Throughout its nine seasons, Fox's "Bones" has attracted legions of fans drawn not only to the crime solving mysteries the show offers each week, but to the unlikely, hot and cold romance of the series two leads: Seeley Booth, played by David Boreanaz, and Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan, played by Emily Deschanel. As the show returns this week, fans are about to see their yearnings at last fulfilled as the crime fighting partners appear to be headed for the altar.
Deschanel took a break from filming her big wedding day to speak to us from the set by phone about the show, what this union means to fans, growing up in a show business family and twenty years of not eating animals.
Q: The internet is buzzing about the fact that your real-life husband is playing the priest who marries you in your on-screen wedding. Lots of people are worried for him.
A: Oh really? I just like the inside joke of it all. He's playing the priest and he's marrying us. On the show he writes on, "Always Sunny in Philadelphia," he also plays a priest, defrocked. So it's fun to have him here; he's done a great job so far. But you'd have to ask him if it bothers him. There's lots of funny dialogue to make him feel uncomfortable.
Q: Why does Bones' relationship with Booth mean so much to people?
A: So many people tell me your character reminds me so much of my wife. I think that people can relate. My character is fairly unique in the world of television. You haven't seen many female characters like this - the kind of socially awkward, brilliant at science, but not very modest. Lacking in tact sometimes, if you're putting a negative spin on the character. I think people know people like this and they love seeing her get into funny situations with Booth and seeing these two kind of opposite characters grow. People want to believe that love conquers all and that differences can be worked out, and I do believe that too.
Q: But in the middle of all the love scenes, do you ever want to scream: "There's a murderer on the loose!" Does their relationship stand in the way of their crime fighting? Are they being irresponsible?
A: I don't think we're being irresponsible. It's nature that you're going to have relationships in your life and sometimes it's with the people you work with. But whether it's romantic or unromantic there's dynamics and that can play a part in your conversations, in how you approach things. We're very professional at the Jeffersonian Branch of FBI, and nothing's gotten in the way of a crime so far.
Q: You give us your word that no killer has gotten away because of their romance?
A: I give you my word. No murderers are getting away with anything because of our relationship. If anything, it helps. Because we talk to each other even more, we go home and talk about the cases. Even when we try not to.
Q: Could you ever be in that close of a business relationship with your own husband?
A: That's a good question. I don't know. I think its wonderful to have a relationship where you both go out and live your lives and you bring something to the table, because you've had other interactions. Being apart from each other is healthy for a relationship but I don't know. I've never worked with somebody who I've been involved with.
Q: Does having grown up in LA change how you see entertainment compared to your peers?
A: For me, I just come in and do my job. I'm not into any glitz or glamor or anything like that. Sure I like to get dressed up, I'm excited to get dressed up for the Emmys, that's fun to me. But I never have any delusions about what Hollywood is or was. I never thought it was glamorous other than the little tiny bits that it is in real life. I knew that there's hard work involved. I'm not saying I have the hardest job in the world, but there's lot's of parts of the job that aren't fancy, and you shouldn't be enamored by that too much, because it's all surface.
Q: Does your background make you less tolerant of divas on the set or more understanding of them?
A: I think a little bit of both. I think sometimes people come from certain situations and they expect certain things in any situation, I try to put myself in somebody's shoes and have their perspective. Let's just say, I don't enjoy it, the diva aspects. But there's no divas on our show and I haven't had to work with many divas. I guess I've encountered people who have a certain entitled attitude, and you just deal with it, but my first instinct is to be intolerant of it.
Q: Do you want to live somewhere else someday?
A: Yeah, I go back and forth about that. I feel conflicted. My whole family is in Los Angeles, I grew up in Los Angeles. I know it well. There's lots I love about Los Angeles. But I fantasize about getting away somewhere, to a country farm where lots of animals are free to roam. That would be wonderful. But I don't know if that will ever be a reality for me.
Q: How'd you become a vegan?
A: I became a vegan at Crossroads (high school) actually. It was called Diet for a New America, and it started a whole debate about whether it was ethical to eat meat or not. Which engaged me and I felt the arguments for not eating meat were much stronger than the arguments for eating meat, when I saw the reality of how our food gets to our plates. Not only the cruelty to the animals but also the detriment to the environment and also our health. It was kind of a win-win-win situation when I decided to become vegetarian after that. I wanted to become vegan but I did that slowly. I became vegetarian for 2 years, then became vegan. I do think its the most humane and environmentally sound way to live, as long as you are good about your nutrition because like any diet you have to be careful.
Q: Do you get grossed out when people eat meat around you?
A: You know, there's a certain amount of grossness I guess to me, but I've lived for 20 years with people eating meat next to me and I have to be understanding of where they are and their choices if I want them to understand my choices. So i try to be tolerant and understanding. Yeah, it grosses me out on a certain level but i have become used to that I guess you could say.
Q: How do you square animal suffering with human suffering?
A: Is animal suffering as important as human suffering? I don't know, It's hard for me to say. I don't believe that animals are ours to use or to harm. They feel pain. There are people who might not be as intelligent, but they feel pain. And I don't think we should feel okay or ethically sound hurting them, just as I don't think it's ethically sound to hurt an animal. When its perfectly healthy and doable to survive on non-animal sources of food. I don't know. If there's a hierarchy, humans I might value more than animals on some level, but to me, that doesn't give me a right to hurt an animal. There's a real gray area, If you say you need to kill these ten rats to cure cancer and save all these people, that's wonderful. But that said, a lot of times its not about saving people's lives or curing cancer. There's lots of people experimenting on animals for cosmetics that I don't think any of us would agree are ethically sound or justified.
Q: You are presenting at the Emmys. Are you resentful that police dramas are never acknowledged?
A: I don't know. You can go down that path but I think it's a dangerous path to go down So many people and shows are not recognized that are fantastic shows. And a lot of times I just love the shows and actors who are nominated and win Emmys. I can't really argue that. I've never gone in this business for awards. I wouldn't expect that for myself or the show. For the genre, I know how the genre is. People consider it entertainment rather than an art form, which I'm totally fine with because it is entertainment. It's a dangerous road to go down. We have been nominated for production design and visual effects, so the 'Bones' show has been acknowledged by them. The real reward is to play this character for nine seasons and maybe beyond. That's the most amazing reward, to have this job.