How would you describe Season Five of Castle?
Season five is cheeky. It’s got its tongue placed firmly in its cheek. Castle [played by Nathan Fillion] and Beckett are finally together, and now they have to navigate what that means when nobody in the precinct is allowed to know. The NYC police department has a strict policy about co-workers dating. It’s not allowed.
How do you feel about Castle and Beckett being together at last?
I think it was definitely time for them to be together. And I’m glad they are. I’ve always been of the opinion that they belong together. This season, I’m excited that we get to see them navigate what it means for them to be together. Plus, we’re going to explore some of the other characters as well. It’s a really fun and interesting season.
Why does the chemistry between you and Nathan Fillion work so well?
Nathan Fillion has been doing television for a very long time, so he’s very comfortable when he’s working. He’s got a great sense of play, so it’s great to be able to work with someone like him because we can have fun. There are many things involved in creating a really nice chemistry with a co-star – but first and foremost, it’s all about the writing. If the writing works well when you bounce back and forth with your co-star, then it lends itself to a really natural chemistry.
What do you like the most about playing Beckett in Castle?
I think Becket is wonderful because she is imperfect – but in spite of her imperfections, she tries to do the right thing. She might not always get it right, but she’s trying. She’s interesting to me because she’s so complex and I think that makes her more believable in the end.
What else makes Beckett such an interesting character to play?
Beckett has a tremendous amount of integrity. She’s complex, she’s flawed and she’s not a perfect character, so there’s a lot for me to play around with as an actor. That’s great for me.
Castle enjoyed its 100th episode recently. What’s been your highlight to working on the show?
I came on to Castle very green and I’ve learned so much on this show. When you’re climbing a mountain, you focus on each step in front of you; you don’t focus on the peak – and that’s how I’ve approached it. It’s been a great education because I was very new to this type of television. Eventually, I’ll walk away with a lot of knowledge – and I’ll know what it means to have the stamina to make it to 100 episodes and beyond.
When you look back at the show in 10 years time, what memory from working on Castle will stand out the most in your mind?
I’ve got so many great memories from working on this show, but I guess the memory that will stick out the most is the amazing friendships I’ve made on this set. I’ve met some really spectacular, amazing, talented people thorough this project.
What about the fun cast parties? Which of them stands out for you the most?
The party for the 100th episode is one that will stand out. There were drinks and a big cake on the set – and a lot of people were invited along to celebrate with us. I think it was especially nice that we took the moment to honour everyone that’s been a part of the project. I think that was really important. You have to take a moment and say, “Wow, cool… We made it this far.”
What’s been your favourite episode from season 5?
Episode one. Why? Because we know that Castle and Beckett are finally together and it’s beautiful.
The show’s fans have been eager to see the couple together since the beginning of the first season. Do you think marriage is on the cards now that they are together? Or a baby?
I don’t know, but I guess we’ll see what happens. I don’t know what their ambition is with this relationship in the end. These characters might make sense as a forever couple and I hope that’s what we achieve because that’s what we’ve been working towards, but we’ll have to see if we get that out of their story.
You’ve been very vocal in your belief that Castle and Beckett belong together. Do you get the chance to express your opinions to the writers and executive producers on the show?
I always express my opinions! Plus, they read these interviews. They know how I feel and they know how others feel, too. You know what? It’s beautiful to watch people in love. It’s also beautiful to watch people challenge each other. Some of the best movies in the world explore these ideas and I hope we continue to do that on Castle.