Misha Collins is having a hell of a good time on Supernatural.
The actor plays Castiel, the angel who saved Dean Winchester from you know where, and he's fast emerged as a fan favorite. And so Collins, an actor whose credits include Charmed, Girl, Interrupted, 24 (as Dennis Hopper's assassin son), ER, CSI: NY and Over Her Dead Body, will appear in at least another half dozen episodes of Supernatural this season and just might stick around far longer than that. UGO recently caught up with Collins for an exclusive interview. Here's what he had to say.
UGO: So, your gig on Supernatural started out as a six-episode recurring character arc and now it looks like you're going to on the show for the foreseeable future. How cool is that?
Collins: It's totally awesome. It's kind of like a dream come true, really, because it's so much better to come into a show like this that's establish and, in my opinion, really good, than doing a pilot that might shoot six episodes of and you don't know if it's going to catch on. It's so great to come into something that's established and already has a fan base. It's a great character. I have got nothing to complain about. I love Vancouver. I'm sort of pinching myself. It's great.
UGO: How are you enjoying working with Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki and Robert Wisdom, who plays Uriel to your Castiel?
Collins: I can say in all honestly that this is probably the best television set I have ever worked on, which is amazing because it's probably also the hardest working set I've ever been on. They are working incredibly long hours and Jared and Jensen are shouldering virtually ever scene. So they work really hard, and they're not doing season four eye rolls or yawning or spending the entire time off in a corner texting their girlfriends. They're really there and they do their work, and they have senses of humor. They're both actually really witty and sarcastic, which makes it so much more fun to work with them. And Robert Wisdom is an awesome guy. We had an incredibly long van ride back from the set one day, where the traffic was just horrible and we were in the van for about two and a half hours. We told each other our life stories and we found out that he had lived in Washington, D.C. and I lived in Washington, D.C. I had interned at the White House and he had interned at the Capitol. We both worked at National Public Radio headquarters in D.C., and we're both now playing angels. We both practice similar kinds of meditation. So he's a fascinating guy.
UGO: We couldn't help but notice that in last week's episode, Uriel did all the heavy lifting in the fight scenes. When is Castiel going to kick some ass?
Collins: I'm going to make an uneducated prediction and say by the end of this season there will be some ass-kicking. The show is going on a little break, but it should pick up after that. (In last week's episode) I was a bit disappointed when we choreographed the fight scenes and I thought Castiel got cheated of his warrior qualities, but I'm sure that time will come.