Exclusive Interview: Mitch Pileggi of ‘Supernatural’

I was lucky enough to attend the San Diego Comic-Con this year, where Supernatural creator Eric Kripke announced that actor Mitch Pileggi would play Mary Winchester’s father on an upcoming episode of the series. Many of the geeks in the room, myself included, reached nerd nirvana when the news was announced. The man who so perfectly embodied the bad-ass Walter Skinner on The X-Files is an amazing choice to play Sam and Dean’s grandfather. Viewers will get a chance to see Pileggi in the role on tomorrow night’s Supernatural episode, entitled “In the Beginning.”

I recently had a chance to sit down with Pileggi to discuss his role on the CW series, as well as his stints on Brothers & Sisters and Sons of Anarchy.

This is Don from BuddyTV, and today I’m talking to Mitch Pileggi, who plays Samuel Campbell on this week’s episode of Supernatural. I know your role is pretty important to the show. Did they approach you specifically for it, or how did that come about?

Yeah, they did. Eric called me and told me what they were doing, and I’d worked with Eric before on another series, so he just wanted to know if I’d be interested in doing this. A lot of people on the show I worked with on The X-Files, aside from the fact that I like Eric, so I said, “Absolutely. When do I go?” Plus it’s in Vancouver. I get to go to Vancouver and hang out for a while.

I was going to mention that X-Files connection. It seems like a lot of people from that show migrated over to Supernatural.

Yeah, a lot of the crew was our crew on The X-Files. You’ve got Kim [Manners], and a lot of people up in the front office are people I worked with on The X-Files too.

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