Roswell Trivia & Tidbits

Here are a few fun facts about the show Roswell, from various sites

Roswell Trivia Additional items

- In the season 3 credits, the names of the three actors who play aliens as well as the word Roswell start out in alien script and change into English.

Randy H. reminded me of the following:

Philip Evans was played by two different actors. Michael O'Neill played Mr. Evans in the episode Morning After, and Garrett M. Brown played him throughout the rest of the series.

Jim Valenti Sr. (Sheriff Valenti's father) was also played by two different actors. In season 1, Jim Valenti Sr. was played by John Cullum. In season 3, he was played by Stanley Anderson.

Roswell Facts from the Silver Hand Project

� Roswell is based on the popular book series, Roswell High by Melinda Metz.

� Roswell's theme song is called "Here with Me" by Dido and it is on her album, No Angel

� Roswell is filmed in Covina, California and at a stage on the Paramount Studios lot in Hollywood, California.

� The desert scenes are usually shot at the Vasquez Rocks (a popular hiking spot).

� It takes 5-7 days to shoot one episode of Roswell.

� All cast members are at work for 14-16 hours a day, whether or not they have a lot of scenes in the episode.

� When they are not shooting scenes, they can sometimes be found in their trailers eating, sleeping, getting a quick nap, reading, writing, watching t.v., listening to music... Shiri likes taking pictures of the cast and crew since she got a new camera, all of them joke around with each other, Colin likes playing games on his Game Boy, and Nick plays his acoustic guitar (which was given to him by William Sadler).

� The tabasco sauce the aliens put on their food is actually V8 Berry Splash.

� Roswell's first and second season was shown on the WB, and its third season was shown on UPN.

� Roswell repeats are shown on the Sci-Fi channel Monday - Friday at 6pm.

� Sci-Fi has a Roswell section on their site,

� You can write to any Roswell cast member at: [Cast Member's Name]
c/o Roswell
Paramount Pictures Corporation
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

� Colin is Tom Hanks' son.

Sorry, I don't know where this was originally posted

Here's a page about all the little things you probabily didn't know about the show and the cast. Most of the info on here came from��and an article in the Twist from when the show first came out.

Shiri did a voice-over for an episode of Batman Beyond called "Terri's Friend dates a Robot" her cartoon� character was Cynthia

Jason & Shiri have both been on 7th Heaven before. Jason as also on Dawson's Creek and Buffy.

Shiri tried out of all 3 female leads on the show a couple times before they cast her as Liz

Shiri was a cheerleader in high school

Shiri has one younger brother named Evan

Shiri was on the yearbook committee and in student council for Calababas High School

Jason is about 6 foot tall

Jason has 3 brothers : John, Aaron, and Andrew

Jason has 2 dogs, Joplin, a dalmation and Ronin, an Aktia

Heath Ledger was first offered the role of Max but he turned it down. Lucky for Jason!

Brendan's Full name is Brendan Jacob Joel Fehr

Brendan and William Sadler(Sheriff Valenti) were both in Disturbing Behavior with Dc's girl, Katie Holmes

Brendan has two older sisters, Angela and Shana

Brendan was a model before he got into acting

William Sadler has appeared in the following tv show : Star Trek: Deep space 9, The Outer Limits, Tales from the Crypt, Murphy Brown, and Roseanne

William Sadler was in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey as the Grim Reaper

William Sadler was also in Die Hard 2 and The Shawshank Redemption

Katherine beat out Alicia Silverstone for the lead role in "My Father the Hero"

Katherine's middle name is Marie

Katherine is about 5'8 to 5'9

Katherine has 2 older borthers, Holt and Jason, and one older sister, Megan

Katherine used to be a model and worked for the Elite Agency

Katherine dated Joey Lawrence for a while

Majandra's full name is Maria Alejandra but her sister couldn't say her name so they started to Majandra

Majandra was born in Caracas Venezeula

Majandra was born in Feb 20 1981 making her Emilie the babies on the show

Majandra is 5'4

Majandra used to dance ballet. She was even in the Nutcracker with the maimi ballet

Majandra is best friends with one of the Bee Gee's daughters, they were in a band called China Doll but since then both have left the group

Meni Suvari beat Majandra to get the role in American Pie

Devon Gummersall(Sean) was on My so-called life with Clarie Danes. He played Brain Krakow

Devon Gummersall has been on Felicity and Blossom

Colin is the son of Tom Hanks and Samantha Lewes

Desmond Askew(Brody) went to school in England,UK

Jeremy Davidson(Grant) has been on both Law & Order and Nypd Blue

from aliendprint

The first episode of Roswell premiered in New Zealand on February 8 1999 and the last episode on May 19 2002

Roswell is the third best rating US Drama in New Zealand after E.R. and Six Feet Under. US rival Smallville is the 4th and C.S.I. is the 5th.

New Zealand was the second country to screen Roswell after the USA. Some Season Three episodes were screened on the TV2 Network less than a week after they premiered on UPN.

An average of 380,000 viewers tune into Roswell each week in New Zealand.

470,000 viewers watched "Panacea" (from a potential 3,360,000) making it the best rating episode for Season Three. It got TV2s 6th best rating for that week.

Roswell is so popular in New Zealand that the entire first season was repeated in prime-time. The second and third seasons are yet to be repeated.


Roswell General

... Brendan Fehr was the first one, who got an acceptance for his role in Roswell?
... Heath Ledger auditioned for the role of Max Evans?
... Katherine Heigl tested for all three female leads before landing the part of Isabel Evans?
..... before winning the role of Maria DeLuca, Majandra Delfino originally auditioned for the part of Liz?
... Shiri Appleby auditioned, like Katherine, for all three female lead roles? She won the lead of Liz Parker after several callbacks.
... baby Zan appeared as baby Connor in "Angel"?
... the Vasquez Rocks in which the pod chamber/granilith was located appeared in several movies and tv shows like "Star Trek", "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" (with William Sadler!) or "Fastlane"?
... The newspaper clippings shown at the beginning of the show's credits are actual headlines from the infamous Roswell "UFO Crash" in July of 1947?
... in the third season episode "Secrets & Lies", after doing terribly on an addition for "Enterprise," his agent tells Max that "There's still 'Buffy'," a reference to Jason Behr's guest appearance as Ford in the "Buffy" episode "Lie to Me".
... the wife of Jonathan Frakes, Genie Francis, played in Roswell the biological mother of Max and Isabel (as a hologram)?
... Zoe Nutter, the daughter of David Nutter, played the six year old Isabel?
... the judge in episode "Independence Day" is the father of Jason Katims?
... Sarah Michelle Gellar, Julie Benz and Majandra Delfino had the same Stuntdouble? - Sophia Crawford?
... Jason Katims old Couch stook in Michaels Apartment?
... one of the writers put a fight between him and Shiri into a fight scene of Liz and Valenti in "Cry Your Name"? When Shiri read it she was like: "Oh.. looks familar!"
... Dan Lubetin was originally the name of a writers room mate from college?
... in "Tess, Lies and Videotape" a report about the fire shows the co-executive producer Thania St. John, as a reporter? Her name airs on the screeen, too.
... Jonathan Frakes had three guest appearances on Roswell? In the "Pilot", "The Convenntion" and in "Secret & Lies".
... the name Nasedo originally came from a city in Arizona? Sedona - the writers just changed the first letter.
... Katherine Heigl always becomes an "Isabel", again? In Roswell she played Isabel Evans, in Wuthering Heights she played just Isabel and in her new series "Grey's Anatomy" she plays Isobel "Izzie" Stevens.
... in 2001, Roswell was one of two shows to move from The WB to UPN? The other was "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997).

Roswell Cast

... Colin and Katherine are born on the same day? Colin on 24.11.1977 and Kathie: 24.11.1978
... Colin's Ex-Girlfriend Busy Philipps auditioned for all three female roles in Roswell?
... Shiri and Jason had guest appearances in "7th Heaven"?
... Katherine and Devon had both guest appearances in "The Twilight Zone"?
... Katherine, as well as Shiri stook in front of the camera with Jesse Bradford?
... Brendan and Alison Lange (Laurie in Roswell) played a couple in the movie 'Christina's House'?
... William Sadler and Brendan had roles in David Nutter's 'Disturbing Behavior'?
... Brendan and Sara Downing (Courtney) played in the movie "The Forsken"?
... Majandra and Miko Hughes (Nicholas) were in the "Zeus and Roxanne" cast?
... before Roswell Julie Benz was with Majandra in a movie? Both had roles in "Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth"?
... Shiri and William Sadler played parts in "Battle of Shaker Heights"?
... Brendan wore on the premiere of 'The Beach' a pullover with an image he got tattooed later?
... Majandra and Samantha Gibb, the daughter of BeeGee Maurice Gibb, made music together?
... Jason had a guest appearance in the second season of Buffy and Katherine answered the question "In which series she would like to play?" with "Buffy"?
... Brandi Andres went out with Jason Behr in 1998 and some years later she played together with Majandra Delfino in "R.S.V.P."?
... one of Kathies favorite Sitcoms is 'Will & Grace'?
... Shiri, as well as Brendan and Katherine appeared in a few music videos? (Shiri: It's my life, Save yourself & I don't want to be; Brendan: Stuck in a moment, Pretty Baby; Katherine: Only You)
... Shiri had her first date in seventh grade with Rob Bourdon the Linkin Park Drummer?
... Dominic Monaghan was with Jason Behr in "Shooting Livien", now he's part of the "Lost" cast and he stands with Emilie de Ravin in front of the camera?
... William Mapother plays a part in "Lost" and he was with Jason Behr in the movie "The Grudge"?
... Katherine auditioned for a role in "Lost"?

Co-Stars/Friends/Sibilings/ etc.

... Josh Janowicz (Emilie's boyfriend) played in "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" the role "Hot Priest" and one of Brendan's friends Jennifer Gimenez played in this movie the role of a nun?
... Colins sister, Elizabeth, made a guest appearance in "That Thing You Do!", as well? She got credit as Bored Girl in Dress Shop. In addition she appeared in "Forrest Gump" as a School Bus Girl.
... Jesse Bradfort played in 1993 in "King of the Hill" alongside Katherine Heigl. In 2002 he was with Miko Hughes in "Clockstoppers" and in the same year he and Shiri were in "Swimfan"?
... Erika Christensen was in front of the cameras with some Roswell Cast Members? In 2000 she was in "Traffic" with Majandra Delfino. In 2002 she and Shiri had roles in "Swimfan" and in "Wuthering Heights" Katherine Heigl and John Doe had roles, as well?
.. Nora Zehetner and Emilie de Ravin had roles in "Brick" and Nora and Majandra played characters in the movie "R.S.V.P."? ... Harold Perrineau Jr. plays Michael in "Lost" and he was with Katherine Heigl in "The Tempest"? ... Larisa Oleynik and Shiri Appleby were in the movie "A Time for Dancing" and in the same year, Larisa played a role in "100 Girls" with Katherine Heigl?

On the Set Facts:
� The tabasco sauce that the aliens put on their food is really V8 juice.
� Roswell is not filmed in New Mexico, it is filmed on a Paramount Lot in Los Angeles
� Jason Behr (Max Evans) is the oldest cast member (of the high school students)
� Jason Behr and Katherine Heigl (Max and Isabel Evans) are dating in real life
� Besides being an actress, Shiri Appleby used to be a waitress at the California Pizza Kitchen.
� Majandra Delfino used to be in a band called: China Doll, with Samantha Gibbs, Maurice Gibbs (of the BeeGees) daughter.
� Colin Hanks is Tom Hanks' son.
� Katherine Heigl gave up college for acting.
� Nick Weschler is part of 8 sons (he's the 5)

Random Facts

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-The longest episode title is 'Michael, the guys and the great snapple caper' with 37 letters, 7 spaces and 1 coma.

-The shortest episode title is tied between 'Pilot' and 'Crazy', both with 5 letters and no spaces.

-7 epiosodes start with 'M': Morning After, Monsters, Missing, Max to the MAx, Meet the dupes, Max in the city and Michael, the guys and the great snapple caper.

-The shorest episode in season one was Sexual Healing with just over 40 min. It felt a lot longer to dremaers.

-In Pilot, Liz's front door has the numbers '152' on it.

-Of the 4 blonde pop divas (Britney, Christina, Jessica and Mandy) Britney Spears is the only one never to have had a song on Roswell.

- The original ending of 'Leaving Normal' was actually outside the hospital. Max was sitting on a bench outside and Liz comes out and gives him a hug/ Before the episode aired the WB decided they wanted a more cinimatice ending and it was re-shot outside the crashdown using the more dramatic camera angles

-Julie Benz was only in nine episodes, but she still has her own gallery at the Crashdown

- When printed out, the season 4 petion weight about 6 pounds

-There were 61 episodes of Roswell made before it was cancelled

-Roswell is a big hit in Japan. No really it is, I've met a person from Japan who told me (in her broken english) that everyone she knew watched the show and asked me for some of my pictures

- TV guide jokes about Roswell fans being so scary, that no ones wants to say anything bad about the show.

- Manjadra lied about her age when she auditioned for Roswell. She was only 17 when she got the part and no one found out the truth until she asked for a tutor on set.

Roswell Trivia taken from imdb

-Executive producer Jonathan Frakes appears on-screen near the end of the first episode. He is the man on stage that announces the crash of the UFO. He appears twice more as himself, once as a guest speaker in the season one episode �The Convention,� and another in the season three episode �Secrets and Lies� where he holds a casting audition for Max on the show �Enterprise� (2001).

-Fearing cancellation during the show�s first season, fans of Roswell sent tiny bottles of Tabasco sauce (the choice condiment of the show�s aliens) to the WB network as part of a campaign to save the show. Roswell was subsequently moved to a new night and time and renewed for a second season.

-Heath Ledger auditioned for the role of Max Evans.

-Katherine Heigl tested for all three female leads before landing the part of Isabel Evans. Before winning the role of Maria DeLuca, Majandra Delfino originally auditioned for the part of Liz, which eventually went to Shiri Appleby who, like Heigl, tested for all three female lead roles, winning the lead of Liz Parker after several callbacks.

-The newspaper clippings shown at the beginning of the show�s credits are actual headlines from the infamous Roswell �UFO Crash� in July of 1947.

-The mountain where alien-children came from (and frequently go back to) is the same as the mountain Captain Kirk climbs in an episode of �Star Trek� (1966); it was also used in Bill & Ted�s Bogus Journey (1991), as the mountain to which Bill & Ted are brought to be killed by the evil robots and in Fastlane (2002) where Van and Deq go to meet with an arms dealer (and their car is shot with a rocket launcher).

-During the opening credits of the show, the names of the stars come up on the screen, first in �alien writing,� and then morph into English.

-In the third season episode �Secrets and Lies,� after doing terribly on an audition for �Enterprise� (2001), Max�s agent tells him that �There�s still �Buffy�,� a reference to Jason Behr�s guest appearance as Ford in �Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Lie to Me (#2.7)� (1997). Also, Julie Benz, Who plays Agent Tapolski, plays Darla on Buffy.

-The pilot episode was the highest-testing episode 20th Century Fox had ever done.

-Though the name given to the alien Nasedo is purported on the show to be an Indian word for �visitor,� it was actually made up by show co-executive producer and writer Thania St. John by scrambling the letters of the town of Sedona, Arizona.

-Majandra Delfino was nicknamed Majandra because her sister couldn�t pronounce her real name, �Maria Alejandra�.

-Nick Wechsler auditioned for 4 different roles.

-They didn�t even use real Tabasco sauce. Instead, it was V8 Berry Splash. They tried to use real Tabasco sauce, but their eyes kept watering and they kept running for more water after each take.

- All three of the lead actresses, (Shiri Appleby, Katherine Heigl and Majandra Delfino) have acted along side actress Erika Christensen in separate projects. Appleby in Swimfan (2002), Heigl in Wuthering Heights (2003) (TV) and Delfino in Traffic (2000).

More Roswell Trivia

From various sources

Roswell is based on the book series, Roswell High by Melinda Metz.

Roswell's theme song is called "Here with Me" by Dido and it is on her album, No Angel.

Roswell was filmed in Covina, California and at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California.

The desert scenes were usually shot at the popular hiking area, Vasquez Rocks, in California, USA.

The cliff where the pod chamber is hidden is the same cliff as seen in Star Trek: The Originial Series and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey.

It took 5-7 days to shoot one episode of Roswell.

All cast members were at work on average for 15 hours a day.

In between takes, actors could be found in their trailers sleeping, eating, writing, watching t.v., listening to music, etc. Shiri took pictures of the cast and crew, Colin played games on his Game Boy, and Nick played his acoustic guitar (which was given to him by William Sadler). They said the set was like high school where everyone would pull pranks and joke around with each other.

The tabasco sauce the aliens put on their food was actually V8 Berry Splash. They tried to use real tabasco sauce, but their eyes kept watering and they kept running for more water after each take.

Fox was originally going to air Roswell but decided at the last minute not to air it. The WB Network bought the rights instead, but didn't like the original "Pilot" episode, so they made them re-shoot parts of it. That means that there is an unaired, original "Pilot" episode, and it is floating around the internet.

Jason Katims' father played the judge who ordered Michael's emancipation in the "Independence Day" episode.

Director Johnathan Frakes made guest appearances in "The Pilot," "The Convention," and "Secrets and Lies" episodes. (He played Commander William T. Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generations).

The fourth alien was originally going to be revealed in the season one finale, but the WB Network pushed the producers to reveal it sooner.

Near the end of the first season, fans campaigned to save the show by sending bottles of Tabasco sauce to the WB. The campaign led the WB to renew Roswell.

There is an hour of unaired footage from "The Departure" episode floating around the internet. The episode was originally 2 hours long, but at the last minute the WB network would only give Roswell a regular hour-long slot, so they had to cut an hour of footage to make the episode fit into the time slot.

Mile marker 67 is where Nasedo dropped off the dead body, and we see that sign again in Tess' room in "The Departure" episode.

Like "The Departure," the "Graduation" episode was supposed to be 2 hours long, but UPN decided that Roswell could only have a 1 hour finale. In the uncut version, Max proposed to Liz, they made love, and the next day got married.

Roswell's first and second seasons were shown on the WB. Its third season was shown on UPN.

The Sci-Fi channel bought the rights to air reruns of Roswell for 5 years. They have a Roswell section on their site,

You can write to any Roswell cast member at:
[Cast Member's Name]
C/O Roswell
Paramount Pictures Corporation
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(this is not still available)

On the Roswell TV show, the teens attend West Roswell High. In the Roswell books, however, they attend Ulysses F. Olsen High. Note that the initials of that high school are UFO.

Shiri Appleby started her career at the age of four appearing in several TV commercials. In high school, she was on her student council, helped produce the school yearbook, was on the cheerleading team and was voted, "Most Spirited" by her classmates. She auditioned several times for all three female parts on the Roswell TV show before getting the part as Liz.

Jason Behr has appeared in more than 75 TV commercials! In addition to his starring role on Roswell, he was also a regular on the Showtime series, "Sherman Oaks" and on the ABC series, "Push". He was voted, "The Most Destined For Fame" by his high school classmates.

When Katherine Heigl was nine years old, her aunt invented a hair care product and wanted to advertise it. She used Katherine's photo in her advertising and later sent the photos out to several modelling agencies. In less than a month, "Wilhelmina", the international modelling agency signed her to a contract. Several TV commercials and magazine modelling jobs got her noticed and she began getting acting job offers. She has appeared on many magazine covers such as TV Guide, Maxim, and Teen. She also auditioned for all three female parts on Roswell before getting the part as Isabel. She got the lead role in the 1994 film, "My Father the Hero", even though Alicia Silverstone also tried for the part. Her older brother Jason died when she was young after being thrown from the back of a pickup truck.

Brendan Fehr originally planned to become a teacher. In 1997 he stopped by a talent agency to see about making some extra money doing modelling. Just one week later he got offered a small guest part on the TV show, "Breaker High". His mother felt maybe he should put off his teaching plans and concentrate full-time on acting. Only a few days before he was to enter college, he decided she was right and took her advice. Brendan actually auditioned for the part of Max on Roswell and got the part of Michael instead. He is a member of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles.

Majandra Delfino moved to the United States at the age of 3 from Caracas, Venezuela. At 10 years of age, she performed in "The Nutcracker" with the Miami Ballet Group. At 11, she joined an all-girl singing group which performed "soul/Pop" music. One of the other group members was Samantha Gibb, the daughter of the Bee Gees' Maurice Gibb. Their group appeared as the opening act for the Bee Gees and they had some minor success thereafter. After dropping out of the group, Majandra decided to give acting a try. Her parents weren't overjoyed about it and told her she had 6 months to suceed or return to school. She only needed a couple of those months to get an agent and the acting offers to start coming in. The very next summer, she got her first TV series, landing the part of Tony Danza's daughter on, "The Tony Danza Show (1997). She was nicknamed Majandra because one of her siblings couldn't pronounce her real name, "Maria Alejandra".

Nick Wechsler auditioned for 4 different roles on the Roswell TV show and finally won the role as Kyle. He has seven brothers! Four are older than him and three are younger. He must simply love music as he has a CD collection of approximately 300 CDS!

-In the final episode of season one, Destiny, we see homing beacons around earth lighting up and begin beeping, showing the way to earth for anyone in outer space. A sinister looking character sitting in a dark car looks at one of the beacons in his palm and says �It has begun� into his cellphone. The actor is, in fact, Howie from the Backstreet Boys.

-Brendan �always had his eye on the role of Michael� - even when Roswell�s producers made him audition for the lead of Max. Brendan auditioned with his friend Carly Pope who didn�t make it into Roswell, however ended up with the lead role of Sam on another teen show - Popular.

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