Saturday, April 25, 2009

Emily Deschanel Conferance Call: The Transcript

Givememyremote was able to participate in the recent conference call with Emily Deschanel and has compiled a full transcript of the interview. You can see it here (definitely spoiler warnings!) but here are a couple of the non-spoiler questions:

Okay, in the past few weeks, the show’s been on Mondays, Wednesdays, a Thursday… Talk about the fans of the show, and the loyalty to it, even with the constant schedule change.

ED: It’s incredible. I mean, we did better on an unscheduled night without a lot of promotion, then the show that’s normally there, and (better) than even on our regular time slot. I think it’s frustrating for a lot of people, friends of mine have said they didn’t know when the show was on; my grandparents were very confused (laughs)…you don’t have to be 90 years old to be confused by it though, but I think they’re (FOX) trying to make it up, because we got pushed off, it was like a chain reaction from an Obama press conference, and I think they’re trying to make it up to us. But it confused a lot of people, because people thought ‘oh, we’re on Monday nights now, not on Thursday nights’, but…we’re used to being bumped around, and I think it says a lot about our fans and our viewers who follow us from night to night, even in the same week. And, we’re just so grateful for such loyal fans. If we didn’t have them, we never would have survived, because we’ve been moved around so much, and it’s kind of ridiculous to think about. We owe it to our loyal viewers who stuck around from one night to another and made us even MORE successful on unscheduled nights. It feels pretty good to have those kind of loyal followers.

Alice with the Times Courier: I was wondering about your personal life, do you see any common traits between you and your character?

ED: (laughs) You know what? I think the character’s kind of seeped into me sometimes. I’ve become more particular about things and my attention to detail is stronger. Hart (Hanson), the creator of the show would say that I am the least like my character, of anyone on our show, and I think that’s probably true.

(small interruption, as ED gets a phone call)…..

ED: I think I’m very different from my character. I’m certainly not as intelligent as she is; I’m a little more personable, and you know, able to have conversations with human beings, which she struggles with. But I think if you saw David Boreanaz and myself, kind of interacting while we’re filming, you will see a lot of similarities to Booth and Brennan. We pretty much have the kind of ‘brother/sister’/’married couple’/ Booth and Brennan type….we’ll talk back and forth with each other bicker sometimes in a very loving way. We have a great kind of repartee going, that kind of mirrors the characters we have. But I’d say I get very focused on my work, like she does. I understand kind of losing yourself in your work, I understand and can relate to anything that she does, it’s just that maybe it’s not as strong in my personality as hers.

Rick Porter (Zap-to-it.com): I wanted to ask you about something you mentioned earlier, sort of Brennan’s inability to relate the way regular people do. Do you think after this long, playing this character, that she almost refuses to kind of learn that, or she just really can’t see the world in that way.

ED: No, I would say that if you kind of look at some of the episodes, this season, like the one David directed…the Bones that Foam, you see Brennan ask Sweets, the John Francis Daley character who plays the shrink, she asks him to help her interact with humans. (laughs) And she admits that she’s not good at it and asks him to help her, and he tries to teach her what different expressions look like…what happiness looks like, what sadness looks like, and she’s just, you know, she kind of fails at it, but she’s really…it’s not a lack of trying, and I think if you actually look back to the beginning of season one to now, she has warmed up a lot. And I know that sounds crazy, because she still has a long way to go, but she has definitely changed. I think she’s opened up with her emotions, she’s learned to interact with people a little bit. And I’ve worked with some psychologists who work with people with Asperger’s syndrome. Basically Brennan has some form of Asperger’s, because she’s a genius, but she has a hard time interacting in social situations. People have success in moving forward and helping people with Asperger’s interact with other people in social situations. Anyways, that’s a long way to answer your question, but basically, Brennan has not given up. Brennan is really trying to learn how to relate to people and to open up her emotions. And become more sympathetic and all of that. And that’s one of the things I love about the character is that she is trying to be better. Trying to grow and that’s one reason why I love playing the character.

15 comments:

alanna said...

Wendy, it might just be me, but I don't see a link anywhere for the full interview. :)

Anonymous said...

I can't see the link either

Wendy said...

Sorry! It's fixed now :)

alanna said...

Thanks, Wendy!

I'm very interested in the fact that Emily mentioned Jared might still like Brennan. I wouldn't mind a triangle...as long as Booth eventually tells Jared to back off. :)

Anonymous said...

Read the whole conference call with Emily. It seems to me that Jared Booth is still an obstacle in the Brennan and Seeley Booth's relationship. You got to be kidding me. This only proves that Brennan is only going to make love with the real Booth is to have a baby. People were hating Perotta getting in between Booth and Brennan. She was only in 3 episodes and nothing came of it. Jared will be in not only this week's episode and the final but, he will be coming back next year. These are Emily's words. Why should Booth tell Jared to back off like a a previous poster said? It should be Brennan not Booth. It seems to me that Brennan likes the attention of other men.

Anonymous said...

Emily was asked about when Jared returns which is in next week's episode Beaver in the Otter so the 'love triangle' is probably referring to something in that episode (which is obviously before the finale). I would guess that a likely return for Jared next season because of unresolved relationship issues is more about the relationship between Booth and his brother.

anna kristine said...

Wasn't it already established that Brennan doesn't have Aspergers? Or Am I just reading too much into what she said?

Anonymous said...

I really don't like the whole Brennan/Jared/Booth love triangle theme. I mean, really? Aren't we done with that? Booth better fess up and tell Jared to back off or tell Brennan why he wants Jared to back off... Time to show our cards folks!

Stephanie said...

Anna, it's never been addressed on the show whether Brennan has Asperger's or not, and as far as I've read, Hart and Emily talked about it and decided it wouldn't be irrational to think she may have a really mild form of it. I looked it up once because I was curious, and personally, I think Brennan is just a really intelligent person who doesn't have a lot of social skills. But the show has never directly addressed it or established it either way.

anna kristine said...

Thanks Steph. I'm a bit of a stickler for canon, and inconsistencies like this make me uneasy, especially with the kind of inconsistency that the show's writing went through mid-S4.

Anonymous said...

Are they serious? Jared Booth again.
Brennan knew this guy like for about ten minutes and she has feelings for him. Unbelieveable!!!I know this is only a TV show but come on it should have some validity to it. Emily has said he is being written into next years episodes. I really hope that Brennan and Jared do hook up. This will free up the really handsome Seeley to explore all the other women that are all waiting in the wings for him. The character Brennan is written to be very easy when it comes to men.

Anonymous said...

Emily didn't say Jared was definitely being written in to next season's episodes and she also didn't say Brennan had feelings for him. A little bit of over-reaction there??

Louisa said...

When asked about if she had any feelings for the unattractive Jared she was very hesitant to answer. This leads me to believe that the writers are planning something. Since the ratings have been going down and HH is freaking out us loyal Bones fans should expect a love triangle to persist. I really really hate it but since this is a business and Con Man was one of it's most highly rated shows,just beware.

Stephanie said...

I'm honestly not worried about the Jared thing. I think it'll be more of a Booth brother jealousy thing than an actual "love triangle." I would hope Brennan wouldn't actually have trouble choosing between them - after "Con Man" that wouldn't make any sense.

I think Emily hesitated because she knows those episodes haven't aired yet, and that was a very specific question, and she's not really allowed to say anything about it. She started the first Jared question by saying, "Well, I can't really talk about..." Plus, if she just straight out said "no" to the question, well that's not very attention-grabbing, is it? She's working the audience. Don't read too much into it. :)

Anonymous said...

I agree about the Jared/Bones stuff. I think something is up. My biggest fear is a 'who is the daddy' scenario. What if HH has Bones hook up with both Booth brothers in a short period of time? This could carry to next season.

I hate that Jared is even REMOTELY being hinted at as a romantic partner for Brennan again. After Con Man - it should not ever be an issue again.

I think HH has lost his way with these characters and this show. It breaks my heart.

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