Kris Holden-Ried, Zoie Palmer, and producer, Vanessa Piazza chat up season 4 of Lost Girl to reporter types.I could not attend..sad to say.
So can you start off and talk about how Lauren and Dyson’s relationship is going to evolve this season? I’ve heard some spoilers and you can’t maybe specifically talk about those kind of things. But just more in general I guess.
Kris Holden-Ried: Well, what do you want to talk about here, Zoie? Do you want to talk about fantasy world or the real world?
Zoie Palmer: Gosh, I don’t know. I mean how does it evolve generally speaking over this next season? Well, I think it probably, gosh how do we not (unintelligible) answers?
Kris Holden-Ried: Their mutual respect grows.
Zoie Palmer: Yes, I was going to say that.
Kris Holden-Ried: They get to really trust. They see each other in – I don’t know. I hope this isn’t a spoiler. But like they realize that they’re more allies on the team of like that they’re with Bo, you know, and that they’re both…
Zoie Palmer: Yes, and I think that there’s an understanding that they have…
Kris Holden-Ried: Go ahead.
Zoie Palmer: Silence. Sorry, I think that there’s an understanding that they have more in common than they kind of realize.
Kris Holden-Ried: Very well put.
Vanessa Piazza: Yes, and I think we also get to see them actually do, you know, some I guess you’d almost call them episodic cases together this season, which we don’t often get to see.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes.
Vanessa Piazza: So that’s nice. You get to see them sort of — whether it’s by choice or not — working together.
Zoie Palmer: That’s exactly right.
Kris Holden-Ried: And there’s some very interesting moments in a certain flashback episode that I’m sure everyone will enjoy.
Vanessa Piazza: I don’t know what you’re talking about.
Kris, can you talk about filming the dance scene?
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes. It was fantastic, you know. It was a big endeavor for us to take on. We started rehearsing three weeks before we shot it. And even three weeks ahead, after I went to the first rehearsal, I was skeptical as to whether or not we’d be able to deliver it on time, because it wasn’t a simple dance by any means. You know, a lot of times when they film a dance, they only film like shoulders up. You never see what – you know, they could just be walking around a room.
We actually did it because our choreographer, (Nikeeta) was – she’s a professional dancer and she really wanted us to deliver. And Ksenia also used to dance. So sort of, you know, we really upped the stakes. And it was an amazing experience for all of us. It was such a great bonding experience between Casey, Ksenia, and myself. And we finally got it together literally like the day before we shot and managed to just make it happen on set.
Vanessa Piazza: Yes, and I can say like from a producer’s point of view, when we went – you know, this idea came up, you know, the writers came up with this idea and we were sort of like, “Okay, let’s go for it.” But obviously, I was a little bit nervous because, you know, Kris and Casey don’t necessarily have a dancing background. And so we brought on the choreographer, (Nikeeta Kaninsky) and I was in shock.
Like when we went over to the studio where they were practicing, I think maybe I came over, Kris, like after the fourth rehearsal or something and I was just like floored. It was one of those moments when you go like, “This is why we do this.” Like, this is where you just watching something come to life and like it was just so shocking to see how far they’d come in such a short period of time.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes, it was really lovely. And, you know, you got to really give a hats off to Ksenia because she did double the work that Casey and I did. And I mean any day that she wasn’t shooting, she was rehearsing like with (Nikeeta) six, eight hours a day, you know. She was beaten up. So really hats off to Ksenia.
Kris Holden-Ried: And we’re really glad that everyone really responded to it as well. The fans loved it.
Zoie Palmer: Did you see me in that scene? I’m just in the background standing by myself. I don’t know if anybody noticed that. It never came up with (unintelligible). But anyway, I worked very hard on that. I want everybody to know.
Kris Holden-Ried: A little performance (unintelligible) background.
Zoie Palmer: You’re welcome.
I really like how in the first episode, the writers are dealing with the absence of Bo and having all the characters forget her. As actors, how did you approach kind of playing your character when it’s more or less be rewritten?
Kris Holden-Ried: It was a good challenge, you know. But that’s the thing that we love Lost Girl is it’s always throwing you curve balls and, you know, things that you have to adjust your performance for.
Throwing you what?
Kris Holden-Ried: Curve balls.
I heard fruit balls.
Kris Holden-Ried: That’s how I behave on set.
Zoie Palmer: Yes, it was cool actually. It was funny because that episode felt almost like a different show for me.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes.
Zoie Palmer: Because I know I’m only actually truly in it for about four and a half seconds at the end there, but that whole sort of situation, which I can’t speak about at all felt like sort of we were on a different show, which is kind of fun. It’s just interesting. It was like a really different vibe, you know. It was cool.
Kris Holden-Ried: Well, and Ana is such a, you know, she’s such a binding force when she’s on set that when we started without her, it really did feel like a different show. I remember we were all standing around and, you know, just the vibe and the personality of who sort of stepped up and takes change at certain different places. And it was really fun. I must admit. Ksenia, Casey, and I, and Paul, we all had a great time. Zoie, unfortunately, was stuck in her little world on her own.
Zoie Palmer: In my restaurant.
Kris Holden-Ried: In your restaurant.
Vanessa Piazza: It was definitely interesting, though, as well, that moment when – because we originally didn’t actually have Ana — this is Vanessa speaking by the way — we didn’t have Ana scheduled to be in that first episode at all. And it sort of worked out that she ended up – we ended up actually using her for that quick moment.
Kris Holden-Ried: That’s right.
Vanessa Piazza: When Dyson sees Ana when he’s talking to Clio, who’s played by Mia Kirshner. So anyway, Ana came in and she was such a trooper because she wasn’t actually scheduled to work that week at all. And I called her up and I remember just saying like, “Would you be interested in kind of just doing this quick scene?” And I just remember that moment when she walked on the floor. The whole (unintelligible).
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes, me too.
Vanessa Piazza: Like we all were just like, “Ana,” like you don’t even realize how much the character’s missing until like she actually walked on and she just has that smile.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes.
Vanessa Piazza: And I think everyone was just – it was neat. It was a really neat experience to be able to have that kind of that (unintelligible) for a minute.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes, and it was great in episode three when — I can’t really talk about it — but episode three, you know, to have her getting more – what can I say?
Vanessa Piazza: Whatever, you can say a little bit.
Kris Holden-Ried: You know, just Ana is such a – she’s a lost girl. And it was such a lovely feeling when all the sudden, you know, we were all reunited.
Vanessa Piazza: Yes.
Zoie Palmer: She was so extraordinary to because she had a baby like 12 minutes earlier or something.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes.
Zoie Palmer: Literally just had her baby.
Vanessa Piazza: Literally yes.
Zoie Palmer: So recently — excuse me — and for her to be she really came with the 1000% enthusiasm. So hats off to her too.
Vanessa Piazza: Yes, she’s an amazing lead. There’s no doubt about it.
Zoie Palmer: Definitely.
I also have a question for Vanessa from Twitter. Are we going to get more information about Bo’s father this season?
Vanessa Piazza: You are. I mean the story line will continue. I can’t say much more than that. But yes, the story line will continue. I can’t say whether or not it will resolve itself, whether you’ll meet him, whether you won’t, whether he exists, but it is, you know, a subject I guess of the season. But that’s about all I can say.
I had to ask Zoie, there was such a strong reaction to the red wig that you wear when you play Amber on Twitter when the premiere aired. I kind of wanted to know sort of your thoughts about — you kind of touched on it a little bit — but your thoughts about playing Lauren looking so different from herself towards the beginning of the season.
Zoie Palmer: Well, I was excited at first. At first, I was pretty excited about it. But I feel like I have a hard time with wigs in general. I have a hard time with anything on my head, hats. I don’t look good in any of them. So yes, I don’t know. I mean I looked really, really different with that hairdo. Like it really changes my face and my everything. So it was a transition. It was something to get used to. But it was kind of neat because like having to play a different character, which is what she’s actually doing in that episode, it helped in that way to, you know, provide a place to begin from.
Vanessa Piazza: I think you look good in the red wig.
Zoie Palmer: Thanks, Vanessa, thanks. I think you also look good in a red wig. I don’t know why you don’t wear yours more often.
Kris Holden-Ried: How was the reaction? Was it positive or negative reaction?
Very negative. People did not like the wig.
Zoie Palmer: No.
Vanessa Piazza: You know what though? I think they’re just not – they don’t like to see a change in Lauren. I don’t that it was negative. It’s just, you know, it’s different. It’s not what we’re used to.
To say we hope you burned the wig afterwards. So there was a pretty strong negative reaction from some people.
Zoie Palmer: I’ve only had two wigs on the show and both times it hasn’t gone that well.
Vanessa Piazza: Okay, so maybe we won’t do any more wigs for Zoie.
Zoie Palmer: We should do one every year. We have one every year I think.
It’s been really lovely to see Lauren and Dyson’s relationship develop through the seasons and, you know, they’re very antagonistic towards the beginning, but it seems like they’re coming to a better understanding perhaps as you mentioned. And I know you and you and Kris and Zoie, you are both friendly with each other. So I’m wondering which dynamic do you like playing more, the more antagonistic or the sort of friendlier dynamic?
Zoie Palmer: I like both.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes, I mean it’s all about the journey, right? So I mean you’ve got to go through different stages of what the joy is. I mean Zoie and I have such a fun relationship off set that just throw us anything and we’ll jump at it.
Zoie Palmer: Yes, totally. I’ve enjoyed their journey too. You know, I think really early on we were really distrustful of each other in the first season and for all kinds of really good reasons. And I think that there will always be a little bit of the leftover something from the beginning of the journey, but it’s been nice to see that they’ve kind of done a little bit of one step forward, two steps back throughout the seasons. And there is sort of a respect. But there’s an understanding that they both will do what they have to do as well.
Vanessa Piazza: We kind of just had this question. But yes, what we were just saying to one of the other journalists is that they actually – this season, you will get to see them sort of having to work together more. So we get to see a little bit more of a dynamic with them, which is nice.
My question is for Zoie and for Kris. What made you decide to do the show after you were approached about it?
Kris Holden-Ried: Well, there’s this really nasty sort of part about living. It’s called rent.
Zoie Palmer: Kris. Yes, that’s why we did it for rent, nothing else.
Kris Holden-Ried: Exactly. I read the original script by (Michele Loreda), and I loved it. It’s the kind of genera I’d always wanted to get involved with. I mean I’ve said this before, but I grew up reading, you know, fantasy and sci-fi novels, you know, everything from Lord of the Rings to Dragon Lance. You know, I played D&D. And so when I had an opportunity to create a character that was sort of mystically based, just it really resonated with a lot of the imaginings that I did as a kid, running around the forest with my little Fisher Price bow and arrow. And I got to do it as an adult and get paid for it so hey.
Zoie Palmer: Yes, I mean this is kind of – It’s been the opportunity of a lifetime in so many ways. You know, there’s five very, very – well, there’s more now. We started off with what, six different characters and they’ve grown. And they’re so different from each other that it’s been a really exciting journey to kind of have the opportunity as an actor to play all these different things and go on all these different adventures. And sort of there’s everything from the greater story arc to the kind of episode of the week and the story line within it. And it’s just a really great adventure for an actor. And for me, it was kind of a no brainer. It was a bit of a no brainer to take the part.
Can you tell us anything about any guest stars that might appear in this next season?
Vanessa Piazza: Well, when you watch the premiere, you will – it’s actually pretty stacked with guest stars. We have George Takei, who plays a really fun character, a (unintelligible) character. And we’ve got Mia Kirshner, who does a little mini arc this season. Kris got to do some work with her. So that was fun.
Zoie Palmer: And we have – who else do we have guys?
Zoie Palmer: Linda Hamilton.
Vanessa Piazza: Yes, I was just going to say Linda Hamilton. And Ali Liebert from Bomb Girls.Big lineup.
So Zoie, we really haven’t seen much of Lauren yet. But can you just kind of talk about kind of what’s in store for her this season a little bit?
Zoie Palmer: A lot. It’s a really different season for Lauren this year. Sorry, did I just get disconnected? Are we all there?
Kris Holden-Ried: I think we all heard a funny beep.
Zoie Palmer: Okay, I just wasn’t sure if I was going to start talking to myself, which would have been okay too. Yes, no, it’s a really good season for Lauren. She sort of starts to have a different journey and we learn a little bit more about her history. And it’s a really different, I think, side of her than we’ve seen. You know, we may have touched on it a little bit in other seasons, but I think she sort of starts to come into her own a little bit this year.
And do you guys have any like — I don’t know — funny anecdotes from lately?
Zoie Palmer: Lately, or on the show?
Kris Holden-Ried: Lately, like in our lives?
Vanessa Piazza: Funny anecdotes from this season. It’s so long ago.
Zoie Palmer: I can never remember.
Kris Holden-Ried: I know, me too. And don’t give anything away. This is tricky.
Vanessa Piazza: Yes.
Kris Holden-Ried: Tricky request.
Zoie Palmer: There’s so many times on this show like we’re constantly – we’re a pretty goofy cast.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes.
Zoie Palmer: We’re constantly sort of goofing around. So there’s sort of a season of crazy stories. I don’t know if I could pick one.
How about a blooper? Can you think of a blooper that’s funny?
Vanessa Piazza: Blooper that’s funny. I should know this because I just watched them all recently.
Zoie Palmer: Okay, yes. You come up with good bloopers. Did we have any bloopers?
Vanessa Piazza: Blooper, there was a – yes, that might be too (unintelligible).
Zoie Palmer: Can we take a different question?
Vanessa Piazza: This is going really well.
Kris Holden-Ried: I started trimming my toenails it’s so exciting.
Obviously, Kenzi and Dyson in the first episode, they have a much different relationship. But, you know, they didn’t know about Bo. They didn’t know that they could potentially be hurting her.
Kris Holden-Ried: That’s right, exactly, thank you.
Is she going to confront them like at some point in the season and talk about them being together?
Zoie Palmer: You have to wait and see really.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes.
Zoie Palmer: We will deal with that. Let’s say that we will deal with it in episode four. I think we have a scenario where Kenzi and Bo are…
Vanessa Piazza: Talking to one another.
Zoie Palmer: Well, no. I think they’re sort of trapped somewhere where they kind of – the subject maybe comes up. But yes, we’ll have to wait and see how Bo handles it.
So I was wondering. Lauren was a pretty mysterious character in season one. There were a lot of questions about here. And you said in an interview, Zoie, that you didn’t really know all that much about sort of Lauren’s true motivations or past when you were playing season one. Now that we are learning a lot more about Lauren, I was wondering do you go back and kind of reconsider moments that happened in season one or season two again to sort of, you know, if something shed a new light on it for you?
Zoie Palmer: For sure. I mean I did it more early on. Now there’s a lot of stuff out on the table. I mean we learn about her all the time. And I never know from script to script what I’ll learn about here. So there’s always that. But in terms of her intentions and that stuff, the first season was the hardest to play because I never quite knew where she stood either. And so, you know, it took kind of up until season two and a little bit into three where I started to kind of get a holistic sense of her.
And so yes, I would go back and go, “Oh.” You know, like would I have played a scene differently had I had that information, I don’t know. I sort of loved though that she was always on the line and that you kind of never knew. I think that there’s still a little bit of that that fits with Lauren all the time is that, you know, you never know if a certain situation arose that she might do something that surprises you, which I kind of like. I like that quality about her.
And then people joke it feels like we have so many bits and pieces of Lauren’s past and she’s only supposed to be like 35 years old but we have Dyson who’s, you know, a thousand year old wolf and we have so little about his past. And so I was wondering, Kris, is there like a period of Dyson’s past that you would really like to explore either like an historical period or maybe a piece of his personal journey?
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes, I would love to. And right from the very beginning when I walked into the audition room, I had ideas about his back-story and exploring sort of mythology of the shape shifter. And yes, I would love to explore a bit more of that part of his world like maybe the hierarchy within the shape shifter world. You know, there was a fan who wrote some lovely fan fiction exploring it and she brought up some pretty cool ideas about, you know, the godmother werewolf or the godmother shifter. You know, just a different powers.
And I think I’ve talked to Jay. Jay’s our executive creator, co-creator of the show. And we may in season five get to explore a bit more of the mythology of the shifter world and how it will sort of relate to the world that, you know, we already have made and Bo’s place in it, hopefully.
As far as historical period, there’s so many cool ones. I mean like he’s 1000 years old, right? So what was he doing during the Renaissance? What was he doing? You know, we kind of did the dark ages and 205, you know, kind of the band of brothers riding around. But, you know, or maybe like during the 1920s when he first came to the new world with Trick, you know, that would be pretty cool.
Vanessa Piazza: I think we could also hint at the fact that we will learn more about Dyson’s back-story this season.
Kris Holden-Ried: That’s true.
Vanessa Piazza: So that is something you can look forward to.
Zoie Palmer: I’m looking forward to it.
I want to know, because we again, something that we’ve basically had no info on in the U.S., can you talk a bit — I guess all of you can answer this, but maybe, Vanessa, it’s more for you — talk a bit about kind of what the Una Mens are at all and kind when and how that’s going to – I mean we know that they’re after the humans, obviously, but just kind of more about what they are and stuff like that.
Vanessa Piazza: Well, I mean I would say that they’re, you know, they’re a high council who have come in. And it’s almost like, yes, you get a little bit of a feeling of, you know, it almost feels like they come in and they’ve come down and sort of laid down the law. So they’re almost like above sort of the, you know, Morrigan and they’re above the Ash. But they potentially represent evil. So they’re sort of this force that’s come in.
And they’re not only trying to track down humans that they are. I mean that’s one of the big things that, you know, puts our human leads in danger. But, you know, they kind of like Una Mens, basically means in Latin that it’s like of one mind. So they’re sort of this group of people that gave away their own identities to be part of this council. So we’ll uncover more about them, and their back-story, and how they’re going to fit into the equation. But they definitely pose a threat to many of our leads.So again, of course they like order and, we know, Bo doesn’t necessarily always want to conform.
Then is there like a certain scene you’re each looking forward to that you can kind of tease us without, you know, too many spoilers that you’re looking forward to people seeing?
Zoie Palmer: Yes,that’s the part that we can’t talk about. Yes, there’s lots of those. I mean there’s a few in particular that I think – and I don’t know, for me anyway, it’s always stuff where I get to kind of do things outside of the box, outside of what we’re used to seeing of Lauren, you know? Anything that sort of pushes the envelope or demands anything of me as an actor, is always the stuff that’s really exciting to play and hopefully watch for the viewers. So I think there’s a few of those for my character. And I would imagine for Kris too, yes?
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes, there’s this amazing scene where Bo and I get to go into this dream world of hers. And like we’re married and she’s pregnant with my baby. And then all this shit starts happening and like I realize it’s not a dream or that it faults. And yes, I’m really looking forward to people getting to see that. I don’t know.
Zoie Palmer: It’s hard to talk about the scene that we’re most excited, you know.
Kris Holden-Ried: Without giving away…
Zoie Palmer: Without giving it away.
Kris Holden-Ried: Honestly, I love that dance scene was great. I mean it was a great way to start the season. But we have a lot of really fun episodes this year.
Vanessa Piazza: Yes, there’s tons of really – I think like every single character gets to really…
Zoie Palmer: Gets to show off a little bit.
Vanessa Piazza: Yes. Lots of really cool things. And we get to see some of our characters who maybe didn’t get to play as big of role in past seasons get to sort of really expand their roles. So cast kind of grows and it’s fun definitely.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes, I mean the season ends extremely strong with some very powerful, emotional scenes, which I’m really looking forward to everybody – you know, there’s a lot of big stuff happens this season. And, you know, I think the audience is in for a real ride.
Zoie Palmer: Yes, so buckle up.
Do you guys know – I mean you don’t know yet if there potentially is a season five or what’s going on, right?
Vanessa Piazza: I might know. I might not be able to say, but I might know. I might not know. I don’t know. I either know or I don’t know.
Zoie Palmer: Yes, and there’s lots of scenes that we acted in this coming season.
Kris Holden-Ried: I’ll put it this way. I bet my wolf that there’s a season five. If there’s no season five, I’m never acting a wolf again, ever.
Vanessa Piazza: Wow, those are big words.
Zoie Palmer:We’ll have to remember that.
I was just wondering, you know, we saw a little bit of Dyson and Kenzi perhaps being a little romantic-y in the season premiere in absence of Bo. And I know some people actually really do like that relationship. They’d like to see Kenzi and Dyson get together. And some people were kind of, “That was strange. I think of them as more big brother, little sister.”
Kris Holden-Ried: I know, interesting.
And so I was wondering because if you thought if were there no Bo, do you think that Kenzi and Dyson would, you know, be able to date? Do you think they might be a good couple?
Kris Holden-Ried: Gosh, that’s a tough one. Well, and it’s something that we really didn’t explore too much. But I mean how would Kenzi and Dyson have met if there was no Bo, right? So we kind of took a leap of faith with that. And God, I don’t know. I mean here’s the thing. It’s like the mythology of Dyson and Bo is, you know, Dyson’s the wolf mating for life sort of thing. And wow, a really big owl just landed right outside my window. I’m sorry. Like for real, like four foot wingspan just flew up. I’m going to go shoot it.
Vanessa Piazza: I missed something there. I glazed over.
Kris Holden-Ried: Total non sequitur. I would love to say yes because I really love the Kenzi Dyson dynamic. I think that Ksenia and I, we have a lot of fun working together and we bring in interesting chemistry. I don’t know. Let’s put it this way, I never really explored it because we knew it was just this one off sort of deal. But I never really explored it. But yes, you know, I think the wolf is – he’d be into exploring a human relationship.
Zoie Palmer: I think Dyson’s an anything’s possible kind of guy.
Kris Holden-Ried: I think so.
Zoie Palmer: I think he’s more of a yes guy than a no guy in a lot of ways. I think he’s up for anything. That’s my two cents on it if anyone’s interested.
Kris Holden-Ried:Yes, you know, Dr. Lauren put it quite well in season one, I believe. She said, “I just wish you had chosen someone a little less traveled.” Wasn’t that your line?
Zoie Palmer: Yes, something like that. I think that was my line. You really hung on to that, didn’t you for four years.
Kris Holden-Ried: I did.
Zoie Palmer: That’s pretty much it, yes.
And then I was wondering, Zoie, what you think is sort of Lauren’s kind of state of mind in regards to Bo right now, because she, you know, asked Bo for a break in season three and kind of went off with past. I think it’s pretty clear she’s still loves Bo. But do you think Lauren is in the space to be in a relationship with Bo right now or what do you think she’s sort of at in that regard?
Zoie Palmer: I think she needs time. I think she needs a little time. I think also the beginning of this season, there’s a lot of other things on Lauren’s mind that are kind of saving her own sort of skin. So I think it goes without saying that Bo is always integral to Lauren than important and sort of the love of her life, I think. But she’s kind of running away desperately from everybody at the beginning of the season. And I think she’s really just sort of focused on staying alive. So it might take a minute.
The first one is obviously Kenzi gets — I mean it’s not a per se real say power — but you know, to help her stay away from the Una Mens or whatever. Was there ever any discussion about giving Lauren some kind of thing to make them think she’s not human?
Vanessa Piazza: Well, I think that what the difference was is that Kenzi decides to stick around, right? And so she, you know, kind of comes up with the survival mechanism, which is, you know, true of Kenzi’s way. And I guess Lauren has different survival mechanism where she runs, but it’s also different for Lauren because she ended the season sort of in a position she didn’t necessarily mean to put herself in but where she sort of betrayed her family.
So she can’t really – I think she sort of felt also like she couldn’t necessarily ask them for protection. She couldn’t necessarily run to them and say, you know, “I need protection,” whereas Kenzi left the season in a different place. So Lauren’s gone on the run and she’s, you know, in disguise and so they’re both have just taken different means I guess in trying to protect themselves from the Una Mens.
Vanessa Piazza: But Lauren’s also trying to project herself from the (Lighsey) potentially as well, right? Like she’s disobeyed the (Lighsey) as well. So it’s…Their scenarios are a bit different.
And then lastly, this is sort of silly and I guess now it’s more towards the middle of the month. But I’m still going to ask. What do you think Dyson and Lauren’s New Year’s resolutions would be if they had them?
Vanessa Piazza: That’s a good one. Guys, come on.
Zoie Palmer: I think Lauren’s New Year’s resolution would be to have more beer and pizza.
Vanessa Piazza: That’s a good one. That’s a good answer.
Zoie Palmer: Yes.
Kris Holden-Ried: And Dyson’s would be to have less.
Zoie Palmer: I think we could both use some beer and pizza.
Kris Holden-Ried: I’ll meet you there.
Zoie Palmer: Okay.
Vanessa Piazza: That might be a bit of foreshadowing.
Kris Holden-Ried: We’re going to have a sleepover.
Vanessa Piazza: That answer might be a bit of foreshadowing, just so you know.
Just speaking of pizza, I was kind of wondering, Kris and Zoie, how you cope with eating that like disgusting looking cold pizza that sometimes you have to eat in scenes that your characters are supposed to be eating. Are there like certain types that are a little less disgusting than others? Because they all look gross.
Vanessa Piazza: Why do you think it’s cold? Why would you assume that I would feed them cold pizza? It’s very warm. I think everything’s cooked right.
Zoie Palmer: I got burned on it. It’s really warm.No, they’re actually cool because they kind of ask you what you want.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes.
Vanessa Piazza: It’s made to perfection.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes, it’s made to order.
Zoie Palmer: Exactly, it’s made to order. So we each go and have the same pizza. We have the pizza we want. And they’re very good to us about that stuff.
Kris Holden-Ried: I think the experience was actually we all in one scene had to eat hot dogs. And because of certain people with dietary restrictions, we were all eating gluten free vegan hotdogs.
Zoie Palmer: It was awful. Those were awful.
Kris Holden-Ried: It was awful.
Vanessa Piazza: I got to say they looked really good in the scene.
Kris Holden-Ried: Sure.
Zoie Palmer: I think I was pretty hungry though and I think I had like two.
Kris Holden-Ried: I think it took all of our acting skill to look like we were really enjoying them, which isn’t saying much about our acting skills, but hey. So anyway.
Vanessa Piazza: Anyway, in a nutshell, pizza is hot.And gluten free if you want.
And then I was kind of wondering, you know, you all don’t have exactly the biggest budget in the world, but you seem to have a very funny cast and some good cast members who like to improvise. And I was wondering do you allow for some improvisation during shooting on set?
Kris Holden-Ried: No,the producers are on set every day with a cattle prod. If we mess up one single line, we get 10,000 volts zap.
Vanessa Piazza: No, definitely I would say, you know, with our lead cast, you know, obviously we just finished our fourth season. So there’s a lot of experience there. And I think we all trust each other. And I think everybody’s open to hearing suggestions and, you know, the actors — I think you guys can answer more honestly — but I think you guys feel like you can voice your opinions on things and change a line here or there when it’s not working for you.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes, absolutely.
Zoie Palmer: Definitely.
Kris Holden-Ried: It’s one of the treats of working on Lost Girl is that it’s not like a big network show where there’s being so many people going over the script and, you know, it’s gone through checkpoints and, you know, you can’t change a word. With us, we can actually talk one-on-one with the writer and definitely make changes or even, you know, sometimes talk about episode arcs like character arcs and think about maybe if we said something a little different here it could open us up for a different opportunity, which is great.
Zoie Palmer: Yes, they’re very cool about that. I mean they’re so open to dialogue about the character and about lines. And it’s a lovely dynamic that way for sure.
Do either of you have like an improvised line that you’re really happy made it into the episode that you came up with?
Zoie Palmer: I don’t know. I can’t remember.
Vanessa Piazza: Hard to say also without giving it away.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes.
Zoie Palmer: That was Vanessa’s subtle way of saying, “Don’t you dare say that.”
Vanessa Piazza: That was my subtle way of being like, “Guys, don’t improvise right now.”
Kris Holden-Ried: It’s funny. When you’re working in the moment on the show, ideas and such are happening so fast and they make it in. But everything is so spur of the moment that it’s really hard to remember what one little line was here or there.
Zoie Palmer: You have to be careful to improvise in character. It’s sometimes it’s a great way to fall out of character when you start improvising.For me, anyway, I have to watch if I start improvising that I stay in the character of Lauren and that she doesn’t all the sudden become Zoie.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes, I hear you.
Vanessa Piazza: There was really funny moment. I’m trying to think how I can put this without giving away too much. But where Zoie, you improvised something and it ended up being really funny, where somebody said something, and they were actually saying it to another character and you just – it wasn’t even a line. It was a reaction where you reacted as if the line was for you. And it was just this really funny moment that…
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes.
Vanessa Piazza: It was just this really funny beat that ended up making the scene that was pretty hilarious.
Zoie Palmer: That’s right. I remember, yes.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes.
Vanessa Piazza: I mean kind of a bit abstract if you don’t know what we’re talking about.
Kris Holden-Ried: It happened on the episode that just aired in Canada, I believe, right?
Vanessa Piazza: Yes.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes. And there you go folks.
Vanessa Piazza: That was fun.
Zoie Palmer: Yes, that was totally fun.
Kris Holden-Ried: Can we just keep talking?
Vanessa Piazza: Kris, I actually owe you a call, so maybe I should call you back if you’re free?
Kris Holden-Ried: Sounds good. I’m sitting here already. My phone is warmed up.
Vanessa Piazza: All right.
Vanessa Piazza: Thanks, everyone.
Zoie Palmer: Thank you.
Kris Holden-Ried: Thanks, guys.
Zoie Palmer: Bye.
Lost Girl returns Mondays on SyFy. Thanks to the SyFy Channel