” I’m glad we could finally answer that for the audience ‘cause they’ve been waiting and I think they deserve that step. Beth [Riesgraf] called me one day while she was on set shooting.But, it’s fun because it adds a new element to Hardison and Parker (Beth Riesgraf), as far as them being teammates, and then also as lovers. Were you able to develop any fun pet names for each other, over the season? Unfortunately, I missed the call, but she was like, “Hey, what do we call each other on set?
They have to associate with each other a little bit differently. I’m trying to figure it out.” But, I think she’ll surprise us with what she came up with.
Aside from the Hardison-Parker relationship, what other changes are going on with the team?
Though they are, by trade, a mastermind, grifter, hacker, thief and hitter, respectively, their actions are often noble - and unpredictable. There's a lot of twists and turns, and we've done a couple of episodes that have been off-format.
Though "Leverage" is formulaic, the story of its characters is always interesting, and the team's jobs are always fun to watch (and guess the outcome). One in particular features Tim and Gina and their relationship, and you get to see some of their intimate moments and the way that they are together in a way that you don't get to see in our usual episodes.
Interview with Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge of "Leverage" on TNT 11/7/12 I love "Leverage". The cast is always so nice to speak to on these interviews. And, you know, it all plays into the fact that we do have freedom to help build these characters how we see fit because of the fact that its collaboration. The writers, the producers, and then also the actors to make these, you know, lasting characters and those substantial television figures you know what I mean?
I have a special fondness for Aldis Hodge, who was my first one-on-one interview years ago! (Crosstalk) Lisa Steinberg: Although Kendra has such a brotherly rapport with Eliot; is that something that was originally written for you?
Now for opening remarks and introductions Ill turn the conference over to Lindsey Jones. Leverage premieres Tuesday, November 27 at pm Eastern on TNT. And well take our first question today from Suzanne Lanoue with The TV Mega Site. When we first met was on an elevator going up to the final audition for Leverage and, you know, we had an exchange there and talked and we kind of, you know, like hey man I hope you get it yada-yada.
But we all try to make sure that everybodys got a good, you know, attitude going on on the set because we all just want to do the right job and go home. And I think that, you know, she continues to compound on Parkers depth.
And because of the circumstances, it's bringing out different sides of the characters, which has been awesome for us to play," Riesgraf says.
Perhaps nothing on "Leverage" has been more unforeseen than the relationship between Hardison and Parker. She is (or was when we first met her) an introverted, slightly off-center master thief.
In the spoof [watch it here], she plays a hyper-bitchy version of herself, meeting with the “Leverage” writers to talk about her character’s future. Beth: That’s my whole point, these writers need to listen to me! I used to have “90210” parties at my house, which he thought was hilarious. PW: I was very close to telling him I cried for days when Toni Marchette was gunned down when we spoke. I actually did a pilot with Peter for Showtime called “Insatiable” and I remember when he told me who his wife was.