Roiz started a guest star story line on Warehouse 13
which began Monday, July 25, as the mysterious
and sinister Marcus Diamond. Warehouse 13 is a Syfy series
based on two secret agents that are assigned to the government's
secret Warehouse 13, which houses supernatural artifacts.
Everyone knows Roiz from Caprica among other things, and
he will also be starring in the NBC series Grimm. PCM got
to participate in a conference call to learn about his experience
as a guest star on the show, his fondness for playing the
"bad boy," and his roles in these other series.
Question: So let me ask you, how did you get involved
with this show?
Sasha Roiz: They were nice enough to offer me the
role. And you know, we - it was a real treat for me because
Iíve met some of the Warehouse people in the past couple of
years through Syfy, through Caprica. Weíve just crossed paths
and weíve really gotten on really well. And they were fans
of mine. I was fans of theirs. And fortunately, the timing
was perfect on this, so Iím very pleased that they did. I
had a great time.
Question: What was your most memorable moment from
Sasha Roiz: Most memorable moment - you know what?
I just - I had a great time. There was one particular scene
where all of us got to work together with Eddie, Joanne, Jaime,
and Aaron, and we had so much fun and so many laughs that
we all kind of realized that we wished it was - you know,
that we had more chances to work together in that capacity.
It was really great fun and theyíre such a great bunch of
people. So thatís probably a highlight. I think it was one
of the - one of our last days together.
Question: Is there anything that you were surprised
to learn about yourself from doing this show?
Sasha Roiz: I think Iím a little comfortable playing
these bad guys. Maybe a little too comfortable.
Question: Beyond this particular you know guest starting
arch, whatís next for you?
Sasha Roiz: Well, Iím starting production on Grimm
in the beginning of August, which is a new show on NBC, and
so Iím very much looking forward to that. Thatís going to
pretty much take me through the end of the year. Weíre premiering
in October 21st, and so weíre just going to get right to work
starting in August, so thatís going to be a lot of fun.
Question: I was wondering if you could tell us how
Marcus arrived at the Warehouse.
Sasha Roiz: How Marcus arrived. You know what? Itís
a little bit of a mystery which will be revealed later in
the season, so I canít tell you specifically. But Iím definitely
part of a - sort of the nefarious force thatís working against
the Warehouse this season. So Iím certainly not alone in that.
Thereís a few people that I work in conjunction with which
are also some interesting guest stars that you'll see.
But, I canít tell you the specifics of it because thereís
a little bit of a mystery revolving Marcus specifically.
Question: Well, you mentioned earlier that you were
friendly with some of the cast members. Did that add to the
chemistry when you began working on screen with them?
Sasha Roiz: Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. We had all
- well, kind of met or crossed paths prior to working together,
but we really got to know each other a lot on set.
Question: And why do you think people keep tuning in
to watch Warehouse 13?
Sasha Roiz: Because itís a really good show. Itís
well executed. Itís got you know, a perfect sort of blend
of dramatic and comedic - I think itís also fun to tune in
and have these self-contained episodes that for the most part
kind of are completed at the end of the episode with these
really nice character arcs that kind of sweep through the
I just - you know, I think they got a really great combination
and formula, and they have a great cast and production team
working on it. So itís one of those you know, kismet situations
where just everything fell into place.
Question: Can you talk about Marcus Diamond and how he
compares to Sam Adama, since theyíre both kind of mean guys,
Sasha Roiz: Yes. Well, you'll discover in this season
what Marcus - the little mystery revolving around Marcus is.
So - and I mean I canít tell you specifically, but the main
difference is that Sam Adama is very much is own man and he
has his own moral code, and Marcus is - hmm, how do I dance
I mean, Marcus - you know, theyíre very different characters.
I think Marcus is a bit more of a henchman than Sam. You know,
Sam really believes in sort of the world he lives in and his
place in it, and Marcusí situations is not quite the same.
Question: And you mentioned the comedic side to Warehouse
13. What was it like on set as compared to Caprica?
Sasha Roiz: Oh, itís - I mean, we had a good time
on Caprica, donít get me wrong, but itís just you know, the
second you work on something that has a comedic bend or element
to it, itís instantly going to be a lighter environment because
thereís a room for that playfulness. And you know you're not
stepping on other actorís toes when theyíre preparing because
thereís - you know, you're about to embark on something that
has a comedic tone. And so itís fine to just be a goofball
and have fun and laugh.
Whereas sometimes when you're working on something dramatic,
even if you're feeling kind of goofy, and let me tell you,
you often do, you just - you donít want to step on other peopleís
toes and like interrupt their process.
So itís very liberating, especially for me. I love being
a goofball. I love hanging out with people who are having
a good time, so itís genuinely fun.