Quotes relating to mentions of Emily and or the relationship between Nathan and Audrey
“I read the pilot script for Haven, thought it was great and began going through the audition rounds for Nathan,” recalls Bryant. “That was all going well, and then I found out that Emily Rose was involved with the series. The two of us worked together last year and I like her a lot, so I decided to use her as a pawn in my power play to get the role of Nathan,” jokes the actor. “I went into one of the auditions when Emily was there reading with the actors who were auditioning and [jokingly] said to the producers, ‘Now, you’ve gone and hired Emily Rose for this job. I’m not sure if you know this, but she is a bit of a nightmare, a very powerful nightmare.’
“I went on to explain that Emily was like uranium, quite powerful yet volatile and highly unpredictable uranium. However, if they could harness that uranium properly, it becomes quite a lovely ‘tool’ that they could do all sorts of things with. So I said to them, ‘Let me be your thermal sleeve for the uranium that is Emily Rose and we will make this thing happen.’ Well, they seemed to believe me, so here I am, but that wasn’t the end of it. That got me through the final round of auditions, but then there was the network test with all the execs, including the people from Syfy. For that one, I brought in some coffee crisp chocolate bars, which in Canada are like gold. I think they thought that was a bit weird,” he says with a chuckle, “but it wound up working for me because they tasted the chocolate and were sold.”
“With Audrey and Nathan it’s been sort of this slow burn of them getting to trust each other,” explains Bryant. “She kind of bulldozers her way into my character’s world, and I think he’s a little shocked, but also fascinated by that. As much as it’s a bit irritating to him, he also finds it pretty charming, and as you’ll see in the episodes coming up, especially number eight [Ain’t No Sunshine], Audrey really starts to grow on Nathan. She helps him change and become a better or fuller person.
“I think we’re the next beautiful classic couple.”
As far as my character goes, Nathan’s inability to feel pain is intrinsically linked to his personality. Thinking he’s a freak or weirdo has further alienated him from the people around him and pushed him back into his shell. That’s why Audrey is so necessary for him. Her attitude has forced him out of that shell and allows Nathan to let some of his guard down and his weird sense of humour out. He has been pretty shut down for a while now, but Audrey forces him to look at his “affliction” and himself in new ways.
SCIFI VISION: How are you feeling about how Audrey and Nathan’s relationship is changing?
LUCAS BRYANT: Yes, well it’s been a long time coming, huh?
And yes it is exciting. I think a lot of fans got what they wanted this past episode – I mean a taste of it anyway. And then maybe some were horrified, but I hope there’s not too many of those. But yes I’m sorry to say I don’t see it progressing as easily as one might hope and realize. I mean there’s definitely going to be some roadblocks and speed bumps, I can’t and won’t tell you exactly what they are, and I don’t know the half of them. But yes I think that puts us on a trajectory that has potential to be lovely, but will probably inevitably be very difficult and potentially dangerous.
QUESTION: Your work in last week’s episode, when you’re at the meeting after Audrey kissed, you’re absolute perfection.
LUCAS BRYANT: Oh, thank you. Yes that was a big moment, we really were concerned about getting it right. And I think it landed well, so I’m very happy about that.
QUESTION: How does the dynamic between Audrey and Chris impact the way Nathan feels about her?
LUCAS BRYANT: Oh, yes well I suppose, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, Nathan is never too sure of himself. And so I guess that was just an example of what can happen when you wait. So I think things that have taken place over the last couple of episodes, have forced him to be a bit more forthcoming about where he stands and forced him to address how he feels about her. And I think that’s a good place for him to be because he’s a pleasure to play.
He’s wrestling with asserting himself, and being forthcoming, and the general effect that she’s had on him which is to push him to man up and so it’s really fun to be a sort of long uncomfortable guy, trying to step up.
QUESTION: What do you think intimidates Nathan or scares him about pursuing a relationship with Audrey?
LUCAS BRYANT: Well, I guess first of all he is intimidated and/or scared by her period, because he is just that way. Not so comfortable letting it all hang out, and also because I think he has a great friendship with her and mutual trust that the last thing he wants to do is screw that up. Not that that has to inevitably be the way it works out, but I think as with any good relationship, there’s a lot of trepidation that comes with taking it any further.