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Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

This is an interview that took place on January 18, 2013 with Meaghan Rath from Being Human.

Being Human

Question:
Can you talk about what's been most challenging for you to continue filming this series?

Meaghan Rath:
Really what's been the most challenging for me is taking these fantastical situations and making them personal for me. It's always a challenge to relate to what these characters are going through to our real lives. Last season, it's like, how do I justify murdering 20 people and still remain likeable in some way? So that's always been a challenge for me. This season was super difficult as well because, it's like, okay, well now I'm a reanimated corpse so not only do I have to deal with the fact that I'm dead but now I'm brought back from the dead and what does that mean to me? And it's all very complicated.

Question:
Has it been difficult for you to bring your character not only to life, but on screen?

Meaghan Rath:
I don't think so because the essence of who this person is her character and about her personality as well as her circumstances. I mean, that's a big part of it. But really what our show's about is looking at who these people are and sort of playing against the type and the supernatural element of the whole thing. So no, I mean, I really just see her as a person so I wouldn't say it's been super difficult. She's very similar to myself, so it's been kind of fun.

Question:
What's been your most memorable moment or scene from the series so far?

Meaghan Rath:
There was a lot of great stuff that happened this season and I have some pretty great scenes with Aidan where a scene ended up being really, really funny when we didn't expect that it would be and I think that's something that we'll remember for a long time without ruining anything.

Question:
So you were talking about scenes with Sam and all that. It seems like there's more chemistry in this season. Can you talk any about how that's going to develop?

Meaghan Rath:
Yes, I mean, for our writers one of their goals was to have the three of us together a lot more this season because I feel like we lost that a lot in season two just because of all the stuff we were going through separately, so there're definitely more scenes with the three of us. I think that our relationships have developed quite a bit and yes, the chemistry is still there, if not more than before. And it's almost changed in some ways as we've grown up a bit.

Question:
Great. And now that your character's changed and, you know, I want to say you're alive or, you know, undead, whatever, is there anything that you noticed particularly different that you have to do now and is there anything that maybe you like better or maybe you miss as a ghost?

Meaghan Rath:
There is nothing that I miss about being a ghost. It's so funny, like, I just want to say to everybody, I'm so happy that we can finally talk now because I feel like I was silenced for the last, you know, year. Everybody got to talk about what was happening with their character and I wasn't allowed to talk about anything. So, hi. Now I can speak. I'm really excited.

But yes, there was nothing that I missed about being a ghost. It was, like, you know, I was as happy as Sally was to be alive and interacting with people physically and, you know, I was really missing out on a lot of things that everyone else got to do, so it really helped me to get back into her because I was feeling just as excited as she was.

Question:
It seems like so many of the key scenes involve the three of you in the kitchen. And even the way the season started too. What's that like for all of you? I mean, is there - do you get any kind of rehearsal or, I guess, by now you kind of know each other's styles and can kind of just go into it. But is there any kind of planning because they just seem to be so effortless?

Meaghan Rath:
Yes, you know, for the most part when you asked about rehearsals, no, we don't rehearse beforehand. We rehearse scene by scene as we get to it. And, it's funny because scenes that are with the three of us, or even now with Kristen, it's a relief and a pleasure to shoot those scenes because I never have to worry about them.

And just because we all trust each other so much and we know each other so well that we can just trust that our chemistry will be there and that we'll find a way to make the scene work. You know, especially if it's a difficult scene or a more complex scene. It's just a fun time to go in there and sort of put your face in somebody else and feel confident that they're going to guide you in a way that is going to work in the end.

Question:
How does it change your approach with Sally this season now that you can actually physically interact and you can change clothes and such. Can you explain how maybe that changes some dynamic in some way, maybe with one of the other characters now that you can actually interact?

Meaghan Rath:
Yes. I think that throughout the season you'll start seeing some things with Aidan and Sally where the writers are so smart the way that they did it. It's like, there's a girl living in a house with two guys and it was never an option for a romantic chemistry. You know, I know a bunch of you are going to ask is there anything that's going on with Sally and Aidan. I just know it. I just know you guys are going to ask it.

And I'll answer it right now. What they did is so smart because it's, like, we never had that option before because Sally was non-corporeal and it just wasn't going to happen and they looked at her like a little sister. And all the sudden, here she is human, or as close to human as it's going to get. And all of the sudden it's sort of an option.

It's like oh, we can do this and it sort of reflects a situation in life. It's, like, you have a roommate that's guy and you're best friends and it never occurred to you before but all of the sudden it's, like, you're both single and it's, like, huh, should we do this? I guess we could do this. And, you know, maybe you drank a bit too much that night and all the sudden there's this weird moment between roommates and I think you're going to see a couple moments like that with Sally and Aidan this season.

Question:
Will your character crave brains?

Meaghan Rath:
Unfortunately I cannot reveal that at this time but it does get really, really interesting. Yes.

Question:
We really love Being Human and I know you talked about the chemistry with the cast. How does that translate on screen? How have you turned the camaraderie that you guys have off screen with we getting to see you at Comicon and through all the tweets, how do you help that translate to the screen?

Meaghan Rath:
I think it's sort of effortless. It's not anything that we ever have to think about. And I feel very lucky for that fact because it's like, you know, you never have to think about, all right, how do I pretend that I like this person in this scene? We're not really getting along because I hate him in life. We never had to do that and so it's like as our friendship develops and grows in life, it does with the characters as well and it's like, you know, we sort of grow on screen together as well as off. And, it's really nice. They're really my best friends.

Question:
I know that you and the guys will live tweet during the episodes. Why is it important for you to do that by providing, you know, humorous anecdotes about the episodes or filming and, of course, interacting with fans that way as well?

Meaghan Rath:
Yes, I mean, we've never really done that before and I think it's just really an amazing thing. I really experienced it for the first time last season when we live tweeted throughout the episode and it was, like, I really - it makes me feel close to the fans and it's like we're all sort of having, like, a slumber party watching this episode together and I'm sharing funny things that happened and they're telling me what they think and they're making their own jokes.

I actually really like it. My only concern is, like, why aren't you watching? And you're tweeting but you should be watching. Like, why don't you tweet at commercials? But I get it, you know, these people can multitask clearly.

Question:
That's the beauty of Being Human is that you can live tweet or tweet during the episodes and then enjoy it that way but if you miss something, the best part is to come back and watch it again and again.

Meaghan Rath:
Yes, yes. I mean, that's a great idea. I really enjoyed it. I'm going to be live tweeting again on Monday for episode two. And I'm sure the guys will be as well. But I'm taking over the Being Human Syfy Twitter handle (@BeingHumanSyfy) to do so, so I'm running the show.

Question:
You enter this world of ghosts where she was understanding this slowly what her new world was going to become and now that she is a reanimated corpse, there're probably not going to be a lot like her walking around aside from Stevie and Nick. So is there going to be somebody that she can, I guess, try to work out what she's become? Is there not necessarily a support group but, like, try to understand what her world is now?

Meaghan Rath:
Yes. Well, you're absolutely right. There aren't many reanimated corpses walking around Boston for Sally to seek them out and find advice on what she is, but yes, I think Sally definitely does start to understand what exactly the deal is that Josh and Nora have made with the witch. And I think it really becomes about trial and error for her as she pushes her limits to what she can do as a reanimated corpse, she sort of pieces together what she really is and what that deal entails.

Question:
Does her support group grow outside of Stevie and Nick this season?

Meaghan Rath:
It doesn't. I think that, you know, Stevie and Nick, you'll see what happens with them. A lot of people thought that - it sounds like a lot of people are thinking that Stevie and Nick wake up in Sally's body with her. They don't. They wake up in their coffins. And so they're their own separate people. And that will be explained next episode, but just to clear that up for everybody.

Question:
Is the threat of limbo still out there? Because, I mean, we were teased that it was such a dangerous place but I mean, what we got to see in the premiere, it was just kind of a little taste of what, you know, ghosts in limbo experience. But do we get to either see a flashback of what limbo was or because you can potentially die again, does limbo become a threat again?

Meaghan Rath:
Yes, it definitely comes up again. We do discuss a little bit what happens in limbo. And I think what's interesting about the way that our writers have written limbo is that it's very personal and it's different for everybody. So, like you know, we've all each figured out what our limbo is. What you've seen for Nick and Stevie is Nick's limbo is he's drowning, staring at Zoe the entire time over and over.

Stevie's hanging from a tree staring at his parents. It doesn't quite make sense because that's not the way Stevie dies. Stevie dies by taking pills. So limbo is sort of, you know, vaguely your worst nightmare. Sally's limbo is running through it trying to find the people that she's wronged, trying to fix the mistakes that she's made so that's what her limbo is, that's what her cycle is on repeat. So it's really different for everybody and yes, the threat of limbo is still out there.

Question:
Since your character is now a reanimated corpse, will you be getting into any more trouble as you did last season when you jumped in a person's body and you would get your sexual appetite back now?

Meaghan Rath:
Yes, if you're talking about my sexual appetite. Yes, for those of you who've seen episode two, that's how it all starts, you know, without ruining anything for the people that haven't seen it, it's you know, pretty much Sally gets her body back and the first thing she wants to do is just have sex with somebody. There're definitely consequences to that as well, as we see in episode two. .Sally isn't a ghost anymore. But there is definitely a sexy season for Sally.

Question:
Are you happier being a reanimated corpse or would you rather be a ghost?

Meaghan Rath:
No, I definitely love being a reanimated corpse. I can't believe I just said that. Yes, I think that I was just, in general, a happier person on set. Like, I was smiling a lot more than I usually do just because I was so excited to be just like a real girl, like wearing nice clothes and kissing boys and just running around with my top off. No, that didn't happen. But no, I was much happier this way. I just felt so much more free and ironically alive than I have been on this show before.

Question:
Now that Sally is back from the dead, she is unable to connect with anyone from her past. So what about this role do you think is the most difficult for Sally?

Meaghan Rath:
Well, I think all the sudden she's brought back into this world where she is real and visible. And the first thing that she would want to do is, you know, get her life back and piece together or bridge together, rather, you know, the place between when she was alive and now that she's reanimated. But because there's that's little task and she's not really sure what the consequences are, she stays away but sort of doesn't understand really how deep it goes until we start getting into the consequences. But I think, yes, I think it's hard to start fresh.

I mean, she's almost like a fugitive. She's living in the same city that she was living in when she was alive. And she can't see anybody so she almost has to disguise herself and find a new identity so she's really, like you know, sort of becomes this outcast and, you know, it sort of as the season, early on you start to see that there's a lot of anxiety that comes with that and it's almost, like, does she need to be a shut-in again?

Question:
So how difficult is it for Sally to go out there and try and forge new connections with people given that she has been a ghost and is a corpse?

Meaghan Rath:
I think maybe she just doesn't mention that aspect to people. I think that would be the safer way to go just, you know, to spare their reactions and emotions a little bit. But, yes, I think that's all part of her starting fresh, and you know, starting this new life and finding sort of a niche where she can hide out a little bit and not be recognized. It definitely becomes complicated very early on.

Question:
You had talked about your chemistry with the other characters and stuff. What kind of things do you all like to do? Do you all ever get to hang out, like, off set and what kind of things do you like to do?

Meaghan Rath:
You know, we hang out all the time off set. We always hang out all weekend. You know, we usually just have dinner together, we go out to restaurants or we go to one of our places and someone will cook dinner and we just watch movies. Usually it's usually something really low key. I don't think - none of us are really the going out partying types, so I don't think we've ever been to a club together. Well, maybe in Vegas we did. We pretty much take it low key. We've been on vacations together. Yes, we just like hanging out and talking and eating and drinking wine.

Question:
If you could pick someone to guest star on your show, is there someone you would like to see guest star?

Meaghan Rath:
I've always said I'd love Sigourney Weaver to guest star. I think that would be pretty awesome.

Question:
Now that Sally is a reanimated corpse, I'm wondering, to what degree is she going to start interacting with the outside world? Are we going to see her spending more time with humans and sort of trying to rebuild a semblance of a life though she can no longer be with her family?

Meaghan Rath:
Yes, absolutely. We start seeing that right away. We see that in episode two. That's the first thing she wants to do is go out and party and have a good time. So yes, I think Sally really is excited to throw herself into this world of the living and to sort of take advantage of all the things that she's been missing out on for the last couple of years.

Question:
During season one, it was very close to Being Human (UK), the script, and in season two, you sort of did your own thing and now you're moving off in your own direction. Does it feel like you've just gone totally independent and that just taking the series in a new way that you can guide it yourself now?

Meaghan Rath:
Oh yes, 100%. I think after season one was very similar, we paid our dues to the British show but went off in our direction in season two. Season two was really, really different than the UK shows. And season three, I think, solidifies that and sort of really speaks to the fact that we have done our own thing entirely.

There are a couple elements that end up overlapping just because, you know, we are sort of dealing with the same subject matter as the UK show. We deal with it in such a different way with completely different outcomes because these people are different people and make different choices. So I think it's safe to say that it's entirely its own thing at this point.

Question:
What will Sally's personality be like this season? I mean, does it change from the last two seasons? Does it get a little darker?

Meaghan Rath:
Yes, it's a big change. And I would say that it gets a little lighter. You know, it's funny because I read some comments online and everyone was saying after the premiere, ???Oh my god; that was so dark.??? And yes, you know what? The first episode, there were some dark moments, but this season as a whole is so funny. It's one of the funniest seasons that we've had for sure.

It definitely finds the balance between season one and season two. It's our favorite season by far just because of the stuff that we're doing and just the situations that we're in this season just feels right and, you know, right for us and right for the characters as well. I think everyone has to go through that deep, dark time in season two to get to the place that they are now.

But that being said, Sally's personality is different this season because she's happier and she's in a great place as far as we see her at the beginning. She's really happy about what her situation is and she's taking advantage of it. She's really living it to the fullest. So she's a happy person. And so I think everyone's going to be happy and relieved to see Sally doing okay.

Question:
Great. And also, now that Kristen's on as a series regular, will Sally and Nora get to do some bonding?

Meaghan Rath:
Yes, they definitely do. And I think it's something that the show was missing a little bit because, you know, I was around guys so much and we really missed out on having the girl-on-girl bonding moments and we do get to see a couple of those this season as well.

Question:
You talk about how Sally now goes and goes and does what she wants and she wants to have sex and everything. But aside from sex, do you think if there were no consequences, what do you think Sally would just want to go do if she could after she had sex?

Meaghan Rath:
Well, I think that she would want to sort of go and see her family or the family that was left. I think that she would want to reconnect with her friends from her past and sort of almost see, almost check in and see what her life would've been had she not died. And obviously, she learns that she can't do that. She learns very early on that she can't do that. But I think those are the main things that she would want to do. Otherwise, I think she's honestly doing it. She's doing everything that she would want to if she was alive and she's doing it unapologetically.

And what I like about her this year is that she's different than she has been in the past two seasons. I was reading it and I feel like I'm reading a different character which I really, really appreciated because it's so nice that the writers have let her grow in a way and sort of mature and become more of a woman than she has been in the past. And I think it's really nice to see.

Question:
Now you said earlier that it's somewhat easier to do Sally because she's a lot like you. How are you like Sally and how are you different?

Meaghan Rath:
I think we're similar energy-wise. I feel like sometimes I'm a little more grown up than her. But I guess I'm older than her at this point. She sort of was stagnant for a while. But yes, I feel like I've grown up a bit more than she has but, after being in limbo and going and rescuing the people that she's wronged, there has been a lot of maturing that has happened in that time and I think it's really something that's obvious when you see her this season.

But yes, we're similar in our sense of humor and our energy. What's great is because, you know, the writers get to know us so well after working together for three years that they start sort of writing for you and writing for the things that, you know, your sense of humor and things that they know that you can deliver really well or things that they've heard you say before. It's really nice to see that.

Question:
When you first took on the role I'm sure you had a conception of how you wanted to evolve. Is that still the same today for season three or are your thoughts the same as when you took on Sally or do you see that it went in a very different direction and threw you on your ass?

Meaghan Rath:
It went in the direction that I always - that I, in my wildest fantasies, I hoped that it would go. But I never believed that we could actually do that. And so all my expectations have been completely blown out of the water because I'm so excited about what they've done with my character.

I know that long before we started shooting the third season, I had a conversation with Anna Fricke, our show runner, where she told me my character's arc of the season and I was, like, screaming. I was just screaming outside because I was so excited about what was happening and I just didn't think that we would ever do it. And so I'm really, really happy.

Question:
Okay, now since you said that you're a lot like Sally, were there any fears that you encountered or overcome during the beginning of filming season three?

Meaghan Rath:
I mean, not fears that I overcame but it's just sort of forced me to really think about my life. I feel, personally with every role that I do, I learn so much from it because it makes you question your views on different topics and really forces you to put yourself in a situation like her. Well, like, how would I feel if this happened to me and what does that mean to me and how do I put this into my own terms? That's why you become so attached to a character because it really - there's no character that isn't a part of you. Do you know what I mean? It's all very personal. So I feel, like you know, it's as close to reality that was can get it to be.

Question:
What do you want to accomplish personally this season and professionally?

Meaghan Rath:
Well, season three- when it comes to the show, I want people to watch it because it's a great season and we're so proud of it and we've just poured our hearts into it. And so, I mean, everyone I think agrees how great the premiere was and it only gets better from there. So I'm really excited for people to see that. In my own life, what do I want to do? I'm getting a puppy. I've never had a pet before. And so I want to learn how to, you know, be one with my dog and be a good mommy for him which I think will be a huge challenge because I don't know what I'm doing.

Question:
How has the ability to touch your co-stars this season changed? I mean, you learn how to act probably with method as well as, you know, that - being able to interact with somebody on multiple levels and taking away the sense of touch for the first two seasons and then reintroducing that. How has that changed, maybe you know, the experience of working on this show?

Meaghan Rath:
It's changed in a huge way. It's crazy, like, how much you know, as characters you appreciate it. And as an actress I really appreciated being able to have that physical contact just because of who these characters are. It's funny because when I work on something else, of course, you can touch people. That's just how it is.

And I appreciate that sort of as an actress. But when I'm on Being Human, I appreciate it really for the characters because I know that, you know, they've been friends for so long and she hasn't been able to ever touch them or, you know, feel what they feel like or even know how cold or hot they are physically. So I really - it sort of brings it to a new level for the characters I think.

Question:
Of the three characters, we feel that I think Sally could separate herself from here supernatural world the most whereas, you know, Josh is always tied because of Nora and Aidan is forever tortured as this vampire. Will she always be fearing, I guess, coming back to that supernatural world? As part of Being Human, does she get to, I guess, you know, try to be human-like? Does she try to find a job? Does she look forward as opposed to always looking backwards?

Meaghan Rath:
She definitely, definitely looks forward. I think she sees this as, for what it is. It's completely impossible and she never, ever in a million years thought that she would have this opportunity so she's going to take advantage of it and she's going to go forward and not look back. But as things start to complicate themselves, that threat of going back to the supernatural world is a possibility.

Question:
What did you think about when they created your corpse that they got to dig back up? Have any input on how it looked?

Meaghan Rath:
No, you know, that wasn't a replica of my body. That was a corpse that they had around the special effects department because it didn't need to look like me because it was completely decomposed. You know, it didn't even look like me.

I did get to see it before. The most disgusting part of that I think were my, like, hip bones and my legs. They were just disgusting. But it's so funny because when that scene where Josh and Nora are digging Sally up in the coffin and they open up the coffin and it reveals my dead body for the first time, that was my birthday and Sammy, every time he was opening the coffin would sing, ???Happy birthday to you.??? It was just all different levels of disturbing. So that's a good memory that I have.

Question:
Did you get to choose the dress for your burial?

Meaghan Rath:
No I didn't. It was a strange dress. But they purposely put me in something purple in homage to episode ten of season two.

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