Friday, May 1, 2015

Lost Girl's Final Season Interview w/ Zoie Palmer & Anna Silk

I had the pleasure of chatting with Lost Girl stars Anna Silk (Bo) and Zoie Palmer(Lauren).

Q: What do you want the show to be remembered for, what will fans think about looking back at the series?

Zoie: Gosh, that's a big question, because there's you know as we come to the end, it feels like there's so much. Everything comes rushing back to me you know.  I think–well, no you know it was such a team, of both the characters and the cast you know. And I think there's something about that that sticks with me you know having had a little bit of time away from the actual filming of it now. It's just like the dynamic of the team, of everybody, and how those characters sort of interacted and moved through the five seasons and moved through the trials and tribulations of the show.
I mean it might sound a little trite, but there's something about that that I think–I hope that people are sort of left with, that sense of you know, togetherness and helping each other out and that sort of thing.

Q: Can you discuss guest coming up this season?

Anna: Well, I don't know how much we can discuss without giving too much away. We have some great guests there this season. You know the sort of big bag for this season continues to play on the theme of family, for Bo, certainly. And we've got some great actors that came on the show…. Amanda Walsh and Noam Jenkins and Shanice Banton. And another one, but I don't think I should mention, because it will give a little too much away.
But, yes, we have some great characters.

Zoie: Yes, we do.
Anna: I feel like people have always come on Lost Girl, because the roles are so rich and colorful and out there. So people get to come on and really play. And this season was no exception to that.

Q: (Anna and Zoie) Is there any kind of memento from the show that you're going to take with you, or be allowed to take with you, as a reminder of your time on the series?

Zoie: It’s funny, because if you had of asked me that question two years ago I would have said the necklace that Lauren wore when I first started the show. I wore that necklace every single day. And then you know sooner or later it went away. And I sort of–I always thought that it would be that.
But then as the show ended, because I hadn't worn it in such a long time, I sort of felt–I don't know. I didn't have the same connection with it. But also, lovely fans have made that necklace and sent it to me. So I actually do have it in my–you know have it in my little drawer beside me. And I look at it every now and then. But that, for me, is like an integral part of Lauren, but I–it was always that.

Q:Anna? You?

Anna: Yes. Well, I did take some stuff.
Zoie: I think you took my stuff, because my trailer….
Anna: Yes, I took all your stuff. I ransacked your trailer...Zoie.
I took a lot of Bo’s clothes, which they were so generous to let me have. But I also took Bo's red kimono, because that was– that played in episode 8, season 1, which was our first–that was our original pilot. And that kimono sort of played really heavily in this big fight scene I did.
Anna: It was such a symbol of what I was in for in terms of the magnitude of playing Bo. So I've always loved that kimono. So I have that.
And I also have the thigh dagger that Lisa, who was part of our props team, designed for Bo. And it's kind of a symbol of how strong she is. It was also cut specifically to emphasize curves. So it really kind of embodies the stuffiness and the kick-ass nature of Bo. So I have that as well.

Q: (Anna) What was one thing that you could change about playing Bo, the character, and why?

Anna: One thing that I would change. Oh, my gosh. Well, I mean, what I liked about Bo so much, what I loved about her was just how–as strong as she was, she was continuously vulnerable and open and, sort of, always putting herself out there. And so I loved that part of her. I don't know what I would change, honestly. It's a good question, but it's–I like that she was flawed. So, to change any of that would take away who she is. So I'd have to say, nothing. I would change nothing about her.

Q: If you could play any other character on the series, who would it be and why?
Anna:I think it depends on the day and the scene. There's so many great characters.

Zoie: I know. I think I would play them all at least once.

Anna: Yes, exactly. OK, I'll think of something that you know we have such a great cast, and all of the things that they got to do. Sometimes you watch and go, "Oh, that's amazing. I'd love to do that." But we all got so much–so many great things to do.
I don't know. I always used to say Vex because he's just so bad. But I kind of like Vex.

Q: (Zoie)What was the most fun that you had onset?  Are there any, behind the scenes things that you might want to share?

Zoie: It would be impossible for me to think of a very specific moment. But there were a lot you know. I mean, we spent everyday of every season for five years together. And so there were so many moments off-set that we had.

You know there was a million– especially between Anna and I. We had 150 giggle fits a week, where we couldn't stop laughing for some random reason or another, which no one else could quite understand. You know there was that. The heart-to-heart talks off-set about one thing or another in each other's lives. And where we would be goofy, and sing. Or we would, like, it was a real family for five years. So there's a million stories over that time, and that I'm beyond grateful for.

Q: (Zoie) I want to know, do you think ultimately the ending– since we're just now getting the season premiere here in the U.S. Do you think the fans are going to be happy with the series finale? the ending?

Zoie: I think some are going to be happy and some aren't.
But I think that's a good thing. I think that's a really good thing. I think that some people are going to feel that you know exactly how they want– imagined it to be, I show it probably is. And some people you know,because everybody is different. And Lost Girl isn't wishy-washy, and it never has been. So I think people will appreciate that, however they feel about it.

Q: Going back a couple of years, (before the show had even premiered in the U.S.) (Anna) when the show was brand new and there were comparisons to Buffy and True Blood when you were trying to explain it.
As we come into the final season (both of you), do you think those comparisons still hold? And if you were to have someone come up to you who's never seen the show and ask you what it's about, and why it's special, what would you say?

Anna: That is a really excellent question, because you're right. The comparisons, I think, changed, because I feel like Lost Girl does really stand alone in terms of what the show is like you know. And as–(you were right), it's kind of blazed its own trail. We deal with so many different things on the show. I feel like the similarities are there in terms of the fan base and the dedication of the fans. And, I mean, people loved Buffy and those shows for so many different reasons. And I feel like our fan base is so loyal to us, and recognize our uniqueness and really (gravitated) to that.
So, yes, I don't think we have those comparisons anymore. I feel like we're Lost Girl , and we're one of a kind.

Zoie: Hopefully somebody will come up with a show down the road that this is compared to. "You know it's just like Lost Girl."

                                 *** Zoie was called to set she had to exit the call early.***

Photo Credit:EW
Q: Anna do you have any upcoming projects?

Anna:That is a good question.I took a very deliberate break after Lost Girl. I felt like I needed a break creatively, just to kind of take it all in and take my time in terms of moving on to other projects. I also really wanted to have sometime with my son that was really quality time. And so I've been really enjoying that, to be perfectly honest. And I feel like Lost Girl was such a perfect fit, and it was the right time for that character and for me to meet. And I feel like I want to sort of wait and look at different projects. I'm certainly looking at different projects and reading a lot of great material and thinking about the next step. But I don't really know, to be honest.

Q: Do you have a favorite season?

Anna: Oh, my gosh. Well you know I feel like my favorite was to shoot was this last one, because I feel like we really–you know we just kind of kept getting better and better and hitting our stride, and I feel like Season 5 we really hit our stride. And for Bo in particular, she's just so forceful in this last season, that I loved playing that, and I loved just the–you know if any season bonded us even more, it was this last one because we knew it was our last one. So we were all very, very extra close and extra supportive of each other. So it was great.

Q:How much has Kenzi's sacrifice impacted Bo?

Anna: Oh, my gosh. A lot. Where season 4 really leaves off– and Season 5 picks up right after. We kind of get right back into that final moment where Kenzi is gone. And that sacrifice means a lot to Bo, but it's also something Bo will not accept, as everyone knows about Bo. She's not going to just, sort of, take that. So she's really on a mission. And the season starts off with lots of energy and lots of drive to get Kenzi back. And that leads to a lot of– the first couple episodes are–it's a two-part story. And they're just really high energy, really, really–there's a lot of push, and it's a really great, great way to start our season.

Q: There's such an incredible chemistry between all of you, what was it like for to shoot that series finale?

Anna: It was really hard. It was really hard and really wonderful at the same time. I feel like we all recognized what a unique place we were in and what a special time it was. And we didn't want to focus on the fact that it was the end, but focus on the present moment that we were in. So we really embraced every single day together. We really– you know when you're shooting a finale there's more pressure, in a way, but it's pressure we're putting on ourselves to really finish our story the way we want to. And we just did. We– you know the schedule–as you know when people film they don't film in order of the episodes in terms of how they air, with the scenes, I mean. But we filmed our last scene of the whole series last, which was kind of special for us. And there was lots of tears and lots of laughter, and just walking away– there's no greater gift than walking away from something feeling that you're at your absolute best as a group, and as a story. And walking away feeling proud of that is something–you could never ask for more than that. And we walked away with life-long friendships. We really–the chemistry people see on screen exists off-screen. So, it's there, and it's still there.

Q: What is your favorite food to eat?

Anna: Oh. I just love food. My perfect dinner for me would probably be some kind of pasta with a really nice homemade tomato sauce and glass of red wine. But I love everything. I love grilling fish on the barbecue and doing lots of different veggies. And my son is now eating things that are not just beige, so we're being a little more adventurous now. I'm a healthy eater, lots of veggies, fruits, fish.

Q: Going back to the (Season 4 finale) and Kenzi's sacrifice. I'm curious how far in advance you were aware of that, and how you as an actress had to prepare for that obviously very emotional situation.

Anna:I would meet with our producers and Michelle Lovretta before every season to discuss the season and be, sort of, our (curveball) for the season and what will be happening. But some things I like to know more in general terms, and some things I like to discover as I read each script. So I think I knew about–I think I only really knew about– well, Hale, first of all. I mean, I knew maybe two episodes before it happened. And then Kenzi, I knew maybe one or two episodes before as well. They didn't know too much in advance. So, yes, it was a really emotional scene. And there was a lot of energy in the room and it was really pretty overwhelming, for sure.

They were really important scenes you know. It says a lot about their friendship and about the bond they have, and just how much someone would be willing to sacrifice for the other. I think Bo and Kenzi would sacrifice anything for each other. So it was a really nice moment, to solidify that friendship even more, in away.

Q: Do you have any favorite "Bo quotes" from the show?

Anna: I'm trying to think. Like, in my own life, sometimes, I end up saying something and, like, wait? Wasn't that a line from Lost Girl?
I'm drawing a total blank right now. But I don't know. I feel–what I love about Bo is that you know she really–and the writers are so good about, sort of, developing her own sense of humor that was separate from Kenzi and separate from the rest of the cast as well, that a real line, sort of, slightly cynical, slightly abrasive, but also a slightly innocent sense of humor.

Q: No Did you have any input to how she looked, how she dressed?

Anna: Absolutely. I mean, yes. We had amazing wardrobe designers, Anne Dixon started our show and was with us for the first two seasons, and then Noreen Landry took over. And it was nice. The look sort of evolved. What I loved about Bo's look was that it was very–obviously very sexy, but it was also, like, ready for action, of any kind, really. Fight scenes, or a little love action.

Anna: So, yes. I think Bo's silhouette sort of evolved from the fact that she was a succubus. So she– you know she's curvy and sexual and sensual, but also really strong. So that's kind of where her look took her in terms of wardrobe.

Q:Will you be doing conventions of any kind coming up?

Anna: I don't actually know yet. I wish I could confirm something, but I don't. I can't confirm. But I would love to do one soon because I would love to see fans again.

Q: With your whole journey on the show, what's one thing that's kind of surprised you about where the show's gone from the beginning? Anything either that Bo did or just in general?

Anna: Well you know I think when our show started, particularly in our first season, we were very much– we were just introducing these characters and learning about them, but we very much had a case of the week. Every episode we had a new case to deal with. And that was a great way to have Bo learn about the Fae world, and have the audience learn about the Fae world. So we were a little bit more formulaic in terms of how we told that story.
And that changed as the series went on. We got a little more serialized, delving further into people's feelings and love lives and their relationships with each other became more of the focus which I think was a little bit you know better. But, I mean, that's how it evolved.
And it was a better story to tell, for the actors, and a better story to watch, for the audience, I think. So, and none of that surprised me. It's just–I'm glad we took you know one convention in Season 1 of learning about each Fae every week, to something a little more serialized.

Q: Is there a certain part of the mythology that's been your favorite?

Anna: I love fairy folklore and fairy mythology. I mean, I think I've spoken about it in the press before. I had a book as a child that was called Faeries you know f-a-e-r-i-e-s. And it was–had these incredible images that were really–some of them were very dark and sinister. But I was very fascinated with these fairies, and would look at the pictures a lot and imagine that these fairies were real and that they were in my garden.
I really–I had a big imagination when it came to that kind of folklore, which is very interesting that I ended up being on a show about that. But I–yes, I just was always drawn to that kind of fantasy world.

Q:So I know you can't really reveal too much about what to expect for Season 5, but is there a particular moment that you're eager for the fans to see?

Anna: There are several moments that I'm eager for the fans to see. You know we actually air–we have aired the first eight in Canada as, probably, many people know. So it's been interesting to watch fan reaction from certain things.
Yes. You know because this season is our last, we have to kind of push the story a little bit and you know for lack of better words, wrap- up certain things and explore things a little more deeply to kind of get some answers. So there's a lot that happens this season that's really intense and interesting to watch. But Lost Girl has always been about making bold choices. So that is no different in Season 5.
And then there's a lot of really fun things that we just did. I know I've spoken about it before. You know I had a meeting early on, just before Season 5 started, about–Michael Grassi who was our new (show runner) this year, asked you know is there other things that you want to do this season?
And I sort of listed off some things that were more fun and playful. And he put every single thing I said in to a script, which was amazing. So one thing I'm excited for people to see is a particular homage to another strong female character of days past, and it was really fun to shoot.

Q: We have seen different type of Fae and many different types of odd story lines. Do you have a favorite one,that made laugh or say wow, can we pull this off (too crazy)?

Anna: Well, I think our show is crazy enough to go pretty much everywhere. There were so many, and so many great actors coming on the show. It was just people that would just come and do one day, one scene, and they're memorable.

I know we had a guy in–I think it was Season 2, who had one eye and he had to kiss Kenzi. That's all I really remember about it, but he was so funny, and so good. People just bring a lot to the table.
I'm trying to think of one storyline. You know I think the more shocking things were in Season 1, in terms of learning every week about a new Fae. I remember the woman who ate foot soup and then got sick. And then Kenzi eats the foot soup. That was a fun one to do.

Yes, I mean, we just–we weren't really shocked by anything after awhile. It's such a huge playing field in terms of possibilities, so yes, we just set– yes. No shocking–nothing shocking. Just fun. Just a lot of fun.

**** This interview was during a conference call. It has been edited for content and time.****

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