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That’s So Retrograde: The Magic of Friendship

Posted by Cole in Articles & Interviews, Hale

Hale was the guest on the most recent episode (Ep. 242 “The Magic of Friendship”) of That’s So Retrograde, a podcast by his long time friends, Stephanie Simbari and Elizabeth Kott.

In the episode, Hale discusses his longtime friendship with the podcast hosts, his journey in Hollywood, and his role as Eliot on The Magicians. Hale and Stephanie clear the air about the rumors of their “marriage,” stating that they are not married. Stephanie tells Hale, “I need you to get the f**k out of my way so I can find a real husband,” to which Hale replies, “I support this.” Hale also talks about his upcoming music, stating he found a producer that matched well with him and they are producing what Hale hopes will become an album, with a song release in the next month an a half (so soon!).

This is an excellent episode and we encourage you to take a listen at one of the links below.

You can find the podcast on Spotify, iTunes, and the That’s So Retrograde podcast site.


“The Magicians” To End at Season 5

Posted by Cole in Articles & Interviews, News, Television, The Magicians

As many Syfy shows before it, The Magicians has been cancelled at season 5. The show’s final episode, titled “Fillory & Further” will air on April 1. TVInsider had an excellent interview with creators and showrunners Sera Gamble and John McNamara, which you can read here: “Syfy, Sera Gamble & John McNamara Address the End of ‘The Magicians'”.

In light of the news, Hale posted a screencapture from The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman, highlighting a quote from Eliot that says, “I know I said I didn’t need a family to become who I was supposed to be, but it turned out that I did. And it was you. We’ll meet again.” Hale included a caption that reads:

This is a heartfelt Thank You to all you kids ( and grown-ups ) out there for your continued love and support over the years. Your dedication to each other and to the world inspired by Lev’s books helped keep us alive for 5 Seasons, and served as a constant reminder that family can be found, chosen, and nurtured in the most surprising and serendipitous ways. Meeting so many of you and hearing your stories has been a highlight of my life. Thank you for your love and attention through this very unusual and beautiful evolution. I’m eternally grateful to our creator @levgrossman, my show Dads @johnthemcnamara and @seragamble, our incredible cast, crew, producers and @audinkle: Thanks for giving me a shot at a character and show I’ll love forever. I’m so proud to be your Eliot. Only Love. —H

Will The Magicians be picked up elsewhere?
That’s hard to say. Very few cancelled shows have been picked up at another network or platform. In the past, Amazon Prime has picked up formerly cancelled Syfy show The Expanse and Netflix picked up the Sera Gamble show You from Lifetime. However, McNamara stated shopping it to other platforms, adding, “none of them seemed in the end like a perfect financial or creative fit.” The season 5 finale was written to double as a series finale just in case it isn’t picked up. All the fans can do is make sure a potential network can see The Magicians as a good investment to renew.

What does this mean for Hale?
In the case The Magicians is not picked up elsewhere, Hale will have to audition for pilot season if he’d like to stick to TV (we certainly would love to see him continue doing television, and we would also like to see some music from him). He does now have The Magicians on his acting resume, a project that allowed him to show off a range of talent one would expect many shows to want. We hope the best for Hale’s journey and we will continue to be here, supporting this extraordinary talent.


BriefTake: Interview with Hale Appleman

Posted by Cole in Articles & Interviews, Hale, News, Television, The Magicians

Hale did an interview with BriefTake during which he discussed The Magicians season 4 and his new role, the Monster, as well as mentioned a new film! The Magicians season 4 will premiere on Syfy in just 3 days. Even though we’re going to miss Eliot, based on what Hale had to say about the Monster, we’re ecstatic! Here is an excerpt of the interview, with a link to the rest of it below.

BriefTake: What is it like playing a new character on the same show?
Appleman: I can’t say that it was as easy as playing Eliot, in the sense that I had all of this material to source and actual novels, that is a rare gift that you have as an actor. For me, as the Monster, I just saw it as a huge opportunity to change up the expectations of the audience and gave me permission to explore something completely different. I ultimately settled on this idea of the dark shadow of your inner child, someone who has been neglected and left alone for thousands of years. He’s finally able to explore the world around him, which has changed and of which he has no understanding. He has been so neglected that he is without a true understanding of human empathy, and his headspace operates around his need for attention and his need to follow through on the mission he set out to accomplish. So he has a hit list of people that he has taken revenge on and also has this amnesia kind of child-like view of the world. He cannot remember who he is truly or from where he came. So there’s this element of him piecing it together. He’s been living in darkness for so many thousands of years and he’s finally able to start to piece it all back together.

BriefTake: So it is like a shadow figure?
Appleman: I think about it as the dark shadow of a child. Inspirations that I could draw from were the great monsters of cinema such as Frankenstein’s Monster and the idea of a monstrous spirit living in a human body somehow, and needing to learn how to live within a new body. Something that I thought about playing with a little bit is how he speaks and how he forms words, the things that he encounters in the sort of every day human life around him — What’s an ice cream cone and what’s a t-shirt and how do I eat a bowl of cereal? [laughs] So there’s a lot of humor in it. I hope that people enjoy it; I definitely took a chance and it was really exciting to take an opportunity to change it up, especially in terms of what people expect from me. This show spans so many different genres and has influences from across the board. I like that there’s a meta-quality to The Magicians in which we can sometimes wear our references on our sleeves—whether it is pop culture or tropes within horror and fantasy.

BriefTake: What types of roles would you like to play in the future?
Appleman: I love that The Magicians has given me an outlet for comedy, although I see myself probably as a more dramatic actor. Not that I can’t play across genres, but I would love to do some work that is more grounded—not that The Magicians can’t be. I feel like part of my joy on the show is to ground material that could be very whimsical, and that’s the beauty of a show that has a swirl of influences around it. That’s an unusual opportunity, so I will continue to seize that opportunity for as long as I am a part of The Magicians. But I also love working on stage; I love theatre. I came from the theatre, so I would love to do some more serious work on stage. I’m doing a film in the next few months which I’m very excited about, but I can’t really talk about it. But it is character-based, and it is a movie about a relationship and it’s just a movie about a relationship between one human and another. So that’s really focused and it’s a huge departure from what I am doing on the show because it’s so single-focused in its central [pauses] there’s no plot [laughs]. The plot is the relationship. Anyway, I probably shouldn’t say anything. [laughs]

Read the rest of what Hale had to say in the full BriefTake interview.


Nerdist: “The Magicians” Cast Talks Creating an Authentically Diverse World

Posted by Cole in Articles & Interviews, Television, The Magicians

Nerdist went to the set of The Magicians season 4 and talked with the cast about diversity in the show. Read what Hale had to say below:

Fan favorite Eliot has been one of the stand outs since the second season of the magical series. Hale Appleman, who brings him to life, shared that playing the witty, brilliant, and fantastical character has been satisfying on multiple levels. “I’d be lying if I didn’t say that being the queer king of a fantasy kingdom wasn’t a fantasy of mine, so on that level it fulfilled something personal for me,” Appleman said. “But it’s been really beautiful to see the response from the true fans of the show and what that means to them as well.”

You can read what other members of the cast had to say in the full Nerdist article.