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Birthday Thanks! Smallville Con Chat & Tom-love! Michael geeks out! [Jul. 9th, 2012|08:19 pm]
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Thanks very much to everyone who left a birthday comment or sent a tweet or an LJ message. It was lovely. I'm minding this birthday a bit (though trying not to...age is just a number, right? Right?) & your messages were very cheering. Big thanks to digitalwave & jeannev for the profile Pretties & dawnybee for my favourite boys! twinsarein - thank you so much!!! that was a wonderful surprise. ♥♥♥

My main birthday event happens in a week & a half when I go camping/biking. I did go out for a nice dinner last night and this weekend was also Polaris Con! Behind the cut: Wil Wheaton; more Michael-pics; Neil Grayson & Aaron Douglas chat about Smallville....



Wil Wheaton came out and announced exactly how the panel would go: "I am going to tell you two funny stories about my wife; then I will read an excerpt from my book on Star Trek and then we will have questions." And he proceeded to do just that! He was funny & engaging; the crowd loved his ST memories. My favourite story: WW said a man had shyly told him how much he liked his role on BBT as "evil Wil Wheaton." WW: "Thanks!" Fan: "You play a jerk really well." WW: "Thanks!" *pause* Fan: "But I'm embarrassed that I can't remember your name…" WW was enormously flattered that the guy thought "Wil Wheaton" was a fictional construct from the BBT universe!

Neil Grayson was "Douglas Fargo" on Eureka for many seasons.
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Here's my favourite moment of Neil's panel:

Fan: "Did Douglas become more like Neil over the years?"
Neil: "For Douglas to become like Neil, he would have to think a LOT about cats and have cats and hold a cat up in the air and say "WuzzaKITTY!!!!"

Here's Neil demonstrating his onset napping technique.
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Neil also had a tiny role on SV, as a victim of the youth-sucking cheerleader in "Redux." When I went up to chat, I asked about that. He said working on SV had been like a reunion because he and Kristin "grew up together". However, he couldn't remember the name of her character on SV! (In a panel question from a SPN fan, he also couldn't remember whether it was Sam or Dean who hugged him in "Tall Tales" and said "You're too precious for this world." It was Sam!)

However, he had some vivid memories of his SV scenes. When the cheerleader kissed him, he "morphed" into an older version of himself, played by a different actor. The older actor was so nervous about the kiss that he overdid the breath spray; it suffused the set and everyone's eyes were watering. The morphing was also awkward because NG had to pause, mid-kiss, tongue protruding.
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He also did not like having his chest waxed, for a scene in the school pool (but actually filmed in a hot tub!) The wax did not completely finish the job so the hairs had to be manually plucked & he can still remember the "click – pop" of each hair being extracted and the accompanying pain.

Me: "If they had to shave Michael Rosenbaum's head every day, couldn't they just shave your chest?"
Neil: "That's what I said. But it was the WB. They had an "no body hair" policy. An official no body hair policy!"

(This conversation seemed to have awakened bad memories; when Neil was asked about SV in panel the next day, he retold the waxing story!)

Aaron Douglas was not booked for the Con and yet suddenly there he was! I've met Aaron once before, very briefly, & he was lovely so I went up to say hello and praise his SV episode.

Me: "Traveller was a popular episode with fans because the stakes felt genuinely high. Your character isn't a super-villain. He's a guy determined to do his job…"
Aaron: "And that's the scariest guy of all."

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I mentioned that I enjoyed the intensity of the scenes between Aaron and Tom.

Aaron: "It was fun to shoot because Tom is so unbelievably nice."

(I played dumb here hoping he'd give me a little more.)

Me: "Oh, he is?"
Aaron: "The nicest guy you could ever work with!"
Me: "That's great to hear because we hear so little about him."
Aaron: "He's a very private man."

Aaron reminded me that he was also in a first season episode "Obscura." "Lana has visions and you think I'm the bad cop but I turn out to be the good cop!"

Aaron & Wil W.
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As I was leaving one of the Star Trek actors, J.G. Hertzler, decided Aaron needed a little more promotion and started yelling "I DON'T THINK PEOPLE KNOW THAT CHIEF TYROL IS HERE!" Well, they sure did then. One fanboy nearly keeled over with surprise & delight.

Now, back to the sexiest geek ever, running with his light saber:
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And when are you signing up for a Con, Mister?
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[User Picture]From: ctbn60
2012-07-10 12:38 am (UTC)
Happy birthday hon I'm glad it was a good one. Sounds like he con was great!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2012-07-10 03:52 am (UTC)
Thank you! It was a fun con.
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[User Picture]From: xparrot
2012-07-10 12:46 am (UTC)
Happy birthday! And have fun with the biking/camping, hope the weather's great for it! \o/
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2012-07-10 03:53 am (UTC)
Thanks very much!
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[User Picture]From: mahaliem
2012-07-10 12:50 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!!!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2012-07-10 03:53 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
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[User Picture]From: gyri
2012-07-10 01:14 am (UTC)
HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY, you lovely person you!

I know what you mean about minding certain birthdays. I got past it, so will you!

So glad you had a great day! Sorry I was remiss in marking it!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2012-07-10 03:54 am (UTC)
Thanks very much!

I know what you mean about minding certain birthdays. I got past it, so will you!
I wasn't expecting to mind because the last few have been okay...but this one was different for some reason. You're right - it will pass.


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[User Picture]From: tariel22
2012-07-10 01:20 am (UTC)
You are so awesome to go to these Cons and get anyone who has been on Smallville to talk about their time on the show! I love every little tidbit you bring back to us. I'm a big fan of Eureka (sadly, only two more episodes before it's over), it's kind of goofy but always fun, and Neil is great on it.

Now we know what Michael went through for those shirtless scenes (I don't think Tom has much chest hair anyway). The CW has eased up a little on the no body hair rule in recent years, at least for some shows/characters. I still remember how shocked I was when Chace Crawford stepped out of a shower on Gossip Girl and *GASP* had hair on his chest! lol

I'll never get tired of hearing the Tom love. The feeling must be mutual, because Aaron had a recurring role on Hellcats. BTW, I've heard more than once that Aaron Douglas is one of the nicest guys you could ever work with.

Wow, Michael in that Star Wars tee is just... Wow. Sexiest geek ever is right! Thanks for the new pics!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2012-07-10 04:01 am (UTC)
ETA: And thank you! Con squee would be less fun if no one was willing to read it!

Wow, Michael in that Star Wars tee is just... Wow. Sexiest geek ever is right!
That shirt snuggles him to sexy perfection!

I'm a big fan of Eureka (sadly, only two more episodes before it's over), it's kind of goofy but always fun, and Neil is great on it.
Even though it films in Canada, we get the episodes later and when a US fan stood up and started to ask a spoilery question...man, Canadian politesse when right out the window and the poor guy got hushed to an inch of his life. Neil carefully avoided any spoilers after that!

I don't think Tom has much chest hair anyway). The CW has eased up a little on the no body hair rule in recent years, at least for some shows/characters. I still remember how shocked I was when Chace Crawford stepped out of a shower on Gossip Girl and *GASP* had hair on his chest!
Goodness how daring of Chace! I'm curious if Tom is really naturally smooth or just a habitual waxer - he'd be quite sexy with some fur on him, I think!

I'll never get tired of hearing the Tom love. The feeling must be mutual, because Aaron had a recurring role on Hellcats. BTW, I've heard more than once that Aaron Douglas is one of the nicest guys you could ever work with.
I got a little taste of Tom-love the first time - it was great to get a little more! Because Aaron had just arrived unexpectedly, there were only two of us in his line and the guy in front of me said "if you like, you can go first, I might be a while." I said it was okay, I didn't mind and apparently Aaron was also patient because the guy took root there and had an awful lot to say to him! AD was very sweet to him. Aaron & Neil & Wil all seem to be very good pals.


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[User Picture]From: earthseed_fic
2012-07-10 01:30 am (UTC)
Happy belated birthday! You are always so good to share your con experiences and the MR/TW love. I hope you're having a good week.!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2012-07-10 04:02 am (UTC)
Thanks very much! Week is off to a good start :)
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[User Picture]From: firebunny
2012-07-10 02:02 am (UTC)
Happy belated birthday!

You are so good to get lovely SV actor stories for us. If I'd been there I would've known Aaron Douglas had been on Smallville (mostly for Obscura, since I've never seen Traveler), but I wouldn't have realized Neil Grayson was an alum.

I have heard about the no chest hair rule on SV before. Sam Witwer talked about it in a pod cast for Being Human. By season 8 they allowed the actors to shave their chests but he still wasn't a fan and apparently argued with the producers over it. His reasoning was when the show was first on the air the rule made sense because they were playing high school students, but by season 8 the characters were all adults and the men would have hair on their chests. He didn't win that argument.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2012-07-10 04:09 am (UTC)
Thank you!

If I'd been there I would've known Aaron Douglas had been on Smallville (mostly for Obscura, since I've never seen Traveler)
I should have guessed AD was a multiple guest star - Tahmoh Penikett caught me offguard by reminding me of his double SV resume at one Con!

I wouldn't have realized Neil Grayson was an alum.
Any time we have a Con here, I check every Canadian actor guest's IMDb and chances are they've done SV & SPN, if not multiple times. It's a rite of passage!

By season 8 they allowed the actors to shave their chests but he still wasn't a fan and apparently argued with the producers over it. His reasoning was when the show was first on the air the rule made sense because they were playing high school students, but by season 8 the characters were all adults and the men would have hair on their chests.
Sam's argument makes sense to me - poor Neil. After all that, his shirtless scene was cut. "Once they saw how unmuscled I was, that was gone!" so the pain was all for nothing.
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[User Picture]From: rosy5000
2012-07-10 02:20 am (UTC)
Now I really am jealous. You get to see all the sexy geeks! Michael and Wil! But at least you share stories with us, so that helps. :)

I'm glad you had a nice birthday. Age is just a number. You're only as old as you feel. Though, sometimes that's not good either. :P *hugs* ♥ Hope you have good weather for camping.

I just LOVE Michael's shirt. :)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2012-07-10 04:13 am (UTC)
Now I really am jealous. You get to see all the sexy geeks! Michael and Wil! But at least you share stories with us, so that helps. :)
Toronto is very well-endowed with Cons! This year there are 4 general Cons, one sci-fi fiction Con, an anime Con, a Buffyverse Con and a SPN Con. And next year we're apparently getting a Dr. Who Con! I usually only go for SV guests but there's a lot to choose from.

Age is just a number. You're only as old as you feel. Though, sometimes that's not good either.
Ah, well thank you! I don't feel like I'm getting older - delusional probably!

I just LOVE Michael's shirt.
Such a nice wrapping for his chest...
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[User Picture]From: josephina_x
2012-07-10 03:03 am (UTC)
Happy Belated Birthday, and I'm glad to hear that you had fun at the con! :)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2012-07-10 04:14 am (UTC)
Thank you! And I hope you have a wonderful birthday tomorrow!
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[User Picture]From: jlvsclrk
2012-07-10 03:35 am (UTC)
Happy birthday! I do love reading your con reports.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2012-07-10 04:14 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!
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[User Picture]From: phoenixnz
2012-07-10 07:33 am (UTC)

Oops

Hon, I'm so sorry I totally missed sending you birthday greetings. That's the trouble with being in a different time zone. Anyway, hope your day was awesome.

Love the pics too, btw. Michael as always is never afraid to show his geeky side.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2012-07-10 11:29 pm (UTC)

Re: Oops

Thank you! I love Michael showing off his fanboy side. So cute :)
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[User Picture]From: jiarrrjia
2012-07-10 12:23 pm (UTC)
Different time zone here, too.
Happy birthday & everyday!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2012-07-10 11:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2012-07-10 11:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: complicat
2012-07-10 08:01 pm (UTC)
You're so good at getting these interesting SV stories out of people! And I hadn't realised NG was on SV as well - he looks very young there!

Birthday numbers stop mattering at about this stage I think *clings to this belief* And at least you're not fishing for age related compliments on Twitter like some people we know, heh!



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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2012-07-10 11:20 pm (UTC)
And at least you're not fishing for age related compliments on Twitter like some people we know, heh!
And he's getting them - my goodness!

And I hadn't realised NG was on SV as well - he looks very young there!
He's terribly sweet. He mentioned he was moving to LA for work - this is a topic on which Canadians tend to be sensitive so it led to a string of "But why can't you work in Canadian shows?" questions.
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