Warehouse 13's Allison Scagliotti Talks About Acting and Schmacting In Next Week's Episode "Don't Hate The Player"

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Claudia (Allison Scagliotti) gets in touch with her "elfin side," pointy ears and all, in Warehouse 13's "Don't Hate The Player"

Next week’s all-new episode of Warehouse 13 (“Don’t Hate the Player,” airing Monday, August 15th @ 9:00 p.m. EST/PST on Syfy) sees the return of Eureka’s very own Neil Grayston as Dr. Douglas Fargo. The actor first guest-starred on the series in season two’s “13.1,” which was followed by a visit from Warehouse 13’s Allison Scagliotti (Claudia Donovan) in the Eureka episode “Crossover.”

In ”Don’t Hate the Player,” a desperate call for help leads Claudia, Myka (Joanne Kelly) and Pete (Eddie McClintock) to Fargo’s side, where they discover he has fallen into an epileptic-like coma while testing out a Warehouse 13-inspired, massive multi-player on-line videogame. Pete and Claudia realize the only way to save his life is to play the dangerous game themselves -- from the inside -- and find Fargo before it is too late.

This is my favorite episode this year,” says Allison Scagliotti during a filming break on-location in Toronto on Warehouse 13’s third season. “It’s like our Dungeons and Dragons meets Tron story where we go inside a videogame courtesy of, drum roll please, Fargo.  I’ve probably already gushed enough about working with my buddy Neil but it’s really just the coolest thing, and as I’ve said before, he’s one of my best friends and I think he’ll always be.

“So there are wizards, dragons and videogame chat in this episode, but what really makes it so great, though, and what really makes it resonate is that there’s an element of our characters’ subconscious fears coming to life, which puts all of them in real emotional danger. If you recall from my very first episode ‘Claudia’ in season one, it was revealed that my character spent some time in a mental institution. In ‘Don’t Hate the Player’ we revisit that subject matter a little bit. I always enjoy exploring a character’s back story because it lends a great deal of gravitas to the moment.

“This was probably our heaviest episode in terms of [visual] effects, and Saul Rubinek’s [Artie Nielsen] term for that kind of acting is ‘schmacting,’ because we are reacting to nothing. We’ve just got to let our imaginations run wild, leave our shame at the door and focus on the acting, or schmacting. It’s a challenge to flex that imagination muscle in the same way as you did when you were a kid, but it’s a lot of fun, too. 

“I don’t want to go into any specifics and spoil things because, honestly, this episode is so much fun and I want it to be as much of a surprise to viewers as it was to me when I first read the script. We’ve been so lucky this year, not only with terrific scripts, but also having an amazing line-up of guest-stars, including Neil, from other genre shows as well as local Canadian actors who have been spectacular to meet and work with.”

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A native of Massachusetts, Steve Eramo has been a Sci-Fi fan since childhood, having been brought up on such TV shows as Star Trek and Space: 1999. He is also an Anglophile and lover of British TV. A writer for 35 years – 17 of those as a fulltime freelancer – Steve has had over 2,500 feature-length…

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