Published: Monday, 13 April 2015 14:18 | Written by SciFi Vision
Friday Syfy premieres the fifth and final season of its hit series Lost Girl. Star Anna Silk, who plays Bo, recently talked to Jamie Ruby of SciFi Vision in an exclusive interview about her time playing the succubus this season, as well as what she will miss from her journey.
One of the main attractions of Lost Girl to a lot of the fans is the love triangle. Bo's romantic relationships will change some this season, but the triangle between Bo and Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) and Bo and Lauren (Zoie Palmer) will still continue. "The triangle certainly continues. I feel like every season it's been sort of more one side or more the other side. I don't think that that initial love triangle would ever go away in a sense; it just kind of changes...I think we're going to see both parts of that triangle play out in a way that hopefully everyone will like and be happy with or be surprised by. I don't know, but it made total sense to me, and I feel like where the show is leading and where it ends is exactly where it should be."
There will be changes to Bo's friendships as well as she may have to be without her best friend Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) for a while. "I think that the decision sort of came about, because Kenzi wanted to sort of get out of this crazy fae world for a while. And it was a nice way to kind of break that relationship up for a while, in a good way. Kenzi sort of moves on in a way that's right for her human side, and Bo has to let that happen, and understand that, and be okay with that. It's sort of like when two people break up because they love each other, and they just want different things. It's a little bit like that, and it's certainly not goodbye, it's just the way things need to be for now. It's a crazy dangerous world, so I think Kenzi needs to find something new. And moving forward for Bo, she has to let her go, and that kind of opens a door for Bo. Kenzi's someone she's always had to protect, so now she can sort of explore some new territory in the fae world."
This season Bo is fully coming into her own. "I feel like last season was very mythology based. We got very much into that side of the fae world and Bo's world. We had amazing showrunners. This season our showrunner was Michael Grassi, who really took over and took us to the finish line in such a great way.
"Bo this season is very clearheaded. She is on a mission from the very beginning and really wants answers for so many reasons. So she's clearheaded, she's determined, she's strong: some of the things she always has been, except she's just she's sort of coming into her own this season; she's fully bloomed. She really kind of takes off, and I was really pleased with a lot of the material this season and a lot of Bo's journey. So I actually have a lot to say about it, in a really positive way, and Michael really created a strong Bo to take us to the end.
"...Every season her abilities evolve. They were always succubus based, and they still are, but I feel like Bo had to sort of step into her full power, which she definitely does this season. It's sort of like "mega succubus," I guess.
"But the other thing about Bo, is there's such a human side to her as well, and that's the part that I also wanted to see go full circle for her as well, in terms of where she goes. And you see that side as well, which I think is really, really important, because you can't forget that's what makes Bo so unique and special in the fae world."
Now that the series is done filming, the actress misses everyone involved on the show. "I’ll definitely miss the cast, but also the crew. Everyone loved Lost Girl from the start. We were a very unusual show and a groundbreaking show in a lot of ways, in terms of content and in terms of especially originating out of Canada. And the crew and the cast really got behind the show in a big way in the beginning, and that's when the fan base sort of took over.
"So I will miss the day to day work of showing up in the morning and seeing the crew and chatting about people's families and all of that kind of stuff, and I just, you know, I miss them.
"I actually went to visit them on the set of Dark Matter. A lot of the same crew is now on that show. So when I was in Toronto recently I got to go and say "hi" to the crew, and of course burst into tears, because I was sort of taken by surprise, but I do miss them a lot, because they were a big part of my life for a long time."
She will also miss getting to step into Bo's shoes. "In terms of creatively, I feel like where our showrunners took the show every season was such an adventure, and so I'm going to miss the creative side of Lost Girl and of playing Bo. I got to do so many amazing things playing that character. I definitely miss that as well."
The actress was able to take some great pieces from the set to remember her time on the series. "One of the things I took was the dagger Bo wears on her leg, which was made specifically for me, so it's sort of like a holster with a dagger in it.
"I have her red kimono and a lot of Bo clothes, I have to say. I have a lot of stuff from wardrobe, which was really great to get. They were really generous to me.
"But in terms of keepsakes, I took her dagger and her kimono."
Right now Silk is enjoying her time off with her family, but will still entertain new projects in the future. "It's more of a break time for me. I really want some time with my family and with my son. He was very young when we were in fourth season of Lost Girl. So I actually did two full seasons after he was born, and it's a lot of time where his mama is, you know, fighting monsters. And so he needs his mama for a while, and I need a little time with him. So I've actually just really been enjoying that a lot.
"And, you know, it's always nice to kind of look for your next source of inspiration in terms of work, and that's kind of what I've been doing. Lost Girl was such a great opportunity and such a great time, and when you play a role like that, it's all consuming. You want to make sure your next project is something that you're really passionate about and that it's the right fit for you. So I'm very lucky to be full time mama and looking for the next adventure work-wise."
Silk is very proud of Lost Girl and what it has become. "I'm proud of the show for a lot of reasons. I'm proud of it, because we had a lead character who was bisexual, and that was completely just sort of the level playing field for the one of the main themes of the show, and I'm really proud of that aspect of the show. No one ever really said she was bisexual; that's just who she was, and it was never an issue. And it was presented in a way that really resonated with a lot of people. I'm really proud of that part of the show.
"I'm also really proud of the fact that despite being brand new in the fae world at the very beginning of the series, Bo turned her sort of greatest shame and greatest weakness into her most powerful thing, which I think is a great message for anybody.
"Plus I just think all of the actors did so much great work with each of their characters. I feel like there're so many memorable people and scenes from the show.
"So I hope that people take away that being different is good, that embracing your uniqueness is powerful, and that's really your greatest strength, completely owning and being who you are."
The actress has grown as her character has over the series and learned a lot from her. "I think it's interesting, because playing a character like Bo was very organic in its evolution. She sort of started out very unsure, and when you're sort of stepping into a lead on a series, and that was my first time doing that, although I was excited to do it and thrilled with the opportunity and loved the role, it was something new, so I guess I kind of grew with her, which was really nice.
"...I think the thing that I love about her the most is that she really wears her heart on her sleeve. She's very, very vulnerable, but also really, really strong, but anything sort of bad that ever happened to her, it didn't stop her from being who she was. She still was vulnerable; she still opened herself up emotionally in a big way all the time, and I think that's a really great thing. So I think that's something that I've learned from Bo too, that you don't want to shut down when something doesn't necessarily go your way; it's still good to retain who you are."
Silk was only able to tease a bit about what's coming for the characters in the final season. "It's really tough, because there're so many things that have to kind of wrap up the series. I think one of the main themes this season is family again, and family is a very broad definition on Lost Girl. I mean, there's Bo's actual family, and then there's her sort of makeshift family. But we definitely go further into Bo's roots and what this sort of bigger picture has been for her. And we go into sort of where her relationships are going to take her with the sort of usual crew that we're used to seeing. All of those things get tested in a big way.
"So in terms of spoilers, I don't know; we had some pretty great guest stars; we have some pretty fun things coming up. The first eight have aired in Canada, and I think they've gotten a very good response, and I'm excited for people in the U.S. to see it.
"...I loved filming this season; it was a lot of fun, and it was one of my favorites to shoot. So I think we tell a lot of great stories, and I'm really excited for people to see it."