Warehouse 13 stars talk about life after Evil Artie
It may be back to business as usual on Syfy’s Warehouse 13, but the series will never be the same. After Artie’s descent into evil, Leena is now dead, Claudia has stabbed Artie and the team has to deal with the repercussions. In a recent interview, show stars Saul Rubinek (Artie), Allison Scagliotti (Claudia) and Aaron Ashmore (Steve) discussed what the rest of the season has in store.
Now that Warehouse 13 is back on t.v., the cast wanted to talk about some upcoming episodes that they are particularly excited about. Scagliotti began, “I just actually got off another call where I was talking about favorite episodes and the one that immediately comes to mind is when we [Artie and Claudia] go out in search of Beethoven’s clock and how much fun we had together. And it’s the episode where Claudia turns 21. I have a big musical episode at the end and it was nice. But I just remember looking back on that week and just remembering how much fun I had doing it.”
Obviously, getting to that point was tricky, though, considering that the relationship between Artie and Claudia has been strained. Rubinek said, “Well, a little bit of what happened was in order to build the relationship between Jinxy and Claudia, because they knew that his death was going to come – the stakes had to be really high. You know, Artie’s and Claudia’s relationship had to take a little bit of a back seat because of what was going to happen. So this second part of the season we’re back in a way to where we were a little bit. Claudia and I get to do stuff that we did in Season 2 in a way.”
Ashmore, however, felt left out. “So, guys, what I’m hearing here is basically – is that Allison, you – because you don’t have to work with me…” he teased. But joking aside, Ashmore added, “There still is some interesting stuff, even though things kind of get back to a little bit more maybe what we were kind of used to in the previous season. But we don’t erase the things that happen, so all the characters have changed and then we’re all sort of still dealing with these things in these episodes coming up, so I think that’s really interesting for the characters.” Stating that there was no such thing as a reset button, Ashmore believes that it is fascinating to see how the characters have had to change and adapt this season.
As you may or may not know, Kelly Hu will soon be joining the Warehouse 13 cast as Leena’s replacement at the bed and breakfast. What was it like working with a newcomer to the series? Rubinek answered and spoke about how the character will help Artie, “She [Hu’s character] has the ability to help other people, not just Artie. But the last thing that Artie wants is any kind of shrink-type character, and he has to figure out a way to deal with her.” As far as Hu herself, Rubinek talked about the difficulties of coming into a show that has already been on for three-and-a-half seasons. “But she’s such an accomplished professional and so funny, and easygoing, and really good that she got us right away.”
Ashmore agreed, “I got a a chance to work with her a little bit further down. She’s sort of playing a therapist. And like Saul was saying, to kind of bring Artie out of his shell or help him, but she’s also there for all of us. Because on some level, the Regents are like, ‘We’re putting these people through an extreme amount of stress and they might need a little bit of help from time to time to sort of deal with these things.'”
In the past, Rubinek has repeatedly talked about the reality of today’s viewing age and that it isn’t all about live TV. The ratings system is slowly beginning to evolve, but will it change fast enough to see Warehouse 13, obviously a fan favorite (and often a trending topic on Twitter) a fifth season? Only time will tell, but if you’re interested in helping out, you can. Visit the Renew Warehouse 13 website and get involved. Let Syfy know how you watch, when you watch and that you’re a fan of the series.
Finally, be sure to check out the sneak peek below of Monday’s episode, “The Big Snag.” And don’t miss Warehouse 13 on Syfy on Mondays at 10/9c.