INTERVIEW: Battlestar Galactica’s Douglas and McClure Talk Sci-Fi, Hemlock Grove

Battlestar Galactica’s Douglas and McClure Talk Sci-Fi, Hemlock Grove
By: Terri Schwartz
Date: April 26, 2013
Interviewees: Aaron Douglas, Kandyse McClure and Mark Verheiden
Source: Spinoff Online

Note: This is a snippet of an interview cast members from HEMLOCK GROVE during WonderCon 2013 (March 29, 2013). I have included the parts of the interview with AARON DOUGLAS below. To read the full interview, click HERE.

Photo by Caitlin Holland

Battlestar Galactica alums Kandyse McClure and Aaron Douglas are reunited for the first time on the small screen in Netflix’s new horror series Hemlock Grove, although according to McClure, “if you hang out in hotel bars you’ll see us together all the time.” They team with former BSG producer and writer Mark Verheiden on the new show, and said during a roundtable interview at WonderCon Anaheim that there are a lot of similarities between the two projects.

“I saw Battlestar Galactica as a ground-floor show on how TV is made and consumed and bringing over people who weren’t traditionally sci-fi fans to the sci-fi medium,” Douglas said. “I see that this show hopefully will do the same and bring some more people over — because sci-fi is not all green and orange monsters. Netflix is doing this thing where it’s how people want to watch TV. To be on two shows in one career that are the ground floor is an incredible thing and you really couldn’t say no to that.”

In many ways Hemlock Grove is more a 13-hour movie than a 13 episode show and, because it’s being released all at once, its characters can be explored in long arcs without having to catch up an audience. That’s something McClure and Douglas feel BSG struggled with during its four-season run.

“I feel like in Battlestar they still struggled with the idea [that they need to pander],” McClure said. “They were still running up against that idea, ‘Oh, you have to include the audience, you have to fill them in on things.’ There were all these devices they started coming up with: recaps in the beginning of the show and replaying episodes, because you really had to watch it from the beginning to get involved in the story in any great depth. We weren’t given those constraints on this show.”

Douglas added, “Today’s television viewer is savvy enough to understand and you don’t have to spoon-feed them with extraneous dialogue explaining every little thing. … NBC Universal treated the sci-fi Battlestar Galactica audience like they were the regular Law & Order audience, but that’s not the case at all. Sci-fi audiences, they’re much brighter.”

That said, Douglas believes Hemlock Grove will “absolutely” challenge its audience. It’s not that he thinks the show is difficult to follow, but rather that it might make viewers uncomfortable with the subject matter it deals with.

Photo by Caitlin Holland

“It’s the best thing I’ve done since Battlestar, and that’s saying a lot,” he said. “It will challenge them in terms of what they believe. It’s similar to the ‘who’s the bad guy, who’s the good guy?’ The people in Battlestar, you always switched between the humans and the Cylons.”

As Hemlock Grove is a story-based show, it remains to be seen how many seasons it will have. Producer Eli Roth told Spinoff Online during a group interview that writer Brian McGreevy has three seasons mapped out, but Verheiden said it might be too early determine how long Hemlock Grove will run.

“I worked on Battlestar and we decided to kill it with Season 4, but in hindsight we could have found a Season 5,” Verheiden said. “Those questions are hard to answer, because in the moment you think, ‘We should wrap it up,’ but then you think, ‘Well, I might add a little something.'”

Hopefully McClure’s character has a less tragic storyline in Hemlock Grove than she did in Battlestar Galactica. She and Douglas, who played Lt. Anastasia Dualla and Chief Galen Tyrol in the Syfy series, recalled Dualla’s very emotional death scene during the Hemlock Grove interview.

“People were very affected by it,” McClure remembered. Douglas added, “Wasn’t it beautiful, though? She was unbelievable.” “It was Mark Verheiden,” McClure explained of the scene. “Mark wrote that for me.”

It turns out that watching Dualla die was a bit emotional for Douglas.

“I knew it was coming but had completely forgotten because I was so lost in that scene, and then she’s humming and she’s singing and she pulls the gun out and does that and I went, ‘Gah, what?’ And it freaked me out and then I started crying. I never told you that, I started crying,” he said. “We were best friends on Battlestar. She’d come to my trailer and watch Family Guy and hang out because we never had scenes together but we were buddies. We’d go to the craft table and we’d load up on snacks and then we’d watch Family Guy and Arrested Development and cuddle.”

“I was the only one who understood him,” McClure said jokingly. “Everyone else thought he was a jerk.”

Hemlock Grove is available now on Netflix.

CONVENTION PHOTOS: WonderCon 2013 (Anaheim, California. USA) March 29th, 2013

Aaron and Kandyse McClure
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Aaron and Kandyse McClure
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Aaron and Kandyse McClure
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Aaron and Kandyse McClure
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Aaron and Kandyse McClure
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Aaron and Kandyse McClure
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Aaron and Penelope Mitchell
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HEMLOCK GROVE – guest panel

Dougray Scott, Brian McGreevy, Landon Liboiron, Lee Shipman, Freya Tingley, Kandyse McClure,
Penelope Mitchell, Aaron Douglas, Famke Janssen, Mark Verheiden, Bill Skarsgård, Deran Sarafian, Eli Roth

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INTERVIEW (VIDEO): TV Equals (March 29, 2013) (WonderCon Anaheim 2013)

Below is a video interview that TV EQUALS did with Aaron at WonderCon Anaheim 2013 (March 29, 2013).

Aaron Douglas Interview – Hemlock Grove (Netflix)

YouTube: HappyCool
Video Description: Here is an interview of Aaron Douglas who plays Sheriff Sworn in the new Netflix series “Hemlock Grove”. This was taken at WonderCon 2013.

HEMLOCK GROVE – WonderCon 2013 (March 29, 2013)

Below are some excerpts from reports on the HEMLOCK GROVE panel at WonderCon 2013 where Aaron is mentioned.


WonderCon 2013: Interview with the cast and crew of Hemlock Grove
By: Mary Anne Butler
Date: March 30, 2013
Source: ComicsOnline

Aaron Douglas – This is the best thing I’ve done since Battlestar. I loved the book, and having to learn how to read again because Brian has such a weird cadence, was very exciting, and then being part of a show on the ground floor of how tv is going to be built is when it gets really interesting. They figured it out before everyone else, that this is how people want their shows, how they don’t want to be spoon fed with extraneous dialog all the time. So I really feel like we made a 13 hour movie, it’s a show I would watch if I wasn’t on it, and I don’t watch tv. And I mean my characteristic kind of holding onto a thousand kite strings in a hurricane, Andreas to balance that control with being the father of twin teenage girls who have just discovered the meaning of the word slut. I like that my character got bigger (Kandyse and not just in the waist) I like that they followed the books so closely, I mean I loved The Lord of rings movies but where the hell was Tom Bombadill? It’s a little bit fantasy, it’s a true drama, human drama, but there’s the Sci Fi and the horror elements, and I think on,y my mom wouldn’t be allowed to watch this show.


Hemlock Grove At Wondercon
Date: March 30, 2013
Source: MCM BUZZ

Aaron Douglas, who plays Sheriff Sworn, said he read the book before being cast in the series and that being on the ground floor of how he believed that TV is now going to be built and consumed going forward is very exciting. NETFLIX have figured it out; people want to have it all available all at once.


WonderCon: Netflix Prepares to Unleash Hemlock Grove
The cast and crew of Hemlock Grove has a bloody good time at WonderCon.
By: Benjamin Bailey
Date: March 31, 2013
Source: IGN

“When things start spiraling out of control in his sleepy little town, he’s a man that’s attempting to hold onto a thousand strings at once. And he’s also trying to raise two young daughters,” said Battlestar Galatica alum Aaron Douglas of his small-town sheriff character.

“The experience was very similar to film any other show, other than the Netflix doesn’t restrict anything. Length, structure, all of it was very open,” said Aaron Douglas. He pointed out that, compared to other networks, Netflix was very hands off.


This werewolf transformation might be the coolest thing we saw at Wondercon
By: Charlie Jane Anders
Date: March 31, 2013
Source: io9

Meanwhile, Aaron Douglas said Sheriff Sworn is confronted with a killing in his town — and he doesn’t believe there’s anything supernatural going on, he keeps eliminating other possibilities, like psycho killers, packs of wild dogs, or “a great white shark in the middle of the park.” The sheriff does not want to believe there’s anything supernatural going on, because that’s “anathema.”

McClure plays Dr. Chasseur, who comes to Hemlock Grove a few episodes in, to hunt and track the supernatural creature that’s responsible for the killing. She’s very single-minded and obsessive, and only interested in the townspeople in as much as they can help her obtain her goal. But her character gets some great scenes with the Sheriff, and she and Douglas both said how great it was to get to play off each other after never sharing any scenes on BSG.

Just like on BSG, Douglas said he got his scripts every week and immediately flipped to the end to see if his character was still alive at the end of the episode.


Hemlock Grove (Netflix) Panel at WonderCon 2013
By: Michelle Carlbert
Date: April 4, 2013
Source: TV Equals

Aaron Douglas plays an “every day” man. Asked to describe his character, Douglas said, “He’s really an everyday man. People will identify with him. He is going to have a hard time when things go out of control in his city. He also has two teenage daughters. He is trying to solve a murder and once he gets passed normal suspects, starts looking at other possibilities.”


WC13 | Eli Roth and Hemlock Grove Producers Tease Netflix’s New Series
By: Terri Schwartz
Date: April 5, 2013
Source: Spinoff Online

McGreevy’s Hemlock Grove novel was published prior to the TV series premiering on Netflix, and the writer used a lot of research to develop his story. “My Google search history was definitely very interesting,” he admitted, saying he spent a lot of time reading up on biotechnology and archetypal psychology, specifically monsters. He and Shipman knew from the second House of Cards was announced that they wanted to make their show on Netflix, and enjoyed the fact they were able to write the entire first season up front.

That said, there were some changes made to the original story as they developed the TV series. The final product is not far off from the original Hemlock Grove concept, but characters like Kandyse McClure’s Dr. Clementine Chasseur, Aaron Douglas’ Sheriff Tom Sworn and Lili Taylor’s Lynda Rumancek were beefed up because the actors playing them were so good.


WC13 | Hemlock Grove Stars Reveal Excitement For Netflix Horror Series
By: Terri Schwartz
Date: April 8, 2013
Source: Spinoff Online

Battlestar Galactica’s McClure, who plays Dr. Clementine Chasseur, said she was intrigued by the way McGreevy, Hemlock Grove author, co-developer and executive producer, approached the series’ horror and supernatural elements.

“I found there was sort of a sensuality with the way he dealt with the subject matter,” she said. “Yes there was gore, yes there was intrigue, but it always had this very sensuous kind of toothy undertone.”

Douglas, her former BSG co-star, joked, “You can tell he’s writing naked. That’s really what she’s trying to say.”

INTERVIEW (AUDIO): MovieViral (March 29, 2013)

Below is a video (sound only) of Aaron and Kandyse McClure being interviewed by MovieViral at WonderCon 2013 (March 29, 2013) to promote HEMLOCK GROVE.

Hemlock Grove Roundtable Interview with Kandyse McClure and Aaron Douglas

YouTube: MovieViral
Video Description: You might know them better as Chief Galen Tyrol and Lt. Anastasia Dualla from SyFy’s hit series Battlestar Galactica, but Aaron Douglas and Kandyse McClure are working together once again in Netflix’s new horror series Hemlock Grove. Douglas plays the town sheriff who is investigating some gruesome murders, and McClure comes in for three episodes as an animal behaviorist who is helping the sheriff with the case.

Source: MovieViral (YouTube) and (Website)