Krystin Pellerin’s Leslie Bennett is . . . missing.
“I was going for that in the first episode,” concedes Hawco. “I wanted people to feel her absence, like, ‘Is she gone?’ But it kind of got spoiled by all the web stuff and certain media. It’s just too hard to pull off.
“I think it’s safe to say we will see her. But in what state Leslie Bennett will be in, that’s the question. And that isn’t answered until late in the season.”
“When I got the script,” says Pellerin, “it was like an actor’s dream.”
She glances over at Hawco, afraid she may reveal too much.
“The reveal of whether Des is dead or gone, or whether he quits or whether he even survives, we really worked hard on that twist,” Hawco concedes. “We have to take into consideration that this is a very beloved character.”
One thing you’ve got to give Hawco, he isn’t afraid to shake up the status quo. Indeed, he feels that it’s absolutely essential.
“If you’re going to keep the show going and keep it relevant, you’re going to have to take certain risks in certain areas, and sacrifice certain characters and their arcs,” he says.
“We had the opportunity this year, in our fourth season, to do that with two or three of the major characters. And watching everybody rise to that challenge, and making it even better than I imagined it could have been, that was pretty exciting.”
Pellerin in particular. “I knew she could do it, because Krystin as an actress can do anything, because she’s so fantastic.”
“This is the best job,” Pellerin beams.
Hawco fakes another glower. “I’m her boss, so she has to say that.”
LOST AND FOUND
“Well, umm, I can tell you what the third season is about in sort of general terms,” she hedges. “For Bo, the sort of theme for the season is all about discovery. She really learns, very quickly, that being ‘fae’ is a lot more complicated than just choosing a light or dark side, and just having her powers. There’s a lot more responsibility to it than that.
“In Season 3 she also faces probably the biggest challenge that she’s ever faced, and that forces her to really come to grips with who she is and what she is . . . it’s always so hard for me to be specific.”
Even more so than Republic of Doyle, Lost Girl has attracted an avid web following. Avid, if not always complimentary. Fan passion works both ways.
“It’s up to us to create a show that honours the world that we live in and honours the characters. We have to do that and it’s not going to make everyone happy all of the time. But I have to say that, for the most part, the fans have been overwhelmingly supportive.”
Lost Girl Bo may be able to suck the very life from you, but she isn’t nearly as scary as an earlier Silk incarnation, the stressed-out, smoke-starved flight attendant in a popular nicotine patch TV commercial.
Her ill-tempered tirade directed at her passengers struck a familiar chord with frequent flyers. And ex-smokers.
It certainly made for an interesting audition. “I remember it was 7 o’clock in the morning or something crazy, and I just spent three hours in a room screaming my head off.
“Before we started I looked at all of the background performers and I just said, ‘I’m sorry, because I’m going to be yelling all day.’
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