By Jorge Solis (firstname.lastname@example.org) | Oct 13, 2014 04:56 PM EDT
The Headless Horseman continues to bring in tons of scares and action in the upcoming second season of Fox’s Sleepy Hollow. During New York Comic Con 2014, MStars News spoke with cast members Orlando Jones, Sakina Jaffrey and Lyndie Greenwood, as well as co-creators/executive producers Phillip Iskove and Len Wiseman.
After dying in the midst of battle during the Revolutionary War, solider Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) awakes in present-day Sleepy Hollow, New York. His sudden resurrection is connected to the reappearance of the Headless Horseman, who happens to be one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. To prevent the end of the world, Crane teams up with Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) to stop the Horseman’s evil reign of terror.
MStars participated in a roundtable interview with the cast and crew of Sleepy Hollow, who spoke about their roles in the upcoming apocalypse and what’s at stake between Ichabod and Abbie.
I think that is what’s so beautiful about Abbie and Jenny is that they worked really, really hard to where they are now. They are going to try and maintain this relationship. They’re really all they have. To Jenny, Abbie is her everything.
But they are thrown challenges all the time. So, trying to keep this relationship healthy, one that is growing through it all, is really interesting.
Orlando Jones teases his character arc for Capt. Frank Irving:
It’s very much the same character, but his journey is obviously progressing, and you’ll know more about him. I like the focus on his family a lot. I think often in shows, we lose sight of that, especially the simple things about his relationship with his daughter and wife. He ‘s trying to put that relationship together, after getting his post in Sleepy Hollow. He’s desperately clawing, trying to put his life and family back together, and having it always fall out of his grasp. It’s really a difficult thing for him and that’s what keeps him up at night.
I’m enjoying that journey, and I’m really enjoying that it keeps turning. It’s like temptation at every turn for him. Where you are in the series is really interesting because by the time we get to mid-season, it’s a whole different world for him.
Len Weisman on moving from the cinematic universe to the television landscape:
This is fairly new for me … the television game. I’ve done two series, and this one I’m very involved in. I’m finding out how a second season show, in terms of DVR and Plus7, it’s not like that in the feature world. In terms of how shows are taped and watched every day, we have such a massive and loyal fanbase.
On a production basis, we do try to make each episode a mini-movie. We’re a genre show trying to get the look of a film is a lot of work. You want to get all the elements working like you would in a movie.
For me, the biggest difference, I thought doing a pilot would change my way of shooting to fit a television schedule. And then once you start shooting, you learn there is no different way. You just shoot what you have to shoot and do it really, really fast.
Sakina Jaffrey describes her relationship between Sheriff Leena Reyes and Jenny:
They have respect for each other. Even though Jenny gets incarcerated, she’s at the top of her game. We’re all working at the top of our game. There’s the apocalypse, the chaos of Sleepy Hollow. I think that’s nice to play around with.
It’s interesting because Nicole is such a wonderful actress. You can see a lot when she’s not saying lines. I think you get a sense of history, you get a sense of quandary as to how she’s trying to deal with Reyes.
Phillip Iscove teases tension between Ichabod and Abbie this second season:
In general, over the season both of them are smart as they’re looking down the road. They know Henry is something that could potentially cause a lot of grieve between the two of them. That’s something we like playing on the show; when family is pitted against duty.
They’re fighting one of the most important wars. And yet, they’re also fighting against their own blood. Knowing your family can be thrown into the mix, there’s always going to be that “I gotta keep you grounded.” They’re going to disagree. That’s going to create a lot of tension between the two of them. As strong as their bonds are, they know they have an incredible job to do. When you’re also talking about someone’s wife, son, sister, I think those bonds get tested. And that’s what we like seeing. We’re going to test them every way we can think of.
The second season of Sleepy Hollow continues on Fox at 9 p.m.