Two of our favorite things come together starting today. First, our new fave webseries, Eastsiders, will be releasing a new episode and, second, fave actor (and Hot 100 regular) Sean Maher pops up for a few episodes starting tonight.
Will he be stirring things up between the fractured couple Cal (Kit Williamson) and Thom (Van Hansis) on today’s fourth episode? And what about Joss Whedon’s upcoming Much Ado About Nothing, where Maher plays the dastardly Don John?
I spoke with Maher last week to find out about these things and more.
TheBacklot: Let’s talk about Eastsiders since you’re popping up in this week’s episode.
Sean Maher: It’s adorable right?
TBL: Yes! I’m really enjoying it.
SM: It’s so well done and it’s so thoughtful and I love how flawed everybody is and how quirky. That’s really, I think, sort of a different take on it.
TBL: How did you get involved, Sean?
SM: I knew Kit and I know Constance (Wu, who plays Kathy). We had all done a class together years and years ago. I stayed in cut with Kit and his partner John Halbach who’s also on the show [as Ian]. I think Kit had reached out to me around the time that they were putting that show up on YouTube. He had asked me if I would Tweet it and I jokingly was like, “I’m not going to Tweet this homosexual smut!” I was kidding and then I was like, “Yes, thanks for writing a part to me.” Then next thing I knew he was like, “I’m going to write a part for you.” I was like, “Oh, Kit, I was just teasing.” Then that was it.
It was confusing because I’m so new to the webseries thing. I just didn’t know how that works. They sent me a bunch of the stuff that I was going to be doing without the script. So, I sort of had to piece things together with him. Then we shot it all in two nights. I thought I’m doing one episode which turned into three episodes, four, five and six. Truly, it was so much fun. It didn’t feel like work at all. I was hanging out with Kit and it was so laid back. It was probably the most creative freedom I’ve had in a long time on something.