Entertainment Weekly recently spoken to the cast of “Being Human“, Lenora Crichlow (Annie), Damien Molony (Hal), and Michael Socha (Tom) about season 4, the new cast, their characters, and what to expect in the coming episodes.
Warning: May Contain Spoilers
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Cast changes are always tricky, especially in a long running, beloved show. How nervous were you?
LENORA CRICHLOW: I was apprehensive but I have a lot of faith in the production team behind Being Human, so I think I was more excited than nervous. Well, I can say that now because they pulled it off, but probably at the time I was terrified.
What about you men, were you afraid of being compared to your predecessors?
DAMIEN MOLONY: You can’t avoid comparisons and comparisons are the biggest fear I had. But the writing is so good — they had to reinvent the show. Obviously, they had to maintain the fact that there’s a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost living together. But Mike developed a character so different to Russell’s and I hopefully have gone a completely different way than Aidan. That comes from performance, but also from the writing, from the directors, and the crew. Everyone was trying to bring this new story alive.
MICHAEL SOCHA: I completely agree. At first, I was quite nervous because I thought, well, Being Human is definitely not going to be the same. And Being Human has got such a massive group of fans — a very hardcore, loyal group of fans. I thought that they had the potential to lose all of them. But I think now that people have actually watched the show, they’ve gotten themselves back into it and trust us nearly, if not as much, as the previous cast. And the fact that none of the characters are similar, that we’ve been able to come onto the set with a fresh character and fresh ideas, has helped us dramatically.
Did it tear your heart out to film George’s death scene?
MS: For me, it was hard work because I really like Russell and think he’s a brilliant actor. And obviously, Lenora was with him for years so it must have… well, it was obvious on the day how upset we all were. I think it helped with the scene. The sadness of Russell leaving really helps the feeling of George actually leaving for good.
What is Annie thinking now that she’s lost Mitchell, Nina, and George, and has a newborn to care for?
LC: She’s a bit like, “Thanks very much.” No, she takes to the responsibility quite well, actually. A huge hole in her life is fulfilled by having Eve to look after. And it’s obviously still a connection to her old life and to George and Nina and the way it was before. It’s a way of handling her grief, really, and it stops her from slipping into major depression. She doesn’t have much time to dwell on her own feelings and that’s pretty convenient. Hal touches on it quite a bit when he first meets Annie. [He picks up that] she’s quite hysterically getting on with it with the focus on Eve.