Warehouse 13 Season 5 Interview: Saul Rubinek and Aaron Ashmore Discuss the Final Episodes and More

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Two of Warehouse 13‘s most beloved actors (and characters) Saul Rubinek (Artie) and Aaron Ashmore (Steve) recently took part in a conference call to discuss the series’ fifth and final season. TV Equals joined in the call where Rubinek and Ashmore discussed the changes all of the characters have gone through, what fans can expect in the final run of episodes and much more. Read on for the highlights of the interview below.

Why “Savage Seduction” Was So Much Fun

Everyone from fellow stars Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly to critics are raving about the soon to air telenovela episode “Savage Seduction.” Rubinek and Ashmore had their share to say about the comedic episode as well. While their characters do not spend much time together onscreen during the hour, the episode gave them both a chance to channel new sides of Artie and Steve.

Ashmore said everyone at the read through cracked up during the episode. For him it presented the unique challenge of playing two wildly different versions of Steve at the same time. “It was a little bit daunting, because I was going to be playing two versions of Steve and two very different versions of Steve,” said Ashmore. “It was a lot of fun. It was worth the exercise to me to explore the incredibly flamboyant gay side of Steve that we don’t really get to see, but obviously, it’s deep down there somewhere.”

Rubinek added, “I saw a little bit when I was looping it and I know that we laughed probably harder doing the Telenovela than anything during the whole five seasons than we’d ever done.”

(For those of you dying to see what all the fuss is about, “Savage Seduction” is set to air Monday, May 5th at 9PM on Syfy.)

What Fans Can Expect In The Final Episodes

In short: closure, Warehouse 13 style. “We didn’t try to change the formula or the writer’s didn’t,” Rubinek said of the final episodes. “There was, of course, the feeling that the show was going to have to wrap up and they do it in a rather typically Warehouse poignant, hilarious odd peculiar and eccentric fashion. You’re going to get your trademark Warehouse ending, but I think it will be as satisfying to fans as it was to the cast.”

Why Ashmore Will Miss Artie’s Office The Most

Ashmore had the unenviable task of joining Warehouse 13 in season three when the cast was already a tight-nit group, but Ashmore quickly found his home amongst the cast. For him, Artie’s office holds a special place in his heart for being the first time he was on set. It is also the place where he said he felt the most comfortable because “it felt like home.”

On Working With Allison Scagliotti

Artie and Steve were the two most important people in Claudia’s life over the course of the series, and by extension Rubinek and Ashmore both spent a great amount of time with Claudia’s portrayer Allison Scagliotti. Both men had nothing but good things to say about the fan favorite actress/character who literally grew up onscreen.

Rubinek’s Artie has a father/daughter bond with Claudia that has been an integral part of the story throughout, but he praised the way executive producer Jack Kenny brought Ashmore on board in season three as Claudia’s partner and best friend. “They told me early; Jack said, “I want to talk to you about something.” And I said, “What is it?” He said, “I’m going to start taking Allison away from you. You’ve had her, you know, for two years and you’ve built this beautiful father/daughter relationship. She’s growing older and she may not need Artie as much. She has to grow up in a different way, but I’m going to kill of Steve Jinks, not for real, but I’m going to kill him off at the end of the season here, and I need to create a very close relationship between Allison’s character and Aaron’s character in order for that death to make sense.” I said, “I got it.” So I wasn’t – I felt – I didn’t feel robbed of Allison, because he included me in the plan, you know and why it was happening,” Rubinek revealed. “They crafted a friendship between you and that was right; we’re dealing with a chemistry that really worked really well.”

As for Rubinek’s take on Artie and Claudia’s relationship, he saw it as absolutely vital to the series. Not only was Artie a father figure to Claudia. She was his “sorcerer’s apprentice.”

Which Character Changed The Most

What was particularly brilliant about Warehouse 13 is that every character changed and evolved over the course of the series. Rubinek couldn’t point to one character who had changed the most because as he noted they all went through immense upheaval and growth. Ashmore pointed to Scagliotti, who he noted grew both onscreen and off.

Ashmore said about his own experience, “It’s been over a year of thinking about all of the experiences and having a little bit of distance, but I think I found myself in a lot of ways as an actor, like a different sort of confidence and a different level of something along that line, that I got thrown into this thing and I wasn’t sure how I was going to fit in. And then you just joined this family and you’re working together and you’re trying new things and you’re pushing things and sometimes it’s working and sometimes it’s not, but we fix it. So for me as a performer, as an actor, this show tested all those things and I came out at the other end of it feeling very confident and very good. That happened because of all these amazing people.”

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Warehouse 13 season five airs Mondays at 9/8c on Syfy.

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