‘Big Love’ Q&A: Compounding the drama

Big Love star Bill Paxton is the next guest in our Q&A series. He’ll be answering reader questions here on Season Pass.

Biglove09_01HBO’s drama about a polygamist and his three wives bows its third season Jan. 18. While many of HBO’s shows have long hiatuses, “Big Love’s” was extra long due to the WGA strike and hasn’t aired since August 2007. In the interim, the lifestyle portrayed on the show received a worldwide stage in April of 2008 when authorities raided Warren Jeffs’ polygamist compound in Texas and took more than 400 children into protective custody.  According to TV Guide’s print edition, the show will address that real-life event in its premiere episode.

I’ll be sitting down with Bill to present your questions on Jan. 14 so please submit them by Jan. 13. You know the drill by now but here are the rules:

1) Hit the comment button below and ask your question by Jan. 13.
2) You may ask more than one question but we are looking for quality, not quantity. Asking more will not guarantee that you’ll get an answer. In the spirit of fairness, we try to give plenty of folks a chance.
3) Read through the other comments to make sure you’re not repeating something that’s already been asked.
4) Keep in mind that actors are not always aware of future plot points.
5) Be clever and have fun.

The person who asks the question Bill likes best will win a DVD set of Season 2.

Posted by Kathy Lyford

(Paxton pictured above with his TV wives, from left, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Chloe Sevigny)

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  1. Penny and Sheldon would be perfect together, as opposites attract each other, Sheldon neurotic and robotic personality with the easygoing and social nature of Penny, would be a bittersweet mix. We may even see Sheldon doing some stupid thing for love.

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  4. Stanley M. Shepp says:

    so – who won the DVD’s?

  5. Jim Ballew says:

    As an actor, do you believe that Bill Hendrickson is driven solely by his adherance to the principle, or is he confusing selfishness with faith?

  6. Lori Chatwin says:

    If you had a personal invitation to spend a few days with a family in a real polygamous community would you accept? If you did accept, would go representing the show or just yourself?

  7. GLR says:

    Do you feel that the life your charactor plays should be against the law? If all the abuse was eliminated could this life style be acceptable?

  8. Kent says:

    I would like to know what experiences Bill has had with reactions or comments on the show from the Mormon community.

  9. Stanley M. Shepp says:

    A question for all of you – Are we going to see some good “bloopers” from the filming? Are there some funny times on the editor’s floor that we would all love to hear about? And, since most bloopers need to be seen, can they be included on as a bonus feature with the Third Season DVD’s?

  10. Stanley M. Shepp says:

    Bill, during the filming, have you had any trouble keeping your wives names straight?

  11. Stanley M. Shepp says:

    Marc asked on Jan. 8, 2009 at 11:53am:
    “If you had to choose, which lady would you like to have as your wife in real life?”
    Having been asked that question, does it seem easier to reconcile yourself to the position of real polygamists not wanting to choose – or not having to choose?

  12. Stanley M. Shepp says:

    I assume that plural marriage was not something that any of you thought much about prior to this series. How has your view of plural marriage changed from the time your agent first pitched the show to you until now?

  13. Kevin says:

    I’m curious if you think much about some of the industrial context surrounding the show. Do you think the program could work on another cable channel or broadcast network? Perhaps it’s better to ask, why do you think it fits so well with HBO?

  14. Kevin says:

    How would you describe Bill to someone else? I ask because my own feelings toward him started to change in the second season. Without saying too much about my own feelings, I’m curious to hear how you approach the character.

  15. J. says:

    Although I enjoyed watching the show in the first two seasons (based on the interesting family dynamics of the characters), I ultimately couldn’t get over the “ick” factor of the of the realities of the compound. I understand that the program probably shows what actually goes on in jeff warren’s (and others’) polygamy compounds, but I find it difficult to stomach the storylines regardless as it’s just too far beyond mainstream life. Do you find some of these storylines hard to reconcile with your own ideas / values, and what is your internal dialogue to not reject the same?

  16. dana harris says:

    Bill Henrickson abandoned the Mormon church but later returned to its teachings in terms of “the principle” (aka polygamy). However, he still seems to have disdain for the faith that created the principle. Is that true? And what drives Bill H’s faith in polygamy?

  17. Marc says:

    If you had to choose, which lady would you like to have as your wife in real life?

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