As fans of the Syfy series HAVEN already know, the key question to be answered this season is not who is Audrey Parker, but which of the many men in her life will she end up with. After last week’s surprising reveal in which Audrey and Chris Brody (Jason Priestly) took their blossoming relationship to the next level, this week’s upcoming episode entitled “Audrey Parker’s Day Off” gives Audrey a chance to look at how much her competing love interests mean to her. Given the chance (or perhaps curse) to relive the same day over and over again, Audrey assesses her relationships with Nathan, Duke and Chris. Talking time out of her busy schedule to chat with press, Emily Rose candidly shared her perspective on the show and many loves of Audrey Parker.
For the upcoming episode “Audrey’s Day Off,” since actors have to do so many takes on a scene, was it easier to relate to Audrey repeating the same day over and over?
EMILY: No, and that’s a great question. It was just really a challenge for me. I remember going through the script and writing the timeline out of what was occurring. Through the day I would because — based on a production schedule — I would have to do the day repeating in the same location just at different levels. So what was nice about that is our ADs and our producer set up the best they could to start at the earlier stage and then to slowly kind of fall apart, but what’s tricky is how do you make some of these tragic events throughout the day seem different and how do you let them effect you even more each time and how do you step the urgency up each time. It was a great and wonderful on camera acting exercise for me, and one I was really, really excited about. It was really challenging. I knew that when I was walking into that episode I just knew that it was going to be one of the biggest emotionally challenging episodes I’ve done because from a technical standpoint, not only do you have to make it seem real in the wide-shot but the tight-shot and the close-up, and then also on the reverse for the other actors. So you’re doing a scene that’s really, really emotional probably 12 to 15 times and then on top of that, you need to have the technical DP or focus puller or grip or director talk to you through the scene in a technical way just to pull it off, but yet you still have to be freaking out and even though your brain knows that it’s not really happening, at the end of that week my body was so tense and so drained because my body thought that I had been through those traumas multiples of times. And so it was a real challenge but a real reward and I really hope people are affected by it as much as I was when I played it.
What has it been like for you to work so closely with Jason Priestly?
EMILY: It was weird. I was like is this my life right now? What’s happening? Especially because I’d worked with Luke Perry before for a long episode on JOHN FROM CINCINNATI, so it was just bizarre that I was like what’s happening with 90210 intersecting my life. But really it was great. It’s always really great to work with really seasoned professional, creative, talented people because you learn a lot from working with them and there’s always the mystery surrounding his name and who he is and then we meet him in person and realize that he’s super down to earth and really loves his family and is just really talented and super hardworking and is not a diva at all. It’s just great because you learn a lot from working alongside of someone like that that’s very eager to work and make a good story, and so obviously it’s always a little weird but then you get over it and you move on.
That was a big game changer at the end of the last episode with Chris. How’d you feel about that when you first learned about it?
EMILY: It’s always a little weird because you’re introducing a guest character and that’s going to kind of tear you apart from the subtext that you’re creating with other characters but I’m always a little leery of it because you’re always like well how’s it going to be written, what’s going to happen and ultimately it’s kind of neat because I think I’ve been reading a lot of the reviews lately of the last episode. And one of the things people are talking about is Audrey’s sort of oblivious nature towards Nathan and how he’s feeling towards her. And I was talking with one of the writers and they were talking about how normally that’s a guy thing, that’s a guy attribute that the guy would be oblivious to the girl who really likes him. And that on our show it’s Audrey who I think is oblivious in so many ways because she’s conditioned to not connect with people and the only way that she connects and the only time that her connecting is good or that she experiences is when she’s actually able to help ‘troubled’ people. But when it comes to relationships, she doesn’t know anything about that and even if she might sense something from Nathan, she’s not. It’s too important to her and her job and she doesn’t know how to function. So I think when I read about this relationship it was kind of exciting. This is the first time we get to see Audrey actually being the girly-girl and in a relationship but it’s almost like she said screw it. I think I’m going to try whatever everybody else is trying and if bad Audrey can have a relationship why can’t I and who am I in a relationship and this is a kind of fun place to try that out. And then also Chris is like opposites attract. He’s all about science and he’s all about scientific explanations and she’s all about safe and her instincts and her intuition and so it was interesting. It was really fun to play and it was really fun to see what that did between Nathan and Audrey and what that did with Duke and Audrey especially when everybody else is so enamored by him and she isn’t but then sort of she is. So it’s a lot of double edged swords to play but that’s always fun and deep and more interesting ultimately I think . . . And I think it’s like one of those things where it’s like you said, if they’re not going to act on it, am I imagining that? Is that something that I’m imagining? It’s not really my place right now to act on anything and we are good partners and we work well and maybe it’s just that. You have to know too as an audience that the audience gets to see what Nathan’s feeling but Audrey doesn’t necessarily see that and I think one of the things that she wrestles with, is does Chris like her for her or does he like her for the fact that she’s not effected by his ‘trouble’ and is that maybe why Nathan likes her because he can feel around her? So it’s pretty complex.
Do you think things have been accelerated this season by the addition of the new characters Evi and Chris?
EMILY: No, not really because I feel like we don’t have the luxury of having 24 episodes. We have 12 to 13 episodes to really kind of get across all the different arcs and things that we want to do in the second season. I think it’s really exciting to me personally to have everybody so effected by new people coming in because it really goes to show how much they really value the relationships that have been set up between the characters and it’s exciting because with change comes new possibilities and I think it shows the different colors of each relationship. It makes you want to fight for Audrey and Nathan or Audrey and Duke so much more and fight for these things and want to stick around to see if they actually flesh themselves out and I think that if we kind of served up immediately the dessert of what people wanted to see in the first couple, two or three episodes, I think that it’s kind of like where do you go from there? So no, I think the timing of it’s pretty right on.
Nathan looks like he’s pining for Audrey and he doesn’t know exactly what to do now that Chris Brody’s in the picture and it’s sort of like he’s just waiting in the wings for her. Can you talk about that?
EMILY: Well, I think that’s what’s been great about Episode 6 and what’s so great about last year is we’re able to establish the world in which we want to live and so in order to do that, we need to serve up those relationships and Season 2 is about vending that stuff and stretching it and creating tensions and the great thing to me about this next episode that’s coming is it tests our boundaries on all of those fronts relationally. And she’s jumping into this relationship with Chris, I think, out of a dysfunctional sort of feeling like who is she and if this other Audrey could have a relationship, why can’t she and what is that like. And I think you sort of test those boundaries out on people maybe that you don’t necessarily – that you feel safe to kind of be testers if that’s like not in a cruel way to say it and I think her and Nathan have something really special and I feel like maybe that’s not the proper testing grounds, if that makes any sense.
Do you think Nathan likes Audrey simply because he can feel her? Like for many of the ‘troubled’ the solution is to be with the people they care about. Thus, I’m wondering if that’s actually more of a hint that Nathan has feelings for Audrey as a person or is it simply because it means she is a possible cure for him?
EMILY: I think you could definitely be on to something. I always ask the writers that. I wonder if there is a past connection with Nathan and Audrey about why he’s able to just feel her and I’ve definitely wondered that myself, although the hard thing is that makes it hard to get under that theory is the fact that Audrey is able to help a lot of people and in that regard, the people that they are good with. I was listening to a podcast the other day that was really good and they were talking about our show and one of the things they noted was that there’s never a really wholesome working relationship in HAVEN. The only one that’s remotely close is Vince and Dave, the brothers. All the other relationships are dysfunctional. Or have fallen apart or there’s been sort of severing or something. And so in that regard it’s not necessarily that the other people that they’re with calm them down. Audrey’s the one that’s able to sort of get them to understand and then resolve with those people. So I’m not sure. I think that there is something to be said between Nathan and Audrey’s connection. Nathan obviously is the one that feels it more on his side but Audrey definitely wouldn’t be able to move forward without his support so it’s interesting. I don’t know. Good food for thought for sure.
Are we going to find out why Audrey is immune to some of the forces in HAVEN and she is not affected by it like other people?
EMILY: I don’t know if we’re really going to find out why that is as much as we’re going to find Audrey searching for her identity and clinging onto that as being something that’s really unique to who she is. I think that’s more in the long-term mystery of the mythology of the show but it’s definitely something that we really cling to as part of her identity for sure.
How do you think Audrey has evolved this season?
EMILY: I think last season was really about why should I stay in HAVEN and what’s my connection to the place and why have I been brought here and this season’s been more about who am I. Sometimes I get side-barred because we have to focus in on the ‘trouble’ of the week and it’s always a challenge to try to portray the duality of that but anytime that I can find Audrey being effected by the ‘trouble’ in a personal way then that’s sort of my way in. And what I think this year is different for her is there’s a bit more of a comfort. Last year she was circling all of her other characters to kind of get an idea of who they are and this year she’s at home with them and is circling them and is thrown off by them when there might be a situation that occurs that she’s not really familiar that they would handle it in a certain way or what she knows about Nathan and he reacts in a way she’s not expecting, things like that. That to me is the different side of it and just what’s exciting about being able to stick with the series and I’m so excited that our ratings are holding strong every week and that we have an audience that’s returning and coming back because they’re getting to know the characters just as well and maybe will have the same reactions as Audrey does when those different situations come about.
Compared to last season, how do you relate with what Audrey and what she’s going through?
EMILY: This may sound really depressing but it was funny. I was laughing with some – well, I wasn’t laughing — they were laughing at me but we were talking about Christmas for Audrey and I was talking with some producers and we were talking about what that was and I said, ‘You guys, I really don’t want to talk about this because it makes me really sad when I think about Audrey at Christmas.’ And I’ve just found that as I spend more time portraying her, you should always have compassion and understanding for your character but I feel it in a much more visceral way now. She’s more in my body I think this season and what I mean by that is I really experience if there’s something that’s just really sad, it really saddens me like as a friend when they’re going through something tragic where your heart really aches and hurts because you feel like you’re right along side of them. I’ve been feeling that way towards her and so I think that’s a gift and I have to remove myself from that gift sometimes but I think that that’s a really sweet gift to have and it makes her a lot more accessible and a little bit less work I guess you could say.
Are we going to find out more about specifically Audrey and her attachment to Lucy and are we going to find about more about that red curly wig she had?
EMILY: Yes, you definitely are and you will understand why she doesn’t really look that much like Lucy and there will be a big, large Lucy development. One of my favorite parts of the season so yes that is to come for sure.
Vince and Dave know a lot of what’s going on and with Lucy and everything. They seem to have a lot of insight. Why do you think it is that they won’t help Audrey and won’t tell her? Do you think there’s like a big reason behind that or are we going to see that soon?
EMILY: I definitely think that there’s a big reason behind it. I don’t know the reason. My own speculation is that I feel like they’re either ultimately afraid of something or it’s like with a child that you think they can only handle so much or they don’t really know all the answers and so why tell some of the answers if they can’t tell all of them. Or they’re being held accountable to someone else behind the scenes in some kind of way. I really don’t know. I do know that there is a great moment in the season where Audrey confronts them about that and it’s one of my favorite scenes I’ve been able to play this season as well. So I definitely think that’s a legitimate question and that’s one that she has too.
Audrey has been searching for her identity and of course and it seems like that’s going to be continuing. Can you expand on Audrey’s journey this season?
EMILY: It’s tough because I think she’s sort of hunkering down in HAVEN. I wonder if our season will echo the stages of grief but I think the first season is kind of this denial of what am I doing here and is this really happening and why am I here and the shock. This season I feel like Audrey’s pissed off about a lot of different things as a result of the information she doesn’t know and the information that she finds out and it’s kind of a balance of trying to continue to endear the audience and endear them to her and make everybody sympathize with Audrey and what she’s going through but also experience some really real emotions about what it feels like to continually get abandoned or not have the answers that you need or just be grasping at straws all the time. Yes, so I think oh my gosh and then the final moment of the finale just flashed in my eyes. It is huge people, let me tell you. It is big time. So I’m very excited. I’m very excited. It’s just more rug pulling out. We all love that, where did that – I did not see that coming, definitely those moments for her.
How would you say that Audrey has evolved and how would you say you’ve evolved?
EMILY: That’s a good question. I mean I think she’s evolved in she sort of starts out in the way that we see for Audrey come in second season with this sort of structure, law. This is kind of I do the things the FBI sort of way but I’m also kind of a renegade in that way and then we see her sort of abandon that and sort of find kind of gravitate more to finding her own sense of identity. And then in the second season we find that as it’s being ripped out from underneath her really searching and grasping but kind of figuring out who her family is. And I think I kind of echo that in some ways. I mean I think that I kind of came to the show trying to be as professional and as prepared and as focused and concentrated and giving it my all completely at the beginning and then kind of discovering how what different parts of me were really Audrey and how to kind of focus on those things and settle and chill out a bit and relax. And then I think the fact that season you kind of come in relaxed and you think that you have it all together but then it offers a whole new set of challenges and trying to balance family life and relationships and feeling at home in all of it but also still getting freaked out by it sometimes. So I think I echo that in a lot of ways but I think we’ve grown together definitely. I think there’s ways I’m very much different from Audrey. I feel like I have some really great friendships and really fantastic family and a sense of humor and kind of can enjoy life and chill and I think Audrey can be a little bit of that but we don’t see that as often. And in a way I’ve had to really kind of be careful that I don’t come home from portraying somebody that’s kind of full of defenses and kind of bugged and frustrated and urgent and stressed out because she can’t figure out what’s going on. I have to really learn about coming home and sort of dropping that and being like okay, I’m not Audrey Parker. I am Emily Rose. Hi puppy dog, how are you? Hi husband, how are you? it’s about finding a balance between those things but I think I’ve definitely grown in not necessarily I wouldn’t say confidence but just ease and comfort about the group of people and being here and being kind of away from my home for five or six months.
Is there any characteristic of Audrey that is complex that you have to adjust to?
EMILY: Yes, wow that’s a good question. You know to be honest with you, it sounds kind of funny but I think she thinks faster than I do. I think that I think and process and put together things but in my brain. It doesn’t always like come out of my mouth in the correct form as it’s probably doing right now and they’re always telling me Audrey like she thinks of this really quickly. This comes to her really quickly. She processes things really fast. It’s like she’s on speed. So when I’m having a really difficult time with my lines or getting the dialogue because we move so quickly or making sure that I understand the story and then on top of that having to say things that are supposed to lead the audience through understanding the story as well, it’s been tough at times for me to adjust to her pace but when I do, I enjoy it and I enjoy the results of it. It makes sense to me so I don’t know if that makes sense to you but it makes sense to me.
Have you all made a real conscious effort to keep that balance between the ‘troubles’ and the relationships on the show?
EMILY: I think it’s neat to get asked this question because I feel like I’m able to kind of say where I’m coming from on it. It’s one of those things when you get a show or you read a script, you never really know where all of the other creative entities that be want to take the show and so I remember reading the pilot initially and not really realizing that it was going to be sort of a ‘trouble,’ for the lack of a better term, ‘trouble’ of the week sort of a deal and so when I realized that I remembered that I was a little – I mean it might be bad for me to say this but a little like disappointed that it was going to be sort of – like have something like that every week because I’m such a like a Lost fan or fan of deep mythology or long form television which I think we’re coming into with the age and era of DVR and being able to access episodes online. That being said, there is a lot of validity in people that say shows like LAW & ORDER SVU and CSI and all these sort of procedural sort of serialized shows have been successful and people really enjoy it because they know what to expect from the characters when they come every week and if they don’t want to stick around for all of the season, they can pop in and out and still be entertained. So from a business model, I understand it. The artist in me, the creative side of me, really just loves long form character development and the ‘troubles’ actually do give our characters something to do every week by which when you get a breathing – a chance for a breathing room to expand on the history of stuff and to have the subtext come out, you ache for it. It makes those scenes when we’re kind of looking over bodies and there was some cool stuff with Nathan and I this season towards the end where I was like we’re able to do the subtext in the scene because we’re doing something else. If the scene was just about this, it would be pretty flat. So I think one supports the other but for us, the mythology is what gets us through and it also is what makes the ‘trouble’ stuff exciting and then what’s really exciting is when we’re able to intertwine those stories where the characters are effected by the ‘trouble’ and so it’s our effort every episode to make sure that we don’t abandon one in lieu of the other and for us we’re on the same page. We love the mythology. We love the characters and we love all of the fun that comes out but at the same time, it’s really fun. Like for example, sparks and recreation, the ‘trouble’ of the week was that everybody was enamored with Chris Brody and that allowed us to see Nathan in a really, really fun light and so I think there is some validity and advantage to having those. It’s just when one takes over the other, it gets a little tricky but I think we found that balance and in that way, it’s excited that they can both co-exist.
What was it like working with guest-stars like Adam Copeland and Jason Priestly?
EMILY: Adam, he’s awesome. I didn’t know what it was going to be like to have it. Everybody just kept telling us that we had a wrestler coming on the show and I sort of imagined somebody that was short and ripped and bald. I don’t know why I imagined that and so when I stepped out of the van and I saw Adam I was like, ‘Nice to meet you. Welcome, welcome to our show.’ And I just had no clue what to expect. And Adam is the most unassuming, kind-hearted, warm person you could meet and on top of that, really talented in this character of Dwight that he plays. When the writers were talking to us about a cleaner, it just made sense. It made total sense and I found Audrey and I don’t know it’s just because of Audrey’s love for ‘troubled’ people but her feelings towards Dwight in terms of protecting him and wanting to help him definitely flaring up as well and really felt that for his character and so it was really great working with Adam. And then Jason is just amazing. He’s great and just really great to work with and learn from him as a director and as an actor and as somebody that has had a long successful career. Just really asking him questions and talking with him and then watching him work, and he’s so open to other people’s suggestions and working together and collaborating that it’s really encouraging and it’s great to see people that aren’t defensive about their work and that just really want to make the best story and he’s just great and really talented and an honor to work with him.
Can you expand on some of the things that are coming up after the “Audrey Parker’s Day Off” episode?
EMILY: One that I’m really, really excited about, this next episode but yes I think there’s an episode coming up that takes place completely in the woods which is really, really creepy and some night stuff that is directed by Lee Rose who is amazing, an amazing director and couple that with our VP Eric Cayla and in the woods at different times of the day. There was a shot where we were sitting there I think I tweeted about it. There was a sunset that we were shooting there the day before our premiere date and it was absolutely stunning and taking up the level of creepiness of Stephen King in that episode is really cool. So I’m looking forward to that episode. I’m definitely looking forward to some moments in the finale and – with Vince and Dave and between Audrey and Nathan – that are some cool developments. I mean those things are really cool to me. Any kind of heightened emotion and high stakes and stuff that deals personally with the characters to me is great but I think that episode in the woods is episode 10 I believe. And then also there’s a cool episode that actually working with Jason Priestly, the one that he directed, was really neat and that was fun because his character came back for a little bit and that was a blast. But looking back, Lucas and I were talking about it over the season where we were thinking about okay is this going to be as strong a season, is this going to up the ante this year and as we started going through the episodes out loud and kind of tracking some of the major events, we’re like wow, there’s some really big things going to happen this season. So it’s going to be a great gift to our fans, which I really hope they continue to watch for.
Did working on JERICHO help with working on HAVEN in terms of getting acclimated to the genre?
EMILY: I think it was kind of just a prep for how great the fans are but my part on JERICHO didn’t really deal with any kind of crazy supernatural stuff that was going on, not like there is on HAVEN. My part on JERICHO really was more of a part that was based more in reality and I think my video game background with UNCHARTED has been probably the most help in terms of really having to imagine some things that you aren’t seeing on the day and what not. But yes, it just mainly prepared me for how great the fans are really.
Do you enjoy watching yourself on television or are you one of those people that cannot tune in to see the show each week?
EMILY: I definitely do like watching the show because we never really get to see how it comes together until it airs so to me it’s neat to see an episode in its cohesiveness to see if we tracked everything correctly and for me just learning more everyday about my craft, wanting to know if I pitched things in the right place. But that was a really interesting thing about Episode 6 that chronologically what’s coming up, it was really all about different emotional levels and kind of all existing in what was a very similar timeframe and so trying to make those things different and trying to track the story well and so I remember when I saw an early cut of six, I was really, really excited because everything tracked pretty well and it’s such an interesting, fast-paced, awesome story. Now it’s not ever comfortable for me to sit with my husband and watch me have scenes with other guys. That’s not comfortable. I don’t enjoy that but no, I do. I don’t cringe so much. I don’t enjoy but I don’t cringe. I like to sit there and watch what I need to do better and what landed well and all of that stuff.
Do you find that filming in an actual small town maritime setting that you can really draw from that in creating your character and how she reacts to her surroundings versus rather just being on a generic sound stage somewhere?
EMILY: Hands down. It is a major character of our show. I always say it should be number one on the call sheet. When we moved here and we were from L.A., the way that you felt in a small town that everybody was sort of aware of who you were also with having the stigma of being an actor and what everybody thinks you are or how much money you have they think you have or what they think your life might be. You absorb all of that and I said okay, Audrey definitely feels under the microscope as well and she definitely isn’t sure of where to go to get certain food and she definitely doesn’t know how to really get settled and she definitely feels like a fish out of water like she has her work which she finds comfortable and homey and she knows how to do that but other than that, she feels under the microscope. And it was really kind of great, being in season one and then season two to come back the second year and the warm reception we had from the town and everybody being so excited about HAVEN and being so enthusiastic about wanting to help and loving watching us film and all this stuff. It’s sort of similar parallel lives with Audrey about being there still and now having everybody sort of accept her more and know who she is and be excited about who she is and all of that it definitely parallels and I think that if I was doing on the WB lot back in the day in L.A. I wouldn’t have the feeling of getting pouring down slanting rain on me while I’m doing a scene and being on a boat that likes rolling up and down and the hard rocks and the beach and just the grittiness of finding a body on the beach, all these things that help for the texture and what aides us in the scene. It would definitely be lacking if we weren’t here. And actually one thing before you go in terms of location, next in episode six, we shoot pretty much the entire episode in this town that we haven’t really shot in yet called Mahone Bay and it’s north of Chester. And it’s absolutely stunning and it’s beautiful and it’s really neat because I think that we see another like different sides of HAVEN and a different street. We usually shoot in Chester and Lunenberg but this whole episode takes place in the Mahone Bay area. It’s one of my favorite places to film and most scenic picturesque, three churches on this little peninsula or this little bay and it’s beautiful. So I think they’re in for some major eye candy in the next episode in that way.
Were you a Stephen King fan before you signed onto HAVEN? Have you become one since you started working in the universe?
EMILY: I definitely wasn’t a fan in terms of reading all of his novels. I mean I find that the Stephen King fans, the true fans are really amazing fans so to say that I was one would be not right. It’d be horrible but I definitely like a lot of my favorite major movies that I really enjoy like Stand by Me is one of my all time favorite films and obviously Green Mile and Misery. Kathy Bates, whenever I’d get asked in interviews what actress I would really love to be most like, Kathy Bates was one of them and I just feel like I stood back and I thought wait a second, all these films that I absolutely love, the richness in character and just the texture of them is Stephen King and I realized that I was a fan of his storytelling and just never had really put together that all of those were Stephen King. So no, I haven’t had a chance in terms of all of the work here I’ve been doing to engross myself in a Stephen King reading but maybe I’ll do that in the off season, but I’m definitely a fan of who he is and his deep understanding of characters and the films that he’s made. I mean I could live in Stand by Me. It makes me so happy.
Do you hope to go back to Comic-Con again next year assuming HAVEN comes back?
EMILY: Our big hope is that Comic-Con would have us because I guess I’ve heard through the grapevine that shows get invited to come there so my huge dream for the show is that Comic-Con would have a panel and that we would be able to shut production down like EUREKA does or had done for a day and do a panel and get to be a part of the Syfy café stuff and just to be there, just to be asked to come to such a fun event, one of the few events where you get to connect with your fans. I’ve always loved Comic-Con. I’ve gone before HAVEN for UNCHARTED and to me just to be able to ask to be able to go would be awesome. Yes please, please season three and please Comic-Con season three together, that would make my year complete. That’d be rad.
With Lindsey Wagner’s recent guest appearance on ALPHAS, she tied in their series with EUREKA and that’s tied into WAREHOUSE 13 and I was just wondering if you would like HAVEN to also be part of that shared universe and if so, if you were to guest star on one of those shows, which one would you like to visit?
EMILY: I was so excited when I went to my first Syfy event and met Eddie McClintock and Matt Cullen. They came out of the woodwork to welcome me to the Syfy family and I was really amazed by that. I just thought there I’m standing just kind of nervous about being new on the show and new to this network and everything and they just came right up to me and were like, “Hi, you’re Emily. You’re on the new show. Congratulations. So good to have you.” So I would love to work with either one of them. I always thought that Eureka and HAVEN, if that was to ever do a crossover that would be really interesting as in like neighboring towns or something weird like that or because there is this sort of small town mentality with the cops and that kind of deal or if they had to work together on something I always thought that would be really interesting and funny. So, yes, that’s great but we’re so thankful to be on Syfy and to have the viewership and people tuning in for our show and everything and that’s fantastic. Sometimes I think because we’re all the way up in Nova Scotia, Canada, we’re sort of like away from everything. We’re kind of tucked up into this neck of the woods that we’re kind of a little outside of the core shows on Syfy so I don’t ever know if that would actually happen but I think if it did especially with Eureka wrapping things up that that would be a really fun thing and I’ve got to try to think about would there be a ‘trouble’ in the Warehouse or something like that. I can see the possibility. It definitely would be a lot of fun and it would just be one of those episodes where you just would be laughing I think the whole time. So that’s a good, interesting question. That’s funny.
With the 7-episode Twitter arc that’s happening now with Vince and Dave, it’s primarily just involving their two characters. I was wondering if Audrey’s on Twitter and if she might but into the conversation with them that they’re having with cold in HAVEN.
EMILY: I don’t think that Audrey is on Twitter. I think that I absolutely love that Vince and Dave have the accounts with the newspaper. I think that’s really a lot of fun and it’s kind of just cool to be able to interact with a show like that. I think that that’s great but I love it being a Vince and Dave. I just love that our town in quirkier by the minute and this is one of the quirky things. You would think that they would be so out of date yet they’re totally up on the times and that to me is hilarious that Nathan has like 40 year old walkie talkies in his office but yet they’re on Twitter. To me that just makes me really happy.
What do you enjoy most about working on HAVEN?
EMILY: I think for me this year I enjoy the depth of where we go with the relationships of the characters. I don’t get my creative energy or batteries are recharging from the sort of ‘trouble’ of the week thing. That to me is kind of what keeps people – well, it’s kind of like the laundry line on which everything else hangs. For me, what’s enjoyable is the mythology and the characters and the deeper mystery behind this town and so when we get to do really like – when we get to scenes to me that have a subtext and we’re not having to explain things exactly on the nose or that involve relationships and history and what’s not being said, that to me is my favorite part of working on HAVEN. Thank goodness I get along with my cast mates and enjoy the people and think that the place is beautiful. So I enjoy all those things but to me the real reward is working really hard on a scene with the director in the limited time that we have and then watching it really affect people and then watching the fan videos later.
Have you finished shooting the season now?
EMILY: We are. I am currently talking to you with three more wake ups left until it’s done. So three days away from it being in the can. It’s a little bittersweet. It’s like you look at our ratings and you really hope that we’re coming back for a season three but nothing is for certain in this industry and so you want to be excited for what can come but you’re also very aware that you just never know. It kills you, but it is what it is.
Any idea when they’re going to tell you if you’re going to get a third season?
EMILY: Oh man, I guess we’re supposed to hear hopefully by the beginning of October. That’s what I hear floating around but I mean my hope is that they can see that our ratings are just awesome and they’re steady and that’s great and I think I got the technical specs from some people earlier today in terms of our lead ins were kind of dropping off but we stayed in the same and I know that we had some big hits like Harry Potter opening and things like that and I think it’s just been really great because overall we have our live ratings completely but then we also have everybody that tunes in and watches it off of DVR because it is on a Friday night. So I am optimistic. I feel like the fact that we’re steady and they can count on us is a great thing and our stories are just – are getting like really, really good and that gives me hope for a third season and I’m excited about what we could do in a third season. So I’m really hopeful.
Do you know anything about what the writers have in mind for season three providing there’s going to be one?
EMILY: As of right now I don’t. We have some of them here and I should ask them. I’ve been so wrapped up in what’s going on now but I do know that they have an idea of where it would be going next season but that’s a good question. I’ll make sure to ask them after we’re done.
If you could personally see Audrey going somewhere in season three, where would you want to see her go?
EMILY: That’s a really good question. Yes, that’s a really good question. Oh two seconds. I think I’m always a fan of watching her get wrecked for some reason and I think that’s just because it’s interesting to me. I’ve always wondered what she would do if she couldn’t help people. What would happen to her? If this did get stripped away from her in some regard what would happen to her or if she was force with a choice of helping the people that she loves versus ‘troubles’ or what would happen. To me there is a lot more that could be done in terms of her searching to find out who she is. This year has been a lot about process of elimination for her. Well, if I’m not this then I am this and I think I’d like to see her search some more and really kind of look and examine what that is. I know that’s sort of like a vague answer. I feel like she’s a pretty steady rock but I really – I would like to see her really struggle and not just have that happen through one episode because there was a mishap, like really be on the brink and get to see what Nathan and Duke do in order to like bring her back. I think that would be really interesting. And I also personally just have a little dream of here of maybe exploring her indifferent eras or timeframes or something like that just because I love costumes. But I don’t know. I don’t know and I would love to see her on a horse. So these are some of my dreams. If you could make them happen, I would appreciate it and no. I think it would be great.
To see who Audrey ultimately chooses and whether she finally figures out who she is and her connection to the mysterious Lucy, be sure to watch HAVEN on Friday nights at 10PM on Syfy. Catch up with past episodes you may have missed for free online at clicktowatch.tv
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