"It was more about... without you i couldn't become the person i am now.
And I think that throughout the season no matter what has happened.. good or bad..
it made these people who they are. i think that's the way it is with life.
That choices that we make in our lives and the people that we know help us,
in one way or another, be the people we are.
And that moment he was thanking her for helping him open his eyes to a completely different world.
She's a sane voice, some sort of reasoning.
The person that he trusts the most is Liz who knows him better, I think, than anybody" |
- Jason Behr (about the last scene from A Roswell Christmas Carol)
"The Max-Liz connection works so well, as is so popular with "Roswell " fans, because, in Moore's opinion, "It's very romantic in the classic sense of the word. Max is a young man from another planet, with secrets. He saved her life in the first episode, and they became soulmates across time and space. It's a classic set-up. Beyond that, the appeal of their relationship has a great deal to do with the chemistry between Shiri Appleby and Jason Behr."
- Ron Moore, co-executive producer & writer Ron Moore talks Roswell in Dec Starlog.
"The episodes that I have really found have worked in that way are the pilot episode, which works really well because that’s really, to me, Romeo and Juliet. It’s really about two people meeting and falling in love, but not being able to be together, and I think it grabs you in that way."
- Jason Katims, executive producer and creator talks about Roswell episodes that he thinks is a real top television moment.
"Heart and Soul of Roswell, I think that Jason [Katims] would share this opinion, has always been the relationship between Max and Liz. That's where the plot begins. He saved her life and he exposes himself at the same time. The love between those two characters is fundamental to the show's success.
- Ron Moore, Roswell season 2 DVD, Ask Not commentary
"When we did this scene you just kind of expect that this scene's going to be great. You know it's gonna be great because their chemistry is so good together but then watching it a few years later and seeing how good they are together, you know that doesn’t come off - It's not that easy for that to happen. When you have chemistry... we were very lucky with the two of them, what great chemistry the two of them have together on the screen. For three years they could still do a scene like that and could still kinda get you. That’s pretty amazing."
- Jason Katims, graduation commentary of the proposal scene
"I thought he was an amazing choice for Max. He really does have that intensity — just the way he looks at Liz — and you feel the longing. I always felt that Max was cautious, responsible and a good person, but with all this bubbling underneath. I think he really conveys that, which is hard to do,because it's all internal."
- Melinda Metz (Soap Opera Weekly)
"I love that! He's a kid! He's a kid, he doesn't care about his "destiny", he's not captain Kirk. He doesn't care about his unseen planet he just found out about. What he cares about is a very human thing. He cares about this girl. He loves her and she loves him. It's the world to him! That's what is primary in his mind. And I think that's what the show is about. That's what brings people to this show is this strong love between them"
- Ronald Moore about the "I'm coming for you Liz" scene- Ask Not commentary
"That moment to me seems like a transcendent moment. It's the gift he gives to her. It's him thanking her for being there for him and being a friend. And it's not a moment about them getting back together as a boyfriend and girlfriend. It's beyond that(...) he's able to go to her even with everything that they've been through"
- Jason Katims - A Roswell Christmas Carol commentary of the "I believe in you" scene
"The moment you look at Shiri you know why Max is in love with her: she was so REAL"
- Thania St. John- The Balance commentary
"And then enter Liz. And you know we're playing. One of the great things about season two was playing Max chasing Liz. You know I thought that was a really fun thing. I think it really said a lot about his feelings for her. That he wasn't willing to give it up and that, you know, you were waiting for her resolve to weaken and hoping she's gonna go back into his arms."
- Ronald Moore about the "I'm coming for you Liz" scene; Ask Not commentary
"We're going to play things a little lighter in some instances. But the relationships are still going to carry forward, because they are the heart and soul of the show. The Liz-Max relationship is front and center, right from the first episode."
- Ronald Moore's interview
"People will go to any length if they love someone..." -- These two people. They weren't acting at this point. This was real stuff."
- David Nutter, Blood Brother's commentary
"Look at how great these two are together. Romeo and Juliet "
- David Nutter - Secrets and Lies commentary
"I love the music in this episode--especially the love theme between Max and Liz. This was just magical stuff and I think...I know that with the great combination of Snuffy Walden and Joe Williams... I think there was a real great musical fanatic that really helped, I think, bond these two characters and also get a sense of sadness because of the fact that they can never ultimately be together. I think it pulls the audience in even more..."
- David Nutter
"and here it comes. That's the moment where they know in their hearts that they're in love with each other. They've never said it. He doesn't actually say it now either. But what he's telling her is 'I'm breaking up with you because I'm in love with you' - and the pain in her heart right now is making her angry yet she understands. But she's still so alone when he walks down that ladder... and we know that they belong together and they're in love and what Max is doing right now is for the good of both of them. And half way through our first season we've broken them up and yet we've completely allowed them to profess their love for each other at the same time. We've given ourselves more fodder for the back half of the season because the love story really needed a wrench thrown into it. We wanted to see what it was like for them to be so happy so that we would know ultimately what they needed to search for and find and live through the pain to get there again.
- Thania St. John- The Balance commentary, last scene when M&L broke up
Q: My question is about the amazing looks you give Max (Jason) during your scenes together. What are you thinking or what experiences do you draw from for those steamy eyes you have? A: (Shiri Appleby): While Jason and I are looking into each other's eyes I just think about the most pure love possible because their relationship is based strictly on the heart. What they share is what I someday hope to find.
- Shiri Appleby, Fandemonium Q & A
“He is absolutely wonderful,” raves Appleby. “A very gracious gentleman. We have become very good friends and I really admire him. He really holds my hand through a lot of this stuff. He’s a very down-to-Earth and great guy.”
- Xpose magazine #42 interview Jason Behr / Shiri Appleby - Roswell
"Unlike some actors who insist they can play a convincing love scene with someone they hate, Behr, who claims to have a natural rapport with Appleby, feels a friendly chemistry is essential. "I mean, there's only so far that the acting can take you if you're looking into someone's eyes and you don't want to be in their presence," he says.
- Jason Behr Copes With Teenage Alienation
Q: This season you had some heavy make-out scenes with your co-star, Shiri Appleby. What are those like to shoot? A:"It's always an odd thing, but Shiri and I have gotten to know each other so well over the last nine months that there's nothing uncomfortable about it."
- Jason Behr, antarians.com
"If I may be honest, I like older women and Shiri is 5 years younger than me. But I must confess that I had to go sit down when I saw a pic of Shiri where she looked amazingly like Audrey Hepburn! As a child I must have watched Breakfast at Tiffany's like a 100 times. I had all those years a major crush on that actress. Shiri does look amazingly like my ideal woman."
- Jason Behr
Q: What made you want to be on 'Roswell', besides the fact that it was a major gig? A: When I first read the script I immediately understood what they were going for - the mystery, the suspense, the relationships, the unrequited love story. I related to Max's search for the truth about himself, about life, about his place in this world, which I think everybody goes through." Q: Your character's a virgin, right? A: "Oh yeah. The first time he's ever kissed somebody was when he kissed Liz and they had such an intense connection. I can't imagine what would happen if they ever had sex!"
- Jason Behr; Behring It All, teenmovieline.com; Star, October 18, 2000
Q: What is going to happen with you and Liz? Any hints, please, please, pretty please? Jason Behr: I'm not exactly sure what's going to happen with Liz. We've been -- we've been exploring that relationship for, like, the first part of the year basically, just trying to -- any relationship you get into is complicated, especially that of what you think is supposed to be that true love, that one special person. And we've been slowly but surely allowing them to get closer and closer and closer. But just -- it's like Murphy's Law. When things start to get just at that moment of being perfect, something is going to happen. I don't know exactly what that is. But right now Liz and Max are very, very close and very much happy together, regardless of the circumstances they're in.
- Jason Behr; AOL Live!, April 17, 2000
"I felt like Jason Behr and I had such a unique chemistry. He just walked in and we started reading together, it was just there"
- Shiri Appleby; Lula Magazine Interview
“Shiri's on-screen chemistry with Jason makes Liz's scenes with Kyle seem as passionate as a warn glass of milk! “
- quoted from “Crash Into Me: The World of Roswell
"It's kind of weird because we've been making out for three years now," she laughs. "It's like kissing someone you've been married to for a really long time. It becomes second nature."
- Shiri Appleby; Star Crossed Lover; 2001
"The heart and soul of the series remains the relationship between Max and Liz, which is where everything more or less began. In many ways, everything that happens on the show even if Max and Liz are not front and center pivots around that relationship."
- Jason Katims&Ron Moore, Season Two Begins; mania.com
"What I can say is I consider the Liz and Max relationship the central love story in the series. Even the deepest of relationships has its ups and downs, so what I find interesting is to track their relationship even when they're not technically together. For example, the moment between Max and Liz at the end of the Christmas episode seems more poignant with them being apart than it would have been if they were together."
- Jason Katims; The WB Sessions (season 2)
Well, I spoke with Jason Behr recently, and he assures me the writers are just as conflicted as the viewers about what should happen between Max and Liz. But Jason told me he's hankerin' for Liz and Max to up together.
- E!Online's Watch With Wanda
Back to Main|