Lost Girl Interview With Anna Silk, Ksenia Solo & Kris Holden-Ried

I hope you’re all watching Lost Girl, the Syfy broadcast of the hit Canadian show. If not, be sure to check this one out, because it’s a lot of fun. Stars Anna Silk, Ksenia Solo, and Kris Holden-Ried were available for a Q&A session recently, and as we approach the first season finale on the Syfy run, I thought you might want to get to know these characters better.

For those still out of the loop, a little background –

Meet Bo. She’s just your average, gorgeous, butt-kicking, life-force-sucking bartender on the run. Her inhuman hunger for human energy has plagued her for the past ten years and is a secret she keeps close, but when she uses her power to stop a rape, her dark identity is exposed. The girl, a pickpocket named Kenzi, won’t let Bo slip away without an explanation for the glowing blue light that escaped the man’s body when she kissed him. Left with no other choice, Bo takes Kenzi under her wing in order to protect Kenzi and her own secret.

But Kenzi wasn’t the only one to learn of Bo’s…ability. Bo left the crime scene in a hurry, and the rapist’s body, disfigured from his encounter with the paranormal, was discovered by a local detective named Dyson, who is also more than he seems. Just as Bo and Kenzi are about to jump town, Dyson rolls up in a gray van with his partner and smuggles Bo away to an unknown location. Kenzi frantically tries to track Bo, but she may be too late.


And, a quick teaser for the next episode-


How do you think the show has changed since it started and why do you think it’s been so successful?


Ksenia Solo: I don’t know, you tell us.

Anna Silk: Ksenia do you want to go first? We’re so polite to each other, we always…

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.


The dynamic between the cast, has that changed at all as the first season went on and you’re heading into the second – well I guess you’re in the second season now.


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.

Ksenia Solo: I mean personally I hated everybody but.

Anna Silk: Yeah, Ksenia hates everyone, but.



Are there any particular guest stars that you’ve had on that you really want to have back?


Kris Holden-Ried: From Seasons One?


Yep. At this point, yeah.


Anna Silk: I mean I think it would be really cool to have Inga Cadranel back, I mean she was really fantastic in Season One. Gosh, I don’t know.

Kris Holden-Ried: There was that guy, the guy in our pilot which turned out to be Episode 8.

Anna Silk: The vampire?

Kris Holden-Ried: Humphries or whatever.

Anna Silk: Something, he was fantastic. Yeah.


Is it tough doing press for Season One?  Returning – starting all over again for a new audience, is it tough doing press for that?


Anna Silk: Yeah, I think so, I mean these are things that we’ve done quite a while ago and the show has really continued to grow from there. So as actors and as the characters we’re sort of in a different place than where we started, so I’ve actually had to kind of review some of the Season One episodes in order to be able to do press because it was quite a while ago.

So it’s challenging for sure, but it’s really exciting to bring it to a new audience and it’s really cool to see this – a whole new response to people that are experiencing it for the first time.

Kris Holden-Ried: But rewarding.

Anna Silk: but rewarding, yes. Yeah.


What are your most memorable experiences while filming this show?


Kris Holden-Ried: There’s so many.

Ksenia Solo: I know, there’s so many.

Kris Holden-Ried: My gosh. 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 using 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.


You’ve talked about Season One, when you all are just kind of getting started and feeling your way around this new universe. When you went into Season Two, you knew that you were going to have US distribution and then you found out you had the Season Three renewal while you’re still shooting now.

So, did that change the dynamic at all since you knew you were going to have some road to run in terms of developing these characters and these stories that you knew for sure you were coming back and you knew more people were going to be seeing the show?


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.


Why do you think Vex had such a strong impact on both the audience and you as actors?


Kris Holden-Ried: Well it’s a combination of Paul Amos being such a fantastic actor and also the character being so interesting and the power to manipulate to be a Mesmer.

It just fits so well with us because as supercharged as all of us think we can be, here’s a guy who can just take control of you at any moment and use your power against you. And also Paul Amos is just an awesome fellow, he’s become one of our best mates and luckily he’s become more and more involved in the show as its gone on.

Anna Silk: Yeah, and the thing about Vex too is that he’s so – he is so powerful, he’s so in control but he doesn’t take any of it seriously which kind of drives us crazy. As a character, not as Paul, Vex just kind of gets under our skin and continues to do so, in the series. And he brings a lot to the show and he’s just really fun and funny and really committed actor, he’s great.

Ksenia Solo: And I feel like a lot of people, a lot of actors can play like the evil character but there’s something about Paul that is so incredibly intriguing. He’s such a physical actor. And he is uniquely talented and working with him you really get sucked into his energy and I think the fact that Vex is so manipulative and so sexual and just so many different characteristics that create this – the all powerful being that he is.

And he really reminds me of Johnny Depp and the fact that he’s British I think just makes him like way cooler than any of us.

Anna Silk: And he has a lot of sex appeal. Paul does himself but also as Vex he’s got this real strong sex appeal which is –

Ksenia Solo: Nobody can wear a pair of leather pants like he can and I’ve heard this many times on set where I look at him and I go like damn Paul, like you’re looking good. I really don’t know who else could make those look good.

But you make them look good.


Is he also going to be in the next season?


Ksenia Solo: Yes.

Kris Holden-Ried: Paul comes back.


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.


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 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.


Now with four more episodes from Season One to air on SyFy, what impact has the new audience on all of you, the new American audience?


Ksenia Solo: It’s cool because Lost Girl is shown all over the world, and it was showing in Australia and England before it ever aired in the states. So I think it’s just a really great addition to our audience and we’ve wanted to air in the states for a long time. So it’s been really exciting for us.

Anna Silk: Yeah and there’s such an online community sort of globally so it was interesting to see that people from Australia and the UK and from Canada are sort of already in touch with the new fan base in the US. So I’ve definitely because I’m in the US right now, I definitely feel an impact on the show.

Just more people being vocal about it, people sharing online what they like about it and it’s been really pretty great.

Kris Holden-Ried: Yeah, absolutely. It’s such a huge audience and they love, they tend to love this genre, Americans and there’s been so many other successful shows down there in the sci fi genre. And we’re so glad that we’re part of the party.


Is there something still that you guys would like to know about your character’s back story that they haven’t at all yet talked about?


Anna Silk: Oh yeah.

Kris Holden-Ried: Good question.

Anna Silk: I mean I think that for Bo I mean we sort of – I had a pretty clear understanding of what her back story was before we ever started Season One and I’ve gotten to know more as the series has progressed through writers and through my own imagination.

But not as much as been shown to the audience yet so that’s something that will be shown in Season Two and certainly in Season Three and I just think it would be good for people to see a little bit more about where Bo came from.

And why she was the way she was at the beginning of the series, pretty new to everything really. A real fish out of water I guess, but I don’t know what else I’d like to – I think that revealing things a little bit at at time is kind of the way to do it.

I think that’s all Bo can handle and I think it’s better for the audience that way as well.

Kris Holden-Ried: With Dyson in Season Two we get to explore a little bit of his past, there’s some flashbacks in an episode. I’d love to see a little bit more of that, I love showing the different sort of age of that, our characters have lived throughout.

And I think that brings a nice depth and breadth to the show. But I’m looking forward to hopefully some more back-story exposed and maybe some flashbacks.

Anna Silk: and you’ll get to see Kris in sexy long hair in that flashback.

Ksenia Solo: I would love to also explore even Kenzi’s childhood and her family and her family’s ties to the Russian mafia and why she ended up living alone on the streets and where she gets her kleptomaniac tendencies from and all these kind of cool things that I think we can really delve much deeper into. I would love to explore it more.



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