Based on the novella “The Colorado Kid” from renowned author Stephen King, Haven is a new Syfy series that follows FBI agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose), who arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine to solve the murder of a local ex-con. Before long, her natural curiosity lands her at the epicenter of activity in the mysterious town, which turns out to be a longtime refuge for people with a remarkable range of supernatural abilities.
During an interview to promote the TV show, star Emily Rose talked about what attracted her to the role, how much she enjoys playing a strong female, what it’s like to shoot in Nova Scotia and the appeal of a world created by Stephen King. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
Question: What was the genesis of this series? What piqued your interest?
Emily: They wrote it and spun the characters off of “The Colorado Kid,” which is just this small little novel by Stephen King. When I read it, I was like, “Okay, where is my story in here?” What’s fantastic about Stephen King’s novels are his characters. And, what (executive producers) Sam [Ernst] and Jim [Dunn] have done is that they’ve created this place that’s this really small, interesting town that has drawn Audrey to it, like a magnet.
What’s fascinating for me playing Audrey is just this journey that she goes on. This character has a lot of things that she’s trying to figure out about her own self and, when she comes to Haven, it’s an intriguing place where these people are dealing with things that they don’t know how to grapple with. It’s really neat to see how they have taken it from this little novel that’s so intriguing, and brought it to the town of Haven. It’s quite remarkable.
It seems like a really good time right now for strong, female characters on television, especially those in law enforcement. Does it seem that way to you, or do you think this is just a quick trend?
Emily: I’m really excited and honored to be playing this part. It’s so rare that you actually get to find a really well-written female lead. The great thing about Audrey, and what I love about her and insist on keeping about her, is just her relatability and the fact that you could know this girl. Audrey is an orphan, and she literally is trying to discover the mystery of her family. That’s been the hardest thing for me to relate to, honestly. I have a family. I have a home base. What is it about this woman who literally doesn’t have anywhere to go, and her entire life she’s being put through the system. When she gets out, she puts herself into another system with the FBI, and within that structure she finds a home.
What’s so great about playing a female lead, especially in law enforcement, is that these women do exist and they’re really quite interesting. They’re fascinating. There’s actually a duality that’s quite essential for Audrey, especially in the town. Through her discovery and her investigation of what’s going on there, she has these one-on-one relationships with people. She’s a woman and she can connect to these people, which actually ends up helping them, ultimately. There’s history.
What’s it been like to shoot in Nova Scotia?
Emily: It’s been so great shooting in Nova Scotia. We’re filming out in the middle of nowhere. It’s beautiful. We’re filming in this very small fishing and lobster town. We’re getting some real-time research on what it’s like to be a big city girl going into a small town where there’s one restaurant and one post office. You come into this town and everyone’s like, “And you are?” It’s so interesting because, every place you walk into, everybody knows everyone. You walk in and they want to know your story, and then you have that sense, when you walk out, that they’re still wanting to know your story. It’s been a really, really fun experience. I went to Lunenburg, when we were filming there, and I was like, “We can’t film anywhere else. This place is perfect. It is Haven.” It’s absolutely beautiful. That town is eye candy.
How procedural and closed-ended is this show? Do you have on-going stories?
Emily: I think it’s both. You’re going to have your weekly story, so that the viewer can turn it on and actually be drawn into a story that’s happening, but the deeper arc and the deeper story of Audrey, why she’s been brought there, and what’s going on with her and her history, and the backstory between Nathan and Duke and who they are is a mystery that’s going to be unfolding and worth being around for the end of. Every week is something different that she’s encountering in this town, like real life. Every week in a small town is very different. Something is going on. It’s got that feel.
What’s the one thing you think is unique to Stephen King’s writing that you want to make sure is in this show, every single week?
Emily: For me, I think it’s literally the grittiness of his characters. The reason you can take the leap of faith with Stephen King, when it comes to the paranormal, or the things that happen in the world that he creates, is because the characters that he writes are accessible. These characters come out of “The Colorado Kid.” The two newspaper guys that will be in the town are so real and likeable, and you want to talk with them and get to know them. That’s what happens as a result of living in this world. You will buy it and you’ll believe because you’re connected with the characters. For me, it’s just really important to create a reality to Audrey that in no way distances her from anybody else or the viewer. You could really know this person and you could really feel the emotional stuff of what she’s going through. That’s honestly the really important thing to hang onto, through the series.
Do you have a sense that your fans from Uncharted are going to be following you with this project?
Emily: I love them, and yes, they will. They are the best of the best, and they have already been tweeting me like crazy, and contacting me and posting on their boards about the show and how excited they are. I’m so fortunate to have a fan base from a different story that actually wants to join me on whatever journey of these different characters I’m bringing about. They’re already taking the Internet by storm, in that way.