The fight scenes are some of the most memorable moments so far from The Winchesters, the new prequel to Supernatural. Created entirely from the minds of Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) and Danneel Ackles (Sister Jo, Anael – also Jensen’s wife), the Winchesters follows John Winchester and Mary Campbell before they fell in love.
As such, I knew I had to speak with Monette Moio, who was the stunt double for Meg Donnelly (Mary Winchester) for the Winchesters pilot.
How were you cast as Meg’s stunt double?
I was cast through the stunt coordinator. That's typically how the stunt system works. Performers are hired through the coordinator. [The Winchesters stunt co-ordinators are Jeff and Tyler Galpin.]
Tell us about filming in New Orleans.
I didn't do anything on a stage; we were all on location at a few different places that were at all times of the day and night. And it was a lot of fun. Everyone on set was really kind. And the weather there is pretty interesting. But I had a great time. I was there for three weeks.
Tell us about that demon fight scene! It was amazing.
That was a lot of fun. I had rehearsed a lot of that and then Meg actually did like 90% of that fight. She crushed it. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly she picked it up and was able to just bang it out and it looked amazing.
Which parts were mostly you though, out of the episode then?
The end of that fight. I did some of the rope stuff and a lot of the previs. So previs is when you shoot the fights beforehand and you kind of piece them together. I also did all of her driving.
Were you familiar with Supernatural before you were cast on the Winchesters?
No, I haven't seen Supernatural, but I have watched an episode since and I need to catch up on the rest of it. I'm really excited to start watching the Winchesters as well. I gotta catch up. Taylor Towery is her double now and she's been doing it since the second episode on, and she's a very talented stunt performer.
What was your favourite part about being on the Winchesters?
I think the cast, they were so kind and so welcoming and I think the cast and actually the director Glen, was fantastic too. And I think that makes it, the director and the actors really set the tone for the whole show. They helped make it a really unique and fun experience.
So were you ever able to meet Jensen or Danielle? If so, what was it like meeting them?
I did, actually. Yeah, they were there often. It was fantastic. They're just like the cast, I mean, so kind and Danielle's hair color is so beautiful, so striking. I remember, that's one thing that I really remember. Oh my God, I, I'm gonna dye my hair that color. It's so nice.
But yeah, they seemed to be very involved and which is nice. And they really care for the actors as well -- it's cool to have producers that are on set and kind of take part in everything.
Do you have any upcoming roles you’d like to share with us?
I just got back from Berlin. I worked on a movie called Role Play doubling Kaley Cuoco. It was a lot of fun. We were there for a few months and she is also an angel on this earth. She is something else. She's like the kindest, most generous, most thoughtful person. It never ceases to surprise me and amaze me and I adore her more than anything.