‘Lost Girl’ is back and things in season four are looking to be incredibly challenging for Bo and her extended family.
SciFiPulse were lucky enough to attend a conference call earlier this week with Kris Holden Ried, Zoe Palmer and executive producer Venessa Piazza who answered our questions about the new season and teased us with some hints of what is to come.
You can read some of the highlights of this call below:
SciFiPulse: Lauren and Dyson have had quite an emotional journey with Bo in the first couple of seasons and they didn’t start off as the best of friends. Could you guys maybe fill us in on how the Lauren and Dyson relationship is likely to evolve in the new season?
Kris Holden-Ried: Their mutual respect grows.
Zoie Palmer: Yes, I was going to say that.
Kris Holden-Ried: They get to really trust. They see each other in – I don’t know. I hope this isn’t a spoiler. But like they realize that they’re more allies on the team of like that they’re with Bo, you know, and that they’re both…
Zoie Palmer: Yes, and I think that there’s an understanding that they have…
Kris Holden-Ried: Go ahead.
Zoie Palmer: I think that there’s an understanding that they have more in common than they kind of realize.
Kris Holden-Ried: Very well put.
Vanessa Piazza: Yes, and I think we also get to see them actually do, you know, some I guess you’d almost call them episodic cases together this season, which we don’t often get to see.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes.
Vanessa Piazza: So that’s nice. You get to see them sort of — whether it’s by choice or not — working together.
Zoie Palmer: That’s exactly right.
Kris Holden-Ried: And there’s some very interesting moments in a certain flashback episode that I’m sure everyone will enjoy.
SciFiPulse: Kris in episode one of the new series there was a pretty fantastic dance scene that you were involved with. Would you mind talking a little about that because it looked like a lot of fun.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes. It was fantastic, you know. It was a big endeavour for us to take on. We started rehearsing three weeks before we shot it. And even three weeks ahead, after I went to the first rehearsal, I was skeptical as to whether or not we’d be able to deliver it on time, because it wasn’t a simple dance by any means. You know, a lot of times when they film a dance, they only film like shoulders up. You never see what – you know, they could just be walking around a room.
We actually did it because our choreographer, (Nikeeta) was – she’s a professional dancer and she really wanted us to deliver. And Ksenia also used to dance. So sort of, you know, we really upped the stakes. And it was an amazing experience for all of us. It was such a great bonding experience between Casey, Ksenia, and myself. And we finally got it together literally like the day before we shot and managed to just make it happen on set.
Vanessa Piazza: Yes, and I can say like from a producer’s point of view, when we went – you know, this idea came up, you know, the writers came up with this idea and we were sort of like, “Okay, let’s go for it.” But obviously, I was a little bit nervous because, you know, Kris and Casey don’t necessarily have a dancing background. And so we brought on the choreographer, (Nikeeta Kaninsky) and I was in shock.
Like when we went over to the studio where they were practicing, I think maybe I came over, Kris, like after the fourth rehearsal or something and I was just like floored. It was one of those moments when you go like, “This is why we do this.” Like, this is where you just watching something come to life and like it was just so shocking to see how far they’d come in such a short period of time.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes, it was really lovely. And, you know, you got to really give a hats off to Ksenia because she did double the work that Casey and I did. And I mean any day that she wasn’t shooting, she was rehearsing like with (Nikeeta) six, eight hours a day, you know. She was beaten up. So really hats off to Ksenia.
Kris Holden-Ried: And we’re really glad that everyone really responded to it as well. The fans loved it.
SciFiPulse: In the first episode we see all your characters existing in a world without Bo. Which almost re – writes the shows premise in some ways. How as actors did you deal with the fact that you had all pretty much forgotten Bo?
Kris Holden-Ried: It was a good challenge, you know. But that’s the thing that we all love about Lost Girl is it’s always throwing you curve balls and, you know, things that you have to adjust your performance for.
Zoie Palmer: Yes, it was cool actually. It was funny because that episode felt almost like a different show for me.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes.
Zoie Palmer: Because I know I’m only actually truly in it for about four and a half seconds at the end there, but that whole sort of situation, which I can’t speak about at all felt like sort of we were on a different show, which is kind of fun. It’s just interesting. It was like a really different vibe, you know. It was cool.
Kris Holden-Ried: Well, and Ana is such a, you know, she’s such a binding force when she’s on set that when we started without her, it really did feel like a different show. I remember we were all standing around and, you know, just the vibe and the personality of who sort of stepped up and takes change at certain different places. And it was really fun. I must admit. Ksenia, Casey, and I, and Paul, we all had a great time. Zoie, unfortunately, was stuck in her little world on her own.
Zoie Palmer: In my restaurant.
Kris Holden-Ried: In your restaurant.
Vanessa Piazza: It was definitely interesting, though, as well, that moment when – because we originally didn’t actually have Anna — this is Vanessa speaking by the way — we didn’t have Anna scheduled to be in that first episode at all. And it sort of worked out that she ended up – we ended up actually using her for that quick moment.
Kris Holden-Ried: That’s right.
Vanessa Piazza: When Dyson sees Anna when he’s talking to Clio, who’s played by Mia Kirshner. So anyway, Anna came in and she was such a trooper because she wasn’t actually scheduled to work that week at all. And I called her up and I remember just saying like, “Would you be interested in kind of just doing this quick scene?” And I just remember that moment when she walked on the floor. The whole set came alive.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes, me too.
Vanessa Piazza: Like we all were just like, “Anna,” like you don’t even realize how much the character’s missing until like she actually walked on and she just has that smile.
SciFiPulse: Vanessa are we likely to learn more about Bo’s father this year?
Vanessa Piazza: You are. I mean the story line will continue. I can’t say much more than that. But yes, the story line will continue. I can’t say whether or not it will resolve itself, whether you’ll meet him, whether you won’t, whether he exists, but it is, you know, a subject I guess of the season. But that’s about all I can say.
SciFiPulse: Zoie there was a pretty strong reaction to your character wearing a red wig in the opening episode of the show. It really seemed to change the look of your face. So wondering how you dealt with Lauren looking so different to how she’d normally look?
Zoie Palmer: Well, I was excited at first. At first, I was pretty excited about it. But I feel like I have a hard time with wigs in general. I have a hard time with anything on my head, hats. I don’t look good in any of them. So yes, I don’t know. I mean I looked really, really different with that hairdo. Like it really changes my face and my everything. So it was a transition. It was something to get used to. But it was kind of neat because like having to play a different character, which is what she’s actually doing in that episode, it helped in that way to, you know, provide a place to begin from.
SciFiPulse: In terms of the Dyson and Lauren relationship. Its been both antagonistic and friendly. What dynamic do you guys enjoy playing with the most as actors?
Zoie Palmer: I like both.
Kris Holden-Ried: Yes, I mean it’s all about the journey, right? So I mean you’ve got to go through different stages of what the joy is. I mean Zoie and I have such a fun relationship off set that just throw us anything and we’ll jump at it.
Zoie Palmer: Yes, totally. I’ve enjoyed their journey too. You know, I think really early on we were really distrustful of each other in the first season and for all kinds of really good reasons. And I think that there will always be a little bit of the leftover something from the beginning of the journey, but it’s been nice to see that they’ve kind of done a little bit of one step forward, two steps back throughout the seasons. And there is sort of a respect. But there’s an understanding that they both will do what they have to do as well.
Vanessa Piazza: We kind of just had this question. But yes, what we were just saying to one of the other journalists is that they actually – this season, you will get to see them sort of having to work together more. So we get to see a little bit more of a dynamic with them, which is nice.
SciFiPulse: What guest stars can we look forward to on the show this year?
Vanessa Piazza: We’re pretty stacked with guest stars. We have George Takei, who plays a really fun character, a (unintelligible) character. And we’ve got Mia Kirshner, who does a little mini arc this season. Kris got to do some work with her. So that was fun.
Zoie Palmer: And we have – who else do we have guys?
Zoie Palmer: Linda Hamilton.
Vanessa Piazza: Yes, I was just going to say Linda Hamilton. And Ali Liebert from Bomb Girls.
SciFiPulse: Zoie we haven’t really seen a great deal of Lauren this season, but by all accounts it sounds like a game changing season for your character. Can you talk about that a little bit.
Zoie Palmer: A lot. It’s a really different season for Lauren this year. Sorry, did I just get disconnected? Are we all there?
Kris Holden-Ried: I think we all heard a funny beep.
Zoie Palmer: Okay, I just wasn’t sure if I was going to start talking to myself, which would have been okay too. Yes, no, it’s a really good season for Lauren. She sort of starts to have a different journey and we learn a little bit more about her history. And it’s a really different, I think, side of her than we’ve seen. You know, we may have touched on it a little bit in other seasons, but I think she sort of starts to come into her own a little bit this year.
‘Lost Girl’ airs every Monday on Syfy Channel in USA and every Thursday on Syfy UK.