Tonight’s episode of Supernatural, airing at 8PM ET/PT on The CW, features guest star Alicia Witt (The Walking Dead, Cybill) as a character named Lily Sunder. As the episode is called “Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets,” it’s a safe bet that Alicia’s character has a big role.
We spoke with Alicia Witt late last year at a Vancouver filming location for Supernatural for some details about what it was like to be a part of this extremely popular show, currently airing its 12th season.
“My character’s name is Lily Sunder, and it’s true, she does have a history with Castiel,” she confirms. “It’s not necessarily a positive history. There was, perhaps, a bit of friction there. They certainly recognize each other,” she reveals.
“It was exciting!” she enthuses when asked if it was intimidating to join a show with such a huge following, though she admits that she hadn’t seen Supernatural prior to getting the role. “I seem to have done this a number of times before, where I’ll be on a show that has a following, but for whatever reason, I hadn’t seen it before, and then usually after being on the show I have realized how fantastic it is, and become a huge fan, and that’s already happening, just from not only the fact that this is, hands-down, the happiest set I have ever been on for a show that’s been running remotely this long,” Witt recalls. “It is a joy to see how much laughter there is, even when we’ve been working 14 hours and it’s the middle of the night. Most other sets in a similar situation would be lagging and kind of waiting to get home, and people after 12 years start getting sick of each other, which sucks, but it’s true, and on this set, everyone is like a giant family, from the cast all the way through everyone I’ve met on the crew. They’re just so genuinely happy to see each other every day.”
That good attitude starts from the top — and it includes someone that Alicia had not recalled actually working with before. “They’re two giant goofballs in real life,” Witt says of series stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. “They’re always laughing. They have so much fun together. And here’s a fun thing: When I met Jensen, I thought I was meeting him in the makeup trailer [for the first time], but he was like ‘good to see you! Remember, I was on Cybill?‘ And I was like ‘what?’ He reminded me which episode it had been, because I was just surprised by that at first, and then he reminded me! I was like ‘oh! No way! Of course! That was you! We were both so young!’ And then I went back and I found that somebody had compiled a YouTube video of his scenes on the show, and there was me, right there with him! So, I’ve actually worked with Jensen before. I think he said it was his second professional job ever. He had just moved to L.A. from Dallas, and he was great in it!”
(For posterity’s sake, you can see a clip below.)
This good attitude has made Witt a huge fan of the actors playing Supernatural’s Winchester brothers and their angelic friend Castiel and she is excited to watch their work. “One of the drivers today told me that God walked out of Heaven [on the show], and I was just floored by that! Now I want to go back and watch at least the last two seasons to see this. So many of my friends, especially my younger friends, are super excited about my involvement on this show, and they’ve turned me on to some great shows. But no, I wasn’t intimidated [to appear on a show with such a huge following]. I was just super excited, and I have been blown away by the response of the family of fans so far, just from announcing being on the show, and the few things I’ve been allowed to post,” Alicia says.
And, yes, there is some on-screen chemistry between Alicia and Misha Collins, who plays Castiel. “It’s interesting. Sometimes you can have a great historical chemistry with somebody you’ve never met before. Misha, I never had met, unlike Jensen. But I think in a way, it goes back to the idea that we’re all connected. I love that this show plays with the idea that people come back in different vessels and their soul looks out from their eyes, and they may or may not be the same person that you think they are, and I think that’s very true. You can have such a profound connection with a person that you’ve never met as this ‘person’ before. There’s no telling when you’re going to meet somebody, and you just feel like you’ve known them forever,” she says.
“Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets” airs at 8PM February 2 on The CW.