I recently had the chance to chat with the beautiful Emily Rose, who plays Audrey Parker on the show. She talked to us about what it’s like to be Audrey, her relationships with her co-workers, and so much more.
Please jump ahead to learn more about this fabulous actress and her interesting role.
On what keeps her on her toes playing Audrey
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.
Why should people continue to tune in?
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.
How did the fact that it was a Stephen King story and a Sci-Fi show play into your decision to take this role?
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 beginning.
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 that reality.
I really related with the humanity and the grounded-ness 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.
Is it difficult to play a character with so much mystery surrounding her?
I think definitely. It’s one of those things I always talk about. It’s kind of scary. I mean, as an actor you are kind of given this past and its history that you understand. And I think something I learned in school, in theater school was I was hearing all the time and my teacher was like, “You may not get it now, but later you’ll understand is just trusting that you’re enough. Trusting that what you bring to the character is enough.”
And I think in the situation with Audrey where there are so many unknowns where I don’t know, it’s like they pulled the rug out from underneath me. Like they pulled it out initially when I didn’t have any like sort of family or background or all I knew was just like that I was in a foster home and that I was this really good agent. I mean, those are kind of the basics and everything that you can kind of put on ornaments – the Christmas tree of that character on with it, you know?
But, the next thing was when this rug got pulled out from under me that I might not be actually Audrey, I just had to trust that those feelings I was feeling about sort of maybe – like maybe this new like guest star was going to come in and maybe she’s the real Audrey and maybe I haven’t been playing that the whole time, or all these feelings of what I thought, like were those really mine and was I really allowed to own that? Was somebody else going to get to be that FBI Agent, and what does that mean for me? I just had to trust that, you know?
So, it was a really interesting acting exercise to just kind of what I was feeling, in terms of the anxiousness and the nervousness of not knowing what to do or what to do next. I just had to trust that Audrey was most likely feeling those same exact feelings, so I needed to do was to fall into my work and to fall into the text and try to tell the story well.
And I think that that’s what all that my Audrey knows to do is that she doesn’t know her past but she does know the present and Nathan sort of gives her that faith there on the beach in the opening season scenes of this next season and just believing in her and giving her the strength to say, “We do this well. You help people well.”
And I think that that’s all I knew to do – knew that she could do was just help people and try to help them through their kind of trouble of the week, and sort of in finding that and helping the town she then kind of finds herself.
What was it like to work with Jason Priestley and what does he bring to the show?
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 friends before.”
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 pretence 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.
Are there any personality traits that you find annoying in Audrey?
Oh, I think the ones that are similar to myself. The fact that she’s so stubborn sometimes. And I think too, just this need to help people all the time. I think that’s a very endearing quality and I think it’s great, but to her detriment it kind of distracts her from taking care of herself.
She’s very much a workaholic and that’s something that I think I – sometimes I just want her to be like, “You know what, the police station’s going to be fine. I need to go look into my family history. I need to figure out where I came from.” I just want to take her on that journey sometimes just because I so desperately want to know where she came from too.
How do you think Haven differs from other shows in the supernatural genre?
I think that the look of the show is very unique. I feel like we aren’t shot on a studio and we’re not shot in a place that is commonly shot in. We’re not shot in Vancouver or Toronto or Los Angeles or New York. We’re shooting at a very small tiny town and we actually are one of the last shows that is actually shot on film.
So, when you shoot a show on film people don’t quite realize it, but it does give it a completely different look, and we light not like a normal television show. We light very moody and, you know, (Eric Tayla) our (DP) does an amazing job at doing that. And so, those things already give the texture of our town so much pop and a different quality.
And then on top of that, you layer in just some of the, you know, this weird, weird banter and weird quirky moments. We’re not afraid to have awkward moments and I really enjoy that about our show and I think that’s what sets us apart.
Audrey is a tough girl. Did you have to work at being a stronger female character or did it come naturally?
I feel like I’m kind of proud of being that way. I grew up with – my grandparents have a big ranch in Central Southern Oregon and my dad always taught me about gun safety and about what it was like to hold a gun. And I had a little BB gun that I would use under his supervision, and I also, am kind of a tomboy when it comes to hanging around horse barns and stables and riding and just not afraid to get my hands dirty and love like working on cars with my dad and things like that.
So, I do have those kind of tough qualities and I kind of resist at times being the girly girl. I don’t know why, I think it’s – I think there’s a feeling of wanting people to take me a little bit serious – take me seriously, but I do see that in Audrey. So, I was always pushing them and pushing the show and asking for as much gun play and badassness as possible, and so it’s fun when I get to do that stuff.
You’ve said that one of your acting goals is being the lead in a show. Can you share a few more of your other acting goals?
I have a few acting goals that come to mind. I would really, really love to do a feature film. It’s something I just – I can’t wait to be able to be a part of and I know that that – it just would be a great opportunity.
I also just look forward to being able to work on film which would be like working on a complete script, whereas series television it’s such a quick turnover, you know, you have to make your choices and make them quick, and then move on to the next thing. And I think with working on a film I would really enjoy being able to look at the whole story in the arc and be able to really work on each of those things and, you know, rehearsed and that would just be a dream to not have the speed of it behind it.
I’m here in New York this weekend. I went and saw Zach Braff’s new play that he wrote, and I got – I went to school for theatre. I went to school for about seven years and got to do a ton of theater and I miss it. I miss it so badly. I miss the rehearsal process, I miss being able to play a character that you’re not typecast in.
I just really can’t wait to be able to do a good play with a great director and a great writer, and work with a great cast and just workshop it and workshop it and workshop it and make it to a good point. I can’t wait to do that again.
I really would love to teach an acting class and work with high schoolers or college students and teach an acting camp. That’s another huge life goal for me. I love mentoring and I love teaching and I love working with kids with theater, so I can’t wait to do that again sometime in the near future. I got to do that a few years ago and I just miss it, so I love it, and any opportunity I can to teach I take.
Then, I think that in terms of projects I’m just working a bit here and there on a video game for Sony called Uncharted. I haven’t been able to talk about it for a while, but I’m able to talk about it now that I’m in the third installment of the Uncharted series with Sony PlayStation, and I’m finishing up that project. And hopefully when I come back home I’ll work on some family time, and then hopefully work on something else. We’ll see.
On what she’s learned about herself since starting her work on Haven
I’ve learned about how much I need family and friends and how much I need other people in order – I need support and like a constant and kind of the craziness, how much you need balance in your life.
And I’ve also learned that I can do it. You kind of always wonder would you be able to tell this story and will people connect with it? And it’s such a blessing and such a treat when you find out that they do enjoy it and they do connect, and that it could have been anybody, you know?
I’m just so thankful and blessed to have gotten to play with all of these people and I think just learning to be thankful on a daily basis, no matter how stressful the day is or no matter how anything turned out, just to be thankful that I get to do this job and get to be on the phone with you guys just to be consistently thankful.
That’s all for this interview, but be sure to continue to tune into Syfy on Friday at 10/9c to see what happens on this exciting second season of Haven.