Nathan Fillion Reddit Conversation

Nathan Fillion participated in an IAmA on reddit today.  IAmA stands for “I am a” and AMA stands for “ask me anything”. In an IAmA post, a person will post what they are, and other people will ask the original poster about himself/herself.

We have transcribed the conversation below for anyone (like us) struggling to figure reddit out.

To read the orginal go to the IAmA page on reddit.

: Hello Mr.Fillion from Spain…I have a question for you 😉 How many time do you spend in front of the mirror before going out? you must say the truth 😛

TheRealNathan:: Long enough to put on deodorant and brush my teeth. Hair dries under a hat en route to work. Do hair for 45 seconds at work. Truth.

tlbof 5 : Have no idea what I am doing on this thing. Anyhow … any chance you can make Dragoncon this year? Atlanta is awesome at that time of year and you can’t beat the stormtrooper parade down peachtree.

TheRealNathan: Again, schedule dictates. No one really grasps the schedule until they see a show being filmed. Thales the magic out- all the repetition and such.

Two_by_Two: Oh Cap’n, Welcome! Quick fast: Fave Firefly fight scene! (Also, open bedroom invitation provided that you come dressed as Mal) Edit: I’m a shameless hot chick with pink hair

TheRealNathan: Slow down, blondie. We just met.

NexusMarit : You seem to enjoy acting a lot. What role of any movie (past, present or future) would you love to play?

TheRealNathan: Indy.

T4llAgent: Do you ever dress as the Captain, and just spend the entire day like that?

TheRealNathan: Only work, really.

Pandazel: Can you create a kickstarter to fund the “Bribe whoever it is that will get Nathan Fillion the role of Nathan Drake”?

TheRealNathan: Hmmmmmm… The problem comes in the form of: if the guy who finally does Drake’s gets pestered incessantly, why would he ever want to put me in a movie. Subtlety is key, I think.

suomihobit: Who have you worked with that was your most “I can’t believe I’m actually working with this person.” moment?

TheRealNathan: Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg Ted Danson Keri Russell Andy Griffith

Leafschris: Hi! A couple questions if you don’t mind. Firstly, how is your day going? Hopefully it’s been great. Secondly, I’m Canadian too and was wondering if you’re a hockey guy at all. If so, who’s your favorite team? Anyway, thanks for your time!

TheRealNathan: I grew up in Edmonton Alberta. So I was a huge fan of the Oilers at the time. We had a 19 year old Wayne Gretzky smashed every record ever. At 19. It was hard not to be excited about.

madlaughter17: Dr. Horrible 2. YOU IN?!

TheRealNathan: Yep

scifispy: Hi Nathan. I keep trying to think of something witty to write, but I can’t come up with anything. So this is all ya get, I guess. 😀 Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us!

TheRealNathan: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Qingy: Life soundtrack. One song. What’s your pick?

TheRealNathan: Road to nowhere talking heads

simonanajdoska: I asked this before, but I’m gonna ask again: What’s your fanmail address? And do you read your fanmail? Cause I wanna send you something but I don’t know where or if you’ll see it.. :/

You can always send stuff to the castle studio. I’m sure the info is online. Incidentally, never ever ever endeavor to find out where a celebrity lives. There’s nothing you can say in fan mail that you send to a celebrity’s house that doesn’t read like “I know where you live, and I’m going to kill you and wear your skin.”It’s an invasion, and it is never ever ever appreciated. Respect people’s privacy. That’s from me to you. Also, please don’t send me gifts. There’s really nothing I can do with the teddy bear dressed as Castle. Anything I need I already have.

Always_Coffee: Here you go, Terri tweeted it only yesterday 🙂 “object of affection” c/o Raleigh Studios Clinton Bldg. 5300 Melrose Ave. Hollywood, CA. 90038

TheRealNathan: Thank you for doing that. It’s always so weird when people ask me questions that ought to be googled.

-President_Obama: Been watching the Olympics?

TheRealNathan: No, just working.

poka64: I loved your work as caleb on buffy. Those eyes when you fight buffy really creeps me out!

TheRealNathan: I got to keep those!

enderandrew: I met Jewel Staite and said spoke highly of you, but she also mentioned that since you started working on Castle that you are exceptionally busy all the time. Is there any regret landing a successful leading role? And in a hypothetical world where Joss Whedon used his Avengers money to secure the rights to a Serenity sequel, would you use what little downtime you have between Castle seasons (sacrificing sleep and sanity) to do it? Or is just not practical? Browncoats want to know if we should hold out hope.

TheRealNathan: For anything good in life there is a price. castle included. As for the second question, you are making a lot of assumptions about a very complex situation. You are understandably oversimplifying due to worldwide perceptions of the industry. But honestly, who would ever give up hope about anything?

onesidedsquare: Would you be willing to do my voicemail message?

TheRealNathan: Yes

LukiferArvada: Firefly as an old-timey radio show, perhaps crowd-funded. Are you up for it?
Joss mentioned the possibility at ComicCon, and I think the medium is an excellent fit, without requiring huge budgets, or that the actors give up their other jobs.

TheRealNathan: I remember, I was there. Again I work long hours every day. For 10 months out of the year.

namna: Do you play any musical instruments?

TheRealNathan: No, but I know enough guitar to pick one up and make you think that I can play.

corriek1975: What is you biggest motivation for doing this AMA? What would you like to see accomplished? Tyvm

TheRealNathan: Mark from Arcimoto suggested I sign-on and try it. Blame him.

humfuzz: Hi Nate. I love you.
Have you ever let Alexis (Molly) try your seven layer bean dip of the gods? What did she think of it?

TheRealNathan: She’s vegan so she won’t eat dairy. she’s out.

Si_Crazy: Hi Captain! Thanks for doing this AMA.
What TV shows do you watch? (Not counting Castle lol)

TheRealNathan: Archer, GOT, how it’s made

PrimulaBlue: Nathan! Theoretical: If your acting opportunities ever dried up (God forbid!), what job do you think would be cool to try and why?

TheRealNathan: I trained to be a teacher. If acting ever dries up, I think I will teach acting for television and film. Nothing I did in school for acting prepared me for being on television and film.

libbykino: Any insider information about the popular fan theory that Inara had a terminal disease and that’s why she decided to wander the stars and always seemed to push Mal away?

TheRealNathan: You need to tune into the science Channel’s firefly special.

tomygun3: What is your favorite thing at Taco Bell? Additionally, how did you get into the business?

TheRealNathan: It’s been a while since I’ve been to Taco Bell, but I’m a fan of just small little soft tacos with meat in them. Nothing big with layers. As for acting, I fell ass backwards into it.

cscboston: Nathan is on Reddit…so I signed up. I have no f-ing clue what this is. #badnerd

TheRealNathan: You and me both.

jlevinthal12: follow-up to Firefly/Serenity?

TheRealNathan: I get that a lot, too. A lot.

italia06823834: If you had a nickel for every time you heard that question… well, you’d have quite a few nickels I imagine.

TheRealNathan: I don’t know that I realize it yet…

skylermichele: What accents can you do well?

TheRealNathan: English. Tenesse.

wilfork4foood: Castle fan here. Great show.
Do you expect the writing to get a little but better this season? It seemed so slow in comparison to last couple seasons.
Will we see more of 3xk this season? I really hope so.

TheRealNathan: I have noticed in the past that castle has lost a little bit of the fun that makes the show so great. Expect to see that again in season five.

Arithered: I would like another Chris Walken impression. I’ll have my people call your people.

TheRealNathan: Chris Walken is an overdone impression. Everyone has one, and the joke is finished. I am right now however, working on my Antonio Banderas. It’ll be the next big thing.


TheRealNathan: Cool.

clitler: My wheelchair-bound friend and I were waiting to try to get a picture with you outside the Iron Man 3 booth at Comic Con and struck up a conversation with another guy waiting. He handed my friend a card with your autograph on it and when we inquired as to how he got it he informed us he was your brother! We chatted for a bit and I asked him if you dress in costume to run around the con floor incognito, and he said you both do.
So I just wanted to ask who do you dress as? What’s your favorite costume and has anyone ever recognized you (wardrobe malfunction or something)?
Thanks for doing the AMA and thanks to your brother for asking you for autographs for us and thank you for actually signing them!

TheRealNathan: I once dressed as Vigilante. Get it?

slcgirl: I saw Waitress when it was at Sundance (so good!). Would you do another independent/Sundance film?

TheRealNathan: Yes

QuickestSilver: I won’t act which character you most enjoyed playing, but I’m curious as to which character you most liked as a human being. So if you could just to just hang out with a carbon copy of one of your characters, which would it be? What would you like to do with him/yourself (all masturbation jokes aside)?

TheRealNathan: Pause! Have to go entertain America. Be right back.

simonanajdoska: Hey Nathan how are you?! I have a question for you, is this really you on Facebook?! Thanks and have a great day 😉

TheRealNathan: I’m not on Facebook.

Just_another_sith: we all love Castle, Firefly, & DR Horrible so is there anything you touch that doesn’t turn to TV gold? has there ever been something (work wise) you aren’t really proud of? or wish you didn’t do?

TheRealNathan: Everything I’ve done so far has put me in the place I am now, so I regret nothing. As for everything I touch turning to gold? Check IMDb for a long list of failed television programs.

joeleyba: Have you ever run into somebody who played a Star Trek captain? How did that turn out?

TheRealNathan: Jonathan Frakes, who is now a friend and I still geek out.

kujo-prime: Do you know any other languages? If so what are they. If not what would you like to learn?

TheRealNathan: A little french.

Imriaylde: Thanks for doing this!
I know you’re a big proponent of Kids Need to Read, and I saw you tweeting about the Geek Prom that’s thrown with Phoenix Comic-Con every year. Will you ever come out to Phoenix and be part of it? That’d actually convince me to attend again, I sat out this year due to ticketing fiascos the year before.

TheRealNathan: Again, it’s hard to predict my schedule due to work.

mypoorbrain: Is the hammer really your penis?

TheRealNathan: I get that a lot.

dahngrest: How have your on set experiences differed as far as TV series go? It seems like Two Guys, A Girl, and a Pizza Place would be a different experience than Firefly which would be a different experience than Castle.

TheRealNathan: It’s all apples and oranges- but I’ll say this: I compare even job, every aspect of every job, to Firefly. ‘Nuff said.

clayton646: Will you give my phone number to Beckett and ask her for her hand in marriage in my place?

TheRealNathan: Probably not, but good try..

guilty_bystander: I, uh, wow. The time has come. You are here. And I have no idea what to ask. So, um, keep winning and being your awesome self. OH – What is your next movie project? Will you be singing, shooting, and/or punching your way to victory?

TheRealNathan: Verbalizing. Much Ado About Nothing comes out next for Nate.

DrunkenGoats: I heard Much Ado About Nothing will be premiering at TIFF. Are you going to be there?

TheRealNathan: Trying to make those arrangements now.

alan130: Who was the rude cast member Joss referenced at the Comic-Con panel?

TheRealNathan: Someone who has since become a friend.

NatalieWms: Hi. :o) What are a few songs on your iPhone/iPad/WhateverElectronicDeviceYou’reUsingRightNow?

TheRealNathan: Some nights. Moves like jagger. So nice.

maybe-me: S’up super hot super babe? Thanks for the AMA! What is something that you know now that you wish you knew when you were first starting out as an actor?

TheRealNathan: That comedy and drama are the same thing. Trying to make people laugh is a losing battle. Allowing them to laugh at you is easy. Trying to be liked all the time, and having a character who is perfect is ridiculous.

Brotato_Pancake: Besides being a mega stud and all around the ideal man for all female nerds all around the globe, What do you like to do off set other than being awesome? Also, Firefly start up soon?

TheRealNathan: I love gizmos and gadgets. Nothing is better than it could be movie. Also love being outside in the sun. Recently, I got into scuba. You’ve got to try.

LoveLaniLove: Will you be coming to any European convention-like event ANY day soon? Soooo desperately wanting to meet you waitsforfellowEuropeansforsupport

TheRealNathan: I was just in Monte Carlo, but most of the year (10 months) I film for Castle. With my off time, I prefer not to work. I need the rest. It’s really a time commitment.

windmilllane: Is this the Jason Bateman AMA?

TheRealNathan: Yep. Gimme $50.

_42_: I’d say it’s worth 5 bucks.

TheRealNathan: You were there.

WilkoJohnson: Nathan, I’ve been a huge fan of your work every since I picked up Serenity for a quid in a Glasgow poundland four years ago, and I’ve never been disappointed by your performances.
My question is, have you ever felt frustrated by being so inexorably linked not just to geek culture, but to one iconic role as Mal in Firefly? Or are you just happy to be so universally loved within your specific niche? Keep flying mate.

TheRealNathan: For those who don’t already know (how do you not know this?!) I am a geek. A nerd. Seriously, look this up. You can’t miss it. It’s my bread and butter and I’m living the dream.

blacklabel8829: Welcome Cap.

TheRealNathan: Thanks.

X-23: Who is your favorite doctor? And your favorite superhero?

TheRealNathan: Doggie and Spidey.

mondojay: Do you ever miss Edmonton?

TheRealNathan: In the summer, yes. It’s my home.

ramsrgood: when can we expect dr. horrible 2?

TheRealNathan: How long can you hold your breath?

Xellos42: You, sir, are awesome.
My wife and I went to an autograph session for one of the Castle books. She doesn’t do much fangirling, but you called her “angel” and she was totally fangirling afterwards (it was adorable). She said “I will pretend he doesn’t say that to all his female fans”. Do you?
Can you tell us anything interesting about the upcoming Castle season? Are Beckett and Castle actually going to be together without more unnecessary steps backwards?

TheRealNathan: I say it to every 5th fan, so surrounding fans get an original sounding response.

hueg: Do you prefer playing good guys (i.e. firefly) or bad guys (i.e. buffy, dr horrible) and which role resonate more with your real life?

TheRealNathan: I prefer the middle.

Halefor: Actual Question: Do you consider Captain Hammer to be a bad guy, or just a very selfish one with superpowers who can’t quite understand the world? Or does it matter in the end?
Quote about your previous answer: “That gives you two enemies. I’m amazed that you can afford so many, on a sergeant’s pay.” -Madam, Night Watch.
I just quoted Terry Pratchett at Nathan Fillion, will this be the high point of my geekery in life?

TheRealNathan: I know this: bad guys don’t think they’re bad guys. They think what they are doing is right, it’s the righteousness that makes them dangerous. I learned that from Joss.

moon__pie: What’s your favourite book? Also, I adore you.

TheRealNathan: World War Z and Game of Thrones.

pulpfiction2925: What does Joss Whedon’s scalp feel like?

TheRealNathan: Like Alexis Denisoff’s butt.

thedarklordkyp: My girlfriend wants you to marry her.
I disagree, you must marry me instead.

TheRealNathan: It’s so hard to choose without knowing your souls.

AryaArgetlam: Oh my goodness I can’t believe you’re on reddit. First off thank you so very much for being you, and for being a part of something that has changed my life. Now my big question is do you feel that any of your roles show the real you or do you change yourself to better become the character subconsciously? Or is it all a persona you put on and take off at the end of the day? Again thank you for being you!

TheRealNathan: First, thank you for being so sweet. Second, my brother once told me that he couldn’t believe I get paid to act, because all I’m doing is being myself. I take that as a compliment. You want to know how to act? Act naturally.

Nokarot: I saw on your twitter once that you play Mafia (the talking game, not the video game, if anyone is confused.) Any amazing stories of deceit that stand out?
Also, are you mafia?

TheRealNathan: James Gunn once murdered his entire mafia team so that he would not be suspected. It worked and he won.

wainface: What where your main influences for Mal in firefly?

TheRealNathan: Joss. And, finding it within one’s self. How would I feel if…

semimetaphorical: When was the first time you realized you were a culture icon? How did it feel?

TheRealNathan: I don’t know that I realize it yet…

joyefulsong: I am a PROUD CANADIAN, like you! Would you ever consider moving back to the true north, strong and free?

TheRealNathan: For retirement, in the summers.

fluffykittensandshit: You’ve got south going on but want you to know you have a huge military following. We would love to have you as a guest at our Army post. Wink wink think about it.

TheRealNathan: I did that once, in my youth- you guys are crazy. It was great.

beebrianna: You should do an episode of Psych!!!!

TheRealNathan: I love that man! James Roday is incredible.

suavepie: it takes a certain kind of badass to get the moniker captain without a ship or a pilots license…. kudos sir kudos

TheRealNathan: Never thought of it like that. Cool.

thebigdamnhero: What’s it like to be a god?

TheRealNathan: Ask Joss.

BadVogonPoet: You’re a geek like the rest of us, do you ever get overwhelmed when you think about your cult-like following re: Firefly/Serenity?
Also, you’re dreamy.

TheRealNathan: Vindicating is a better word.

opencasketmaterial: Is this the AMA then?
My question is…What are your memories of working on Two Guys a Girl and a Pizza Place? It’s FINALLY came out on DVD over in the UK, super excited to re-watch it all again!

TheRealNathan: My second season was the strongest for me. I really loved how collaborative it was. “What’s a funny way to answer the door?”

twcaiwh: Hello Mr. Fillion! I’m a definite fan of your work, and I thank you for taking the time to do this.
The real deal: What would you consider your favorite role to date? Most challenging?
Just for fun: Boxers or briefs? TP under or over? Coke or Pepsi?

TheRealNathan: Mal, Mal, boxer briefs, over, Dr.Pepper.

Mastadge: You are like my twin. Except, you know, the whole acting bit…

TheRealNathan: Then you sir, are a good-looking bastard.

Cherylhe: You- Mance Raydor – Game of Thrones. You are who I pictured as I was reading those thick, wonderful books

TheRealNathan: Oooooooooo!. Cool.

I_Like_You_Too: Hiya Captain! What is the one show you wish you could do a cameo on?

TheRealNathan: Community.

recentpsychgrad: I have no real questions for you, because you’ve probably heard every single question a person can ask. But I just wanted to say that I absolutely love your work, everything you have been in is fantastic. My boyfriend introduced me to you and since he moved to Michigan a few months ago we have ‘date nights’ by watching Firefly and Castle together. You’re a great actor and from everything I’ve seen and read a really respectable, hilarious man. Thanks Captain!

TheRealNathan: This is the kindest kind of comment I can think of getting. Sincere, well worded, and intelligent.

tea_bird: What does Adam Baldwin smell like?

TheRealNathan: Bravery and sausages.

turkletom: You’ve been playing a writer for 5 years now, but how are your real life writing skills?

TheRealNathan: I once wrote a buddy comedy show for Alan Tudyk and myself. I sold it, but it didn’t go anywhere. I found it to be a stressful experience.

Robotekk: Did you and Alan Tudyk ever have handsome contests on the set of Firefly?

TheRealNathan: Right? Fr someone who makes a career out of goofy, he’s fricking handsome as hell.

ScarySpencer: Were you totally naked in that scene in Firefly or was it just your bottom?

TheRealNathan: I was wearing a mitten of sorts. You know, to be dignified.

Captiankirk03: Would you be up for playing Nathan Drake (the video game character) for an Uncharted movie? You are just like him, you would be spot on.
Also, go win the lottery and buy the rights to Firefly. Thanks!

TheRealNathan: I’d be up.

ohsnipsnap: Aw. I got here late to the party.
Would you consider working with Bruce Campbell on a project?

TheRealNathan: I’d give my left nut.

basketball_curry: What’s so special about the right one?

TheRealNathan: It complements the left?

GideonBarish: As a spelling Nazi: Thank you for using the correct “complement”.

TheRealNathan: Thank Siri. I’m dictating this stuff.

billtrammel: Whee! Hmm. Actually, I’ve always wondered, what’s been your favorite product placement on Castle?

TheRealNathan: Firefly. I hate pimping products- unless I use them.

austenw: Oh cap’n, my cap’n. Do you have any new and exciting new projects you’re working on?

TheRealNathan: Just started back at Castle.

fr3nzical: What was your favorite area inside Serenity?

TheRealNathan: The kitchen.

TheRealNathan: Okay guys, this was a treat! An okay first run for my first Reddit AMA. I’ll do better next time, and it’ll be posted in the right place. No offense to Denver.


  1. Hi handsome,I’m a great fan and I’d like to say that you are my favorite actor ever,and I just wanna ask if you know Brasil,if not,when you take vacation come here, I’ll be your guide!!!!! XXXOOO

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