Friday, January 4, 2013

Lost Girl - Reader's Digest Canada: Rachel Skarsten Interview

Source: Reader's Digest Canada [follow link for complete interview]


READER'S DIGEST CANADA: Rachel Skarsten: Lost Girl's Latest Supernatural Citizen

By Nathan Whitlock

It takes guts to go up against a werewolf. And if that werewolf happens to be a cop who is not above showing a little fang to get his way? No small thing. Such was Rachel Skarsten's introduction to the leather-panted, lust-fuelled, good versus evil world of Lost Girl, the fantasy series that has become a major hit for Showcase and, more recently, the U.S. network Syfy.

Called in to audition for the part of Tamsin, a new feather-ruffling character in Season 3, the 27-year-old Toronto native had to spar — verbally, at least — with Kris Holden-Ried, who plays the aforementioned lycanthrope detective Dyson. (In Lost Girl, humans share space with an unholy host of mythical creatures, most of whom look a lot like regular people — though more stylishly dressed...)


... Given the show's reputation for fearless, butt-kicking female characters, Skarsten went all in. "I came right up to Kris's face and he forgot his lines," she says. "We had to stop." She thought she'd blown her chance. Producer Jay Firestone knew she'd nailed it. It can be tough to join a popular show midstream, especially one as packed with sexy beasts as Lost Girl. But Skarsten rules the moment she appears onscreen. Tamsin is, like Dyson, a cop straddling both the human and monster worlds. Not much for manners, she doesn't walk into a room; she strides — and always with a slight, menacing smirk, as if she's just waiting for an excuse to rip out a throat or two...

The new season of Lost Girl premieres January 6 in Canada on Showcase, and on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 10/9C in the US on Syfy. CLICK HERE TO VIEW A SEASON THREE VIDEO PROMO

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