Fans of Merlin (BBC/SyFy)! Lend me your ears, or..I mean Internet Eyeballs! I had a great opportunity to talk to the star behind what I’ve been telling people is the greatest re-imagining of the King Aurthur tale yet. Colin was fun to chat with, and while some media outlets ticked off a bunch of questions I had already before I could ask them, here is what we talked about in our short time to keep things from being redundant. Don’t forget Merlin is back on Syfy, Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/PT starting January 6!
WPR: I’ve got – my first question is since the whole season’s already aired over on the BBC and now that it’s just airing over here in the states do you kind of – does it feel like it’s a year round thing for you because you’re not really getting too much of a break in between the different airings or is it just like Merlin all the time for you now?
Colin Morgan: Yes I mean we film for eight months of the year so it’s quite a long filming period. And then there’s quite a lot of publicity and promotion to do around that as well.
So but it’s – you know, we get a chance to chill out and have a break. And I’ve run some projects in previous years in between so you get a chance to have a bit of variety as well.
But it’s definitely a massive commitment and one that’s hugely rewarding by the end of it. It’s a lot of hard work but it’s really worth it.
WPR: In the third season you actually got to wear the old man makeup and all that kind of stuff. Did that freak you out a little bit at all?
Colin Morgan: I think it freaked a lot of other people out more than me, you know, or people on the corridors and people sort of catching glimpse of me because I got a couple of breaks, you know, in-between there where they’re putting it on. It takes me 4-1/2 hours to put it on.
And it’s at one stage where before they put the wig and the hair on walking about bald. And that kind of freaks a lot of people out. But I had a lot of fun doing that.
WPR: And I had talked to Katie over the weekend when she was going back to see her mom for the holiday and she had mentioned that you and Bradley are quite big joksters and pranksters. Do you think that really helps your guys relationship on screen?
Colin Morgan: Yes. I mean I think it helps that, you know, we like to have a bit of fun and have a bit of a laugh whenever it’s needed for scenes and but also, you know, equally is important is to focus and concentrate on scenes that are a bit more emotional or require a bit more focus. So it’s about making the calls in the day and, yes it’s not all fun and games but it’s not all serious either.
WPR: Well thank you very much and can’t wait to catch the new season.
Colin Morgan: Thanks Ryan.