On November 19, The CW will current the ultimate journey in its longest-running drama sequence, Supernatural.
For fifteen seasons, we have adopted the Winchester brothers – Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) – as they’ve battled demons, shapeshifters, angels, vampires, extra demons, these pre-human-existence-creatures the Leviathan, and even fairies. These final two, specifically, had been a few of the monsters they took on with the assistance of Supernatural’s personal much-beloved spitfire – Charlie Bradbury, performed by Felicia Day.
With simply 4 episodes left, IGN continues our stroll down reminiscence lane with members of the SPN household, and for this installment, we spoke with Day, who mirrored on the impression of her character and the present because it involves an finish.
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“I used to be supplied an element on Supernatural in March of 2012, I believe, and I used to be in the midst of launching an organization – an enormous firm with YouTube, so I wasn’t even serious about jobs on the time,” Day instructed IGN about her invite into the franchise. “However after I learn the script, I used to be like, ‘Oh my God! This character’s unimaginable,’ You do not see a personality like this come alongside day-after-day. It’s simply so particular, so up my alley.”
And in truth, Day – an alum of The WB’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer – was additionally a bit of fearful that 2012 may imply the tip of the street for the hunter household of brothers, so she needed to say “sure” to the gig.
“I used to be considering Supernatural’s most likely going to get canceled this season – due to Season 7 – so I most likely ought to simply do that now to be on the present as a result of it is a cool present.’ I swear to God that was one of many components as a result of Buffy lasted seven years and that was the opposite present I used to be on that was form of a cult basic. So, I used to be like, ‘I gotta get in whereas I can!'” she recalled. “And that was solely alleged to be the one-off episode, but it surely become eight years of my life on and off and I am so, so blessed.”
From her first episode, hacker Charlie – a sensible, witty, assured, and proudly nerdy lady – turned part of the workforce. She was important in serving to the Winchesters with the Leviathan drawback, and every successive look – which frequently got here unexpectedly and normally in a pleasant manner (Ren-Faire live-action role-playing and making out with fairies, or visiting Oz with Dorothy) – confirmed an increasing number of of Charlie’s distinctive id.
“She represents a bit of little bit of the fandom of Supernatural, which is generally girls, which is form of nice,” Day mentioned, reflecting on Charlie’s impression. “Additionally, she is an equal to the fellows. She is powerful; she’s an individual out of her ingredient at first, after which she grows to be part of the workforce and adapts to the world. So, it is type of each wish-fulfillment in a manner.
“On the similar time, she’s representing a form of lady we do not see on display loads. Like lots of girls, she’s in a really masculine world in a way, and she or he is simply herself. She’s bringing herself into the world versus adapting to it and altering herself [for] it,” Day continued. “There’s not lots of nerdy girls [on TV], there’s not lots of girls who’re homosexual, there will not be lots of geeky girls … I believe she gave that window of followers actually seeing themselves and that is what I hear time and again.”
Charlie’s introduction to SPN additionally helped increase the Winchesters’ world and social circle, which all the time remained slender as a result of harmful nature of their work.
“She turned like a surrogate little sister. It was actually beautiful. … Dean and Charlie had this nice relationship the place he was actually form of saving her loads. She had lots of demons that began popping when she started to hang around with him to care for demons,” Day laughed. “And I believe that relationship was actually heartening to see – that form of caring broadened out to extra folks in addition to Bobby and his brother, Sam. So, I believe that was actually impactful.”
Requested about how the character affected her personal life, Day mentioned taking part in Charlie not solely introduced followers over to interact along with her different work initiatives, however that the character proved personally inspiring for her too.
“[P]laying Charlie actually made me braver, in a way,” Day revealed. “She actually is an individual who wasn’t afraid of being herself in a extremely real manner and she or he’s additionally actually daring and much more of a badass then I’m in particular person, and I actually consider that helped me get out of my shell a bit of bit extra, be extra daring in asserting who I used to be, particularly outdoors of an web persona that I had form of been trapped in, virtually. Charlie would not care what folks thought of her, Charlie would not care what folks anticipated of her. She’s simply going to be herself authentically and I believe that basically impressed me through the years.”
Now that Child’s wheels are rolling nearer to the tip of the street for Supernatural, we requested Day to replicate on the present’s spectacular run and legacy.
“It is wonderful and actually is a testomony to Jolie Lash Eric Kripke who laid the groundwork for this,” Day mentioned, declaring the present needed to be “modern sufficient, however different sufficient to not lose an viewers.”
“Everybody ought to admire how onerous that was to craft. After which a mixture of that and a community that was supportive after which, additionally simply the chemistry between Jared and Jensen,” she added, concerning the magic formulation behind SPN’s longevity. “You possibly can’t faux chemistry.”
Ackles and Padalecki’s tireless work on the present – each on set – and off (which prolonged into conventions with followers internationally), “actually created a fanbase,” Day mentioned. “But in addition, only a world the place you simply wished to see what they did each week and actually, they’re wonderful actors alone, however collectively they’re simply magic.”
Supernatural airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. The sequence finale airs on Nov. 19.