Earlier in the month we got to take part in a phone conference with Lost Girl stars Anna Silk, Ksenia Solo and Kris Holden-Ried who play the roles of Bo, Kenzi and Dyson on the series.
During the hours discussion we managed to quiz the actors a little more about their characters, but were not allowed to ask any questions that would promise to spoil the season one finale or the season two opener.
Below are some highlights from the conference call:
SciFiPulse: How do you think the show has changed since it started and why do you think it’s been so successful?
Ksenia Solo: Well I think that Season One we were really finding our footing, we were discovering who we are as our characters.
We were really discovering who we are as a show, what our voice really is and I think we all knew that we got involved with something very unique and of course we didn’t know what the fans’ response was going to be.
And the fact that it’s been what it is has been incredibly humbling and incredibly exciting for us all at the same time.
And I think Season Two we really came back with more oomph if I can say it that way. We really had time to explore in Season One and Season Two we came back ready to kick ass and getting a chance to meet our fans at (Comegon) and Fan Expo and all these different events.
It’s been really amazing and what I thought was the most kind of exciting was when I saw other girls dressed up as Kenzi for me that was like a sign of like wow, people really enjoy these characters and they really love the show.
And just we couldn’t be happier.
Anna Silk: Yeah, and I think the show, I mean it’s from the first episode there was so much room for growth and the show could only sort of grow and develop from there, playing Bo this whole world was brand new to her.
And so it was brand new to the audience as well so we had so many places to go and so much to explore and that’s what we’ve done. I know that first season is still airing here in the US.
And it’s gotten a great response and the show continues to grow like Ksenia said, first season really laid a good foundation for the second season.
And we really sort of took off from there and took it in new directions which I can’t wait for everyone to see. And the fan response has been incredible.
It’s – people have – I know I said this before but people have really taken ownership of the show and really invest in the lives of these characters.
And in our lives as a result so it’s really cool.
SFP: The dynamic between the cast, did that changed at all as the first season went on?
Ksenia Solo: Anna you answer this one the best so go ahead.
Anna Silk: I do?
Ksenia Solo: I’m always like taking quotes from what you say, I’m always like well as Anna puts it. You mentioned like how we came back and we really felt each other’s rhythms, like a real family did.
Anna Silk: We did, yeah. Like I can remember that first few episodes back we all – the whole cast was in a scene together and everything just felt like a family, like everyone sort of naturally knew when to come in and obviously it’s written out on a piece of paper for us as well.
But we naturally sort of have each other’s rhythm and energy as actors but also as these characters. So I mean again because the show starts with everyone meeting for the first time the relationships have naturally evolved.
And changed and as actors on set we’ve just sort of bonded as the episodes went on, so it’s been really great.
SFP: What do you each like best about working on a fantasy series. Are there any particular downsides to it for you all?
Kris Holden-Ried: I love working in sci fi and fantasy genre because it allows us to have so many different creative story lines and characters that we can explore.
I mean having super powers or being able to be really old, these are things that as an artist, don’t get to often explore or learn to express. It’s a lot of fun, it’s very imaginative and it’s a great playing field to work with.
So yeah, I’d do it all the time. The only downside is I don’t know, I don’t really get one but the girls I guess have to wear a lot of tight uncomfortable fitting corsets and stuff.
Ksenia Solo: I think the only downside is when you have like crazy intense emotional scenes but you’re acting against a green screen, or like a tennis ball.
Like that’s always an interesting experience. And you always feel a little bit stupid I have to admit but the challenge is just making it as real as possible.
But I completely agree with Kris that you get to kind of go outside of reality and it’s always a lot of fun. You get to go wild.
Anna Silk: Yeah, I mean you get to really – you get to just play. this scenario on the show and the circumstances and all the stuff that’s going on is really real to these characters.
And we take it seriously but we don’t necessarily take the world that seriously because it’s crazy Fae world, so we get to laugh at it a lot too.
And have fun with it, but – and the downside, I don’t know, I mean I guess along the lines of what Ksenia said I’ve had to like sword fight something that’s not there.
And it’s a little weird but you just have to trust that you – that it’s going to look good in the end, and it usually does. SO it’s good.
SFP: What would you say your most memorable experiences have been thus far while working on the show?
Kris Holden-Ried: I guess for me I’m going to take it right back to the pilot, that was the first thing we ever did together, the three of us.
Ksenia Solo: Yeah, that first day working our tushes off on Clean Street.
Kris Holden-Ried: That’s right, when we all sort of met and we had no idea what we were doing but we were creating this world for the first time, it was very exciting.
Anna Silk: And we were all trying to be like really cool but it was so cold so we all had runny noses.
Kris Holden-Ried: And we’re doing this big acting, we’re like yes, we thought we had the idea of what the show was, we were really serious about everything, and it was a great episode, I still think it’s one of our best episodes but that first time when we were all together working and (Penny) and I laughing, Anna and trying to figure out how to have a sex scene that was properly (unintelligible).
Anna Silk: Yeah, and that opening of Episode 8 was airing a couple weeks ago here in the US was – Episode 8 was our original pilot, so the – that sex scene that Kris is talking about was almost like doing a stunt.
I mean it was exhausting and I remember it was my birthday that day, do you remember that Kris?
Kris Holden-Ried: That’s right.
Anna Silk: And I was – I spent it nude covered in blood on top of you. It was a great way to spend my birthday. So that was really great, so that was a good memory.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yeah, absolutely.
Ksenia Solo: I don’t think I can top that memory so I’ll just leave that with you.
Anna Silk: And I think in terms of when you say off the show, I guess you just mean like behind the scenes. I mean we all have a lot of fun. It’s tough shooting a series obviously, it’s hard on everyone.
It’s long hours and that kind of thing so it’s great that we all get along and sort of support each other when someone needs a little extra support we’re all there for each other.
So that’s – I mean we’re a very happy cast and crew so those are the good memories from that, I mean it’s great.
SFP: For last few chats you’ve all done you’ve talked about finding your characters in the first season of the show, but you are know coming toward the close of filming on season two and already know that you will be back for a third season. Would you say that the success of Lost Girl and fact that you have this third season has changed the dynamic in anyway?
Ksenia Solo: We all became really big divas.
Anna Silk: We all got bigger trailers. I mean for myself I don’t know that it necessarily changed the dynamic but I think it’s – because I think that Lost Girl has a long way to go. I think that because it’s such a vast world to explore there’s really – there’s a lot of possibilities.
And we still haven’t tapped into many of them, so I think that it’s – I guess it changes your mind set a little bit in terms of like okay this is – we’re in this for a while.
So let’s pace ourselves a little and think about sort of how to – I guess it makes you kind of think about some subtleties you can bring into the character that you’re playing.
I mean I can only speak for myself but yeah, I mean it was just exciting news really. I mean it was just exciting and we get to be on the show and get to play these great parts and do all this fun stuff for longer.
And bring it to a bigger audience, so it was just exciting news.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yeah, I don’t think it really changes our day to day performance, I mean we’re always sort of – we have a certain job to do, requires a lot of presence in the moment and that’s what we focus on.
But I mean for me it’s just – it’s nice to know that we’re going to continue to work on this, it’s kind of a relaxed sort of okay, now we can keep telling our story for a longer time and the age old actor’s phobia, when am I going to be out of a job, when’s my next job has been sort of put off for a little while.
Anna Silk: I know it’s weird, I’m not used to that feeling.
Ksenia Solo: I think just as much as the fans are excited to see where the show goes and what’s going to happen to the characters and what new guest stars and creatures are going to come in, I think we all feel the exact same because we obviously don’t know what’s going to happen.
And it’s cool that our story lines can really at this point go anywhere, so it will be fun for us to explore different avenues in that sense.
SFP: The show has moved on a fair bit since season one. And living in the UK I have been fortunate enough to have seen that first year and also a great deal of season two. So am wondering if you guys have had much input into what’s been happening with you characters over the tail end of the first and start of the second season arc.
Kris Holden-Ried: I was just going to say we kind of have as much input as we want. There’s a chain of sort of command that also has sort of decision, decision powers or vetoes.
But I think we’re very fortunate, we work on a – it’s not a huge sort of network show so it’s still an independent production where we actually can converse with the writers and executive producers one on one when we need to.
And they’re always open to our story ideas. So we’re very fortunate to be able to have input, however much we take it is up to us I guess.
Anna Silk: Yeah, and I also think that I mean I know that I’ve felt this way but over the course of the two seasons that we’ve done, the writers that have gotten to know us tend to write more to our strengths.
And it’s when that sort of changes that I might speak up about something and it’s generally been welcomed input.
So it does feel very collaborative.
SFP: Is there anything you could maybe point out, which may have been different had you not spoke up?
Anna Silk: Oh yes, definitely.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yeah, exactly.
Anna Silk: I mean I can think of things. And I can think of things I wish that I had spoken up about. But we – as actors we want to – we pay attention to the detail.
So there are little things that we always wish that we could have changed or do differently but it’s all part of the process.
Kris Holden-Ried: And – yeah, you’ll see stuff, anyway, okay. End of Season One stuff, you’ll see.
SFP: I’ve read that Kris was on the Canadian Pentathlon team before he became an actor, which I’d imagine helps out a fair bit with the physical demands of the show. So just wondering if that helped and wanted to ask what Anna and Ksenia have been able to bring from their real lives into their roles as well?
Kris Holden-Ried: All right, well I mean yeah, absolutely. The sports has been a huge help for me, it’s how I got into acting.
And especially with Dyson being such a physical character that was one of the things that I liked about it so much is that it was going to – it was an inspiration for me to get back in shape and like be stronger again.
And it was fantastic up until I injured myself in the middle of second season, but I’ve bounced back from that. And the thing is you have to be careful always doing stunts.
It’s like I’ve been in the OR, accidents happen and you just have to be careful, but it’s great to be able to bring a physicality.
With Dyson it has a lot to do with energy work as well because playing a super hero you need to have these super sort of charged energy.
So different sort of tricks that I’ve learned along the way to get my energy up.
Anna Silk: And for Bo I definitely try to stay fit and I don’t have the same kind of sports background that Kris has but I try to learn little skills along the way and work with different trainers and my stunt double and that kind of thing.
And then in terms of other life things that have helped me prepare, I mean just every little thing in my life really, helps you prepare to play any character.
I mean for Bo, I mean being vulnerable and afraid most of the time, I’ve got that down pat. So that really helps a lot to play this character.
But yeah, I guess every little aspect of your life kind of prepares you.
Ksenia Solo: And for myself I really take inspiration from great actors that I admire from movies, from people I know and Kenzi, she’s really so full of life and she has so much energy that that’s one thing that was very new for me, playing a character that was A, the comedic relief, B, somebody who’s just seems like she has a rocket on her somewhere, because she’s constantly go, go, go, go, go.
So that’s something that I’ve always kind of have to work on, remember, make sure that I eat properly, make sure that I physically have enough energy to make it through the long days and keep that energy up and keep Kenzi as colorful and bright as she is.
SFP: Ksenia your character of Kenzi gets a lot of great lines on the series and I’m just wondering if you have any favorite moments from the show in regards to you dialogue?
Ksenia Solo: Oh goodness, I get this question sometimes and there’s been so many that it’s really hard to pick. But this speed dating and the quoting Ludicris was definitely one of my favorites.
Also in the first seasons and I guess it would have been episode 8 if my memory serves me correct, there’s a line I have where I say it smells like fried bitch.
And that was the very first episode we filmed so I was just getting into the groove and the mojo of Kenzi. So getting to say that line our like first week of filming was definitely a lot of fun.
SFP: In the series Dyson and Bo are two very highly sexed characters and I was just wondering what you perspectives are on that aspect of your characters?
Anna Silk: Well Bo is essentially an overly sexual character because that’s what she is. I mean she’s a succubus so that’s who and what she is.
It’s definitely refreshing, I think it’s one of the things that we’re most proud of on the show is the fact that there’s this love triangle that gets established in the first season between Bo and Dyson and Bo and Lauren.
And both of those relationship kind of rival each other, they’re really strong. They’re sexual and they’re real. So I definitely think I agree with you, it is refreshing and it is something that we’re really proud of.
It’s funny, in watching some of the episodes from first seasons which I’ve done lately to kind of try to remember what we did, I can’t believe how many people I kissed.
Like oh my gosh, I kissed so many people which is an interesting part of my job, but it’s an important part of the show and an important part of the character.
Kris Holden-Ried: I think one of the things that we’re really blessed with on our show is the great chemistry we all have with each other. So it really makes taking a leap from a true caring friendship with the actor you’re working with and then spinning it towards putting in tones of sexiness isn’t a difficult step.
And that real trust and chemistry we have with each other is I think what transcends through the screen.
Anna Silk: Yeah, and we all like each other too, we’ve – we just – it’s not Kris is very likeable obviously and very respectful actor to work with.
So any of the stuff that we’ve done is just sort of comes out of mutual respect and caring for one another. It works.
Ksenia Solo: And I think sexuality is such an important part of life and I think the fact that our show is so open to it, and it doesn’t matter if you’re gay or straight or you’re blue or black or green.
It doesn’t matter, it’s open to the entire human race, it’s open to everybody and for Kenzi she doesn’t have that much to do with the sexual content in Season One but in Season Two she gets her own taste of it.
SFP: This one is for Ksenia and Kris. I really enjoyed the work you guys did in the Season One episode ‘Food For Thought’.
I enjoyed the scenes you guys had together and I’m wondering if you could maybe perhaps tell us a little bit about working on that episode and acting opposite each other in those scenes if you don’t mind.
Kris Holden-Ried: Ksenia and I right from the very moment when we met on the pilot we found out that we’re half Canadian and half Latvian and she’s Latvian and we had immediate bond.
And when we finally got a chance to work together all of that stuff kind of just came right to the surface so quickly.
And made for some really…
Ksenia Solo: We’re practically related, you and I.
Kris Holden-Ried: Practically.
Ksenia Solo: The only two Latvians in Canada.
Kris Holden-Ried: Well the only two Latvians in Canada on television. Actually no there’s a third.
Ksenia Solo: That’s true, never mind.
Kris Holden-Ried: But yeah, I don’t know, it’s – like I mentioned in the other question, it’s about chemistry right, and we are just so lucky on this show that all of us gel together.
So when we get a chance to work with each other, whether it’s with Ksenia and Anna, Ksenia and KC or myself, we just all sort of have our own little nice little niches that we work with each other.
And luckily that episode really got to show what Ksenia and I can do with each other and it was – I’m really glad we did.
Ksenia Solo: Yeah it was a very emotional episode for myself and we’re so lucky to have Kris on the show, I really – I’m not trying to kiss his ass but he knows, I tell him this every day that I think he’s so incredibly intuitive and talented and working with him it just makes your job so much easier.
Because you really are as good as your acting partner, so he really lifts us all up and I really think that he truly is one of the best Canada has to offer and we’re lucky.
We’re also lucky that he’s so sexy and he takes his shirt off a lot.
Kris Holden-Ried: Oh my God.
Ksenia Solo: I wish he had his shirt off all those scenes, when I was dying, I’m sure it would have made me get better sooner.
Kris Holden-Ried: Wow, I wish I had an audio recording of this so I could play this back in my dark days.
Ksenia Solo: I tell you every day anyway, you’re spoiled that way.
SFP: The development of the Bo Dyson Lauren triangle has been both really cool and completely unpredictable.
I’m just wondering if you could maybe tease that, where that goes over the rest of the season.
Anna Silk: Yeah, gosh, well both of those relationships they’re brand new in Season One and they develop their own strengths, and then they get challenged. I think both of those relationships get challenged in Season One.
The Lauren relationship is one that I know in Episode 8 which aired a couple weeks ago Lauren was being dishonest with Bo and that has changed their relationship for now. It definitely continues to evolve as the season goes on but also in Season Two.
And Bo and Dyson, I mean I can’t really give anything away for the season finale for Season One but something big does happen between them.
And it’s something that is going to impact Bo in a big way and Dyson in a big way in the next season. I know it’s very vague but I don’t want to give away anything.
Kris Holden-Ried: I couldn’t answer it any better either. Something big comes down that affects us and brings us all the way through to Season Two.
SFP: I know Anna you’ve said that you’d like to see an incubus but can you guys talk about the other supernatural – mythological creatures you’d like to see on the show that haven’t been on yet?
Kris Holden-Ried: I’ve always wanted to see a minotaur to be honest. Leprechaun would be great.
Anna Silk: Gosh, I don’t know. I mean definitely an incubus.
Kris Holden-Ried: The infamous troll, Trick’s infamous troll.
Anna Silk: Oh the troll, yeah.
Kris Holden-Ried: There’s so many creatures from different mythological backgrounds, I mean it’s like tough to pull from. some demons would be great, like how far do we take it, right?
Ksenia Solo: I want to become one so I’m going to stick to that answer.
SFP: And Anna obviously without giving anything away that in this next episode you kind of find out that Bo may have some other powers, is there going to be more beyond that power?
I mean are we as the seasons go on going to find out that she can do other things that we don’t know about?
Anna Silk: Definitely. I mean I think that in Season Two Bo starts to experience some new – in the next episode in Season One, you see a new power that she might be able to do.
And I think that’s the first time Bo realizes that there’s more to who she is and what she can do. So we definitely see that change a little bit in Season Two.
And her powers are pretty new, so to her so she’s still developing them and still has a lot of surprises in store for herself.
Lost Girl airs every Monday on Syfy Channel in America and season two episodes are currently airing every Thurday night on the UK Syfy Channel.
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