Firefly's Jewel Staite on Sam's First Supernatural Kiss, Eating Brains
Eating brains was only part of the pleasure for Jewel Staite when she guest-starred on Friday's episode of The CW's Supernatural (9/8c).
"I saw that Jensen [Ackles] was directing," Staite tells TVGuide.com. "He's an old friend of mine, so I thought, 'Ooooh, fun! That would be great.' Luckily it all worked out. When you get on a show where one of the actors is directing, it can go either way. Sometimes they can stress out if they have too much on their plate, but he was so calm and so cool and so collected. He just really impressed me. We had some days we didn't even go the full 12 hours of shooting. We were let out early because he knew exactly what he wanted and when he got it, he moved on."
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In the episode "The Girl Next Door," Staite plays a demon who knew Sam (Jared Padalecki) when they were both children. Despite her habit of eating brains (what's a hungry demon to do?), they struck up an adolescent romance. More than a decade later, Sam will investigate a case in which he'll again encounter his childhood friend.
Like her character, Staite also has certain appetites. The self-professed foodie and budding food blogger shared with us details on Sam's young demon love, her latest projects and where she plans to eat next. (Plus, check out our on-the-set video of Ackles and Padalecki dishing on the new season.)
You're quite busy, but I see you found time to contribute to your food blog, HappyOpu.net.
Jewel Staite: Yeah, I'm trying to kind of branch out and blog about Toronto since I'm here. I just wrapped a series...I've been doing over the last few months. It's about a group of young actors and musicians and dancers in Hollywood trying to make it. Then I'm going to try and blog New York because I'm headed there next. I've never been to San Francisco. I'm dying to go. I heard that that's one of the best food cities.
Speaking of food, your Supernatural character is kind of hungry ...
Staite: (laughs) I like that segue. Yes, she is kind of hungry, isn't she?
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Staite: She's a special type of demon, but she's a demon with a heart of gold. She's just doing what she has must to survive and take care of herself and her family. She's Sam's long-lost love from childhood and she kind of comes back and takes him by surprise and throws him for a bit of a loop.
Is it just brains that she eats? Can you clarify how she does it?
Staite: Yes, kind of. She sort of sucks out the brains. It's not as messy as it sounds. It's a clean demon-killing.
She seems to have a conscience. Does she only target low-life victims?
Staite: She tries her best to do that, but sometimes the hunger is too much and she kind of slips up.
Is she in any way like you -- a foodie and oenophile? What wine would she pair with these thugs' brains?
Staite: That's so funny! I don't know if she's that much of a wine drinker, honestly. She sort of strikes me more as a beer girl. I think beer goes better with brains.
Check out this clip from "The Girl Next Door" when Sam runs into Amy again:
What can you say about the relationship history that Amy has with Sam?
Staite: I think the most important part of their relationship history is that I was his first kiss. Amy was Sam's first demon kiss. I can hold that claim to fame, which I'm quite proud of.
Is your character somehow involved with the case that he's investigating?
Staite: Not really, well, a little bit. I think she's the last person that he expects to see, let's put it that way.
What does she feel about him now? And you mentioned that she has a family?
Staite: She has a son that she's trying to take care of. He takes precedence over everything else. I think she has a soft spot for Sam and she cares about him. They have good memories together I think. She doesn't want to hurt him, but she will if she has to in order to protect her son.
Is there a possibility of seeing Amy again after this episode? Would you want to come back if they made it possible?Castiel's 10 Commandments for Supernatural Season 7
Staite: Well, I don't want to give too much away, but I would absolutely be willing to. That crew was so much fun. All they do is laugh on that set. That's literally all they do. I think I laughed for three straight days. I would love to go back.
When I saw a sneak peek of the episode at Comic-Con, there's a joke in there, when Amy goes by the name "Amy Pond." Were you aware that's a Doctor Who reference (one of the current Doctor's companions)?
Staite: It was already in the script when I read it. I'm not a Doctor Who fan, and I had no idea about that until I mentioned it to some sci-fi fans. They were all like, "Oh my God, that's hilarious!" They had to explain it to me.
Why do you think sci-fi fans are so devoted that they're willing to follow actors from one project to the next? You caught them with Firefly, and then had Stargate: Atlantis after that...
Staite: There's nothing better than a sci-fi fan, let me tell you. Once you're in with them, you're in for life. I don't know why that is. I just don't question it. I'm really grateful that they follow me from project to project and keep watching whatever I'm doing. That's probably the only reason why I'm working.
Can you talk about a funny experience you've had with a sci-fi fan?
Staite: I've had so many. So many. There's all kinds of things you see at these conventions. My favorite one was I was in this elevator with a whole bunch of sci-fi fans at a convention. One guy looked at me and said, "Has anybody ever told you that you look like Jewel Staite?" and everyone in the elevator started laughing. Then he said, "Oh, no, no, no! It's a compliment!" It was the best.
Check out this TVGuide.com video of Ackles and Padalecki on the set teasing an upcoming Supernatural wedding:
Supernatural airs on Fridays at 9/8c on The CW.
How do you like the idea of Sam with Amy? Who do you think is going to get married? Are you a devoted Jewel Staite fan?