After hanging out at the FOX fall press junket in L.A. for a weekend, I came to one conclusion: Bones is awesome. It airs Tuesdays at 8pm on FOX, and though I’d never seen an episode of the show when I interviewed the stars, I’ve since become a fan. At the press junket, the Bones cast was the nicest, coolest group of people at the whole event. Leading that charge for me was Michaela Conlin. As Angela Montenegro on Bones, she is the facial reconstruction specialist who is engaged to Dr. Jack Hodgins (TJ Thyne), though their wedding was stopped when it was discovered she’s technically still married to a man she can’t even remember.
I spoke to Michaela a while back on the phone, and that interview can be found at the bottom of this article. More recently, I sat down with Michaela in L.A. and was pleased to discover she remembered me and the interview, so we got to catch up on how great her cast is and how the task of casting her husband is coming. Below you will find the mp3 audio file as well as the highlights of the interview.
–When told how much I enjoyed meeting the Bones cast, she joked they were all liars. She then agreed that the cast gets along wonderfully on and off the set, an that going to work is like spending time with your dysfunctional family.
-Though the show balances comedy with the drama, Michaela prefers the dramatic material, getting a chance to get inside the characters and understand how they relate to one another.
-In an upcoming Halloween episode, the cast gets all dolled up, and men are in for a very special treat. Emily Deschanel will go as Wonder Woman, and Michaela gets to sex it up as Cher, which she enjoyed because the costume department did an amazing job.
-Michaela is very excited to work with John Francis Daley, the Freaks and Geeks star who begins a recurring role this season. She’s very impressed that such a young actor can be so wise and hysterical, and she believes he’s a very interesting choice for the show.
-In casting the role of Angela’s husband, producers originally wanted to go with an actor like Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, Amistad), though that idea has been nixed, and Michaela says they’re now looking for a George Clooney-type, which is just fine with her.
-In her down time on the set, Michaela had planned to learn how to knit, but the problem is that she describes herself as “a pro napper.” She’s also quick to point out that Bones runs so smoothly that the actors don’t have that much down time.
Also check out our earlier Interview with Michaela Conlin for her insights into the show’s style, this season’s serialized arc, and having David Duchovny as a director.
-Interview conducted by John Kubicek
(Image courtesy of FOX)