Summer Glau and Executive Producer/Showrunner Bruce Miller Discuss 'Alphas' Second Season
To get fans excited for tonight’s second season finale of Alphas (airing at 8:00 pm ET on SyFy), fan favorite/guest star Summer Glau and executive producer/showrunner Bruce Miller participated in a recent conference call with reporters.
Here are the highlights:
Miller on the chance of Glau becoming a series regular next season. “Yes, yes and yes … Summer was an absolute pleasure to have on the show.”
Glau on starring in so many sci-fi shows. “I’ve always found in sci-fi that the roles for women are really exciting and dynamic and outside the box. And, you know, in the finale of Alphas is a perfect example. I remember in - Bruce was there too. We were sitting and discussing a scene that involved every - all the girls. And I was sitting there looking at the girls and it was so cool to get to do a scene that involved all of us. And I was looking at the girls and we were all four different and our characters are I feel complicated and fleshed out and dynamic and just it made me realize, you know, I’m really happy to be here.”
Miller on the improvements from season one to season two. “They [previous showrunners] put such great story lines in place last year that we were really the benefit of that this year, moving ahead that they had done a lot of the hard, heavy lifting of setting up the world and setting up, you know, characters like Summer and like, you know, all of the people who existed on our team that we were able to bear the, you know, we were able to move forward with those characters and move them in really interesting places because they had already set them up … You know everybody tries from the cast up and down through the crew and through everybody on the creative side to make it absolutely, you know, fantastic every week.”
Miller on new character Kat being added this season. “We came into this season looking to add another puzzle piece just to have someone new come in who was interesting and had an interesting ability. But more than an interesting ability we wanted someone who had an interesting downside and that their ability made them live a certain way which was something we learned from the guest stars that had worked well before, Skylar, being a great example of someone who was great with machines and not so great with people. It makes for a very interesting, you know, I think our show is much more about how people with super powers live their lives rather than how - than about their powers. It’s, you know, what is it like for Batman to make dinner? But Erin was just we auditioned a lot of people. There were a lot of people in the mix and Erin just bloomed from the very beginning. She was, you know, she sparkles in real life as much as she sparkles on screen. And I - personally I don’t tend to go into casting sessions. I try not to have a preconceived notion in my head because it just reduces my options or ability to find someone cool. But she just was terrific. And from the first time I saw her read I felt like she brought that character to life. And then the other thing that - and I’m sure Summer can speak to this about working in television. The great thing is that you have - she, you know, Erin does the character, reads the scripts and then you get - I get to see the footage and then you get to write the next episode.”
Glau on possibly guesting on Game of Thrones, since she’s worked with Peter Dinklage (Tyrion) and Lena Headey (Cersei) before. “Oh, I’d love to. I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan. And they’re both phenomenal on the show. At Comic Con I actually - I did have quite a fan moment when I saw the cast walk by. I got giggly and hyper and ran up to them and they looked at me compassionately but wary because I got a little bit overexcited. I love the show.”