10 Questions with BONES Star David Boreanaz

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With BONES returning to FOX tonight at 8PM [GlobalTV in Canada] with the first of six brand new episodes, series star David Boreanaz was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to chat it up with reporters about what fans can expect from the rest of the season, why BONES isn’t on the bubble and let’s face it, the one thing every BONES fan is dying to hear about — the aftershock from November’s big kiss.

1. On the creation of Booth as a character.
Well, I was given the pilot. I read the pilot and I created everything that you’re seeing on screen as far as that character is concerned, what you see physically. And it can’t happen without the words, obviously, but as far as the physicalities and as far as the belt buckle, all the stuff that you see is stuff that I brought to that character.

Everything that they told me about the FBI I threw out the door in a lot of ways. I respected it. I went through the idea of it. I took the approach of the military aspect of the guy working for the FBI rather than a guy who came right out of Harvard and he’s a penny loafer and pencil pusher guy who gets kicked around and who is afraid to get his feet wet.

For me, it was more interesting from that angle with the military guy who was a blue collar guy. And from there, everything exploded. So, you know, I highly, highly respect what they do. When it comes to using any kind of firearms or entries into buildings, I don’t mess around with. I do it as cleanly and as professionally as I can the way they would do it. I work with a great guy, Mike Grasso on the show who is with the LAPD who is fantastic so for me, that is very, very authentic to a T, but there is stuff, character stuff that I like to bring.

2. On his favorite things about Booth.
He’s a real blue collar guy which I’ve really embraced. So it’s been an interesting process with him and I embrace my socks because I wear the same socks. I embrace a lot of the stuff he does. Booth is, obviously, a little bit more Catholic than I am and I wish I was more of a practicing Catholic, but I’m not. I guess that would be one thing I dislike about myself sometimes is I’m not very religious.

3. On working with co-star Emily Deschanel.
We work on every episode on the weekends with Ivana Chubbuck, who is an acting coach out in Los Angeles. Her credits are huge and very respected and she helps us find a lot of those moments. We come in pretty much with an improvisational arc, knowing where we are going to add stuff, where we’re going to take things. So, by the time we show up and rehearse, we throw that down so when we’re shooting we just, we kind of throw it all out on the table. All this stuff comes out, but I think that’s the beauty of our relationship and our chemistry is really solid and it’s only getting better.

We did a scene yesterday, which was just so much fun. We really started pushing each other’s buttons and it was fun to have the ability to go there with a co-star who does that with you and also being in the freedom zone of a third season instead of thinking, oh, well, you know, this show has got x amount of years left so I don’t have to really work hard because it’s just a show. It’s quite the opposite because now you have the beauty and the freedom to do stuff as a producer to allow yourself to go to those places that you weren’t allowed to in the first season, which makes the show even better.

4. On Booth and Bones getting together.
The function of the relationship really is the function of the show in a lot of ways. These two characters drive these plot lines; they drive these shows. They put them in circumstances or in areas that they not necessarily wouldn’t think they would be in and it brings them closer together as characters or it pulls them apart.

You know, the kiss, for example, on Christmas. You know, it was a dare and they both knew it was coming and it brought them closer. Obviously, it won’t affect them greatly, but they know that the kiss happened and I think it happened smartly the way they did it. I think, though, we’ll start putting ourselves into those situations and those areas, but we’re not going to go to a place where it’s completely hole nine; we’ll keep teasing and flirting with the audience. I don’t think that’s a problem at all.

5. On how the WGA Strike has affected the show.
I think the whole serial killer story-line was affected and the way we will pretty much wrap that up and how we’ll wrap it up, which is pretty much a part of a two-parter that we shot before the writers’ strike.

We shot a potential season ender, which was a big cliff hanger and very dangerous and detrimental to a character and in the second part we finished that up in a way that I think will keep the audience guessing and we’ll at the same time see how the relationships between these two get better.

There are stories that we wanted to tell that we couldn’t because of only getting six episodes in now and future plans for other episodes, you may see us shooting in a different part of the world, who knows? That might be a possibility.

6. On the subject of shooting in different parts of the world.
I know that there have been some talks about that. I hope that that happens. I’m pretty confident that the trip somewhere will occur for a couple of shows. That’s the exciting part as far as that is concerned. And as far as Stephen Fry is concerned, I know we’d love to have him back on the show because he was great to work with and it was a really great character. And see him even interact with Sweets, if that would be possible it would be great.

7. On BONES constantly being called a ‘bubble show’.
I don’t think the show is on the bubble. It’s a very successful show. We’re a different show; we’re a cult show that strives itself on relationship and we’ve proven if we’re on Wednesday or Tuesday or Friday or even Monday that our fans will follow us. And we pride ourselves on the relationship with this show and we pride ourselves that we’re with a great network and studio with Fox.

8. On BONES constantly shifting around the FOX schedule.
I don’t place the show or tell you where the show should be placed. That’s not my job. My job as an actor is to come in and portray a character and do the best that I can. I can’t get caught up in what time slot it’s at or where they’re moving it to or who it’s paired with. I do know that the shows are of the best quality and I think the best on television as far as a relationship show is concerned I think it’s the best. And if you take these two, the new shows that are coming out, especially these new fresh six shows that are coming and you’ll see the relationship just take off.

Unfortunately we had a writers’ strike that kind of intercepted what I thought was the start of a great, great third season and we’ll finish off a fantastic third season, which we believe there are just unbelievable shows that are going to just expand these characters and this relationship. There is no show out there that has a therapist that has to deal with a couple’s counseling for them to deal with each other in the work force. That’s not on television.

9. On his favorite episode.
I really enjoy anything I do with Emily, obviously, any scenes. As far as one complete episode is concerned I like the Halloween episode this year. It was a lot of fun. I got to play a Nerd. That was fun. I also liked the season opener of season two, which was a lot of fun. I loved the pilot. I mean, that’s the pilot, really; you have to go back to the pilot because that’s like the fresh, new, the possibilities are endless, you know what I’m saying?

10. On possibly directing.
You know, it’s just a great opportunity to embrace and you take that for what it’s worth and have fun with an episode. I don’t know what the episode is going to be like yet. I have a lot of original ideas that I’ve actually pitched to Hart that I kind of would love to be a part of as far as the fruition of an idea and even put my pen to paper and even do some writing.

But those are opportunities you have to take advantage of as an artist if you’re in that position and use it. I mean you’d be foolish not to. I think that if you’re in the medium and you have a possibility or an opportunity to do it then you should go for it.

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  • Common Sense

    One more question: What’s with his bitterness toward Buffy & Angel? Those shows put his face on the map, period. They’re the ONLY reason this guy even has a career in Hollywood and isn’t someone’s dog-walker. Angel is a character that legions of devoted pop-cult fans adore, and this guy acts like we’ve spit on his wife if the vampire is mentioned.

    Hey David, lighten up. The fact that I loved Buffy and Angel….and have caught maybe ONE episode ever of Bones should tell you: it’s not necessarily YOU that TV watchers are interested in, rather the mythological character you were privileged to play and now choose to thumb your nose at. The PaleyFest snub was just the last straw…

  • http://www.thetvaddict.com theTVaddict

    Common Sense,

    Having witnessed his reaction first hand when a fellow reporter asked how he felt about BONES constantly being on the bubble, you couldn’t pay me enough to ask about BUFFY/ANGEL!

  • Philly Princess

    I agree, Common Sense. I’ve been a David fan for a very long time, now thanks to BtVS and Angel. Those shows definitely put him on the map, and I still have a hard time trying to figure out why he refuses to talk about those shows. I understand wanting to move on, but those shows were a cult and the fandoms for BtVS and Angel are still huge and active. Would it kill him to give a little shot out, here and there? If it weren’t for those shows, no on would know who he is. Angel was an amazing character that had lots of depth. IMO, Angel is a way better character than Booth. Booth had depth in Season 1, until they decided to change him into some goofball FBI guy in late Season 2. Unfortunately, I don’t watch Bones, anymore. They’ve changed the show too much for my liking. The David draw isn’t even working for me, anymore. So, I just watch Angel to get my DB fix ;D

    TVAddict, Bones was on the bubble list, because season 4 wasn’t confirmed at that time. House was also on the list, which had me laughing because House is the biggest show on FOX. So, it was obvious that they put the shows that weren’t confirmed for a next season as a ‘bubble’ show. I’m not sure why they did that. The article I saw was reported by The Hollywood Reporter :)

  • nick

    I love Angel,one of my all time favorites!Now i watch Bones and i think its one of the better shows on.The whole cast is great.So if he does not want to talk about it ,so what.Chill out.People want so much,has he not already given you hours of enjoyment with Angel and Buffy Common Sense?I don’t get it…

  • Kelly

    I loved Buffy and Angel and i dont watch Bones because of the fact that he decides to ignore Angel. When DB decides to acknowledge Angel, i will do the same for Bones.

  • patty

    I love all the shows he has been in/on. I don’t really care if he talks about Buffy or Angel just because they are over and now he’s on another great show that I love. He obviously has reasons and he’s a private person for the most part. I much prefer actors who don’t talk about their past than those who go to rehab.

  • Lisa

    Well Patty, to be fair … it’s not his personal past people are interested in hearing about. It’s his professional past on the show that gave him his breakout role. I don’t think you can compare that to an actor who ends up in rehab.

  • squee

    I don’t get all the David bashing – because he doesn’t spend all his time in interviews talking about shows he did in the past?

    someone wants to do an article/interview with him to promote the show *he’s on NOW* and you want him to hijack it to talk about a show that’s off the air?


    As for the Paleyfest, I was there and I didn’t see or hear any angel/buffy bashing. Of course, he didn’t spend all his time talking about them (mostly answering the questions that were asked of him) but then again, it was a “Bones” seminar. Not a Buffy seminar. Not an Angel seminar. Not even a David seminar.

    I don’t think the problem is David – I’d say it’s more a problem of a few over-zealous fans who can’t let go of a tv show

  • Sandra

    I hope that David never, ever talks about Angel. Just in spite. Sheesh, people. He doesn’t have to acknowledge Angel. He was right there, night and day, long hours on a highly physical show, bruises and injuries that he probably still feels.
    At the and of each season you could see that all the actors were extremely tired, even young guy like Vincent looked drained. Hard show to make. Most beautiful too. Still, five years of hard work that left David looking aged and in a bad health. Must be hard on his mother to see him like that. I don’t think that he ever complained.
    Why does he have to go to reunions, make bad TV movies on the back of the great show, wear long leather coats, talk about glory days and all that pathetic stuff. It just cheapens everything.

    He might be bitter, or bored, or wants to play with another toy, or puzzled why you still want to talk about Angel, or forgotten the show, or he is just stubborn. Maybe he hates character, or writers, or fandom, so maybe is better that he doesn’t talk. Or he is trying to escape being typecast. Maybe he didn’t understand the show and is afraid to look stupid. I don’t know his reasons, so I cannot be angry for him forgetting me, his Angel Fan.
    I do know that he is not fake, and riding an old fandom to try to put his new projects out. How can one be sure that those guys that are so loud on reunions, are not hating their shows, and the fans, but are pretending that they are still interested, to keep fans? One cannot know.

    I really like the guy, tho. And, it’s just pain in the ass coming to read David’s interview about Bones, and than reading about other fandom. Again. So, you don’t watch Bones? Now we know.
    I am now going to random forums to tell people that I am not watching their shows. Unless David Boreanaz aknowledges Angel. Then I’ll watch.

  • http://davidboreanaz ruth

    i think that david is cute

  • kim

    i have seen interviews with him and he has talked angel. since being on bones.
    ever wonder that he wants to move on and not just be known as angel, hell if he hated angel so much he never would have played angel for 7/8 years, he is grateful for angel and grateful for the fans. it’s sounds like some of the fans on here always want to know about angel and don’t want to let go of it. david has moved on to bones, i love bones, to be honest i love him as booth better then angel, there is just so much more to booth, dont get me wrong i love angel, angel was kick ass, my all time fav vampire but bones is an amazing show.
    dont being getting a pissed off b/c an actor doesnt talk and talk and talk about the character that put them on the map, actors play diff characters they move on. and david is doing an amazing job, bones has tons of fans and david boreanaz has tons of fans, i support david and always will.

  • Selenethewench

    I think squee is right about the over zealous fans. I’m one of them. I still watch the 2 episodes of Angel every morning between 6 and 8. Over and over and over-they loop all 5 years on tnt and I’ll continue to watch cuz it never gets old. The show ended so abruptly, without warning when it looked like the best season ever. A lot of us figured they’d be around at least another year or 2. And as far as what I can make out from what’s been made public, it wasn’t about their ratings it was studio politics or some crap. The actors were as shocked as the viewers and maybe that’s part of the bitterness as well. They weren’t expecting the treatment they got. Whatever, doesn’t matter, all that’s left is reruns, comic books, conventions. Bones is a good show, getting a little gory for my taste as of the death of the woman serial killer but still good show, great interaction between characters. David Boreanaz does a great job. I know this is true because when I’m watching Booth, I don’t see anything of Angel at all, don’t even think about Angel. He has to be good to make me completely disassociate one character from the other.

    Angel, RIP. Bones, best of luck for many more seasons.