Sam Witwer has revealed how the chemistry between himself and his Being Human co stars, Sam Huntington and Meaghan Rath was instant, as they connected in their very first audition together. Sam added that, when it came to shooting the earlier episodes of the first season, they were told to tone down their on screen chemistry.
Witwer explained, “When me and Sammy and Meaghan sat in a room together, it was immediately apparent that this was the group that was going to get cast. There was just something about everyone’s energy, where we understood exactly where our performances need to sit, opposed to each other. Sammy knew when to come in and say something off of my timing, which I knew because Meaghan gave me an opening to say something else. It was just this weird voodoo where we immediately not only knew how to work with each other, but liked each other a lot, just from the get-go, and really enjoyed each other’s performances immediately.”
He added, “Especially in the earlier episodes, we were taken aside by producers and directors and told, ‘Listen, you have to tone down the chemistry. You guys don’t know each other well enough yet. The chemistry you’re bringing now will be great toward the end of the season, but not now. The rhythms can’t be this established. There needs to be little stilted moments. It can’t be this smooth yet.’ It’s funny because you usually get the opposite note. The director usually comes up and says, ‘Okay, remember, you really like each other.’ But, they told us, ‘You guys like each other too much. You need to be more wary. You don’t know each other that well.’ We had to work on that.”
Sam continued, “But, after they live with each other for awhile, we had permission to finally bring more of Sam Witwer, Sam Huntington and Meaghan Rath to those characters, so Aidan gets progressively funnier and Josh is hilarious. The cool thing about the funny stuff that I have to do is that the show isn’t reliant on it. Sam Huntington is really the comedic genius of us three, and so is Meaghan Rath. Those two crack me up so much. I’m the dramatic anchor of the trio. Those guys really impress me with the things that they can do that I can’t. It’s really just so much fun, and we like each other so much.”
He concluded, “It’s like having an adopted brother and sister, and it happened immediately. It takes me awhile to get to know someone and get comfortable with them, so to be comfortable with them so fast was a real treat.” Sam Witwer, Sam Huntington and Meaghan Rath can be seen reprising their roles, when Being Human season two premieres on January 16, 2012.