By Jamie Ruby
Emily Rose, who is also lending her voice to the video game Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
as Elena Fisher, stars as Audrey Parker in the Syfy scripted series Haven
, which is now in its second season, is loosely based on Stephen King's The Colorado Kid
Last season, Audrey, who is an FBI agent, came to the mysterious town of Haven, Maine, to investigate strange happenings caused by what the town calls "troubles." She works alongside local cop, and now police chief, Nathan Wuornos, played by Lucas Bryant. This season Audrey has learned that she is immune to quite a few of the troubles.
Recently Audrey met Chris Brody, played by Jason Priestley, who after his father died inherited his "gift," which is that everyone, except for Audrey, absolutely loves everything about Chris - he can do no wrong in their eyes.
Chris is sick of his affliction. The only one he can feel normal around is Audrey, who he asked on a date recently. Though the date was disasterous to say the least, the two decide to make a go of it and end up in bed at the end of the most recent episode that aired last Friday.
Tonight, episode six of the season, "Audrey Parker's Day Off," airs at 10pm eastern on Syfy. The episode is about the agent reliving the day over and over again, trying to save her friends and break the cycle.
Emily Rose recently talked to the media about tonight's episode and what is next for her character.
Syfy Conference CallHaven
August 16, 2011
12:30 pm CTQUESTION:
You were on Jericho
, which was a little bit sci-fi too. Did that help you in any way with Haven
, in terms of getting acclimated to that genre?EMILY ROSE:
I think it was kind of just a prep for how great the fans are but my part on Jericho
didn't really deal with any kind of crazy supernatural stuff that was going on, not like there is on Haven
. My part on Jericho
really was more of a part that was based more in reality and I think my video game background with Uncharted
has been probably the most help in terms of really having to imagine some things that you aren't seeing on the day and what not. But yes, it just mainly prepared me for how great the fans are really.QUESTION:
Are we going to find out why Audrey is so immune to some of the forces in Haven that she just is not affected by it?EMILY ROSE:
I don't know if we're really going to find out why that is as much as we're going to find Audrey searching for her identity and clinging onto that as being something that's really unique to who she is. I think that's more in the long term mystery of the mythology of the show but it's definitely something that we really cling to as part of her identity for sure.QUESTION:
I hope that while your romance with Chris is developing that Nathan isn't sad the entire season.EMILY ROSE:
Well, I think that's what's been great about Episode 6.
What's so great about last year is we're able to establish the world in which we want to live and so in order to do that, we need to serve up those relationships and Season 2 is about vending that stuff and stretching it and creating tensions and the great thing to me about this next episode that's coming is it tests our boundaries on all of those fronts relationally.
And she's jumping into this relationship with Chris, I think, out of a dysfunctional sort of feeling, like who is she and if this other Audrey could have a relationship, why can't she and what is that like. And I think you sort of test those boundaries out on people maybe that you don't necessarily - that you feel safe to kind of be testers, if that's not a cruel way to say it, and I think her and Nathan have something really special and I feel like maybe that's not the proper testing grounds, if that makes any sense.QUESTION:
Do you think that the newbie storyline was brought in too close, with Chris and Evi?EMILY ROSE:
You mean bringing in new people?
No, not really because I feel like we don't have the luxury of having 24 episodes. We have 12 to 13 episodes to really get across all the different arcs and things that we want to do in the second season. I think it's really exciting to me personally to have everybody so affected by new people coming in because it really goes to show how much they really value the relationships that have been set up between the characters and it's exciting because with change comes new possibilities and I think it shows the different colors of each relationship.
It makes you want to fight for Audrey and Nathan or Audrey and Duke so much more and fight for these things and want to stick around to see if they actually flesh themselves out and I think that if we kind of served up immediately the dessert of what people wanted to see in the first couple, two or three episodes, I think that it's kind of like where do you go from there? So no, I think the timing of it's pretty right on.QUESTION:
Do you enjoy watching yourself on television or are you one of those people that cannot tune in to see the show each week?EMILY ROSE:
I definitely do like watching the show because we never really get to see how it comes together until it airs. So to me it's neat to see an episode in its cohesiveness, to see if we tracked everything correctly and for me just learning more everyday about my craft, wanting to know if I pitched things in the right place.
But that was a really interesting thing about Episode 6 that chronologically what's coming up, it was really all about different emotional levels and kind of all existing in what was a very similar timeframe and so trying to make those things different and trying to track the story well. And so I remember when I saw an early cut of six, I was really, really excited because everything tracked pretty well and it's such an interesting, fast paced, awesome story.
Now, it's not ever comfortable for me to sit with my husband and watch me have scenes with other guys. That's not comfortable. I don't enjoy that but no, I do. I don't cringe so much. I don't enjoy but I don't cringe. I like to sit there and watch what I need to do better and what landed well and all of that stuff.QUESTION:
What do you enjoy most about working on Haven
I think for me this year I enjoy the depth of where we go with the relationships of the characters. I don't get my, what's the word, creative energy or batteries are recharging from the sort of trouble-of-the-week thing. That to me is kind of what keeps people - well, it's kind of like the laundry line on which everything else hangs.
For me, what's enjoyable is the mythology and the characters and the deeper mystery behind this town and so when we get to do...scenes to me that have a subtext and we're not having to explain things exactly on the nose or that involve relationships and history and what's not being said, that to me is my favorite part of working on Haven
Thank goodness I get along with my cast mates and enjoy the people and think that the place is beautiful. So I enjoy all those things but to me the real reward is working really hard on a scene with the director in the limited time that we have and then watching it really affect people and then watching the fan videos later.QUESTION:
How do you think your character has evolved this season from the last and where do you think that it's going?EMILY ROSE:
I think I've said this before so I'm sorry if I'm repeating myself, but I think last season was really about why should I stay in Haven and what's my connection to the place and why have I been brought here, and this season's been more about who am I. Sometimes I get sidebarred because we have to focus in on the trouble of the week and it's always a challenge to try to portray the duality of that. But you know anytime that I can find Audrey being affected by the trouble in a personal way then that's sort of my way in.
And what I think this year is different for her is there's a bit more of a comfort. Last year she was circling all of her other characters to kind of get an idea of who they are and this year she's at home with them and is circling them and is thrown off by them when there might be a situation that occurs that she's not really familiar that they would handle it in a certain way, or what she knows about Nathan and he reacts in a way she's not expecting, things like that.
That to me is the different side of it and just what's exciting about being able to stick with the series and I'm so excited that our ratings are holding strong every week and that we have an audience that's returning and coming back because they're getting to know the characters just as well and maybe will have the same reactions as Audrey does when those different situations come about.
QUETION: What was it like for you to make out with Jason Priestly?EMILY ROSE:
It was weird. I was like "Is this my life right now? What's happening?" Especially because I'd worked with Luke Perry before for a long episode on Johnson Cincinnati
so it was just bizarre that I was like "What's happening with 90210
intersecting my life?"
But really it was great. It's always really great to work with really seasoned professional, creative, talented people because you learn a lot from working with them and there's always the mystery surrounding his name and who he is and then we meet him in person and realize that he's super down to earth and really loves his family and is just really talented and super hardworking and is not a diva at all. It's just great because you learn a lot from working alongside of someone like that that's very eager to work and make a good story, and so obviously it's always a little weird but then you get over it and you move on.QUESTION:
Since actors have to do so many takes on a scene, was it easier to relate to Audrey repeating the same day over and over?EMILY ROSE:
No and that's a great question. It was just really a challenge for me. I remember going through the script and writing the timeline out of what was occurring. Through the day I would because based on a production schedule I would have to do the day repeating in the same location just at different levels. So what was nice about that is our ADs and our producer set up the best they could to start at the earlier stage and then to slowly kind of fall apart, but what's tricky is how do you make some of these tragic events throughout the day seem different and how do you let them effect you even more each time and how do you step the urgency up each time?
It was a great and wonderful on-camera acting exercise for me and one I was really, really excited about. It was really challenging. I knew that when I was walking into that episode I just knew that it was going to be one of the biggest emotionally challenging episodes I've done because from a technical standpoint, not only do you have to make it seem real in the wide shot but the tight shot and the close-up and then also on the reverse for the other actors.
So you're doing a scene that's really, really emotional probably 12 to 15 times and then on top of that, you need to have the technical DP or focus puller or grip or director talk to you through the scene in a technical way just to pull it off but yet you still have to be freaking out and even though your brain knows that it's not really happening, at the end of that week my body was so tense and so drained because my body thought that I had been through those traumas multiples of times. And so it was a real challenge but a real reward and I really hope people are effected by it as much as I was when I played it.QUESTION:
Compared to this time last season, how do you empathize more with Audrey and what she's going through?EMILY ROSE:
This may sound really depressing but it was funny. I was laughing with some - well I wasn't laughing. They were laughing at me but we were talking about Christmas for Audrey and I was talking with some producers and we were talking about what that was and I said, "You guys, I really don't want to talk about this because it makes me really sad when I think about Audrey at Christmas."
And I've just found that as I spend more time portraying her, you should always have compassion and understanding for your character but I feel it in a much more visceral way now. She's more in my body I think this season and what I mean by that is I really experience if there's something that's just really sad, it really saddens me like as a friend when they're going through something tragic where your heart really aches and hurts because you feel like you're right alongside of them.
I've been feeling that way towards her and so I think that's a gift and I have to remove myself from that gift sometimes but I think that that's a really sweet gift to have and it makes her a lot more accessible and a little bit less work I guess you could say.QUESTION:
Wow, what a big game changer at the end of the last episode with Chris. How did you feel when you first learned about it?EMILY ROSE:
It's always a little weird because you know you're introducing a guest character and that's going to kind of tear you apart from the subtext that you're creating with other characters. But I'm always a little leery of it because you're always like "Well, how's it going to be written, what's going to happen?" And ultimately it's kind of neat because I think I've been reading a lot of the reviews lately of the last episode. And one of the things people are talking about is Audrey's oblivious nature towards Nathan and how he's feeling towards her.
And I was talking with one of the writers and they were talking about how normally that's a guy thing, that's a guy attribute that the guy would be oblivious to the girl who really likes him. And that on our show it's Audrey who I think is oblivious in so many ways because she's conditioned to not connect with people and the only way that she connects and the only time that her connecting is good or that she experiences is when she's actually able to help troubled people. But when it comes to relationships, she doesn't know anything about that and even if she might sense something from Nathan, she's not. It's too important to her and her job and she doesn't know how to function.
So I think when I read about this relationship it was kind of exciting. This is the first time we get to see Audrey actually being the girly-girl and in a relationship but it's almost like she said "Screw it. I think I'm going to try whatever everybody else is trying and if bad Audrey can have a relationship why can't I? And who am I in a relationship?" And this is a kind of fun place to try that out.
And then also Chris is like opposites attract. He's all about science and he's all about scientific explanations and she's all about safe and her instincts and her intuition and so it was interesting. It was really fun to play and it was really fun to see what that did between Nathan and Audrey and what that did with Duke and Audrey, especially when everybody else is so enamored by him and she isn't but then sort of she is. So it's a lot of double-edged swords to play but that's always fun and deep and more interesting ultimately.
And I think too it's like one of those things where it's like you said, if they're not going to act on it, am I imagining that? Is that something that I'm imagining? It's not really my place right now to act on anything and we are good partners and we work well and maybe it's just that.
You have to know too as an audience that the audience gets to see what Nathan's feeling but Audrey doesn't necessarily see that and I think one of the things that she wrestles with with Chris is does Chris like her for her or does he like her for the fact that she's not affected by his trouble and is that maybe why Nathan likes her because he can feel around her? So it's pretty complex.QUESTION:
Have you finished shooting the season now?EMILY ROSE:
We are. I am currently talking to you with three more wake ups left until it's done.
So three days away from it being in the can. It's a little bittersweet. It's like you look at our ratings and you really hope that we're coming back for a season three but nothing is for certain in this industry and so you want to be excited for what can come but you're also very aware that you just never know. It kills you but you know it is what it is.QUESTION:
Do you know anything about what the writers have in mind for season three, providing there's going to be one?EMILY ROSE:
As of right now I don't. We have some of them here and I should ask them. I've been so wrapped up in what's going on now but I do know that they have an idea of where it would be going next season but that's a good question. I'll make sure to ask them after we're done.QUESTION:
Are we going to find out more about Audrey and her attachment to Lucy? And are we going to find about more about that red curly wig?EMILY ROSE:
Yes, you definitely are and you will understand why she doesn't really look that much like Lucy and there will be a big, large Lucy development. One of my favorite parts of the season so yes that is to come for sure.
It's near the end. I know that. They all sort of blend together in my mind but I do know it's near the end.
SCIFIVISION: Des Nathan maybe like [Audrey] because he can feel her and maybe if he was with her that problem would go away.EMILY ROSE:
Yes, I think you could definitely be on to something. I always ask the writers that. I wonder if there is a past connection with Nathan and Audrey about why he's able to just feel her and I've definitely wondered that myself, although the hard thing is that makes it hard to get under that theory is the fact that Audrey is able to help a lot of people and in that regard, the people that they are good with. I was listening to a podcast the other day that was really good and they were talking about our show and one of the things they noted was that there's never a really wholesome working relationship in Haven. The only one that's remotely close is Vince and Dave, the brothers. All the other relationships are dysfunctional.
Or have fallen apart or there's been sort of severing or something. And so in that regard it's not necessarily that the other people that they're with calm them down. Audrey's the one that's able to sort of get them to understand and then resolve with those people. So I'm not sure.
I think that there is something to be said between Nathan and Audrey's connection. Nathan obviously is the one that feels it more on his side but Audrey definitely wouldn't be able to move forward without his support so it's interesting. I don't know. Good food for thought for sure.
SCIFIVISION: It's obvious that Vince and Dave know a lot of what's going on. They seem to have a lot of insight. Why do you think it is that they won't help [Audrey], won't tell her?EMILY ROSE:
I definitely think that there's a big reason behind it. I don't know the reason. My own speculation is that I feel like they're either ultimately afraid of something or it's like with a child that you think they can only handle so much or they don't really know all the answers and so why tell some of the answers if they can't tell all of them. Or they're being held accountable to someone else behind the scenes in some kind of way. I really don't know.
I do know that there is a great moment in the season where Audrey confronts them about that and it's one of my favorite scenes I've been able to play this season as well. So I definitely think that's a legitimate question and that's one that she has too.
SCIFIVISION: You have spoken about Lucas and him writing his songs and that you were asking him to post them. Did you ever hear back about that?EMILY ROSE:
I'll make sure to ask him again. I know he gets a little Internet shy of having stuff put out there of him on the Internet but you know he's a mysterious man, just like Nathan Wuornos but I will ask him about that and I'll see what we can do.
SCIFIVISION: Okay. Tell him if he gets a Twitter account then he can kind of control what goes out better.EMILY ROSE:
I know. He's definitely the last man standing on that. I think it's almost become where everybody wants him to have one. I don't know. I think it all comes down to him getting an iPhone so if we can move him off of the Blackberry and get onto his iPhone, maybe we'll have a fighting chance.QUESTION:
Do you find that filming in an actual small town maritime setting you can really draw from that in creating your character and how she reacts to her surroundings rather than just being on a generic sound stage somewhere?EMILY ROSE:
Hands down. It is a major character of our show. I always say it should be number one on the call sheet. When we moved here and we were from L.A., the way that you felt in a small town that everybody was sort of aware of who you were also with having the stigma of being an actor and what everybody thinks you are or how much money you have they think you have or what they think your life might be.
You absorb all of that and I said okay, Audrey definitely feels under the microscope as well and she definitely isn't sure of where to go to get certain food and she definitely doesn't know how to really get settled and she definitely feels like a fish out of water, like she has her work which she finds comfortable and homey and she knows how to do that but other than that, she feels under the microscope.
And it was really kind of great, being in season one and then season two to come back the second year and the warm reception we had from the town and everybody being so excited about Haven
and being so enthusiastic about wanting to help and loving watching us film and all this stuff. It's sort of similar parallel lives with Audrey about being there still and now having everybody sort of accept her more and know who she is and be excited about who she is and all of that it definitely parallels and I think that if I was doing on the WB lot back in the day in L.A. I wouldn't have the feeling of getting pouring down slanting rain on me while I'm doing a scene and being on a boat that likes rolling up and down and the hard rocks and the beach and just the grittiness of finding a body on the beach, all these things that help for the texture and what aides us in the scene. It would definitely be lacking if we weren't here.
And actually you know one thing...in terms of location, next in episode six, we shoot pretty much the entire episode in this town that we haven't really shot in yet called Mahone Bay and it's north of Chester.
And it's absolutely stunning and it's beautiful and it's really neat because I think that we see another different side of Haven and a different street. We usually shoot in Chester and Lunenberg but this whole episode takes place in the Mahone Bay area. It's one of my favorite places to film and most scenic, picturesque, three churches on this little peninsula or this little bay and it's beautiful. So I think they're in for some major eye candy in the next episode in that way.QUESTION:
Can you expand on some of the things that are coming up beyond the Groundhog Day episode?EMILY ROSE:
I mean that one is one that I'm really, really excited about, this next episode but yes I think there's an episode coming up that takes place completely in the woods which is really, really creepy and some night stuff that is directed by Lee Rose who is amazing, an amazing director and couple that with our VP Eric Cayla and in the woods at different times of the day. There was a shot where we were sitting there – I think I tweeted about it – there was a sunset that we were shooting there the day before our premiere date and it was absolutely stunning and taking up the level of creepiness of Stephen King in that episode is really cool. So I'm looking forward to that episode.
I'm definitely looking forward to some moments in the finale and - with Vince and Dave and between Audrey and Nathan - that are some cool developments. I mean those things are really cool to me. Any kind of heightened emotion and high stakes and stuff that deals personally with the characters to me is great. But I think that episode in the woods is episode 10, I believe.
And then also there's a cool episode that actually working with Jason Priestly, the one that he directed, was really neat and that was fun because his character came back for a little bit and that was a blast.
But looking back, Lucas and I were talking about it over the season where we were thinking about okay is this going to be as strong a season, is this going to up the ante this year. And as we started going through the episodes out loud and kind of tracking some of the major events, we're like wow, there's some really big things going to happen this season. So it's going to be a great gift to our fans which I really hope they continue to watch for.QUESTION:
Can you expand on Audrey's journey this season?EMILY ROSE:
It's tough because I think she's sort of hunkering down in Haven. I wonder if our season will echo the stages of grief but I think the first season is kind of this denial of what am I doing here and is this really happening and why am I here and the shock.
This season I feel like Audrey's pissed off about a lot of different things as a result of the information she doesn't know and the information that she finds out and it's kind of a balance of trying to continue to endear the audience and endear them to her and make everybody sympathize with Audrey and what she's going through but also experience some really real emotions about what it feels like to continually get abandoned or not have the answers that you need or just be grasping at straws all the time.
Yes, so I think oh my gosh and then the final moment of the finale just flashed in my eyes. It is huge, people, let me tell you. It is big time. So I'm very excited. I'm very excited. It's just more rug pulling out. We all love that, where did that - I did not see that coming, definitely those moments for her.
Sorry I can't give you specifics but then you wouldn't enjoy it as much.QUESTION:
in its second season, how would you say Audrey has evolved and how would you say you've evolved?EMILY ROSE:
That's a good question. I mean I think she's evolved in...she sort of starts out in the way that we see for Audrey come in second season with this sort of structure, law. This is kind of I do things the FBI sort of way but I'm also kind of a renegade in that way and then we see her sort of abandon that and sort of gravitate more to finding her own sense of identity. And then in the second season we find that as it's being ripped out from underneath her, really searching and grasping but kind of figuring out who her family is.
And you know, I think I kind of echo that in some ways. I mean I think that I kind of came to the show trying to be as professional and as prepared and as focused and concentrated and giving it my all, completely at the beginning and then kind of discovering what different parts of me were really Audrey and how to focus on those things and settle and chill out a bit and relax.
And then I think the fact that season [two] you kind of come in relaxed and you think you know that you have it all together but then it offers a whole new set of challenges and trying to balance family life and relationships and feeling at home in all of it but also still getting freaked out by it sometimes.
So I think I echo that in a lot of ways but I think we've grown together, definitely. I think there's ways I'm very much different from Audrey. I feel like I have some really great friendships and really fantastic family and you know a sense of humor and kind of can enjoy life and chill and I think Audrey can be a little bit of that but we don't see that as often.
And in a way I've had to really kind of be careful that I don't come home from portraying somebody that's kind of full of defenses and kind of bugged and frustrated and urgent and stressed out because she can't figure out what's going on. I have to really learn about coming home and sort of dropping that and being like "Okay, I'm not Audrey Parker. I am Emily Rose. Hi puppy dog, how are you? Hi husband, how are you?" It's about finding a balance between those things. But I think I've definitely grown in, not necessarily I wouldn't say confidence but just ease and comfort about the group of people and being here and being kind of away from my home for five or six months.QUESTION:
When you're doing the show, do you often get to ad lib or do you follow the script?EMILY ROSE:
I think some of the boys ad lib a bit more than I do. I do sometimes. If I ad lib I don't really realize that I'm ad libbing because I just have so many lines everyday to get out of my mouth. But I definitely look at the script and if it's not the way I think that Audrey would say it then I try to readjust some of that stuff. And there's sometimes when they say have fun with it, play with it and kind of live in the chemistry of those moments and that's a blast. But I don't do that as much as Eric does.QUESTION:
What was it like working with Adam Copeland and Jason Priestly?EMILY ROSE:
Adam, he's awesome. I didn't know what it was going to be like to have it. Everybody just kept telling us that we had a wrestler coming on the show and I sort of imagined somebody that was short and ripped and bald. I don't know why I imagined that and so when I stepped out of the van and I saw Adam I was like "What? Nice to meet you. Welcome, welcome to our show." And I just had no clue what to expect. And Adam is the most unassuming, kind hearted, warm person you could meet and on top of that, really talented in this character of Dwight that he plays.
When the writers were talking to us about a cleaner, it just made sense. It made total sense and...I don't know, it's just because of Audrey's love for troubled people but her feelings towards Dwight in terms of protecting him and wanting to help him definitely flaring up as well and really felt that for his character and so it was really great working with Adam.
And then Jason is just amazing. He's great and just really great to work with and learn from him as a director and as an actor and as somebody that has had a long successful career. Just really asking him questions and talking with him and then watching him work, and he's so open to other people's suggestions and working together and collaborating that it's really encouraging and it's great to see people that aren't defensive about their work and that just really want to make the best story. And he's just great and really talented and an honor to work with him.QUESTION:
Is there any characteristic of Audrey that is complex that you have to adjust to?EMILY ROSE:
Yes. Wow, that's a good question. To be honest with you, it sounds kind of funny but I think she thinks faster than I do. I think that I think and process and put together things but in my brain. It doesn't always come out of my mouth in the correct form as it's probably doing right now and you know they're always telling me Audrey, she thinks of this really quickly. This comes to her really quickly. She processes things really fast. It's like she's on speed.
So when I'm having a really difficult time with my lines or getting the dialogue because we move so quickly, or making sure that I understand the story and then on top of that having to say things that are supposed to lead the audience through understanding the story as well, it's been tough at times for me to adjust to her pace. But when I do, I enjoy it and I enjoy the results of it. It makes sense to me, so I don't know if that makes sense to you but it makes sense to me.QUESTION:
With the explosion of social media, how important do you think it is to interact with the online community?EMILY ROSE:
I think that having the connection with the fans, as a theater person I really enjoy but I also think that the only thing is to just put up boundaries and you don't ever do those specifically. But sometimes you have that contact. I've had people that contact me repeatedly throughout the day and I want to make sure that there's a boundary between my private life and my professional life.
And I definitely am willing to, after a show or something, I would in theater say hi to people or wish somebody a happy birthday or say, "Hey check this out," but in terms of me always being available to everyone that's where I sort of say, "You know what? That's totally fine."
I don't respond to everything all the time and just like if you read about a review, sometimes you want to get on those message boards and explain whatever. But you don't because you have to allow everybody their opinions and step away from the performance and be okay with your work and really ask what you think and what the director thinks and go on from there. And I think that some of the great actors are people that I look up to and they don't necessarily have an open dialogue all the time.
So I think it's about a balance. I think that we live in a great new era where you can contact people and I love it because I feel like I'm able to keep in touch with a lot of people that I've worked with and I also love it because I really do love meeting people and I love hearing their excited response towards the show completely. But when it moves sort of beyond on that to think that I'm able to be available all the time when I work 16 hours a day and have a family and everything, that's kind of where I have to just be like "Okay. I'm going to turn off my phone now."
But I'm really thankful for it because honestly the fact that people are affected and make fan videos and want to talk and want to - it's a huge honor. It's a huge blessing and I would never not want that blessing.
QUESION: Would like Haven
to be part of the shared Syfy universe and if you were to guest star on one of those shows, which one would you like to visit?EMILY ROSE:
I was so excited when I went to my first Syfy event and met Eddie McClintock and Matt Cullen. They came out of the woodwork to welcome me to the Syfy family and I was really amazed by that. I just thought there I'm standing just kind of nervous about being new on the show and new to this network and everything and they just came right up to me and were like, "Hi, you're Emily. You're on the new show. Congratulations. So good to have you."
So I would love to work with either one of them. I always thought that Eureka
, if that was to ever do a crossover that would be really interesting as in like neighboring towns or something weird like that. Or because there is this sort of small town mentality with the cops and that kind of deal or if they had to work together on something, I always thought that would be really interesting and funny.
So yes, that's great. But we're so thankful to be on Syfy and to have the viewership and people tuning in for our show and everything and that's fantastic. Sometimes I think because we're all the way up in Nova Scotia, Canada, we're sort of away from everything. We're kind of tucked up into this neck of the woods that we're kind of a little outside of the core shows on Syfy. So I don't ever know if that would actually happen but I think if it did, especially with Eureka
wrapping things up, that would be a really fun thing and I've got to try to think about. You know, would there be a trouble in the Warehouse or something like that. I can see the possibility. It definitely would be a lot of fun and it would just be one of those episodes where you just would be laughing I think the whole time. So that's a good, interesting question. That's funny.QUESTION:
Do you have a cherished favorite item of memorabilia or an autograph or something from Comic-Con?EMILY ROSE:
Man, I was at Comic-Con so incredibly quickly. I ended up running into one of my old friends that I had worked with and I think she was at one of the Fox tables or something like that. But I think for me just being able to be there and to be there for Uncharted
, the video game that I do, and watching all of the fans dress up as Nathan and Elena and Chloe and all that stuff was great. I didn't see any Audrey and Nathan dress ups but then again I don't know if I would be able to notice them out from a crowd, maybe I would. But to me just being able to sit at the tables and be on the panel was awesome and then I think I got a pair of flip flops from the TV Guide boat that I was forever thankful for so yes that was about it.QUESTION:
Do you hope to go back again next year, assuming Haven
comes back?EMILY ROSE:
Our big hope is that Comic-Con would have us because I guess I've heard through the grapevine that shows get invited to come there. So my huge dream for the show is that Comic-Con would have a panel and that we would be able to shut production down like Eureka
does, or had done, for a day and do a panel and get to be a part of the Syfy café stuff and just to be there, just to be asked to come to such a fun event, one of the few events where you get to connect with your fans. I've always loved Comic-Con. I've gone before Haven,
, and to me just to be able to ask to be able to go would be awesome. Yes please, please season three and please Comic-Con season three together, that would make my year complete. That'd be rad.QUESTION:
With the seven episode Twitter arc that's happening now with Vince and Dave, it's primarily just involving their two characters. Is Audrey on Twitter and might she butt into the conversation?EMILY ROSE:
I don't think that Audrey is on Twitter. I think that I absolutely love that Vince and Dave have the accounts with the newspaper. I think that's really a lot of fun and it's kind of just cool to be able to interact with a show like that. I think that that's great but I love it being Vince and Dave. I just love that our town in quirkier by the minute and this is one of the quirky things. You would think that they would be so out of date, yet they're totally up on the times and that to me is hilarious that Nathan has like 40-year-old walkie-talkies in his office but yet they're on Twitter. To me that just makes me really happy.QUESTION:
Were you a Stephen King fan before you signed on to Haven
? Have you become one since you started working in the universe?EMILY ROSE:
I definitely wasn't a fan in terms of reading all of his novels. I mean I find that the Stephen King fans, the true fans, are really amazing fans so to say that I was one would be not right. It'd be horrible but I definitely...a lot of my favorite major movies that I really enjoy, like Stand by Me is one of my all time favorite films and obviously you know The Green Mile
Kathy Bates, whenever I'd get asked in interviews what actress I would really love to be most like, Kathy Bates was one of them and I just feel like I stood back and I thought wait a second, all these films that I absolutely love, the richness in character and just the texture of them is Stephen King. And I realized that I was a fan of his storytelling and just never had really put together that all of those were Stephen King.
So no, I haven't had a chance in terms of all of the work here I've been doing to engross myself in a Stephen King reading. But maybe I'll do that in the off season, but I'm definitely a fan of who he is and his deep understanding of characters and the films that he's made. I mean I could live in Stand by Me
. It makes me so happy.QUESTION:
Is there anything coming up with Uncharted
Well, I think it's funny that I somehow always end up acting across from characters named Nathan. I mean that's a little random. It's like what's the deal with that? That's pretty funny.
I was just really excited to get to do Uncharted
this year. I know that Naughty Dog has been with me from the beginning and has really watched my work opportunities come my way in terms of television and so for them to keep Elena around despite my crazy schedule has been an awesome blessing to me. I can't thank them enough because I love the character of her so much and I'm excited. I think there might be an opportunity for us to go to I guess Jordan and do some press with Uncharted
which would absolutely amazing.
And I just know the final scenes of Uncharted
are definitely worth all of the play time and the stuff that we wrapped up before I finished my last part of Haven
. When I was back home was literally (Less Nolan) and I looking at each other like oh my gosh, are you kidding me? That's amazing. I did not see that coming. So more great cliffhangers.
Who would have thought that that would have happened at the end of Uncharted 3
and I'm very thankful for the fans over there as well. And I love the fans that have found each other through different projects like Haven
fans that are like "Oh my gosh, you're in a game!" And they go to Uncharted
or the Uncharted
fans that are like "What, she's in a show?" And it's to me the fact that the two worlds cross over is awesome and I get to carry guns in both of them and be a bad ass chick. That's pretty cool.QUESTION:
Have you all made a real conscious effort to keep the story balanced, so that fans of the troubles can enjoy while fans of the characters can also enjoy?EMILY ROSE:
I think it's neat to get asked this question because I feel like I'm able to kind of say where I'm coming from on it. It's one of those things when you get a show or you read a script, you never really know where all of the other creative entities that be want to take the show. And so I remember reading the pilot initially and not really realizing that it was going to be sort of a trouble, for lack of a better term, trouble-of-the-week sort of a deal. And so when I realized that I remembered that I was a little - I mean it might be bad for me to say this but a little disappointed that it was going to have something like that every week because I'm such a Lost
fan or fan of deep mythology or long form television which I think we're coming into with the age and era of DVR and being able to access episodes online.
That being said, there is a lot of validity in people that say you know shows like Law and Order SVU
and all these procedural sort of serialized shows have been successful and people really enjoy it because they know what to expect from the characters when they come every week and if they don't want to stick around for all of the season, they can pop in and out and still be entertained.
So from a business model, I understand it. You know the artist in me, the creative side of me, really just loves long form character development and you know the troubles actually do give our characters something to do every week by which when you get a chance for a breathing room to expand on the history of stuff and to have the subtext come out, you ache for it. You know it makes those scenes when we're looking over bodies and you know there was some cool stuff with Nathan and I this season towards the end where I was like, you know, we're able to do the subtext in the scene because we're doing something else. If the scene was just about this, it would be pretty flat.
So I think one supports the other but for us, the mythology is what gets us through and it also is what makes the trouble stuff exciting. And then what's really exciting is when we're able to intertwine those stories where the characters are affected by the trouble and so it's our effort every episode to make sure that we don't abandon one in lieu of the other and for us, we're on the same page.
We love the mythology. We love the characters and we love all of the fun that comes out but at the same time, it's really fun. Like for example, Sparks and Recreation, the trouble of the week was that everybody was enamored with Chris Brody and that allowed us to see Nathan in a really, really fun light. And so I think there is some validity and advantage to having those. It's just when one takes over the other, it gets a little tricky but I think we found that balance and in that way, it's exciting that they can both co-exist.QUESTION:
Any idea when they're going to tell you if you're going to get a third season?EMILY ROSE:
Oh man, I guess we're supposed to hear hopefully by the beginning of October. That's what I hear floating around but my hope is that they can see that our ratings are just awesome and they're steady and that's great and I think I got the technical specs from some people earlier today in terms of our lead ins were kind of dropping off, but we stayed in the same. And I know that we had some big hits like Harry Potter opening and things like that and I think it's just been really great because overall we have our live ratings completely but then we also have everybody that tunes in and watches it off of DVR because it is on a Friday night.
So I am optimistic. I feel like the fact that we're steady and they can count on us is a great thing and our stories are getting really, really good and that gives me hope for a third season and I'm excited about what we could do in a third season. So I'm really - I'm hopeful.QUESTION:
Where would you like to see Audrey go in season three?.EMILY ROSE:
That's a really good question. Yes, that's a really good question.
I think I'm always a fan of watching her get wrecked for some reason and I think that's just because it's interesting to me. I've always wondered what she would do if she couldn't help people.
What would happen to her? If this did get stripped away from her in some regard what would happen to her? Or if she was faced with a choice of helping the people that she loves versus troubles, what would happen? To me there is a lot more that could be done in terms of her searching to find out who she is.
This year has been a lot about process of elimination for her. "Well, if I'm not this then I am this," and I think I'd like to see her search some more and really kind of look and examine what that is. I know that's sort of a vague answer. I feel like she's a pretty steady rock but I really - I would like to see her really struggle and not just have that happen through one episode because there was a mishap, [but] really be on the brink and get to see what Nathan and Duke do in order to bring her back. I think that would be really interesting.
And I also personally just have a little dream of maybe exploring her in different eras or timeframes or something like that, just because I love costumes.
But I don't know. I don't know and I would love to see her on a horse. So these are some of my dreams. If you could make them happen, I would appreciate it. I think it would be great