'Supernatural' Guest Star Leigh Parker Talks Turning the Camera on Sam and Dean
The CW's Supernatural really only has two stars — Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. Sure, they have a small group of regular supporting characters who fans have come to know and love just as much as the boys, though maybe in different ways for many of them. But if you were to remove Sam and Dean from the equation, there'd be no show left to salvage.
A few seasons ago, Supernatural flirted with this concept briefly — first on their special “Ghostfacers” episode, which really put a group of wannabe ghosthunter kids and their hand-held cameras at the center of the story, and then on Season 6 with “Weekend at Bobby’s,” to get a glimpse into one of those beloved supporting characters’ lives when the boys weren’t around. But now, the show is playing with the concept even further on “Bitten.”
On “Bitten,” Sam an Dean are investigating a bizarre murder in a college town. They believe they are closing in on their suspect, only to find two more dead bodies and a laptop cued up to some disturbing video footage, which kick starts the real action of the episode.
This footage begins with Brian (guest star Leigh Parker), Mike (guest star Brandon W. Jones), and Kate (guest star Britni Sheridan) hearing about an unusual animal attack in their town and the rest of the story is revealed through their eyes.
“Brian and Michael are best friends — they go to college together — and Brian is a budding filmmaker trying to figure out what to make his film about,” Parker told Celebuzz.
“They meet Kate, and the three of them sort of become a trio, and there’s a bit of a love triangle that we enjoyed playing with. And some things happen where they hear there was an animal attack. Brian gets really excited by this, because he’s like ‘OK, this is what I can make my movie about!’ There are some deaths in the town, and it starts to get a little bit scary, but Brian is out to document it.”
Naturally with all three characters thrust into the action simply by attempting to observe and record it, all three of them find themselves in danger at any given point, but Parker pointed out this also allows for the bond these three have formed to come out in spades, as well.
“The love for each other — the friendship — and the taking care of each other, that’s what I really enjoyed [most] about the role,” Parker said.
Of course, something else Parker loved was getting to shoot his own footage for the show. No stranger to making short films with his friends, “Bitten” gave Parker a chance to work both behind and in front of the camera on a grander scale than usual.
“I’d say about 90 percent of the episode, the camera was in one of our hands,” Parker said of himself and his co-stars Jones and Sheridan. “Sometimes, there would be two cameras going at once or parts of the episode [have] Brian setting up cameras in different places, stable, and they’re there, filming around the clock, capturing different things… It’s really exciting because you get a lot of different viewpoints.”
“Brian catches Sam and Dean in the background. They hear some of their conversations and actually find a few clues as to what’s going on by overhearing what they’re figuring out about what’s going on,” Parker said of the show’s usual heroes.
This episode of Supernatural is arguably the biggest role Parker has had to date, and it certainly comes with the biggest, most devoted fandom— something which he has already taken note of through Twitter.
Supernatural airs on The CW on Wednesday nights at 9 PM.
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