WGN America’s spooky new series, “Salem,” doesn’t premiere until April. Since that’s way too long to wait to get our fill of the series’ supernatural take on the Salem witch trials, Zap2it decided to get you — and the stars — excited for the debut by subjecting them to our “Salem” Survey.
Up next is Seth Gabel, who plays preacher/”human sex machine” Cotton Mather on the new drama, premiering Sunday, April 20 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT.
Read on to find out his favorite witchy movie, what he’d need to survive in Puritanical Salem and why he’d swing both ways (no, not what you’re thinking).
Zap2it: Describe your character in 5 words.
Gabel: Human sex machine, ’nuff said. Or theologian, scientist, hypocrite, sex addict.
What three items would you take with you to a deserted island (or puritanical Salem)?
Deserted island: Boat, fuel, GPS. Puritanical Salem: Grays Sports Almanac: Complete Sports Statistics 1650-1700, a picture of me with my family in 1985, Hoverboard!
Could you have survived in the 1690s?
With those three things, I’d have the biggest casino in Lyon Estates.
Which witch is which? Name the book/TV show/movie/play each witch is from. No cheating!
Glinda the Good Witch: “Dr. Strangelove”?
Hermione Granger: Used to play for the Pacers, right?
Bonnie Bennett: From “Bonnie and Clyde”!
Fiona Goode: The “Nip/Tuck” spinoff
Sabrina Spellman: Nickelodeon!
Endora: That water creature from “Zelda: Link to the Past”?
The White Witch: That’s racist
Willow Rosenberg: I think she used to go to my temple.
Pick one: “The Witches of Eastwick,” “The Craft,” or “Practical Magic”
If you could cast any spell, what would it be?
The power to wish for more wishes.
Would you be a good witch or a bad witch?
I’d swing both ways.
What’s the most surprising true fact you learned about the actual Salem witch trials?
Wigs are itchy AND if a society represses itself and disavows its relationship to the divine feminine, it will crush itself under the weight of its own implacable arrogance.
What’s the most challenging thing about starring in a show that’s both genre and period?
Shane West. Ugh. Such a diva. I kid!
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