Tuesday, May 23, 2000
We've all heard that being an actor isn't as glamorous as it seems, but for Roswell's Jason Behr stardom is downright painful.
The actor tells TV Guide Online that working on the cult hit has its ups and downs. "I have a lot less sleep. I spend less time with family and friends and [get] a lot more paper cuts!" Paper cuts? "We get script changes all the time and we have to put in the new pages [ourselves] and I cut myself all the time."
Poor Behr better stock up on Band-Aids because Roswell is returning for another season — thanks in large part to viewer support. "It's been tremendous," he explains. "All the hot sauce that [the fans] sent in was very influential in getting the attention of the network. This one fan sent me a really cool hot-sauce leather holster. You don't expect that kind of stuff."
His devoted fans can count on the show becoming more like The X-Files, with less emphasis on romance and high school. "They're going to delve more into the mythology. The first season was more about getting to know the characters and the relationships, but the second season [the aliens] discover they have a much larger responsibility."
The 27-year-old plans to lay low during his hiatus. "I'm going to sleep a lot! We're starting off early so the window of going out and working on something else is closing quickly," he says. "I'm not going to work just for the sake of working. I want to wait it out and make sure that choice of film is the right one." — Eddie Roche
Monday, April 17, 2000
With an apparently successful move to Monday nights and a revamped emphasis on science fiction, the cast of Roswell is paraphrasing a popular mantra from that other alien show: "The fans are out there."
Thanks to a massive Internet campaign, viewers from across the country are bombarding the WB with bottles — make that cases — of Tabasco sauce (a tasty treat for the fictional aliens of Roswell). The network has received thousands of bottles to date, but can the saucy effort save the freshman series?
The threat of cancellation permeated the atmosphere at the cult show's season-ending wrap party in Los Angeles last week. "If the WB's gonna say no, they're gonna say no," Brendan Fehr (Michael) laments to TV Guide Online. "But if the network is on the fence, this helps. Fans sending stuff in could really push it one way or another."
Co-star Katherine Heigl (Isabel) is flattered by the effort. "It's been a real awakening for us. I don't think any of us realized that people out there were so devoted to the show. It's made us work harder and appreciate being there."
Even an actor who comes from Hollywood royalty is blown away by the fan response. "The fact that there are people out there that I don't know, and who I don't tell to watch the show, who are putting this much effort, time, money and commitment into it, that's something that doesn't happen that often," a grateful Colin Hanks (Alex) tells us.
Coincidentally, Hanks recently launched his own SOS effort, to no avail. "I was a huge fan of Freaks and Geeks. I went to its web site and posted a bunch of stuff and sent e-mails to NBC along with everyone else."
Hopefully Roswell's saga will have a happier ending. — Eric Irondale
Wednesday, May 24, 2000
Katherine Heigl of WB's Roswell says she has the power of prayer to thank for her curvaceous body.
"When I was 13, I was flat as a board and totally unhappy about it," the 21-year-old actress tells Maxim. "I would write in my diary every day, 'Oh, if I could just have a B cup by summer!' I actually prayed for big boobs. So I developed at about 14, and then I was 15, 16, 17, and they kept going."
Ironically, the top-heavy Heigl is now expressing regrets about agreeing to wear only a bra and jeans for a scene in the upcoming movie 100 Girls. "I'm leaning over this guy and shaking him, and I didn't realize exactly what they do when you're moving around a lot," she says. "If they were fake it'd probably look better."
Hard as it is to imagine, the blond bombshell has yet to find the man of her dreams. She says she'd ideally like an older man who dresses in khaki pants, T-shirts and baseball caps. (David Letterman, perhaps?)
"Guys are kind of retarded until they're about 30," Heigl explains. "I've been interested in a man who was 35, but he didn't act 35, you know? Like, I don't think I could really be interested in a 35-year-old Wall Street type. But I do relate to older men better, because it's easier to connect with someone who's a little older and wiser." — Rich Brown
Friday, August 04, 2000
Katherine Heigl says she's developed a newfound love of sci-fi TV ever since landing a starring role on the WB space-alien drama Roswell.
The actress, who plays high school student Isabel Evans on the show, confesses to the TV Guide Channel that she had never before been the type to sit around watching shows with otherworldly themes. "I always thought that The X-Files was something that if you didn't watch from the beginning you could never watch," she admits, "because you would never get it."
"I never really was a big fan until I started doing Roswell and realized the fascinating mythology and the stories that they have to come up with," she explains. "They create these other planets and lives and all this stuff that I really find fascinating."
Heigl, 21, says that her Roswell experience has impacted her life in other ways. For instance, she's had a tough time reminding herself that she's not the high school student she plays on the series. "I sometimes bring home my 16-year-old side from the set — my selfish sort of irresponsible side," she admits. "I was terribly self-absorbed when I was 16. I think everybody is when you're that age. It's all about what you're gonna do for the weekend and what fun you're gonna have and who's gonna entertain you."
Looking ahead to Roswell's second season, Heigl says viewers should expect to see more love triangles, more mythology and, of course, an evil alien or two. "There's gonna be some action, some emotional stuff," she reveals. "We'll run the gamut." — Rich Brown
May 12, 2000
TV Guide Online: Tonight we are chatting with Katherine Heigl from the WB series Roswell. Hi Katherine! Thanks for coming!
Heigl: Hello. Thanks for having me.
Question: Hey Kat, I love watching you and the others every week on the show.... That said, I was wondering if you've ever read any of the Melinda Metz novels that the series is based on.
Heigl: Actually, I have. When the series first started I read a few of the books and actually liked them. They can be very interesting. Melinda gets some very Carl Jung thinking into it. I haven't gotten past The Outsider or The Wild One. One of those two.
Question: Hi Katherine, I'm a big fan of you and your show, Can you tell me, are you anything like your character" Isabel"?
Heigl: Hmm. In some respects I am. I think there is no real way to divorce yourself from your character. Obviously, she has this burden she's carried around her whole existence. She's trying to be young, but also thoughtful and levelheaded. I think I can be more irresponsible than Isabel. I had to sort of grow up fast too, so I think we have that in common. We have the same hair.
Question: First of all Katherine, you are my favorite actress. I love Wish Upon A Star and I have never missed an episode of Roswell. My question is, out of all the characters you've played, which has been your favorite?
Heigl: First of all, thank you very much for your support. Probably Isabel actually, just because she is the most complex character I've played so far. It's the first opportunity I've had to spend 9 months getting to know the character. My heart is with her.
Question: Hey Katherine! Can you tell us anything about your upcoming role in 100 Girls? Do you know when the movie will hit theatres, and do you have any current plans for future projects?
Heigl: First of all 100 Girls, I'm not sure if or when it will be released in theatres. My part is actually sort of this tomboy girl who is into sports. It's a cameo, but I had fun with it. There are no future plans at the moment. I'm still just taking a vacation as of now.
Question: How do you feel about the tobasco campaign??
Heigl: I love the tabasco campaign. That was the coolest thing that everybody got together to show their support. We know that people are watching and we're in closer contact with them. It was very cool and I'm very grateful. The whole cast and crew are grateful, cause I think everybody made a difference.
Question: Hey Katherine! What's up? I was wondering how Howie Dorough (from the Backstreet Boys) ended up guest starring on Roswell. Was he offered the part or did he ask you guys for it?
Heigl: I actually have no idea. I remember when we first heard about it on set. We were in shock. We went to Jason Katims, the writer to get the scoop.
Question: Do you enjoy acting like you have magic powers? What's it like having to pretend that something is happening when it's not because the effects are added after?
Heigl: I actually love that Isabel has these powers, cause it makes her more interesting. As far as the special effects part of it, I don't know how to explain it, but I believe it. I've seen what is happening. The first couple of times was weird, but now I have it in my head, so to me, I do have alien powers.
Question: My question is when your not working what do you like to do for fun?
Heigl: I actually love to go back East where I'm from. My sister, nephew and dad are out there. I love to hang out at home. My mom has these amazing gardens and I love to sit on the patio and read and write. I watch a lot of movies in my free time. What else do I do? I do whatever is at hand. If I'm feeling creative I'll draw. If I'm feeling lazy, I'll write. Oh and I love to cook.
Question: What's one thing about you that people would be surprised to know?
Heigl: I actually thought of this the other day, but I'm sure it's too embarrassing to tell. I actually still have a baby blanket. I think it's a good think cause I think it mellows me out or something. If everybody kept their baby blankets or sucked their thumb, there would be less war. That's my philosophy. To hell with Nietsche.
Question: There are many sites on the Internet dedicated to you. Any plans on creating an official site?
Heigl: Actually, I think my father and manager are in the process of putting something together. You want to have it just right and tell the people what they want to know. I think so far, the unofficial ones have been done quite well.
Question: What scene or episode of Roswell have you been particularly proud of?
Heigl: The last scene in "Toy House" where I (Isabel) cry because I can't tell my mom the truth about them. I had so much support from Jason that day. He was available and I was nervous that I would mess it up. He was 100% there and I think that's the only reason it came out the way it did.
Question: Hey Katherine! I want to know, what would be your ultimate dream role? Either one that has already been played, or just one you would really love to do. :)
Heigl: My ultimate dream role. I have probably several but I'd certainly love to play, I actually just heard that they are doing Tender Is the Night. I'd love the role of the young girl. As far as dramatically, I'd just love to play a piece where whatever I'm portraying is somebody that people can relate to or dealt with some life struggle. I would have loved to play Juliet but I think it's been done now.
Question: Do you hang out a lot with the cast?
Heigl: Yeah. Not a lot, because we all have busy lives. Especially, now that we've wrapped for the summer. Brendan and Majandra and I have hung out. We usually have a real good time, both on and off set.
Question: How is it working with Tom Hanks' son?, Does Tom ever stop by?
Heigl: Actually, Tom never stops by, but I think that's because Colin is his own person. I don't ever think of him as Tom Hanks son. I though I would, but he is this really cool individual person. He is a great actor and I adore him.
Question: What's your favorite movie?
Heigl: I have a couple actually, Good Will Hunting is a recent one. A classic one I've seen is called Stealing Home, Steel Magnolias. Recently, The Green Mile was pretty damn good. Ordinary People I loved to.
Question: Hey Katherine! What's up? I was wondering what kind of music/artists do you like?
Heigl: I'm actually really into rock and roll. Most guys I listen to are Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen. I'm a teeny bit into Metallica. Only cause Brendan played it all the time. His trailer was next to mine. I love Dave Matthews, Sarah McLachlan.
Question: I read somewhere your interested in producing, how long do you think until you'll undertake that in the business?
Heigl: Well, it difficult to know, but hopefully in the near future, anywhere from 2 to 5 years. I'm hoping to do that soon. Whenever I'm watching previews for movies in the theatres. These inspirational trailers make me want to make greatness. They reach people and I want to be part of developing projects not just be in them. I'd like to be in them too though.
Question: Who are the people that have influenced you the most in your life?
Heigl: Personally, my mother I think, has been a huge influence in my life. We still live together and work together, and we're good friends. She is probably my strongest influence. Professionally, I think Ed Norton, and Anthony Hopkins. They have influenced me in my craft and my passion for acting and being an actor.
Question: Hi Katherine. Let me just say that I love the show. Has it been signed for a new season yet?
Heigl: We don't know officially yet what is going on, but I'm fairly optimistic. We'll know for sure Tuesday.
Question: Are you happy with the way your character is going?
Heigl: I am now. I think initially I was a little disappointed cause Isabel was a turning into a wet blanket. Now they have delved more into what motivates Isabel and I'm proud of who she is becoming. I'm glad they're showing that.
Question: HI! I love the show! I'm planning to begin acting any tips to where to start?
Heigl: My advice would be to sort of try to find an agent or someone to get you out there. Also try to find open calls. Casting Directors are looking for fresh new faces. I started children’s modeling to commercials to film. It takes a lot of commitment and faith and belief in yourself. You can't let anybody tell you that you can't.
Question: Can you give us any hints on the season finale?
Heigl: The season finale is just really exciting. It comes to some major conclusion about Max and Liz, Michael and Alex. We make decisions about our lives. We find out what we are doing and who we are in Roswell. It's really exciting.
TV Guide Online: Thanks Katherine! We'll be watching!
Heigl: Thank you all so much for joining me today. It's been fun and keep watching cause it's getting better and better. Thanks for all your support.
June 15, 2000
TV Guide Online: Tonight we are talking with Majandra Delfino about the upcoming ALMA awards and her popular series Roswell. Hi Majandra! Thanks for coming!
Delfino: Hi! Thank YOU for coming. :)
Question: You have incredible music and I can totally relate! When is your album coming out?
Delfino: I have no set date. But soon. :)
Question: Sci fi or Relationships.... or both? Which do you prefer? the Cyber community seems to be quite split on what they want to watch.
Delfino: I think there's a happy medium. And that's what I would prefer.
Question: Majandra, will you be singing on Roswell again?
Delfino: I don't know.
Question: What are the ALMA awards,if you don't mind me asking?
Delfino: The ALMA awards are Latin media awards. They are going to be ABC, June 17th at 9PM. They're basically awards for Latin artists in the entertainment industries.
Question: How did you feel about the fans campaign to keep the show on the air?
Delfino: I was sooo honored, and everybody was so excited. Nobody realizes how much control the fans have over the destiny of Roswell. Like, if you have certain things about the show, storylines that you like, if you just voice that as fans to the WB, you'd be surprised how much our producers pay attention to that.
Question: Majandra, What award did you present?
Delfino: Oh, I presented an award to Los Lobos.
Question: What was the weirdest thing that a fan has ever done?
Delfino: Well, weird? Pretty much nothing. But, cool... someone sent me a leather collector's edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.
Question: Who's your favorite actor & actress? You are definitely mine!! :)
Delfino: Okay, actor would be Johnny Depp and Edward Norton. And then actress would be... wow, there are so many... I guess Helena Bonham Carter. So, basically Fight Club was the best situation for me!
Question: If you could be on another show besides Roswell, what would it be and why?
Delfino: It would probably be Sex in the City, because I think it's brilliant!
Question: What was your favorite episode of Roswell?
Delfino: My favorite scene on Roswell was probably when Max sees Liz in the pilot with the fireworks, and they played Dave Matthews "Crash," and all of his problems go away he sees her. That would be it.
Question: What is the writers' plans for Howie D? Rumor has it that he will be your interest? Does that carry any weight at all?
Delfino: I don't think so at all. :)
Question: Do you think you will be at the August 5th FanForum Party?
Delfino: Just maybe. :)
Question: Hey Majandra. All of us Michael and Maria lovers are wondering will they be together next season?
Delfino: If you guys want that, you can write in and let them know. But, I have NO control over the story. But, let's hope so. :)
Question: What are some of your future plans?
Delfino: I just finished a film called Traffic, directed by Steve Soddenberg, and it's the new Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, Dennis Quaid, and Topher Grace picture.
Question: What inspired you to write "Bruises"?
Delfino: "Bruises" is all the things you're feeling in the state of desperation involving a relationship, and how no matter what you do. It's one of those "sticks and stones may break my bones" kind of songs.
Question: Do you check out the sites devoted to you and Roswell?
Delfino: A couple of times. But, a lot of times I've clicked on to them and the person has written that they want to follow one of the guys on the show. It's hard when you're a female actress on the show, when you don't have the same kind of screaming fans that all the boys do. So, it's hard to know exactly how many fans you really do have.
Question: Will you be having an official Majandra site up soon?
Delfino: Yes. I'm gonna try. :)
Question: What's your favorite movie?
Delfino: The Last Unicorn, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Legend
Question: You were born in Argentina, how did you get to or end up in the states?
Delfino: I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. I am NOT Argentinean And I moved the US when I was 3 with my mother and sister.
Question: Can you name some of the people that you look up to, inspired you?
Delfino: Inspire me? I would say... my mom. That's really the only one.
Question: If you could write one episode what would you have happen?
Delfino: I would have Jordan Catalano fall madly in love with Maria and hold her hand walking down the hallway of West Roswell High.
Question: Are there any charities you donate to?
Delfino: No. There is the Kidney Foundation in Miami. But nothing locally here in LA.
Question: Can you give a little hint on what's gonna happen next season? (purty please with sugar and sprinkles and chocolate and all the other sweet toppings on top....) =)
Delfino: I have no idea. I haven't even started working yet. I don't even know who is and isn't coming back. We haven't done anything yet.
TV Guide Online: Thanks Majandra! See you Saturday night on the ALMA Awards!
Delfino: Thank you! It was a lovely, lovely, lovely conversation. :) BIG KISS