Some of the cast and crew of 666 Park Avenue came out to discuss their hotly anticipated show at Comic-Con. Take a look at some pictures, questions and answers from this year's panel.
Moderator: So Terry, here you are again, another mysterious guy, mysterious character. What is it about this guy that really drew you to this role? Have you figured Gavin? Where does he lie?
Terry: No, the short answer is no. I haven’t because I’ve only seen as much of Gavin as you all [the audience] have. I know that’s a familiar thing to say because when you do television, you don’t get things too far in advance, at least in my experience. So I know about Gavin what you [the audience] all know about Gavin. I have the same questions as all you.
Moderator: Even though he [Gavin] seems mysterious, is he a little more evil than a John Locke character?
Terry: He seems, at the moment, pure evil. He would not slow down for a child in the road in a baby carriage. [laughs] Maybe we’ll find a few more levels to him. I think so and expect so. What do you think David?
David: I there’s a lot to find out about this guy. He’s not who you would expect and it’ll take a long time to find out exactly who this guy is. I think he’s going to surprise the hell out of you [the audience].
Moderator: Vanessa, who’s really calling the shots between Olivia and Gavin because it seems like there is a little bit of a devious side to you as well.
Vanessa: Well, I guess I am Mrs. Evil [laughs]. It seems like we’re in cahoots and we definitely are trying to seduce this lovely couple into living this lovely lifestyle that we are. I think that’s our biggest brand and power right now; to be able to show how the Drake lifestyle is something that everyone wants and it’s a coveted building. We actually shot in the Ansonia building in the Upper West Side of New York, if anyone recognized the building which is on the west side, not Park Avenue. It’s an incredible building and, as a New Yorker, you always dream about being in those luxury buildings. I think you see it on screen; that hope, that wish, that desire. This man is the one who will make you sign a contract in order to get it.
Moderator: Well, for Rachel and Dave, it seems like your relationship starts out really strong in the pilot. You guys are very much in love, but we see with another couple what temptation can do. Do you think the road for this couple is rocky ahead?
Rachael: Well, I hope not, but I feel it’s kind of inevitable. My impression is that Jane is a very sweet, innocent girl with fairly strong moral center. I feel like he’s [indicated to Dave Annable]more easily led into temptation. That’s just me stabbing in the dark.
Dave: I think Henry is incredibly ambitious, which is why they ultimately moved into the building. There could be plenty of opportunities [for Henry] to potentially work with Gavin. I think it’s really exciting to see where that story is going to go. You know, we’re fans ourselves. We’ve been cornering these guys and asking, “What happens next.”
Moderator: It is based on a novel, but you did depart significantly from some core aspects of the novel. Why did you decide to do that and take it your own way? Are there any aspects that we might be expecting, which might be coming back?
David: I think this show is taking on a life of its own. We’re digging into these stories and following these characters and where they go. Honestly, they’re surprising us as we go. We don’t go back to the book really. We may, at some point, look at it and go back to it, but this is a different show. We want different things.
Moderator: How deep is the mythology going to run in the show? If you miss an episode, will you be confused on what happens the next week? How are you going to thread the mythology through it?
Matthew: The episodes themselves will have, hopefully, a self contained beginning, middle, and end, but it’s all going to feed part of the bigger mythology of the show. Who is Gavin? Why does he want Henry? Why does he want Jane? The show is really quite a departure from the book and it really is this singular, very specific, and incredibly creepy vision of David Wilcox that has brought this thing to life. We’re all really excited where he is going to take it.
Moderator: We saw a handful of other tenants throughout the building in the pilot. Are there any other tenants we can look forward to? Is it going to be a “person of the week” we’re introduced to or how is that going to work?
Matthew: Yeah, I think the idea is to take our core group of series regulars and explore what’s going on in their lives. As well as lending these storylines, like the Barlow couple in the pilot, where people are making an accelerated deal with the devil. We can see them and understand what their dreams are and how he [Gavin] manipulates them. That’s the universal idea of the show: everyone has a price, what would you do to get your dreams?
David: I would just add that we don’t want the show to be formulaic. When the show becomes formulaic, we fail. I don’t want you guys to anticipate what’s going to happen or know what’s going to happen. I certainly want you guys to speculate, but I hope you’re constantly surprised how we’re approaching our storytelling.
Moderator: Going back to what you said about the religious symbolism, can we assume Terry will be playing a god-like figure?
Terry: Yeah, if you use the term very loosely. [laughs] I mean perhaps you could assume that. If I’m not him [the devil] then apparently we’ve met or at least we’ve emailed each other. [laughs] No, in fact to what Matthew was saying, the questions of who this guy is, who Olivia is, who his wife is, what exactly is their relationship, who holds all the cards, does Gavin work for the devil or is he in fact a victim, is he a prisoner, has he made a deal of his own; those are all questions that I have and it will be fun to answer. Hopefully we’ll spend plenty of time doing that. It’ll be entertaining all they way.
Moderator: Rachel, since it looks like you’re going to be managing the complex on a day-to-day basis, you’ll be in charge of uncovering the spookiest of things. With the basement renovation coming up, are you ready for all the secrets that come out?
Rachel: Yes, I think there’s going to be a lot of me on set, on my own, at three in the morning “fixing a washing machine” that’s probably going to end in something really creepy and spooky. I’m very excited because all of that dark territory is such an exciting place for a young actress. It really is an incredible opportunity to do something that I certainly haven’t done on television and I probably haven’t done thus far; which is to explore what happens when possibly terrible things happen to characters that we love. I feel like I am in a very cool position in that regard, discovering spooky stuff.