One of my favorite SyFy shows, Haven, is back on the air Friday at 10/9c. In anticipation of the new season, stars Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour did an interview. I was going to just try to sum it up but it is really just too funny to edit.
Lucas Bryant: Well, this is Lucas Bryant, I play Nathan Wuornos on the show called Haven and my – I’m such a method actor, Nathan doesn’t feel anything and so I really inhabit that role and I don’t feel anything either. And even though Eric throws monster haymakers, it really doesn’t affect me. No, that’s not true. He punches like a girl. No, that’s not true either. We had a big fight scene in the first episode and that was a lot of fun to get to do. We weren’t sure if it would be us or stunt doubles initially and it ended up that we got to do most of it and it was a lot of fun.
Eric Balfour: Yes, this – for, I guess, the record. Is this for the record, I don’t know if this is for the record but this is Eric Balfour so hopefully you can recognize my voice hence forward – forth. But anyways, I mean, my favorite part about, you know, the fight scenes is just that I get to roll around very closely next to Lucas Bryant. Yes, that’s kind of the best part for me. Any excuse I can to be squeezing, holding, grabbing, touching Lucas is great.
Lucas Bryant: It goes both – it’s mutual
Eric Balfour: But no, it was – you know, it was interesting because we actually shot the season opener of the show second in line. We actually shot the second episode of the season first and then shot the first episode second. So by the time we got to this fight scene, it was actually the last day of shooting and…it – you know, it’s always – it’s a tricky thing because you don’t want to hurt each other but, you know, you try to be careful but, yes, I mean, I think I got a bloody nose. But, poor Lucas kept getting – you kept getting thrown across the room.
Lucas Bryant: Yes.
Eric Balfour: I felt bad for him. I mean, it’s fun to watch. I laughed, I don’t want you to think I didn’t laugh.
Emily Rose: And they were allowed to have, like, bruises and like an aftermath to fights. Like, I get frequently thrown into fights and as, like, the lady in the show. Everybody’s like yes, she just got in a big fight but with not – no bruises on that face. Not cuts, nothing. You will look pristine at all times. So, I fight for black bruises and all of that stuff.
Eric Balfour: I think the coolest thing about what we’re trying to do with the, you know, Twitter stories and the online, you know, sort of interactions and storylines is really to enhance the experience of the show for everybody. It’s not necessarily, you know, something that nobody else is doing at this point. But we’re really trying to, I think, do it in the unique way that makes it exciting for the viewers and makes it exciting for the fans to feel like they get a little bit extra and a little bit more than just from watching the episodes on television. And then hopefully, also enhance the experience of watching the episodes.
Lucas Bryant: Nathan is now in a place where – in the second season we saw him sort of uncomfortably thrust into the position of police chief. And in the third season he’s kind of manned up a bit and he’s accepted his position and taken more – I think, taken more initiative. And our – Duke – and my relationship with Duke this season takes a number of turns, doesn’t it. I guess it comes – it goes – we fall in love and then we break up again. But, you know, the cool thing about – I guess it shows many sort of love stories and Nathan and Duke are sort of arch enemies or each other’s nemesis in many ways. But, what really is under that is a great affection for each other and I think both of them really care about each other and rely on each other. So when they get to occasionally team up, we have a blast doing that and we get – we did get an opportunity to do more of that in season three and I think they do – they work better together than against each other.
Eric Balfour: I like to think of Nathan and my character’s relationship as sort of like when Harry met Sally. And I think now we’re sort of in the second act of when Harry Met Sally when I think they’ve probably, you know, slept together at this point but it was a little awkward and they’re going to have to now realize how much they actually mean to each other. No, I think, you know, the show obviously has this really exciting element of the troubles and every week you have these, you know, fantastic, you know, scares and mysteries. But, at the core of this show, it really is about this love story and this triangle between these three characters and about the different relationships that Emily’s character, Audrey, has to these two men. And they sort of represent different components of her own personality, if it’s okay for me to say that. And, I think what the writers even told us at the beginning of the season and what was most exciting for me and I think is going to be incredibly exciting for the viewers who turn in this – tune in this year is that this love triangle is really going to just be like a rubber band. And it’s going to expand and contract and move and grow and cause riffs and strifes and it really is dynamic this season. And I think that’s what’s going to be ultimately I just think the most exciting part for the fans of this show because we really do get to take the audience on a ride this year with the love story that goes on between these characters. As friends, as lovers and it’s my favorite part of the show this season.
Emotion Humor or Action?
Emily Rose: It’s interesting because I, you know, it’s – I think it’s you want the mix bag, I think, because anytime I’ve been doing dramatic crying things for too long, I’m over it. And anytime I’m doing too many lighthearted, you know, not lady things I’m aching for that. So I just – my favorite scripts are the ones that have a quirkiness to them and that allow for those moments of the romance or of the real, like, hearty emotion because you do feel like you’re really tapping into something very human. But then that you’re also able to laugh about things and be quirky. That’s – to me, being able to do all of it is what I like about our show.
Eric Balfour: Yes, I mean, I think my favorite part — my favorite part is that episode that really take you out of your everyday life. I think, you know, what we’ve created here in Haven is this sort of strange macabre, like Emily just said, quirky world and it exists in its own reality in a way. And those are my favorite episodes when we really dive into that world and that reality where Haven is a town that although it’s not completely different from the world we know, it is unequivocally not the world that we know. And that’s my favorite part when we live in that reality.
Lucas Bryant: Yes. Yes, I just mostly reiterate what Emily said. I think it’s such a pleasure to have all of the above elements in our show and I think that’s what makes our show so unique that we can – you know, that – and that one minute it’s disturbing and weird and creepy and there’s, you know, in those moments sometimes there’s some strange humor and light fun. And I guess some of that is that sort of Stephen King element. You know, the mundane just turned sideways and twisted out of whack. But it’s something I think makes our show totally unique and that I’m really proud of.
The Teague Brothers
Emily Rose: Yes, the Teagues brother are a – they’re unique aren’t they, they’re fantastic. In terms of their love for Lucy and Sarah, I definitely know that Sarah part is true. I think they have history, obviously, with Lucy. But, I – in terms of seeing more of Sarah and Lucy, yes, that’s one of my absolute positive favorite things of this season. It’s very rare when you do a show and your cast as a character that you get to play other characters. And so the fact that I was given the opportunity to create two entirely different people and be allowed to take the risks and do what you need to do to do that is really exciting and was really, really neat. And I had a lot of fun playing Sarah and doing scenes and actually, you know, not just posing for photographs, but actually being her. It was really exciting and I learned a lot and it was really fun. So, I think that will be a really neat aspect of the seasons this year, at least I hope it is.