Sam Huntington and Kristen Hager Discuss Third Season Of ‘Being Human’

The American version of ‘Being Human’ has well and truly returned and from what have been hearing. It stands to be even better than anything fans seen in the...

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The American version of ‘Being Human’ has well and truly returned and from what have been hearing. It stands to be even better than anything fans seen in the second season.

SciFiPulse recently got the opportunity to attend a phone conference with regular cast members Sam Huntington and Kristen Hager who are evidently more than happy to be back for the show and shared some of their thought on the series with us.

You can check out some of the highlights from this conference call below:

SFP: Kristen do you feel different now that you are a regular as apposed to a recurring character on the show?

Kristen Hager: I feel the same. It does mean more days on set which I’m all for. So yes, I mean, yes, I feel the same. Maybe slightly more included. But yes, for the most part, exactly the same.

Sam Huntington: She’s certainly acting more important, you know. She’s really taking it to the next level.

Kristen Hager: Yes, yes. It’s gone right to my head. I don’t even talk to anyone on set anymore.

Sam Huntington: Except to yell and make requests that are wild, crazy stuff. Yes.

SFP: Sam in the second season your character of Josh found a way to contain the inner wolf. Are you happy to be playing the more human elements of Josh? And are you looking forward to wolfing out again whenever that happens?

Sam Huntington: Well, you know, what’s cool about Josh as a character is, whether or not he’s a werewolf, he’s a really layered guy. He’s a really dynamic character, so you know, the werewolf thing certainly is – adds, you know, a huge other layer but the character itself is really rich. So for me, you know, it doesn’t change much other than feeling slightly, like, I’m on the outside, you know, looking in.

Kristen Hager: I’ve taken your place.

Sam Huntington: Yes, exactly. Kristen has now taken my place, and she’s making it known, by the way. But yes – no, I – as I was playing it, you know, the character is – becomes increasingly more and more feeling like he’s left out and I was oddly feeling the same way as an actor, you know, I – all these, you know, my wonderful costars get to do this fun stuff and now I’m, you know, looking in through the window like the ghost of Christmas past.

SFP: Last season the show seemed to have separate storylines for all characters where as this year things seem to be returning to a more ensemble cast. How you guys feel about that?

Kristen Hager: Yes, I mean, like we spent some time talking yesterday but I think that, like this season we’ve really gone back to what worked so well in Season 1 with the roommates and keeping everyone’s storylines connected and that camaraderie between everyone and the writers did a fantastic job this season in bringing that back, so I think everyone’s been really excited about that because we always have the most fun on set when we’re all there together.

Sam Huntington: And, you know, it was kind of a – it was a goal for the writers to put us all back together because it was their favorite thing to write, too, I think as well. You know, it’s light and it’s fun and, you know, we all work pretty well together so.

SFP: Looking at characters this season, obviously they’re taking some major character twists and turns, what are maybe some of the new acting challenges perhaps you guys found with each of your respective roles this year?

Kristen Hager: Acting challenges – I mean, I don’t – I mean, there’s, like every, you know, every episode always brings with it, sort of, like a new set of challenges. I don’t know. I feel like this year Nora was, like, I don’t – more subdued and I don’t know. I mean, I feel like every day is, like, new challenges – I don’t know specifically sort of anything stood out this year as being particularly more difficult or – I don’t know. Sam, take it away.

Sam Huntington: No, you dealing with Leah was a new kind of – new thing I guess, right?

Kristen Hager: Yes, but, like, just a new threat to the character. I mean, as an actor, I don’t know if it was more challeng- you know what I mean?

Sam Huntington: I would say for me, like, you know, we touched on it a little bit earlier but not – you know, for a little bit, I’d become not a werewolf anyway and so for me, like, it was honestly of just a feeling of kind of being left out, feeling left out, you know, of the party.

And, you know, that was kind of weird and totally unexpected, by the way. I did not expect to feel that way. It was such a surprise to me when I read initially and it didn’t really hit me until we were on set shooting and I was, like, oh, this is kind of weird, like, I’m not one of the gang anymore.

So that was kind of an interesting different challenge I guess. But once again, I mean, like – much like Kristen, I am a really talented natural actor…

Kristen Hager: Nora has her challenges. I just – maybe like for me, I guess I was in more so obviously, like, longer days but I love – but again, like, I love my job, this is one of my favorite jobs I ever had so I don’t even mind the long hours.

Sam Huntington: She’s the best too. Having her on set is so much fun. She’s – I always want more of Kristen. And, like, whenever, like, even in previous seasons, like, when I watched an episode and she’s not in it, like, it’ll take me a second. It’ll be, like, something’s missing…

SFP: As the season goes forth, what do we have to look forward to this season from your characters and what kind of a journey to do you see them on?

Kristen Hager: I feel like, like, Season Three definitely starts a year and a half after Season Two and Josh and Nora have had a lot of time, just the two of them and a lot of time to work on their relationships. So Season Three definitely sees Josh and Nora in a much better place than they’ve been in any of the seasons thus far.

And I feel like they’re – I don’t know, I feel we’ll see just much more of a, like, a – I don’t know, like, a real, you know, very, very human problems still that they’ll have to deal with day to day in their relationships this season, which is nice.

Sam Huntington: Yes, I mean, it’s still like – you know, we went to some really dark places in Season Two and it’s not that we don’t go to dramatic places in Season Three. We do, but I think that a lot of them are more grounded and relatable. And I think that that’s something that people are going to really enjoy. There’s a lot more levity this year, simply because all of us are back together again. If you will, the band is back together.

And that was not only fun to shoot, but I think it really is going to come across, you know, as being fun to watch I hope and so I think that’s, you know, it’s our best season yet. I think we all agree, it’s our best season yet. I really hope…

Kristen Hager: Yes, I agree. Just like, you see so many, like, new characters and, like, an exciting energy that – not that it wasn’t there before, but it’s like a very newness and freshness to the season this year.

SFP: We’ve noticed that your character of Nora seems to have opened up more to her inner wolf than Josh did. Do we continue to explore that and how she’s able to maybe open up – open the viewers up to the world of the wolves more than what Josh did?

Kristen Hager: Yes. Well, I mean, I feel like with Nora, she just has so much baggage in her past and then – and I’ve gone through so many hardships and, you know, it’s like she was a victim honestly for so long that at first being a wolf it was scary but then right away this newfound, like, sense of power that she felt inside, it’s just like it’s very comfortable in her skin. And, you know, right away that newfound strength was something that she embraced.

And then obviously by the end of Season Two, it had gone so far that it was something that began to terrify her because she saw what she was capable of because you really have no control when you’re the wolf. And so the energy was, you know, she was really trying to hold onto any semblance of humanity that was still left inside of her. I really tried to relate to that.

So by Season Three, a year and a half has passed so I feel like Nora just found a very nice balance between really being able to live her life as much as she can as a human being for 29, 30 days a year and on the full moon going and being the wolf and then returning back to a very human life. And that’s where we are at the beginning of Season Three and obviously things will come up, more wolves will come into town which will then, you know, instill that sort of wolf – the wolf urges in her once again. And that’s always going to be a struggle for her, the balance of what, you know, do I love this, do I hate this?

SFP: Looking at your relationship alone, you guys have been on quite a roller coaster. What’s it been like for you to play that and to see it evolve from point A to where you are right now?

Kristen Hager: It’s been great. I mean, as I always say, as a viewer, I love watching the Josh and Nora relationship. The writers give us fantastic stuff to work with and they have right from the very beginning, very challenging stuff which is always great as an actor. And yes, I mean, they keep delivering fantastic stuff for us to do so we haven’t seen the end of the Josh and Nora journey for sure. But I can definitely say that by Season Three, as I have been saying, our relationship is in a much more solid and happier place than it’s been the past two seasons.

SFP: For Sam, it just seems like for Josh it’s almost like be careful what you wish for because when you get it, it might not be exactly what you need or want?

Sam Huntington: Well, that’s it, man. I mean, that’s the tagline for the season. It’s be careful what you wish for. And it holds true for all of us, really, because we all did kind of what we had to do to get what we wanted and it all comes with a price. And, you know, with Josh, you know, lifting the curse, you know, he was never really out to lift it for himself. He was really out to lift it for Nora.

And so it’s totally bittersweet. It’s not what he wanted or expected and with all the characters, you know, once Aidan is free, he arrived in a world that is vastly different than the one that he left when he was buried. And it’s dangerous and it’s scary and it’s new and he has to kind of learn how to live in it. So that’s a huge catch for him. And so yes, I mean, that’s kind of – that’s a very appropriate theme and one line kind of summation of the season.

 

Written By: Ian Cullen

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