Transcript of the UPN live chat 15-10-03 with actor Christopher Gorham. Transcript from UPN.com. Reprinted without permission. © UPN 2003.
UPN Chat Host: You all have a lot of great questions for Christopher, so let's begin!! If you're just joining us, we're chatting live with the star of JAKE 2.0, Christopher Gorham. To Ask a Question a question, please type it in the space below and click "Ask a Question." We'll get to as many of your questions as we can. Let's get started!!!
UPN Chat Host: Hey Christopher! Thanks for being here today. Are you ready to take some questions?
Christopher Gorham: Shoot.
jncorp: What is it like to be a young central star on a primetime network series?
Christopher Gorham: It's fun. It's a dream come true. I've been pursuing this since the fourth grade. I'm having the time of my life.
gothix: Hey Chris, where did the idea come for this show?
Christopher Gorham: You know, they originally wanted to make a modern six-million dollar man, and it grew from there.
Jakesfriend: Where do you film the show?
Christopher Gorham: We shoot in Vancouver.
Jakesfriend: How do you like filming in Vancouver?
Christopher Gorham: It's fine; it's far from home but not as far as Toronto. It's a very pretty town. All smart people love the show. So if you love the show, that's how you can tell you're very smart.
view3D: Christopher, first congrats on getting the show. Have you heard any reaction from the real intelligence folks about the show?
Christopher Gorham: We've been getting amazing reviews from the NY Times, Washington Post, LA Times, TV Guide. So we're not the only ones that think we're good.
Teddy: What is it like to play a super hero of a new generation?
Christopher Gorham: It's a blast. I loved comic books growing up. I watched "The Incredible Hulk." I've always wanted super powers, and now I get them. My guy friends are jealous.
kenny24188: How would you compare your personality in real life to your personality on TV?
Christopher Gorham: I think Jake and I have a fair amount of similarities. I'm not as quite as socially awkward as he is. [laughs] And I've clearly had more luck with women.
Aslandt: Are you a computer geek in real life?
Christopher Gorham: Unfortunately no. I wish I knew more about it. Every time my computer breaks down I feel like throwing it out the window.
sjnrae: What is your favorite thing about being part of the show?
Christopher Gorham: Just the opportunity to work consistently on something with high quality. I've been very lucky that I've been able to work on the show with talented people. I enjoy every minute.
superbruce: How do you keep the geek talk accurate?
Christopher Gorham: Ha ha ha. We have a dedicated geek advisor on set at all times to make sure I maintain just the right amount of Geek. I'm kidding. I think it just comes naturally.
novera6: How did you get cast to do this show?
Christopher Gorham: I auditioned in the usual way. But there were some unusual obstacles to me to getting this part, one of which I wanted them to move the whole thing to Vancouver. The other being that I was still under contract for my other show "Odyssey 5." Hello to Fela and Isabel in Chicago.
Sir_Robert: What actor or actress do you admire?
Christopher Gorham: There are so many. It's funny--I've always admired Michael Keaton. Most people think it's kind of an unusual choice. But I like his versatility. Of course, there are all the usual suspects I don't think I need to name.
Hapysinger: What differences are there in working on this show versus "Popular?"
Christopher Gorham: It's a much longer commute, that's for sure. It's also a much smaller cast. And a very different show. Although it does share some similarities in that it has the ability to balance drama with comedy. Of course I was never stabbed or shot at in "Popular."
Rebecca: Chris, how close are you with the rest of the cast of JAKE 2.0?
Christopher Gorham: We're fairly close. We all get along really well. I can honestly say it's the most mellow set that I've ever worked on. Everyone is very friendly, funny and laid back. And we don't hang out socially very much because I'm always at work.
jch2199: How much input do you have in your character
Christopher Gorham: Basically as much as I want to have. They're great about allowing, even encouraging, my influence, to the point where I've even written a couple scenes. I get along very well with the producers.
Baillif: What is the hardest scene you have ever shot?
Christopher Gorham: Hardest scene... That death scene in tonight's episode was a real kicker. We took eight, nine hours shooting that scene. So much of it I was mostly paralyzed to convey any type of emotion. That was very challenging.
Nanites: Do you do your own stunts?
Christopher Gorham: Mostly. There are some stunts that come up that I can't do because they're too dangerous or we don't have enough time.
hinac01: Christopher, what's your take on the show when it comes to the tech stuff? Did you understand a lot when you started, or have you been learning along the way?
Christopher Gorham: I keep fairly current with that stuff. Plus I dealt with some of it on "Odyssey 5," which is a true science fiction show. Most of the things we deal with I've dealt with before. The difficulty is explaining it to other people.
dwcrew: What do you think prepared you most for this kind of role?
Christopher Gorham: Life, work, I can say I think it has come along at the right time in my life and career. I don't know that I would have been ready for this had it come earlier.
KColes: How long did it take to film "The Other Side of Heaven?"
Christopher Gorham: It took 10 weeks.
Sage: Has getting shot into the limelight changed your lifestyle much? From your origins, so to speak?
Christopher Gorham: Not yet. I haven't notice much difference to tell you the truth.
Linette: How old are you?
Christopher Gorham: 29 and a half.
Fear: how long does it take to film one episode?
Christopher Gorham: It takes eight days, usually. Although the episode "Training Day" took nine days. And then we made up for it by shooting "Arms and the Girl" in seven days.
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