By Jamie Ruby
follows FBI Agent Audrey Parker, played by Emily Rose, who first came to the town of Haven, Maine last season to investigate strange occurancances in the town. Many of the town's residents, including the local cop she teams up with, Nathan Wournos (Lucas Bryant), are afflicted with "troubles." They are also joined by Duke Crocker (Eric Balfour), the local smuggler who seems to know more than he lets on. Audrey struggles to find answers about her mother and even about herself.
Rose is known for such television series as Brothers & Sisters
, and ER
. She also stars as Elena Fisher in the popular video game series Uncharted
Emily Rose talked to the media recently about her return to Haven
, which airs Fridays on Syfy.
Syfy Conference CallHaven
July 11, 2011
2:00 pm ETQUESTION:
As far as season finales and cliffhangers go, that was a pretty bang up one that your show offered us last season. Tell us a little bit about your reaction when you got that script, and how you think it played off for the fans.EMILY ROSE:
I remember I did what I did with the (script) when I first read it, I threw it across the room and I was like, "Oh, no. Oh, no. What does this mean?" And I called my writer up right away and we were talking and I just was really confused because I thought I was this FBI Agent and I went through a lot of the emotions that Audrey went through when she discovered that she may not be who she thought she is the whole entire season.
So, I had a pretty strong reaction, but then I was just really thankful that they did not tell me until later because it kind of allowed me to really have that experience.QUESTION:
Without giving away too much, what can you tell us about the season premiere?EMILY ROSE:
I just know that we're going to come right back into where we left off, in terms of the questions of, you know, coming right back into the scene of where we find those - all those (free) on the beach. And it's going to kind of explore the first few episodes kind of Audrey's personally exploring what this means if she's not who she thought she was. And then, we're also going to go head long into looking into each of the troubles of the week and more into the town of Haven and where this all comes from.QUESTION:
What keeps challenging you about the role of Audrey?EMILY ROSE:
I think just her mystery of herself and where she comes from. I constantly am challenged by her toughness and how she would handle trying to walk that fine line between trying to be a nurturer and helping people that are troubled, with also the tough skin and the defensiveness that she had to build up individually in order to last all these years without a family or a home or without knowing anything about her background. That's a constant challenge for me.QUESTION:
There's such great chemistry on screen with you and Lucas and Eric and it really translates, I'm sure, from your friendship off screen. However, Eric revealed your nickname to some journalists last week, how much trouble is he in?EMILY ROSE:
He's in a bit of trouble. Lucas came up with it, but then Eric has implemented it and I just giggle. I feel like on set it's like having these two older brothers that I never had. I always asked for older brothers, but now you know you've got to be careful what you wish for because those two like I'm on their on-set sister and they're constantly going after me in any little way; any little nickname that - you know?
And of course, then Eric makes it all public by Twittering about it. It's kind of funny, but it's kind of a rolling thing with Lucas. Lucas kind of comes up with new nicknames on a weekly basis. It's whatever strikes his fancy, and then he just goes to town with it.QUESTION:
Why do you think people continue to tune in and watch Haven
I think because they really like the central characters and they really like the quirkiness, and hopefully the humanity that is displayed through their - kind of their plight with being in this town. And I think it's also, obviously there's the week-to-week being able to see what kind of trouble they're going to face next, but I honestly think it's the relationship between these three central characters and just kind of the complexity by which their relationships exist.
Duke and Nathan are at odds with each other, yet would die for each other in a heartbeat, so what is that about? And Audrey and Nathan like work so well together and, you know, are there anymore - is there anything more between them? We don't know. We kind of keep watching to see. And then, Audrey and Duke, you know, just kind of brings out a different side of her. And then also, is she even who she is?
I think all of those things wrapped up into a quirky talent is kind of neat to shake that eight ball every week and see what pops up.QUESTION:
Now that you've mentioned Lucas is possibly like your brother, it's going to be hard for me to imagine him anything more than that, you know...EMILY ROSE:
(We truly become) such a family when we're out there on set, so it feels that way.QUESTION:
Obviously when we're talking about Stephen King, I don't know too many actors or actresses who would turn [down] that opportunity, but also I don't know if you were a fan of sci-fi growing up or not, but it feels like the quality of sci-fi is so much better these days.
How much did each of those things weight into your decision to do this series?EMILY ROSE:
Well the next step for me personally, in terms of acting, was to lead a show and I really enjoyed the script and the story. Now, the fact that it was a Stephen King was just like an added endorsement. It kind of felt like it would get a little bit more weight and attention from the getgo.
My parents are huge sci-fi people and I always say that like from a young age they kind of sat me down and [were] like, "Let us introduce to you what is Star Wars
," And I came back from Disneyland not with like little princesses and things, I came back with Ewoks and going on the Star Wars
ride like multiple times, and to me that was what was exciting.
So, I think I just really enjoyed obviously the kind of fantasy side of it, but all this kind of weird stuff that happened to Audrey in the Town.
But for me I think what makes sci-fi exciting is when it is relatable and when there is like a reality that is sort of based in that you kind of can't deny. And I think this town and where we shoot and the stories that Stephen King, how he writes the characters, they offer that reality.
So, I really related with the humanity and the groundedness of these characters, and then throwing them into that crazy world, to me is a lot more relatable than some of the more like (spacey) genres or things like that.QUESTION:
With so much mystery surrounding Audrey, how do you approach her now to understand who she really is? Are you off balance as an actress?EMILY ROSE:
I think definitely. It's one of those things I always talk about. It's kind of scary. I mean, as an actor you are kind of given this past and its history that you understand. And I think something I learned in school, in theater school was I was hearing all the time and my teacher was like, "You may not get it now, but later you'll understand is just trusting that you're enough. Trusting that what you bring to the character is enough."
And I think in the situation with Audrey where there are so many unknowns where I don't know, it's like they pulled the rug out from underneath me. Like they pulled it out initially when I didn't have any like sort of family or background or all I knew was just like that I was in a foster home and that I was this really good agent. I mean, those are kind of the basics and everything that you can kind of put on ornaments - the Christmas tree of that character on with it, you know?
But, the next thing was when this rug got pulled out from under me that I might not be actually Audrey, I just had to trust that those feelings I was feeling about sort of maybe - like maybe this new like guest star was going to come in and maybe she's the real Audrey and maybe I haven't been playing that the whole time, or all these feelings of what I thought, like were those really mine and was I really allowed to own that? Was somebody else going to get to be that FBI Agent, and what does that mean for me? I just had to trust that, you know?
So, it was a really interesting acting exercise to just kind of what I was feeling, in terms of the anxiousness and the nervousness of not knowing what to do or what to do next. I just had to trust that Audrey was most likely feeling those same exact feelings, so I needed to do was to fall into my work and to fall into the text and try to tell the story well.
And I think that that's what all that my Audrey knows to do is that she doesn't know her past but she does know the present and Nathan sort of gives her that faith there on the beach in the opening season scenes of this next season and just believing in her and giving her the strength to say, "We do this well. You help people well."
And I think that that's all I knew to do - knew that she could do was just help people and try to help them through their kind of trouble of the week, and sort of in finding that and helping the town she then kind of finds herself.QUESTION:
Can you talk about what it like to work with Jason Priestley this season and what he brings to the show?EMILY ROSE:
It was awesome. He's such a great guy. You hear like about this Canadian icon, you hear you know Jason Priestley and plus, you know, 90210. And I'd worked with Luke Perry in the past as well, so I kind of had a little bit of just going, "Oh, I've kind of worked with one of your friends before."
But, he's just so down to earth and just fantastic and really giving and really collaborative. And not only is he a great actor to work alongside, he's a really great director and I go to work with him in that capacity as well. He directed one of our episodes this season, and so it was just great. There was no like pretense and there was no - he's just so down to earth that it was fun to work alongside of him and it gave a new dynamic between Nathan and Audrey and Duke and Audrey, and it's just interesting to play with that.SCIFI VISION:
I really like the car/dance party video that Eric posted.EMILY ROSE:
Lucas was a little surprised that got posted.SCIFI VISION:
Since Eric's telling us your nickname and everything, do you have any embarrassing stories or anything to talk about him and get put online?EMILY ROSE:
Oh, man, no I can't throw him under the bus. He's a good guy. No, I think you've seen kind of the worst of it there. I think the funniest thing about both Lucas and Eric and they're just so spontaneous. You just never know.
Like Lucas is writing songs on set all the time and I have so many like little videos of him writing songs about our characters. I need to ask him if I can post them, but they're the funniest, funniest like little songs on his guitar and they're pretty hilarious. And Eric, he just cracks me up because he's such a renegade, but he's also very particular and I love that about him and he's great, he's fantastic.
And when I think of something I will post it. I will post it online...SCIFI VISION:
...I will put it on line...SCIFI VISION:
Good. I'll be sure to re-Tweet it.EMILY ROSE:
Can you talk about how the new character of Evi (Vinessa Antoine) is going to affect the relationship between [Audrey] and Duke?EMILY ROSE:
Yeah, I think Audrey kind of reacts in the way that a lot of us girls that have good guy friends react. I think we kind of act that we're totally fine with it, but we kind of secretly wish that we still had their attention and I think that she's kind of struck by the fact that this girl is in his life. And I think she just ends up falling back in to what she normally does when she's a little curious is I think she just observes. I think she's an observer.
And so, you kind of will see Audrey sort of watch that, but the story that kind of happens and exists between Evi and Duke is really great, and I think Vinessa does a great job. She was a great asset for our show this year.SCIFI VISION:
What about you is most like your character? What do you see of yourself in Audrey?EMILY ROSE:
I think that probably really, really stubborn, I always laugh with the producers. When I feel really strongly about something with Audrey and I'm really passionate with her, I kind of laugh with them because I'm like, "You guys did cast me as this part. There is a stubbornness naturally that's there."
And I think I'm also very curious and observant. I love to like listen in on people's conversations and really kind of dig deeper and get to know kind of what's really going on, so both of those things. And I kind of explained Audrey as a walking awkward moment sometimes. She is a little awkward at places and I identify with her in that way.SCIFI VISION:
What would you do if you were on a mountain top with Eric and Lucas?EMILY ROSE:
On a mountain? I sort of feel like I'm on a mountain to with them every day when we're filming. I feel like we're out on this island. I don't know, I'd probably make Lucas write a song about it, and then make Eric dance with me or something.QUESTION:
I've been a Haven
viewer since the pilot episode and I wanted to say that when I saw that...cliff of the first season, I think you still were unsure whether - or Syfy was unsure whether it was going to be renewed or not, and it was like a week or two after that. And it was sort of like, "Oh, my God, they can't leave viewers hanging like this."EMILY ROSE:
But, they always do that in sci-fi shows with the cliff, whether the show is coming back or not. So in retrospect, would you say now that you are in the midst of the second season that the story is advancing very significantly from the first? Have the threads been laid down more with Audrey than ever before or are we...EMILY ROSE:
I just think that we've moved to the deeper level. I think if we didn't end up coming back it would have been a great way to end the season because it's pretty powerful, but I think in the second season we just go to a whole other layer of what that means for Audrey. And it kind of like half the challenge with her is to make her active in that place when she finds out that everything is gone, so how does she keep on going?
So, I think that we just explore that more this season and the writers have a very clear vision, in terms of what the last scene of the entire series will be, and so they're always working towards that point.
But, I definitely believe that we are always fighting for the arts of your characters, in terms of where they're going next and how it builds. And in this year, in terms of - on the Syfy perspective, we just (built) the action of it. It feels a lot more action-oriented.
But, I think that the characters and kind of what they're dealing with on an emotional level is up dramatically, because we ended with (unintelligible) having died and what that means for Nathan and what that means for him personally. And pretty much Audrey's identity dying and what that means for her and that leaves them in a very interesting place.QUESTION:
I did want to know, seeing you're playing an FBI Agent, or was, were you patterning yourself after other TV characters like Dana Scully from The X-Files
or Jody Foster in Silence of the Lambs
? Did you deliberately sort of think that, "Okay, I'm going to sort of pattern my whole style of acting after these strong females."EMILY ROSE:
I tried to not, actually.
I did watch Silence of the Lambs
again to just refresh on the kind of the toughness and the tenacity that existed in Clarice. But, she's also a bit different from her, and so I didn't want to do that identical thing.
I also didn't want to watch Fringe
anymore and I didn't want to go back and watch X-Files
. Only because I knew that I was entering this family of that genre, but I wanted Audrey to be very distinct and different. And I think she is in the way that she's very quirky and sort of odd and very bantery and kind of comedic, you know, less kind of stoic and less serious.
She knows that what she's dealing with is serious, and so people that deal with tragedy on a regular basis it can wear on them either in a very warring way or they can combat it with like comedy or sarcasm or things like that, so I tried to go that route.
But, I think this year when you kind of deal with her identity getting yanked out from under her, I think it starts more on the warring side, but not initially, no.QUESTION:
You brought up the fact that you interjected some humor into [your] character. Now that we have all these heavy issues that we're dealing with this season, is it still sort of comedic or do you think that now we've introduced a lot more drama into it? Not that it wasn't drama heavy before, but it seems like it's really drama heavy now with the major characters than ever before.EMILY ROSE:
Yeah, I think that the comedy kind of comes in through Vince and Dave, the reporters and I think Audrey has her moments, but it's not as frequent this year, no. I think it's more about kind of the dark side of the town and I think that gets a little bit more attention, yeah.QUESTION:
Hi, Emily. Thanks so much for being on the call. I almost called you Audrey because that's just who you are to me. Haven
is absolutely one of my very favorite shows. Thank you so much for your work...EMILY ROSE:
Oh, I'm glad.QUESTION:
...I just love it. And it's interesting you mentioned Fringe
because that's my other very favorite show. And yeah, you definitely are distinct from that character, but in a lovely way.EMILY ROSE:
I saw the first episode of the new season and thought it was terrific. Just as good as all of the first season, which I devoured, so...EMILY ROSE:
Oh, fantastic. Thank you.QUESTION:
I know you said on the season 1 DVD extras...that you're told everything about the mysteries of the show...I'm wondering if you know if we're ever going to get an answer to why there are troubles and/or why they came back? And if there are answers, if you know them, and if not, if you have any guesses?EMILY ROSE:
Well, we haven't - we don't know those answers. Those are definitely things that they keep us in the dark in, I think just for several reasons, probably - mainly one so that kind of we play the authenticity of really discovering those when they come along.
But I think we will probably find out, I would - it is my hope that we would find out what triggers them and when it all started. I think we probably would go back to that as well, but I don't think that will be for a while. I think that'll kind of get (saved) off.QUESTION:
Is that something that you kind of wonder about? Do you come up with some kind of theories of your own or you just wait for it to happen?EMILY ROSE:
I wonder about it, but I'm kind of every week thrown into the new sort of trouble every week and trying to make sure that the story line is in line with where my character's going, and how I can - not necessarily in line with where my character's going, but that I'm attune to the arts of where she's at, the temperature of where she's at, and then just trying to hold that.
We film, like every TV show, scenes completely out of order, so I'm always just trying to pay attention to the timeline of when things started, when I knew something, when I didn't know something. Those kind of bigger questions are things that I sort of try to talk with writers in between the season, but they don't necessarily - you know, I don't necessarily get those answers.
Have you seen the last script of this season?EMILY ROSE:
Have I - no. Nope, not yet. Nope.QUESTION:
Initially, what was it that you drew you to the show?EMILY ROSE:
I think for me I just really enjoyed the character of Audrey. When I read it I just thought that she was really cool and really sassy and really sarcastic and fun. And the fact that they wrote these really quirky characters, and I know I say that a lot, but it's really when you read scripts and you don't just see these normal characters that would maybe just be accepted by all the popular crowds. You kind of get refreshed that there's actually well-written characters that ride a tandem bicycle or think little details like that that kind of make you go, "Wow, what is this town about?"
I - it was really this role for me, I could really feel it, and so that to me was intriguing, you know, this character of Audrey that was so determined and wanted to figure out what was going on, but then had this little weak spot of not knowing her own history. To me that's what hooked me in.QUESTION:
What personality traits in Audrey do you personally find annoying?EMILY ROSE:
Oh, I think the ones that are similar to myself. The fact that she's so stubborn sometimes. And I think too, just this need to help people all the time. I think that's a very endearing quality and I think it's great, but to her detriment it kind of distracts her from taking care of herself.
She's very much a workaholic and that's something that I think I - sometimes I just want her to be like, "You know what, the police station's going to be fine. I need to go look into my family history. I need to figure out where I came from." I just want to take her on that journey sometimes just because I so desperately want to know where she came from too.QUESTION:
How does Haven
differentiate from some of the other non-reality supernatural theme shows?EMILY ROSE:
I think that the look of the show is very unique. I feel like we aren't shot on a studio and we're not shot in a place that is commonly shot in. We're not shot in Vancouver or Toronto or Los Angeles or New York. We're shooting at a very small tiny town and we actually are one of the last shows that is actually shot on film.
So, when you shoot a show on film people don't quite realize it, but it does give it a completely different look, and we light not like a normal television show. We light very moody and, you know, (Eric Tayla) our (DP) does an amazing job at doing that. And so, those things already give the texture of our town so much pop and a different quality.
And then on top of that, you layer in just some of the, you know, this weird, weird banter and weird quirky moments. We're not afraid to have awkward moments and I really enjoy that about our show and I think that's what sets us apart.QUESTION:
What would you consider to be the big head turning, "I can't believe they did this moment," from last season?EMILY ROSE:
Well, I think it happened to in a row. I feel like we found out that Audrey could be Lucy really, that that was maybe her in the picture. That was the first head-turning moment, and that came at the tail end of Episode 12. And then, to then discover, I mean it's like she got slapped once and then to slap her on the other side and tell her that she's probably not even an FBI Agent that she may be impersonating an Agent was a pretty big deal. And then, that was also, you know, with the chief exploding, I think that - those were three pretty big sucker punches all right in a row.QUESTION:
I was wondering, Audrey's very tough and she carries a gun and she wears these suits all the time, I was wondering if you are like that or did you really have to work on that aspect of her character?EMILY ROSE:
I feel like I'm kind of proud of being that way. I grew up with - my grandparents have a big ranch in Central Southern Oregon and my dad always taught me about gun safety and about what it was like to hold a gun. And I had a little BB gun that I would use under his supervision, and I also, am kind of a tomboy when it comes to hanging around horse barns and stables and riding and just not afraid to get my hands dirty and love like working on cars with my dad and things like that.
So, I do have those kind of tough qualities and I kind of resist at times being the girly girl. I don't know why, I think it's - I think there's a feeling of wanting people to take me a little bit serious - take me seriously, but I do see that in Audrey. So, I was always pushing them and pushing the show and asking for as much gun play and badassness as possible, and so it's fun when I get to do that stuff, yeah.QUESTION:
You're very beautiful and on the show you look like you have such a beautiful complexion and everything looks so great, what do you like to use that helps make you look beautiful and keeps your skin clear and all that (type) of thing?EMILY ROSE:
Oh, my goodness. That's a hard question. That feels like to me is a constant battle with being under makeup all day long. I just actually was in L.A. working with a facialist, (Don Ino), keeping my skin really clean. And so, just going to a facialist, and then also I've been recently, this year especially, eating really, really healthy. I've been trying to cut caffeine and sugar out of my diet, which is really hard.
And I was gluten and dairy free for a little bit. I'm coming back on to those, but I'm just trying so hard to lead like a healthy life and exercise and keep my face clean and everything. You do the best you can because it's got all these layers on it and is under so much stress just to try to take care of your body and give it the time it needs to rest.QUESTION:
Well, I think it's working.EMILY ROSE:
I wanted to ask you a question concerning a comment you made earlier. You talked about playing the lead in this show being a goal you had, an acting goal, and I'd like to know what some of your other acting goals are or have been and if you have any new projects that you can tell us about, besides Haven
, and if you have any more of them for Syfy.EMILY ROSE:
Yeah. I have a few acting goals that come to mind. I would really, really love to do a feature film. It's something I just - I can't wait to be able to be a part of and I know that that - it just would be a great opportunity.
And I also just look forward to being able to work on film which would be like working on a complete script, whereas series television it's such a quick turnover, you know, you have to make your choices and make them quick, and then move on to the next thing. And I think with working on a film I would really enjoy being able to look at the whole story in the arc and be able to really work on each of those things and, you know, rehearsed and that would just be a dream to not have the speed of it behind it.
And then I'm here in New York this weekend. I went and saw Zach Braff's new play that he wrote, and I got - I went to school for theater. I went to school for about seven years and got to do a ton of theater and I miss it. I miss it so badly. I miss the rehearsal process, I miss being able to play a character that you're not typecast in.
And I just really can't wait to be able to do a good play with a great director and a great writer, and work with a great cast and just workshop it and workshop it and workshop it and make it to a good point. I can't wait to do that again.
And then, I really would love to teach an acting class and work with high schoolers or college students and teach an acting camp. That's another huge life goal for me. I love mentoring and I love teaching and I love working with kids with theater, so I can't wait to do that again sometime in the near future. I got to do that a few years ago and I just miss it, so I love it, and any opportunity I can to teach I take.
And then, I think that in terms of projects I'm just working a bit here and there on a video game for Sony called Uncharted
. I haven't been able to talk about it for a while, but I'm able to talk about it now that I'm in the third installment of the Uncharted
series with Sony PlayStation, and I'm finishing up that project. And hopefully when I come back home I'll work on some family time, and then hopefully work on something else. We'll see.QUESTION:
I noticed that you had voice acting in the video game. Can you comment a little bit about the difference in acting [with] your whole body, everything on the screen, as opposed to just acting with your voice?EMILY ROSE:
is actually one of the video games that has been on the forefront of the new movement in video game making of motion capture and cinematic, so I actually do motion capture for the game. I act with my whole body as the actor and the person, as well do in the scene, and we do that on a sound stage and cameras record us.
And so, the only difference is I'm not in costume. I'm in a motion capture suite and the computer captures all of our movements, and then we come in the next day later and lay in any vocals that they weren't able to pick up on the sound stage. But it's neat to be in a new medium of video game making where I'm not just walking in the booth and doing the voice, although, I still do concentrate a lot on my voice for the character of Uncharted
, but it's fun just to be able to do all of that.
Have you done any just the regular voice acting where it's just your voice?EMILY ROSE:
I - in school I did some stuff with - we had a great teacher named Gordon Hunt and he was a casting guy with Hanna-Barbera back in the day, you know, Flintstones
and the Smurfs
, and so I did a bunch of voice stuff with him, and he's actually one of the directors on this video game. But I do a ton of the work in the booth on that game, but we also couple that with the motion capture, but I'd love to do voice work. I think it's fantastic and I love making weird voices, all the time.QUESTION:
What is it exactly about your character Audrey that appeals to you? What makes you want to say, "I just want to play Audrey," and what hypes you up about Audrey?EMILY ROSE:
I just love how strong-willed and observant she is, coupled with the fact that she's so caring. I love all of those things. I secretly like the fact that she carries a gun. I mean, that's pretty cool, I don't know why - yeah, I love the relationship she has with Nathan, I love the relationship she has with Duke and this town and with Vince and Dave, the reporters. And I just think that it's so neat that she's so treasured by everybody, and I just feel honored to play her in that way. And I also love that she blurts things out and she's quirky and awkward. That endears me to her so much.QUESTION:
The show is kind of based around Stephen King, I was wondering if you had a favorite Stephen King book or one of the films that Stephen King's books were made into a film, if you liked any of the movies?EMILY ROSE:
Yeah. I could watch Stand By Me
forever and ever and ever and ever and ever, I love that film. And I love The Green Mile
too. I thought that was great. I mean Shawshank Redemption's
fantastic, but the film that I could sit in a blanket and curl up in the corner and just live in and watch is the coming of age story with Stand By Me
. To me that's it. I feel at home there.QUESTION:
Are we going to see you guys at Comic-Con or possibly the New Jersey-based Horror Convention Monster-Mania at all this year?EMILY ROSE:
I don't think New Jersey and I'm still not sure about Comic-Con. I'm really hoping to be able to make it, but I don't know yet if my shooting schedule will - if I'll be able to make that happen, but I'm trying. I'm trying my best.QUESTION:
I was wondering, since the show is starting the second season on July 15, what is something that you do as maybe a ritual, or are you going to have a premier party for the second season?EMILY ROSE:
Oh, man. You know what, we're going to - my ritual is that I will be filming. We will be still be filming the eleventh - no, tenth episode up in Nova Scotia, so while everybody's at home watching it I'm probably going to be finishing up a day of filming on an episode.
But, a little ritual that they do in Chester in the bar there is they have a Haven
night every Friday night, but we premier a little bit later, like I think a few days later in Canada. But yeah, I think that they'll most likely be the bar and people will be in there in the tavern watching the show, because they are so excited to see Chester on the big screen.QUESTION:
You said that your parents were huge sci-fi fans, so when you do get a moment are you ever able to, you know, pop in a DVD and watch the season with them or...EMILY ROSE:
I know that my mom pre-ordered Haven
on Amazon and she didn't get it in time, so they ran down to the store and they bought two copies, and then they drove their motorcycles down to my grandparents house to give it to them so that they could actually watch it. They're really cute like that. I haven't had a chance to watch it with them, but it is nice knowing that they're real fans.QUESTION:
As an actress, do you find yourself watching shows and critiquing things you do in the show for future performances?EMILY ROSE:
Yeah, I'm the type of actor that really wants to see dailies on a regular basis. I like to know - I still think that I'm learning everyday and I'm learning and I'm trying to get better and - on a regular basis.
And so, I watch certain scenes because I remember what directors directed me to do or maybe in an area that I disagreed with, and I watch and I just like to see how it appears on the outside to the audience. I'm a visual learner, so I definitely like watching to learn and to get better.QUESTION:
You talked a little bit about the location of the show, how it plays a huge character in itself and adds to the show being a New England town. Since you already talked about that I was wondering if there was another location you think the show would do well in that isn't in New England. Where else do you think that would be a good spot for the show?EMILY ROSE:
Well, I'm a Seattleite. I grew up in Seattle, so I secretly long for it at times. I love Nova Scotia, but it's so far away from L.A.?
I secretly wonder at times if it could ever also be in Vancouver. But the thing is is the Northeast has its own look and you don't want to mess with that. That's such a character on our show that I understand why we ended up there.QUESTION:
What's your advice to actors?EMILY ROSE:
Oh, man. That's a great question. I mean, there's the cliché one of just keep going. If it was to actors that that want to be acting and to be working in this industry - the people I admire the most are the people like at my theater ensemble that I get to be a part of every once in a while back in L.A. called the Los Angeles Theater Ensemble.
Those guys are - to me they're the true artists. They write their own theater, they collaborate, they workshop it, and they throw themselves out there every single season with new fantastic, relevant material. And so, I think my advice is just not to wait for auditions to create your work. Something we learned at UCLA when I was there getting my graduate degree is they said, "Don't wait for somebody to hire you. We're giving you the tools to create your own work and to make relevant theater that, you know, can be talked about.
And so, my advice is to go out and to observe and to use observations to inspire you, and then to go write pieces and put them up in your living room or put them up somewhere and get feedback, and just keep using your instrument. Keep using what you have and getting better and learning and be open to direction, be open to people, giving you advice, but not so open that you lose the sense of who you are.QUESTION:
I was wondering what you like most about filming in Nova Scotia?EMILY ROSE:
No, it hasn't been asked yet. That's a great question. I really love the people. I love my crew...The crew there in Nova Scotia is some of the hardest working crew and they know that series like this don't come around to their province that often, and so they are just thankful to be working and are such collaborators and are fantastic.
And then, it's just so picturesque when it's sunny. I don't like the rain, I don't like the cold, I don't like the wind, but when it's sunny, I mean it is just a postcard around every corner. It's pretty fantastic.QUESTION:
I'm wondering how you feel about the location now, as compared to when you first signed onto the project. Do you feel a special connection at all?EMILY ROSE:
I think I'll always I always go, "Wow, I never imagined that I would have memories of Nova Scotia." I just - other than Anne of Green Gables with like Prince Edward Island and stuff like that. I just never thought it would even be something that would be in my life, but it is and it's given me a great gift and I think I'll always have a special connection there.
I know that Nicki's in Chester, the restaurant that we go to regularly there, I - if I ever saw Nicki, I mean we just owe her so much. She's so fantastic and takes such great care of us. And just of all the faces of the people there, the families that are there, for me, just flash through my mind. So yeah, I think I always will feel a special connection to that place, and you never know how long we'll be there.SCIFI VISION:
You talked about wanting to do some movies, what would be your ultimate dream role or maybe somebody specific that you want to work with?EMILY ROSE:
Well, I mean I think every young actress would love to work with Meryl Streep, and just to sit and watch her and to learn alongside of her would be great. And then in terms of guys, I would absolutely like fall over myself, I know it sounds maybe a little funny, but I would just love to work with Tom Hanks one day. He has been - he had my heart at hello. He's fantastic and I just think he's great.
And then in terms of roles, I mean I honestly really would just love to - I know that the video game that I'm involved in is getting made into a movie, so it's my dream to be able to play my role that we - I play in the video game. It's exactly - I want to do that, so I'd love to play - it's my dream to play Elena Fisher in the film.SCIFI VISION:
That would be awesome. I forgot they were making a movie. That's a fun game too.
What have you learned about yourself since you started working on Haven
Wow, that's a great question. I've learned about how much I need family and friends and how much I need other people in order - I need support and like a constant and kind of the craziness, how much you need balance in your life.
And I've also learned that I can do it. You kind of always wonder would you be able to tell this story and will people connect with it? And it's such a blessing and such a treat when you find out that they do enjoy it and they do connect, and that it could have been anybody, you know?
I'm just so thankful and blessed to have gotten to play with all of these people and I think just learning to be thankful on a daily basis, no matter how stressful the day is or no matter how anything turned out, just to be thankful that I get to do this job and get to be on the phone with you guys just to be consistently thankful.SCIFI VISION:
is obviously is premiering tonight, I've been asking people, what would you want to be your superpower if you could pick one?EMILY ROSE:
I think I'd want to be able to teleport myself from one place to another without going through TSA. If I could arrive - if I could go from Halifax to L.A. on the weekends with just by blinking or doing some I Dream of Jeannie thing, I would be one happy camper.QUESTION:
I might be the only one comparing Haven
, but I see a lot of similarities, with this island and the energy on this island. I'm not sure if you've ever seen Lost, the series.EMILY ROSE:
Oh, I'm the biggest Lost
fan there is, are you kidding me? That's an honor that you say that. Thank you.QUESTION:
I'm thinking that this force, whatever it is, underneath the town of Haven, I mean you could probably make a very easy read and say, "Oh, it's an evil malevolent force that's using its energy to change people."
But, I see I more as perhaps a natural force that psychic people or people with some talents are able to tap their energies into, including perhaps Audrey or...whoever she is, herself. Am I sort of off-base there or do you think that there is a correlation there?EMILY ROSE:
I mean it's tricky. I think there's definitely a deep mythology. I think the thing that resonates with me, in terms of the troubles in this town is just the fact that it could be generational and that it goes way back. And to me that - whatever it is, the town just doesn't want to deal with it and it's about dealing with what's there in their history and the fabric of Haven. But, who knows, man, you have some pretty great theories. I - it's pretty impressive.QUESTION:
I also wanted to know too, and I know you can't reveal any major spoilers or anything, but maybe just to whet the appetites of the individuals that will be watching Haven
this season, any interesting things developing this season, besides the new characters, of course?EMILY ROSE:
Yeah. I mean, well, that was the thing I was going to say. I think just the new characters. Also, it's a bit more action packed and I think we go darker this year than we did last year, which I think a lot of people will enjoy. So, I think those are all the new things kind of coming into this next season is - I mean, the stuff between Audrey and you know who we refer to as (Fraudrey) or not (Fraudrey), is kind of - is interesting and tricky, and that's kind of - I - you know where we are so far.
Now, I can't speak to the last half of the season because we haven't shot it yet, but I have faith that they know what they're doing.QUESTION:
It's really cool that you mention the dark elements too, because I think for a show to survive usually if it starts treating things very lightly for too long then the people aren't going to be able to identify with it anymore. It's going to be outrageous. I mean, Eureka
started to become, and I love the episode too, very light, but this last season it got really dark and very complex, in terms of its plot.
And I just think when it goes the dark route people are more fascinated, they care about the characters, they think you know the plots are more realistic and I think it just has more going for it than if it's something very light, you know?EMILY ROSE:
Well, I think you liken it to a relationship. You know you first meet people and the audience first meets us they want to know us first and foremost. You're going to want to like the person you're in a relationship before you want to know all their dirty laundry, so I think that's kind of the same type of situation.
I think that we found an audience and we enjoy them and they enjoy us, and now I think the next step is to kind of dive in a little bit deeper and I think that's what we do.QUESTION:
I like the way you compare it to a relationship that you start identifying with the characters and they become part of your (household). That's really cool that you see it that way, so many more episodes, many more seasons. Hopefully there's enough, I would hope, to have five seasons of this show, you know?EMILY ROSE:
Yeah. Thank you so much for watching and coming up with theories. How fantastic.QUESTION:
What has been like the oddest occurrence that's happened to you or the rest of the cast (included) during the filming of the last season?EMILY ROSE:
...What I think is funny is that there'll be episodes where we'll be dealing with things, like the Butterfly episode. We'll have tons of butterflies or the electricity episode; there'll be kind of like some weird like electrical or power outages that have been happening. To me that's the weird thing is that some of the episodes that we have there will be some kind of correlating event that occurs. I just hope it doesn't - we don't have any correlating deaths or anything like that.QUESTION:
What's one thing about you that we wouldn't expect to know [about]? I'll give you an example. Your cast member Eric said he's a So You Think You Can Dance
junkie. What is it about you that maybe that...is a surprise?EMILY ROSE:
I think - oh, that's a good question. I'm also a So You Think You Can Dance
junkie. I also could watch hours and hours of HGTV forever and ever and ever. But, I think like the fact that I am really great with computers and love to edit and love to do editing on my laptop at home and photography and things like that.
And I told a story today that caught some people off guard that I started my Jeep in high school with a tube of cover up before, so I know how to get cars started and have had to do so in the past. So, I think that's kind of surprising.QUESTION:
If [the] producers were charging you to write the script, who would choose? Would you choose [Nathan] or [Duke]?EMILY ROSE:
I know the question, a girl never tells that answer. I can't tell that answer. That's my little secret.