Wednesday, January 27, 2021

EXCLUSIVE: Our Interview with Osric Chau About Supernatural, Dirk Gently & More!

Osric Chau is a beloved actor who played Kevin Tran on The CW’s Supernatural, Vogle on Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and appeared on Comic-Con HQ’s Kings of Con! He also appears frequently at Creation Entertainment’s Salute to Supernatural conventions, which host conventions all over the world.

We had the chance to ask Osric a few questions about Kevin’s send-off, Dirk Gently and his love for video games and Pokémon GO. Read the interview below!

Nerds and Beyond: How was working on Supernatural different from working on other projects? Has attending conventions changed your perception of fandoms?

Osric Chau: It was the first time in this career where I felt like I had a normal job. I got to see the same faces again and again, I had an office to go back to, and for the first time in a decade, I had a sense of structure in my life. The cast and crew were so welcoming that it really didn’t take long before it felt like a family so when I heard the term SPNFamily it just made perfect sense.
I’ve been a part of many fandoms before but this was the first time I actually participated in one. Getting to meet and interact with the fandom in person really makes you appreciate everything you do on set as well. Most of the time I don’t think too much about the repercussions of what I do on set but after going to a few conventions I started to think of random easter eggs that I could do or leave and wonder if anyone would pick up on them if they made the cut.

Nerds and Beyond: You played Jim Moriarty in the Hillywood Show’s Sherlock parody. Are you a fan of Sherlock? If so, what would your dream role on the show be?

Osric: Such a great show! Big fan. I would absolutely love to do a guest star on Sherlock for an episode. I’ll be the youngest ambassador from Canada coming on official business. Moriarty can take me captive and we can hang out for a bit while he tortures me and threatens Sherlock with my mortality.

Nerds and Beyond: Are you currently filming Dirk Gently Season 2? Or will that be filming soon?

Osric: Shooting starts up in May! I’m very excited about heading back to Vancouver for that.

Nerds and Beyond: Are there any other projects coming up that you’re working on?

Osric: Dirk Gently will take up most of my year but I am using my spare time to do some personal projects with some friends. A couple of short films for festivals and writing and developing feature film scripts. Hopefully I can find one that I like and be able to produce and star in my first feature film in the near future.

Nerds and Beyond: What were your thoughts on Kevin’s final send off last season on Supernatural?

Osric: It was really nice to be back on that set and to see everyone again. Bittersweet as always as this time felt like a real good bye. But definitely some closure for my time with the show. Supernatural‘s always gonna be a soft spot for me no matter what I end up doing in the future.

Nerds and Beyond: Are you still playing Pokémon Go?

Osric: I had to stop, it was taking over my life like most video games. I stopped after the expansion came out. Just like the anime and the original games. 150 pokemon was my limit. I don’t even want to listen a pokerap with 450 names. I’m oldschool that way.

Nerds and Beyond: Are there any other video games you’re playing right now?

Osric: Not at the moment. Games have always been a black hole for me unfortunately. Casual gaming is hard. I’ve just got too much work I want to do and not enough time.

A big thank you to Osric for taking the time to answer our questions!

Briar is the owner and president of Nerds and Beyond. She started the site in 2015 with the goal of being a unique, professional news site dedicated to all the things she loved - and providing fans with the best content available. She's had her work mentioned on MTV, Forbes, Entertainment Tonight, and more. She's a self-described Disney nerd, with love for TV shows such as Supernatural and Roswell, New Mexico. Briar still oversees the day-to-day operations of Nerds and Beyond, and continues to work hard to ensure the site can reach it's fullest potential.

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