The second season of Syfy’s supernatural procedural, Haven, kicks off tonight with an episode that catapults the show deeper into the mysteries that began in season 1, starting, of course, with last year’s cliffhanger that left the identity of the real Audrey Parker unknown.
As teased in last week’s Spoiler Room, star Emily Rose (Audrey Parker No. 1) spoke with EW about the new season and the identity crisis Audrey finds herself in at the beginning of this season, following the arrival of Audrey Parker (No. 2), played by Kathleen Munroe. And as an added bonus, check out TWO exclusive clips from tonight’s episode below!
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When we start season 2, what condition do we find Audrey?
EMILY ROSE: Audrey, obviously, is dealing with a major identity crisis. Whereas last year she was really trying to figure out the roots to where she was, who she was, and if she had family there, now she’s dealing with if she even could believe anything she knew of herself. That’s a huge question. Where we pick up with her — [she’s] struggling with who she is as a person. That’s a challenging part to play for an actor. To come into something and then [they] pull the rug out from underneath you — everything you thought you knew about this character is off the table now. It’s an interesting journey to play. It’s tough to grapple with, but it’s neat, because then you go, “Well, I have no idea what’s happening,” and Audrey feels the same way.
So are they calling you Audrey or Lucy now?
We laugh about that all the time. We laugh that we call the other Audrey, “Fraudrey.” I think that Audrey — my Audrey — in order to move forward, [had to] figure out what to do. If I found out that everything I knew didn’t exist, I’d be watching movies with chicken noodle soup and thinking about how to move forward. But she gets thrown into solving something right away. She says, “Well, I do know I’m good at this. I know that I have the ability to help these people. If that’s all I can hang on to right now, that’s what I’ll do.”
What role does “Fraudrey” play in this season?
She’s very much in the mix for the next three episodes, and I think she may even be coming back toward the end of the season. That part is played by Kathleen Munroe and she’s not only great, but it was great to play opposite someone who’s a different Audrey Parker.
From your perspective, what’s changed about the show this season, if anything, and what’s stayed the same?
Something that I think is new is that everybody agreed that because we’re a Stephen King series, we’re allowed to go a little bit darker. Last year, we joked that everyone was getting injured and then going to the hospital and we’d report back to everybody that they were fine. This year, people are dying left and right. They’re getting killed, things are happening, and there’s a lot more gun play this year. It feels a little bit more of a cop show interlaced with the supernatural. It’s also a bit heavier this year. Last year, we were able to get drawn into the town and the quirkiness of the characters, and this year, we’re dealing with weightier topics. A lot of stuff that’s heavier for the characters to be going through.
Do you like the darker tone?
As a Stephen King series, all of us enjoyed going darker. I think I’ll always have an affinity for the quirkiness, and I like the silliness and the banter. So I’m always rooting for that to stay in the show. I just love all the quirky moments that make our characters different from every other television show. But I’m excited we were given the permission to go deeper and darker than we did last season. It takes us to another level.
I feel like the season 1 finale hinted to that shift a bit, with the death of the chief. When we come back, where do we find them in terms of coping with that?
It’s really hard. I love that you asked that question because it was such a big part of the season finale. Last season was quirky and there were some funny, upbeat moments, but we got to episode 13 and we earned the trust [of the audience] to go to a deeper emotional place. The first episode and into the second, Nathan [Lucas Bryant] has to move forward like Audrey, who is dealing with this major monster in her closet of not knowing if she’s really Audrey. He has to cope with going on without his father and what that means for him as chief. I think that it’s kind of interesting how Nathan handles Audrey and her crisis, and it’s interesting to see how Audrey handles Nathan and the crisis he’s facing. These are heavier things. So to not give them weight wouldn’t be fair to the characters. But at the same time, the stories keep moving forward — or else we would both be two really depressed characters.
That would be a downer.
Yeah! And what’s new, too, this season, is Duke (Eric Balfour) deals with a new character from his past who comes back into his life. We watch him cope with that and deal with this information. So the three of us sort of huddle together this season to fight the outside sources. Whereas last season was a lot about circling each other and getting a feel for one another, I think this season we understand each other better. We just try to function within that dysfunction, which makes for interesting scenes.
I like the rag-tag feel of the trio.
And I think that’s what happens this season — a rag-tag way of navigating through stories and situations.
How do they address Nathan’s confession to Audrey from the finale? He told her that he can feel her, which is a huge shake-up.
I think, honestly, it’s one of those things. I liken it to elementary school, when a guy tells a girl that he likes her. you think everything is going to change, but it doesn’t because he keeps it to himself. [Meanwhile,] the girl is like, “That’s awkward.” [Laughs] I think Audrey wrestles with that — not necessarily with the fact that Nathan can feel her — but more with whether she’s Audrey or Lucy. And if she’s Lucy, what does that mean with Nathan being able to feel her? Between Audrey and Nathan — because there’s a bigger trouble going on with them trying to help this town — this might get put on the backburner, but I think it’s always underlying and there. But it’s still awkward for them. They know it’s there. It’s interesting to see how Audrey uses that when she needs to, and also just continues on for Nathan’s sake. I think if anything were to happen, it could potentially mess a lot of things up. At least, she feels that way.
Anything more you can tease about the premiere?
The first episode is very exciting and all I can say is that I had a real frog in my hair. I hope everyone enjoys it, because those were real frogs.
Even without knowing the details of this scene, I can tell you this is something I would have requested a stunt double for.
I wasn’t aware it was going to be happening, but the crew guys love me so much, the stunt became a prank and it became really funny to them to see how many frogs we can put on Emily. [Laughs]
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