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Envelope Emmy Week: Geek TV panelists share traits with their characters

June 10, 2011 |  3:19 pm

For Envelope Emmy Week, we invited five actors to talk with us about their characters’ kooky idiosyncrasies (germophobia, social awkwardness, selfishness and, let's not forget, shape-shifting and killing people) and the effect of their shows on the fanboy (and girl) audience.

In the Geek TV panel Wednesday night — moderated by Times television critic Robert Lloyd — Johnny Galecki (“Big Bang Theory”), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), Jayma Mays (“Glee”), Joel McHale (“Community”) and Sam Trammell (“True Blood”) discussed their careers, their fans and, in the clip below, how they relate to their characters, admitting they suffer similar anxiety, or keep secrets, or, as with McHale, had cheating in common with their character. Check back soon for more clips.


Envelope Emmy Week: Actors discuss the draw of their shows, and the odd families therein [video]

Envelope Emmy Week: Bringing personal experience to the role and not knowing what direction their character might go [video]

— Elena Howe