Tahmoh Penikett is accustomed to being a household name in the Sci-fi genre. He now finds himself part of the ‘Supernatural’ fandom with his brilliant roles as Ezekiel and Gadreel from season nine. This Yukon, Canada born actor is well known and loved for his role as Helo in ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ as well as Paul Ballard from ‘Dollhouse.’ Penikett has an impressive filmography including the film “Man of Steel,’ ‘Continuum,’ and ‘Bomb Girls.’ He also happens to want to share his passion for meditation in hopes of helping others.
Colleen Bement: Can you tell your fans how the cast and crew welcomed you back to the set for episode ‘Meta Fiction?’
Tahmoh Penikett: The fan response has been amazing since the first episode I appeared in aired. I have been in the genre universe for the majority of my career and become very familiar with genre fans and how passionate they can be. I can say with confidence that the SPN fans are something different. They LOVE this show and that quickly became clear from the hundreds of tweets and thousands of followers who hit me up on Twitter (which I’ve only been on for about a year and a half) the days following my first appearance as Ezekiel.
The cast and crew are great. The vibe on set is professional, but light and loving. These guys are all joking around and talking the piss out of each other whenever they can. It’s rare in this business, but a testament to the leads and the precedent they set on set with their attitude. Both Jensen and Jared took the time to introduce themselves and make me feel welcome.
CB: Tell your fans about your upcoming film called ‘Painkillers’ and any other projects that you have in the works.
TP: I’m really excited about ‘Painkillers.’ It’s got the perfect balance of psychological thriller, drama, humor and kick ass action all rolled into one. It’s a story about a squad of Marines who after a mission seemingly goes awry in Afghanistan, all wake up in a hospital remembering little of what actually transpired there. As their memory starts to come back, the reality is far from what they thought.
Our Director Peter Winther was awesome! One of the most positive, funny and hard working people I’ve met. I was able to work with some amazing actors too, one being Colm Feore who’s always been an idol of mine. Erica Durance and I finally got to work together again, she’s such a sweet soul and talented veteran. I had the best experience with Lesley Ann Brandt. She’s a quadruple threat, no joke. The woman can dance (ask Peter Winther about this), fight, act and has a beautiful singing voice to match. She’s also incredibly funny and had the cast and crew cracking up regularly.
I can’t wait to see the finished product! We had a blast shooting it and hopefully all the elements necessary for a kick ass, adrenaline fueled, psychological thriller for the audience to enjoy. We’ve got some other projects we’re looking at, but nothing I can talk about yet.
CB: You’re also known and loved for your role as Paul Ballard in Joss Whedon’s under-rated series ‘Dollhouse.’ The series was dark, dramatic, and amazing. What was it like on the set?
TP: We were fortunate enough to work with each other for a couple of seasons, when early on it was looking like we might not make it through the first. That said, I had a lot of incredible experiences on set. Worked with some incredibly talented people, firstly Joss Whedon. The man is so smart, funny and has such a specific style of writing. I really felt he was doing something really unique with ‘Dollhouse,’ different than anything he’d done before and at the same time still completely Joss. It was unfortunate the series wasn’t able to go at least another season so that he and the rest of talented writers on that show would have been able to see some of the arcs and story lines through. That said, we got 26 episodes and I’m so grateful for them.
All the cast were kind and extremely talented. Veterans like Harry Lenix and Olivia Williams who were often the anchors on set, keeping us focused and on point when the fate of the show was making it hard to do so. Fran, Enver, Miracle, Dichen, Amy and Reed were all a joy to work with. Each one of them true talents. I feel blessed I had the opportunity to work with them all.
CB: If you were a baseball player, what would your walk up song be?
TP: ‘Metallica’, ‘Orion’.