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Steve Lund Talks Nick’s Evolution in Bitten’s “Bad Dreams” [Exclusive] 

Photo Credit: Steve Wilkie/She-Wolf Season 2 Productions Inc.
Photo Credit: Steve Wilkie/She-Wolf Season 2 Productions Inc.

“Bad Dreams” had some off the charts gore, but what resonated for me tonight was the normalcy of Nick and Paige stealing a little post-drama time, and her forcing his hand to meet his mom, Lily. I was sure that as soon as he did, he’d gotten her killed, but thankfully, no. Instead, they have a lovely scene where she confesses that she knows who, and what he is, and that Antonio had sent her pictures every year. When we chatted with Steve Lund last month, we talked about this episode, which had special meaning for him.

Introducing Lily dovetailed off of last season’s deathbed reveal when Nick’s father, Antonio, gave Nick her name. Lund says Antonio’s death was still lingering when season two began. “Nick hasn’t really ever gotten the opportunity to mourn his father’s death. It’s been very hard for him to digest what happened,” he says. “What you see immediately [in the beginning of season two] is quite a bit of the [usual] Nick stuff.”

“His whole world gets rocked pretty quickly by the presence of the witches. He’s sort of thrown on his ass and doesn’t know how to deal with them. [This season], he really comes into his own as a man, and has a lot of growth and maturation, and that was a lot of fun to play.”

Lund says he knew going into this season that we’d meet Lily. “They were really great about giving me information beforehand,” he explains. “I had an idea that they were potentially going to explore Nick’s mother with what Antonio said last season. I was hoping for the opportunity and they gave it to me.”

Photo Credit: Steve WilkieShe-Wolf Season 2 Productions Inc.
Photo Credit: Steve WilkieShe-Wolf Season 2 Productions Inc.

“That was real juicy treat for me. I couldn’t ask for a more wonderful script and character. It came together in a beautiful way and felt like it was meant to be. From the moment I meant Shauna [MacDonald of Hemlock Grove], I could tell this was a woman that I was really going to admire and I would be able to summon all those emotions.”

He adds that the episode allowed him to tap new depths as an actor. “[‘Bad Dreams’] was a big one for me. I hadn’t had challenges like that yet [so] that was a highlight for me,” he explains. “It was directed by a good friend of mine [Bitten producer J.B. Sugar]. We were able to talk very openly about the scenes and make sure they were landing where they needed to be, That was the biggest challenge [for me] this season. It’s the first time I could say I was genuinely proud of the work I did. That was a big hurdle for me.”

Bitten airs Fridays at 11/10c on Friday. If you missed “Bad Dreams,” it will repeat overnight at 2:30 am/1:30 c and be online at starting tomorrow.

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