Few names carry more weight in the geek world than Felicia Day. But tonight, she adds yet another genre credit to her list of accomplishments — including roles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog — with a guest spot on CW’s Supernatural.
Her introduction to the Supernatural universe on tonight’s episode, “Girl With the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo,” was certainly a long time coming. And surprisingly, the same can be said for her introduction to the show’s stars, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, with whom she’s had “several near misses” at fan conventions over the years. “Meeting them in person, I have to tell you, bowled me over because they are so manly,” she says with a laugh. “It was overwhelming because I’m not around a lot of jocks and guys’ guys. It was like walking into a romance novel a little bit. They have this crazy charisma.”
But once the initial shock — or “blast of testosterone,” as she puts it — wore off, jumping into the role of computer hacker Charlie was natural and enjoyable, she says. “She has all these amazing qualities that I haven’t seen put in one character before,” she says. ” When I picked up the script, I was like, ‘I can’t wait to say all these words!’” Among them? One tattoo-related line that she says will be “oft quoted.” “I look forward to watching Twitter,” she jokes.
Trending topic or not, Day says the role was a rewarding one — from her time on screen to the geek-with-edge aspect of her character. “She has these superficial things that you think I would be natural at playing but at the center of it there is a lot more to her than you think. She’s not just a nervous Nelly,” she says. “She has a strength that grounds her that is unique for the characters I’ve played. I loved being able to find that.”
Charlie, who is a lesbian, gave Day a chance to go “toe-to-toe with the guys a little bit,” as they need Charlie to help them access a hard drive that is currently in Dick Roman’s dirty Leviathan hands. But more than that, she won’t say, joking, “I was raised in a very good, non-spoilery world.”