Emily Rose Talks About the Return of 'Haven'
Emily Rose Talks About the Return of 'Haven'
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
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Haven, Syfy's quirky mystery series about a town full of supernatural troubles, begins its second season on Friday, July 15. Actress Emily Rose, who stars as Audrey Parker, spoke with reporters about her character, the season-1 cliffhanger and where Haven will go in season 2.

On the biggest surprises in season 1:
Well, I think it happened to in a row. I feel like we found out that Audrey could be Lucy really, that that was maybe her in the picture. That was the first head-turning moment, and that came at the tail end of Episode 12. And then, to then discover, I mean it's like she got slapped once and then to slap her on the other side and tell her that she's probably not even an FBI Agent that she may be impersonating an Agent was a pretty big deal. And then, that was also, you know, with the Chief exploding, I think that - those were three pretty big sucker punches all right in a row.

On where season 2 will begin:
We're going to come right back into where we left off... And it's going to kind of explore the first few episodes kind of Audrey's personally exploring what this means if she's not who she thought she was. And then, we're also going to go head long into looking into each of the troubles of the week and more into the Town of Haven and where this all comes from.

On season 2 of Haven:
It's a bit more action packed and I think we go darker this year than we did last year, which I think a lot of people will enjoy. So, I think those are all the new things kind of coming into this next season is - I mean, the stuff between Audrey and you-know-who we refer to as Fraudrey or not-Fraudrey, is kind of interesting and tricky.

I can't speak to the last half of the season because we haven't shot it yet, but I have faith that they know what they're doing.

On her reaction to the season-1 cliffhanger revelation that Audrey may not be Audrey:
I remember I did what I did with the (script) when I first read it, I threw it across the room and I was like, "Oh, no. Oh, no. What does this mean?" And I called my writer up right away and we were talking and I just was really confused because I thought I was this FBI Agent and I went through a lot of the emotions that Audrey went through when she discovered that she may not be who she thought she is the whole entire season.

So, I had a pretty strong reaction, but then I was just really thankful that they did not tell me until later because it kind of allowed me to really have that experience.

On playing a character with no background:
As an actor you are kind of given this past and its history that you understand. And I think something I learned in school, in theater school was I was hearing all the time and my teacher was like, "You may not get it now, but later you'll understand is just trusting that you're enough. Trusting that what you bring to the character is enough."

And I think in the situation with Audrey where there are so many unknowns where I don't know, it's like they pulled the rug out from underneath me. Like they pulled it out initially when I didn't have any like sort of family or background or all I knew was just like that I was in a foster home and that I was this really good agent. I mean, those are kind of the basics and everything that you can kind of put on ornaments - the Christmas tree of that character on with it, you know?

But, the next thing was when this rug got pulled out from under me that I might not be actually Audrey, I just had to trust that those feelings I was feeling about sort of maybe - like maybe this new like guest star was going to come in and maybe she's the real Audrey and maybe I haven't been playing that the whole time, or all these feelings of what I thought, like were those really mine and was I really allowed to own that? Was somebody else going to get to be that FBI Agent, and what does that mean for me? I just had to trust that, you know?

So, it was a really interesting acting exercise to just kind of what I was feeling, in terms of the anxiousness and the nervousness of not knowing what to do or what to do next. I just had to trust that Audrey was most likely feeling those same exact feelings, so I needed to do was to fall into my work and to fall into the text and try to tell the story well.

And I think that that's what all that my Audrey knows to do is that she doesn't know her past but she does know the present and Nathan sort of gives her that faith there on the beach in the opening season scenes of this next season and just believing in her and giving her the strength to say, "We do this well. You help people well."

On what challenges her in playing Audrey:
I think just her mystery of herself and where she comes from. I constantly am challenged by her toughness and how she would handle trying to walk that fine line between trying to be a nurturer and helping people that are troubled, with also the tough skin and the defensiveness that she had to build up individually in order to last all these years without a family or a home or without knowing anything about her background. That's a constant challenge for me.

On what she likes about playing Audrey:
I love the relationship she has with Nathan, I love the relationship she has with Duke and this town and with Vince and Dave, the reporters. And I just think that it's so neat that she's so treasured by everybody, and I just feel honored to play her in that way. And I also love that she blurts things out and she's quirky and awkward. That endears me to her so much.

On playing Audrey as a tough character:
I do have those kind of tough qualities and I kind of resist at times being the girly girl. I don't know why, I think it's -- I think there's a feeling of wanting people to take me a little bit serious -- take me seriously, but I do see that in Audrey. So, I was always pushing them and pushing the show and asking for as much gun play and badassness as possible, and so it's fun when I get to do that stuff, yeah.

On the draw of Haven for audiences:
I think because they really like the central characters and they really like the quirkiness, and hopefully the humanity that is displayed through their - kind of their plight with being in this town. And I think it's also, obviously there's the week-to-week being able to see what kind of trouble they're going to face next, but I honestly think it's the relationship between these three central characters and just kind of the complexity by which their relationships exist.

Duke and Nathan are at odds with each other, yet would die for each other in a heartbeat, so what is that about? And Audrey and Nathan like work so well together and, you know, are there anymore - is there anything more between them? We don't know. We kind of keep watching to see. And then, Audrey and Duke, you know, just kind of brings out a different side of her. And then also, is she even who she is?

On working with Jason Priestley:
He's just so down to earth and just fantastic and really giving and really collaborative. And not only is he a great actor to work alongside, he's a really great director and I go to work with him in that capacity as well. He directed one of our episodes this season, and so it was just great. There was no like pretense and there was no -- he's just so down to earth that it was fun to work alongside of him and it gave a new dynamic between Nathan and Audrey and Duke and Audrey, and it's just interesting to play with that.

On comparisons between Haven and Lost:
I think there's definitely a deep mythology. I think the thing that resonates with me, in terms of the troubles in this town is just the fact that it could be generational and that it goes way back. And to me that - whatever it is, the town just doesn't want to deal with it and it's about dealing with what's there in their history and the fabric of Haven. But, who knows, man?

Season 2 of Haven will premiere on Friday, July 15 at 10pm on Syfy.

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