That was the thing that I was drawn to, and I was also drawn to the fun of the idea.” As with many series in Katims’ oeuvre, “Roswell” primarily explored the inner lives of teenagers, telling personal, character-driven stories in much the same way as “Friday Night Lights” or “Parenthood,” but filtered through a more fantastical, sci-fi lens.“With everything that I’ve done, it’s always been about– the thing I thought I could bring to the show that’s unique to my voice, is hopefully a way of building these characters so that you were really invested in the relationships and really cared about them, and hopefully if you bought into the premise of the show, you could enjoy it because of the relationships and the connections between [the characters],” Katims explained.
He said that his interest in writing teenage protagonists started with his work on “My So-Called Life,” when the writers embraced the idea that “when you’re a teenager, life is an emergency.” “I think there’s something about writing about that period in somebody’s life that is really compelling to me because it’s a time when we’re really formed, it’s a time where you’re both a child and an adult at the same time,” Katims explained.
The cast agreed that their time on “Roswell” was a formative experience — and in many cases, provided their breakthrough role.
“I would try to entertain myself — I would find moments to do weird shit, or give it a slightly weird read …
I look back on this time so fondly, because I loved not knowing any better.
I look back on this character and this time with so much fondness.” Behr recalled, “When I first read the script I was really drawn to the two worlds that Jason put together.
There’s a very real, honest human emotional feeling to it, and had all the metaphors of being a teenager and being somebody who was really trying to find themselves …
I always felt like, ‘I’m not really an actor.’ I had to learn so much over the course of it, but [Jason] started to tweak it in the direction of my strengths.
Once it ended and we went out into the acting workforce, we had a harder time with other dialogue.” Katims spoke of the actors with a paternal fondness, admitting, “It was an incredibly talented cast, for a lot of them it was a very early role, and that is always really exciting, to work with people at the beginning and to [see them] go from that initial excitement and nervousness to really owning it.
“I get to look back on all the mistakes I made in terms of how I handled things …
you were just a child, there’s a certain level of maturity and experience you don’t have,” Fehr mused.
It's been 13 years since the series ended, but what on earth is the cast up to now?