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April 23 2010

(SPOILER) Summer Glau: The undying devotion of Whedonverse fans is remarkable. The NY Post's Popwrap talks in depth to Summer Glau about her role in the upcoming Deadly Honeymoon (including significant spoilers) as well as the supportive nature of the whedonverse fandom.

I couldn't believe it. When I first started working for Joss people tried to explain it to me, but there's no way to fully understand what it feels like to be in the Whedonverse until you're part of the family. And I still can't believe the support I feel -- the undying devotion that a lot of this genre's fans give their actors is remarkable. And one thing I love is that they'll give me a chance if I try something different - they'll support me. They may not love it, but they still come watch it. I don't know what it's like for other actors who have to find new fans for every job we do. I feel like our fans, especially from "Firefly," are incredibly supportive.

Yay, we're great. :)
She sounds like a sweetheart!
It's strangely true. I don't know why, but I can't help but check out the projects of the Whedonverse actors. It's like I don't even have a choice in the manner.
It'll be an interesting weekend. Summer has Deadly Honyemoon, while Jewel Staite has Mothman the night before. I'll see both to see how they'll do
Its true. The cast of Firefly is the only show's cast that I've gone out of my way to see their other projects, even if they don't seem initially interesting to me. Joss hit it out of the park bringing that particular group of individuals together. And a few from Joss's other shows as well, natch.
I have to agree. There have been some things in recent projects like Dr. Horrible and Dollhouse that I really did not like, but Joss and his team always hit it out of the park with casting.
OK, reporters, I'll spell this out one more time. It's A-L-I-S-O-N.

(From Palmdale, of course :)
One reason we all follow the Whedonverse cast in other projects is that Joss is fantastic and finding great actors. Look at all the attention Christina Hendricks is getting thanks to Mad Men. Or the rave reviews Olivia Williams is getting for The Ghost Writer. Joss didn't "Discover" either of them the way he could perhaps claim with Summer but he certainly spotted their talent.
This gets lost in the mix somewhere, but this really is true: a large part of what Joss was doing during casting during later years was 'casting for sanity', as he calls it. I got the pleasure of seeing the Firefly cast on mass during the Serenity publicity campaign, in an environment where they didn't know at all I was a fan (I didn't tell any of them, except Joss at the end) - and they were all great people. Even when they weren't in 'fan mode', it was good times. Same goes with the Dollhouse cast - I've actually never been amongst a greater bunch before, and it made me believe in the good of people.

I think that plays a part in why we follow these guys work. I also think it plays a part in why they were cast.
Well, from my very limited experience (Having only met Tony, Andy, Amber, Kali & Danny, and only seeing Adam Busch & Tom Lenk) I have to say a HUGE reason we fans are so loyal is because the actors are all such fantastic people.

Not just talented in their profession, but honest, caring, down-to-earth, very giving people who go out of their way to make a fan feel like an old friend.

I'll never forget sitting down with Andy and talking fanfic, sympathizing with Kali about the confusion of where/when she was supposed to sign autographs, or breaking down in front of Tony and being instantly pulled into a comforting hug. They're just people who happen to be famous.

One thing I'll never forget from that convention involved Tony. The convention throwers (Givers?) had organized for a local charity to be benefited from an auction, and one of the representatives was on hand for the cocktail party Friday night. She was in a wheelchair (The charity was Paws for a Cause) and when she wanted to ask Tony something he knelt down so he was at eye-level with her, answered her question, asked permission to pet her companion dog, and then gave her a hug.

That's the kind of people Joss employs. That's why we love them. (Well, that, and their undeniable good looks.)

Yeah, I hardly follow any actor unless they're inside the Whedonverse (Firefly especially) - and what I'm reading here are prime examples of how truly awesome these guys are. :)
Very well put and touching stories ShadowQuest. I'm in awe but not surprised at how amazing a guy Tony is. There is something so magical about the people Joss surrounds himself with on these projects that it really does become like family. I have so much Summer love, everything I see her in I'm always surprised and delighted. Hope this doesn't come off creepy but when I see Summer smile really wide I just want to give her the biggest hug. :)
I agree with the fact that the actors are all wonderful, down to earth people. I've met Amber, Adam, Tom, Alexis, Miracle, Eliza, Michelle, Gina, Steven Deknight and Joss himself. They were all very nice people, who appreciated meeting someone who enjoyed their work. Telling them that you enjoyed them on Buffy, Angel, Firefly, et el, it brought a smile to their faces, and I think it must have been because of Joss and the atmosphere on set.
Hm. Well, I guess I follow their works. I mean, I watch Castle, Bones and V. The thing is, they're good shows.
I loved Summer in Dollhouse and she was very charming in Angel, I'll check out her new projects.
I'm also filled with "Awwwwww" from that interview.

But I have to say that it was riddled with typos (and grammatical errors). Is the New York Post a reputable news source? I really don't want to sound like a typo-Nazi, but this was almost inexcusable! Do they employ editors at all? Again, I apologize, but I feel any interview with Summer deserves better.
Joss has a genius for discovering/recognizing great talent. And apparently, great people as well. It says something pretty amazing about Joss, that literally every actor who has worked with him, has nothing but praise for both his talent and his humanity.
i never was, nor will i probably ever be, a BSG fan. so when i first heard about syfy's new show, caprica, i didn't give it more than a passing thought. as soon as i heard that JM was going to make a few guest appearances, though, i marked its debut on my calendar. turns out, great show, so i watch it loyally even when JM is not in the episode, but he is the reason why i watched it in the first place. JM also led me to torchwood (also great even when he's not present), which led me to doctor who (which is fantabulous, of course).

and because of ASH, i am going to watch repo: the genetic opera when i have an uninterrupted moment to take it all in.

whedon and camp know how to pick 'em! that's for darn sure.

of course, following an actor actually led me to the whedonverse. i watched buffy the vampire slayer the movie because i was already a luke perry fan and wanted to watch anything of his.

so maybe it's really the perryverse that i am trapped inside of...
Summer! ♥ She's such a lovely person. Deadly Honeymoon this Sunday night--check.
Summer is a sweetheart, but a Lifetime Movie Network movie -- come on! I'll definitely watch it for her, but I'm not sure how good it'll be.

Of course Nathan did one, but I think that was in his pre-Firefly/post-Two Guys years.
Well I only started watching Bones to see what David's new project was like...and I only stuck with it because he was so good as Angel. I found the first season of Bones fairly average, but I'm glad I stuck with it, because it became a really good show in its own right.

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