Emily Rose Talks HAVEN, a Darker and More Ambitious Season 3, and Her Hopes for an UNCHARTED Movie

     September 21, 2012

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The scary mysteries and odd eccentricities of a very unique coastal Maine town will continue to unfold in Season 3 of the Syfy drama series Haven, based on the novella The Colorado Kid from renowned author Stephen King. Picking up immediately following the events of the gripping Season 2 finale, with Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) having been kidnapped, longtime adversaries Nathan (Lucas Bryant) and Duke (Eric Balfour) must put aside their differences, long enough to find and save her. Although this season will continue to explore the lives of the residents of Haven and their “troubles,” which include a variety of supernatural afflictions, it will also start to delve deeper into the mythology behind the bigger questions of, who is Audrey Parker, why does she return to Haven every 27 years with a new identity, and what is her connection to this special town?

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Emily Rose talked about how Season 3 will be a lot darker and more ambitious, the long-term story that will deal with Audrey’s mystery abductor, how this season will be a real reward for the fans who have been watching since the beginning, how much fun it was to get to further explore the mystery of The Colorado Kid, how blessed she feels to be able to take such a journey with her character, whether or not she thinks Audrey and Nathan will ever be on the same page, and their great line-up of guest stars. She also talked about how her dream roles include doing a Western, as well as a movie version of the Uncharted video game series, for which she voices the character Elena Fisher. Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Collider: Without giving anything away, what can you say to tease Season 3 for fans of the show?

emily rose havenEMILY ROSE: I think the exciting thing about this year is that we’re moving to the Fall, and with that comes great responsibility. We feel like we get to be a lot darker this year. We feel like our fans enjoy the characters, and we can trust them and they can trust us enough to go there. And then, the shows actually get a lot bigger and more ambitious, but within all that action – and I’m not just saying this ‘cause I’m a huge champion of it – are the characters’ stories and the relationships. That’s what I’m always drawn to. Being a girl, I like the emotional stuff. But, we’re able to do both of those things. We’re able to do all of that relational stuff, as well as the big action stuff. The thing that I’m the most excited about, personally, is that we get to do a time travel episode this year. Audrey, being several people, it really sets up a lot of fun things that Haven can do. To me, that was the highlight of the season. That was so much fun.

In the first episode back, Audrey has been kidnapped and is being held by a mystery individual who clearly knows her better than she knows her kidnapper. Is that something that’s going to continue to play out, over the course of the season?

ROSE: That’s one of the things that’s really great about this season, in terms of its form. We do a trouble-of-the-week, which is always a given, and we have the mythology, but we’ve also added this other long-term story in the mix, which is dealing with Audrey’s abductor. What’s really neat about that, and what my showrunner talked to me about, early on in the season, was that that really places Audrey in a place of unrest, not that she isn’t already in enough of a place of unrest. Can’t she get a break?! But, it really does. She has this external threat, always looming around her. How does that affect her relationships? How does that affect how she leads her life? How does that affect her search to find out more about herself? All those things are really important questions, and she’s dealing with all of that while saving the world, but she’s capable. I think that’s something that we will not be having answered immediately. The audience will really enjoy piecing that together, as the season goes on.

At this point, the main questions on the show are, who is Audrey Parker, why does she return to this town with a new identity, every 27 years, and what is her connection to this town? Will any of those questions actually be answered this season?

haven emily roseROSE: Yes and no. The thing that the writers told me, really early on, that I was really excited about was, “We’ve set up some pretty serious questions for our audience, and we do not want to be one of those shows that doesn’t give any answers and just frustrates them with more mystery.” So, while the mystery unfolds, you definitely get answers to some of those long questions that have been there since Season 1 and 2. In Season 1, she thinks she has a mother there and, by the end of it, she finds out that it’s her. In Season 2, she was like, “I may not even be me.” So, these things start unfolding. This year, she really sees that for what it is, and that’s exciting. By the end of the season, I was a wreck! It’s really going to be exciting, and I think it’s going to be a real reward for the people that have watched the show for awhile. For the newcomers that are just joining, there will be some very immediate answers, so it might be interesting for them to go back and see where those answers come from.

The Colorado Kid aspect of the story has always loomed there, but sometimes it has taken a backseat to the immediate story that you’re telling. Was it fun for you to get to explore that more directly this season?

ROSE: Oh, my gosh, yeah! That was one of the things, when we were reading scripts and actually getting to come face-to-face with these things that have just been prop pictures for such a long time, that was really exciting. You wonder, “Is this going to be something that’s just an insert in every episode, or is this actually going to materialize into something?” So, it’s exciting for you to be able to ask that question, and for me to be able to say yes. That’s really neat!

Could you ever have imagined the journey your character would take, from the time you signed on until now?

emily rose havenROSE: Hell no! I remember getting that last script from the first season and, just like I did with The Colorado Kid book, throwing it down. I was like, “What does this mean?!” I called the writers and I was like, “Are you recasting me? Has this always been the plan?” In a lot of ways, that was really, really good because I really felt those emotions of what it feels like to have your identity ripped from you and everything you know being false. That was a real gift that they gave me, as much as I hated the process. In the end, it was really nice to have not known, and then to be told that. My brain wasn’t even thinking that. It was just thinking, “My mother looked like me,” but I didn’t know. I had no clue! From an acting point of view, I would never have imagined that I’d be on a show this long, that has such a loyal fan base, and for it to be an international show. That flips me out, all the time. And then, on top of that, to be able to play more than one character is an actor’s dream. It really doesn’t get better than that. I feel really blessed.

Do you feel like it’s worked to your advantage that your character is frustrated and doesn’t really know what’s going on, and that you also don’t know what’s going on, or have you been infuriated that you don’t get to know ahead of time?

ROSE: Yeah, all of that is true. I joke with them about that, a lot. Anytime I get them any little sass about something, I just remind them that they’ve created this monster. I’m like, “This is the way you set it up! You hired me to be Audrey Parker. This is Audrey Parker, let me tell you!” But, I think that one definitely feeds the other. Art imitates life. It’s definitely helpful to feel that way. You feel that way when you’re leading a show and you’re on a set. You’re aware, just like you are in a small town, that everybody is talking about their opinions on what should and shouldn’t be, and that there’s bigger network and writing conversations that you don’t know, that are planning your future. When you come from a creative background and like to be able to have a say in the creation of stuff, to surrender that and allow that to be the mystery that feeds you, all those things are beneficial, in the end, as much as I hate to admit it.

emily rose havenWhat is the dynamic shift for Audrey, with both Nathan (Lucas Bryant) and Duke (Eric Balfour)?

ROSE: At the end of last season, it seemed so definitive that she was leaning towards Nathan. But, with the long-term mystery that’s coming into play this year, it really, really affects Audrey’s psychology, and how she feels towards both of these men and the people closest to her. How does she protect them? How does she protect herself? And how attached does she get? All those things come into play. With that, there’s some really legitimate relationship excitement between Audrey and Duke, and what does that do to Audrey and Nathan, and Duke and Nathan? It’s all legitimate. You’ve gotta hold that love triangle, but it all came in a very, very organic way.

Do you think that Audrey and Nathan will ever manage to get on the same page?

ROSE: That’s a huge question, right? If they did, do they only function well because of the dysfunction? Would they be able to wake up in the morning and have pancakes together? I don’t know. Would they only be able to have pancakes, if they were hanging off the side of a building? I don’t know how much the drama feeds their relationship. I like to imagine that they could. There is a deep friendship between both of them, as best friends and partners, in the way that they work together and understand each other’s everything, in a lot of ways. They’re soulmates, in a lot of ways. The romantic in me always hopes that, for sure. But then, I see Duke and Audrey, too, and how opposites attract. That’s a tricky question. It will be interesting to see, after the end of Season 3, if we’re given a Season 4, what happens. You never know.

It’s interesting to see the shift in dynamic between Audrey and Vince (Richard Donat) and Dave (John Dunsworth), and how she went from trusting them to starting to demand that they tell her the truth. Will that tension between them continue?

haven emily roseROSE: Yeah. That’s a great question! When it comes to Vince and Dave, this year, people should be prepared. You’ll see a glimmer in Vince, of this other, dark side to him. We see, towards the end of Episode 1 in Season 3, that they know more than they ever let on. It’s interesting to watch Audrey not let them off the hook, in that way. Right now, on Twitter, there’s a lot of pre-season initiatives to inform people about The Guard in Haven, what that is and who might be connected to that. That’s a really cool story, and part of the mythology that’s happening that’s fun to follow.

Has it been really fun to have so many great guest stars and directors come on the show?

ROSE: Yeah! Some of them, I don’t even know when they come, and then I’m like, “Oh, my gosh, you’re awesome! I’m so glad we have you!” And then, this year, I had some dear friends that I never, in a million years, thought I would get to work with on my show, from the video game that I’m in, Uncharted. The main lead (Nolan North) and the other girl (Claudia Black) in that both flew out to Nova Scotia and were on the show with me. That’s when I’m “living the dream.” Here I am, on a show, and they see it as beneficial to have my other friends from my other life and family on this show. I was just there and all smiles, the whole time. I was so excited! I loved having Jason Priestley, last year and this year. We had a platform for Bree Williamson to do a great job. Adam Copeland is a sheer joy. Dorian Missick is a series regular on Southland. All these different people come in and add such different colors and features and facets and new twists on our little world. It’s fun to watch our characters react to them. It’s really, really cool. You are asking great questions, by the way!

Apart from the show, is there a dream role that you’d love to do, if given the opportunity?

ROSE: Yes, and I was very close to trying to make it happen on Haven. There are two dream roles that I would absolutely die to do. One is a Western. I want to do a Western so bad because I want to ride horses and act. Those are two of my favorite things in the world to do. I want to do that. I was a huge Deadwood fan because I’m a huge David Milch fan, so I’ve always wanted to play something like Calamity Jane on Deadwood and just be the biggest Western tomboy girl, ever. And then, I’ve always wanted our video game, Uncharted, to be made into a film and to be able to play my character (Elena Fisher) in that game, as a part on a real film. Those are my two dream jobs, currently.

Haven airs on Friday nights on Syfy.

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