Q & A
Where did the idea for the series come from?
Michelle Davis and
Alec Griffith, with whom I had previously worked on Sightings,
came to me with an idea for doing a paranormal show
involving children. I
thought it was a
great idea and it took about two years to sell. We went to
all the various networks and,
finally, received a big "Yes!" from Disney Channel.
Then, Tom Astle, the creator and writer
who also serves as one of the series executive producers, really
gave it the form that finally
became the pilot. As
a matter of fact, in a recent issue of TV Guide, the
selected our show as one of the "Top 10 New Kids'
How involved are you in the project on a day-today basis?
In the beginning, I helped with notes on the scripts and
watched dailies. I
the casting, and with other details that came up along the way.
WE are very lucky to have
Ali Matheson and Jon Cooksey in Canada to run the show on a day-to
-day basis and, as a
plus, I get to work again with Larry Sugar, the producer with whom
I've been working on
dead Man's Gun for the past three years.
It takes a village, not only to take care of the
children of the world, but also to make a television show. I do
commute back and forth to
It seems like more and more shows are featuring girl
characters as leads. Was
conscious decision for you?
No, not really. We were lucky enough to find a wonderful young actress who is
a delight. She's very
mature. . . definitely an old soul.
She's got a magnetic personality
and is one of the most wonderful spirits I've seen in a long time.
Where are you filming the series and why?
WE film in Vancouver not only because it's a great place
but also because it also
makes production of television shows enconomically feasible. The
icing on the cake is
the number of incredibly talented creative people who also
happen to live there. Vancouver
gives you a sense of both Europe and America, of big cities and
small towns, with the
benefit of grand vistas.
What was the biggest challenge you faced during this
The biggest challenge is always finding the right writer -
the most important part
of any production. Then,
it's finding the right cast that can bring the writer's vision to
In regards to your career, you seem to wear many different
hats - actor, director,
and producer - which is most rewarding to you?
Acting is my first love . . . and always will be. It is the
most fun! Producing
most challenging because anything that can go wrong will!
Directing is like assembling a
jigsaw puzzle and requires great patience and tenacity.
Do you have any children? Is this a show you would want
them to watch?
I have three children: a 15-year-old son, and 18-year-old
daughter and a 27-year-old
son. I think that if you make good television it will attract the
whole family. Our
that the young child, his or her parents and grandparents will all
watch the show and have
something to talk about when it's over.