Sam Huntington claws his way to the top as a werewolf on 'Being Human'
By JULIA ANN WEEKES
NH Weekend Editor | May 21. 2014 11:44PM
RUNNING WILD: Rural New Hampshire proved good training grounds for Sam Huntington, most known for his portrayal of a conflicted forest-dwelling creature on the SyFy channel's series “Being Human.” The Peterborough native got bitten by the acting bug on area stages and sharpened his imagination in childhood play time in the woods.
The same can’t be said for Josh Levison, a conflicted creature who four years ago moved into a Boston brownstone with a vampire and a resident ghost in hopes of figuring out how to fit into a world in which little is as it seems. In fact, it turns out, it’s pretty tough navigating a double life. Sometimes he’s a nice, if a bit neurotic, hospital orderly with a shy smile, while at other times, he’s a bit of a beast with deadly instincts and razor-sharp teeth.
FURRY FOOTWEAR: A tweet (@Sammyhuntington) shows the actor’s feet being transformed into wolf paws and claws during another long session in the makeup chair on the set of “Being Human.”
Huntington, who splits his time between the Granite State and the Montreal, Canada, region, where the series was shot, will join actors from “Game of Thrones,” “Futurama,” “Ghostbusters,” “Supernatural” and other iconic movies and television shows at the Pop Culture Expo this weekend at the Aleppo Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Mass. With a rabid following of sorts, Huntington said its science-fiction lovers’ enthusiasm that keeps him coming back to expos and comicons.
“Who wouldn’t want to spend six hours talking to people who are just happy to be there? I ask just as many questions as they do. I always end up losing my voice by the end of the weekend because I get so excited. It’s true, I swear.”
But there is a new undercurrent of sadness among his fanbase in recent weeks, since the Syfy network earlier this spring announced that the fourth season of “Being Human,” a re-imagining of the original BBC series, would be the last.
Huntington, who said he’s developing a new original series for the SyFy Network, was bitten by more than the black flies during his childhood in the Monadnock Region.
The ConVal Regional High school graduate, who also has appeared in the films “Jungle 2 Jungle,” “Superman Returns,” “Detroit Rock City” and ‘Not Another Teen Movie,” was in town earlier this month to catch a special production on the Players’ stage.
“They’re my brothers and sisters, for sure,” he said. “I talk to them every day. They’re members of my family, 100 percent. Nobody makes me laugh harder than these people. I was consistently inspired and challenged and amazed by their talent, and it brought the best out, I think, in me.”
“You’re absolutely right, and I would say as ... the seasons went on and progressed, that was more and more the case, especially season four where my character was going through this tremendous change. He wasn’t really a whole person, because of this beast simmering just below the surface. Because of that it was written and played in sort of this bipolar manner.
“We would go to each other after we read them and go, ‘Can you believe this? I can’t believe this has happened. Oh, my God. What do I do?’,” Huntington said of learning what their characters would be working through in an upcoming episode.
“Kristen Hager had it really hard the first couple of seasons, actually. She was always like, ‘Why am I doing this? They’re going to hate me’,’ Huntington said, adding his turn to worry about fan reaction came this past year.
“ I was constantly thrust into the elements naked — just naked in the cold in horrible six-hour prosthetic makeup,” Huntington said. “It was never really fun. The actual transformations themselves were beyond exhausting. What you see on screen is 30 seconds long but what I was actually doing was nine hours, or whatever, and tack onto that five or six hours of makeup. Those days were super long, and early on I didn’t see my family a lot.
Still, Huntington said he wouldn’t mind doing some straight comedy gigs, “like a half-hour TV show with a good schedule — and where I get to keep my clothes on.”