Slice of SciFi’s Linda Craddock went on assignment and participated in a joint Online Press-Call Interview with “Kyle XY” star April Matson on January 8, 2008.
Chrissy Fehskens, a representative for New Media Strategies, introduced April to the assembled members of the online press. After the introduction the Q&A segment began.
C. Fehskens: Hello, everyone. This is Chrissy Fehskens from New Media Strategies. I wanted to go ahead and welcome everybody to the April Matson Q&A session. April, as you all know, plays the character of Lori Trager on the ABC Family hit series Kyle XY. I wanted to start off by thanking April for being with us today, and thank everybody else who is participating in the call.
As you all know, we have a one-hour question and answer period. Iâ€™ll keep an eye on the clock and let everybody know if weâ€™re sort of running low on time, so donâ€™t worry about that. As you know, this is a moderated call, and our moderator, Andrea, will give you instructions in one moment…..
With that, Iâ€™m going to go ahead and turn it over to our moderator, Andrea…
Moderator: Thank you. April Macintyre from Monsters & Critics, your line is open.
A. Macintyre: Hello. Itâ€™s always strange to talk to another April. I donâ€™t know if you have that feeling too.
A. Matson: I got confused for a second. Iâ€™m like, Iâ€™m not asking any questions.
A. Macintyre: Thank you so much for taking our calls today, and I really enjoy the show. Itâ€™s a really interesting science fiction show, and I love your work on it.
A. Matson: Thank you.
A. Macintyre: My question for you is specifically about the genre of science fiction. I wanted to know your feeling about it and if you had a favorite from your childhood, or if it was Star Trek or if it was a certain series on television, or if you were a Battle Star fan. What is it about science fiction that you like? What is it about the show and the genre that you enjoy your work acting, if you can share that?
A. Matson: I actually â€“ well, I mean most of my part on the show, Iâ€™m not that involved with the whole science fiction part of it, and I didnâ€™t necessarily grow up being a fan of any specific type of thing, but I always loved shows like X-Files. I think what I like about our show is itâ€™s not science fiction like thereâ€™s not these random monsters and aliens running around. Thatâ€™s something Iâ€™ve never been drawn to, necessarily, but I like that thereâ€™s a mystery of a possibility of things that are â€“ I guess that are sort of possible. Like I mean even the way all the mysteries about Kyle, in a weird way you almost could believe that it could be true. So it just kind of â€“ does that make sense? Like rather than there just being a blatant monster that everybody knows doesnâ€™t really exist or like an ET or whatever. Itâ€™s kind of like, itâ€™s about this human brain and thereâ€™s sort of like a possibility to it in a way that makes sense scientifically that you can buy it. I think thatâ€™s kind of an interesting part of the show.
As far as other science fiction, I would say X-Files, which is kind of what I like about the science fiction part of our show is thereâ€™s that kind of element to it. â€¦really see the freaky stuff, but itâ€™s explained in a way that you kind of could believe it.
Moderator: Our next question comes from Ken Gold from Media Boulevard.
K. Gold: Thanks a lot, and thank you, April, for taking the time here.
A. Matson: Thank you.
K. Gold: The first question I had is I was wondering if you could just comment on the character of Lori and kind of where they took her the first half of the second season. It seemed like thereâ€™s kind of a pretty big change, and she kind of became mean with, I guess, going after Jessie for revenge, and just some of the things that she was doing. I just kind of wonder if you could talk about that and maybe if weâ€™re going to get back to the Lori that we all love.
A. Matson: Thatâ€™s so interesting because I never really thought about it that way of â€¦ Lori got mean. I mean she definitely got angry. I agree with you. The thing I love about Lori is that she sort of has a way of being bigger than everything else and being right and moving on and bucking up. That was definitely a lot of episodes of being really angry and going through everything.
But definitely in the second part of the season, what youâ€™re about to see starting on January 14th, she sort of makes peace with everything, and she does sort of â€“ I donâ€™t know. She does definitely work it out and gets back to her sort of â€¦ moving on, songwriting again, more drama with Declan and just she lets go of all that anger, so definitely I think weâ€™ll get back to the Lori that we all love.
Itâ€™s so funny. I didnâ€™t realize how much that came off as â€“ how different that was for the character. But I donâ€™t think she was mean, though, but I guess very, very angry and bitter about everything going on, so it will change.
Moderator: The next question comes from Wendi Moore from KyleXY.Net.
W. Moore: All the questions that I have are from fans from the site and the message board, so some of them are interesting. The first one and the one I got most often, is there a way that fans can contact you? Is there a Web site, a MySpace, a mailing address where they can tell you how much they appreciate what you do on Kyle XY?
A. Matson: I do have the MySpace, and I actually only have it for fans. Thatâ€™s the only reason I have a MySpace because there was somebody on there for a long time that was pretending to be me, so I had to make my own to sort of kick them off. And I do get a lot of sort of fan mail comments and messages. I donâ€™t respond to them. I donâ€™t have a dialog with fans online, but I do post a blog every once in a while just to sort of update everybody. And I do read every single comment and I see everything everyone says. Itâ€™s really sweet. I really love it because people write in and are so sweet and encouraging. I do have that, and itâ€™s just me, April Matson, on the MySpace.
Then I do have a Web site, aprilmatson.com, thatâ€™s sort of under construction, but there is a way to contact me through that too. That sort of just has a few pictures and what Iâ€™ve been doing. But itâ€™s about to be reconstructed, so itâ€™s a lot more fan friendly. But you can now contact through that as well.
Moderator: The next question comes from Sandie Sahakinas from Zaemonâ€™s TV.
S. Sahakinas: Is there a love interest planned for the future of Lori or maybe a reunion with Declan?
A. Matson: Thereâ€™s kind of a little bit of both. Thereâ€™s definitely a new guy in the picture that is a possibility. His name is Mark, and heâ€™s played by Josh Zuckerman, who is such a breath of fresh air. He is so fun to work with and so good on the show. I think everyone is going to love his character. We have a really great chemistry together, so you can look forward to that.
Just everything about it is very funny, the way that we meet and sort of how we become close. Thereâ€™s definitely that potentially happening, and hopefully when we go up to shoot season three, I believe heâ€™s still going to be around, so he might be sort of a future cast member.
There is definitely some back and forth with Declan as well that becomes a possibility. Declan and Lori sort of talk about it and are sort of exploring that road again. I donâ€™t want to give away what ends up happening, but at the end of â€¦ Lori â€¦ does what she does best for herself. I have to say that is one of the things that I love about her the most is that she loves Declan, but she loves herself more, and she sort of just does what she needs to do. She really makes the choice thatâ€™s best for herself, and I love thatâ€¦.â€¦that young girls that are watching the show get that, because in my life at 26, and being in the dating world and having to make decisions about guys and some guys that might have some kind of hold over you. I just love that sheâ€™s not desperate and she knows that she doesnâ€™t need someone else to make her happy. I donâ€™t know. I just think itâ€™s really mature of her because I feel like, as like someone who is almost a decade older â€¦ learning that right now. Iâ€™m learning that from her.
Anyway, I went off a little bit, but the point is thereâ€™s some â€¦ and Declan steps up. Heâ€™s definitely charming and America is falling in love with him. Any time Lori doesnâ€™t sort of go back to him, I think is always going to be disappointing, because he really is so, so charming in the last half of the season.
Moderator: Linda Craddock from Slice of SciFi, your line is open.
L. Craddock: For some actors, longevity is great to have steady work, but for others, they may not necessarily agree with the long run. Would you personally want to play Lori for several more seasons?
A. Matson: You know what, I think about that a lot, and I feel like if something were to happen and God forbid the show was cancelled, it wouldnâ€™t necessarily be bad news either way for me as an actor because thereâ€™s always an opportunity to do something else. But I love the character and when youâ€™re an actor on a show, especially with everything going on right now with the strike, itâ€™s like I just feel so lucky that Iâ€™m on a show and that Iâ€™m on a show that I like to work on and that I like to play the character. Itâ€™s definitely different than doing a film or a play because â€¦ develop a character over so much time that you know so well and you learn from. I feel like, in a weird way, because of the long run of a show, you sort of â€“ I donâ€™t know. You get more in depth into the character than if you would if you worked on something for a couple of months.
I would love to play Lori for several more seasons, but if something happened and there are other opportunities, obviously that would be â€“ itâ€™s always nice to do other things. Even now, Iâ€™m going back to class because â€¦ is tomorrow and Iâ€™m like I just need to break out of it. I need to do something else. I know her so well, itâ€™s getting so easy, so I want to keep my muscles strong, and I want to be able to stay versatile as an actor. I hope that answered your question.
Moderator: Jenna Bensoussan from Aced Magazine.
J. Bensoussan: Thanks for doing this today. I just wanted to know if youâ€™ve seen any of the upcoming episodes and which one was your favorite to film and why and which one was your favorite to watch.
A. Matson: Of the upcoming ones?
J. Bensoussan: Yes.
A. Matson: I havenâ€™t actually seen any of the final cuts of the upcoming ones, I donâ€™t think. But to film would probably be the last episode, the season finale, because even though it was such a pain, it was a prom episode, and so there was, like, I had to camera test eight prom dresses and there was all this back and forth about what Lori should wear to the prom. I donâ€™t know why for some reason it was more of a project for me than anyone else.
But even some of the other girls, they had dresses made and some of them were â€¦ I mean it was like such a disaster. It was pouring rain and we had to keep going in and out of this gym of this high school, so there was mud everywhere. Weâ€™re all dressed up, so from my trailer to the thing, they had to practically wrap me up in saran wrap just to keep me dry. So it was difficult to shoot, and we all sort of hated it, but it was so fun because it was our last episode to shoot. It was like eight or nine months of shooting, and all the guys are in their tuxes and the girls are all dressed up. There were tons of extras, and it was really complicated shots.
But we were just sort of all dressed up and, in between shots, celebrating such a great season, so that was probably definitely my favorite, even though I hated it while we were doing it. There were so many complicated. It was some of my best memories were shooting that because we just had so much fun celebrating the whole season and all the work that we had done and how far weâ€™d come, and taking pictures to remember the season. It felt like prom. It was weird. It felt like we were graduating or something.
To watch, I donâ€™t know. I donâ€™t know because I havenâ€™t seen any of them. But definitely the first couple back, like 14 and 15, like the first couple, thereâ€™s a lot of cool stuff that happens, so I do remember that being really exciting. Fourteen and fifteen are really exciting.
Moderator: Nadine Rajabi from TVGASM.com.
N. Rajabi: We have Andrew Benning in common, actually.
A. Matson: Really?
N. Rajabi: Do you like playing in high school? Do you feel like youâ€™re reliving your past and doing things that you werenâ€™t able to do, as Lori?
A. Matson: Definitely in ways. I mean because Iâ€™m an adult now, sometimes Iâ€™m sort of like, okay, it would be nice to play somebody â€“ you know what I mean, like a grown woman with maturity and who is complicated. I think about that, but it is really therapeutic because Iâ€™m sort of working out unresolved issues through Lori.
I had a Declan. I think almost every girl has had a Declan, like that guy that just gets under their skin, and itâ€™s back and forth, and they make good friends, but they want to be more. And itâ€™s confusing. I definitely had a Declan, and so in a weird way, this helps me resolve a lot of what that was all about to be an adult sort of going through it again through her.
Like I said before, I learn from her too in the weirdest way, like through the writing, but also just through what I find with sheâ€™s really become this other person that I love. I know that sounds weird, but I discover so many things while shooting that sheâ€™s like a girl that I would want to be friends with. I always tell people that Lori Trager is so much cooler than I am. It does come through the writing, but she just comes through in a weird way and teaches me lessons. I do like that part of it because I feel like Iâ€™m not necessarily going backwards to this immature place, but Iâ€™m learning from this young woman, this character that I play. Sheâ€™s mature and she has a mind of her own and Iâ€™m really getting a lot out of it.
Moderator: Wendi Moore from KyleXY.Net, please go ahead.
W. Moore : Yes. One of our readers wanted to know, do you have a particular charity or a cause that youâ€™re passionate about. That was brought up a couple of times on the show at the beginning part of the season. Is there something that you particularly like and support?
A. Matson: I support whatever I can, like any time that I ever hear about an AIDs walk or a breast cancer â€¦ Iâ€™ve done some breast cancer 5Ks. I would support â€“ I obviously want to support everything, but I do have sort of a new special interest in kids with autism because I have recently found out that my nephew has sort of a mild form of it. We think itâ€™s Aspergerâ€™s, but thatâ€™s got me more interested in all the research about it and what theyâ€™re doing.
There are so many different theories on how itâ€™s developed or if itâ€™s hereditary and all these things, and there are so many different kinds of treatment and therapy. Itâ€™s been really, really interesting to see him change and become a kid who can function, go to school, and be at a party and not freak out. So thatâ€™s definitely something that Iâ€™m interested in. I want to get more involved in that.
And animals, anything with an animal rescue â€“ Iâ€™ve rescued a lot of animals, and I used to be a vet tech. If I werenâ€™t an actor, I would probably be in vet school. I love animals, and I have a lot of friends that work with animal rescue groups that I try to help as much as I can.
Moderator: Sandie Sahakinas from Zaemonâ€™s TV.
S. Sahakinas: Yes. I read that your latest movie or latest movie you worked on is called Black Russian, and I was wondering you could tell us a little more about it and what part you play.
A. Matson: This is actually really, really a fun one. I think itâ€™s coming out soon. Some friends of mine wrote it based on a series of improvs that they had done in class at the Andrew Benne Studio. There was an improv they had done.
Brandon Benne is so brilliant. Part of his class is heâ€™ll give you an improv and heâ€™ll sort of give both actors some private information and then some common information, and just the scene will go. Sometimes you can shoot it. Itâ€™s like a short film. These actors always rise to the occasion.
There was this one improv that these two or three guys had done, and it was so good, everything that came out of it. It was just actors being creative and just rising to the occasion. So they ended up doing a follow-up improv. It was like, okay, now this happens. And they ended up writing a script from it.
Itâ€™s really good. All the actors in it are so good. The trailer even, Iâ€™ve seen the trailer. The trailer I donâ€™t even think does it justice. Itâ€™s very good. Itâ€™s dark and everything, but itâ€™s funny too, and the relationships are really complicated.
Nick Anderson, who is the author of The Black Russian, gets involved in all of this sort of underground gangster type stuff, and I play the babysitter that heâ€™s having an affair with, but Iâ€™m also blackmailing him and in love with him. That was really interesting because I got to play a young â€¦ thing, and he and I are actually really, really good friends. And we had to do this crazy make-out scene, and it was so awkward because heâ€™s like a father to me or an uncle or something, so we had to really, really get past a lot of things to shoot this sort of sexy make-out thing.
But it ended up turning out really, really good. I havenâ€™t seen the whole thing, but Iâ€™ve seen cuts of it, like parts of it. Itâ€™s a really interesting film. Iâ€™m really excited to see it all together.
Moderator: Linda Craddock from Slice of SciFi.com.
L. Craddock: Yes. In recent reviews for Kyle XY, obviously itâ€™s a family show, but theyâ€™ve sited the improvement in season two over the first â€¦ specific time with an 8% increase in adult audience and 2% in women. What aspect of the show and the writing do you think reflects this response?
A. Matson: I donâ€™t know. Itâ€™s so hard because sometimes I get so confused because theyâ€™ll be going in a direction, and Iâ€™ll be like nobody is going to want to see that. Then all of a sudden everybody loves it.
I think probably the first half of the season grew, I mean the mystery got really, really exciting. I feel like, in general, the stakes are higher because everything about whatâ€™s happening with Kyle is more dangerous and with protecting us and thereâ€™s just more drama. It was just the stakes were so much higher, and I feel like that generates excitement. People want to know whatâ€™s going to happen and how is Kyle going to get out of it. That would probably be my guess, if I had one.
Moderator: Nadine Rajabi from TVGASM.com.
N. Rajabi: Are we going to see more music, your music on Kyle XY, and is your music something you want to pursue as a career, aside from acting?
A. Matson: I never thought I would ever say that, but yes, because I just was so terrified of singing before I had to do it for the show. I didnâ€™t think I could. But Iâ€™ve always loved music and played guitar and wanted to write songs. This definitely generated that for me.
I do sing again in the show. They recorded it actually just a couple of weeks ago. On the season finale, there is a new Lori Trager song. It was written, and then I sort of worked with another songwriter, Brandon James, who is amazing, talented, and you will see him out very soon. But we sort of collaborated to rewrite a little bit just to make it a little more personal to Loriâ€™s experience. There were a lot of people involved in writing this song, and it turned out to be something that I was really proud of.
Actually, Brandon James was playing at The Mint in L.A. two nights ago, and he called me up on stage during his show and made me sing the song with him, and I was so mad at him, but I was so in love with him at the same time because he was like, you need to get over it. You can sing. Iâ€™m still struggling with live performance singing, and itâ€™s something I want to do so bad, and so he did that.
Then he busted out, Will You Remember Me, the first song, and I sang that. I, like, played a gig. It was so funny. I was like calling my parents. Yes. I did a gig last night. They were like, what? Who are you? What do you think youâ€™re doing? Iâ€™m definitely going to pursue it more, and that was really exciting, and I felt like a big breakthrough for me that I sang live for a bunch of people at this show.
I started taking voice lessons since Iâ€™ve been back in L.A. and have been working with Brandon James writing a couple new songs for fun, but we want to write and record together an EP or something, like five or six songs. Iâ€™ve written a couple outside of the show, so itâ€™s definitely something Iâ€™m pursuing.
I never thought I was going to be able to do it. Itâ€™s really, really exciting to just, I guess, get over a fear and something that you tell yourself you canâ€™t do, and you limit yourself for so long. Then you realize, wait a second. I really can do anything I want to do. Why do I limit myself and tell myself I canâ€™t do that? People do it all the time. Why canâ€™t I do it? And so I just sort of just did it, and I donâ€™t know. Hopefully Iâ€™ll stick with it and continue to grow. Itâ€™ll be just another art form, another way to be creative and say something to the world.
Moderator: Sandie Sahakinas from Zaemonâ€™s TV, please go ahead.
S. Sahakinas: I read â€¦ on your â€¦ page, and I was wondering if they were true. It says that your favorite actress is Hilary Duff and your favorite movie is The Cinderella Story.
A. Matson: I have no idea where that came from. Hilary Duff is lovely, and the movie is really cute, but I have no idea where that came from. I think they got it from my fake MySpacer that was on there, like a couple of years ago. That was on the thing, so I think they got it off of that, but I donâ€™t know. Iâ€™m not sure where that came from.
If I had a favorite, I mean thereâ€™s so many actors that I love and respect, but Iâ€™m a huge fan of Kate Winslet and I love Rachel Weisz. I love Kate Blanchett. Those are a couple biggies that I respect and admire a lot.
Favorite movie, itâ€™s so hard to pick a favorite movie. Of course I canâ€™t think of any right now. Then randomly Iâ€™ll be thinking, I love that movie. When people ask me that, Iâ€™m going to say thatâ€™s my favorite movie, and I canâ€™t. I have no idea. I loved Steel Magnolias. Girlie movies, I donâ€™t know. I canâ€™t correct that one because I canâ€™t think of what my favorite movie is right now, but itâ€™s not necessarily a Cinderella Story, not that I have anything against the film. But I donâ€™t know where that came from.
Does she have other facts she wanted to correct? I know it has my birthday wrong. It says itâ€™s June 5, 1985 or something. My birthday is actually March 13, 1981. I have no idea why my birthday is wrong. People think Iâ€™m lying about that all the time, but itâ€™s March 13, 1981.
Moderator: April Macintyre from Monsters & Critics.
A. Macintyre: A couple readers in our small screen section had a question. They wanted me to ask if you had any insight into Mada Corp. and if the Soylent Green reference that Mada Corp. â€¦ had any weight. You know Soylent Green, right?
A. Matson: Whatâ€™s that? Iâ€™m not sure I understand the question.
A. Macintyre: One of the fans of the show that sent in a question for you noticed that I guess last season Mada Corp. â€¦ or something. There was something written â€¦ referenced to the movie Soylent Green with Charlton Heston. I wanted to know if you had any insight to that as far as what Mada Corp. really was and if it was connected also to Adam Baylin?
A. Matson: Itâ€™s definitely all connected. It always is with Kyle XY. It is all sort of connected. Itâ€™s not what it was necessarily â€“ I donâ€™t â€“ I think that Mada Corp. turned out to be a company that was not what Adam Baylin intended the whole thing to be. I donâ€™t know. Itâ€™s definitely connected toâ€¦. I donâ€™t know â€¦ Mada Corp. â€¦ people. I know what youâ€™re talking about. I remember that being on the thing, but I donâ€™t really have any insight to what all that means. I just know that itâ€™s basically the company that sort of backed up the whole experiment.
But thereâ€™s more revealed about that in the first couple episodes, Iâ€™m pretty sure, and what the connection is with Visix, which is more of a society or like a secret club, I think. But I donâ€™t know. Itâ€™s complicated.
When I watch the episodes, especially because I havenâ€™t seen these ones that are about to air, but when I watch it, I learn so much about the show because eating, breathing the scripts sometimes, Iâ€™m like, what. I donâ€™t understand whatâ€™s going on. Then I watch it, and I get â€“ Matt, actually, Matt Dallas, he laughs at me because weâ€™ll watch an episode together and Iâ€™ll be like, no way. I didnâ€™t know that guy was bad. Heâ€™s like, youâ€™re in the show. You read the scripts. Whatâ€™s wrong with you? I know, but I forget, and Iâ€™m focused on sort of my story line, and I read the scripts, but I donâ€™t really, really sometimes get whatâ€™s happening until I watch it, which is actually kind of fun because it makes me sort of enjoy the show. Itâ€™s like Iâ€™m watching a different show than the one Iâ€™m in because Iâ€™m not involved with that whole part of it. Yes. I donâ€™t know. I canâ€™t really give you any more insight than that.
Moderator: Rae Hanson from Ramblings of a TV.
R. Hanson: Thanks for taking our questions. Now that Lori knows the truth about Kyle, can we expect to see some changes in their relationship, how she feels about him, etc.?
A. Matson: I have to say, I feel like itâ€™s pretty consistent. I feel like everything remains mostly as it was between Kyle and Lori. They have the same brother/sister bond where they give each other advice and help each other out. Heâ€™s very consoling, wise, and they still have that same sort of connection.
Some of my favorite scenes to shoot are the ones with Kyle and Lori on Loriâ€™s bed talking about whatever drama is going on in her life or what is he going to do about Amanda and all that. I feel like, even after everything that happens, they have a pretty consistent bond, and once she decided to love him and let him in the family, he is her brother, and she just sticks by him. If anything, they probably get closer because thereâ€™s not this weird mystery. Thereâ€™s not this, why are you hiding, and why are you going after Jessie? She feels very betrayed, but I feel like once everything is revealed, that definitely helps them to get closer.
Moderator: Ken Gold from Media Boulevard.
K. Gold: My second question was, can you tell us, in the second half of the season, are we going to get back to more of a sci-fi plot? Now that the secret is out, is it going to kind of concentrate more on the family and drama side of things, or can you give us any feel as to where weâ€™re going?
A. Matson: It does sort of a flip-flop. Itâ€™s like right when you get back, thereâ€™s all this cool stuff that happens because you find out. Then all of a sudden, itâ€™s like it goes away. Iâ€™m not sure why they did that or if they wanted to take a break from it, but all of a sudden it just kind of takes a break from it. And it focuses again on the family and the relationships and Kyleâ€™s relationship with Amanda and what it is for him to be who he is and live in the world as a teenager, which I love that dynamic of the show. At first I feel like itâ€™s a lot of sci-fi stuff, and then all of a sudden itâ€™s completely the other way and you just see him living in the world and dealing with life, which I like both parts of the show. But I hope that it continues to go back and forth that way.
Moderator: Linda Craddock from Slice of SciFi.com.
L. Craddock: The voiceover has been the signature for Kyle XY for the show for the first two seasons. To your knowledge, will the writers/creators continue?
A. Matson: With the voiceover?
L. Craddock: Yesâ€¦.
A. Matson: Yes. I think so. That will always be â€“ I think thatâ€™s just sort of the style of our show. It was originally meant to be from an older person, like Kyle as an old man talking about his experience when this all happened. They wanted a Donald Sutherland type voice, and they couldnâ€™t find it. They tried so many people, and they didnâ€™t find it.
And so they had to do his for the pilot. They just said, letâ€™s use his voice so we can at least show the network a cut of what we have. It just was so good. He was telling it as itâ€™s happening and it was his voice that they ended up just using his. It wasnâ€™t even intended to be Matt doing it. It was supposed to be like an older Kyle telling you what happened so many years ago. But now he does it, and I think â€“ because itâ€™s all about, you know, the show is really about what the world is like through his eyes with his special abilities and his lack of the experience of growing up and how that makes him see the world. I feel like thatâ€™s a really integral and very special part of the show. I think that will always be there.
Moderator: Sandie Sahakinas from Zaemonâ€™s TV.
S. Sahakinas:This is sort of a follow-up question about Kyle and Loriâ€™s relationship. I was wondering if you ever thought of the possibility for them to have a love relationship in future seasons.
A. Matson: When we were shooting the pilot, we immediately â€“ we joked about it. We were sitting around one really, really late night and he and I are very, very close friends. We had just met and just adored each other, and so we sort of were teasing the producers that were there. They were like, so Kyle and Lori, what do you think?
They were like, yes, we thought about it. Then into season one, they said that they had thought about it and it had been on the table at the writers â€¦ for a while, and then they realized that brother/sister relationship that Kyle and Lori have is so special and itâ€™s almost like it would taint it and it would just be such a soap opera move to do. Itâ€™s just so special because Matt and I have that brother/sister close, platonic, amazing friendship and relationship, and he does feel like family and blood and everything. I just think relationships like that are so special. Then when you throw in something sexual or romantic, it throws everything off. I just love the purity of their bond. I think that the writers agree with that. I think it will probably stay that way.
Moderator: Wendi Moore, your line is open, from KyleXY.Net.
W. Moore : Yes. This is actually probably a really good follow-up to the last one. I know that you live with Matt when youâ€™re filming. Who is neater? Are you neater? Is he neat? Whatâ€™s that like to have that relationship? And either one of you always yelling at the other to pick up that stuff?
A. Matson: Oh my gosh. He is actually â€“ he is such a great roommate. We live together so well because Iâ€™m probably â€“ I wouldnâ€™t say that Iâ€™m neater because Iâ€™m not a neat freak about anything, but I do like, especially because the house that we lived in was so beautiful, I do like it to look nice. But neither of us are really sort of obsessive about anything, so we both kind of do our part and just naturally had a flow to picking up the house and having it neat.
We would have people over a lot on the weekends, so it just sort of â€“ we were working a lot too, so we werenâ€™t really there to be messy. But no, there was never, like clean this up or do that at all. We were actually â€“ I would ask him to take out the trash or this or that, but he is good, like he would see something and know it. If I made dinner, he wouldnâ€™t let me do the dishes. He would want to clean everything up and want me to relax. We were sort of a good little roommate team. Weâ€™re definitely going to be roommates again when weâ€™re out there because itâ€™s nice. It gets lonely up here away from everyone else, and we both have dogs, and so weâ€™ve got to help each other out a lot with the dogs, which was nice.
I wish there was a more dramatic story that I could give you some dirt on Matt, but heâ€™s like squeaky-clean. Heâ€™s not a neat freak, but I mean as far as heâ€™s just lovely to live with and lovely to be friends with. I just donâ€™t have any major issues to dish about, but maybe Iâ€™ll make some up.
Moderator: Linda Craddock from Slide of SciFi.com.
L. Craddock: I read somewhere where fans compare you with either a young, or as a young Claudia Christian or Stockard Channing. Any comments?
A. Matson: Iâ€™ve never heard the Claudia Christian one, but Stockard Channing people tell me all the time. For some reason â€¦ people are saying that. Even at random Christmas parties this year, I felt like so many people that I was just meeting for the first time were like, you look freakishly like a young Stockard Channing. They even said that I remind them of her energy or something, I remind them of that, which Iâ€™m flattered by because I think that sheâ€™s awesome. I think thatâ€™s really cool.
Actually on Wikipedia I think it says that Iâ€™m Stockard Channingâ€™s daughter, which is not true. But I think itâ€™s funny that itâ€™s on Wikipedia. I guess the comment â€“ I donâ€™t know. Itâ€™s a good one. I like it that I remind people of her because sheâ€™s amazing. Thatâ€™s all I really have to say about that â€¦ good question.
Moderator: Sandie Sahakinas from Zaemonâ€™s TV.
S. Sahakinas: I was wondering where you would like to see â€¦ story goingâ€¦?
A. Matson: Where Iâ€™d like to see the character going this year? I would like to see her have â€“ I donâ€™t know. I mean it would be nice to see her go to college and sort of become a real adult because I feel like itâ€™s almost time for that. That would be fun, and definitely explore her music. But any time I ever think I know where I want Lori Trager to go, the writers always come up with something better. Iâ€™m just excited.
Iâ€™m sure they â€¦ I know that music is definitely going to be in the future. Weâ€™ve talked about that. I will be songwriting anything that comes up in the future. Itâ€™ll all be my own music, which is really exciting for me. Thatâ€™s one of my favorite things about, among a thousand other about the show and about playing that character is that I get to sort of explore the whole music thing.
Moderator: Linda Craddock from Slice of SciFi.com.
L. Craddock: April, describe for us how the dynamics of the family unit of characters on the show changed with the arrival of Jessie XX, going back to session two?
A. Matson: She caused all kinds of problems, so yes. It definitely â€“ any time somebody like that comes in and is â€“ and I donâ€™t want to say that sheâ€™s evil because I feel like one of the things that one of our writers say that I love is she always says nobody on Kyle XY is really ever evil, and nobody is really ever dead either. You have to remember that it can go back. Thatâ€™s the thing about Jessie. I feel like, is she evil? Is sheâ€¦? But she never really caused problems, and any time thereâ€™s ever someone that comes in thatâ€™s deceitful or not completely truthful or hurtful or anything, it always sort of spreads throughout a group of people, even if theyâ€™re people that love each other. It definitely, I think, messes with relationships.
But it also ends up making them stronger because a lot is learned through Jessie coming into their lives. I feel like â€¦ because she gets abused and then has to deal with that and has to deal with do you forgive someone that does something like that to you, and how long can you hold onto anger. One of the lessons I learned, especially through this is when you stay angry at someone for something, the only one who suffers is you. I feel like thatâ€™s something that the whole family kind of learns. Youâ€™re not punishing the person youâ€™re angry at by being angry at them. Youâ€™re hurting yourself. That, among learning about the relationships with each other, I feel like a lot of growth comes out of it.
Moderator: Ken Gold from Media Boulevard.
K. Gold: My question was about the writersâ€™ strike, and I guess apparently that didnâ€™t have any affect on Kyle XY. Weâ€™re getting a full season. Is that correct?
A. Matson: We have been picked up for ten that we start shooting in March. The writer, our writers are supposed to go back to work this month. If nothing is resolved in the next few weeks, we might have to postpone, but weâ€™re definitely going to have a season three at some point, and hopefully, if everything is resolved, weâ€™ll be able to stay pretty close to our shooting schedule. We were lucky. We were on hiatus anyway. So it hasnâ€™t really affected us, but if nothing happens in the next couple of weeks, then it might postpone things a little bit. But that would probably be the worst of it for us, as far as I know.
K. Gold: So it will affect season three then, if it has an affect â€“ I guess what I was asking is so all of the episodes for the second half of season two are completed?
A. Matson: Yes. We finished shooting those the end of October, so anything that is about to air is done. It was definitely difficult the last couple episodes doing post production because a lot of our producers were writers, and they were like really, really dedicated to the cause. And they werenâ€™t even commenting on episodes until it was like they need to get these approved because of all the post stuff and the music, so I know that was really, really hard for a lot of our post production people. That might have affected the way that a few of them turn out, but youâ€™ll still get to see them all.
C. Fehskens: I think thatâ€™s about all the time we have for questions today. Again, I wanted to thank everybody for participating. April, thanks so much for being available to us today.
I just wanted to remind everybody to tune in to the return of Kyle XY, which will be airing this coming Monday, January 14th, at 8:00/7:00 central. Thanks a lot, everybody.
Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, that does conclude our conference for today. Thank you for your participation and for using AT&T.