TV Goodness Chats with Havenâ€™s Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, and Eric Balfour [Part 2]
NOTE: General season three discussion follows. No specific major plot points are revealed.
Continuing our chat with the three leads of Haven, we turn to a discussion of the showâ€™s many emotional threads. Since it runs the gamut from happy to sad to scary as hell, we asked the trio if they have a favorite one to play. They all agreed they like to mix it up.
Emily Rose says that for her itâ€™s a matter of getting bored with playing one thing for too long. â€œAnytime Iâ€™ve been doing dramatic crying things for too long, Iâ€™m over it. And anytime Iâ€™m doing too many lighthearted, you know, not lady things, Iâ€™m aching for that,â€ she says. â€œMy favorite scripts are the ones that have a quirkiness to them and that allow for those moments of the romance orâ€¦real, hearty emotion because you do feel like youâ€™re really tapping into something very human. But then [I like] that youâ€™re also able to laugh about things and be quirky. [Being] able to do all of it is what I like about our show.â€
Bryant agrees with Rose. â€œI think itâ€™s such a pleasure to have all of [these] elements in our show and I think thatâ€™s what makes our show so unique,â€ he says. â€œ[One] minute, itâ€™s disturbing and weird and creepy andâ€¦in those moments sometimes thereâ€™s some strange humor and light fun. And I guess some of that is that sort of Stephen King element. You know, the mundane just turned sideways and twisted out of whack. But itâ€™s something I think makes our show totally unique and that Iâ€™m really proud of.â€
Balfourâ€˜s favorites are the episodes that suspend reality and take you out of your everyday life. â€œWeâ€™ve created [this] sort of strange macabre, like Emily just said, quirky world and it exists in its own reality in a way. [I love] when we really dive into that world and that reality where Haven is a town that although itâ€™s not completely different from the world we know, it is unequivocally not the world that we know,â€ he says. â€œAnd thatâ€™s my favorite partâ€”when we live in that reality.â€
The closing episodes of the second season opened several threads into our charactersâ€™ backstories, and the actors say that they made those discoveries when we did. Nobody had a character bible.
Bryant joked that bibles werenâ€™t allowed. â€œ[Not] like that. Bibles are welcome but show bibles for this show, I donâ€™t think they exist, and if they do, they donâ€™t tell us,â€ he says. â€œI know that the writers [have] plans about where theyâ€™re going and where weâ€™re going and where weâ€™ve come from and what weâ€™ll learn as we move forward [but we donâ€™t know about them]. Bryant points out that he asked and they said no, even we he said â€œplease.â€ â€œAnd then I realized that I liked that situation because I am, you know, as clueless as my character, just discovering whatâ€™s going on as he does. So thatâ€™s all I get.â€
Rose says her creation of Audrey was new territory for her as an actress. â€œIâ€™ve never in my life ever played a character where I didnâ€™t know the backstory on herâ€¦I [had] very, very basic things and then at the end of season one, I was told all of those things werenâ€™t real,â€ she says. â€œItâ€™s mainly just been a discovery of who she is and just living in the unknown and discovering that on a daily basis.â€
Balfour kids that he was told me everything he needed to know. â€œThey said Duke lives on a boat and that was all I needed,â€ he says. â€œAnd Iâ€™ve been pretty much going off that for three years now and itâ€™s worked outâ€¦pretty well in my opinion.â€
The trio are delighted by the guest stars coming onboard now. â€œItâ€™s always neat when you kind of develop this little community of things that youâ€™re used to sort of seeing Haven react [to]. And when new people come in, it kind of mixes it up for a little bit,â€ says Rose. Balfour is glad as well. â€œI think youâ€™re seeing [that] the level of kind of excellence on the show has been raised and the barâ€™s been raised. [Weâ€™re] starting to become a show where actors like Iain Glen come on and that whole pedigree that he brings to the show.â€
He and Bryant agree itâ€™s a testament to the show. â€œWe are now at a point where people respect the show and thereâ€™s a following,â€ says Balfour. â€œAnd now actors of that caliber are saying yes, I want to come do a guest spot on this show and Iâ€™ll be a part of this and Iâ€™ll put my name on that and that says a lot.â€
Rose has found that when guest star arrive, they talk about how fantastic the writing is and how likable the characters are. Nolan North and Claudia Black, Roseâ€™s costars in the video game, Uncharted, are set to guest this season. â€œI think a lot of fans will actually really love to see that and the fact that our producers made that happenâ€¦is really, really cool,â€ she says. â€œSo, there are some things that [will] draw new people to the show and I think people will really want to see. Itâ€™s exciting to live in a world where thatâ€™s a possibility.â€
Haven shoots in the picturesque Halifax, Nova Scotia, worlds away from Los Angeles or even Vancouver and Toronto, and the cast loves the location. Rose says itâ€™s all about the people they work and live with and the community that theyâ€™ve made. â€œYou know, this summer has been the most fun weâ€™ve had in the three years weâ€™ve been here,â€ says Balfour.
â€œPart of that was becauseâ€¦we were blessed with amazing weather this year and we all had funâ€¦I canâ€™t think of a weekend this season where we werenâ€™t out either at the beach teaching Emily how to surfâ€¦ looking for waves on our friendâ€™s boat on some islandâ€¦or going tidal board rafting or mud sliding [with Lucas] orâ€¦â€ â€œGoing to peopleâ€™s weddings,â€ Rose finishes for him. She goes on that they know more people now and feel like part of the Halifax family.
Balfour also fondly recalls a night that Rose and Bryant and one of their camera guys seized an open mic at a local bar. â€œItâ€™s really going to be hard in some ways to go home this time because it was a really phenomenal summer this time.â€ Rose says it was their summer camp. â€œ[We] worked really hardâ€¦ then on the side we have all these fun activities and routines that we create,â€ she says. â€œItâ€™s a blessing andâ€¦ itâ€™s great so weâ€™re thankful.â€
Haven wrapped production the day we chatted with them, but the cast is still hard at work promoting the new season. The season premiere airs tonight on Syfy at 10pm/9c and repeats at midnight.
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