WGN America’s spooky new series, “Salem,” doesn’t premiere until April. Since that’s way too long to wait to get our fill of the series’ supernatural take on the Salem witch trials, Zap2it decided to get you — and the stars — excited for the debut by subjecting them to our “Salem” Survey.
Up next is Seth Gabel, who plays preacher/”human sex machine” Cotton Mather on the new drama, premiering Sunday, April 20 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT. Read on to find out his favorite witchy movie, what he’d need to survive in Puritanical Salem and why he’d swing both ways (no, not what you’re thinking).
Zap2it: Describe your character in 5 words.
Gabel: Human sex machine, ’nuff said. Or theologian, scientist, hypocrite, sex addict.
What three items would you take with you to a deserted island (or puritanical Salem)?
Deserted island: Boat, fuel, GPS. Puritanical Salem: Grays Sports Almanac: Complete Sports Statistics 1650-1700, a picture of me with my family in 1985, Hoverboard!
Could you have survived in the 1690s?
With those three things, I’d have the biggest casino in Lyon Estates.
Which witch is which? Name the book/TV show/movie/play each witch is from. No cheating!
Glinda the Good Witch: “Dr. Strangelove”?
Hermione Granger: Used to play for the Pacers, right?
Bonnie Bennett: From “Bonnie and Clyde”!
Fiona Goode: The “Nip/Tuck” spinoff
Sabrina Spellman: Nickelodeon!
Endora: That water creature from “Zelda: Link to the Past”?
The White Witch: That’s racist
Willow Rosenberg: I think she used to go to my temple.
Pick one: “The Witches of Eastwick,” “The Craft,” or “Practical Magic”
If you could cast any spell, what would it be?
The power to wish for more wishes.
Would you be a good witch or a bad witch?
I’d swing both ways.
What’s the most surprising true fact you learned about the actual Salem witch trials?
Wigs are itchy AND if a society represses itself and disavows its relationship to the divine feminine, it will crush itself under the weight of its own implacable arrogance.
What’s the most challenging thing about starring in a show that’s both genre and period?
Shane West. Ugh. Such a diva. I kid!
A new teaser for Salem is out!
The first trailer for the upcoming show Salem from WGN America is out! The series premiere on April 20th. Thanks Sammy from Salem Fans for the heads up!
The Press for Salem begins, here are pictures from WGN Panel at Winter TCA for Salem, huge thanks to Sammy from Salem Fans:
- Appearances & Events > 2014 > 2014 Winter TCA Tour – WGN Salem Panel – January 12th, 2014
Hello everyone, I’ve added captures from Seth’s guest spot on Arrow, his performance as The Count Vertigo is just so delightful!
Nice interview where Seth Talks The Count, Fringe and his new upcoming show Salem.
Good actors craft villains that make your skin crawl, your morals recoil and your heart race out of fear for our heroes’ mortality. Great actors tick all those baddie boxes but also infuse their scoundrel with an ineffable charisma that leaves you wanting more and hoping their reign of terror never truly ends. Arrow landed this kind of rarely seen, but always desired, evildoer thanks to Seth Gabel’s exhilarating performance as The Count!
The Count makes his third appearance on TV’s best action series this Wednesday and Gabel rang up ETonline to talk about returning to do battle with The Hood once more. In addition to revealing how the Vertigo-peddler infects Starling City this time, Gabel reveals his unnerving performance preparation routine and teased his anticipated new series, Salem!
ETonline: On a scale of 1-10, how much fun is playing The Count?
Seth Gabel: It’s a 14. Honestly, this is really the most fun I’ve ever had playing a part. I was nervous at first creating this character, who could be conceived as being over-the-top, but Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim kept asking for more. So coming into this episode, because he had OD’d so much the last time we saw him, The Count is allowed to be as crazy as I want him to be. So that got me very excited, but in the interest of keeping it realistic, I found areas to tone it down and apply it to the world Arrow lives in. I’m pretty happy with the result.
ETonline: Was this always the plan with The Count or has it evolved since you were cast?
Gabel: I had no expectation of coming back. I thought it would be a one-off and I would have a good time. The same is true with Fringe — that was just a guest-starring role but it became recurring and then I was a regular on that, which is such an honor. To have just done one, of Fringe or Arrow, would have been thrill enough for me, but to continue the way I have been has been really exciting.
ETonline: What excites you about The Count’s return in State v. Queen?
Gabel: The Count is unhinged. He poisons the good people of Starling City with Vertigo, I set traps for The Hood, I kidnap Donner [played by Dylan Bruce] and that’s just the beginning. The episode explodes into chaos, which is The Count’s element.
ETonline: The energy it must take to play this frenetic character must be exhausting. Could you play him on a weekly basis?
Gabel: Yeah, it’s pretty fun [laughs]. I’m a dad with 2 kids so I have to lead a very responsible life outside of work, which I thoroughly enjoy, so it’s nice to be in a profession where I can go to work and really play. For this, I would listen to aggressive dubstep music in my trailer every morning which kind of freaked out the crew because my trailer would be rocking back and forth while I was inside just dancing around and getting all crazy. It was really, really fun.
Promo for next week’s episode:
Seth Gabel will be reprising his role as The Count on next week’s episode of Arrow “2×07 State v. Queen”. Here are stills:
- TV Shows > Arrow > 2×07 – State V. Queen Stills
FRINGE fans were delighted when the series traveled back Over There one last time during the show’s two-hour finale event, and they weren’t alone: when I spoke with ARROW guest star, Seth Gabel, he told me he was equally thrilled to pop back in to play Lincoln again.
“I was very happy, that on some level, you got to see Lincoln was happy in the other universe with a family, married to Olivia, who he was in love with,” he told me. “But also in that episode, you see a glimmer of doubt and wondering whether or not if he had stayed in our universe, if he could have possibly made a difference between Peter and Olivia, maybe have helped in some way and maybe have stopped all of this terrible stuff from happening in the first place.”
Speaking of that newly revealed family that Lincoln and the other Olivia have, Gabel confirmed that he and Anna Torv (Olivia) filmed a little scene with their fictional son that ended up being cut from the finale.
“We shot a scene where you kind of see us, we were out shopping for the day and we stopped to get some coffee,” Gabel said. “And we’re just hanging out together as a family, and our son starts drinking some coffee and then Olivia gets the call [that was seen in "Liberty"] that something bigger is going down. And that’s when we get pulled into the story that leads to the arc of the finale…[the actor who played our son] kind of looks like both of us, which was interesting to see!”
But while FRINGE fans may be watching and rewatching the show’s final hours to cope with the series ending, Gabel confessed he hasn’t actually seen his last episode yet: “I haven’t actually watched the finale yet, because I’ve been waiting to watch the whole season nonstop!”