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Jim: So here we are at the start of Season I. In order to prepare physically for the role of Bo what sort of training did you take up or continue? Kickboxing and martial arts are involved and you wield an assortment of weapons with ease. Do you do your own stunts?
Anna Silk: I trained with a trainer in LA for overall strength and fitness about 3 days a week and then closer to production I trained for about 6 weeks 3 or 4 times a week with an amazing martial artist who also does fight choreography for film and TV. We trained early in the morning in Griffith Park which was really beautiful and it would be all misty in the mornings and we would often have coyotes watching us train. He taught me a lot about how to move and make it believable. Also, the stunt team on our show is amazing and I have an amazing stunt double. I do most of my own stuff but when it comes to something really complicated or that involves too much risk, my awesome double steps in. (Sept 1, 2011)
Television: Fredericton native Anna Silk stars as sexy succubus in new series “Lost Girl”
Telegraph Journal, Cover page, September 4, 2010
By Jim Lavoie
When opportunity knocked, Anna Silk didn’t just answer it. She tackled it, sunk her teeth into it and owned it. Silk, fresh off her sexy, Gemini-nominated role as seductress Cassidy in “Being Erica”, is now the star of her own television series, “Lost Girl”, premiering September 12 on Showcase.
The Fredericton native plays “Bo” a sexy, sultry, yet sensitive Succubus –a sort of female demon who feeds on the sexual energy of mortals. She discovers she is one of the Fae, creatures of legend and folklore, who pass as humans while feeding off them in secret, as they have for millennia. Relieved yet horrified to discover she is not alone, Bo decides to take the middle path between the humans and the Fae while embarking on a personal mission to unlock the secrets of her origins.
This latest gig is far removed from Silk’s hilarious, whacked out role as a frustrated flight attendant trying to quit smoking on a popular Nicoderm commercial or her hookup on “Being Erica”. She had to literally step into a whole new world, versing herself in the volumes of materials citing, the legend, myths, and traits of the succubus.
“I definitely did my research,” she said recently from Toronto, where she co-hosted the Gemini nominations press conference. “The mythology is very interesting in terms of all the different creatures and their powers.” Silk said she relates to “Bo”, who she describes as an every day girl in many ways.
“She is a very strong character but I think most of it comes from her vulnerability” she said, “I can totally relate to that, She is very determined, loyal and will do just about anything for the people she cares about.”
Being the main character on a television series also means being in character much of the time. Silk said she loved shooting the first season. “ A typical day sees us start at 5-6am and goes well into the evening” she said “It takes six to seven days to film an episode and you become so immersed in the whole thing. When we shoot a fight scene, which is a lot of fun, well, that can take a long time but is so worth it!” “What you have to learn to do is pace yourself and know when to rest. Then give it your all when you need to” Silk said this is important because the pace is so much faster than working on a feature film and in some ways more difficult.
Silk raves about her fellow actors on “Lost Girl-in particular Kris Holden-Reid who plays Dyson and Ksenia Solo who plays Kenzi.
“Kris is very strong and was always a caring and supportive actor and he makes Dyson so damn Sexy” she exclaimed “Ksenia is one of the loveliest people I have ever met. She is such a delight to know and work with.”
Silk is rightfully proud of the pedigrees of her fellow actors. Holden-Reid played Sir William Crompton on CBC’s “The Tudors”, Giles in a “Touch of Pink”, and Jack in “A Stone’s Throw”; He starred with Kate Hudson in “Gossip” and portrayed Wayne Gretzky in “The Walter Gretzky Story”.
Solo was acting by age five and involved in many popular youth shows. At 18, she became the only two- time consecutive Gemini Award Winner for best performance in a youth television series, for her work on Renegadesareus.com. She has appeared on Cold Case, The Cleaner, Moonlight, and Earth’s Final Conflict, also alongside John Cusak in The Factory. She worked with Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”, screening at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
Silk said those who tune in to watch the first episode of “Lost Girl” September 12th will find a little something for everyone. “I think the audience will relate and be surprised by many of the things that happen. We had such a great group of actors bringing it every day!”