Actor cherishes his role as ‘Supernatural’ angel

In its new season, which is quite terrific, “Supernatural” (8 p.m. Thursday, WGN-Ch. 9) has been delving into some weighty topics. Heaven, hell, the existence of God: They’ve all been fair game. But this solidly constructed, well-acted show hasn’t forgotten its sense of humor, and it hasn’t neglected to supply the thrills and chills fans have come to expect (especially around Halloween). One emissary from heaven has been giving demon-hunting brothers Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) advice on how to beat back the forces of hell. This season has been “ramping up the stakes for everyone,” says Misha Collins, who has a recurring role this season as the powerful angel Castiel. “It’s not only fighting against the bad guys from hell, but you’re also dealing with these incredibly powerful forces – God’s minions, which are not necessarily forces of purity, love and kindness,” he said in a phone interview. Before he began playing the angel on this solidly satisfying genre show, the actor had come close to heaven and hell himself. Years ago, he spent time at a monastery in Nepal that was full of Tibetan monks. Not only did the experience expose Collins to Buddhist meditation, which he still practices, but the Himalayan setting was about as physically close to the heavens as humans can get. As for hell, that could be found on the lowest rung of White House bureaucracy. Eyeing a political career during college, he spent time during the Clinton administration as an intern at the Office of Presidential Personnel. “Mostly what I was doing was writing letters to other interns in governors’ offices and things like that,” Collins said. “I hated it.” After graduating from the University of Chicago, he started a software company in Washington, D.C., but soon gave that up when he got roles in films. After moving...

Is Supernatural’s Heavenly Newcomer a Real Devil?

The CW’s Supernatural uncorked a helluva reveal at the end of last week’s season premiere, when Dean learned that he had been “pulled out of perdition” by no less than an angel named Castiel. But is this suave savior to be believed? TVGuide.com invited series newcomer Misha Collins to “wing it” in this Q&A. Plus: Look for a juicy piece of casting scoop! (Supernatural airs Thursdays at 9 pm/ET.) – Matt Mitovich TVGuide.com: I see a lot of readers going, “Where have I seen this guy before?” What’s the best possible answer to that? Misha Collins: Um, Trader Joe’s? TVGuide.com: Or 24. Collins: 24, probably, is the most likely place for people to recognize me from. I played Dennis Hopper’s son. TVGuide.com: That was Season 1. You must’ve been a puppy back then. Collins: I was, I was a young lad. But I was shaving. TVGuide.com: What did the Supernatural producers tell you about the role when you first auditioned? Collins: Well, the material I auditioned with was for a demon, so I went in as a bad, snarky little demon. Eric Kripke said, “Great job, but actually you’re an angel. We’re just trying to keep it under wraps.” He gave me a couple pointers on what he was looking for, I did another take, and I got the part. TVGuide.com: Are Jared and Jensen happy to have another guy on the show? Collins: You know, if Jared and Jensen are not happy to have another guy on the show, they hide it very well. They seem very warm and welcoming and very cool. They both have great senses of humor. They’re both witty and sarcastic, and that’s fun to work with. TVGuide.com: Any initiation rituals? Collins: No hazing, and no initiation rituals. TVGuide.com: Was your character’s entrance as cool as you had hoped, once you saw it on...

Meet SUPERNATURAL’s Newest Angel Misha Collins

If there is any truth to the old adage that you only get one chance to make a good first impression. Consider Misha Collins’ mission accomplished. As Castiel, an Angel sent down from above to aid Sam and Dean in their fight against evil, Misha Collins managed to the impossible. Sweep the fiercely protective Winchester Fangirls off their feet. Which is exactly what I congratulated him on when I had the opportunity to chat with the actor over the phone yesterday. I believe congratulations are in order. Your appearance on Thursday’s SUPERNATURAL season premiere left quite the impression on the fandom. Misha Collins: Really? I thought this was par for the course. Far from it. [Just ask Katie Cassidy and Lauren Cohan] Well that’s very nice to hear. And I guess it makes it a little nicer knowing that fans aren’t in love with everyone who appears on the show. Have you taken the time to Google yourself and see for what the fan reaction has been like? Friends have emailed me links to things but I haven’t really sat down and found the time. But having done a few interviews today, the reaction has seemed positive. How did you find your way onto SUPERNATURAL? Originally I auditioned for the role of a demon. I thought I did a great demon, really snarky and nasty. But when I finished reading Eric Kripke [SUPERNATURAL showrunner] said, “Wait, we have somewhat of an enthusiastic fan-base and we’re trying to keep it a secret that we’re introducing an angel on the show. So you’re not a demon, you’re an angel. Can you do it again with more of a quality of innocence and curiosity about how it is these humans behave.” And it was that naivete about human beings in general that really informed how I play Castiel. How familiar were you...

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