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Britt Robertson of "The Secret Circle"

Q: This isn't your first TV series, but it's your first full-blown lead. How is that working out for you?

A: I didn't really know what I was in for. In addition to just working crazy hours, we also have to do special effects, which extends the whole process and makes it a bit more difficult -- but at the same time, it's such a cool aspect. It's what makes the show so exciting for me, and it challenges me on a regular basis.

Q: Did you read the books by L.J. Smith that inspired this TV show?

A: I wasn't sure what I could get from reading the books, but I wanted to learn as much about my character as possible. There was a lot about that I could get from the book, but a lot that is different as well. I just mainly used that as a character base, but I also just enjoyed it. It's quite a fun read.

Q: What was it about Cassie that resonated with you personally?

A: When you first meet her, she is just a regular high-school kid. Then she gets thrown into this situation that completely throws her off guard, and she has to adapt to this new "family" that she creates within the secret circle. There's nothing particularly crazy about my own life, so it wasn't a stretch to imagine how Cassie, as an outsider, would react to all the new strangeness she is having to deal with.

Celine Dion of "Celine: 3 Boys and a New Show"

Q: What did you think of being under close observation by the production team while making the special?

A: The best way for us to work now, and what we prefer, is that the cameras are pretty much there all the time ... almost. You forget about them, and spontaneous and unexpected things happen. That makes it very real and interesting.

When the cameras are in the car, going to rehearsals, trying a song for the first time, getting nervous in the dressing room, performing the first show, working on the voice -- it's all to try to bring people backstage with you. The fans are curious, and we want them to be curious. They want to know what's going on on the other side of the curtain.

Q: Given that you have a track record there now, do you think you're taking as big a chance with your new Las Vegas show?

A: I didn't feel personally that it was such a risk. I didn't think they'd want us back so fast, but life seems to go faster and faster. I don't know if it's maturity or what, but there's still only 24 hours in a day. I just feel time flies more than when I was in my 20s and 30s, so it's even more precious to me now.

Of course, I still want to perform, and I'm probably enjoying it more than ever. Maybe last time, I needed to prove to myself I could do it, so there was pressure. I don't mean to sound pretentious by saying this, but now, I feel I have accomplished what I needed to do.

Theo James of "Bedlam"

Q: In "Bedlam," premiering Saturday, Oct. 1, on BBC America, you play Jed, a troubled man who comes to live at an apartment building that used to be an asylum. What's his story?

A: On the one hand, he seems like a fairly level guy. He's a bloke, he's masculine, he's not completely screwed up. But at the same time, he's a loner. He's gone through a lot of bad stuff and been labeled as insane from the age of 10, diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. People are a bit scared of him.

Q: Why would he come to Bedlam?

A: When you meet Jed, he's at a stage in his life where he's a little more kosher in the sense that he understands that the only way he can gain some kind of normality is through denying it, basically. Then when he comes through the asylum, Bedlam, it begins to kick off. He's seeking some kind of redemption.

Q: When the ghosts of Bedlam appear to him, it seems very traumatic. Is that how you see it?

A: Their form of communication comes through anger and violence, and he's witness to that. It's a really painful experience.

Q: Even so, he tries to help them. What makes him do that?

A: He's a reluctant hero. He's driven by his moral conscience. He's been struggling with this all his life, so every time this happens, he's there, because he's a moral guy. He wants to do it, but at the same time, it's "Oh, God, not again."

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