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Allison Scagliotti on SHoE Podcast - I worship at the television altar
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Allison Scagliotti on SHoE Podcast


I just finished listening to another great podcast from SHoE. This one was all about last week's episode, Idol, and included an interview with Allison Scagliotti, who played Jayna, one half of the Wonder Twins. The episode discussion was especially interesting this week. They talked a lot about the Lois and Clark relationship, how close Clark is to becoming Superman, and how perfectly Tom Welling portrays the hero. Smallville fans should definitely check it out!

You can download the podcast at the Starkville House of El Podcast web site, or it's available for free on iTunes (look for episode #136). I really recommend you listen to the whole thing, but it's long (over two hours), so if you're pressed for time at the moment, the interview starts at about the 45:40 mark, and the episode discussion follows after that.

I have transcribed my favorite part of the interview, where Allison mentions Tom, below.

Allison: Everyone at Smallville was so cool. I think Allison Mack was my favorite, because she was just, she's so smart, and she's such a great actress, and adorable! Hello with the girl crush!

Steve: You worked with her, and you got to work with Tom.

Allison: Tell me about it!

Steve: How'd you handle that?

Alison: I wanted to fold him up and put him in my scrapbook, I tell you.

Steve: He seems to have such a nice presence, though. He was at Comic-Con this past year, and I wasn't there, but everyone that was there at the panel that he got to come on, and the way they said he responded to the fans, and everyone we've spoken with that's been in and out of the show have just talked about just how nice of a guy he is. Is that what you found about Tom?

Allison: He really is! I mean, it's an incredibly refreshing thing to meet someone who's been playing this number one iconic character for such a long time, is as blisteringly handsome as he is, with seemingly no ego about it. I mean, I could easily just be like, oh, yeah, he was great, really nice guy, and then, like, give you a wink on the side, which I've had to do before. But, no, I was really, really impressed by how just down to earth and normal Tom was. He was really, really cool.


How can you not love this man? :) Some of the other things Allison discusses during the interview are the research she did for the role, the deleted scene we saw in the promo pics, working with David Gallagher, who played Zan, and the fan reaction to the news that the Wonder Twins were coming to Smallville.

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christina_kat From: christina_kat Date: November 20th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
thank you for sharing :)

Tom sounds like a really funny, relaxed and normal guy! I would love to meet him *sigh* I really like hearing people's thoughts about him!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 28th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I love hearing from people who have met him, too. And without exception, he sounds like he is an amazing person: smart, funny, thoughtful, and completely unspoiled by all his fame and success. How can we not love him? :)
From: kates_passion Date: November 20th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww! I love hearing things like this about Tom! I really liked her as Jayna and now I like her even more!!! Thanks for the heads up.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 28th, 2009 05:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I adore her. She's the best part of Warehouse 13, her series on Syfy, IMO. She seems completely sincere when she talks about Tom, and I love that she appreciates the difference between how he is and how he could be. It would be so easy for Tom to let his success go to his head, and instead he is the complete opposite of that. What a guy!
jeannev From: jeannev Date: November 20th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I mean, it's an incredibly refreshing thing to meet someone who's been playing this number one iconic character for such a long time, is as blisteringly handsome as he is, with seemingly no ego about it.

And how often do we hear almost this exact thing? Nice, no ego, down-to-earth, and of course, incredibly handsome.

I think the "no ego" thing is especially impressive, because really, someone who looks like him, and has been as lucky as him to immediately land a starring role? You'd think ego would be part of the package. No it doesn't seem to be. Everyone says the same thing.

Thanks for the excerpts. I would love to listen to this stuff, but I never seem to find the time.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 28th, 2009 06:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I think the "no ego" thing is especially impressive, because really, someone who looks like him, and has been as lucky as him to immediately land a starring role? You'd think ego would be part of the package. No it doesn't seem to be. Everyone says the same thing.

Truly, this is the reason I love him. I mean, I fell hard from the moment I saw him in the Pilot, but I don't think I could sustain my admiration and respect for him if he were a jerk, no matter how pretty and talented he is. And he's not even just normal nice, he's exceptional in that as well!
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 28th, 2009 07:08 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL! I'm pretty predictable when it comes to Tom, aren't I? I worked until 11PM the night they posted this, and then stayed up way too late so I could listen to the whole thing right away, but it was totally worth nodding off at my desk the next day. :D

I really enjoy her, as an actress and a person. She's so full of life! I hope they can bring the Wonder Twins back again sometime.

Tom seems to be an unbelievably good guy. I love hearing people talk about him, and they all say the same things, so you know they must be true. Smallville's lucky to have him.
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: November 20th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww, thank you for these quotes! I never listen to such stuff... :)

I guess all these wonderful quotes about Tom have long added up to more than statistical significance: there can be no doubt any more about Tom´s outstanding personality.

He tends to get bashed only by frustrated fans who believe they can approach him just anywhere to take a photo with him. And when he refuses, they get mad instead of reconsidering their bad strategy to intrude into the private life of someone known to cherish his privacy more than anyone else.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 28th, 2009 07:20 am (UTC) (Link)
On the rare occasion that I've read something less than complimentary about Tom, it never rings true, and it always seems to be exactly as you say: someone crying sour grapes because they didn't get what they wanted from him. But every professional colleague who actually works with him does nothing but sing his praises, from the actors to the crew to the directors to the producers. And I would guess that when you saw him, even from a distance, you could get a sense of his lack of pretension about himself. He really is a hard-working, decent, good guy. Who also happens to be unbelievably gorgeous. :)
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: November 20th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Love that girl. I can't wait to see her on Warehouse 13 again.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 28th, 2009 07:41 am (UTC) (Link)
She's my favorite part of Warehouse 13. I just love the energy she brings to every scene. And she fangirls the show and her fellow actors more than anyone! :)

Did you see Tim Hutton and Saul Rubinek tweeting about spending Thanksgiving together? Fandoms collide! Saul already did Leverage, now we need to get Tim on Warehouse 13.
tasabian From: tasabian Date: November 21st, 2009 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for these! Love that she describes Tom as "blistering handsome" - girlfriend's got a flair with words! Very nice comments about AM as well.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 28th, 2009 08:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I love the way she plays with language. She's obviously very smart, and quite savvy as well. She fascinates me! :) I was impressed with the way she paid Tom an extra compliment by pointing out how easy it would be for him to indulge in a completely different kind of behavior, reminding us that he chooses to be the wonderful man that he is.

AS actually reminds me of AM, although I think she's much more of a realist. Like AM, she's been acting professionally since she was very young, and obviously grew up fast, with insights into other people and this business well beyond her years. Both of them are also very talented, and make what they do look easy. I think it's cool that they had the chance to work together, and ended up becoming friends. I read something somewhere that said the two of them spent hours exploring Vancouver together when they weren't filming.

I adore that picture of Allison and Tom. She is too cute, and he's giving the camera one of those wonderful, genuine Tommy smiles that we only see in candids.
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: November 21st, 2009 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Lovely quotes! I never have the time (or the patience) to listen to that stuff so it's wonderful of you to bring those quotes over here. Thank you!

Tom is gorgeous, smart, down to earth and has a sense of humor. How could we not love him!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 28th, 2009 08:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I treasure every quote I can find about Tom, and of course I love to share the squee! :) Since Tom rarely gives interviews himself, the tidbits others share about him are often all we have!

It's the entire package that makes Tom so special. As unbelievably pretty as he is, we both appreciate him for much more than that. I have to echo your sentiment and say, how could we not love him?
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