Interview with Anna Silk & Ksenia Solo from Lost Girl

Anna Silk and Ksenia Solo, stars of Syfy’s Lost Girl, recently spoke to the press about the show, about the recognition they have received after the show premiered in the U.S., and lots more. The show is just beginning to film Season 3 in Canada, so there might be slight spoilers in the answers they give.

Anna Silk stars as seductress Bo, a Succubus (a powerful female entity in folklore) who feeds off sexual energy. Raised by human parents, Bo had no reason to believe she was anything other than the girl next door – until she “drained” her first boyfriend to death. In the premiere episode, Bo discovers she is one of the Fae, creatures of legend who pass as humans while secretly feeding off them. Faced with choosing between an allegiance to the Dark or Light Fae clans, Bo takes the middle path between the human and Fae worlds while embarking on a mission to unlock the secrets of her origin.

Lost Girl co-stars Kris Holden-Ried as Dyson, a homicide detective and Bo’s love interest; Ksenia Solo as Kenzi, Bo’s confidante; Zoie Palmer as Lauren, a doctor who competes for Bo’s heart; Rick Howland as Trick, the mysterious bartender at The Dal Riata Tavern, and K.C. Collins as Hale, Dyson’s partner on the force. Notable guest stars include Emmanuelle Vaugier as “The Morrigan,” the leader of the Dark Fae.

Jump with me to read all the great questions & answers!

On their favorite part of working on the show

Anna Silk: Okay. Well, I think the favorite part for me about working on the show is just the incredible cast and crew that I get to work with. So that’s kind of a really general answer, but that’s the truth. I mean we have such a dedicated group of people that love the show and love taking an active role in making it better all the time. So that’s a really great thing to get to go to work every day.

I’ve never woken up and thought, “Oh, I don’t want to go to work.” I’ve woken up and thought I wanted to sleep another hour, but I’ve never woken up and thought I don’t want to go. And it’s really, really – that’s just really so rewarding.

Ksenia Solo: And I think for me, a huge kind of fun aspect of it is that Anna and I get to kick some serious butt and that we have so much girl power on this show that makes me just proud as a woman can be a part of something like that. Because, you really don’t see that on TV that often and in film, and really anywhere.

So I think it’s that it’s definitely very exciting.
 

On what they would like to see happen for their characters

Ksenia: Sure. heading into Season 3, I really – I don’t know. I got to say it’s fun being the human, but it would definitely be cool to – if Kenzi – maybe some kind of power? Some sort of say something. I’m a little jealous that everyone gets to you know wolf out and succubus, and do all this fun stuff sometimes. So that would be – I don’t know if that would ever happen, but it would definitely be something cool to see.

Anna: And for me, for Bo, I think that, I would love to see her start to have her power fully realized and sort of know just – I think she’s always known that she plays a key role in the fae world and that she’s got a lot of power, but it’s – particularly in the first season, she’s really discovering what that is, and it’s sort you know misplaced and misguided power.

So we’re going into Season 3 here in Canada – we’ll start shooting in the spring, and I just think that over the course of the series, her power has become more and more fully realized, and I’d love to see it go even further in Season 3. I’d love to see her really, really understand just how powerful she is.
 

On the sisters or mother/daughter relationship between their characters

Anna: Well the relationship is very new to American viewers obviously, but I mean even in the first two episodes that you guys have seen already, Bo has spent her life, on the run afraid of her power. And when she meets Kenzi, it’s the first time she’s sort of met someone who’s you know human who has seen what she can do and who doesn’t run away.

Kenzi kind of says, “Okay. I can see what you can do. Fine. Whatever. Like tell me more about it.” So there’s a great scene I love in the first episode. It was our first day of shooting actually where we sit in a diner and she asks me questions about myself and I’m sort of, revealing a little bit of information, but not too much. And I think that really set the tone for where this relationship was going to go. I mean, it was like sort of an instant sisterhood.

And as the series progresses – I don’t want to give away too much in terms of Season 1 or 2, but you know that sisterhood does grow stronger and there’s definitely a family bond between them. And, they would do anything for each other, which is really nice.

It’s nice to see two women on TV who really support each other and really, really love and care about each other.

So there’s lots of places that it does go, but it’s very fun, particularly in the first season.

Ksenia: And I think – I feel like for myself, I can only dream – and I feel like everyone in this world can only dream of having a relationship like this where they would literally die for each other without a second thought.

They are there for each other no matter what evil is, right in front of them they would do – like Anna said, they really would do anything for each other. And it’s such a beautiful, refreshing relationship.

And it just – it grows and Anna and I are very lucky that we really hit it off from the very first moment. It would really be hard to play this relationship on TV if we really didn’t truly care about each other and get along as well as we do.

So in terms of that, with someone that you have to spend so many hours a day with somebody, it’s basically like Anna and I are in a marriage because we’re just together all the time. All the time.

So, we’re lucky that, that shines through and that we have that chemistry in life and on screen. It really makes the Bo/Kenzi relationship shine that much brighter I think.

Anna: Right away sort of is this instant connection, and it does grow into a sisterly relationship. And you’re right; a motherly relationship as well. I mean, they really – they really, really, really love each other. I don’t think either of them had the kind of family that they could express that in necessarily, so it’s really nice to see these two women on TV that are able to do that.

And yes – I mean, I think they – Kenzi gets introduced to this whole fae world as well kind of at the same time that Bo does, because Bo didn’t realize she was a part of it. So they get to really learn together and grow together as a couple.

Ksenia: I think life is really all about timing, and I really think that Bo and Kenzi find each other at a time where they – when they need to. And that friendship stems from this crazy set of circumstances when they meet. Bo saves Kenzi’s life and Kenzi is forever indebted to Bo.

And, I feel like they’re both kind of these two warriors that come from two different worlds, that they come together and become this powerhouse. And you know like Kenzi says in the first episode, you know “Batman needs his Robin,” you know.

Anna: Yes. And they really complement each other too. Like in terms of what their abilities. Kenzi’s definitely more street-wise than Bo. Bo’s had to be her own brand of street-wise, but Kenzi sort of has a lot more of the know how; whereas, Bo has a lot more of the muscle, so they really do complement each other.

Ksenia: Anna’s so right. Like they learn from each other. And areas where Kenzi, doesn’t know things, Bo comes in and (unintelligible) there’s help. In areas where Bo doesn’t know things, Kenzi comes in. And so they’re always complementing each other and they’re like – I’m sorry for all the analogies, but they’re like two puzzle pieces that just fit perfectly together.
 

On when/if we’ll see and learn more of their back stories, when they were on their own

Anna: Well I think that the – as the – as Bo and Kenzi get to know each other, a lot of that stuff comes out thorough just their dialog and through what they know about each other. There’s definitely as the series progresses, particularly into Season 2, we definitely see a little bit more about each character’s history.

And there might be a little (flashbackiness), but it definitely comes out more through you know events that happen on the show that kind of – and the way that we behave because of our history. We learn more about each other, which I think is really cool because we – there’s a lot that they still don’t know about each other. They’ve had a whole life before they met each other that was – each sort of slightly jaded and a little dangerous. And so, there’s a lot of that that comes out over the course of the series.
 

On the comparisons being made between Lost Girl and shows like True Blood and Buffy

Ksenia: I think it’s a huge compliment. Those are really great shows. Buffy was around for such a long time and had such a cult following. So I think it’s just a really great compliment that our fans, are as dedicated to us and that this cult following is growing. the more episodes we do, the more our characters grow and develop. Your fans are just growing along with us.

So I only think it’s a good thing when you get comparisons like that.

Anna: Yes, definitely. I mean I think Buffy’s probably the biggest comparison we get, which is a huge compliment. And I think what’s great is that, I think that Lost Girl has such a unique voice, and yet we’re still getting comparisons that people are gravitating towards.

So I think it’s cool that there is this sort of similarity, but that we’re unique enough that people are drawn to a whole new concept.

So yes, it’s definitely flattering.
 

On their relationships with Trick

Anna: Wow. I mean, we – Bo meets Trick pretty early on in the show. I guess – I mean, I can’t remember if it’s exactly the same time as Kenzi or not, but you know Trick certainly plays a key role in our show. Played by Rick Howland. He’s fantastic. And over the course of the first two seasons, and I know going into the third, he’s definitely a key player in the fae world and in Bo and Kenzi’s world.

I think that Trick and Bo have a special bond, and I think it’s pretty evident. And, I think we see it in Episode 2 actually, which just aired in the US. So I really can’t give away anything about it. But it’s definitely a unique bond that continues to grow for Bo and Trick. And I’ll let Ksenia speak to her relationship with him.

Ksenia: I think for Kenzi as well he really is a father figure. I feel like as much he is to Bo he is to Kenzi. He is wise beyond his years and kinder I think than anybody that Bo or Kenzi you know have ever met. They come from such different lives, but their lives were both dangerous and scary, and they’re kind of these women, who are alone in the world. And Trick is really that father figure that neither of them has ever had.

And I – you know like Anna said, Rick Howland is just such a phenomenal actor, and you know we’re just – we’re lucky to have him play Trick, because I really can’t imagine anybody else in the world playing that role.

Anna: I know. And he’s such a protector and such a care giver to both of us, on set too. He’s just a really nice person.
 

Anna, on whether or not we’re ever going to see a lighter side to Bo’s personality

Anna: [She’s a] tough succubus.

We definitely a – yes. Definitely. I mean you know particularly towards the end of first season and going into second season. Bo is pretty new to this world. the fact that at the beginning of the series she finds out she’s not human. She’s a succubus. She’s part of a fae underworld. That’s a lot to take in.

So – and she’s pretty young in terms of her life experience, particularly in this world. She’s never really had a relationship before. There’s a lot of growth for Bo, and that’s one of the things that drew me to the role is that I knew that over the course of the series there would be so much room for growth, and that’s definitely something you see.

You definitely start to see Bo’s own sense of humor develop. More so in second season, but definitely over the course of the first as well because she’s getting a little bit more comfortable in that world and starting to understand her place in it. So you definitely see her start to enjoy herself a little bit more as well.

Ksenia: And for all the people that don’t have the pleasure of knowing Anna Silk, I can say that she’s actually one of the funniest people I have ever met.

Anna: Well, thank you Ksenia.

Ksenia: So that will definitely come through and people will definitely enjoy it.
 

On when they realized the show had become a hit

Anna: We knew the show was special and unique, but you never know how it’s going to resonate with an audience. And when it started to air and we started to you know be seen globally really, because of the Internet and that kind of thing, the response was huge. And there’s definitely pinch yourself moments.

I always say that the story – but I live in Los Angeles when I’m not in Toronto shooting, and I was in a café, there were celebrities there. And someone recognized me from Lost Girl. So I thought, “Wow.” Like that’s pretty amazing you know. People are watching the show and that was really, really cool for me.

Ksenia: And I think we’re only now starting to enjoy it in a way, because we really have been working for so long, you know. And we’ve been working hard. And I think – like consistently. we just wrapped and we’ve been working non-stop for the last nine months.

So I think only now, when we get this chance to just like relax and breathe are we really seeing the effects of you know Lost Girl. And feeling all the fan love. And now we can finally just pay a little more attention to it because we’re not you know on set working crazy hours every day.
 

On what’s surprised them most

Ksenia: I would have to say the fan response. I think when we shot the pilot – like Anna said, we knew we had something special on our hands. But we – just you never know. You really never know.

So, I think our fans are really the best. They’re so dedicated to the characters and committed to watching the show every week and following, Kenzi and Bo and everybody, and how we grow and the story lines. And it’s just we’re really lucky to have the fans that we have. They really love us and you know we love them in return, and it’s just – it’s really great.

Anna: Yes. And I think that the fan response would be my – what I would say too. And the more specific fan response – I mean people gravitate towards – they love the world that’s been created on Lost Girl, and the fae mythology and all of the richness of that world. But they really respond to the relationships on the show.

So when fans you know write to me or you know ask me things on Twitter or Facebook, or at fan events, they always have really specific things that they’ve geared towards and they’ve gravitated towards. they love the Bo/Kenzi relationship. They love the love triangle.

You know in particular, the Lauren/Bo relationship, and they have – they really have embraced the show and have something that they – one specific thing that they love more than anything else, and I think that’s really, really cool.

We have people lining up for Trick. We have people lining up for K.C. who plays Hale, and everyone’s got their sort of favorites. And that’s really, really nice for us.
 

On whether Kenzi gets to have her own adventures/sub-plots or even romantic relationships


 Ksenia: Oh, baby, does she ever. Yes. You definitely – we delve into you know Kenzi and where she comes from and even some of her family members. And a love interest definitely comes along and sweeps her off her feet. And that’s pretty much all I can say without giving too much away.

But yes, definitely. We see a little bit of Kenzi’s – just her family and not too much in Season 1, but more in Season 2 we really begin to explore that.
 
 
 
That’s it for this one. Check out new episodes of Lost Girl on Monday nights on Syfy at 10/9c!

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