Originally Uploaded: April 5, 2013
The SyFy Channel had a phone press conference after it acquired the series with some of the cast of Lost Girl. Joining the conference were Anna Silk who plays Bo, a Succubus (a powerful female entity in folklore) who feeds off sexual energy., Kris Holden-Reid who is Dyson, a shape-shifting Fae, homicide detective and Bo’s love interest, and Zoie Palmer who is Lauren, a human doctor who competes for Bo’s heart.
So could you just kind of tell us a role – three of you kind of what we can expect this season going in since, you know, most people haven’t really seen it?
Anna Silk: You want to. I can start, I guess. So, what we can expect in first season, I mean the first season really introduces the audience to Bo and her journey sort of going into this whole Fae world that she’s, you recently discovered that she’s a part of. And the different people she meets along the way in that first season, really become her sort of makeshift family in this world, and Lauren, played by Zoie, and Dyson, played by Kris, are two of the very interesting characters that she meets.
Zoie Palmer: Yeah, that’s good.
Kris Holden-Ried: All right.
Zoie Palmer: Well done.
Kris Holden-Ried: Sure, I’ll just pop in for a sec. Yeah, from Dyson’s perspective. I mean for season one what we see is the “Lost Girl” Anna Silk playing Bo who appears on the scene, a Fae who’s been born into a human family and didn’t know she was Fae. Describe her in this entire other world that she didn’t know existed.And my character, Dyson, is one of the ones that find her, just because in his job in the world – he – that’s kind of his thing. He finds not only criminals but people who have done things that shouldn’t have done, in other words Fae who are exposing themselves to humans. He finds Bo and a wild crazy 13 episodes ensue.
Zoie Palmer: Yeah, and then I guess just to finish off, I play Dr. Lauren Lewis, and so I’m doctor to the Light Fae. There are two types of Fae. There’s the light and the dark. And I’m a doctor and a scientist to the light side. And Bo comes to me for some help on how to control some of the things that are happening for her, as she sort of realizes what she is, starts to learn what she is, which is a Fae. And she comes to me to kind of see if I can perhaps help her with my (sciency) self.I ever heard of myself on the show.
Anna Silk: And just to expand further on, Bo did grow up thinking she was human as Kris said…
Zoie Palmer: Right.
Anna Silk: …and does discover she’s Fae, but not only is she Fae, she’s actually a succubus, you know. So it’s a pretty rude awakening really early on in the season. And she sort of…
Zoie Palmer: Yeah.
Anna Silk: … it answers a lot of questions for her, but it opens the door to many more questions. And that’s sort of what we explore in the first season is how she fits into this world and the relationships she develops along the way.
Because so much of your cast is on Twitter, and I was wondering if you think that social media and all of the different formats that have existed and now exist are – have contributed to “Lost Girls’” success?
Kris Holden-Ried: We’re actually quite lucky to have an executive producer who is quite media savvy.And he kind of learned early on, I believe from some of his other series or that’s he’s been involved with, about how influential Internet and media exposure can be. So he actually hired some people who he knew were quite – who functioned well in that world, but I’m not quite sure where he found them from.But we’ve said, “Hey, look, this is our show, and if you like it, talk about it, if not, don’t worry about it.” Lucky for us, they really enjoyed it, like Soni, S-O-N-I, the the name she goes by.She was one of the ones that believe in sh – it’s been fantastic in creating buzz and just, within that world, you know, people communicate with each other on such a fast level. And if you can get people that are interested in your show in that world, then yeah, it does a world of good.
How is your, like you and Anna and Zoie, how is your comfort level with the social media buzz around “Lost Girl?”
Zoie Palmer: I think that, I mean, correct me if I’m wrong guys, but I think it’s been pretty great. And it’s overwhelming but it’s been exceptional. I mean, and having the ability to interact with people who watch the show is kind of thrilling for us too, to be able to have….that kind of feedback and to get a sense of how passionate the audience have been, and they have been very much so. So it’s been great to actually be able to be a part of their response to it.
Anna Silk: Yeah, and there’s been such an outpouring of support for the show. I mean people that follow us on Twitter and various things, they really are big fans of the show and really care about each character and each relationship.And whenever I tweet, there’s one girl in particular who always writes back within, usually a minute. Now if she doesn’t I start to get worried about her. I think she’s in France, and I was like, where is she? She hasn’t written back. I start to get worried, because the response is so quick. It’s really great.
Zoie Palmer: Talking to fans is pretty much what she’s doing.
Kris Holden-Ried: But what I also found, which is real interesting is not just of the characters but the fans through these media outlets really get in touch with the person who’s playing the role….and can build quite the – I’m amazed at the power of a relationship that you can – 255 characters or however many Twitter allows you to write. I think it’s something like that, because you know, about six months I’ve actually just like Anna said, I’ve gotten to know these people. I know exactly who’s talking about it. And yeah, I told her I was worried about her too.
Zoie Palmer: (Nelly Cat), if you’re out there, we love you.
Anna Silk: Yes, (Nelly Cat), we love you.
Can you give us an idea of what shows are similar to yours in, you know, tone and style and content, just to give people an idea how to approach it?
Anna Silk: Well, we’ve often gotten the “Buffy” comparison over the last….few seasons. We’re well into our second season here in Canada, and we still get that comparison, which is a huge compliment. But I have to say that I really think “Lost Girl” has such a unique voice. There’s a lot of darkness. There’s a lot of humor. It’s a pretty sexy show.It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before on television, and it’s so, I mean the “Buffy” comparison is really nice. We get “True Blood” comparisons, I guess, as well, and there’s an investigative side to things as well. So I guess it’s a lot of different things all rolled into one.
Zoie Palmer: Yeah, but those are the ones that come up I guess a lot, right, would be “Buffy” and “True Blood” and…in that genre of – it’s not a werewolf show, but we certainly – or a vampire show, I should say, but we certainly get compared to anything that has that kind of feel to it.
Kris Holden-Ried: “Scooby-Doo.”
Anna Silk: “Scooby-Doo.”
Kris Holden-Ried: No, no.
Zoie Palmer: I noticed, by the way.
Anna Silk: Kris, that makes you Shaggy. You know that.
Kris Holden-Ried: No, no, that was Scooby that time, my bad.
Anna Silk: Yeah.
Zoie Palmer: So, yeah, I think that’d be nice, wouldn’t you?
Anna Silk: Yeah.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yeah, sorry. I can’t really comment on that one, because I don’t really watch much TV. I don’t know what’s out there.
Anna Silk: Well, we watch enough for you.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yeah, I know you do.
Can you each talk about the appeal of Bo and what you guys love about the triangle relationship as the season evolves?
Anna Silk: The appeal of Bo, I mean since I play Bo, I don’t know. I think that the appeal of Bo for me when I read the initial pilot was just how – I think she’s – even though she’s a succubus and she’s not human and she’s going to be thrown into this crazy world, she’s really relatable. She’s a very relatable character. She’s intensely vulnerable and also has to sort of grow and find her way, and there’s a lot of growth for her in the series.And I think that that’s sort of what, you know, having just talked to fans and just even myself, that’s what I related to in her and that’s what I found appealing was that she’s strong and sexy and all of those things, but she’s scared a lot of the times and vulnerable and has to figure out things as she goes.And then the love triangle that unfolds that the (INs) gets introduced to in season one is pretty, pretty interesting. Anyone care to comment?
Kris Holden-Ried: Ladies first, Zoie.
Zoie Palmer: You led us right up to the love triangle and dropped us off. The love triangle is, yeah, I mean it’s just that, isn’t it? I think that everyone who meets Bo, including Dyson and Lauren are sort of taken with her, for reasons that I don’t know that – well, I mean I think Lauren is taken with her for reasons that I don’t know that she can explain entirely. And she’s obviously beautiful. You’re beautiful, Anna.
Anna Silk: Thank you.
Zoie Palmer: But there’s something about her, I think that brings – draws people into her, and I think that that’s what sort of Lauren finds right away. And I think almost – I think it’s a surprise that she feels that way, that that happens. I think she works for the Light Fae and she does her job and she’s a scientist and then along comes this sort of creature, this person, this woman who does something to her, and I don’t know that’s she kind of sure what that something is, certainly from Lauren’s side, anyway. Kris?
Kris Holden-Ried: I think with Dyson it’s pretty simple, you know, he introduces – got these – got this incredible cleavage – and no. Sorry.
Zoie Palmer: And end right in the cleavage.
Kris Holden-Ried: I think for Dyson, with the mythology behind Dyson’s character has a lot to do with he’s a protector. The wolf was – its entire job in existence was protecting its liege or its king, whoever it was assigned, and in Bo he sees an innocent but beautiful and vulnerable woman that he finds one, beautiful and fascinating, but also those instincts out in him.And there’s also some historical stuff behind Trick and Bo and Dyson that the audience will find out about that also sort of plays into this as well, but I think it’s really kind of a deep sort of seated instinct in Dyson’s want to protect Bo, and in doing so, he gets feelings for her.
Here in the U.S., and we – most of the U.S. hasn’t even seen episode one, but you guys are already way far into season two, and how hard is it to go back, and I guess, how do you prepare for these interviews without your revealing what happens at the end of season two ?
Anna Silk: It’s hard.
Zoie Palmer: And be careful.
Anna Silk: It’s hard, because we’ve kind of been living it now and experiencing it, and to go back and try to explain, you know, lay the groundworks for what’s about to come. In some ways it’s hard. In some ways it’s easier because we have better understanding, I think of the show and of our characters and we’ve gotten to, like I said, live it for quite a while now.So, but it is challenging. We’re really excited that American audiences are going to, they get to experience it from the very, very start. So we’re curious to see how they respond.
Zoie Palmer: I kind of love it too, you know, I kind of love remembering that time, because it was great for us too. It was as new for us as it will be for audiences, and we were all meeting each other, and although we had sort of known each other a little bit prior to the show, we kind of were getting to know each other on the show and creating relationships between ourselves too. So it’s kind of fun to remember that time, for me.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yeah, it’s great. I mean season one was such a great trip, because it was that sort of (unintelligible), meeting the characters all getting together, what’s happening, who is everybody. It’s really quite nice to actually go back and remember where it came from, because yeah, we’re actually finishing up episode 22 tomorrow, or 21 tomorrow.
Zoie Palmer: Twenty-one, yeah.
Kris Holden-Ried: We have one more left, so we’re already in another world.
Anna Silk: That’s right.
Zoie Palmer: Yeah. So difficult but fun.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yeah.
Anna Silk: Yeah.
Kris Holden-Ried: And you know, throw on tons of like food and liquor and just blow some brain cells right out and…
Anna Silk: What? What happened? I didn’t catch the segue into that.
Kris Holden-Ried: I guess it was all in my own brain.
Anna Silk: You were here, whatever you said.
Special thanks to SyFy Channel for supplying transcript.
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