you provide your perspective on that scene as well?
Meaghan Rath: Well… I definitely don’t think that the writers meant for that to be a scene about sexual harassment in the way of Sally towards Aidan. It just sort of turned into that. It was just that kind of morning. And I think I started doing it as a joke in one of the rehearsals. And I just kind of went to a really interesting place, and that’s what’s so amazing about the man who directed that episode… he saw us doing this really weird stuff and was like, “Yes, go with it.”
You know, he really embraces creativity and he loves when things go strange. So that’s what happened with it. And we did end up ad-libbing some of the lines towards the end of the scene, but the real chunk of it was written. And just kind of turned out, you know, kind of in a way that Sam and I are in real life.
What I love most about it is that they kept it and it wasn’t explained, never. And you see in the following couple of episodes we sort of do that little more. And by that I mean Sally sexually harasses Aidan a little bit, verbally. But I love that we never talk about it, because that’s what it is in real life. You have, you know you live with somebody and you develop this relationship with them and a sort of shorthand and no one ever talks about it. So that’s what I like about the show — real, as real as it can get.
Q: Meaghan, can you talk a little about what it’s been like for you to change your wardrobe finally?
Meaghan Rath: Everyone knows that by no means is our show a fashion show. It’s not “Gossip Girl” or anything like that. But I think after two years of seeing me in the same thing, I wasn’t the only one who was sick of that outfit — all the fans were. And they were waiting for me to wear something else. That was the most popular question I got: Are you tired of wearing the same outfit? And yes, I was. So I was really excited when I was given this freedom to really create who this person is through her fashion sense. Because now we’re really getting a sense of what Sally was like when she was alive and how she dressed herself and how she expressed herself.
And fashion for me is a huge part of my life because I feel like I can express myself that way. So I felt grateful when they gave me the opportunity to sort of create her look with our costume designer, Janet Campbell. And together we sort of decided on what kind of stuff she would buy, and it was a mix of some of the guys clothes and thrift shop finds, Janet went out and found some really amazing stuff for me and basically gave me the freedom to style it the way I wanted to and express myself in that way. So I felt really lucky to be a part of that process.
Q: You two have a great chemistry – what was it like working together?
Meaghan Rath: What’s funny is that Sally and Donna’s story is intertwined, and it has been the entire season, but Amy and I didn’t really get a chance to work together until the end of the season. When I was brought back from the dead, that was Josh and Nora who were really dealing with Donna. She was definitely a presence in Sally’s story but without ever really having that many scenes together.
So it was only at the end of the season that we got to come together. But I had a great time. And, you know, we might not have seen the last of Donna, which I’m really excited about because I’d love to work with Amy some more.
Amy Aquino:: It’s mutual. I’ve done a lot of guest starring on shows. That’s how I make my living. And you just never know how… especially when it’s a tight cast that’s been together for a long time, you don’t know how you’re going to be accepted. And I could not have been more warmly received by everybody. And obviously including Meaghan, we have just had a great time. We have a very similar sense of humor. We approached it very much the same way, and we had to get very close in certain ways.
We will see if we get to develop that further because Donna’s a lonely girl. It’s hard. She does not have this whole kind of Wiccan thing. She doesn’t have any coven. She’s like all on her own in a soup kitchen. So I’m sure she would like to have company – and she sees I think in Sally this fire and this spark and intelligence and courage that she admires and probably wants to kind of keep her around — stay close to her. So we’ll see. I don’t know. Anything can happen in this damn show.
Q: For Amy, did you do any research to prepare for this role? It’s the first time that you played a witch, right?
Amy Aquino:: It is. In terms of my research… I did some work on the Latin. I went to a Latin scholar who’s a freshman at Columbia who did all my translating and helped me with that. But I’m not going to say that I did a whole lot of research on witches. I felt like… as much as they are not real… there was some leeway in how I portrayed her. I also felt like because this show is “Being Human,” the more grounded and the more just absolutely matter of fact and humanoid she could be, the better off we were. So that the things she did that were witch-like were coming out of a place of being of what a human would do.
I thought it was very important to not make her too “out there” supernaturally. It’s like, well, what would I do as a person who was hungry? You know, approach everything I needed to do as a human being would. I’m just doing different activities involving like hearts and sawdust and things like that.
Q: Any last thoughts on the season?
Meaghan Rath: Well, without revealing too much, I don’t how much detail I can go into without ruining it. But… It’s very scary. It was really physically demanding for all the people involved.
Amy Aquino:: I [was] ambivalent about the idea of possibly being destroyed as a character. But… on this… it’s one of the very few shows where you know being killed has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not you’re going to come back. Not that I’m killed or anything, but there’s certainly this big standoff between me and Sally and various of her compatriots. And it doesn’t necessarily turn out all that well for me… but who knows if dead is dead on this show. Damn.
“Being Human” Episode 3.13 – “Ruh Roh” (airs April 8, 2013, on Syfy)
Season 3 finale. Sally faces Donna (Amy Aquino) again while Aidan deals with Kenny (Connor Price), who recently turned into an abomination. Liam (Xander Berkeley) pops up on Josh and Nora. A blast from the past surprises everyone.
“Being Human” stars Sam Witwer (Aidan), Meaghan Rath (Sally), Sam Huntington (Josh), and Kristen Hager (Nora). For more info visit “Being Human” on Syfy.com, join the Syfy Google+ circle, “like” “Being Human” on Facebook, and follow “Being Human” on Twitter.
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