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Oct 02, 17

Interview With ELLE Spain

We met her as the fearless detective Kate Beckett in ‘Castle’ and, since Monday, as Emily Byrne, the protagonist of ‘Absentia’, a new AXN series in which she also serves as a producer. She does not abandon the characters of action, because now she gives life to an FBI agent that disappears trying to hunt a serial killer and is declared dead.

The story begins when, after six years, she is found in captivity has no memory of what happened. Added to all this is the fact that her husband has remarried and now feels guilty for not having looked hard enough for her. All these are enough ingredients to get our attention and to ask some questions to Stana Katic.


Your character is assumed dead and when she reappears, her husband has married another woman and her son doesn’t remember her. How would you deal with this situation in real life?

Ha! No idea. Fortunately, my partner and I have to face much simpler decisions … like what we are going to eat for breakfast.


Besides being an actor in this series, you are also a producer. Do you feel like directing in the future?

Of course! I would love to direct a story that I was passionate about.


In one of your most popular roles in the series ‘Castle’ you gave life to a detective. Now you get into the shoes of an FBI agent. What differences and similarities do these two characters have?

‘Absentia’ is a thriller. “Castle” was a police procedural that mixed romance, comedy and drama.


Given your predilection for these types of roles, is being a police officer your missed profession?

I deeply respect people who choose a profession of serving their communities and the entire planet; and although it’s fun to play action heroes, it has nothing to do with the amount of character, strength, and altruism that true heroes have.


Would you like to play some historical character?

Of course. Quick! Where’s my corset?


How is it to give life to two women who work in a world dominated by men?

Normal. It reflects our world today. Gender, race and religion barriers to job opportunities are becoming more and more archaic. That is, at least I hope so, we are moving towards a world that hires people by their skills and talent and not by the color of their skin or the bathroom they go to.


On the red carpet, do you feel more comfortable with a romantic and feminine look or a more masculine style?

I am at a disadvantage by answering this question because I grew up in a home where my father encouraged us to chat at dinners about math, science, history, politics, and topics like that. My father gave the same value to my opinion as to my brothers. So my perspective on career, styling and leisure is not so conditioned … I simply choose what is comfortable and inspires me in the moment.


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Sep 24, 17

Press Update: ‘Absentia’ Articles

Fall Premiere on AXN: Absentia
Spain Presents its New Season With Absentia as a Big Bet
Absentia Interview With Polish Press
Stana Katic: Lost but Found After Castle
Interview With IO Donna Magazine
Absentia: FBI Agent Without Her Memory Wants to Recover Her Life
‘Absentia’ Article in Supertele

Sep 19, 17

‘Absentia’ in Hungary TV Guide

Stana Katic is already familiar to viewers after the Castle mystery series, but now she shows a different facet in a new series. While Castle was a bit lighter, Absentia is a much darker series: a dramatic and disturbing thriller, which begins with an enigmatic case.

What is the mystery that surrounds the protagonist?

Emily Byrne, who I played, was an excellent FBI agent, happy with her husband and young son, but six years before the story begins, she disappeared and the world believed her dead. At the beginning of the series it turns out that Emily is alive, so the man who was thought to have killed her, is released from Death Row.

What did You like first in the series?

Already during the reading of the first four episodes the story got my attention, in particular that it is about a survivor. I’m interested in stories like this. I have read many books about people who survived World War II and the Holocaust. It is interesting to meet a present-day figure who is professional in her career, but at the same time is a mother and a hero, but obviously made mistakes. There is such a layer of her character, which makes me think about what it means to overcome seemingly invincible things, to struggle through the most extreme conditions and  stand up from such situations. For me, the discovery of the character started from there.

Why do You see Emily in the first place as a survivor?

When she reappears, it turns out her husband got married again and her young son grew up calling another woman his mother. Her father got sick and her brother had gone through a troubling addiction. One way or another, everyone found themselves moving on, and then out of nowhere she shows up and she has to fit into a world where everything went on without her.

Did You have any new skills you had to master to the role?

I had to learn some new things, some hard things such as go-carting or swimming in ice-cold water and the like.

The episodes were filmed in Bulgaria. How was the shooting experience?

I found it inspirational to work with a highly experienced team. They have filmed the best and greatest action movies of the past one and a half decades. So it was a very well-oiled machine, everyone knew each other, and it was a bit like getting into a family and being warmly greeted.

How was it recording ten episodes at once?

When shooting TV shows, it is usually the habit to film episode to episode, but in this case it was as if we were filming a movie. When we started the work, we had all ten scripts in our hands. This does not mean that we would not dig deeper any time we shot a scene or did not talk in the breaks about how to deepen the story. But from the very beginning we understood, where we are and how we will end it, which helped in creating a credible story.

Do you have a favorite scene?

In one scene, Emily jumps in the lake to escape and climbs out on the other shore from the water. When we filmed it, it was very cold, so much so that the staff/crew and the producers were very worried about it. You take your diving suit, then your costumes, and you’re going to the middle of the lake, while everyone watches breathlessly. Meanwhile you’re also holding your breath because you have no idea what to expect. This scene, with its excellent visual shooting, expresses well the theme of rebirth and recovery, and also who this character is. Emily comes out of a really deep and dangerous place, that is, she didn’t give up. She went beyond the darkness, she fought further, though what she was facing, wanted to extinguish her in the light.

Are there any universal themes in the series that the audience can identify with?

The story is not only a thriller, but also a study of familial relationships and can appeal to everyone. Father and daughter, mother and son, husband and wives, siblings, – and each relationship somehow conflicts with the others. Survival is also an important topic. It is interesting how strong people can be in extraordinary circumstances and how can they overcome. And finally how we are able to heal and rebuild ourselves through these circumstance.

In this series, what interested you the most?

Mostly the unusual family relationship system, but most family relationships are complicated and exciting, aren’t they? Of course, this family is a bit more complicated than the average family, and this is a challenging task for an actor. It is also interesting in the story that the creators have placed a mother in the center. There are not too many stories where a mother is a kind of superhero who, at the same time, is struggling with psychological problems. Yet it can be identified and understood by most age groups.

Translated by Zsuzsanna Gyorffy

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Aug 26, 17

Absentia: New Thriller With Stana Katic & Patrick Heusinger (Interview)

At the Monte-Carlo television festival this year, two series were presented in preview: The Last Tycoon and Absentia .

I’ve already told you about the first, now it’s the turn of the second. The series created by Oded Ruskin – the origin of False Flag , Homeland ‘s Israeli air program – Absentia is an international collaboration.

Stana Katic, who follows just after the end of Castle , and also Patrick Heusinger, not yet well known (seen in Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce ) and who takes down a leading role here.

The new thriller comes straight from AXN and, to tell you the truth, I did not know at all what channel is dependent on Sony Pictures. It is available in some European countries, and it is to promote its European subsidiary that for the first time it financed with Absentia an original program that was filmed in Bulgaria.

The disadvantage is that no American or French channel has acquired the rights for the time being , whereas the program will be released on September 25 on AXN.

Absentia, what is that talking about?

Emily Byrne is an FBI agent who was held hostage for three years and then missed for another three years, which resurfaced overnight without being able to tell what happened to her.

Did you think of Castle when the writer played by Nathan Fillion disappears having forgotten everything? Yes, before I see the episode. Because really, the tone has nothing to do here.

In the meantime, Emily Byrne’s husband, Nick, has resurrected in Absentia with another woman who raises her son (cuckoo Alias ), and feels torn between the feelings he still feels for his ex-wife and Its fidelity to the present.

So we will follow them to understand what really happened, if it’s a conspiracy or if Emily has become a double agent linked to a series of murders.

Absentia, the new Homeland?

Only the first episode was screened in Monte Carlo, but in any case, it makes you want to see more.

There are many similarities between Homeland and Absentia .

At the level of the investor team already, since the Israeli producers are those who produced Hatufim , the series that inspired Homeland .

But also in terms of tone. Dark and a little stuffy, this thriller is approaching the family drama.

The heroine must prove, against all odds, that his version of the facts is the true one. And even if her loved ones want to support her, they are still in delicate situations where they do not know how to react.

Stana Katic and Patrick Heusinger present their characters in Absentia

Do you know how hard it is to not sully someone you really like? I had to control myself for Stana Katic because I love Castle – which was not at all the subject of his presence here.

And the actress was really nice and pleasant despite her apparent shyness.

In the same way, Patrick Heusinger was very accessible, and it shows that he is super motivated and invested in Absentia , his first series as a lead!


Source (Translation via Google)


Aug 02, 17

The Wonderful Thing About Living Green: A Conversation With Stana Katic

1. How & when did you become conscious about how your lifestyle affects the planet?

I think a lot of it was just part of my upbringing. People in my family have always had gardens & fruit trees; a lot of my family had household livestock. So, the importance of chemical-free food sources and “nothing goes to waste” mentality was something I was raised with. I suspect caring for the environment was a natural outcropping from that foundation.

2. How important is it for celebrities & influencers to encourage people to be green?

People with a large outreach on social media can be particularly helpful educators. Lifestyle choices that are kind to our natural surroundings are often fun, healthy and easy. Highlighting helpful pointers can do an immense amount to open up new and improved ideas on “how to do it better.”

We can also shed light on current events that are perhaps not covered by mainstream media but are particularly vital to the environment.

Finally, public individuals can be key in giving new green technology the PR boost needed to leap into the marketplace and make products accessible and affordable for everyone.

3. Do you feel your audience is starting to adopt some of your eco-friendly habits?

EMA Board Member Amy Smart posted a video highlighting a clever way to make composting easier. It was serendipitous as I had been looking for more efficient ways to create good, juicy compost for my fruit trees. So, as an audience member myself, I can say I’m definitely adopting other people’s nature-friendly habits.

4. With the 27th Annual EMA Awards around the corner, what is your fondest EMA Awards memory?

I was part of the committee judging documentaries one year. It was the year GMO OMG and Virunga were nominated. All of the documentaries that year were impactful and entertaining. I was moved by them and made a point of sending a shout-out for each one of those projects on my social media platforms. It was a privilege to serve to broaden their reach & audience through the EMA Awards.

5. Do you think people in Europe & Canada are more inclined to be green than here in the US?

Not necessarily. City infrastructure like waste-management (with accountable nation-wide recycling & composting receptacles) or efficient public transit may be more developed outside of the US– Japan is admirable on both of these fronts.
But as far as the average American is concerned, I see many smaller towns and communities that are very diligent about protecting natural waterways from polluting agents, for instance. And then there’s the whole “farm-to-table” movement that is bringing a larger demand for farmers-market-styled, locally-sourced foods.

The wonderful thing about living “green” is that it often entails simple decisions that in many ways create a healthier & more satisfying lifestyle; and I think Americans –especially small farmers and green tech innovators– are doing a great job of leading the way to fueling our bodies and our communities into a healthy and lucrative future.


Jun 24, 17

Videos From Monte Carlo Television Festival

Jun 18, 15

Audio Interview Archive

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Feb 11, 15

Stana Katic Sounds Off On Her Chemistry With ‘Castle’ Co-Star Nathan Fillion, Reveals Her Favorite Storyline So Far

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, it seems only right that everyone’s got romance on the brain… and it just so happens that one of the best love stories on TV can be found every Monday night on Castle.

Castle and Beckett’s relationship isn’t just about smouldering looks and swoon-worthy sunset weddings; it’s also about the back-and-forth rapport that the two have had since the mystery writer first waltzed into Beckett’s precinct. It’s fun, it’s charming and it harkens back to the screwball comedies of Hollywood’s Golden years, so when we got the chance to talk with Kate Beckett herself, Stana Katic, at the People’s Choice Awards in January, we just had to ask about the insane chemistry between her and co-star Nathan Fillion.

As it turns out, their resemblance to the couples of yesteryear is actually a totally intentional homage. Katic explained that all of Beckett and Castle’s romantic banter has a very specific inspiration.

“Andrew Marlowe and his team love writing that kind of Thin Man-esque storyline, so I think that it all starts with writing and after that, hopefully you’re about to bounce the ball back and forth with your partner,” she said.

But while the writers’ favorite storylines might be centered on Caskett, Katic’s got a soft spot in her heart for a plot thread that helped define so much of who her character is.

“I liked what happened to Johanna Beckett,” the actress explained when she took part in the fast-paced Against The Clock.

Since Katic seems to love the more intense storylines that Beckett is tasked with on Castle, it’s no surprise that her dream guest star is one of the most serious actors in Hollywood: Daniel Day-Lewis. Now that’s an episode we definitely wouldn’t miss!

In fact, it seems like Katic has quite a few great ideas for must-see episodes if her dream crossover is any indication.

Check out the characters that Katic would love to cross paths in the twelfth precinct, along with the rest of her off the cuff answers in the latest round of Against the Clock!


Jan 31, 15

Castle: The Secrets of a Phenomenon (French Documentary)

Here are both parts of the French documentary with English subtitles!! Thanks so much to Camille for translating the entire video for us! This is a must-see for Castle fans, so make sure and watch! You can also find HD screencaps in the gallery.

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