Aaaaand here's the second half of Misha's panel from the AHBL2 Con! :D Once again, Misha's answers are pretty much word for word (with some ellipses/minor edits). The audience members' questions are summarized.
Q: [fan from China mentions Misha's interests in Buddhism and his travels to Tibet] Is there any other city in China you are interested in visiting, either for studying Buddhism or for any other purpose?
M: Yes. I like the drugs and the women. ... Yeah, I would love to go to China. For some reason I would love to go to Shanghai. But I, yeah. I have often thought about traveling to China. I would also love to go back to Tibet and spend more time there, um. Which I guess some people would say is China.
[the fan Misha had called earlier calls back; they have a conversation on speaker]
M: This feels very unorganized. ... So, China! Yes, are you-- so you're from China? Are you here just visiting or are you staying in...?
Q: I study here, I'm from Beijing.
M: Oh! I thought you were from Beijing.
Q: Is that the only city you know?
M: [shiftily] No. ... Where would you recommend I go?
Q: [recommends Xian, one of the oldest cities in China]
M: Yes, so in answer to your question, I would absolutely love to. I don't know why, but there's no, seems that there's no conventions in Asia anywhere. This is Eurasia, right? Isn't it? [audience corrects him; it's Australasia.] You know what I mean. So, yeah. I don't know why that is. It seems that there are a lot of fans, maybe.
Q: [explains that there are no official broadcasts of the show; there are a lot of fans, but they can only watch the show on the Internet]
[audience members shout stuff out (indecipherable); there is a bit of banter between Misha and them; he calls the next questioner "my cheeky friend" lol]
Q: Who are you closest to on the show?
M: Like, who do I like best? You can't answer a question like that, you know that, right? Um, no, actually, I think I'm actually pretty close with every-- with Jared and Jensen and Jim, we all hang out. So... I'm not even gonna say that, who my closest relation-- Although actually, I will tell-- I'll drop a hint? I do have a bit more of a personal connection with one of them. His first name begins with J. But I'm not gonna tell you any more than that.
Q: Do you have to do much to get into your character?
M: Nope. It's basically just me with a trench coat. Um... You know I think at first, it seemed it took a little bit more but now, you know, it's been a long time so a lot of it... There's weird little things... When I'm coming up with a character there are weird little character sort of things that crop up, I don't know where they're from, but there are certain things about Castiel. He sort of stands in a certain way, I don't know why, he has that creepy voice, I don't know what the heck that is. Um, but so all those little ingredients kind of come together, and then any-- just putting on, now, at this point honestly, just putting on that trench coat? It's like, alright, now: Cas. It's almost like, you know, Superman in the phonebooth. It actually, that kind of warddrobe does something.
Q: Cas comes across as quite... frustrated. Dean's tried to get him laid but it didn't happen. Just wondering if he's going to get any action at any point.
[audience members ask if Misha wants Castiel to get any action.]
M: Do I want--? Oh, no! I much prefer the chaste Cas. Um... You never know with them, with the writers. But it would be a great travesty not to get him laid. I mean, he's a 2,000 year old virgin. And if The 40 Year Old Virgin was good, that's gotta be amazing. Um, yeah, I think it's pretty, for a writer, it's pretty rich material to mine, so I think they would probably-- I would hope that they would [indecipherable] --it's like, "It's too sacred." Or something stupid like that.
Q: Castiel is kind of like the boys' sidekick. If Castiel had a sidekick, who would it be or what would it be, and what would he make him do?
M: Yes, "Lick my boot." I think that would be great if Cas just became this dick who had a servant who's doing menial tasks all the time. "Take that away. I'm done with that. Bring me another, hotter cup of tea." I would... Ideally? Dean would be Cas' sidekick. Um, make him fold his laundry... [audience catcalls/whistles] No no no, not like that. He can um, shovel the walkway! I don't know. Um... Aw, forget it.
Q: Whenever Castiel appears/disappears, we never see what the boys see on screen. Do they talk about it or joke about it on set? Do the wings come out? Does the trench coat come off?
M: We did actually go, we had to go through to, you know. 'Cause the first couple times we did it, it was like one was looking one direction, one was looking another direction, nobody really knew what happened, we just knew that the scene had to keep going. So. They sort of established that when he disappears, he does a very rapid striptease. Appear, "What?" and then disappears. So, yes, in answer to your question, that's what sort of the established lore is now. No, there's weird things, like sometimes they do, like, "Oh, there's wings!" And oh, now there's no wings. And sometimes he appears and disappears kind of in-frame, with a fancy, you know, post-production... You hear that (whoosh). I don't know what that's about. But the important thing is just that it's a lot of me ducking and moving quickly, and a lot of takes where it's like "Okay, Misha we need to do that one more time, I can still see you~" Playing hide-and-seek with the cameraman. "Did you see it? Did you guys see it?" And the hardest thing, believe or not, is-- Disappearing is a cinch, usually, 'cause you just fuck off. But appearing is tricky. 'Cause you have to race in, 'cause it's always like the camera is moving, and then the camera moves back and wait! He's there! And the trick is, I fly in, and then my jacket is like, still swinging. I'm still, but my clothes are still moving. So making it look like I haven't just ran in is tricky. And I think he just disappears, like that. There's no wings. Too much work. Too lazy.
Q: Michael has already told Dean that he will leave his body intact after using him as a vessel. So why doesn't Dean say yes to Michael, so he can kill Lucifer while he's in Nick's body, leaving Sam out of it?
M: Oh... Okay. Why didn't who tell who? Why doesn't... Dean say yes to Michael? [she explains again] I wish we could diagram this. [Lucifer would be in Nick's body, instead of Sam] I see... I wish they had thought of that. Um, it is a good question, and it's like, wow. They're making those two stupid. It's like, "I don't know what we're going to do! I guess we have to play this out until it's the most dramatic thing where it's Sam and Dean in the bodies and..." Um. ... I don't know why. I really don't. That's a good question. [audience member asks if Michael kills Lucifer already, where would the story go?] Yeah, but wouldn't it be nice to have like the last two episodes of the season be like everybody just having a beer? No ghosts, no problems. It's like they get a break for a change. They go see a movie. Sam and Dean, you know, watching Up at the movies. And it wouldn't be boring, because like, Up was great! They can show like, little bits-- a shorter version, an hour-long version of Up on TV. With Sam and Dean in the foreground. How great would that be? Actually I'm going to talk to Eric, 'cause that's a good idea.
Q: Would you be in it?
M: Yeah. Yeah, from time to time, I appear just: "I'm gonna go get more popcorn, guys." Or, "Hey! Psst. What happened?" [in Castiel's deep voice] "What happened? ... Where's Kevin the bird?" It was Australian, right? That bird, it was Australian. I don't know if you guys have seen Up but it's fantastic. [audience agrees] Right? Finally, we agree on something.
Q: How much improvisation happens on the set, and do you have any funny stories about times where scenes were improvised and just went off the rails?
M: Um, no I don't have any funny stories. Period. But, I had a scene, it was actually with Sam. Uh, Jo. Right? That's her name, the character name? [audience corrects him] Ellen? Oh, Jo was who? The daughter. I watch the show sometimes. ... So, um. Yeah, we-- the director said, "Hey, you guys. It'd be kinda cool if you do a little improvising in this scene. So, go." And we were both... incredibly... boring. I could see the first AD1 sort of off in the corner, looking at his watch, rubbing his forehead and you know, God. And um, I was like, "Yeah, alright, great." So we did it then I went up to him and I was like, "So that was, uh, that's not going to make it into the show, is it?" He was like, "Nope." We do improvise sometimes, but it's more along the lines of: "Jared, can you please STOP?" Um, Eric is pretty strict about following the script. There's a-- every once in a while, you'll throw in a word. Like, you'll be like, "Ow!" And "Ow" wasn't in the script and you're... "That was pretty clever! They're going to use it." But they won't. So, um, yeah they stay pretty much spot on with the script, and it's not that kind of a set. I think a lot of it is, like, Eric has this Master Plan. And like, tiny little hints are being dropped, and subtle innuendo, and if it's delivered even slightly wrong, maybe the whole puzzle falls apart and he doesn't know what to do anymore. ... So I think that he, you know, he's pretty-- I, there was a couple of episodes early on where I was like, "Yeah, I'm going to make this a little more natural sounding, draw my own flavor." And then, uh, the script supervisor came up the next episode and was like, "So, yeah um... H-hey, Misha... Um, uh... Great. Awesome, you did great on that. And also, Eric asked specifically for you to say exactly what's written." That sorta takes the air out of that.
Q: Welcome to Melbourne.
M: Thank you. By the way, Melbourne is a super beautiful city. I went running around the rivers this morning, it was so amazing. Yeah, those bees. Those golden bees on that building!2 ... How can that not cheer you up? Oh, there's a golden bee...
Q: What's the one question you wish people ask you at conventions that never gets asked, and what would your answer be?
M: I think technically that may be cheating, what you just said. "I can't think of a good question, so I'll make him come up with one!" ... No, you know, this is a give and take, it's an audience particpation thing, you can't do that, it's not fair. Um, I, I wish that um, people would-- See, that was one of those moments were I start talking and think, "Alright, maybe something will come together by the time you finish this sentence." It didn't happen. Um, no. I think um, I get plenty of good questions. There's lots of people who do a wonderful job and I wouldn't want to interfere, at all. [audience awws in disappointment] Cheap. ... Uhh okay, fine. ... I've never thought about it, I'll tell you that much. I've never thought, "Why is it I-- Why don't they ask me this... thing that I want to talk about so badly?" [audience member points out that Misha probably would just talk about it even if nobody asked] Right. Exactly. I don't actually care what the questions are, I don't pay attention to any of this. They're almost irrelevent. Um, yeah. No, I mean... I'm sorry. I don't have an answer to that question. It was too much of a stumper. Um, yes. I hate failing at answering a question. It's terrible. It's left me feeling hollow. [audience awws in sympathy] See how I've turned that around? ... You're not booing me anymore.
Q: If you could change anything about Castiel, what would you change?
M: His clothes. And his personality. And his friends. But other than that, I like him just the way he is.
Q: What's been your favorite scene or episode to film, and what's been your hardest scene?
M: I liked doing the episode where I was Cas and Jimmy, it was kinda fun just to have, um. There's a lot going on, it's kind of a puzzle, it's hard to figure out, and it was fun to do, I was the center of attention... And some of the fight scenes are really tough. ... In the hundredth episode, that scene where, after I pull the guy out of the grave and all, that took FOREVER. I mean that was like sunup to sundown, super hard. No words, but just very technical. It's the technical stuff. Or even simply getting shot, or getting stabbed, or pulling a knife that doesn't exist out of your chest, is tricky. And makes you feel like you're a really bad actor, like, "I know we're strangers but this?" You're pulling the fake knife out and you're like, [in Castiel voice for some reason lol] "This guy doesn't know what he's doing. He's terrible. Pulling this fake knife out of his chest... He calls himself an actor?" Um, yes, there's a lot of weird stuff like that that's actually hard to do on the show. And anything to do that's in front of a green screen where it's not actually, you're not actually in the real environment you're in front of... a green screen. I don't know why they call it a green screen.
Q: Assuming that they beat Lucifer, what do you see happening to Castiel afterward?
M: Vacation, probably. Um, I know what happens, believe it or not. But I'm not gonna tell you~ Ha ha. Sorry. Um, and don't make assumptions. Ehh? [wink wink nudge nudge] I don't know. I mean, I just talked to Sera Gamble um, yeah. I, I don't know. I'm not gonna answer any questions or talk about anything else. I'll screw up and then get a phone call. "Misha, hi, this is Warner Brothers..."
Q: From Castiel in the strip club, future!Castiel, and drunk!Castiel which one was the most fun to play and why? And in 24, the long blonde hair, was that all you?
M: Second question, yes. The first three-part question, um. I would say that Cas in the whorehouse and future!Cas were both actually very sexually frustrating because nothing actually happened, so, don't want those. At least drunk!Cas got drunk. That was fun. And that was fun to play, it was fun that scene where Cas shows up drunk and... What? [audience member mentions the voicemail message Castiel left for Sam] Yeah, that was fun, it was fun. And while we were shooting that scene, you know, between takes, uh when I was in the room with Jared and I was opening the refridgerator and telling him not to ask stupid questions, after each take Jared would say something like, "It's so weird to see four years of solid drama get flushed down the toilet in one minute." So it's great actually to get feedback from your fellow actors like that. It's nice. Supportive.
Q: My compliment is that you're awesome.
M: Thank you. Right back at ya. [thank you] See, it's a two-way street, people.
Q: Would you rather play the dramatic episodes or the comedy episodes?
M: Um, I don't know if-- I like both. I mean, comedy is fun, but so is good, good drama. Um, and bad drama can be funny, too, so... I like making what could be good drama into bad comedy. I think I have a knack for it. Um, yeah. You know, for some reason like those contemplative sort of, sitting side-by-side talking about earnest matters scenes that Jensen and I have had... For some reason, a lot of those have felt like, "Wow that was actually a really good scene." ... Um, but then, being drunk!Cas was super fun, too, so. Yeah. It's nice actually, on the show, that there's kind of a range. It's not just the same, you know. We're not just interviewing the perp every week. Or, at least, sometimes the perp is a ghost, or a demon, or a wendigo, or whatever.
Q: Do you have any future projects planned acting-wise?
M: Um... [talks into water bottle instead of mic; crowd erupts into laughter] ... You just saw a human being completely unraveled. Savor the memory. You'll be able to pinpoint the minute that I completely fell apart. ... What did you just ask? [repeats question] Oh none. No, no plans. I'm doing like a convention, an around-the-world tour right now. I'm going to Europe, I'm going to Frankfurt in two weeks, then Paris the weekend after that, and Barcelona after that and then, uh. And then, I think after that I should be pretty on top of [indecipherable]... I just got back to LA and I've been, you know, talking to my agent. Like, "Hey... You remember me?" Things like that. It's hard, you can't really shoot much while shooting a TV show, except for during hiatus, and if you're off around the world, doing this, you can't really shoot much either. Most of the stuff that I'm actually shooting right now is just little things that I'm doing in my bedroom on my own. Which I haven't really found a distributor for, so. [audience member offers suggestion] YouTube? Oh, okay. ... Tell me more about this Internet. We should talk later.
Mod: Last question.
Q: What has been the funniest or weirdest fan experience you've had?
M: Um. In Sydney... Hey, is she here yet? She knows who she is. ... Sorry those of you who were here yesterday, but um. If-- I don't know, maybe this is just a weird prejudice or whatever but. For me, it does feel a little weird when someone snags your used napkin. And I don't know if that's a cultural thing, like maybe that's... 'Cause in the States, we don't do that. .... They don't do it in Melbourne? ... It was weird. And stealthy. It was like, "No one's looking, are they?" But I saw. And I called her out. And there, I said, "That is the creepiest thing I have ever seen."
Mod: I don't think anyone here will snatch your dity napkin of yours, unless you give it to them. [starts to wrap up the panel] Ladies and gentlemen--
M: And one more thing. If I could go back in time and change anything... It would be, I don't know, I want to say three or four minutes ago, when I started talking into my water bottle and drinking out of my microphone. I could live with that. I could go back and undo that, and be better for it. So, thanks for asking.
[panel ends, Misha auctions off his T-shirt]
M: Okay so here's how this works. How does this work... I use this. To turn this lowly white useless t-shirt... into a valuable work of art. Worth potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars. And then you bid on it, and then I embarrass you with a weird phone call later.
[T-shirt sells for ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS]
1: Assistant director
2: The Queen Bee sculpture at Eureka Tower
You can download the full panel (1hr 9min) in .mp3 format here:
IT'S OVERRRRRR. Apologies for any typos/mistakes! /o\