Last week fans in the UK were treated to the season one premier of ‘Lost Girl’ on Syfy Channel and fans in Canada got to see the season two premier last weekend.
For those who haven’t heard of ‘Lost Girl’ its a relatively new series, which centres on the character of Bo, who finds out that she is a succubus and struggles to come to terms with what that means and how she fits into the world around her.
One of the key characters in this series is Trick, who is played to perfection by Rick Howland and I was lucky enough to recently talk with him about the show and his role in it.
SciFiPulse: Something we notice right away about Trick is the he seems to be speaking volumes without actually uttering a single word.
Rick Howland: Playing Trick for me is actually the most fun when he’s not speaking because there’s a lot going on with the gears in his head and a lot of thoughts.
SciFiPulse: One thing that is a apparent in the pilot episode is the fact that Trick knows some pretty bad things are going to happen and when Bo shows up it seems that he has pretty much seen her coming. We get the sense that Trick kind of admires Bo.
Rick Howland: Without giving to much away about the first season what I can say is that Trick is aware of much that’s happening in the Fae world and Trick has been expecting some bad things to be coming all along. Like from the very beginning. I think that he’s always on guard for something because the world of Fae is changing.
When we start in episode one. When we start the show. Like you’re saying there’s that kind of vibe that somethings up. And with Bo I think that she represents that secret life of all Fae. That secret desire of the Fae. That they want to be free. They don’t want to have to be aligned to the light and dark necessarily. They do it because it keeps it all balanced and because the Fae have to remain hidden from the humans. So there is a very strict order of function, but she kind of represents this new ideal of not excepting the standard rules.
And also I think that it’s the writers and the shows kind of convention of connecting it to the audience with that thing, which anyone of us in our own lives can identify with. You know there are some parameters or rules that we don’t necessarily agree with, but we go along with and we’d love to break out of those.
SciFiPulse: Something that has struck me about the series is the fact that although at least two of the characters our openly gay or bisexual. The show doesn’t hit you on the head with a hammer about that and manages to depict those relationships as real and not forced. I’m especially impressed that it is dealing with bisexuality in some way because I don’t think many shows have
Rick Howland: There’s no pretension or judgment on any of it you know… and we can do that I think in our world because there is that Fae universe. That Far world within the human world and it allows for many things. I mean look… We have Fae that eat the dead parts of humans, we have Fae that suck on blood, you have Fae that feed off of energy and you have Fae that feed off emotions in much the same way a succubus feeds off of sexual energy.
There are different characters that feed off of different elements of the human existence.
So I think that allows because that stuff can be so like mind boggling or over the top or kind of gross or whatever. That it can allow for our own human issues to kind of exist in there and be addressed without it having to be judgmental because you’re thinking about the guy that sucks peoples necks or the woman that feeds on sexual energy just because she wants to.
SciFiPulse: As an actor you always invest so much of yourself into the characters that you play. How much of you is there in Trick and how much of him comes from the writers mind. As in where’s the dividing line between you Rick Howland and your character of Trick.
Rick Howland: That’s an interesting question. I constantly make jokes while on set and say, ‘At least I don’t have things glued to my face.’ You know you play a character sometimes in these things where you’ve got lots of creature make-up and whatever glued onto you, but not with this character.
That was one of my questions too at the beginning of it I was thinking, ‘Okay, I wonder what kind of thing they’re going to do with me in terms of costuming and wardrobe and is there going to be make – up or creature character make – up or whatever. And they said no. We just want it to be you! Your face, your look, your action.
So you know… there’s a fair amount of me in there! I think that the biggest difference between me and Trick is that I tend to live with my heart on my sleeve and Trick seems to hold things quite close to his chest. Though you can see what’s going on in his head. You can tell when he’s thinking about something, but you don’t know exactly what that is.
Whereas you know… If you ask me how am doing. You’ll get a good chapter of my book kind of thing you know… I’ll talk until you tell me to shut up. Tricks a bit more reserved and in terms of playing him. It’s fun to a play a character who is incredibly wise and has been around the block more than a couple of hundred times.
In terms of the acting. As an actor it kind of hit me from the very beginning from the auditions of just playing the element of having a secret. Having something really special that you just can’t tell. It’s like that idea you have as a kid that if you tell everyone your birthday wish it won’t come true.
It’s kind of like that thing. You know holding that secret… Holding those secrets inside and there good secrets and there fun and everyone wants to know about it. So it gives you that kind of twinkle in your eye.
SciFiPulse: Do you have any favorite episodes or favorite moments from the first season that you can talk about.
Rick Howland: The whole season is really, really strong. I guess ‘Fae Day’ would have been a favorite episode.
I really adore as does Ksenia Solo (Kenzi). Together we really adore our scenes together. You don’t see it in the first four episodes of season one, but a relationship develops with Kenzi and Trick. It’s nice its a really lovely nice thing. The two of us really enjoy playing off of each other.
In fact we all really enjoy playing off each other. It’s like so exciting when you haven’t had a scene with someone in awhile and its like, ‘Oh Yeah.’ The Trick scenes with Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) are often in Trick’s lair and they’re kind of revealing what’s happened and what’s going to happen and discussing things in an almost war room kind of way. Like a drink after the battle and I love those scenes for that man to man and brothers in arms feeling those scenes have.
Then there’s the scenes with Trick and Bo that are when she’s often learning about things and Trick is telling her information about this particular character and the lore. So I get to be a little professorial and also kind of big brother or parent in a way in terms of guiding her. So I’m being protective of her as well as Kenzi.
SciFiPulse: Throughout the first season Trick has kind of been a fairly important player in things, but has managed to do that with very little screen time when compared to the three main cast members. Are we ever likely to see an episode where it is mostly Trick, and if so as an actor what kind of things would you like to learn about Trick if such an episode were on the cards.
Rick Howland: For me as the actor I would lurve that. I would love to have an entire episode about Trick.
I think there are episodes where Trick is needed more than in other episodes and you will see more as the show progresses through season one and through season two. You’ll see some episodes where there’s a fair bit more Trick.
In terms of if I got to… If they said okay Rick you write the Trick episode I would almost, and they probably wouldn’t do this because it would give away to much, but I would want to write the back story, the history. I’d almost want to do it as a feature film. Kind of like a Trick meets Braveheart kind of thing. In that world you know, but Trick wouldn’t necessarily be swashbuckling at the very front of the battle lines, but he’d in the background kind of making sure and monitoring things from a little bit of away.
But, yeah his history, his life. The journey that Trick has actually gone on is huge and incredibly important. So it would be fun to kind of explore all of that, but I’d also be happy with that coming out in bits and pieces as it goes along as well… It’s fun to keep some of the secrets back because you’ve got something more to go too.
‘Lost Girl’ has recently started showing its first season on Syfy Channel here in the UK and airs every Thursday night. American fans will have to wait until the new year before the show hits out on Syfy Channel over there. Meanwhile Showcase over in Canada have recently started rolling out the second season of the show and thus far from what we’re hearing its continuing to do well.
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By Ian M. Cullen