Talking to Eddie McClintock is like gabbing with your neighbor over the garden fence. You’re comfortable talking about anything from this year’s tomato plants to Living In the Shadow of David Boreanaz. Melissa and I had the wonderful opportunity to talk with one of our Nice Boys recently, and that’s the best way I can describe our conversation.
Eddie McClintock has been told countless times that he looks like David and Craig Sheffer, but all that is changing. After working with David on Bones and meeting Craig once or twice, Eddie finally has his own series, and no one looks like him on it. Warehouse 13 has been a wonderful treat for us during the summer and a decided hit for SyFy. So much so that the series has been renewed for another season. Eddie plays secret service agent Pete Lattimer, who often flies by the seat of his pants, with a quirky sense of humor at the worst moments.
Eddie is having a lot of fun with Warehouse 13. One of the things he loves about the show is “the way the writers will switch things up between drama and comedy within the same scene. It’s never too much one way or the other. It’s a well balanced show. “
In an episode that’s coming up in a couple of weeks called “Nevermore”, Pete and Claudia leave Myka with her father and mother and go off and solve the case. “We had so much fun!” recalls Eddie. “[In tonight's episode] it’s Claudia, Myka and Pete in the warehouse together and we got to do a lot of fun stuff. That episode (“Breakdown”) was the funnest episode. You know this last one (“Regrets”), was pretty serious. There was a lot of serious, emotional stuff, so we’re going to go back to some light.”
Of course, the inevitable question will always come up about whether or not Pete and Myka will ever have a romantic relationship. Eddie explains, “I like to think that there is one developing. Maybe not necessarily a romantic relationship. I think that once the leads of the show get romantic the show is over. I think that they have such a great respect for one another and really an admiration and love. I mean Pete loves her and I think she loves him, and right now it’s more like brother and sister. I hope they keep it there for a little while. Once it goes romantic the audience moves on. They want to see the next couple get together. There’s no more mystery once they jump in the sack together. It’s like Bones or Moonlighting or any great show.” He goes on to say that he has “such great confidence in our writer and our exec producer Jack Kenny. They’ve been able to find the perfect balance, in my opinion, in drama and comedy, so wherever they decide. They really have they fingers on the pulse of what they want to show to be.”
The playful relationship between Pete and Myka is very real. “Joanne and I just get along. It’s like even though I’m older, somehow I play the role of the younger brother. Literally, she punches me all the time. We’re really not doing a whole lot of acting. We’re just kind of hanging out and picking on each other. It’s all out of love. We have a great time together. We’re lucky!”
We asked Eddie what direction he’d like to see Pete go, now that Warehouse 13 is guaranteed a second season. Eddie had, at one time, thought he’d like to join the Marine Corps, so he’d like to see Pete in the Marines in his back story. He’d like to see Pete explore his relationship with his mother and then go on a vacation in Hawaii on the company’s dollar.
Eddie talked about the amount of promoting and viral campaigning that SyFy put into this series. He was so impressed at how much they got behind the show, although he did express a bit of concern over the fact that Warehoiuse 13‘s final two episodes this season will go up against Melrose Place and the new NCIS: Los Angeles. He’d hate to see the show end its first season in the shadow of those two shows. This Nice Girl doesn’t think he has anything real to worry about.
Warehouse 13 airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on SyFy. Watch tonight’s episode, “Breakdown”, and come on back and tell us what you think!