Tonight sees the first episode of Revolution, the new show from J.J. Abrams and Supernatural's Eric Kripke in which all the power goes out, all over the world. We caught up with stars Billy Burke and Tracy Spiridakos, and they told us why you shouldn't call this a post-apocalyptic adventure.
"I don't really think of it as post-apoclayptic," says Burke. "The whole apocalypse thing, to me, is sort of secondary. It's really just about the loss of everything we know. It's not the end of the world, it's just the loss of everything we know, and trying to reconnect from there."
Burke is full of praise for director Jon Favreau, who directed the pilot. "He's an actor's dream. He's the guy that gets it. He's been an actor, he's become a director... he knows how to speak our language, and knows how to get it from you. And there's nothing more that you want than that."
And Burke says that Kripke, who wrote the pilot had envisioned his character as sort of the Han Solo-esque rogue, who needs to be recruited to help his innocent Luke Skywalker-y niece.
Meanwhile, Spiridakos says she really enjoyed doing all her stunts, including the crossbow action and stuff. And she says it was heartbreaking when the hot boy she meets turns out to be a spy for the militia, in the pilot. "She's lived in this sheltered world her whole life. And now she gets to learn what it's like [in the outside world] — who you trust, who you don't trust. So I think it was heartbreaking for her to be in that situation, where you start to trust somebody and maybe [feel] these feelings you've never felt before. And then that person betrays her." But then the guy saves her later, so at least the door is open for them to be friends later.
And finally, we asked Burke if he owns a "Team Mustache Dad" T-shirt, referring to his character in the Twilight movies. "No, do you have one?" He responds. "Can I get one from you?"
Note: We caught up with Burke and Spiridakos at the Entertainment Weekly party at San Diego Comic Con.