Creator--Chat You Up (Watch With Wanda)
This week, five Felicity guests are in the house: Greg Grunberg (Sean), Amanda Foreman (Meghan), Ian Gomez (Javier), Amy Jo Johnson (Julie) and the man behind all the magic--Felicity and Alias mastermind JJ Abrams. They tackled your Q's on all things Felicity, everything from Meghan's mystery box and a costar's stinky habit to the big series finale this Wednesday on the WB.From werewhere: JJ, was it difficult letting go of the Felicity reins when you started working on Alias?
JJ: It was difficult, especially having worked on the show for three years with people I love, but knowing that Matt Reeves and Jennifer Levin were continuing on with the show made the transition much easier. From aussiesouth: Once and for all--Ben or Noel?
JJ: You have to watch the finale, but in terms of who she should be with, I think it's more a question of who she should be. The "Ben or Noel" question overshadows the premise, which is: Who is this woman going to be, and how will she find her happiness? It's important to know who you'll be happy with, but she has been on a personal journey that has been more about herself than her partner.
From serendipity: Greg,
I love your stories about Speedy. Anything else to share? You two seem to have a lot of
JJ: I think it's surprising that Meghan became such a good friend. And Ben, who was always the cute guy, finally found a purpose and a life direction. In many ways, his story is the most drastic of the group. It surprised me about Sean and Meghan. When they were first on the show, they were in totally different worlds, and they ended up getting married. And Felicity, in this journey of college, she's very much where she started--still looking for who she is. At the beginning of the series, I thought she would find something specific. From Andrea44: Amy Jo, the fans have missed you! How has it been being back?
Amy Jo: It was really fun. It was a nice reunion to see everyone again. I was really happy to be in the ending of the show since I was a part of the beginning. I was part of the family; I would have felt left out if I hadn't been a part of the end. From Pumpkin Spice: Amanda, you and Greg are the best couple! How do you create such great chemistry?
Amanda: We knew each other before the show, actually. Greg is so funny and so easy to work with. We didn't have to create anything; the chemistry was there. But I should point out, we never dated or anything; I'm good friends with his wife! From liddymack: Greg, which of Sean's ideas is your favorite? Mine was the marzipan wrestlers.
Greg: First of all, they were marzipan boxers, but if you're a wrestling fan, run with it. Foley and I both love the headache-relief device. From Rachael: Any chance of a Felicity reunion? I'm in denial the show is actually ending.
JJ: It's too soon to tell--but everything seems to be reuniting nowadays. We'll see in a few years... From aboutjoe: Ian, you have great chemistry with Scott Speedman. Did you ever wish Javier and Ben would hook up?
Ian: [Chuckles.] I think there was enough drama with the Noel-Ben-Felicity triangle. I think it would have confused things even more. Actually, I was trying to make it that Javier was more attracted to Noel. In the beginning, he was more flirty with Noel, and that I could see happening more than with Ben. From Farrah: Greg, how do you like working on Alias compared to Felicity?
Greg: I love them both. What I love about Alias is having to get so serious and dealing with such heavy stuff. I try to come across as a real CIA agent, as opposed to Sean, who is easy to play because it's me. Either way, I get to work with a Foley. From liddymack: Amanda, what was in Meghan's box?
Amanda: They never told me what was in it, but I thought it could be a confession to a murder. If you look back, there are very few things it could be. I thought maybe it was a false confession, and that's why my dad freaked out. I heard people saying it was a dead baby. I thought that was a little gross and over-the-top.
From kellym: JJ, is
there anything you would change about the show if you could do it again?
JJ: At the moment, there are no plans to have anyone from Felicity on Alias, but I love all the actors and would jump at the chance to work with any of them. One caveat is Greg Grunberg, who's already on the show. I'm hopeful he'll stick around. From nandylee: Amy Jo, I love your songs and voice! Do you have an album or any plans for one?
Amy Jo: I do. I recorded a CD last year. It's available at amyjojohnson.com. It's a rock 'n' roll CD titled The Trans-American Treatment. It's my folky music plugged in and turned on. From victoria lee122: What can you tell us about the finale?
JJ: I think the ending feels really true to form, consistent with the show and, ultimately, very satisfying. It's hard to conclude a series emotionally as well as logistically. In many ways, it's as much of a new beginning as it is a conclusion. From Shelly: Please give us any tidbit on next season's Alias! How does Vaughn survive?
JJ: I think the Vaughn story is great, and you'll have to tune in in September to see how that plays out. In many ways, the whole first year was backstory to what's about to happen, and I think the ride this year will be really wild. Even Francie gets to have a story! From Gwendolyn: Amanda, please tell us what's next for you. I'm happy you made Meghan an integral part of the show. You rock!
Amanda: Thanks. That's very nice. Up next, I have a movie called Extreme Dating. I'm going to be working on another movie, but I don't know the name because they're changing the title. That starts in June. And that's all. I'm just going to keep working. Also, I'm in a band called Teen Machine. I don't do it for money, just fun. From Mahesh: Ian, did your improv background help you in playing and creating Javier? Any favorite improv stories?
Ian: Yes, it did. I actually developed the character while I was at Second City. I got the chance to improvise a few times while shooting the show. Favorite improv story on the show: I tried to make Scott Speedman laugh. If I could get him to break up, it made my day. He learned to incorporate it into the scenes. He was a tough cookie to break. From wnene 1122: Any chance of a Felicity DVD?
JJ: I think it would be a wonderful box set. Perhaps if people email Disney enough to let them know they want it, it could happen. From Wanda: What about syndication?
JJ: There's actually a huge billboard in Times Square with Keri Russell. The reruns start in October on the Women's Entertainment network.
From feluvindc: Greg,
I'll miss Felicity so much! Did you keep anything from the set when you wrapped the
From RebeccaBellerose: Amanda,
what will you miss the most about playing Meghan? (And can I just say: SPINOFF!)
From RossUK: Greg,
what can you tell us about your new show?
From carmen: Ian, are
you really from Spain? I'd love to be your neighbor! In Spain, we love the series and the
cast very much, especially you!
From Kim: JJ, what was
in Meghan's mystery box? Make something up if you have to.
From ace: Amy Jo, tell
us before an E! True Hollywood Story comes out! Why did you leave Felicity?
From Miss Grace: Amanda,
did you like your "Goth" or the "Jackie O" style? You looked good in
From Jenny: Ian, I
loved your character, Javier. Will you be in another TV drama?
From Erica: JJ, is it
true Keri Russell is going to be on Alias as a bad girl?
From Liz: Amy Jo, who
do YOU wish Felicity would end up with in the end: Ben or Noel?
From Mikey: Where has
Tangi Miller (Elena) been all season? She has gotten little or no screen time.
From bristow: Greg, do
you think Felicity's Sean would ever succeed in the CIA with his UNY degree?
From Stephanie: Is
there ANY truth to the rumor that there's some hidden message in all the letters they zoom
through when letting us know where the action is taking place in Alias? I'm dying
From lora: Amy Jo, you
played a very convincing college student on the show. "Julie" was so similar to
girls I met at college. Your character was so believable! Great job.
From Jenai: Great job
on Alias! What's going to happen with Mr. Sark? Anything with Francie?
From casey: Love Felicity!
Greg, how did you feel about the spell episodes? Fun to go back in the past?
From Simon: Have you
finished writing the Superman script yet, and what can we expect in the movie?
From Jessica: Greg, if
you could change the outcome of the series in any way, what would you do?
From elizabeth: Why
did the show have to end now? There are so many other shows that are not even close to
being this real. The writing on this show was spectacular, and I haven't even seen the
ending. In any case, I salute you and wish you all the best in all that you do (or write).
From jolene: Ian, I
loved you as Javier!! Any last words?
From chloe: What are
you going to miss most?
From candace: Ian, is
there anyone in your life that you knew or know like your character?
From larrypigtails: JJ,
thank you for creating such a wonderful show from a true fan! Was it difficult making the
FINAL decision of who Felicity should end up with? How do you compare the two? Is one of
them THE ONE?
From jennifer: Ian, do
you realize how much people love you as Javier? Thank you for four wonderful seasons. Any
stories about the show, especially with Scott Speedman?
From danniV: I loved
you as Javier, and I'll miss you and the rest of the cast of Felicity. I even got
my hubby (a cop and lawyer in the NYPD) to watch the show faithfully. Who do you think
Felicity should have ended up with?
From Ashley: Amy Jo,
what's it like to kiss Scott Speedman? Are he and Keri Russell a real-life item?
From George: Amanda,
who do you think Felicity should end up with?
From vanat: Amy Jo, I
heard you were cast to play Felicity before Keri Russel popped her little head in. Is this
From Katia: I love Felicity!
I've been a faithful viewer since the pilot. JJ, what's your favorite episode and why?
From Ann: Amy Jo, are
you more committed to your music or to acting right now?
From Jenny: Greg, do
you think Meghan and Sean are a good couple? If you could choose your love interest on the
show, would it be Meghan? Julie? Felicity?
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