We're just six days away from the two-hour season 4 premiere of Prison Break
, and it's hard not to be excited. Not only has it been six and a half months since the last new episode, but getting fans even more excited is the prospect of seeing Sarah Wayne Callies
return, head in tact, as Dr. Sara Tancredi. The action may be what drives the story, but the emotional connection to the show is all about Sara and Michael's difficult romance.
BuddyTV got to sit down with the stars at the center of this epic love affair, Wentworth Miller
and Sarah Wayne Callies, to discuss the new season of Prison Break
. There was so much great stuff that we needed to split the video interview in half, so next Monday before the premiere we'll hear them discuss the action of season 4, but in part 1 of our exclusive video interview with the pair, we talked about the Michael/Sara romance and the difficulties that lie ahead for them.
This is John Kubicek from BuddyTV and I'm here with Wentworth Miller and Sarah Wayne Callies from the hit FOX show Prison Break. How are you doing?
: Good, how are you?
Great. Now the fans at BuddyTV are extremely excited to have Michael and Sara back together. How easy or difficult was it to find the chemistry again after being gone for a season?
: So. Hard.
: [laughs] Sarah's got her work cut out for her, that's all I'm going to say.
: [laughs] I mean look at him, for crying out loud.
So you fell back into sort of those old rhythms fairly simply then?
: I think as actors we work well together, and I certainly missed Sarah when she was gone. The question is we've come back to characters who've changed dramatically. Sara's had her experiences and Michael has crossed a couple of lines that he probably would not have crossed if he'd thought that Sara was still around. When he collapsed that tunnel on his fellow inmate, that was Michael actively arranging someone else's murder. So when you talk about Michael and Sara getting back together, A) you have to talk about whether these characters can recognize one another, and B) whether they're worthy of any kind real lasting connection. It's certainly something to fight for.
In this new season, how much interaction -- will there be a lot of Michael and Sara? Will we see them sort of getting back together, reconnecting throughout the season?
: Mm hmm. Yeah, I mean I think what's at least -- I've seen I think eight episodes worth of scripts so far, and what's interesting to me is that these are two people who've always had huge, huge, huge boundaries between them, and they've been physical boundaries. Those physical boundaries are now for the most part gone, and what they find is that there are still enormous emotional boundaries and psychological boundaries. What I see is that at this point in the storytelling, I don't quite know myself, and I'm trying to find my true north again. He's in a very similar place. At a certain point, they may start to look more closely at the other person and say, “Whoa, I don't know if you're the man that I knew.” Stronger in some ways, maybe darker in others. There's a lot of exploration to undergo and very, very little time.
: Yeah, that's the real challenge of the Michael / Sara dynamic is that it's not a show about a romance, it's a show that has a romance threaded through it. So in between the gun fights and the car crashes, how do these people find each other in a way that's believable and realistic. I still feel that first season was our strongest so far in terms of Michael and Sara, and they had the context ironed out and their characteristics ironed out. Second season I felt a little bit like the romance spun out just a bit, because the powers that be didn't decide very clearly and specifically who these characters were going to be to each other on the other side of the wall. But Sara and I, I think, are really finding our way as far as that's concerned this season. I feel very strongly about the work that we've done so far in these last eight episodes.
: It's also worth, just briefly -- Michael and Sara are almost never alone this season. And so in a way first season they didn't see each other much and there were obviously a lot of things between them. But when they were together, they were alone in a room together and could speak relatively freely. Now we're in a context where you may be having a conversation with someone and there's a room full of people, so how do, “So, tell me about your relationship with your father...” It's awkward.
-Interview conducted by John Kubicek