Misha Collins, the undisputed heavy-weight champion of Twitter, went on Facebook on Tuesday for a “chat” with Supernatural fans. The thread, started by Supernatural fan page staff immediately exploded, with fans posting an average of 650 questions per minute. This velocity doubled when Misha made his very first comment, “How does this work?”
Misha Collins, who plays the angel Castiel on Supernatural, is well known in the Geek Culture community for his interaction with fans, but this particular engagement seemed to have had him stunned at first. Not being particularly active, at least on a public level, on Facebook, Misha may not have not have expected the reaction he got. It was like walking on stage at the biggest Supernatural convention in the world. Without security guards.
Collins quickly recovered, however, and began picking out comments and questions to reply to. From the very simple “say to hello to me!”, which earned a simple “hello” in response, to the typically punny (typically for Misha Collins) “Hi Misha, how did it feel to play god in Supernatural?” which garnered the reply, “It felt remarkably natural.”
After a few minutes, the commenting by fans did slow back down to an average rate of 575 questions per minute, and Misha handled the varied nature of the questions with his normal aplomb and good humor.
The session, which lasted 45 minutes, ended up raking in a grand total of 27,765 official comments. And those were just the comments/questions made in the right place and at the right time. Hundreds of fans posted their questions directly to the Supernatural fan page, and still more continued to ask questions after Misha had left.
After the excitement was over, Collins returned to his normal cyber abode: Twitter. There he proceeded to live-tweet a director’s commentary of the new Supernatural episode, “Mother’s Little Helper”, which he had directed. All of this while on his dinner break!
After the episode it was back to work on the set, and finishing up the Supernatural episode at hand.