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CASTLE: Frances Fisher Previews Her Fashion Queen Role

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Interviews, * TV Addict, Castle on February 3, 2014 at 11:55 am
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Some television roles seem lovingly crafted for the actors that inhabit them.  Such is the case of the role of Matilda King, the fashion queen of a fictional top magazine, in the upcoming CASTLE episode “Dressed to Kill.”  The episode will reveal a surprising past connection between Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) and Matilda King (Frances Fisher). Best of all, it will reveal a future connection as well.  But with Matilda’s assistant turning up dead on the very day that Matilda fired her, all signs are pointing to Matilda for her murder.  Just how ruthless is Matilda in getting exactly what she wants and what will she do when she finds out that someone has betrayed her?

In an exclusive interview, special guest-star Frances Fisher previewed her fun performance as the queen of high fashion in CASTLE.

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What can you share about your role as Matilda King and what attracted you to it?
FRANCES:  When my agent said you have an offer from CASTLE, I thought that was fantastic because I love the show.  I love the relationship between the two lead characters.  I think Stana and Nathan are fabulous people.  I just love what they do with their characters — the repartee between them.  So when I read the script, I thought, “This is good. It’s well-written. It’s interesting. It’s a mystery and you have to follow it to the end.” And I liked the idea of being a part of the show.

Do you think your character Matilda is capable of murder?
FRANCES:  I think in the right circumstances anyone would be capable of murder — if only in self-defense.  But I don’t know.  You’ll have to see if Matilda is the kind of person who could be a murderer.  I don’t want to give anything away!

As a fashion editor, it is not hard to imagine that she has a ruthless streak to her.  She’s got to have a strong backbone. Maybe she is capable of murder.  So how would you describe her relationship with the murder victim?
FRANCES:  Other than being her assistant? Well, Mathilda requires complete loyalty and devotion to the job.  If somebody doesn’t do a good job, then they get axed.  Not murdered, axed.  (Laughs)  And the mystery evolves from that.

What would you say is the one quality you most admire about Matilda?
FRANCES:  That’s an interesting question.   There is a glass ceiling and I think any woman who is able to rise to a powerful position should be commended.

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In this episode, is Matilda a suspect or a witness?  How does she get involved in the investigation?
FRANCES:  (Laughs) I think everyone is a suspect in this world until they are eliminated.  It’s kind of like “Clue.”  That’s the fun of the episode in a show like CASTLE.  It is to follow them and see how they unravel the mystery and catch the culprit.

What was it like working in scenes with Nathan and Stana?
FRANCES:  All my scenes were with them and I had a great time doing it.  They are fabulous people. I really enjoyed the whole process with them.

The show has a more comedic bent.  How did it feel for you to step into a situation where it is kind of a drama, but at the same time, the way that they film it, it is filmed like a comedy?
FRANCES:  I don’t think they film it like a comedy.  There are comedic aspects.  I think there is a lightness that is in the show that is so beautifully portrayed by all the characters.  But Nathan and Stana really lead the show in that way.  I think that the writing helps that. It’s not just a simple procedural.  There is humor that is written into the scripts and it makes it fun.  I’m just now thinking I could have brought a little more humor to the role.  But I guess they liked what I did, because they didn’t tell me to do it again. (Laughs)

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Did you have the opportunity to work with your fellow guest-star Rob Estes in any of the scenes?
FRANCES:  Oh yes, I worked with him in a couple scenes too.  He was great.  In fact, we one very long scene that we had to do with a lot of dialogue and instead of going to lunch, he and I went to the set and worked during lunch and worked out our moves so that it was ready to go.  Because as you can imagine in television there is not a lot of time to rehearse.  In fact, there was a little moment in one of my scenes where I’m opening a box of shoes and I had to talk all during it.  I just saw it and though it was going to be the easiest thing in the world, but I probably rehearsed that by myself about 40 times, just to be able to work with the props and say the line, just so it looked like an everyday occurrence.

How would you describe Rob’s character Julian’s relationship with Matilda?  Are they kind of like allies in this situation?
FRANCES:  Julian works for Matilda and they are allies. But he has a job in front of him that Matilda is not happy about.  It is not up to snuff. She has really high standards and he has not quite met them yet, and they have a long-term professional relationship.

Sounds like you were all having quite a bit of fun.  I have heard that about other guest-stars who have gone on to work on CASTLE and they really enjoy working in that environment.
FRANCES:  It’s great. The tone of the set is wonderful. The crew is just so good and so lovely.  When I wrapped, the props guy came up to me and gave me a single rose from the flowers that were in Matilda’s office.  They were just great.  They are a lovely group of people to work with.  They have been doing it for so long that they are a well-oiled machine at this point.  I’d love to see Mathilda come back.  But who knows!

To see if Matilda is indeed the culprit behind a brutal murder in high fashion and how she may be connected to Beckett’s future, be sure to tune into see this week’s all new episode of CASTLE on Monday, February 3rd at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

Where this article may also be found:

http://www.thetvaddict.com/2014/02/03/castle-qa-frances-fisher-previews-her-devil-wears-prada-esque-role/

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Red Carpet Redux: The CASTLE Cast and Creative Team Tease Season 6 at the Paley Center Celebration

In * Contributor article, * Interviews, * Paley Festival & Paley Center, * TV Addict, * Video interviews, Castle on October 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm


(By Sarah Stephens)

ABC’s CASTLE hasn’t lost any steam with its rabid fanbase moving into the sixth season. Hosting CASTLE for the third time, the Paley Center in Los Angeles welcomed cast and crew from the drama for a panel in front of a sold out fanatic audience and live steaming feed. There was plenty for a panel to cover for the new season. Let’s count it off: an engagement for Castle and Beckett, a once-in-a-lifetime career opp for Beckett with the Attorney General, making her leave the dream team back in NYC, Alexis back from a summer in South America and throwing some fun (read: unwelcome) surprises Castle’s way, and a new baby for Det. Ryan.

Cast members Susan Sullivan (Martha), Molly Quinn (Alexis), Seamus Dever (Det. Ryan), Juliana Dever (Jenny Ryan), Jon Huertas (Det. Esposito), screenwriter Terri Miller and executive producer Andrew Marlowe chatted it up on the red carpet of the Paley Center CASTLE event. Between giving us teasers on the new season and a few behind-the-scenes anecdotes, they also gave some morbid answers to the question: how haven’t we seen someone die on CASTLE?

(Video Credit: Sarah Stephens)

Where to also find this posted:

http://www.thetvaddict.com/2013/10/07/red-carpet-redux-the-castle-cast-and-creative-team-tease-season-6-at-the-paley-center-celebration/

Adam Baldwin Talks Reuniting With His FIREFLY Co-Star Nathan Fillion on CASTLE

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Interviews, * TV Addict, Castle on April 16, 2012 at 11:55 am

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Whenever a television show can give a warm nod to the fans that have followed actors from their prior television shows, it is a token of the mutual love between the show and the fans. Fortunately, for fans, the writers of CASTLE delight in tossing FIREFLY fans a little love-note once in a while. This upcoming episode “Headhunters” reunites star Nathan Fillion with his former FIREFLY co-star Adam Baldwin for a bit of light-hearted fun and adventure. In an exclusive interview, Adam Baldwin talked about what it was like working on CASTLE bringing the memorable character of Detective Ethan Slaughter to life along side his long-time friend and co-star Nathan Fillion.

It looks like the double-trouble duo of FIREFLY are back together again with you and Nathan Fillion working on CASTLE.
ADAM: Roger that. We’re up to some thrilling heroics. This time the tables are a bit turned because my character Ethan Slaughter gets to be in charge more than Nathan did on FIREFLY and SERENITY. So I was stoked for that bit of sweet revenge and boss him around a bit.

Did he take that with good humor?
ADAM: Oh absolutely! Nathan Fillion and I have been friends for 10 years now. Working with him is like slipping on an old comfortable brown coat.

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I love how you inserted the Browncoat reference there! Speaking of Browncoats, may be you could talk about whether this character was created just for you. It certainly feels like it because it has some shades of Jayne Cobb feeling to it.
ADAM: I don’t know what the initial inspiration was, but I did get a text from Nathan just inquiring after the show I was on before CHUCK ended its run, and it said, “Would you maybe be available for a character that’s coming down the pipe ’cause there’s a guy on the show that might fit you?” And I said, “Absolutely! To work with you again, absolutely!” And so once they heard that I could do it that they were able to craft it more — well, once they got the nod from the producers and the network and all that stuff — to craft it more toward my wheelhouse.

Did they give you the reasoning behind the name “Slaughter”? Detective Slaughter sounds a little daunting.
ADAM: Yeah, but they tempered it with Ethan. Ethan is not a Nick or an Axl. It’s not Axl Slaughter or Ace. It’s decent, so there’s a balance there. But Slaughter is a guy who works for the Gang Unit and he’s a colorful, kind of rogue character who uses unorthodox methods to get results and I think that is something that Castle feels drawn to. He wants to write about that.

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Was this more a duo thing, where you worked with Nathan and didn’t really work with the rest of the cast on CASTLE, or do you interact with the other actors as well?
ADAM: Oh, we did scenes with the other characters absolutely. Some of the funniest stuff was with Stana — between Beckett and Slaughter. Just hilarious. It was a couple of interrogation scenes. Actually there’s several interrogation scenes that I’m really proud of and I find are very, very funny — and still dangerous. It was a fine-line to walk, but when you have guys like Nathan, Stana, Jon and Seamus, they’re so multi-dimensional that you can make it funny and dangerous at the same time.

The pairing of Richard Castle and Detective Slaughter seems unusual. Was this perhaps schemed on behalf of Captain Gates?
ADAM: [Laughs] More serendipity I think. Castle is in a bit of a transitional phase with Beckett, figuring things out, and this was an opportunity to see another side of law enforcement, and Slaughter is in turn using Castle for selfish reasons. It’s a partnership of convenience for both.

Was the door left open so that you could reprise the role of Detective Slaughter if it becomes available?
ADAM: Well, that’s above my pay grade. I don’t comment on those things. I did very much love playing that character. So I just wish them well through the next couple of episodes of Season 4 and into Season 5. I just wish them all the best. But, hey, if they say “yes,” I’ll come back.

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We’d love that! Perhaps you could describe one of the funny scenes or a memorable scene for you working on CASTLE.
ADAM: There’s a particular interrogation scene where Nathan and I spend quite a bit of time in a car and we have someone that we’re interrogating, like I said, in an unorthodox manner. Nathan and I got to spend some time laughing and chuckling. Fortunately, there was good air conditioning in the car, otherwise it gets a bit hot and sweaty. And there’s a nice scene where I’m able to share some wardrobe with Castle. Plus, some of the scenes between Slaughter and Beckett are hilarious in my view because they don’t see eye-to-eye at all.

Does Slaughter have a pet name for Beckett that just drives her crazy?
ADAM: How about “Sexy”?

That’s a good name! You seem to have of the most passionate fans based on your previous work with both FIREFLY and CHUCK, and now you’re entering the world of CASTLE which also has a passionate fan base. What is the secret of your success in getting these shows where you have these fans that cherish and love you and will follow you anywhere?
ADAM: Ah shucks. I just try to return some of the love the fans have shown me. Again, “if its not on the page, it’s not on the stage” somebody famous once said. I’ve been fortunate to work with writers that can give me such rich stuff to play with.

As can be seen, Adam is a gracious and generous guest star who appreciated the wonderful opportunity provided. It is going to be a guaranteed pleasure and a bit of a wild-ride watching this week’s episode of CASTLE, which airs Monday, April 16th at 10:00 p.m. on ABC. Don’t miss a second of it!

Where to find this article:

 

http://www.thetvaddict.com/2012/04/16/adam-baldwin-talks-reuniting-with-his-firefly-co-star-nathan-fillion-on-castle/

 

 


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