31 OctRaphael Sbarge answers questions about ‘Once Upon a Time’ and Kaidan Alenko
It’s a third round of Q&A with actor Raphael Sbarge, covering Mass Effect and Once Upon a Time.
Hi, this is Raphael Sbarge calling, and I am answering some more questions. I guess there’s been a lot of questions.
First thing is to say thank you, so much, to everyone who’s watched Once Upon a Time. The show retained 100% of its audience from the week before, so it’s really encouraging for all of us who are working on the show, that it seems to have found its audience. I’m so thrilled and so grateful to be a part of it.
Here’s some of the questions that have come along, and I want to see if I can answer them. There was a question from Matthew, asking:
So anything good in store for male Shep and his friendship with Kaidan? He said, I get that people are into the romance, but he was my bro, and what’s the relationship like? Have they patched things up? Are they friends? Are they rivals? Is it player directed at all?
Some of that I can say, some of that I can’t say. But, straight up, obviously that relationship — that male relationship – is also very strong. The thing about Kaidan seems to be that he is a very loyal and devoted guy, and obviously the kind of guy who’ll be there when you need him. He’s not the kind of guy who’ll stab you in the back. He has been very much friends with male Shepard and remains so. Obviously, there are choices in this game, as there are in life. So you’ll get to take some various directions, as you wish, but the relationship remains strong, for sure, between male Shepard and Kaidan.
Let’s see, Allie: How important are your roles to the story of Once Upon a Time? Are all of the characters stories closely woven together?
What they’ve done with Once Upon a Time is that they’ve actually, the way they did in the second episode, is kind of devote the entire episode, primarily, to one character, and really sort of exploring the back story, or the inner life of that character, and what makes them tick, and they’ve done a lot of that with the episodes that we’ve shot so far. It’s a really interesting way of storytelling, as opposed to doing the normal, kind of, “whole bunch of lawyers dealing with separate cases,” or “lots of dead bodies, and who’s the criminal?” In this case, you’ve got a way of telling a story where they get to kind of really explore in depth one character, with ancillary characters around it.
Anyway, the big episode for Jiminy Cricket and Archie is episode five, where you really get to see his whole back story and find out how or, well, how he became Jiminy Cricket. But in this case there’s a lot of characters to explore, and that’s what’s exciting as this goes forward, as we learn little facets of a bigger story.
Let’s see, there’s a question from Meri, wanted to know:
Do I identify with Kaidan? I mean, are there some things that I like, dislike about the choices he made, the way he thinks?
You know, what I love about Kaidan is the sense of honor that he has, and the sense of kind of commitment to doing the right thing. Obviously a military man, but a military man who’s deeply feeling and has a heart – sometimes hidden, sometimes not hidden, sometimes on his sleeve. He clearly has a real passion for what he does. He’s a military man who doesn’t have an ego, in the sense of wanting to do it for himself, but much more about wanting to do the right thing.
I admire that about him. It’s fun to play a character like that. I’ve certainly played my share of bad guys along the way, but there’s something really honorable about him. I certainly identify or aspire to that myself.
Alright, there is a few more questions, but right at the moment I’m going to leave it at that. Thank you all for all the kind things you’ve said, and for watching the show, and for being a part of this really interesting interaction and dialog, these audioblogs. Thank you, Jacqui, for making it possible, and we’ll talk again soon. Cheers.