Supernatural star Emily Swallow has discussed her time on the show, praising not only the cast and crew but also the “incredible” fans.
Swallow plays Amara – who featured heavily in season 11 and recently made a return for the 15th and final season – and speaking to Digital Spy, she only had positive things to say about the popular drama.
“It’s one of the happiest, most generous, and most collaborative sets I’ve ever been on,” she said. “Every single actor, every single crew member, everyone is so happy and grateful to be there. And they love their work. I felt very welcome, and I felt like they wanted my ideas.
“Add to that all of the incredible fans and how enthusiastic they are, and getting to do conventions and interact with them there – I love that part about it.
“To be able to hear what the show means to them and to see what kinds of things they’ve been inspired to do because of the show – like some of the charity work and organisations they’ve formed – it’s a really inspiring thing.”
Swallow also said that she was “flattered” that fans really engaged with Amara, and credited the writers for making the season 11 villain layered and complex as a character.
“I developed such a deep love for her,” she explained. “From the start, the thing the writers did that I loved was, yes, they created this all-powerful being who was creating a lot of havoc and causing a lot of pain, but she also has this deep, deep vulnerability.
“I feel like everyone can understand what it’s like to be an outcast and to be misunderstood and feel like you’re not getting to speak up for yourself – and even when you do [speak up], people are dismissing it or not listening.
“Even though she wasn’t very artful in the way she communicated a lot of the time – her temper would get the better of her and she would wind up smiting people randomly – she was openly trying to communicate and trying to be heard, and trying to be seen for who she was and not in relation to her brother.
“She felt like she was living in her brother’s shadow and not been given a chance to be herself.”
Swallow added: “For my money, I feel like a lot of people can relate to that and it makes me so happy when people say, ‘I loved to hate her, but I also hated that I can sympathise with her’.
“I do think that’s what the writers created with this complex villain who has a lot of humanity. Even with all of the epic battles that were going on, I think that soft spot is the thing that people could connect to and see themselves in.”
Supernatural season 15 airs on Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW in the US. In the UK, the show airs on E4.