Tonight, Thursday, Sept. 10, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, The CW’s “Supernatural” returns for another season, as demon-hunting brothers Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) deal with the rising of Lucifer himself and an impending Apocalypse.

There to help out, more or less, is their trusty angelic sidekick Castiel, played by the lovely and talented Misha Collins, who was kind enough to pen some replies to a few questions about his character and the upcoming season.

I guess you could say he’s winging it, but I shouldn’t have, and I hope you don’t. Here we go:

Q: The show put you through the emotional wringer
last year, playing a beleaguered Angel of the Lord – and made you wear the same
outfit in almost every episode. Can we expect more of the same this season?

A: Well, according to the
story, the angels aren’t supposed to feel emotions. But my angel did always
seem somewhat beleaguered and certainly a bit bedraggled, which in good part
was due to the outfit I wear. When I got the part of Castiel on “Supernatural,” the character was supposed to last a couple of episodes, so when I went in for
the fitting, I was pretty cavalier. I think I said, “Yeah, this’ll work fine”
to the first thing they had me try on. If I had any idea I’d be wearing that
damn suit, I’d have put a lot more thought into it.

The pants have big pleats;
the shirt is two sizes too big; and the whole thing makes me look like (Peter
Falk in) “Columbo.” But to answer your question, the outfit has not yet been
burned, and Castiel is being put through the proverbial wringer now more than

Q: What’s been the reaction of fans when they see you
in person?

A: Because the other actors
on “Supernatural” are misfits of nature – they’re giants – fans usually think
that I’m short. I’m actually six feet tall, but when I’m being filmed next to


Padalecki (left), who’s 6’6″ or something, I look like a tiny wood-elf.
People who’ve only seen me as the brooding, ethereal Castiel, are also usually
surprised that in real life I have the capacity to smile and blink.

Q: What’s the most fun of playing this part, and
what’s the most challenging?

A: There’s a lot that’s fun
about playing this character: exploring what it means to be human, having the
power to travel through time and teleport myself, and being able to magically
mend my suit.

I think the biggest
challenge – aside from not laughing during takes – is taking something
seemingly so fanciful as an angel with super-powers dressed as Columbo and
making something real and empathetic about him.

Q: Has playing this role caused you do any extra
Biblical or mythological reading? If so, what?

A: Yes. I’ve read a good
deal of the Bible in the past year. The Book of Revelation was quite a
revelation. Angels in the Bible are not there to help little old ladies across
the street. They are not cherubic, and they do not employ harps.

In the biblical Apocalypse
of Revelation, little things happen like, “the four angels were released … to
kill one third of mankind.” So my angel was informed by this. I think he’s from
the reluctant-smiter school of angels. Beyond that, I went to the bookstore and
bought three popular books on angels, which were sucky and useless.

Q: Given your druthers, what would you like your
next, probably non-angelic role to be?

A: Yes, well, if I could
have a corner on the niche market of film and TV angels, I’d take it, but it’s
a small niche and I might need to broaden my horizons a bit. Before playing the
angel on “Supernatural,” I had had a string of assassin and serial killer
roles, so this has been a welcome reprieve. I don’t know.

I used to want to go into
politics, I even interned in the White House for Bill Clinton at one
point. Now I think it would be fun to be cast as a lawyer or a
politician, it would give me a chance to play out that fantasy without actually
having to slog through law school.

Q: Considering we’re in the middle of an economic
meltdown, how does it feel to be playing in a storyline about the Apocalypse?

A: The apocalypse that “Supernatural’s”
writers are creating is not sudden or cataclysmic. It’s more insidious and
incremental. The apocalypse on our show is really just a worst-case-scenario
modern life.