Emily Rose was pointing a gun at a mirror as the first season of Haven ended.
Well, not literally. But Rose’s character, Audrey Parker, was staring at a new character who had just shown up, claiming to be Audrey Parker.
“We call her Fraudrey,” Rose said with a laugh. “But we don’t know if she’s really Fraudrey.”
Truth is a relative thing in Haven, the attractively creepy Canadian-American co-production that returns for its second season Monday, July 18 on Showcase. Haven also airs on Syfy in the United States.
Certainly, given that the first episode of the second season is titled A Tale of Two Audreys, the double-identity angle is explored right away.
“Even though it’s a brief arc, it’s a really neat journey they go down together,” Rose said of the dual Audreys, the second of whom is played by Kathleen Munroe.
“They do wrestle with figuring each other out, and becoming close, but then, what does that mean? Is this my place or is this your place? It’s so fantastic and so exciting what happens next.”
Haven, which is filmed in Nova Scotia and set in Maine, is a supernatural drama loosely based on the Stephen King novel The Colorado Kid. Besides Rose, Haven stars Lucas Bryant as Nathan and Eric Balfour as Duke.
The small coastal town of Haven, Maine, is populated with people suffering from “the troubles” — aka destructive powers, however inadvertent — and it’s not the first time this bizarre type of plague has occurred.
Rose’s Audrey was an FBI agent when she found herself in Haven on what she thought was a routine case at the beginning of season one. However, she soon deduced she has a mysterious connection to the town, and it’s no accident that she’s there.
As season two begins, though, in some ways Audrey is more confused than ever. Who, she asks, is this new Audrey Parker who is disconcertingly convincing, seems to have proper I.D., and even might share some dark memories?
“This was interesting from an acting perspective, because I was working across from a different person, but it was like an earlier version of my character,” Rose said. “It’s a great on-screen juxtaposition of where Audrey has been and where she is going.
“Kathleen is just fantastic, and working with her is so fun. It’s like being back in (acting) class again, because I get to work on really great scenes and really munch on the question of, ‘What would it be like?’
“It was cool to be looking down the barrel of this journey that you’ve already taken, but then having to figure out what makes my Audrey different.”
By the way, full credit to Haven’s producers for casting an alternative Audrey who physically doesn’t resemble the incumbent one at all. It actually is spookier that way.
“Totally, totally,” Rose agreed. “It helps our characters believe even more firmly that this can’t be possible.”
Is anything possible in Haven?
Stay tuned to find out which Audrey is the Fraudrey.
Syfy will premiere the season opener of “Haven” this Friday and there are a lot of fans who are having a hard time waiting to find out who Audrey really is. Emily Rose wants to know too.
Rose puts some of herself into her character on “Haven,” but it would be unfair to claim she and Audrey are the same person.
As a girl growing up, Rose could often be found hanging out around horses and horse barns. She learned how to shoot and about gun safety from her father and that makes her comfortable in a role where her character carries a gun. She likes the action scenes and is looking forward to more of them in the new season.
Audrey’s quirkiness and humor are a couple of things that particularly appealed to Rose when she first read the role. The stubbornness of the character spoke to her as well. She confesses to being a bit on the stubborn side too.
The softer side of Audrey, the one that often helps others while neglecting herself, occasionally frustrates Rose, but she does like the nurturing nature that Audrey has despite a less than idyllic childhood.
Landing the role of Audrey fulfilled one of Rose’s main acting goals. Playing the lead part in a series is big, and it may be the stepping stone to acting in a feature film. That’s where Rose would like to go while on hiatus and after many seasons of “Haven.” The idea of a project that is finite and has an end that she knows all along is appealing.
During college and postgraduate work, Rose acted in live stage productions and had the opportunity to mentor children. She’d love to get back to both of those in the future.
Those who play video games may know Rose from her role in “Uncharted.” She not only gives a voice to Elena Fisher but provides the body movements as well. The characters are created using motion capture. The only thing that differs about acting in the game is that the actors wear motion caption suits instead of costumes.
There are rumors of a movie based on the game and Rose says she dreams of playing Elena Fisher on the big screen.
The location where “Haven” is filmed (and it is actually on film rather than digital video to give it that special look that only film gives) takes Rose far from her Los Angeles home, but she’s come to feel fond of it. The small town of Chester in Nova Scotia was chosen over Vancouver — a common filming site for Syfy series — because it gives the feel of a New England town that just can’t be duplicated. The town is a character and Chester provides the mysterious feel needed for “Haven.”
The people of the town have taken the cast and crew to heart and even celebrate with a “Haven” night at the local pub when the show is airing.
When not working on a paying project, Rose continues to ply her craft. She gives the advice to actors that she was given in school: Keep working on your instrument. Even if you are only presenting plays in your living room for your friends, keep on working. Don’t wait for an audition to work on your skills.
Right now, Rose doesn’t need to present living room plays; she’s busy filming the episodes for this year’s “Haven.”
Although Rose knows a little more than “Haven’s” audience, she doesn’t have all the answers. Last year’s cliffhanger had her wondering who Audrey was right along with the rest of us. The mystery is intriguing, but also challenging for an actor. She has to hope that the way she plays the character fits what will be coming in the future. The words of a favorite acting coach help Rose when she questions herself. He told his students not to doubt their ability to portray a character — they are good enough.
Fans love “Haven” and Audrey. I don’t think anyone doubts that Rose is good enough.
Haven airs Friday nights at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy.
So far two episode stills sets have been released for Haven new season titled “Fear and Loathing” which is for the second episode and “Love Machine” for the 3rd episode. Both sets are in the gallery thanks to spoiler tv for the post.
Emily Rose is satisfied that Stephen King is satisfied with “Haven,” even if she hasn’t heard it from him directly.
The second season of the Syfy series based on iconic novelist King’s story “The Colorado Kid” begins Friday, July 15. It has some big questions to resolve, none bigger than whether FBI agent Audrey Parker (Rose) is who she says she is — since the first season ended with another Audrey Parker arriving in the deceptively tranquil Maine town of Haven, claiming she was the “real” one.
“We haven’t really heard back from him as of late,” Rose tells Zap2it about King, “but it’s exciting to me that he’s got to be watching our work. We’ve been told that things get run by him, in terms of his signing off on stuff because his name is on it. Last season, the note from him was, ‘As creepy as you want to make it, keep going in that direction.’ If anything, I take that as a sign of approval, which I’m definitely content with.”
Even without much direct feedback from King, his admirers aren’t shy about letting the makers of television and movie adaptations know how they feel. “It’s one of those things where everybody has their own take,” Rose reasons. “We have two types of fans: the ones who are just so happy that there’s something of Stephen King’s with his tonality, and the diehards who are defenders of the truth of his work.
“Either way, it’s an honor that people are paying attention and watching. We definitely do not take it lightly that we are portraying his genre, but we also try to make it our own, because we have to take ownership of what we do.”
Previously seen on “Brothers & Sisters” and “John From Cincinnati,” the Los Angeles-based Rose makes “Haven” in Nova Scotia, an environment she’s gotten used to … as best she can, anyway, especially when it turns really cold.
Season 1 of “Haven” is slated for DVD and Blu-ray release Tuesday, June 14. Rose says that for the eventual Season 2 set, “In the special features, I’d like to include a game called, ‘Let’s Name How Many Hot Packs Emily Has Under Her Wardrobe for the Day.’ The first half of the season, if you see any added padding around my jacket, it’s probably because I have a hot pack at the base of my neck, one at the base of my back, two on the front side of me and two in my pockets.
“It’s one thing to shoot and be able to be all bundled up, but it’s another to be in that weather and look like you’re not really layered up. I will say that we couldn’t shoot this anywhere else, though. The weather adds to the gritty quality, coupled with the fact that we’re one of the last shows in North America actually being filmed on film. You get that depth and that richness and variety of color, which you don’t get by going digital. You’re able to see all the way out to sea.”
The cast is heading over to Halifax to start on season 2 of Haven. Emily tweeted that shes on her way and taking the red eye and Eric said he’s heading there. Lucas doenst have a twitter so its hard to say if he’s already there or also heading to Halifax. Jom and Sam seem to be heading there too to prep so everyone should be appearing soon.
Updated the gallery with tons of interviews that the cast had done during their Euro tour from a while back. More will be added soon.
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