For a "Lost Girl," Anna Silk seems quite content.
The 38-year-old actress can be seen Sundays on Showcase in the just-launched third season of "Lost Girl." The supernatural crime drama also returns Jan. 16 on U.S. cable’s SyFy channel.
"It's so rare," she says of finding a steady job in Canadian television. "I still have this built-in actor reflex of, ‘Oh, I have to look for another job.' The idea that I might be able to take some time off is so foreign to me."
Silk was winding down work on the third season when interviewed on the set of the series, which shoots in a converted factory in Toronto's west end.
Dressed elegantly in a black evening dress, she seems far more friendly and relaxed than her character Bo, a succubus police officer who feeds off the sexual energy of mere mortals. Kris Holden-Ried (wolf-shifter detective Dyson), Ksenia Solo (Bo's punky human "sidekick" Kenzie), Rick Howland (powerful pub bartender Trick), Zoie Palmer (smitten scientist Lauren) and KC Collins (Fae undercover agent Hale) also star in the series.
Silk had just enjoyed a two-week hiatus where she was finally able to get away and travel with husband/actor Seth Cooperman. The two crept off to Texas, not exactly the heart of "Lost Girl" country — they thought.
"One morning my husband was in a diner for breakfast and I was in the gym," says Silk. The waiter struck up a conversation with Cooperman and turned out to be a big "Lost Girl" fan. "He said he was more excited to meet my husband than the time Jerry Lewis came into the restaurant," says Silk.
The Fredericton native is getting used to all the attention. "Lost Girl" is a hit in the States and has drawn large crowds at the last two Comic-Con gatherings in California as well as at last summer's Fan Expo in Toronto. Variety's Brian Lowry found that the series had "wit, style and an enticing lead in the leather-clad Anna Silk."
The series now airs all over the world. Silk was in her trailer answering fan mail from Russia and Sweden before this interview.
"In Latin countries we're dubbed," she says, admitting she watched a Spanish-language version of the series on YouTube. "I sound so much more mature in Spanish," she jokes.
"Lost Girl" consistently ranks among Showcase's top series. While the appeal to the usual fan-boy base is obvious, Silk says she's surprised by the number of people who tell her they watch the sometimes steamy fantasy-drama with family members.
"A lot of couples watch it," she says. "I hear people telling me they watch it with the grandfather, or they watch it with their kids. I say to them: 'How old are your kids?'"
Silk and Cooperman may one day watch with their own new family member. The couple announced this month that they are expecting a baby boy in early May.
There's a new addition on the set of "Lost Girl," too: Rachel Skarsten ("The L.A. Complex"). The 27-year-old Toronto native plays a shape-shifting cop character who is right at home in this weird mix of humans and supernatural beings.
"She's an equal to Bo in terms of her 'Fae-ness' and her abilities," says Silk. "She's so nice on the set — sometimes it's hard to remember we’re not supposed to be so buddy-buddy."
Speaking of kick-ass female characters, towards the end of the season, original "Terminator" star Linda Hamilton guests as a Bo-wrangling bounty hunter.
Hamilton headed north to Toronto to shoot her scenes at the suggestion of director Gail Harvey. The two have worked several projects in the past.
"What Gail wants, Gail gets," says Hamilton, who has turned down conventional television parts in the past, often opting for dark and edgy.
"I'm drawn to characters a little outside the box," she says. "I don't think I’d be happy standing in a suit delivering forensic facts."
Bill Brioux is a freelance TV columnist based in Brampton, Ont.
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