Earlier this week, we had the pleasure of attending the Sleepy Hollow Pumpkin Patch event at the St. Mark’s Greenmarket in the East Village. Keep those press invites coming, Fox, we’ll come running for ANY event, even if it’s a letter opening…especially when it includes Sleepy Hollow stars Tom Mison (The Reigning Head Over Feels Sexiest Man Alive and Inaugural Best Actor Feelie winner) and John Noble (and with meeting John, we have now interviewed every single principle cast member of the show. #humblebrag). We were super bummed that the shooting schedule kept Tom and John away for New York Comic Con, so we obviously jumped at the chance to interview them at this event. While we may have been exhausted from flying back from Los Angeles the previous night, we knew that not even exhaustion would keep us away.
I’m not saying this to suck up to them (okay, maybe I am a little), but every Sleepy Hollow event we have gone to has been fantastic and incredibly organized. The publicists are friendly and professional…and even better than that, they recognize us now (“Head Over Feels! We just saw you at NYCC, right?”). Team Sleepy set up a great booth with free mini pumpkins (Sage: Yay! I was wanting one for my desk!) and Jack-o-lantern backpacks for Press. (Guys, I am getting used to getting swag. It’s not good.) There was also a Headless Horseman and an Ichabod look-alike for photo ops. Now, while Fakeabod was CUTE, he also seemed painfully aware that he WASN’T Tom Mison…which was both adorable and sad. And as you can see above, it was very disconcerting to see Headless being so helpful as he scooped pumpkins into the backpacks. We were delighted to see some of our SleepyHead Friends that we had made at NYCC…some of which were doing the full Tom Press tour, as they had tickets to the Letterman taping a few hours later. RESPECT. That dedication is why we love you guys.
John (looking dapper in a subtly blue plaid blazer and scarf) and Tom (wearing a lived-in looking green flannel button down and skinny pants [what would Ichabod think???]) arrived about 20 minutes after we did and posed for pictures with Headless. (Missed opportunity for Tom to pose with Fakeabod, just saying.) They then went to the booth and goofed around with the mini pumpkins (John tried to juggle them) and posed for more pictures before the on camera interviews began.
(Sage…goal for 2015 is to get a cameraman. Got it?)
Once all the on camera interviews were done (someone from MTV brought them [cold] pumpkin spice lattes and asked Tom to talk about how basic he was by the way), we were up. Because time was limited, we were grouped in a group of four, including the lovely ladies from Fat Pink Cast. (PSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSST Laaaaaaaaadies…we’d love to guest on your podcast). We only got six minutes with them, but I would like to think it was six minutes of perfection.
Fat Pink Cast: At New York Comic-Con, Len Wiseman revealed that (Kim and Sage start nodding furiously and flailing, Tom notices and LITERALLY giggles at them. “SHE STOLE OUR QUESTION.”) (Note that we knew what her question was before she even finished it and she didn’t KNOW that was our question. Which is why we should be friends.) Ichabod’s going to be introduced to karaoke. There’s a little bit of debate. We know Nicole can sing and we were wondering if you can sing also. What are our chances in the future of an Ichabbie duet?
Tom Mison: Yeah, we haven’t shot that scene yet. But we’ve discussed it a lot. I don’t think it’s up to me to say whether I can sing or not. I think…just look at Twitter after that scene and I am sure people will let you know if I can.
Fat Pink Cast: Are you going to try to put in an effort?
Tom Mison: (makes a sassy face with the requisite arched eyebrow) Weeeeeellllllll…I don’t know. It’s not whether Tom can sing, it’s whether Ichabod can sing. If I’m doing badly, it’s definitely a character choice.
John Noble: You’d be pleasantly surprised! He’s just so modest.
Tom Mison: Aw, thank you.
**Bro Snuggle** (THEY LOVE EACH OTHER SO MUCH.)
Sage: John, it seems like maybe Henry is having some issues with pleasing Moloch. (Tom snorts and John chides him for being naughty.)
John Noble: Father issues with Moloch!
Sage: Do you think that’s going to be the end of his evilness? Can he be pulled out of that because he’s performing so poorly? (The church bells choose the perfect moment to chime. Tom arches that eyebrow. Everyone laughs.)
John Noble: The Bell Tolls! (More laughter) That relationship is obviously unsatisfactory. The reason is Henry, this kid that he pulled out of the ground, who is an old man, wanted a father! And this fellow saved him and gave him opportunities and provided for him like a father would. But he wanted the LOVE that goes with that and that didn’t happen. He’s this monster instead. That will be resolved some time over the season, I hope.
SleepyHead Reporter Whose Outlet I Can’t Remember: John, Tom…would you be able to give me one or two of your character’s most defining traits?
Tom Mison: (stroking his beard) His most defining traits? Cantankerous, Baffled, and…Noble.
John Noble: But what about YOUR character?
(Tom wags his finger at John and they laugh and they chuckle, ending with John sighing “Oh Lord!”)
SHRWOICR: And John?
John Noble: He’s….very immature. Because he would be. He’s also very driven. And he has his moralities all mixed up..and there’s very good reasons for that. So that’s why he appears to be such a character who is able to turn stuff around to fit his needs. The most evil liar possible. That’s what he knows! All he knows in his life is deception. He’s been treated appallingly. Given that he is the child of Ichabod, who is a proud and noble man, and Katrina, who is a beautiful and smart lady…there’s got to be SOME genes in there for good. We’ll try to find those.
Kim: Tom, since Ichabod is such a man of honor…
Tom Mison: (nods enthusiastically) Mmmmmhmmm.
Kim: With Katrina having compromised HER honor in his eyes…how do you think that’s going to affect their relationship going forward? How does he feel about Katrina now that he knows all of this about her?
Tom Mison: Well there have been revelations about her deceit trickling through for a while now. (Counts off on his fingers) She knew he was a witness. She fought alongside Washington as a spy…didn’t tell him. She is a witch…didn’t tell him. And they build and build to the point…was it last week?
Kim: It was like a glass shattering moment for him. (Note: way to use phrasing from your Weeping Lady recap, Kim.)
Tom Mison: Yes! It was the straw that broke the camel’s back! Her being complicit in the death of his ex-fiancee! (Jitters from the group about how Mary’s death MAYBE wasn’t an accident. For the record, Tom agreed on that.) That’s then the final straw…(raises a finger) BUT she gives him very good reason for all of her lies. She can say, “This is what you have to do. You have a DUTY..and if you knew any of these secrets, you wouldn’t be able to fulfill that and the whole world would be destroyed because of it. So she had good reason to. But that’s the balancing act that Ichabod now has to work out. But also Ichabod and Katrina can’t just go and sit on a couch with a counselor and talk about their problems because there are certain people (points at John) trying to end the world at the same time. So for the next few episodes, you really have to…(Tom desperately tries to find the words so he doesn’t spoil major plot points). There’s a moment where they make a decision where they have to fight together as comrades rather than as husband and wife. And put off the husband and wife until there’s an appropriate time to discuss it. Which is also coming up.
And with that tease, we were out of time. Tom had to get uptown to do Letterman. No big deal. We shook his hand and thanked him for his time (“My Pleasure”) and sadly trudged back to the real world. Sigh. What a life.