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10 Best Moments From The 'Sleepy Hollow' Cast At PaleyFest

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Fox’s Sleepy Hollow is a series that flew under the radar for much of its first season. At first, we were doubtful that a show based on the Washington Irving short story about a headless horseman could stretch more than a couple episodes, but it turned out to be a good show that mixes the supernatural, police action, drama, history and romance.

At the PaleyFest on Wednesday night at the Dolby Theatre, the cast Tom Mison (Ichabod Crane), Nicole Beharie (Lt. Abbie Mills), Orlando Jones (Capt. Frank Irving), Lyndie Greenwood (Jenny Mills) and John Cho (Andy Brooks) joined executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Len Wiseman, Mark Goffman, Heather Kadin on stage to talk about the historical drama that takes a lot of liberties with history. LAist was in attendance and picked our 10 favorite moments.

1. Tom Mison: Those eyes. That accent. Enough said.

2. On shipping Abby and Ichabod: Many of the fans in the audience at the Dolby Theater voiced their approval of a romance between Abby and Ichabod. Never mind that he’s been married for a couple hundred years to Katrina (Katia Winter). Said Mison: "I'd never heard of ‘shipping’ before….I had to Google it." Added the very entertaining Jones: “You should Google ‘slash’ just for fun.” Btw, Kadin set the record straight, shippers: “It’s really a friendship.”

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3. The Headless Horseman doesn’t do interviews: We tried to get an interview with the Headless Horseman on the red carpet, but he only walked the carpet for photographers. What a snob.

4. On faking it: Beharie said she’d never shot a gun before playing a police officer in her role as Abby. And Mison isn’t a very good horse rider so the crew rigs a special faux horse for his scenes. “Every English actor has [to have] horseriding on their resume,” Mison joked.

5. John Cho’s phobia: Apparently, Cho has a neck phobia and doesn’t like to be touched on the neck. It’s a good thing, then, that he had to wear a prosthetic around his neck with several hours spent in the makeup chair. "We got through it,” he said. “I was drunk the whole time."

6. What freaked Beharie the most about the intense season finale? "The thing that freaked me out the most was [being in purgatory] in the weird house with the two little girls."

7. Suggestions for the last two horsemen: Since two of the four horsemen of the apocalypse are already in Sleepy Hollow, the panelists were asked about dream casting those two roles. Names dropped included Idris Elba, Norman Reedus, Clint Eastwood, Tilda Swinton and Javier Bardem.

8. Clothes make the man: Will Ichabod ever get a new change of clothes? "Absolutely not, it's part of his character,” said producer Goffman.

9. On cast diversity: An audience member asked about whether the cast’s diversity was intentional. "Best person wins," said Orci of the casting decisions, but the producers also thought about how one of the first Americans would react to the racial and social changes in the modern world.

10. On crossovers: The cast and execs were asked about their dream crossovers with other shows. Some of their answers were silly (Face the Nation, Hawaii 5-0, The Love Boat, The Dukes of Hazard, The Wire, CSI or NCIS:LA, Breaking Bad), but others could work (the upcoming show Salem, American Horror Story: Coven and The Walking Dead). Jones suggested Supernatural, which drew a strong, positive response from the crowd: “Supernatural. That was easy...I'm a fan of our show. But I love Supernatural.”

Oh, and have we mentioned Tom Mison?

Season 2 of Sleepy Hollow returns to FOX in the fall.

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