iZombie Panel at DragonCon 2016 – David Anders and Aly Michalka
The line to see David Anders (Blaine) and Aly Michalka (Peyton) talk iZombie with fans filled up the 8th floor of the Westin Peachtree, but we managed to get a seat third-row center. Here are our favorite questions and answers from the panel. Answers edited for brevity/clarity.
Q (for David): Which Blaine is more fun to play?
A: Zombie Blaine is definitely the most fun to play. Now that he has amnesia he’s more of a sensitive guy, but Anders said he prefers the devious Blaine in terms of actually playing the character.
Q: What do the brains on iZombie taste like, and what are they made of?
Aly: Peyton hasn’t had to eat the brains so far, so I’m not sure what they taste like.
David: They started out with, I think, a tofu-sort of recipe, but it didn’t have the consistency or look they wanted. So now the brains are made of agar, which is basically just a carrier material [it’s like gelatin], which means whatever you put on the brains is what you taste. If it’s barbecue brains, they taste like barbecue sauce.
Q: How much of the story do you know ahead of time?
Aly: we usually see the script only one or two episodes ahead at most. I like that because it keeps the character reactions authentic.
Q: If you were going to have an episode where your character swaps bodies with another character, which character would you swap with?
David: I’d probably swap with Ravi.
Aly: I think I’d swap Peyton with Blaine.
Q (for Aly): What are you most looking forward to in Season 3?
Aly: well we can’t really talk about the upcoming season specifically, but I want to know where things go with the love triangle between Peyton, Ravi and Blaine.
Q: Would you ever want to do a musical episode?
David: Absolutely. Some people talk while they walk, I sing.
Aly: It would be ok with me if we didn’t because I’ve done so much singing in the past, but it might be fun to see some of the other characters sing.
Q: What show would you like to do an iZombie crossover with?
A: Buffy. And The Walking Dead.
Q: What was it like to be cast as Blaine?
David: Well, one thing we had to do was figure out whatever this is [points] with my hair. And we had issues with the bleach, with my hair falling out. Then somebody said to call James Marsters’ people because he had white-blonde hair for Buffy, and they might know what to do. So they called and someone asked him, and he said, oh yeah, put a little Sweet N Low in the formula to neutralize some of the acid. It worked. So thanks, James!
Those are our favorite questions from Friday. And we have one more: is there a Blaine/Spike bromance in the future for iZombie?
To hear about what happened in the panel when Rose McIver (Liv Moore) joined on Saturday, check out out the Daily Dragon’s coverage of iZombie.