A Q & A with the Cast of “Justified”Jun 3rd, 2011 | By Lindsay | Category: Celebrity Sightings
Last Tuesday evening, my good friend Mikey, from the Mike the Fanboy website, invited me to attend a SAG screening/cast Q & A for the FX television series Justified at a venue in North Hollywood. Now I should mention here that I have been a member of SAG for just about nine years and, while the union hosts screenings on an almost weekly basis, this was the first time I had ever attended one. You see, the only screenings I had ever heard about in the past featured Q & A sessions with writers, producers, and directors and, as I was explaining to Mikey, the last thing I want to do is sit around for an hour listening to some random production’s creative team wax philosophical about their “process”. But once Mikey told me that the actual actors would be in attendance and that they typically pose for pictures and sign autographs after the events, I just about died of excitement! HOW IN THE HECK HAD I NEVER HEARD ABOUT THESE TYPES OF SCREENINGS BEFORE?????? Needless to say, Mikey has opened up a whole new world to me and not only did I attend a screening for Mad Men on Wednesday night, but I am also signed up for one next week, as well. The Grim Cheaper is SO not happy about this development, by the way! Anyway, because SAG events are seated on a first come/first serve basis and because I am just a wee bit anal, I showed up three hours before showtime. Not surprisingly, I was the fourth person in line and when we were let into the theatre, I immediately snagged two front row spots for Mikey and me – which was great for the Q&A session, but not so much for the screening. As you can see in the above photograph, we were seated EXTREMELY close to the screen! My neck was absolutely KILLING me by the time the credits rolled on the episode that was shown. LOL
After watching the episode, which was titled “Bloody Harlan”, the cast members were called to the stage. In attendance was (from left to right in the above photographs) Natalie Zea, who plays Winona Hawkins; series star Timothy Olyphant, who plays U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens; series creator/executive producer Graham Yost; Margo Martindale, who plays criminal matriarch Mags Bennett; Walton Goggins who plays bad boy Boyd Crowder; and Erica Tazel, who plays Deputy Marshal Rachel Brooks.
I have to say that the Question and Answer session was extremely interesting – far more so than I had imagined it would be. Graham Yost, Margo Martindale, and Timothy Olyphant were all absolutely HILARIOUS and had the audience LOLing throughout most of the evening. One interesting tidbit that we learned about the series was that it was actually based upon two novels, Pronto and Riding the Rap, and the short story “Fire in the Hole”, all of which were written by Elmore Leonard, the legendary American novelist who penned the tomes which inspired the movies Get Shorty, Jackie Brown, Out of Sight, 3:10 to Yuma, and The Big Bounce .
Ashley Hebert Meets Ryan M.
After the Q&A segment, most of the cast hung around to sign autographs and take pictures with the fans. Because most actors consider themselves above the whole fandom thing, very few audience members tried to approach the stars. I was obviously not one of those people. On a side note – I don’t know if any of my fellow stalkers are watching The Bachelorette this season, but in the premiere episode contestant Ryan Miller hopped out of the limo upon first meeting Bachelorette Ashley Hebert , with camera in hand, and promptly asked her to pose for a picture with him. After she did, he then said, “Later, I can get one with Chris Harrison, as well, that you can take, hopefully.” LOL LOL LOL That would SO be me if I was ever on that show! You can watch that scene by clicking above.
Anyway, Mikey and I first approached actor Timothy Olyphant, along with five other fans, all of whom wanted an autograph. Timothy signed the five autographs and then it was my turn. I asked him if he would take a picture with me and he said, “No, I’m not doing photos tonight!” And he then promptly left! Mikey turned to me and said, “Ouch! That really sucked!” And it did. I mean, I could understand him saying no if there were a bunch of other fans hanging around hoping to get a photograph as well, but being that I was ONLY one asking, I thought it was a pretty douchy maneuver on his part. The following day I found the above-pictured button at my favorite store, Lula Mae in Pasadena, and I just about died laughing. The GC said I should purchase a bunch of the buttons and hand them out to any actor who turns me down for a photo.
We next hit up actress Margo Martindale, whom I absolutely LOVED on Dexter, and I am very happy to report that she could NOT have been nicer! She really took her time speaking with the fans who approached her and signed all of the autographs and took all of the pictures people asked for. ABSOLUTELY LOVE HER!
Walton Goggins was also INCREDIBLY nice and happily posed for photos and signed autographs with his fans. He was so sweet, in fact, that after we took the above picture, he mentioned that my flash had failed to go off and asked if I wanted to take another.
Which we did. SUCH a sweet guy!
And when I later found out that he had guest-starred as frat boy Mike Muchin on the Season 2 episode of fave show Beverly Hills, 90210 titled “The Pit and Pendulum”, I just about had a heart attack!
SAG set up a small cocktail party after the event and while Mikey and I were walking around (eating way too many of the AMAZING chicken strips that were being served!), we spotted Erica Tazel. I was dying to get my pic taken with Erica as she had guest-starred on two of my very favorite television shows – Sex and the City and The Office!
On SATC, Erica played Charlotte York’s (aka Kristin Davis’) dance teacher, Grace, in the Season 4 episode titled “Baby, Talk is Cheap”.
And in the Season 5 episode of The Office titled “Lecture Circuit: Part I”, she played Julia, one of Stanley Hudson’s (aka Leslie David Baker’s) clients whom Andy Bernard (aka Ed Helms) very unsuccessfully tries to hit on. All in all it was a fabulous night and I, for one, cannot WAIT to attend more events just like it!
Big THANK YOU to Mikey, from the Mike the Fanboy website, for inviting me to this event! You can check out Mikey’s write-up of the evening, as well as some videos that he of took of the Q&A session, here.
Until next time, Happy Stalking!
Stalk It: There is no stalking location for this one, but you can catch Justified each Wednesday night on FX. And you can visit the show’s official website here.