"Caprica's" Sasha Roiz Guest Stars on "Warehouse 13"

By Karen Moul

Sasha RoizThis week, Caprica's Sasha Roiz returned to Syfy in a guest-starring role on Warehouse 13. Roiz plays Marcus Diamond, a mysterious character who takes on the Warehouse crew.

Roiz describes the character as "focused, and exacting, and complex."

But in a recent conversation with the media, he was tightlipped about the storyline. "It's a little bit of a mystery which will be revealed later in the season," he says, "so I can't tell you specifically, but I'm definitely part of...the nefarious force that's working against the Warehouse this season."

Roiz hinted that nefarious force could include some familiar faces. "There's a few people that I work in conjunction with [who] are also some interesting guest stars that you'll see. I can't tell you the specifics of it because there's a little bit of a mystery revolving around Marcus."

Sasha RoizRoiz's fans will be happy to hear that his guest role is part of a multi-episode story arc. "I'm not sure the specific number [of episodes]," he told us, "but I'm there for a good chunk."

The tall, dark Canadian enjoyed every moment on the Warehouse set. "I had a great time," he raved. "We had so much fun and so many laughs. It's a really good show."

What makes Warehouse 13 great? "It's well executed. It's got a perfect blend of dramatic and comedic," Roiz enthusiastically explained.

"I think they really hit a beautiful balance," he added, "between a dramatic and comedic. It's highly entertaining from start to finish. And that magical sci-fi component of the artifacts and the story line is such a great factor in it."

Next month, Roiz starts shooting Grimm, NBC's new police drama set against the backdrop of the famous Grimm's fairy tales. The show premieres in October and Roiz can't wait to get to work.

"It's the first time you're going to see a police procedural mixed with a fairytale setting," explained Roiz, "and it's going to be [an] interesting result. It's very dark and quite scary at times, and it's quite beautiful, actually.

"[I play] the Chief of Police and there's going to be a lot of layers to him. So it's going to be an interesting character to watch unfold."

Roiz has already seen the pilot episode. "It's beautifully executed. So I think the fans of [the police] genre and the sci fi genre are going to be quite entertained.

"It's going to be very exciting and very fantastical and very grand in nature."

In a recent conversation with SciFi Vision and other digital media, Roiz spoke at length about Warehouse 13, Grimm, his love of comedy, and his ambition to star in a period piece.

Syfy Conference Call
Warehouse 13
Sasha Roiz

July 19, 2011
1:00 pm CT

QUESTION: How did you get involved with this show?

SASHA ROIZ: They were nice enough to offer me the role. And you know, it was a real treat for me because I've met some of the Warehouse people in the past couple of years through Syfy, through Caprica. We've just crossed paths and we've really gotten on really well. And they were fans of mine. I was fans of theirs. And fortunately, the timing was perfect on this, so I'm very pleased that they did. I had a great time.

QUESTION: What was your most memorable moment from the show?

SASHA ROIZ: Most memorable moment - you know what? I just - I had a great time. There was one particular scene where all of us got to work together with Eddie, Joanne, Jaime, and Aaron, and we had so much fun and so many laughs that we all kind of realized that we wished it was - you know, that we had more chances to work together in that capacity. It was really great fun and they're such a great bunch of people. So that's probably a highlight. I think it was one of the - one of our last days together.

QUESTION: And is there anything that you were surprised to learn about yourself from doing this show?

SASHA ROIZ: I think I'm a little comfortable playing these bad guys. Maybe a little too comfortable. Yes.

QUESTION: Beyond this particular guest starting arc, what's next for you?

SASHA ROIZ: Well, I'm starting production on Grimm in the beginning of August, which is a new show on NBC, and so I'm very much looking forward to that. That's going to pretty much take me through the end of the year. We're premiering in October 21st, and so we're just going to get right to work starting in August, so that's going to be a lot of fun.

QUESTION: Could tell us how Marcus arrived at the Warehouse?

SASHA ROIZ: How Marcus arrived. You know what? It's a little bit of a mystery which will be revealed later in the season, so I can't tell you specifically. But I'm definitely part of a - sort of the nefarious force that's working against the Warehouse this season. So I'm certainly not alone in that. There's a few people that I work in conjunction with which are also some interesting guest stars that you'll see.

But, I can't tell you the specifics of it because there's a little bit of a mystery revolving Marcus specifically.

QUESTION: You mentioned earlier that you were friendly with some of the cast members. Did that add to the chemistry when you began working on screen with them?

SASHA ROIZ: Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. We had all - well, kind of met or crossed paths prior to working together, but we really got to know each other a lot on set.

And so, we definitely had a great time. I mean there was a lot of laughs. I think you all probably are familiar [with] what a fun guy Eddie is and Joanne, and Jack Kenny too, who runs the show. He just kind of has this - he's just a great show runner and keeps things really light and really fun.

And so yes, we were having a great time on and off set. It was just a seamless sort of project.

QUESTION: Why do you think people keep tuning in to watch Warehouse 13?

SASHA ROIZ: Because it's a really good show. It's well executed. It's got a perfect sort of blend of dramatic and comedic. I think it's also fun to tune in and have these self-contained episodes that for the most part kind of are completed at the end of the episode with these really nice character arcs that kind of sweep through the season.

I think they got a really great combination and formula, and they have a great cast and production team working on it. So it's one of those kismet situations where everything fell into place.

QUESTION: Can you talk about Marcus Diamond and how he compares to Sam Adama, since they're both kind of mean guys?

SASHA ROIZ: Yes. Well, you'll discover in this season what the little mystery revolving around Marcus is. So - and I mean I can't tell you specifically, but the main difference is that Sam Adama is very much is own man and he has his own moral code, and Marcus is - hmm, how do I dance around this?

I mean, Marcus - you know, they're very different characters. I think Marcus is a bit more of a henchman than Sam. You know, Sam really believes in the world he lives in and his place in it, and Marcus' situations is not quite the same.

QUESTION: You mentioned the comedic side to Warehouse 13. What was it like on set as compared to Caprica?

SASHA ROIZ: We had a good time on Caprica, don't get me wrong, but it's just...you know, the second you work on something that has a comedic bent or element to it, it's instantly going to be a lighter environment because there's room for that playfulness. And you know you're not stepping on other actor's toes when they're preparing because you're about to embark on something that has a comedic tone. And so it's fine to just be a goofball and have fun and laugh.

Whereas sometimes when you're working on something dramatic, even if you're feeling kind of goofy – and let me tell you, you often do – you don't want to step on other people's toes and interrupt their process.

So it's very liberating, especially for me. I love being a goofball. I love hanging out with people who are having a good time, so it's genuinely fun.

QUESTION: What was it like working with Lindsay [Wagner] and Rene [Auberjonois]?

SASHA ROIZ: I have not - I did not work with Lindsay and Rene.

I did not have a chance to work with them unfortunately. But I got to work with some other very interesting people who you'll see.

QUESTION: Can you at least tell us how many episode we're going to see you in Warehouse 13?

SASHA ROIZ: I'm not sure the specific number, but I'm there for a good chunk.

QUESTION: Are you back for the Christmas episode?

SASHA ROIZ: I don't think I'm doing - no, not the Christmas episode. That's...

I think that's a different sort of - different vibe to that particular episode. But I'm there for a good...chunk of the season, so you'll be seeing me.

QUESTION: When you got on set, was there anybody in particular that surprised you the most?

SASHA ROIZ: When I got on set? Jack, the show runner, I mean I met him before for lunch so I already kind of got a chance to get to know him and stuff. But I was still so impressed with how well he runs that show...with such commitment and yet it's such a light tone and he's on top of everything but yet he's having fun and having laughs and encouraging that energy.

It wasn't surprising, but it was just so refreshing to see that. So I had a great time in great part because of him. But you know, the cast is great and Joanne is so much fun too. You don't see that side of her sometimes on the show because of her character, but she's a real goofball and she's so much fun to hang out with and have laughs with. I think maybe because her character is a little bit more staunch that you don't see that side of her, but she's really fun.

QUESTION: What would attract you to a part? Is there anything in particular that you look for? Does it always have to be something different?

SASHA ROIZ: I like being employed. That's a big part of it, so that definitely goes into the equation. But I also like working with good people. I've been very lucky, I think, in the last three projects [I've done], like Caprica and Warehouse, and Grimm. You know, these are people of a certain pedigree and a certain reputation and they've proven themselves and they have a great body of work. And so that helps tremendously and that encourages me in making a decision and working with them.

So, I've always been very fortunate that the people in the last three main big projects I've done have been those kind of people. And in addition to that, they've all been wonderful to work with and I've had very positive experiences. So I've been quite fortunate. They've been tremendously successful professionals, and at the same time really engaging and gracious people.

QUESTION: Are you going to Comic-Con this year?

SASHA ROIZ: Yes. Yes. We're going to be there. The whole Grimm panel is going to be there on Saturday the 23rd. So we're going to do panels, around four and we're going to screen the pilot for everybody that day as well.

QUESTION: Your character (Marcus Diamond) is mysterious and you said he's kind of a bad guy. Is there anything else you can tell us about him?

SASHA ROIZ: He plays a ukulele and - no, I'm just kidding. What I could tell you? I can't. I don't think I can say much more than I already have without getting myself into some trouble. But he looks good in black. Let's just say he looks good in black.

QUESTION: Have you auditioned for a lot of comedy roles?

SASHA ROIZ: I have, actually. Yes. I've auditioned quite a bit. And prior to choosing Grimm, I was actually auditioning for a lot of sitcoms and comedic roles. And ironically enough, I end up on a show called "Grimm."

But you know, it's a huge part of what I like to do and I certainly hope to get a chance to do more of it. But I got to do a little bit of it this year too. It was good.

QUESTION: What can you tell us about Grimm? What would you say to get fans to tune in?

SASHA ROIZ: Well, you've got David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf, Executive Producers from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, so that's already a certain level of expertise and fan base that you could rely on.

And then you've got a terrific cast. And as well, it's the first time you're going to see a police procedural mixed with a fairytale setting, and it's going to be [an] interesting result. It's a very dark and quite scary at times, and it's quite beautiful, actually. I saw the pilot. It's beautifully executed. So I think the fans of this genre and the sci fi genre are going to be quite entertained.

SCIFI VISION: Could talk about how as an actor you approach this guest starting role where you only have one episode to create a character versus being a series regular.

SASHA ROIZ: Well, the character actually spreads over many episodes, but I think the main thing is I just got together with Jack Kenney and Drew, and you know they were both very enlightening as far as getting some information about the character because in many ways, the character is being established by both them and what I contribute to it.

And you know, a lot of the episodes aren't written even though there's a vision for it. So, I think there's definitely a relationship in developing the character because you come in, you meet, and if you - if I had some ideas, they were very receptive to it. And over the course of the episodes, I think they try to assist me in creating this character.

But I think you just have to make a choice and I made a certain choice and I hope it worked. I mean, I think it did. They seemed to be quite pleased with it, but you just have to make your choices really quickly because you know in this particular case, I was blessed that I had people who were really receptive to ideas and worked in conjunction with me. But you know sometimes, you don't have that luxury. So you have to make choices really quickly and that's all you can do.

SCIFI VISION: Is Marcus Diamond chasing an artifact in the episode? And if you could look for an artifact, what's your favorite artifact?

SASHA ROIZ: I can't say if Marcus is chasing an artifact, but you know - I can't say specifically. But if I was looking for an artifact - huh. I don't know actually. Interesting. I have no idea which artifact I would chase.

But I mean, I'm - you know, I would just basically I think - I don't know. Something that would be hopefully like meaningful, like you know kind of like a family heirloom more than some random artifact I think.

SCIFI VISION: Okay, well that was a hard question. On Grimm, you're going to play a cop. Are you excited to play a good guy for a change?

SASHA ROIZ: Yes, I'm excited for this project, and it is a cop. Like I said, it's a police procedural sort of setting, but he's the Chief of Police and there's going to be a lot of layers to him too. So it's going to be an interesting character to watch unfold. There's definitely some interesting story lines that they've come up with.

But yes, it's going to be very exciting and very fantastical and very grand in nature in the show. So I'm looking forward to seeing what our writers bring, you know when we finally get a hold of the scripts. I'm very excited to see them.

QUESTION: Given that you worked on Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles and Caprica, and now Warehouse 13, what is it about the sci fi genre that you find appealing?

SASHA ROIZ: You know, it was quite new to me when I first got involved with it. I didn't really grow up on sci fi, although I did really enjoy fantasy, but I wasn't specifically a sci fi fan. But I've sort of grown to really appreciate it, especially as an actor because it allows you to delve into certain topics, whether social or political, that are often taboo or difficult to discuss. And I really appreciate having a chance and a platform to discuss these things.

So, I think it's a very liberating format because you could really approach certain topics whether directly or tongue-in-cheek and have a lot of room to investigate them, which you can't really do often or as easily in conventional TV or mainstream television.

QUESTION: And other than an employment opportunity, what is it that drew you to Warehouse 13?

SASHA ROIZ: I was just being factious. But Warehouse 13, like I said, I met those people n my time in Caprica when we would share different events or we'd cross paths and we always got on really well. And, I always enjoyed my time with the cast and some of the producers. And we always said that we'd like to find a chance for me to get on board and work together with them.

And this timing was just perfect for it, and I'm really glad it worked out.They were just as much fun as I thought they'd be.

QUESTION: Caprica didn't have a long run. If they were still on the air today, where would you see Sam Adama?

SASHA ROIZ: I see him sort of climbing the ranks of the Ha'la'tha - the mob, and becoming probably more of a presence. I think there was talk perhaps of going back to Tauron, so I think he was going to become a presence maybe politically either back on Tauron or in Caprica. But definitely, a higher player in the mob. More of a decision maker.

And, I think he was going to have quite a sway back in Tauron, which would influence things on Caprica. I think that was probably the direction I could see it going into.

QUESTION: Do you find it more fun to play a bad guy, or do you prefer a good guy role?

SASHA ROIZ: It's fun to be bad in a sense because you know you're going to get a chance to do a lot of things you don't get to do in real life or say a lot of things you don't get to say. But generally when I'm playing the role, I don't really think about it. I don't really think whether he's good or bad. I just kind of focus on what he's got to do and you kind of try not to make moral judgments about your character.

But I just like a good role, to be honest with you. There's some really fun tough guy, good guys - and bad guys as well. So as long as it's sort of an interesting role, I'm pretty content.

QUESTION: How do you think Warehouse 13 differs from other shows that are on today?

SASHA ROIZ: I think they really hit a beautiful balance between a dramatic and comedic. It's highly entertaining from start to finish. And that magical sci fi component of the artifacts and the story line is such a great factor in it.

I think it touches upon so many elements that could appeal to such a broad audience. And they execute it really well. I think Joanne and Eddie are terrific, and they have great chemistry. And they've got a great writing team that assist them in producing a terrific product.

QUESTION: Are there any comedy shows on television today that you would love to guest star on?

SASHA ROIZ: Oh, comedy shows. Yes, I watch a lot of comedy. I'd love to do some Curb Your Enthusiasm. I'm a fan of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and I actually got a chance to do a couple episodes earlier this year and that was a lot of fun.

There's Modern FamilY. I think it's a fantastic show. There's a lot of great comedy on TV, and I think there's even more coming this season. And there's a lot of great cable shows as well that I'd love to take part in that I'm a fan of.

QUESTION: Caprica is a very, very dramatic role and kind of edgy and gritty, and you're playing a villain in Warehouse 13. How do you address that balance between edginess and the more comedic element?

SASHA ROIZ: Well yes, that's a good question because it is a little tricky sometimes coming into a show and you feel like you're the heavy and everyone's having so much fun around you. You kind of feel like the downer at a party.

But we have a lot of fun. I I think even in the process we just have a lot of fun. And it doesn't matter if the role or the situation is highly dramatic or comedic. But I think for myself I just have to focus on my storyline and what it is that I need to execute in the scene and what it is that this character really wants in the scene.

And then if I don't get the chance to engage in the comedic, then we do it in between takes and we just have fun. But it is sometimes difficult when you feel like you're the heavy and everybody else is having fun without you.

But luckily we had fun throughout the whole process.

QUESTION: So would it be fair to say that Marcus is kind of the straight man that all the comedy is playing against?

SASHA ROIZ: Well, I mean it's a darker role, so there's - I don't know if there's necessarily a lot of room for comedy in and around me, but there's certainly moments. There's definitely moments of levity.

QUESTIO : You've done another project recently and it's in post-production right now. It's called Extracted. What can you tell us about that?

SASHA ROIZ: Oh, Extracted is an independent film that I shot last fall and it's sci fi based and it's such a terrific story, and we just completed the edit on it and are in the process of submitting it to the different film festivals.

It's a really heartfelt piece about a man assigned to - I play Tom Jacobs, who creates this machine to help assist people through trauma so he can go into their memories and see their memories and help them uncover certain things in their past. And in doing so, gets trapped in the memories of this one criminal. And, he's trapped in there for a year just trying to get out.

And so that's basically the premise. Him trying to get extracted from the memories of this man. It's a great piece and I'm quite happy with it. So we'll see what happens with it if it gets accepted to some of the festivals.

QUESTION: Who is your comedy hero? Is there anyone who stands out that you'd absolutely love to work with?

SASHA ROIZ: Well, I've been a big fan of a lot of people in the last few years. Ricky Gervais and Sascha Baron Cohen. I love Larry David and you know, there's so many people who I'm just a fan of that it would be a real thrill to get to work with. So the list goes on and on. I'm a big nut for comedies. So hopefully it'll come around and I'll have a chance to work with some of these people.

QUESTION: What was one of the biggest challenges you faced with Marcus?

SASHA ROIZ: The biggest challenge? I think whenever you're playing these villainous types, not to be too one dimensional, to try to find a little bit of life in them and [the] other side to them, even sides that the viewer can perhaps sympathize with. Because I think if you can't even...empathize with the villain or at least get a little bit excited for him to get on screen, then you're not really going to care much for them or root for them at all.

I mean I think it's fun sometimes rooting for the bad guy.

QUESTION: In TV history do you have a favorite villain?

SASHA ROIZ: Well, that's quite a few I guess. I mean Jack Nicholson's Joker. I just adore that. What's his name? Oh, gosh. I always forget the actor's name. I'm going to kill me, but in Superman II, what's his name?

It's driving me crazy right now. I'm sure everybody knows except me right now.

You know, there's too many to name. I mean, it's so funny when I get put on the spot, all the sudden I forget. But I always root for the bad guy. I just love them. They're so...interesting to me for some reason. I don't know what that says about me or how much therapy I'm going to require. But whatever, it just is a lot of fun.

QUESTION: What would you say is the formula for good, comedic TV?

SASHA ROIZ: Well, you need to have some great writing combined with some actors with some great timing. And they've got that for sure. And also, just knowing when to crack the joke, which I think I really appreciate with Warehouse 13. It's like they know just when to come in with a little bit of levity and it seems to work quite well. Because gratuitous comedy I think just gets under everybody's skin.

QUESTION: What three adjectives would you use to describe Marcus?

SASHA ROIZ: What three adjectives? Focused, and exacting, and complex.

QUESTION: Grimm sounds like it's a lot closer to Caprica than Warehouse 13. Is that a fair assessment?

SASHA ROIZ: I'm not sure to be honest. I think it's definitely dark...Perhaps it's a little bit more akin to Caprica in that sense. But Caprica's darkness came from a different place I think. Grimm is just literally set in a very sort of dark environment. It's the Grimm brothers' tales, and if you're familiar with those tales, they are quite scary in nature.

And so that's the setting.

But, there is some lightness and quirkiness I think. Silas Wier Mitchell, who plays a werewolf character in our show, he's got a very quirky storyline and approach and quite comedic, and I think it's going to lend itself to a few laughs for sure.

So, there's a balance there, but you know Caprica was highly dramatic in every sense of the word, and Grimm is not...I don't think that there's a similarity in that sense so much.

I mean, that's my impression. But, it's definitely more scary dark than it is like the high drama of Caprica.

QUESTION Your Warehouse 13 character is described as nefarious. Is the Police Captain in Grimm going to be somewhat nefarious too?

SASHA ROIZ: I think there's certainly some room for mystery with him, absolutely. I think there's going to be some interesting stories unfolding in regards to him. I can't say too much right now, but I think - like I said, it's going to be definitely a layered character.

QUESTION: Will you be popping into the Warehouse 13 Comic-Con panel on Friday?

SASHA ROIZ: I wish I could. I wish I could. Unfortunately, we don't get there until Saturday. But- I'm sure it's going to be a lot of fun this year. They got Aaron Ashmore as well, who's great on the show, and a lot of fun to work with. And no, they'll be just fine without me I'm sure.

QUESTION: What do you think about the whole Comic-Con experience? Is it a real challenge as an actor or is it fun, or is it something in between?

SASHA ROIZ: It's certainly overwhelming, just because of the sheer number of people. But beyond that, it's a lot of fun and people are remarkably supportive and gracious and respectful of your time. And I've had nothing but positive experiences, and it's really fun to be amongst the demographic that is genuine fans of your show and your genre. So, it's really nice to engage with them and get to know them a bit.

QUESTION: Kate Mulgrew is in Warehouse 13 this season. Did you have any scenes with her?

SASHA ROIZ: You know, I'm not sure if we work directly, but we definitely got to know each other a little bit.

QUESTION: So there is a connection between Marcus and Kate Mulgrew's character?

SASHA ROIZ: Well, yes. There's some story line connections, but I'm not going to disclose too much. But I did get to know Kate and she is...great. She's absolutely lovely, and it was a real pleasure to meet her. You know, there are times on shows where it's fun to just be a fan of the people you work with.

QUESTION: Syfy has had great success recently with their lineup. How do you feel about being a part of that? Do you have any more Syfy shows lined up, either that you've been asked to do or that you'd want to [do]?

SASHA ROIZ: Yes. I think they had great success on Monday nights, and they got a superb lineup, and I think Syfy's been distinguishing themselves as a network. And it seems to be working out quite well.

I'm a big fan of their shows. I'm a big fan of the network. They've always been really kind to me, and I'd be happy to pop in and out of different programs, because I seem to also over the last few years have befriended a lot of people and been acquainted with a lot of people on the different programs. So, it does feel very familiar and it does feel like Syfy keeps a very tight knit family, which I think we all appreciate.

So yes, I'd always like to - I think for most of the viewers...it's a lot of fun to see some of the actors that you've been following in other programs pop in and out of new and current programs that they have.

And it's fun for us as actors. So I'd be happy to keep popping in here and there if they'd have me.

QUESTION: Does Marcus Diamond have any tattoos that we should be aware of?

SASHA ROIZ: Well, if he has - if he does, you won't get a chance to see them.

QUESTION: How did you get involved in acting? Has it been something of a passion of yours all along?

SASHA ROIZ: I got involved a little late actually. I enrolled in theater school I think when I was close to 25, and I was - you know, I'd done (unintelligible). I played in a band for a few years, much to the chagrin of my father. And then, I got involved in acting.

I think it's something I always wanted to do but wasn't quite prepared to until later. And then I did a few years at theater school and just kind of started out in Canada and worked my way into Los Angeles, and it's kind of been falling into place recently. So I think it was the right choice for me.

QUESTION: Do you have a dream role that you would love to play?

SASHA ROIZ: I think I'd like to play something - I enjoy playing period a lot - period pieces and things that allow me to go into the past and I like the aesthetic of a certain time and place. So, it's a lot of fun for me to just get dressed up and go into the past a bit.

Honestly, just kind of that mobster thing that I did with Sam Adama to being able to play something in Roman or Greek times. Something like you know, some of those great movies that they're making like the 300 stuff films. I really love those and I think I'd enjoy wielding a sword at some point soon.

QUESTION: How hard or easy was it for you to fit right in with the cast of Warehouse 13?

SASHA ROIZ: Well, it was remarkably easy and you know, it says a lot about the cast. They make big efforts, huge efforts in accommodating and welcoming new characters and actors to the set. And that's something that I very much appreciate, especially when you're guest starring. You don't have a lot of time to get warmed up and find your place and your footing.

So they were very gracious with me. And it was much appreciated and also helped me working and feeling comfortable and producing some good work.

QUESTION: Without giving too much away, what similarities do you have with Marcus's character?

SASHA ROIZ: We're both tall. We both enjoy wearing jackets. Beyond that, what similarities? I think there's real life to Marcus. I think that it's just kind of very deep down. You'll get to know the character, but similarities? I can't say too much. I think I'm just going to have to let you see it.

Yes. I'm sure we both are tall. I'm not kidding about that part.

QUESTION: Who is your favorite main character from Warehouse 13?

SASHA ROIZ: I'm just going to be diplomatic about this. I think they're all great at their characters, and I genuinely mean that. Allison and Saul, they're all wonderful actors and I think they all do their job brilliantly and they portray their characters brilliantly. Because without all of them being equally strong and equally engaging, I don't think the show would be as successful as it is.

QUESTION: You mentioned you want to star in a period piece. What is your favorite period piece?

SASHA ROIZ: There's so many that I enjoy, to be honest with you. I think lately I've had it on my brain to do one of those epic Roman pieces or something. For some reason, I just see myself in swords and togas. I don't know what it is, but I just feel I need to get that out of my system.

But anything from Renaissance stuff to Middle Ages, to even earlier this century. I just enjoy the idea of being able to go into the past. It's one of the big gifts you have as an actor. You're able to enter these worlds that otherwise you'd never have a chance to visit except in your imagination.

QUESTION: What's one thing about you that people don't expect?

SASHA ROIZ: I think probably that I'm pretty much a comedian at heart, and I just love goofing around and having a great time, and joking, and that's basically for me. Like if I'm on set and we're not doing that, it's a tragedy. So I enjoy just having fun and laughing as much as possible.

Ironically, I play all these really dark sinister guys, but you know maybe that's why I need to offset it with a little humor.

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