Tahmoh Penikett Talks to IGN about Dollhouse + BSG

by admin on August 13, 2008

Tahmoh Penikett - DollhouseIGN have posted an interview with Battlestar Galatica and Dollhouse star, Tahmoh Penikett. Tahmoh talks about BSG, Joss Whedon, Eliza Dushku and reveals that his Dollhouse character, Paul Smith, is ever so slightly obsessed with his pursuit of the “urban myth” that is the Dollhouse:

IGN: I talked to Joss and he said he was a fan of yours from the moment Helo let Baltar take his seat on the Raptor in the Battlestar miniseries.

Penikett: [Laughs] That’s a funny line! I read that.

IGN: When you went in to read for Dollhouse, did you know you were meeting with a big fan?

Penikett: Joss and I had a conversation, and he told me about the role and I was blown away that he was even calling. And then I heard how much of a fan he was of the show, so I was just totally honored. I was like, “I’m talking to Joss Whedon and he’s telling me how much he loves the show and my work!” It’s neat to get to that point in your career where you’ve got people of that talent and that caliber, in that position in the business, calling you and saying, “Look, I’m a fan of yours.” It’s great. It’s a really neat feeling.

IGN: What can you say about the show and your character?

Penikett: I can tell you that I’m an FBI agent who has heard of the urban myth of the Dollhouse and I’m really on the case – I’m really determined. Maybe slightly obsessed with it.

IGN: How is it working with Eliza?

Penikett: It’s great. She’s very professional. She’s very present and very focused. I like somebody so committed, you know?

IGN: You’ve worked with two incredible visionaries in the world of TV – Ron Moore and Joss Whedon. Is there anything about the two of them that is similar?

Penikett: Just how talented they are and how well they know their material. Their writing is just so good. When you work with excellent writing, it’s so much easier for an actor to do. Obviously, it makes your job a lot easier. They offer you a lot – they give it to you and it’s really richly written. They’re both so talented. They each have their own style. That’s what I love about writers.

What I like about Joss too is he was the director of the pilot episode we did and you’re always curious how you’re going to mesh with a director. Joss and I clicked when we had our conversation and even when we met, I was like, “Okay, I understand this guy. I think we’re somewhat on the same page.” But working with a director, you always hope they’re going to understand and that they’re going to speak actor-talk, you know what I mean? Sometimes there’s serious miscommunication between actors and directors and he just knows his material so well that he gave me the opportunity to do my thing and he’d just tweak it. He’d be like, “Look, you did this thing and that was awesome. Maybe you could do a little bit more of this and this. I liked when you did this…” There was no misunderstanding between us and that gave me a lot of confidence right away to be like, “Okay, look, we’re on the same level here and we’re communicating,” which is so important.

You can read the entire interview over at IGN.

Source: IGN

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