Fun Fridays: Q&A with actress Emily Perkins of “Supernatural”

Angela: Welcome to my website, Emily. I’m so thrilled to have you. You’d probably be surprised at how many paranormal romance and urban fantasy authors and their readers absolutely love Supernatural. The show is often a source of much discussion among us on Twitter and Facebook. Personally, I have been a huge fan of yours since Ginger Snaps. When you first appeared on Supernatural I did a huge internal “Squee!”and cheered. It’s even more awesome that your Ginger Snaps co-star Katharine Isabelle has also appeared on the show. I just had to say that!

Emily: Thanks Angela. … I’m really happy to answer any questions you have!

Angela: Becky Rosen is kind of a comic exaggeration of a lot of Supernatural fangirls out there. How much input did you have in creating the character?

Emily: I originally had auditioned for just the 2 scenes in the first episode that I was in, so the later episodes were written with me, or my performance, in mind. For that reason I think I had quite a bit of input in creating the character.

Angela: Are you yourself fanatic about any fandoms?

Emily: When I was in high school I loved Star Trek the Next Generation. I started a fan club at school, we all made uniforms out of black track suits. We wrote and performed Star Trek skits at school assemblies, and I always played Commander Data. It was so much fun!

Angela: Becky has written some fan-fiction on the show. Do you have any writing ambitions?

Emily: I’d love to write – I certainly admire those who do. I think I might take a creative writing class – who knows, maybe it will spur me to the action that I never seem to find the time for otherwise.

Angela: Do you enjoy reading, and if so, what are some of your favorite books?

Emily: Reading is my favorite pastime. I love the work of David Foster Wallace, Peter Carey, Jennifer Egan, Margaret Atwood, Alice Munroe, and many others. I read the New Yorker every week, and Harper’s literary magazine monthly.

Angela: You’ve been a working actress since you were a child and have a very impressive resume. Just to name a few things, you’ve played a werewolf, a fangirl, and holy cow, you were even in Juno! Which role has been your favorite to play? Are there any roles you’d love the chance to play?

Emily: I think the role of Brigitte in Ginger Snaps was my favorite because it was most intense and involving. I liked the challenge of showing different aspects of a character, having many scenes in which to bring the character to life and make her as real as possible. I’d love to play a character in a film based on a novel. There would be so much more to inform the imagination that way. I love characters that inhabit moral grey areas, or who are non-conformists in some way. I’d also love to play a historical character.

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