Bitten Q&A: Season 2, Episode 9
OMG, Logan's dead! Michael Xavier, Greg Bryk and Genelle Williams reflect on the fallen Pack member.
So much was going on in the episode, and of course the biggest moment of all was Logan coming to Jeremy's rescue and the emotional aftermath. So many questions! When did you know? How did you feel going to set that day? How did it affect you in real life? How did you feel afterwards? We want to know everything ... tell us everything!
MICHAEL XAVIER: Going to set that day wasn't anything special, just another day at work. It was a great scene to work on with great actors, so I was really just excited about portraying this scene the best I possibly could. I think the end result speaks for itself, it was great.
Do you have a certain energy going to set knowing you're going to be shooting such an emotional scene?
MICHAEL: Yeah, you try to just center yourself. It was emotional for all of us but you just try to be as much of an open vessel as possible and hope the acting gods are with you that day.
GENELLE WILLIAMS: Well, it's crazy listening to Michael talk about it! I guess I never realized it was just another day at work for him; for me, not so much. You know the day is coming and as much as we're used to this as actors you still feel a certain connection to someone. It was a hard day. I probably wasn't my usually bubbly self and talking to everybody. Greg [Bryk] was amazing that day, he really was the Alpha and kept the set quiet and made sure people respected the process. It was really nice to have him there. Losing Logan is a big moment; the fans love him and we all love him. It wasn't easy to deal with.
Greg, we know how close the cast is both on and off set. What was the vibe like for you that day?
GREG BRYK: I'd say devastating. I work very personally; a lot of times I'll use my kids or my wife, people that I love for moments like that where I need to have a sense of loss. So the greatest compliment I can give is that for Michael, it was just Michael. The moment that I saw him that morning, knowing it was a goodbye of sorts, was just so incredibly hard for me. It was lovely as well, and I just wanted to be there with him. My love for Michael, losing him, was all I needed for that scene. I remember when I first got the script I was reading it and I walked into the back lane and was just sobbing.
Michael, when did you learn that this would be your exit?
MICHAEL: I don't remember what episode it was that I found out, but it was somewhere in the middle of the season. For me, it was nice to know what was going to happen in advance and to try to sculpt the character as best I could to lead to that point. So at that moment when it's all over it hits as hard as possible. That episode was just incredible to work on, there was so much going on for my character; physically and emotionally. As an artist, as an actor, it was nice to know my end and then build back from there.
After an intense scene when emotions are running high, how do you find your center? Yoga, music, a moment of quiet?
GREG: A moment of quiet. Probably because that's the complete opposite of me. I talk a lot.
MICHAEL: A lot.
GREG: Yeah, a lot! But really, when I want to relax I just want to be by myself. I don't want anyone talking to me. For some actors it really tough to get into emotional scenes, for me it's almost the opposite; it's a lot harder to come out of them. It lingers and I just want it gone. I don't want to feel that feeling anymore, so I just try to be by myself.
MICHAEL: That was a tough scene. I remember just being in my trailer and needing a moment to reflect. A lot of the time you finish a scene and reflect back on your performance, but this time that was all there. When we were shooting it all felt very real. When I was dead, I was dead. I was looking into their eyes and I could see that they were losing someone. It took a couple hours that even to gather myself and reflect on that very personal work.
MICHAEL: It was so much fun. You try to work on the choreography enough that when you're actually doing it you're not thinking about it, you're just in it. I think most actors look forward to fight scenes and making them as real as possible. Those were a lot of fun, especially the one with Noah Danby (Zachary Cain).
Noah's a big guy, that's not intimidating for you?
MICHAEL: I was just telling these guys, I don't know how much he weighs, but he's like a cinder block. At one point in the scene I'm underneath him trying to choke him out and he was just crushing me. I thought my rib was cracked for about a month afterwards.
GREG: He really did. I remember days later he was still complaining about having trouble breathing.
When you're filming a fight scene are you ever afraid that your opponent is going to hit you by accident?
MICHAEL: No, not really; you get the adrenaline going. We do get hurt. We end up with cuts and bruises, but when you're in the moment you just go with it.
GREG: Michael lives for this stuff. All season, that's all he wants. He just wants to fight!
MICHAEL: Stay away from the face, though!
The fight scenes are really awesome and heading into the finale it looks like everything is set up for a big confrontation. How would you describe the finale in one word?
MICHAEL: Shocking … er.