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by Jay S. Jacobs
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September 9, 2006.
actors go their entire career looking for a role on a long-running series.
With the second season premiere of his popular FOX forensic drama Bones,
David Boreanaz is now making his mark on his third multi-year show.
Boreanaz knows that he is lucky to be in this position and he does not take
it for granted. However he also knows that he has a certain skill
which has opened these doors for him. Boreanaz is not one to reminisce on past jobs. He is always looking
forward to making his current role better.
fortunate to work and continue,” Boreanaz says, “just work on where I want
to go. To me I don’t think of it always as a means to an end, but as a
new door opening –
whatever that may be. Taking on those challenges. I never thought
about that or never really kind of invested my time in that. I invest
my time and put my energy into work presently, not the past. I work
moment to moment. For me that helps. That’s just the way I
Television might be in Boreanaz’s blood, as his father is long-time
Philadelphia weatherman Dave Roberts (Roberts chose his assumed last name as
a young meteorologist). Through his dad he did get a little insight to the
television world, however Boreanaz insists that family connection did not
lead him in front to the camera.
dad was a big influence on me,” Boreanaz says, “just not in regards to
getting involved in acting. In anything that I did, first and foremost
[there] was his support – from my mom and my dad. I remember him saying to
me, ‘You know, whatever you decide to do, there’s always going to be good
times, bad times. You have to work through those, no matter what profession
you’re in.’ He instilled that into me and was always supportive of whatever
I was interested in or what I wanted to surround myself in, as long as it
was healthy for me. He was responsible for that. So he’s a big influence
on me, but it was something I kind of found through discovery. I moved to
Philadelphia and got involved in some plays. Went to New York and saw some
Broadway stuff. From there it just blossomed into a career for me. When I
came out to Los Angeles I decided to go after it and be surrounded by that.
It’s been a great work in progress for me so far.”
work in progress has led Boreanaz steadily up the Hollywood food chain. He
first garnered notice as Kelly Bundy’s boyfriend in an episode of
Married… With Children. However, he really made his mark a few years
later when he was brought in to portray the Angel, the vampire love interest
on the cult TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The character
started out just as a recurring role, however the actor quickly became so
popular that he ended up being in over 50 episodes over two seasons. Then,
the character was spun off to its own show. Angel ran for four more
turn of luck – going from a recurring to a series regular – has made
Boreanaz very conscious of actors going through the same experience on his
“It’s great to see people emerge from guest spots,” Boreanaz acknowledges,
“to have a strong impact on a show. Coming from that world – I started as a
recurring character. If you’re fortunate they take the character and spin
off from that. It’s always great to see strong characters come on and
really have an impact, not only with the characters, but also move off of
that. I enjoy watching that happen if that happens.”
also enjoys the fact that many of the fans that he made on Buffy and
Angel seem to have followed him to Bones – a similarly dark
and funny, but otherwise very different show.
think they’ve embraced it considerably,” he says. “I think that the numbers
speak volumes. To me, it’s just a fantastic outlook on how they can embrace
that and move with you. Some may like it, some may hate it. I can’t
control that. I’m just there for the work.”
While he is happy for his experience in Buffy, he can’t even start to
contrast it with his new series.
much really to compare,” Boreanaz states. “Two different shows. Two
different genres. They’re just two different levels of experiences that I
went through for different types of characters. No comparison.”
comparison, because as much as he loves his old shows, Boreanaz is strongly,
staunchly proud of his latest as his finest work. He feels passionately
that his byplay with costar
is taking this already good extremely show to new, rarified heights.
Deschanel plays Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan, the genius forensic
doctor who becomes a de facto partner to Boreanaz’s
tough fed Special Agent Seeley Booth.
“Best pairing you’re ever going to see,” he states boldly. “I’ll tell you
that right now. This season will be the best pairing as far as television
characters are concerned. You won’t see a dynamic between two characters
who I feel have such love for each other and respect at the same time and
continue to grow off each other. I say that with utmost confidence.
Obviously, my opinion is a little different than other people because I work
in it and I’m there in it on a daily basis,” he laughs, “but the momentum we
had coming out of last season, going into this season, it’s day and night.
It’s really a totally different show this season. I’m really excited
causes that excitement in Boreanaz is how the show juggles the personal and
professional lives of the characters. This balancing act
is becoming even more
important to the series as it settles in and matures in the new season.
have the procedural through line which is always consistent with each
episode, which will somehow mirror what each character is going through
personally” Boreanaz explains. “Which will always be ongoing, the personal
stuff. For me,
I’d like to see it as an 80/20 split. More character, as far as I approach
the show is concerned. It’s more interesting to watch that trying to solve
a crime. There are shows out there that focus 100% on just the procedural.
You know, that’s great. People like that. But, I don’t really. I prefer
the characters to come to the forefront of it. Get invested in their lives
and invested into how they solve these specific crimes. How horrific they
are. How they affect them as they deal with their personal stuff.”
season ended with a storm of personal
problems for Dr. Brennan. Her long-lost
mother was found dead. She had to try to reconcile with her estranged
brother. Then, she learned at the cliffhanger that her father – who had
disappeared with her mother and she had long assumed was also dead – was
still alive. The season premiere touches on this cliffhanger plot briefly,
but it is still far from being resolved.
“Towards the end of this first show, she does actually go and visit her
mother’s grave and we find out that her father was there, visiting her,”
Boreanaz says. “The plot kind of thickens. On the car ride into the first
big accident that we have and discovery, we touch on it. It will definitely
come out later on as the season progresses. It’s a case in work. It’s not
one of those easy cases.
“Other characters that were from last season – last
year, we had this character Epps, who was a serial killer. (Epps was played
by Heath Freeman in the episode ‘A Man on Death Row.’) We just did
an episode again with him. You never know what they can do with him. They
can bring him out; he can be involved with the Mafia, her father… They can
go so many ways with this. It’s really opened the door creatively for the
writers to expand off.”
course, there is another personal dimension of the show – and one that Boreanaz finds
intoxicating. It is the personal interaction and obvious attraction the
Booth and Bones feel for each other and the outside forces that keep them
apart. In this season there will be even more roadblocks.
“Last year, there was a decision to bring somebody on who I thought that
would have been good for the show – as far as bringing in another female
character that would give a different perspective,” Boreanaz says. “Someone
who was coming between Booth and Brennan. Cam is the new head of forensics
at the Jeffersonian, came from the New York area, worked in labs in
basements without the best facilities. We’ve known each other and we have a
past, so you’re going to bring that relationship to the forefront, which is
going to cause problems and tensions early on and throughout the season.
How we handle that. How
I handle that. Do I go back to that? I think we’ll
see that as we progress in the episodes.
It’ll cause some interesting sparks between us and Bones. Even the
mother of my child - Jessica Capshaw is playing
[her] - is going to bring in
some interesting stuff. I’m surrounded by a lot of interesting women
this year. For Booth it will bring up
some stuff from his past that’s going to be fun to watch him handle.
“We’re definitely going to see it on all characters, prospectively. The
fascinating part of this series has always been the characters and how we
draw these stories. What their personal lives are all about and how they
handle their personal lives when they’re in their professional lives. How
they bring that into their professional lives. How it affects them. That’s
always going to be running. It’s not going just to be for this season, it
was last year.”
course the simmering sexual tension between the two main characters
is something that both are fighting. They are so
involved in their jobs that it seems almost like they would be cheating on
the cases to have an affair. These are two no-nonsense people who don’t want to throw caution
to the wind, no matter what the temptations. However, with everyone else
around them seeming to believe they are a perfect match and their own potent
chemistry, they can’t pretend that there is no attraction.
a fine line, flirting with the audience and putting [Booth and Bones] in
situations where they may have to go undercover,” Boreanaz says. “If
they’re out of town and share the same hotel room, or if they’re on a
stakeout together like we had in the first episode, but it’s very intimate
and quiet. They’re very close and you think they’re going to kiss and
they’re not going to kiss. I think when you add in different conflicts of
characters like Cam, there’s going to be jealousy, there’s going to be some
hot, steamy reactions. That’s how they keep that relationship alive, and
that’s how they kind of thrive off that. So they’ll continue to do that.
For me, I think it’s more interesting to have two characters who are
flirting with that aspect of it, rather than having them done it.”
Still he does recognize that the show has to be careful with this
flirtation. The resolutions of similar storylines have wrecked many shows
“They did it in Moonlighting and the series was over,” Boreanaz
laughs. “But at the same time, I mean, who knows, maybe they can figure out
how to write these two characters together and have them evolve. But,
personally, I enjoy the sparring that they have. The possibility and
intrigue of them hooking up and how they may do that, to me, is pretty
interesting, Boreanaz has a new film on its way. Suffering Man’s Charity
was written by co-star Alan Cummings – who plays a college professor who
befriends Boreanaz’s young writer and kills him to get access to his
manuscript. When the book becomes a best seller, the ghost of the young
author returns to haunt the murderer.
“It’s dark,” Boreanaz says. “Pretty dark and pretty heavy. I think the
absurdity of how man is so desperate and lonely for something – played by
Alan Cummings, who just thrives to torture somebody else for his own gain.
[I guess] you could find the dark comedy in that. It was intense. It was
two-three weeks of working while I was shooting this. Before Christmas
break, which I probably will never do again. It’s just the workload was
nuts. Working with somebody like Alan who is directing it as well as
starring in it was a phenomenal experience; to work with someone of that
caliber. To learn and to grow and to challenge yourself to go places that
you never thought you could go to. That was great.”
However, Boreanaz is even more excited about how his series and his character
evolving with him every episode,” Boreanaz says, “so I love what he’s
doing. I think it’s the unexpected with him. I think we’ll see it more
this season, where he’s a little bit more unexpected. He’s very charming
with people and behind that, there’s that turn. I love that aspect of his
fact, Boreanaz is happy to be in the second season so that the show can
really find its voice. The best part of being on a long-running series is
that they no longer have to worry about establishing who the characters are
and what they are all about.
“Within that first season, you operate mainly off of trying to find the
show, first and foremost. For me it was always about finding a
relationship. With Booth’s relationship with Bones, how he was going to
operate day in and day out. How that would affect him being respected by
his FBI colleagues, as far as the storyline is concerned. I think it’s more
defined halfway down in the middle of the first season, and they really rely
on these characters to find themselves when they do. Things just happen.
There’s a click. It’s like catching lightning in a jar when you do that.
Things just open up. We found that towards the end of the first season.
There were moments of it in the first ten episodes. But it takes time to
find that. We are under the double-edged sword of finishing last season so
late and starting so early that we had no break. But then, the beauty of it
was picking up where we left off and continuing that momentum into this
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