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Haven’s Emily Rose and Colin Ferguson Talk Season Four, Part 2 [INTERVIEW] 

Photo Credit: Syfy
Photo Credit: Syfy

In part two of our interview with Emily Rose and Colin Ferguson, we talk about how the actors found their voices as William and Lexie.

“We are going to find [out] who William is and what [his relationship with Audrey] was. How much history we can’t really say, although…it’s not going to be left completely up in the air,” Ferguson says. “As the season [progresses], you find out sort of the problems and strengths of their relationship and you find out if it’s going to be an addition or subtraction to the town. So that stuff definitely plays out.”

Rose adds that it’s a little bit different to have the point of view off of Audrey. “[For] the first bit of [the season], there is a bit of a fog surrounding William. ‘Who is he? What is their connection? Why is he so familiar with her?’ All these things,” she says. “And, you know, leaving the audience wondering… puts them in Audrey’s or Lexie’s…mindset about…this person just walking into my life and shouting off all this stuff about me. [Whatever] their history is, that is the cool part, if there is any. And Colin does such a great job of keeping that veiled for a time and then giving [it up] at the end there.”

Ferguson says navigating William was a learning experience. “[The] first day is always the worst. [Prior] to coming in, you have all these ideas about what the character is and how you’re going to play it and all that stuff, but you don’t know if anyone else is going to approve or if it’s going to work,” he says. “And you don’t really know until you start bouncing off the other person and seeing if any of it lands or if, you know, the writers and the execs and the other actors had a completely different take on the scene. You’re pretty nervous playing someone new…because there’s all this concept discussion, [which] doesn’t really mean anything at the end of the day. [It] comes down to execution and what that means to everybody involved.”

Once those nerves are out of the way, he says it’s easier. “The good news about playing someone for a bunch of different years is that you learn them so well and it’s such familiar clothing to step into. The downside is that it’s hard to make it fresh,” he says. “The good side about getting someone new is that it’s completely fresh, so you’re energized right out of the gate. The scary bit is your bag of tricks is way smaller, so you’re just slowly growing it as the character grows, and that’s a fun, fun exploration. So in a sense Emily and I were doing it together, you know, in the first couple of scenes.”

He adds that it sometimes hard to hone in on any one thing based on initial conversations with the writers. “You’re told things but, you know, whether they’re true or not is the hard bit, because the writers don’t know [yet. They’re] writing episode 401 and [think] it’s going to [go a certain] direction…but until they actually write it, it could go another way” he says. “[A lot] of times, they’re watching…the chemistries [and] interaction [and changing things to suit that]. I try to prep based upon what they say, but you have to sort of keep the trap door open just in case it’s snakes right or left without you.”

Rose had to adapt to playing Lexie without much of a safety net. “It is constantly my desire to want to know and to get as much information as I can so I can make…informed choices as an actor. But in some regards [with] Audrey Parker…the not-knowing is just as relevant,” she says. “[I] do push at times when there are things that I do need the answers to…But then there are other times when I realize, [I] just need to use the mystery, use the unknowing. [No one] knows where a relationship will end up when it starts unless they’re looking back on it in some regard. So from my point of view, [I’m] constantly trying to open up whatever there is to discover and trying to find out what there is to know.” At the end of the day, Rose says she has to trust that she’s done her homework and then forget about it and do the best she can on the day.

“[Where] I landed with Lexie, is that she is…all about the exterior toughness. I definitely do think, of course there is a vulnerability to her. And in a similar way of Audrey…I’ve always imagined her being sort of more on the road, a bit more nomadic, a little bit…somebody that’s in bars all the time looking for [a] family there instead of one that they may have or don’t have,” she says. “And then there’s a really large vulnerable sort of moment that occurs with her. I do think…there’s a duality with her in that she is a little bit of a scaredy-cat that tries to be all-tough all the time. And that’s kind of interesting.”

Ferguson reveals that he did get a little bit of the tip of the hand when he signed on. “[There’s] something coming that’s pretty big that they did need to sit me down in L.A. and tell me all about before it all started. And that was true. That proved to be true. What they told me in the beginning was what they did ultimately,” he says. “So in this particular situation, it was good to sort of follow what they said and believe [them].”

When asked how old Audrey might actually be and how long William and Audrey have likely known each other, Rose liked Audrey’s age locked in at 27 but said she really didn’t know in the larger sense. Ferguson thinks William and Audrey have known each other a long, long time. He referred to an idea floated on the DVD commentary for the film Groundhog Day that suggested Bill Murray’s character had been on a loop for thousands of years. “[Go] big or go home…It’d be cool if it was thousands of years, but maybe that doesn’t feel quite right,” he says. “I’d like to think a long time in an epic sense, but I wouldn’t put a year on it.”

Here’s hoping we find out this season! Haven airs tonight on Syfy at 10/9c.

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