Haven is a one-hour supernatural drama
on Syfy starring Emily Rose, Eric Balfour and
Lucas Bryant. The show is in its second season and
currently airs Friday nights at 10/9 C. Haven is based on
the Stephen King novel, The Colorado Kid.
Emily Rose plays Audrey Parker, a shrewd and confident FBI
agent with a lost past who arrives in the small town of Haven,
Maine to solve the murder of a local ex-con. Before long,
her natural curiosity lands her in the epicenter of activity
in this curious enclave, which turns out to be a longtime
refuge for people that are afflicted with a remarkable range
of supernatural abilities.
PCM participated in a conference call with the blonde detective
to learn more about Audrey and the hot new season!
Question: So, as far as season finales and cliffhangers
go that was a pretty bang up one that your show offered us
last season. Tell us a little bit about your reaction to when
you got that script and how you think it played off for the
Emily Rose: 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.
Question: What keeps challenging you about the role
Emily Rose: 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.
Question: Why do you think people continue to tune
in and watch Haven?
Emily Rose: 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?
I think all of those things wrapped up into a quirky talent
is kind of neat to shake that eight ball every week and see
what pops up.
Question: Obviously when we’re talking about
Stephen King, I don’t know too many actors or actresses who
would turn that opportunity, but also you know I don’t know
if you were a fan of Sci-Fi growing up or not, but it feels
like the quality of Sci-Fi is so much better these days. How
much did each of those things sort of weight into your decision
to do this series?
Emily Rose: Well the next step for me personally,
in terms of acting, was to lead a show and I really enjoyed
the script and the story. Now, the fact that it was a Stephen
King was just like an added endorsement. It kind of felt like
it would get a little bit more weight and attention from the
My parents are huge Sci-Fi people and I always say that
like from a young age they kind of sat me down and was like,
“Let us introduce to you what is Star Wars,” And I come back
from Disneyland not with like little princesses and things,
I came back with Ewoks and going on the Star Wars ride like
multiple times, and to me that was what was exciting.
So, I think I just really enjoyed obviously the kind of
fantasy side of it, but all this kind of weird stuff that
happened to Audrey in the Town. But for me I think what makes
Sci-Fi exciting is when it is relatable and when there is
like a reality that is sort of based in that you kind of can’t
deny. And I think this town and where we shoot and the stories
that Stephen King, how he writes the characters, they offer
So, I really related with the humanity and the groundedness
of these characters, and then throwing them into that crazy
world, to me is a lot more relatable than some of the more
like (spacey) genres or things like that.
Question: Can you talk about what it like to work with
Jason Priestley this season and what he brings to the (show)?
Emily Rose: It was awesome. He’s such a great guy.
You hear like about this Canadian icon, you hear you know
Jason Priestley and plus, you know, 90210. And I’d worked
with Luke Perry in the past as well, so I kind of had a little
bit of just going, “Oh, I’ve kind of worked with one of your
But, 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.
Question: Can you talk about how the new character
of (Evie) is going to affect their relationship between her
Emily Rose: I think Audrey kind of reacts in the way
that a lot of us girls that have good guy friends react. I
think we kind of act that we’re totally fine with it, but
we kind of secretly wish that we still had their attention
and I think that she’s kind of struck by the fact that this
girl is in his life. And I think she just ends up falling
back in to what she normally does when she’s a little curious
is I think she just observes. I think she’s an observer.
And so, you kind of will see Audrey sort of watch that,
but the story that kind of happens and exists between (Evie)
and Duke is really great, and I think (Vanessa) does a great
job. She was a great asset for our show this year.