Do you think it’s always important to have those sorts of shake-ups, to keep things fresh for both you and the viewers? I love my job, simply because we can keep things fresh, all the time. For us, as actors, it keeps us interested in our jobs and it keeps us coming back to work, every day. What’s it like to finally have the pay-off for the Hardison-Parker relationship? It’s good, but I think the pay-off is more for our audience because they’ve been waiting for so long.A new setting is amazing ‘cause it’s new for the team and it’s new for our characters. You get so tired, locked into a show for so many years. Every time I step out onto the street, somebody would ask me, “So, what’s happening with y’all?They have to associate with each other a little bit differently. I’m trying to figure it out.” But, I think she’ll surprise us with what she came up with.
And thats something thats kind of like established from our executive producers, Dean and John and Chris and then also, you know, with the cast ourselves. I mean you can come in at any time and people like that. Earl Dittman: Yes, they dont feel obligated but they still have a great time after they see it. Yes, Im looking for Season 10 and talk to you all again. Earl Dittman: Well, Ill let someone else chat and Ill come back to you all in a bit. My candor and my sense of sarcasm is what kind of throw a harness in that and if I made to think how that that it is she added complexity to Parker that thats not necessarily intended or, you know, assumed from the beginning. (Crosstalk) Beth Riesgraf: Especially when I have to work with that one. Im talking about from the top, you know, executive producers all of the way down to the crew because, you know, it takes everybody to make a machine work but it also takes good attitudes. Suzanne Lanoue: Well, I enjoyed watching the next four episodes and I think my favorite was the Christmas one. Aldis Hodge: Oh, youre talking about the one coming out? Its not the kind of show you have to follow to get it. Lisa Steinberg: Hi, its such a pleasure to speak with you both. So like I think they sort of - theyve learned and by observing like what we like to do and we have a lot of fun. But I think some of the quirks that makes it is like little acts sometimes thrown in there have definitely become part of the show as a staple now. The best part about the show is our producers and creators they pretty much, you know, gave us free range to implement much of our own personalities and our own ideas because, you know, weve got to live with them for so many years so definitely I think my humor came in a different way. You know we have a really good rapport; we respect each other. Suzanne Lanoue: Yes, no they sent them out in advance to some of us so; the next four of them. Earl Dittman: Well you know another thing from my end that Ive noticed to people Ive talked to is that you can - they can stop watching it for maybe a couple of episodes or maybe even a year and come back and fall in love with it again. Operator: Again ladies and gentlemen, star one for questions. And well take our next question from Lisa Steinberg with Starry Constellation Magazine. And like for example I know Aldis and Christian can improv together and come up with such great material when left to their own devices.In the spoof [watch it here], she plays a hyper-bitchy version of herself, meeting with the “Leverage” writers to talk about her character’s future. Beth: That’s my whole point, these writers need to listen to me! I used to have “90210” parties at my house, which he thought was hilarious. PW: I was very close to telling him I cried for days when Toni Marchette was gunned down when we spoke. I actually did a pilot with Peter for Showtime called “Insatiable” and I remember when he told me who his wife was.Bottom line: Beth wants Parker to slowly morph into a shark, becoming the ultimate crimefighter, Shark-er. Pop Wrap: So in doing research for this interview, I stumbled across an amazing viral video you made as a diva-fied version of yourself! PW: It also showed that you kind of have an untapped reservoir for comedy, is that something you’d like to do more of in the future? I grew up watching “The Carol Burnett Show” and “SNL.” Comedy definitely speaks to me. I thought, “Oh my god, I totally used to be obsessed with her.” He probably gets that all the time, but I’m not very shy about that stuff. But one day we were on set and realized it could be a lot of fun, so we started doing it.