Misha Collins: Supernatural’s Warrior Angel

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SN404b_D0016b.jpg-51fdeb43-t3 “These days angels are popularly depicted as fluffy-winged, cherubic beings, like little tooth fairies and that does not sound interesting to me. But going back to the bible and reading Revelations, they are nothing like the angels we see in modern lore; they are very complex and often incredibly dark characters.”

And thus Castiel was born. . . or should I say. . made? Misha Collins has joined the Supernatural family and he’s stirring up the fans in an unholy way! Sharp and witty, he has a lot to say about his new roll, the impact of the fans and he even braved my favorite 3 questions.

Misha, welcome to our world.

“A few people have emailed me links to chats where there was a lot of discussion going on and I’m amazed by how in tune the fans are. It’s almost like the show has 4 million editors,” says Misha with a laugh. “It kind of makes me nervous, I didn’t realize people would be going over it with a fine-tooth comb. I’m going to have to be sure that I don’t screw up.”

The reality is, he just has to keep on doing what he’s doing and he’ll be fine.

Misha’s Castiel is the angel who pulled Dean Winchester out of the depths of hell on the season opener of Supernatural appropriately titled “Lazarus Rising.” But adding an angel to the show wasn’t a slam dunk and Misha had reservations when it came to taking on the role.

“I didn’t want to play anything that could be a one-dimensional, feel good, kind of character. But reading the scripts, it became clear very quickly that that was not the direction they were going in and that took my reservations away.”

Figuring out how to play this new, complex character was the next hurdle.

OH, THE HUMANITY

“I was kind of dubious about it because, I’ve always thought what I’m doing, in terms of acting, is tapping into some universal human qualities. And then I thought, shoot, he’s not human, so what the hell am I going to be tapping into? But it’s actually been so fun to explore. I find that there’s something very human about my angel in the end. So it worked out.”

It’s that bit of humanity has fans completely charmed by the seemingly innocent, yet incredibly powerful being.

“Castiel has so much power and potential to do damage that he doesn’t need to flaunt it at all,” says Misha with no hesitation at all. “He’s got so much power that there’s no reason for him to be demonstrative, so I think he comes across as very calm and peaceful in part because he is so powerful.”

Misha brings an intriguing mix of qualities to Castiel. With his expressive eyes, unnatural movements and off-beat line reads, he manages to convey a true “not of this earth” quality while still coming across charming and relatable.

“Kripke definitely wrote the dialogue very stylized and I completely credit him for that. I’m responding to what he wrote, working with it, but it was his choice. The dialogue has a very biblical, kind of ancient, it feels like it’s from another epoch. I don’t think one could call themselves an angel of the lord and have it come across as contemporary and hip sounding.”

The trouble with dialogue like that is that it can come off sounding stilted or campy. Though a few disagree, most fans feel Misha is doing a great job walking the line.

CAMP SUPERNATURAL

SPN_Beginning_12 “It is a danger, and I think the only way to make it not campy is to play it as real as possible. It’s kind of powerful and moving. . that may sound a little trite but there’s so much information and history and theology going on, I’m getting into it. I’ve been reading Revelations in preparation for the character and it’s fascinating. It’s such a rich story to work with it would be boring to do it in a campy manner.”

Misha has spent a good portion of his acting career as the visiting guest star on a number of big TV shows so this is hardly his first rodeo, but still he found something new and refreshing about working on Supernatural.

“I’ve done a lot of guest star work and it feels like I’m the new kid in school. They’ve got their own thing going and they know each other so well that I don’t know how I fit in. This did not feel like that on the set of Supernatural. Kim Manners was directing the first episode I did and he’s such an amazing man to work with. The entire production team was very welcoming and Jared and Jensen are both very open and generous guys and it just felt like I fit in right away. It’s a really happy set. Sometimes you get on a set and it’s surly and everyone is sick of each other. [On Supernatural], despite the fact that they’re putting in 15-hour days and working their fingers to the nub, everyone’s happy.

And though he’s been warned to be on the lookout, Misha has yet to fall victim to the infamous SPN prank-monster.

“I heard that they had a tendency to prank people and I actually feel a little cheated because I have not been pranked yet. Maybe they don’t like me enough or maybe they’re waiting for me to drop my guard.”

Could be. Misha has filmed three of at least six episodes that he’ll appear in this season, so there’s still plenty of opportunities to have his trailer TP’d, or his trench coat pockets filled with shaving cream. Actually, he’s had it pretty easy since joining the cast. Nothing but indoor studio filming at normal hours and not a lick of rain in Vancouver.

HOLLYWOOD NORTH

“It’s such a beautiful city and it’s the best time of year. It didn’t rain a single day when I was up there so I have a sort of distorted view. I think by the time November rolls around I’ll be hating it.”

A real lover of the outdoors, he’s taking advantage of everything Hollywood North has to offer.

“I took two days off to go kayaking in Provincial Park — a chain of 300 uninhabited islands, infested with bald eagles and a big grey whale breaching right next to my kayak. It was scary and amazing. I love the outdoors and adventure in general, which is another neat thing about working in Vancouver, you can do all these neat things in the ferny, mossy woods. It’s good to get a change.”

CHANGE IS GOOD

It’s only been a week and already Misha Collins is firmly ensconced in the Supernatural fandom. LiveJournal communities have been set up to extol the virtues of Castiel (physical and otherwise) and he’s made his way into a number of fan fiction pieces, not all of which could be considered “work safe.” So how does Misha approach the fandom?

“With a mix of excitement and fright. I’ve been recognized quite a bit on the street and it’s exciting [but] I can imagine it might get a little tiring, I don’t know, but for now I’m going with mostly exciting and we’ll see about the frightening part later. Everyone seems quite nice; if it was a fanbase that hated me I’d be more frightened.”

No need to worry Misha, we’ll handle you just as if you were one of “the boys.”

Castiel returns on this Thursday’s episode of Supernatural. Tune into The CW at 9:00 for “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Dean Winchester.”

Then come back here tomorrow when Misha answers our favorite questions plus a bonus! You won’t want to miss it.

Photos courtesy of The CW

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  • cassi

    Ah! A Misha interview!!!!!!!!

  • Em

    Thanks for the article. I loved his character and I love his chemistry with Jensen Ackles, which I think will make it really enjoyable to watch their future scenes together. It’s always fun to watch two really great actors do their thing and they’ve had to suffer through some less than stellar guest stars(I don’t consider Bobby a guest star, he’s awesome:) so it’ll be terrific getting to see Jensen and Mischa act off each other once in a while. :)

    Hope he gets to stay around for more than 6 episodes.

  • Vera

    Great interview! I thought Misha did a great job as Castiel, especially as he mentions, conveying this peaceful calm and all the while being this very powerful being. His dynamic with Jensen Ackles is out of this world! I can’t wait to see the two of them in more scenes together.

  • http://jellicle.livejournal.com Vera

    He seems like all kinds of awesome! A great addition to the show!
    Thanks, Cynthia.

  • Rose

    Wow this was great! I absolutely loved the way he portrayed Castiel. He truely hit that character on the dot! I really can’t wait to see how Misha takes Castiel farther and how he will interact with the other characters on the show.

  • Ali

    He’s reading Revelation for background! If I didn’t already think so because of that last scene of the premiere, this seals (haha) it… this guy is awesome. Thanks so much for doing the interview!

  • carebear

    I’m definitely one of those livejournal fangirls you’re talking about. I’ve never been so intrigued by a character so quickly! Here’s hoping for much more Castiel!

  • granmaria

    this interview is awesome. I was wondering how long it would take for one of those to pop up and you guys delivered. Thanks so much.

    On another topic, it sounds so weird to have fandom so casually mentioned in an interview, especially in regards to the “not work safe” material out there. Glad to see that he seems to be taking it in stride though :)

  • Kim

    Awesome interview. I understand him being frightened by the sudden recognition. I would be too. Actually I would probably run away from the fans. XD

    He shouldn’t worry though. The Fandom has major love for him.

    And I am letting that AT LEAST six episodes stick out in my mind. Hopefully we will see him in more (a lot more) Kripke can’t take him away from us that easily ;]

  • Yay!Dean

    Another excellent article Cynthia. Misha seems like a very smart and dedicated actor. It’s no wonder his scenes with Jensen had that little extra bit of something that made this character an instant hit.

    Can’t wait to see where Kripke will take Dean and Castiel next.

  • MrE

    Yay, got linked here by an LJ rec and I can just agree to all that’s been mentioned already! Castiel’s first appearance just blew me awayl. His portrayal is brilliant, love the face mimics!
    And yeah, hope Krikpe writes more Dean-Castiel interactions, so that we can all enjoy the eps and that the fandom can make more awesome banners and walls and… :D *greets from Germany to ya all*

  • sofia

    absolutely captivating. xx

  • http://squiggle-bunny.livejournal.com/profile Emily

    He’s adorable! I’m so glad you had the chance to interview him :)

  • http://www.myspace.com/renate651 Kristen

    I loved the ancient speech! “Angel of the lord” ,”gripped you tight and pulled you from perdition”. Great lines! I think Misha Collins did just great with the role, a subtle yet immensely powerful creature. I wonder if Castiel might learn a bit about being human the more time he spends with the Winchesters!

  • CAEdge

    He get my thumbs up! I hope he’s around for more than 6 episodes… (unless they go way off track.)

    I was thrilled at the prospect of a real BIBLICAL version of angels being portrayed.

    I liked what he said…

    “But going back to the bible and reading Revelations, they are nothing like the angels we see in modern lore; they are very complex and often incredibly dark characters.”

    Although, more accurately I wouldn’t say “dark” but fearsome. Most people in the Bible, when confronted by an angel, fall to the ground afraid. A messenger of God almighty… Cool!

  • Lisa

    Grammar! Hurtle?? you mean hurdle.
    Sorry to be harsh but one must proofread before publishing.

  • http://www.fanfiction.net/~exdemon1120 exdemon1120

    I just want to say great interview. And Misha amazing job on the show so far. The details in the look of the character (the rumpled suit, dry lips, messed up hair) along with your perormance had me floored. I was utterly amazed and speechless after the episode. Really fantastic job.

    Keep up the great work Misha. And SF Universe keep up the great interviews.

  • Cynthia

    Lisa, yes, sorry, I missed that one. Looked at it three times and the brain just misfired – thus is the life of a blogger not like the old magazine days where we had copy editors and three months lead time.

    I hope you enjoyed the interview anyway.

  • Tamzen

    Hey is soo HOT! Thank you Kripke =) If Angels come in Misha’s package, then let them come =)

  • Rafa

    He’s definitely a fan favourite. Loved his portrayal of an angel. Just Perfect!

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  • Chris

    Ah Castiel. In truth the angel of Thursday (no really!) How tongue-in-cheek is that! Mr. Collins’ portrayal was(is) top-notch. To make such an impression on the audience (myself included) in only what, 4 minutes or less screen time. Now THAT’S acting. THAT’S presence. Excellent work sir. MORE, MORE!

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  • ~Mousitsa~

    Thank you Cynthia! I am loving Castiel and also enjoying getting to know Misha. Good looks will only go so far since there needs to be some acting chops to go along with them for longterm success. And Misha definitely has both. His scenes with Jensen have been phenomenal so far. I fervently hope that Kripke keeps him around for a good long while!

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  • fabian

    omg micha im sitting with ms marakwitz and she told me to google u so i did and boy u are hot good luck on ure carrer

  • dominicana

    i think mischa is doing an excellent job with this role. castiel is such an interesting character and I would love to keep seeing more of him. the people of supernatural couldn’t have casted anyone better for this amazing role

    Mischa is so freakin hot!!!! I adore him

  • marie

    Misha’s part on supernatural Cas, as dean would say, is really good, there is two sides to him. The way Cas and dean and Misha and Jensen colloberate is fun to watch. To see Dean and Cas together in a scene is fun there is always an air of uncertaniy between them

  • http://www.webmail.co.za barceronia

    please more photos of Castiel…cant wait for spn 5 to start.

  • kikibaby

    please more pics of Castiel,cant wait for supernatural to start

  • YaoiG1rl

    Ai! Misha is soooo hot, <3 him in Supernatural ^.^
    love the new pairings he provides (if you dont know what yaoi is, you probably dont want to :P)

  • rozyrebel

    castiel is sooooooooo right for supernatural, its hard to believe he’s a newcomer…but then dean & sam needed the competition…would love more pics of castiel….he’s toooo cute