SARAH WAYNE CALLIES RADIO INTERVIEW WITH JO WHILEY AT RADIO 1
Jo: And I'm really happy now to say that we've got one of the stars of 'Prison Break.' It's one of those programs that we talk about, and I know loads of you absolutely love or are obsessed, or are as obsessed with as we are. Um, joining us now, we've got Sarah Wayne Callies who plays Dr. Sara Tancredi. Um, welcome to the show!
Jo: Ah, thank you very much for coming on the show. So, um, 'Prison Break' is just hugely successful here. The Brits absolutely love it. Can you, you know, tell us now that it's never ever going to end?
Sarah: [giggles] You know, honestly, I feel like we're laying track in front of a moving train.
Sarah: I don't know how long they can keep this going, but, every time I think, 'Well, that's it. We've run out of story,' they come up with something else. Um, and even though sometimes it's quite fantastic, the fans seem to go along with it, so I, I have no idea how long this will last.
Jo: Is there sometimes you see the storyline and you're just like, ''No, that's just ridiculous. Don't go there?'' Do you have any say in what happens?
Sarah: Pretty minimal. But they will sometimes, you know, let us know what's coming, and sometimes when you hear it in pitch form without reading it, um, you think, 'Well, that'll put the final nail in the coffin. No one will ever buy it.' But then you come up with the script, and they've , they've done a lovely job of it, and you think, 'Wow, they're pulling it off!' Um, so I don't know, I don't know how many more times we can pull this out of our… whatever. [laughs at herself - good catch!]
Jo: It must be enormously fun to be doing though.
Sarah: It's a blast, and it's a total roll of the dice. I mean, people could just as easily have hated it as loved it, and I think sometimes television has to do with uh, you know, being around at the certain mm, kind of moment in history, and people right now are pretty willing to believe that their governments are up to no good, [giggles] and that there's a conspiracy behind every door, so I think we sort of dove-tailed with that.
Jo: Yeah. It's the last episode that airs tonight on Channel 5 here in the UK. Can you give us any clues as to what happens tonight at all, or is there some kind of clause written in your contract that says that your head will explode?
Sarah: [chuckles] No, no clause, actually. Um, they seem to trust us implicitly, which may or may not go well for them along the [something], but I think…
Jo: The final episode, though, it's gonna be dynamite, surely.
Sarah: The cast will get smaller, um, as it always does. And it's always heartbreaking when it does, because we're, of course, far flung in the middle of Texas, and when they write somebody off, it means that's one less person to go have a martini with after dinner. Um, not that, you know, in my condition I'm participating in martinis.
Jo: Yes, I was just going to say that Sarah's heavily pregnant at the moment, as we're speaking. [Sarah LOL] It was very well concealed in the, in the series. So, I mean, will Sara, will Sara go down?
Sarah: [deep breath] Uh, well, if she goes down, she's going down fighting. I'll tell you that much.
Jo: She's got ballsier, hasn't she, as the series has gone on?
Sarah: Yeah. I think, I think what we've seen is the part of her that must have existed during her addiction: this sort of uglier, scrappier, slightly gutsier part of it, um, which I'm enormously grateful to the writers for. We've got some female writers, as well as the men, but who really look out for her and are dead set against her ever becoming a victim.
Jo: And will Michael and Lincoln get away with it? Will they continue to get away with it?
Sarah: One of them will.
Jo: [gasps and Sarah laughs gleefully] I actually don't want to press you, because it would be awful to really find out.
Sarah: And I won't, I won't tell you who.
Jo: Really? God! I mean, we did keep loosing major characters all the way along which is, I mean, I guess that's what makes it so special, really, 'cause you're just like, "I can't believe they could have done this!"
Jo: And then they, they, like you said, the storyline just kind of continues.
Sarah: It does seem to be a show where they don't mind figuratively killing their babies, and I think that's what, I think it's part of what keeps people watching, because you don't watch it and think, 'Oh no, well they'll never kill him. They'll never kill her,' because sometimes, they just do, and, you know, or lop off a hand or something terrible happens. [laughs]
Jo: Right... [break] It's Radio 1, and we've got, uh, Sara Tancredi with us at the moment. Well, uh, Dr. Sara Tancredi in 'Prison Break,' uh, Sarah Wayne Callies. Um, you are like the only major female star amongst a, um, a lot of hot guys really. [Sarah LMAO] That's what I'm trying to say here. And you get to canoodle with Wentworth Miller, who we've had on the show in the past, who I think was, or is, the most lusted-after male I've ever interviewed. Just, you know, people listening at the moment just absolutely adore him.
Sarah: It is bizarre, and it's a universal appeal. That's something that sort of blows my mind. I mean, I've met 60-year-old women who are, "tell Wentworth hi for me!" O-kay. God, I've met 60-year-old men who say the same thing! [laughs]
Jo: Man crushes exist on Wentworth, absolutely! Is he really nasty underneath it all? [Sarah cracks up] Tell me he is.
Sarah: I shoud! I should start the rumor that, you know, he's absolutely, horribly disfigured and that it's all plastic make-up. [You are an ornery girl, Sarah!] I did for a while try and start the rumor that he had brown eyes and that it was just contacts, but none of it stuck. You know, he's just beautiful, and there is nothing you can do about it.
Jo: So, you do consider yourself to be one of the luckiest women in America? You're aware of that?
Sarah: Well, yes and no. I mean, I have to stand next to his face and try desperately to not sit there and think, 'Can I have a little more mascara, please?' [giggles] He really, I tease him that, uh, he brings the beauty and I bring the brains to this operation, because it certainly can't go the other way around. [giggles some more]
Jo: Oh, Sarah, don't put yourself down. [Yeah! Don't you know how gorgeous you are?] Do you think that you can, that they'll end up together? That Sara and Michael will end up together?
Sarah: I don't know. I mean, it would be almost a funny scene, wouldn't it? If all of the sudden they were sort of sitting down at a Starbucks and having a conversation: "How was your childhood?" You know, I mean, they don't seem to be able to just sort of sit down and say, "By the way, I think you're lovely. Do you wanna go have dinner?" [Yes! I'm there!] It just doesn't happen that way. [eph pouts]
Jo: It's all about the drama. She puts herself on the line. She puts her life on the line for him as well. Do you sometimes wish that she would just say no and kind of look for somebody with better prospects and just kind of turn away from him, which seems absolutely impossible for her?
Sarah: Well, she did at one point, right? I mean, in, in, I think the episode was 'Rendezvous,' she said, you know, "I've, I've done this before. I'm not gonna do it again," um, and she ended up getting tortured in a bathtub for a day and a half. So, it didn't go particularly well.
Jo: And you threw yourself out the window, is that right?
Sarah: I did, yeah. Thank god for stunt doubles! I mean, really! [chuckles] I did, at the end of the first series, I did tell the writers, "I think he would have to be the last man on Earth for her to turn back to him," and they made him the last man on Earth. Um, so yeah, there we go.
Jo: Do you think that Sara is, um, pretty safe, because she is really the only major female star in 'Prison Break,' so you have a kind of, you know, longevity, your place in the series is secure?
Sarah: No, I don't. I don't. I mean, I think there are so many women in Hollywood who would give anything to be a part of the show that I think they could find someone to replace me so easily. Um, I don't bring the pretty. [Why do you keep saying that? You ARE prettier than Went! Geez!] I mean, usually on a show, if you're the woman, you know that at least, "Well, you know, I'm the sex symbol on the show." I'm not! It's Wentworth, so I'm expendable just like everyone else. [No no no! I'm not the only one who would stop watching if SWC left!]
Jo: Alright, stay there. We're gonna play a track... [break] Radio 1. We're talking 'Prison Break' here at the moment. Uh, we have Sarah Wayne Callies with us at the moment who plays Dr. Sara Tandcrēdi. Am I saying Tancrēdi right? I am. With the English, Englishized version.
Sarah: I imagine for a Brit, yes. We call her Tancrědi, but I don't suppose that matters. [something]
Jo: It's the Brit in me. Um, there have been, I'm kind of trying to find out how many series and how many seasons have been commissioned. Are you filming the third one at the moment, and are you, or are you signed up for the third series?
Sarah: We're not filming right now. We're currently on hiatus, but I believe FOX has ordered another season. I don't think they've ordered the cast yet, so, I mean, for all I know... Well, it could be season 3 starring, you know, Felicity Huffman, Bill Macy, and Sam Jackson. I, I don't know, but, um, I imagine at least Wentworth will be coming back, because I think he's the one person they can't do the show without.
Jo: Oh, I'm looking for the clues in everything you're saying at the moment, so that kind of, that might lead us somewhere. Thank you for that. And now, obviously, you're, you're potentially facing a really long spell in prison. Um, if you were locked up... We did ask Wentworth these same questions, m'k. So, if you were locked up, um, who would the poster on your wall be of if you were in a prison cell? Who would you want to look at all the time?
Sarah: My husband!
Jo: I'm very mindful of the fact that he's here, isn't he, in the other room?
Sarah: He is, but he's hot! [giggles like a schoolgirl - Whoa! Raging hormones take over?]
Jo: I know he's hot! No, I've seen him! Now I won't be able to look at him when he comes back in again. [Sarah giggles some more] Um, right. You've had a lot of time to think about your life. Okay, a lot of perfection would be going on. Um, who would you write a letter to to say that you're sorry? Do you have any apologies to make?
Sarah: To say that I'm sorry? Well, probably whoever I'd wronged to get thrown into jail. I imagine there's a lot of apology to go on there.
Jo: Right. Who would you most like to visit you and what would they smuggle in?
Sarah: They would smuggle in chocolate, all they could carry. Um, And who would I most like to visit, well, my husband! I mean, you know...
Jo: He's hot!
Jo: And when you left your cell, what would you like to do first? Where would the first place that you'd go?
Sarah: Umm, I would like to go to the beach. I would have missed the ocean a whole lot.
Jo: Okay. When people watch the season finale tonight, how are they going to feel at the end of it?
Sarah: Frightened for a lot of us. Um, things, things go from bad to good to worse.
Jo: And it ends on the worse.
Sarah: I, I think for most of us it ends it ends on the worse, but there are some happy endings, um, there are some just desserts, and there are some absolute question marks.
Jo: Of course there are, it's 'Prison Break!'
Sarah: It's 'Prison Break!' It wouldn't be 'Prison Break' without the question marks.
Jo: Okay. Thank you very much for coming in today, and best of luck.
Sarah: Thank you.