We sat down with Scorpion starts Katharine McPhee and Ari Stidham at San Diego Comic Con. Katharine McPhee plays Paige Dineen, a former waitress turned Team Scorpion handler. Paigeâ€™s job for Team Scorpion is to help the geniuses translate the world and work with people who may not understand them. Ari Stidham plays Sylvester Dodd, who is described as a human calculator. Sylvester is one of the geniuses who with Paigeâ€™s help has been able to accomplish some truly amazing things. Scorpion will return with itâ€™s third season two hour premiere on Monday October 3rd at 9pm.
When asked what itâ€™s like to return to filming Scorpion now that they have two seasons under their belts, both Katharine and Ari had only good thoughts. Katharine shares, â€œEvery year it feels like they get better and better and make it as easy as possible for everybody.â€ She goes on to say, â€œSecond season, it felt like, â€˜Okay Iâ€™m going back to school.â€™ And then this year it was like, â€˜Oh Iâ€™m home again.â€™â€ Ari seconds her assessment saying, â€œHome again is a good way of putting it. It feels like Iâ€™m sort of getting back into the wetsuit that I had on and that Iâ€™m in the water.â€
One of my favorite questions to come out of the interview asked if their characters came to Comic Con, what would they want to see? While Katharine didnâ€™t really have an answer for Paige, I could imagine she would just be Mama Bear making sure that their misfit crew got to see what they wanted. Ari on the other hand had a perfect answer for Sylvester. â€œWell Sylvester loves Super Fun Guy, so if Super Fun Guy were real, definitely I know theyâ€™d be at comic con. Thatâ€™s where heâ€™d want to go, to the Super Fun Guy movie panel or wherever the artists would be. Maybe they wouldnâ€™t be at this comic con. Maybe they would be at a real comics convention, so he would go to one of those. Probably I mean Iâ€™d say Sly likes the mainstream stuffâ€¦ Superman, Batman, maybe the Nolan Batman and whatâ€™s going on nowadays may be too gritty for himâ€¦ Sly would prefer to see the Eartha Kitt Catwoman to the Anne Hathaway Catwoman anyday.â€
Although itâ€™s usually hard to get anyone to give spoilers these days, even mild ones, both Ari and Katharine gave us some insights into the new season. â€œI can tell you so many character spoilers. I donâ€™t know if you want to know any of them. Sylvester wears these pajamas that are Super Fun guy pajamas that are very special [not a onesie!]. I wish it was a onesie. But you know they donâ€™t look flattering thatâ€™s for sure. Another spoiler about Sylvester. Heâ€™s got new shoes this season. They are tan. Another spoiler about Sylvester. Heâ€™s still a widower.â€
Okay so maybe they werenâ€™t the greatest spoilers, but Katharine did give us a tidbit about the premiere. â€œI can say a spoiler. You are going to see Paige and Tim kiss in the premiere. So thatâ€™s kind of a fun. Thatâ€™s a big spoiler that I havenâ€™t shared with anybody.â€ It looks like Scott Porterâ€™s character, Tim Armstrong, will be sticking around for a little while at least. Ari then asked how the kiss was. Katharine replied, â€œAs for Paige or for me as a human being?â€ To which he said, â€œYou know bro to bro.â€ Katharine let us behind the curtain saying, â€œIt was pretty good actually. Yeah it was nice. Scottâ€™s a good guy.â€ Katharine and Ari clearly have a lot of fun working together, and it shows.
In the second season of Scorpion, Katharineâ€™s character, Paige, must sing a song in order to create a distraction for the team. Now, this isnâ€™t a stretch for Katharine McPhee who is a accomplished singer. When asked how her singing on the show came up she replies, â€œI canâ€™t take any credit for that because it wasnâ€™t my idea to sing on the show. I think that the showrunners are aware of a multitalented cast. Ari sings incredibly well… Elyes Gabel sings and plays. Jadyn plays piano. Eddieâ€¦ you know heâ€™s not the best singer. And Robert [Patrick] has found this new love of music and singing and is taking voice lessons with my mother actually. Itâ€™s so cute. So I think that they are very clever at utilizing their talent as much as they can. I think second season they did a better job at making it feel natural.â€
While it seems like Katharine and Ari are settling back in well, they described one of the main challenges they face. Katharine says, â€œThe hardest stuff to do for me on the show is the sequences where they are really short bits. I find talking on the comm is still really hard and making that believable.â€ While they donâ€™t really do their own stunts, Katharine and Ari agree that making these crazy things feel believable to the audience can be challenging.
This was Ariâ€™s first trip to San Diego Comic Con, and he couldnâ€™t have been having more fun. When asked what he has enjoyed so far, Ari said, â€œThere was a piano that I got to play for a second that I was really excited about. I had a Shirley Temple that was really good. No Iâ€™m joshing you. The fans have been incredible. To sit and see Scorpion fans. All I do with my life is sleep and read Scorpion scripts and art. And to see people that like art that Iâ€™ve worked on and they know the stories and stuff. Itâ€™s mindboggling. It feels like Iâ€™m not supposed to be there to talk in front of them. But itâ€™s great; I love it. Itâ€™s incredible that these conventions existâ€
It was a pleasure to sit down with Katharine McPhee and Ari Stidham. Make sure to tune into the two hour season premiere on Monday October 3rd at 9pm on CBS.