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Warehouse 13 Returns Tonight on Syfy

By Fred Topel Warehouse 13 is back for a new season this summer on Syfy. Agents Pete and Myka chase after a new artifact each week, with witty banter and sometimes silly situations. What you see on screen is pretty much what happens behind the scenes too, as actors Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly keep things light on the set.

“With the hours, people get really tired and [the challenge is] to keep the focus on the work and to make sure that it’s continuously good despite the hours,” Kelly said in a conference call with the media. “It doesn’t matter if it’s 4:00 in the morning, it’s still important to make the scene as good as it can be and that sometimes is a challenge but one of the more interesting ones. I think we manage to pull it off most of the time.”

Of course, anyone gets pretty loopy that late at night. “Look, I have a personality that works for me sometimes and maybe not all the time,” McClintock admitted. “Joanne is a good sport and she puts up with my tomfoolery, let’s say. We truly are like a brother and sister, like we don’t always like each other. I mean, we spend 15 hours a day 5 days a week. Most families don’t spend that amount of time with each other and we’re in a very stressful situation. There’s always someone standing there with their watch pointing at their watch going, ‘Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go. Why did you mess up that line? Why don’t you know your lines? We’ve got to move. Haven’t you slept?’ So there’s a lot of opportunity for us to just not really care to like one another but we love each other and I have a great deal of respect for Joanne and her work and I think that it reflects in the work that we have on screen. I think that’s maybe why it works so well.”

That kind of levity is a necessity when the hours get so long. “You know, I’m not the happiest chick in the world,” Kelly admitted. “Sometimes at 4:30 in the morning I can get a little testy and Eddie is the one who makes me laugh.”

The worse Kelly’s mood gets, the more it provokes McClintock. “I always love when I look over to Joanne and she has that look on her face like do not look at me, do not touch me,” he said. “So it causes me to jump around, like it makes me want to jump around even more. Even if I’m kind of tired, I’m like ooh, all right, this is a good opportunity for me to poke sticks at Joanne. So it’s good, man, it seems to work so far.”

Warehouse 13 is a show with a lot of action too. No matter what time of day, McClintock is ready to spring into action. “He tries to break stuff,” Kelly said. “He tries breaking down the door. It’s like 3:00 in the morning, he has to break down a door. I’m like, ‘Do you understand if you actually break the door we have to build a new door and reset it and we will be here until 6:00 am?’ He continues to try to break the door.”

That kind of bickering and tattling is pretty much the same was Pete and Myka act on the show. There’s a little bit of romantic tension, but it doesn’t seem like the show is going there. “Joanne and I figured we’d just get it over with the first week so we got together a couple of times,” McClintock joked. “Unfortunately she kind of fell for me and I had to tell her to back off. So since then she’s not quite as hands-on, let’s say, as she used to be.”

Kelly let McClintock ramble with his sexual innuendo. That’s another secret to their success. She’s a good sport. “This is kind of mine and Joanne’s relationship in a nutshell,” he said. “She and I were being pulled by a car, a camera truck. I was supposed to be driving, she’s sitting next to me, it’s a beautiful day, and we’re being driven. And I just looked at her and I said, ‘Do you ever get tired of the fact that I can never take anything serious?’ And she goes, ‘Sometimes I want to stab you in the eye with a pencil. But if you were any other way, it wouldn’t be the same.’”

Just like on the show, the actors are a team. “I think that a lot of actors can be very competitive with each other on screen and Eddie and I never competed,” Kelly said. “I think that’s one of the reasons what people call chemistry is that we actually trust and like one another.  We never compete in things, we let each other do their own thing and the fact that we’re just so different, I think our personalities allow that to happen.”

On the show, Myka is the more serious “by the books” one while McClintock is the wild card. The characters could just be modeled after themselves. “I’m a big believer that every character you play you take a little piece of you and you just kind of run with it,” Kelly said. “In this case I think the writers tend to write for who they think we are as people and what we bring to work. I’m very focused at work and very practical and very problem solving and that is who Myka is. And Eddie is five years old.”

That may be one thing the two actors agree on. “When you’re working and you’re shooting for 15 hours a day it’s hard to hide behind a character,” McClintock said. “At least for me it’s like if I had to try and fool someone with this character for this amount of time, I don’t know, maybe it’s because maybe I’m not that great of an actor. So instead of trying to play act some character or be someone else,  I pretty much just think well how would I say that, how would I react to that? Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Other times I just figure because I’m not in certain circumstances that Pete and Myka end up in, that I just assume how would an adult act and then I just try and do that.”

Follow the adventures of Pete and Myka again when Wherehouse 13 returns on Syfy tonight at 9.

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