The Sci Fi Channel’s (or ‘Sy Fy’, as it’s calling itself now) comes a quirky adventure dramedy about two secret service agents, Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock) and Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) who find themselves abruptly transferred to Warehouse 13, a massive, top-secret storage facility in South Dakota that houses every strange artifact, relic, and supernatural souvenir collected by the US Government.
The agents are recruited by the mysterious Mrs Fredric (CCH Ponder) to work for Secret Service Agent Artie Nielsen, Warehouse 13’s caretaker, chasing down reports of supernatural and paranormal activity in pursuit of new objects that could threaten the world.
What was the initial appeal for you of this show?
The initial appeal of the show was the fact that I was going to have an opportunity to play comedy, which is something that I enjoy and that I’ve done a lot of and, at the same time, have an opportunity to play the thrills and the chills, and take real moments, as an actor, to experience the scene. In a comedy, like in a sitcom, it’s all based in a drum beat. In a show like this, you can actually take your time and really feel things, emotionally. So, the fact that I could do comedy, drama, action and thriller, all in one, was the dream job for me.
How would you describe your character, Pete Lattimer?
He’s a very impulsive, intelligent, man-child who has joined the Secret Service in order to make good on some feelings of guilt that he has, in relation to the death of his father, as a child. He wants to make the world right, where he was unable to do so as a child. That’s where I come from, as an actor, in regards to Pete.
Does he have a lot of back story?
Yeah, and not even necessarily that has been written, but just stuff that I made for myself, so that I could have something to work with, as an actor.
Are you channeling any great action heroes?
I don’t know. I hadn’t thought of that, necessarily, but I hope so. I’m a huge fan of film and TV, and I love action films, and I love action heroes that have always been able to do their own stunts. So, whenever I have an opportunity to do my own stuff, and they’ll allow it, I’ll do my own stunts.
What’s some of the most difficult or dangerous stuff that you’ve had to do so far?
Myka [Joanne Kelly] and Pete get into a bit of an altercation, where Pete finds himself thrown into things, beat up, punched and kicked, and I ended up with some real bruises. And, at one point, we were supposed to cut, and then they were going to move the stuntman in, but we were in the midst of this thing and I just thought, “You know what? I’m just going to do it,” so I ended up flying over this table, knocking over these lamps, and landed down into this hole, and the stunt co-ordinator was just like, “Okay, I’m going home. I’m not libel for that. I don’t need a lawsuit on my hands.” I’ve wrestled and played football my whole life, and I’ve always been into doing physical comedy and being physical, so I enjoy it.
Did you and Joanne have an immediate rapport?
I think we did, actually. The testing process, to get a job on a show, is really tense and it’s very stressful. For me, the only thing that’s worse than that part of the job is not working at all. For the test, they had six actors for each character, so they were mixing and matching. With Joanne and I, when we were in our test together, we really looked at each other and we seemed to be on the same page. I pull her hair and she punches me in the arm. It started off that way, and it’s just continued to be that way.
Who is the adversary for your characters?
The artifacts tend to be the adversary. The Warehouse itself has become a main character. In the third or fourth episode, we find out that, along with the artifacts, there is an actual adversary who comes from Artie’s past, and Artie is played by Saul Rubinek.
These artifacts fight back?
A lot of times, they fight back by altering us, emotionally. Another thing that I like about the show is that it’s not just about this inanimate object that we need to collect. It’s about emotions, and how these artifacts affect us emotionally and how the artifacts affect the civilians emotionally as well. I love that about it because it gives it more depth. If the audience feels that they can connect to these characters, emotionally, and to the artifact, then they’re more invested, as an audience.