'Warehouse 13' Stars Reveal Their Stressful Yet Kinda Hilarious Audition


Apr. 29 2013, Published 5:14 a.m. ET

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If you haven't yet given Syfy's Warehouse 13 a shot, add it to your Tivo now. Stars Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelley say the series is your sci-fi gateway drug.

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"It's on Syfy, but I really don't consider it a sci-fi show," says Eddie. " I consider it a family show that happens to be incredibly funny and heartfelt and thrilling and exciting at the same time."

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With Warehouse in its fourth season, Eddie and Joanne, who play lead characters Pete and Myka, are like family after spending hours upon hours filming and rehearsing together. But they still reminisce about the stressful audition for the series that nearly put Eddie over the edge, and may have been just the thing to land them the gig. 

"When we did our test for Warehouse, I screwed up a line and Eddie started doing the moon walk to make fun of me," remembers Joanne. "I just got flustered because the tests are stressful. I just kind of hit him. We got back on track with the dialogue, and I felt like that was those two characters."

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"I hadn't worked for a while...," explains Eddie.

"He was having a nervous breakdown, basically," says Joanne.

"I had just had my second son, and we were testing," he continues. "We showed up to the test. There were supposed to be, like, two people."

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Unfortunately, Joanne says it was more like 18 hungry actors.

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"Yeah, like eight Petes and eight mykas, and all of a sudden you're like, well, I'm not going to get this job either," says Eddie. "Jace Alexander, the director, comes out of the room and he says, 'Hey, hey,' to one of the other guys.  He's like, 'Come here.  Come here.'  And he puts his arm around this guy, this other Pete, and walks him down the hall, and I was like, that's it.  You know, so I took off my tie.  I threw down my tie, I took off my jacket."

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"He had these sweat stains," says Joanne.

"I was, like, you know, my kids are at home, they're like little chicks with their necks stretched up in the air, they're like these little birds, and they're waiting for me to fly in with worms," says Eddie. "And this is in front of all the other actors. I'm like, 'They're waiting for me to fly in the worm, and guess what, I don't have a worm.'"

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"You're trying to remain calm," says Joanne. "I'm watching this poor dude have a complete and utter nervous breakdown.  I just kind of hauled him over to the side. Just take a deep breath."

"So, just then the casting folks are heading out the door and say, 'Joanne and Eddie, it's time for you to guys to come in and test together'," says Eddie. "And we went in, and Joanne made a mistake, and I did a Michael Jackson, 'He-he,' and then I did this, and did the moon walk, and everybody in the room is like, 'Why are you doing that?'"

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After a punch from Joanne and a few laughs, the duo should've known the clinched the gig.

"We walked out Mark Stern (Syfy's president of original programming) turned to everybody and said, 'There's the show, right there,'" says Eddie.

Catch the season premiere of Warehouse 13 tonight, April 29, on Syfy at 10/9c.

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