Lost Girl: Anna Silk & Ksenia Solo Dish About Their Characters' Bond
As series lead on a show as cool as Lost Girl, it's actually believable when Anna Silk beams, "I've never woken up and thought, "I don't want to go to work today." I've woken up and wanted to sleep another hour, but I've never woken up and thought "I don't wanna go be Bo." And that's really just so rewarding. We have such a dedicated group of people that love the show and love taking an active role in making it better all the time. That's a really great thing to go to work to every day." Ksenia Solo, who co-stars as Bo's best friend and sidekick Kenzi adds, "For me, a hugely fun aspect is that Anna and I get to kick some serious butt and we have so much girl power on this show that it just makes me proud as a woman to be a part of something like that."
Having just wrapped Season 2, Anna and Solo recently participated in a conference-call (my second for Lost Girl - revisit my previous one here) to discuss the relationship between the show's primary characters, Bo and Kenzi. Anna shares, "The relationship is still new to American viewers, obviously, but even in the first few episodes you see Bo's spent her life on the run and afraid of her power. When she meets Kenzi it's the first time she's met someone who's human who's seen what she can do and doesn't run away. It's an instant sisterhood. And as the series progresses, I don't want to give too much away in terms of Season 1 or 2, but that sisterhood grows stronger and there's definitely a family-like bond between them. They would do anything for each other, which is really nice. It's nice to see two women on TV who really support each other and really, really love and care about each other." Solo agrees, "I feel like everyone in this [underground] world can only dream of having a relationship like this, where they would literally die for each other without a second thought. They are there for each other no matter what evil is in front of them. They would do - like Anna said, they really "would do anything for each other." And it's such a beautiful, refreshing relationship. Anna and I are very lucky that we really hit it off from the very first moment. It'd really be hard to play this relationship if we really didn't truly care about each other and get along as well as we do. We have to spend so many hours a day together, it's basically like Anna and I are married, because we're just together all the time - all the time. I always look back very fondly on Season 1 because Anna and I, you know, spent every second together. So, we're lucky that that shines through and that we have that chemistry in life and on screen. It really makes the Bo/Kenzi relationship shine that much brighter. We have a chemistry that is just - it's rare. It's rare to find when you have to work so long with somebody."
Silk speaks to the pair's closeness, "In the first episode we sit in that diner and Kenzi asks all the questions, that was our first scene and first day of shooting, and it was our first time really getting these characters on their feet. First days are always a bit nerve-racking as you try to figure out exactly what you're doing. And, with Ksenia, everything just sort of felt really natural. It felt like we, as actors, got to know each other behind the scenes but also within the scenes and I think that's evident in that scene. And there's other scenes that develop throughout the first season where they really get to know each other and learn to live with each other. It's a really special bond. I mean, they really, really, really love each other. I don't think either of them ever had the kind of family that they could express that in before, necessarily, so it's really nice to see these two women on TV that are able to do that." Ksenia warmly concurs, "I think life is really all about timing, and I really think that Bo and Kenzi find each other at a time when they need to. And that friendship stems from this crazy set of circumstances when they meet. Bo saves Kenzi's life and Kenzi is forever indebted to her. And I feel like they're both, kind of, these two warriors that come from two different worlds but they come together and become this powerhouse. They're like two puzzle pieces that just fit perfectly together. And you know, like Kenzi says in the first episode, 'Batman needs his Robin.""
Ksenia fans can't wait to learn more about her feisty alter-ego's backstory. Will there be Kenzi-centric episodes in the future? "Oh, baby. Yes." Solo promises, "We delve into Kenzi and where she comes from and even some of her family members. We see a little bit of Kenzi's family - not too much in Season 1, but in Season 2 we really begin to explore that. And a love interest comes along and sweeps her off her feet. And that's pretty much all I can say without giving too much away. But yes, definitely." Anna confides, "Kenzi will definitely be getting into her own trouble very soon. You know, when you tell Kenzi to "stay" and not come into the danger, she won't listen. Obviously Bo's just trying to protect her but Kenzi will never listen and will always do everything in her power to fight by Bo's side and face whatever evil comes their way. And even though Kenzi is petrified, the beauty about her is that she's so brave that she will completely ignore her fear and just go full ahead and fight for Bo and with Bo."
Almost every Q&A I've been a part of includes wish list questions about fantasy crossovers, spinoffs and/or potential storyline pitches for their characters. While such inquiries yield interesting answers, Ksenia provided my favorite reply ever when asked what series, past or present, she'd like Lost Girl to crossover with? "In my perfect world I would probably cross it with Homeland and Secret Diary of a Call Girl." (Anna laughs in the background). Solo continues, "So we'd have, like, Fae CIA agents but no one would know about it. And Fae terrorists. And then, you know, I guess Fae prostitutes who are just super cool. That would be great."
In light of Lost Girl's distinctive sense of style, I asked Anna and Ksenia to talk about series costume designer, Anne Dixon. "Anne's definitely made this show look different than any other show, and I think that really speaks for itself." Says Solo, "Anne's an amazingly talented woman. What's so cool about our show is that all the characters really have specially created pieces, which you don't really see in a lot of television. We just have an amazing team that makes the wardrobe on the show its own kind of character, especially for Kenzi. This girl's a huge fashionista but has grown up on the street and is a thief. She's stolen most of the stuff she has but, style-wise, she kind of makes everything her own. She can't afford what she would dream of wearing so she picks up everything she can and creates things. She's really, you know, a young designer in her own right. Bo and Kenzi don't exactly have a lot of money and where they live is not exactly the biggest palace in the world but, you know, you don't need money to have style." Anna affirms, "Anne Dixon has been incredible with the costuming. Particularly for Bo. Bo's definitely, you know, a sexual creature and Anne's been really incredible at creating a curve enhancing wardrobe Bo can move and also fight in."
Bo's no ordinary "sexual creature," as a Succubus she feeds off sexual energy for sustenance but behind the scenes it's not sex that these co-stars typically dish about, "Ksenia and I spend a lot of time on set figuring out what our next snack's going to be." Silk confesses, "It's a lot of back and forth of "what should it be?" "What should I have?" And we decide for each other. That's really a lot of what we talk about on set." Dancer, drummer and three time Gemini Award winner Ksenia confirms, "Food is amazing. I love to eat and all my teeth are sweet teeth, so I could just eat cake all day. Anna too,... anytime someone else comes up, we're always talking about food, and they go, "Don't you guys ever stop?" And we're like, 'No!'"
Action-adventure fans would be wise to feast on the fun and mayhem of Lost Girl tonight and every Monday night @ 10/9c on Syfy, but be warned, viewer discretion is advised.