Five years ago, quietly and unsuspectingly one fateful July night in 2010, HAVEN debuted on Syfy. Curious fans tuned in and were rewarded with a fantastical and enthralling tale that journey through the next five seasons. They were introduced to the world of, Maine – a small town where unusual things happened and even more unusual people hid their terrible secret of the Troubles. Just where those afflictions (or Troubles as they were known) came from, no one knew. But as the story unfolded and we got to know more about Audrey Parker ( ) and her prior incarnations of Sarah, Lucy and later Lexi and Mara, the mystery of the Troubles was finally revealed. It was all due to a troublesome young woman Mara, who had the ability to give people an affliction that manifest when under undue stress that would be, unfortunately, passed on for generations to come.
Interestingly, Audrey Parker’s journey also swept up local police detective Nathan Wuornos (Lucas Bryant) and local town smuggler Duke Crocker (Eric Balfour) and later a local townsman Dwight Hendrickson (), who had the misfortune of cleaning up after the Troubles. Nathan and Duke quickly fell under Audrey’s spell and, like many generations before them, fell head over heels in love. For Nathan, that love was a magnificent reward and yet also a curse. For Duke, his feelings for Audrey were not exactly reciprocated in the way that he hoped and yet they became great friends and, but for the arrival of Mara, Duke might have survived unscathed.
But the evil temptress Mara finally took control over Audrey and quickly became everyone’s worst nightmare in Season 5A. In a fine twist of fate, Mara’s inability to not meddle came back to haunt her as Duke was able to use one of the Troubles he had consumed and resurrected Audrey’s essence out of Mara, creating two separate bodies for Audrey and Mara – which was a temporary fix to the problem of Mara. However, it soon became apparent that Audrey was dying and only could be save by merging once again with Mara. In another fine twist, at the end of Season 5B, Mara’s mother Charlotte (Laura Mennell) chose to save Audrey. But is that truly that end of Mara?
With one final last laugh, Mara had worked a special spell on Duke, which caused him to spew out all the Troubles that he and his family had consumed and eradicated over the years out into the world at large. So Season 5B of HAVEN follows the story of just what becomes of Duke, Audrey, Nathan, Dwight now that all those Troubles are out in the world ready to infect virtually everyone in.
In a recent press conference call, starsand talked about what their characters will experience and encounter in Season 5B of HAVEN, as well as shared their memories of working on those final episodes last year.
How are the events of the premiere going to affect your characters moving forward as well as the relationship with each other?
EMILY: As I was telling Adam earlier, we were sort of talking about how we’re having to brush off the old memory of where last year was because, for us, we filmed it so long ago. But I think I really liked how — I don’t know if “chaotic” is the right word — but that’s how it felt to me filming it, not necessarily the experience, but the story of it — how you know we start this world of HAVEN off in this sort of mass chaos. It’s really kind of neat because instead of the chaos like pushing people away, it’s drawing them together — with maybe the exception of Adam’s character. I don’t know how Adam’s character felt with the responsibility to kind of hold it all together. Adam, you obviously step into kind of this new great role with Dwight. But I feel like between Nathan and Audrey, it kind of causes them to be super close and, obviously, the town as a whole is trying to band together to kind of get through that chaotic sense of disruption.
ADAM: I think the chaos lends itself to Dwight just trying to hold everything together and in doing that ruffles feathers — ruffles the feathers of friends, ruffles the feathers of not necessarily enemies, but the Dukes of the world. But, at the end of the day, Dwight is always just trying to keep the town together. That’s really all the guy cares about. So it’s interesting. There can be heads butting because of that. It was interesting that the relationship of partnership and the grand scheme of keeping the town together can also cause butting of heads. So it was a lot of fun for me, personally.
EMILY: The premiere was a fun episode. It was a cool set and a cool kind of experience. You kind of felt huddled into this place. You were inside the school, so it was a neat feeling.
How do you feel the Season 5B finale acts as a series finale? Do you think that longtime fans are going to feel satisfied at the end?
EMILY: Yes. The cool thing about this season, kind of contrary to what was initially put out there, is that you know our planners were really planning for it to be the end. From the beginning last year — speaking with Matt [McGuinness] and Gabrielle [Stanton] about where these characters would land — we were treating the end of the season was being treated as a series finale. It was always in the plan. I mean it was hard. It was a tough process because I found myself being satisfied in a lot of ways and being sad in a lot of ways and having to kind of examine — like: am I bummed about this aspect because I just don’t want to say goodbye to this person, this character I’ve gotten to live with so long? But I do think looking back on it — and being nine months away from that experience of shooting those final episodes — I really do feel a sense of satisfaction and nostalgia about when I think about filming those last couple episodes, for sure. I don’t know about you, Adam, but that’s kind of how I feel.
ADAM: Yes, I think you never absolutely 1005% of the time get everyone to agree that, “Okay, that was perfect.” It’s just impossible. There’s too many jaded people in the world. But I can say that it feels like the knots were tied.
EMILY: Yes, there was good closure.
ADAM: It doesn’t feel like there’s loose ends, which I think was important to all of us. From the creative stand point and from the performing stand point, the last thing you want is like, “Yes, but what about _____?” And I don’t think there is that, personally.
EMILY: I’ll say one more thing, I do think there’s going to be fun speculation at the end. I think every good show has a bit of that intrigue that they still leave you with because at the core of our show is the mystery. So there will always be things that I think will leave the fans being able to talk and be like, “Well what about this? And what about this?” But it’s not any massive questions. Like I feel it is just more like the kind of questions you want to be thinking about and leaving it up to the audience, so that they can kind of carry that journey on or however they would like to in their minds.
ADAM: Well put.
As more people become aware of the Troubles this season, can you talk about that moving throughout the season? How that’s going to affect the town in general?
ADAM: Well, I think much to Dwight’s chagrin, it definitely makes his job harder.
EMILY: Did you just say “chagrin”?
ADAM: I did.
EMILY: [Laughs] You’re an old man. He said “chagrin,” everyone. That’s hilarious.
ADAM: [Laughs] At some point in this I’m going to get in an “umbrage” too.
EMILY: [Laughs] Yes.
ADAM: And a few “whipper snappers.”
EMILY: Oh God, you’re so goofy.
ADAM: But I do think that this season definitely just from my character’s standpoint — well, from every characters’ stand point — it really pulls them as much as the threads can be pulled. There’s a lot that happens. There’s a lot that goes on. And there’s a lot to bottle up and keep contained. And is that possible? It’s just a volatile season, which is great.
EMILY: Just to clarify your question too: is it about the awareness, like the town’s awareness of the Troubles? Like are we trying to conceal that or is it okay that they’re out, is that correct? I mean, it’s a really smart question because that is something that we kind of wrestled with throughout the season. We’re kind of like, “Okay, the town is dealing with the fact that these Troubles have [been revealed].” At the end of last season they’ve come out of Duke. So it’s kind of like, now it is not like family secrets so much anymore. It’s kind of wherever the Trouble crap landed, if that makes sense. So you have got people dodging this kind of bird-poo/Trouble-crap falling from the sky – [laughs] that’s probably not a good way to say that in an interview, you just said “chagrin” and I said “bird-poo/Trouble-crap” — I think I’m lower on the intellectual ladder here – but essentially it is a town-wide problem now. I think it felt like they had all these secrets for so long and the town made them feel like they were outcasts and had to keep it quiet. But now it’s like what Adam was saying, like the whole town is dealing with this problem together. So we kind of wrestled with that. Obviously, Audrey and Nathan and Dwight and Duke all know what the rest of everybody in town doesn’t. So there are still those secrets and things, but it’s a lot of the town having a mutual freak-out about, “What does this really mean for us and what the heck is going on?” And that just the way you feel with your leaders and being like, “You’re not telling us everything.” So there’s definitely that.
Is there anything that you took from the set or were given from the set, like a prop, to kind of remember the show with?
EMILY: I still have stuff that’s in Shawn’s Airstream trailer up in Canada that’s supposed to come back. I mean I took a lot, and I actually had to ask for permission for some of it, but I took the clock out of Herald bullpen. There was a huge beautiful painting of Lunenburg that’s actually up in Shawn’s Airstream I’m hoping to get. (So, Shawn, if you read this, please I want my Lunenburg painting!) And there’s a chandelier actually that was in a very unique room that you guys will see at the end of the season that I’m hoping to have installed in my new bathroom. I took a little shield off the wall in the Haven bullpen that said, ‘Our Little Darling’ which I really liked. Yes I took a lot. I really did. Because I was like, “Listen, they know where to find it if we somehow get pulled back, but there’s too much that I’m attached to here and if I can have these little mementos” and everybody was really sweet about it. They understood that you spend a lot of time [there] – like that’s your office, that’s your world. Everybody can pack up their office when they leave and it’s hard to think you don’t get to pack up. So everybody was really sweet about what we could have or take away.
ADAM: I was able to get Dwight’s vest. I spent so much time in that thing — and I did hate it – but I felt I deserved that just to be able to look at and go, “I hated you, but I had so many great times in you.”
EMILY: I have my badge. I have my badge and my book and my pen. I have that too.
ADAM: I have the badge and the Chief Hendrickson sign from the office door. And what else? I know there is one other thing. Oh, quite awesomely, a few other guys from set gave me the slate from the last scene that I was in.
EMILY: I know, I got a slate too. That was the coolest part. The camera guy gave us those which was great.
Going into the final season, was it nice to kind of get back in Audrey’s skin and put Mara down for a little while?
EMILY: Yes, it was a little strange because Mara is so such a brat. She’s so fun to play. So I got to be so bratty. And then, with Audrey, I felt like I wanted to have some of those moments, but she’s just a little different in how she’s a brat. (Don’t laugh at that like you know what that means, Adam!) But there were some different really fun things. I got to play Lucy a bit more this last season, which was really exciting for me. And, then, obviously, Audrey — even though it’s chaotic – that’s something I really enjoyed about the top of the season 5b was that she and Nathan were in a really good place. So it was kind of neat to get to play that relationship out as what is it like for them when they’re banding together and they’re not driven apart and what is it like when they have to really work as a team, post all this relationship discovery that they’ve had. So it was kind of nice to be like, “What would it feel like for them to be this working partner couple in this town where crazy stuff’s happening, where they get to just like kind of be together and enjoy tackling things together as a team before things got highly dysfunctional.” So that was nice. And then, also, I got to do some sign language in the first couple episodes with a really cool, great character. So it was really fun to be able to do that.
Dwight sort of takes the lead and makes such a big decision about the police department and the Guard, can you talk a little bit about that what it was like to have Dwight sort of really assume a leadership role in such a very big way?
ADAM: That was huge from a personal standpoint, just to be reading the scripts and going, “Whoa, are you sure you want me to do that?” There were moments where I was like, “You guys know that you wrote that for me, right? I just want to make sure that’s clear.” So that was huge. For me, it was I guess a validation or a confirmation like, “Okay I’m working towards a goal here and it must be working.” So that was great from a personal standpoint. From a creative standpoint, those are the things you want. You just you want to dig your teeth into that and it’s like a 3-page monologue. We did a scene that was all action for about 8 hours of the day because it was Shawn Piller, so by the time we got to that monologue, I had done two takes at it. And I was the kind of threaded throughout the action scene too with all these different players, so I really couldn’t concentrate on it as much as I would have wanted to. So it was a huge challenge and it was great because it was so much fun. It was fun and it was pivotal — and those are the challenges that I realized that I want. Whereas, in season two, when old Dwight first showed up, that would have petrified me. So it was great to grow into that and be in such a pivotal spot to help kind of push the story along.
With the series now done and being nine months out since you wrapped, do you have any favorite moments or arcs that you can share with us?
EMILY: I really enjoyed playing Lucy this season. And one of my favorite, I would say creative actor moments was being able to work with Lucas as a director on his episode that he directed, which was episode 517. It was just like a memorable moment to watch something that your friend has wanted to do for so long and then to watch him succeed epically at it. It was really, really, really fun. So that whole experience, and Audrey was – how do I put this without spoiling anything — it’s kind of a very heightened surreal episode that isn’t necessarily based so much on reality. So it was really cool to watch everything that Lucas had to prep and to be involved in that for him to act in it. Then to be able to take directions from somebody that you have such a great vocabulary with and then be able to work so well with and watch the whole crew come behind him and support him, and then also have some of the most killer shots we had the whole season, done on his episode – it was just a really cool experience all around. So that was really neat. And I think one of his good friends Tim was working on that episode as well. So it was a really cool and really a neat experience. Then I think also, at the end of the series, you just want to do such a good job and you want to do your characters justice and you want to do the story justice and you want to feel fulfilled and that people will feel fulfilled. You’re just so freaking nostalgic with everybody — that was a really sweet memory, as well.
ADAM: I’m going to mirror a lot of what Emily just said, this final season was really — as I kind of briefly touched on — a jump in responsibility and character-wise. There are so many instances where Dwight has to basically address everyone, and those are huge moments for that character. So I really remember those ones. It’s kind of a pressure cooker when you have essentially an entire town staring at you and it is like, “Okay here we go.” That and also you know the episode that Lucas did, written by Shernold Edwards, what was interesting about it was, like Emily said, everyone just wanted to absolutely hit that over the green monster. We wanted a grand slam. No doubt this thing was going to be awesome and top to bottom – and everyone put in, if there was extra effort to put in, everyone did. It was interesting, Lucas and I had dinner the week before and he said, “Okay listen, I’m going to need you to block shoot this,” which means basically there’s 8 scenes, 6 or 8 scenes throughout the episode, but they take place in one room. He said, “Can you just flip them all the way through your side, then we’ll turn around and get the other person’s side?” So what it meant was 22 minute takes.
EMILY: That’s right, I forgot about that.
ADAM: Yes and I said, “Yes, got it. No problem.” As long as I got the heads up and it’s from Lucas, so you wanted just to be able to crush it for him. So that was pretty amazing and an amazing memory. Something that I will always take with me, no matter what I do. In the end, you can’t help but get sentimental with every final scene and realize, “Oh wow, this was the last time that you’ll see these two characters together.” Everything that they’ve inhabited throughout and gone through throughout and this is the culmination of that. It’s a huge ride, but it’s special. You’d like to think people will be watching and invested in thinking the same thing. So those were all really big kind of pivotal things that I remember.
EMILY: I was just saying that Adam recommended the Josh Gerrals song that Lucas ended up choosing for the end of the episode. We all got so stoked about it that we just kept begging for that to get cleared and we were able to contact him and that great song which was your pick for it. And then Lucas so excited to make that happen to the end of the episode. So it just felt very collaborative and almost like well like those senior days at school when it’s like the last day of school.
ADAM: I forgot about that. There’s this artist named Josh Gerrals, who I was really into because my Father’s Day video had been done with his music as a present, so I really got into him and I listened to this one song “Ulysses” constantly and I just said, “This feels like if it’s not the end of the series. It needs to be the end of this episode.” And Lucas agreed. Then we all started listening to it constantly. Keep an ear out for it in that episode because it’s such a beautiful song.
How has it been transitioning from the instant gratification of being in front of a crowd at Wrestle Mania to delayed gratification of finding out how much we like the show six months later? And maybe in two years after the series ends, could we get a TV movie out of this?
EMILY: [Laughs] Actually, it hasn’t been hard for Adam to transition at all because every day he came to set, he insisted on being cheered into the set the same way. I mean it was an exhausting way to start the day. It was exhausting to put up all those bright lights and to get face paint on. It was like so crazy. But I mean, it helped ease him into it for sure.
ADAM: I said, “Listen if you guys want me to do this, I need [you to do this every day].”
EMILY: Exactly, exactly.
ADAM: [Laughs] Well played. It was a transition definitely. WWE and acting, they’re both on the entertainment tree, they’re just different branches. So it was just kind of getting accustomed to those small differences that can be there. Like you said, in the WWE, it is instant gratification and you know right away if something worked. I’m assuming like theater works. With this I really looked for a lot of confirmation from people after I did something because I wasn’t sure. It was new to me and I wanted to make sure that I was on the right path. So I would talk to Emily or Lucas or the directors and just go, “Was that okay? Like did that suck? Because I don’t have a barometer yet. I don’t have my gauge set for this.” Thankfully by the end, I was starting to realize when I found what was working I hope. So that was a little bit of confirmation, like, “Oh they keep bringing me back, so I guess it’s working.” And when it comes to a TV movie, as Emily had mentioned before, there is enough questions that people could take and run and make their own stories with these characters after the fact that someone could do that one day.
EMILY: I know, totally. I just want to say though, because Adam wouldn’t ever say this about himself, but, as somebody that was on the outside, I also kind of liked it because I also to just view him through the friend-lens. Like I didn’t ever really know or see anything of what he had come from. I heard tales of it, I heard tales. So it was pretty cool though because he would just be open and honest about just trying to figure out, “How is this part working? And is this working?” I think one of Adam’s best moments of the entire series happened this season and that was when Lee Rose was directing episode, I think it was 519 and there was a really big emotional moment — and I know that Adam is like every actor — just a little you know intimidated of what’s going to happen and not really knowing what it will look like and not wanting to force something but also wanting it to be very real and authentic — and he did a take and was like, “Okay, that’s great.” Then they both just agreed they were like, “Let’s just do this one more time. I think we can even go further with it.” It was a really beautiful moment from Adam and it was really great to be there and to witness it and to watch have that personal acting victory. We all have these milestones in our acting career where we’re like, “I’d hope to achieve this. Can I do it?” And to watch him do that — and it’s such a great beautiful side of Adam and something that he brings to the role — that it was just so exciting to see that and to see that for him and to see how much he has even grown. I mean, he has always been fantastic. But working beside your friend for so long, exactly what they want to work on or where they want to grow or what they want to achieve you don’t always get to see it — so to be there and be able to see that was always really exciting. Adam does some great, great work this season, for sure.
Emily, you have had to play several different personalities during the course of the show, and unlike some other sci-fi shows, you didn’t really have the help of any special effects make-up. How did you go about creating these distinct, yet connected, personalities?
EMILY: It’s always about the team that gets assembled and communication. You know when you’re in theatre school and you have a character class you – the responsibility lies on you — and it’s a lot about experimenting at home and observing people’s physicality and getting to work on that. What’s great about the TV and movie industry is that you have these professionals from each of those fields to sort of help collaborate with you. But it’s hard too, because I’m used to the theatre side of like going home and working things out and trying to work it out for myself and you have to be able to communicate that to everybody. So, first of all, when I signed up for the show I had absolutely no clue that that was the direction it was going to take and that I would get the opportunity to play all of these people. It just worked out so great because that’s like an actor’s dream to be able to be shown versatility and be able to play with that on-screen. But really in the beginning it was Steven Lynch, my amazing make-up artist and Jojo — Joanne Stamp that is – who did my hair. Then we had Steven doing wardrobe, as well, this year and he was so great because he would bring in a bunch of options for us wardrobe-wise and we would talk about it. I’d say like, “With Lucy something I really wanted her to have this like leather purse.” She needed something for carrying and that really helped me with my physicality. Then also all the work. We actually had Dorothy Martin, who was doing my make-up this year, doing a bunch of stuff for Lucy and some other stuff that I needed. Through the time of getting to sit in the make-up chair and being able to watch the character come together — also watching Steven Wright come into the trailer and look at the wardrobe and then to have Dorothy there and then to have Joanne there and us together kind of come up with something that’s felt good for all of us. I remember specifically probably one of the biggest victories this season when it came to characters was we worked on a collaboration of a character — like I walked into Matt, my showrunner, and Stephanie and a bunch of other people and they kind of turned and looked at me and said “Hi” to me as if I was a visitor. I remember inside going, “Yes!” Then they kind of looked again and then were like, “Oh my word!” So that’s always really exciting when you can pull off that kind of transformation. It just comes from having a really good team. I’ll make this short, but just a small little story that happened this year, right before I played a lot of the Lucy stuff, I ended up really hurting my knee. My meniscus and my ACL went out when I was on set. So I was having to figure out, “Okay, how am I going to cover this up because I still have to walk and I still have to look normal and I have to maybe be wearing a brace?” But it was really cool because we were able to conceal it, yet that sort of leg-thing really fed into my character and it really worked. If I didn’t have had that injury at that moment, I don’t even think I would have thought of half of the stuff that I needed for Lucy in those moments. So sometimes the biggest mistakes can turn into the greatest gifts, if you let them do that and you’re open to it and you don’t get all bummed and fight it. So it was just a big collaboration of messy creativity and then just throwing something to the wall and seeing if it sticks.
Adam, when you joined the cast were you aware then that your character would become such an integral part of the show and its mythology?
ADAM: I had absolutely no idea. So the story goes is that Shawn Piller and some of the producers and writers saw my retirement speech from WWE and said, “Hey, can we get that guy?” because they wanted to tie in from WWE Smackdown leading into HAVEN on Syfy. So that was the genesis of it. But then it was just supposed to be a one-off episode, a few scenes and that was that. Apparently, halfway through the scene a call was made to L.A. and said, “Can we write a bit more?” And it became a slow growth of four episodes and into the next season and so on to the point where with this last season, it really it kind of blew my mind, to be honest. To be so heavily involved with — as I said earlier — kind of really pivotal moments for this series and the town and that affected all of the characters. So that was it was pretty huge. It was a lot of fun and after the first season, where I kind of just went, “Okay, [not sure] this isn’t a thing for me. I don’t know what I’m doing, but I really enjoyed it.” And from that point on — like I try to do with anything that I enjoy — I locked my teeth in and just went after it. So it was a lot of fun to do this and experience it and it really gave me another path and another season in my life that I had no idea was going to open up. So I can say that this show actually completely changed my life.
Audrey is a lot different now that she’s not immune to the Troubles like she was. Has that affected the way you play her and how is that going to effect the character as well this season?
EMILY: I just remember with her — it’s tricky for me to sometimes to parse it out we’re talking about you know season 5B but we filmed 5A and 5B together as 26 episodes — I think somebody even asked about Mara early on and the tricky part about her is her being the classic Mara: acting like she’s Audrey, but then being Mara and letting people think she’s Audrey. The whole immunity part getting thrown in there, it was really appropriate because a big question for Audrey this season was kind of a different version of the original question, she was asking like: Who am I? She didn’t know her identity initially, in terms of her family, but then once she kind of reclaimed her family and who that was and gained a new identity in being this protector of the town and somebody that was immune, yet now she’s faced again with a new identity crisis not only with having been these different people but also — I don’t want to say power because it’s not a power but something that worked to her advantage — is no longer a part of her either. So she’s constantly on that identity-hunt and I can totally identify with that. Especially moving on from this character and having inhibited her for a long time and being like, “Oh, okay. What am I now? And what am I doing now? And how am I going to identify myself and where do I fit?” But, fortunately, that’s just not Audrey’s question. That’s a question that we all ask and that’s a question that all the characters asked as each is forced to take different roles — and how does that role change their relationship with other people. Nathan is forced to ask himself that when stuff for Audrey changes — and then how does that affect their relationship? Because that was directly connected to a lot of the ways that they connected early on — that he could feel her and all of that. So that’s something we don’t know if that changes or not. Does that change their dynamic? All kinds of stuff like that also feeds into Duke and his journey — what does it mean with the Troubles being a part of him and then not a part of him? Does that make him evil? Does that make him good? All the characters are asking those questions. All of them. It’s just in different forms. So it’s great writing in that way because it is a core question that we all ask, just heightened and dealing with Troubles. So it was tricky to play because I constantly was like having to gauge myself with the directors and my writers, like,” Okay, where am I?” Because your instinct after playing this character for so long is just to act a certain way, but you have to keep the current state in the front of your mind.
Will we get a chance to see the other side of the Void this season?
EMILY: The realm on the other side of the void, maybe. It would be interesting if we did wouldn’t it?
Any chance of William (Colin Ferguson) coming back?
EMILY: Maybe, yes. I don’t know. [Laughs] I feel like the answer to your question is disappearing into the Void right now and I don’t know how to retrieve it.
And William Shatner will be in a number of episodes this season as well?
EMILY: It’s incredible, right? William Shatner on HAVEN. I mean, seriously. I remember calling my parents and being like, “Oh my word! Who would you just like freak-out to see on our show?” So it’s really cool. He is really a neat guy and it is such an incredible thing to get to work with him, which I just never in a million years thought I would get to do. So we are super excited about him being a part of our universe in HAVEN. If you would have told me that when I started this whole thing, I would have just been like, “You’re kidding me!” And it’s just really, really cool. Because, obviously, sci-fi fans love him and he’s a great actor. He is a presence. You can’t get around that presence. And so when you need a presence like that who better to call than the Shat? Let’s be honest.
ADAM: Without giving anything away from the show, it was just the fact that you’re standing there across and sharing scenes with William Shatner — and I affectionately refer to him as the Shat.
EMILY: [Laughs] I was going to call him the Shat, but I didn’t know if I was allowed to.
ADAM: To which, he referred to me as Babe. But I’m pretty sure he called everybody Babe so I don’t think that’s a rare or anything. But it was really amazing and I was super impressed with this one day – it was my first scene with him and he had been in all day, whereas I only had that one scene during that day. If you’re in every scene the entire day, it’s a lot. I think it was 7 or 8 p.m. by the time I roll in and he was just on it and not dropping anything and rearranging things and it still like just got to where it needed to get to. So I walked away from that going, “My God, that guy is an absolute pro.”
EMILY: All of his down time in between the scenes is memorizing the next two days worth of material. It’s really quite a lesson in in ego and professionalism to watch these veteran actors do their thing. It’s encouraging. You feel like you need to take the time to do that. It’s encouraging to see them do that.
EMILY: And you keep at it, and you do whatever it takes to be prepared for the next day. You don’t ever slack off.
Did Lucas get to keep the Bronco?
EMILY: No, he didn’t get to keep it. It was actually quite sad. I think it was probably the last episode, we were out in the parking lot and it was freaking cold, the coldest. I mean so freaking cold. And I said to Keith Flynn, “Keith, can we turn the heater on in here?” Because usually the Bronco is our safe-haven. It’s where we sit with our cups of coffee and turn on the Bronco and just let the heat from the engine warm the inside of it. I think it was its last day — it was its wrap out day actually — And I went to go turn it on and Keith walks up he goes, “No she gave up on us.” And I was like, “What” And he’s like, “She’s done.” And I said, “What are you talking about she’s done?” And he’s like, “She won’t turn over. She gave up. She’s all done. This is her last day. She’s all done.” And I was like, “Are you kidding me, Keith?” And he’s like, “No I can bring in a plug in heater and put it right there on the seat next to you.” And I was like, “Oh it’s so sad, but it’s so romantic and poetic that’s what happened.” On the last day the Bronco wrapped itself out. I think we had a party and they must have pushed it into the studio because we took a lot of pictures by it. But as much as Lucas would have loved to have that Bronco, we also knew that it was a royal piece of [blank] and that’s all it was. So he didn’t get it. But she knew when to take her bow and she did.
ADAM: She did have a drink named after her: the Blue Bronco on HAVEN.
Did you have a favorite episode or a favorite moment during the series?
EMILY: Oh man. I think I like all of the time-travel episodes. I mean HAVEN is such a timeless place anyway, but I think I dug when we got to see it transform into different eras of time. Like the 50s episode will always stand out in my mind and the one we did this season will stand out as well. But it’s too hard for me to pick a moment because to me HAVEN is one huge moment in my life that’s really, really cool. It’s hard to say goodbye to that friend in a way. It was a big growing experience for me and a big adventure and a big huge family. The people — unfortunately some of the best moments of times in your life aren’t necessarily filmed — they’re what’s not filmed. And the family that we had there and how hard the Nova Scotia people/crew worked for us and what quality they put out and their consistent love and family that they created for us is really one thing that I will always have with me from now on and will never forget. So it’s pretty special. It has a pretty special place in my heart. (Sorry, I am pregnant. So I’m a bit emotional about things!)
ADAM: I kind of echo the same sentiments. I found myself this summer for the first time — I was like, “Wow we’re not in Nova Scotia. I really miss Nova Scotia and I miss the people and the gang and the family.” I miss getting together and having wine and just hanging out. [Laughs] Wow, I really sound old giving this interview!
EMILY: [Laughs] You’re really old.
ADAM: And playing board games and doing wrap presents for the crew and just I don’t know. It really just became more than just a show. That was such a great experience to be involved in because, as I said earlier, I had no idea that was going to happen and this show truly did change my life. I think about what happened to me personally, from the time I started on this show — I’ve had a baby who the entire cast and crew knows and loves. There’s babies that I know and love that I got to crawl all over me and to be uncle Adam for. Those are things that no one sees that just they remain with you. From the work standpoint, huge things obviously. It’s all a new experience. But I think that’s what I took from it is just that it can be more than that and it was.
EMILY: Yes, it was a big year of closure this year. This summer was really — I don’t know – it was really sweet to be back home, but it was also really hard to be away from our HAVEN family. We were hoping to dedicate this last season to our dear friend Nicky Butler, who we lost this year. Nicky was the owner of the restaurant in town in Chester that we met with and we had dinner at her place every single Sunday night, family dinners there as a cast and crew.
Like Adam said, when I had Myles as a newborn at six weeks going back to work like I was walking him down to dinner there strapped to me and we just have such a family there. So the fact that, for us, the closure has been really good and really necessary. But it’s been hard to be away from family during some of those big moments. I’s also felt like the year for that. Like it just it’s just happening and life grows and changes and closes and moves on and we’re just really thankful and blessed to have been a part of it.
To see how wide-spread and insane life gets in the little town of Haven now that Duke’s Troubles are unleashed, be sure to tune in for the Season 5B premiere of HAVEN on Thursday, October 7, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. on Syfy. As this final season winds towards its series finale, be sure to celebrate each and every episode like the gift that it is and savor it because not every show gets to ends so wonderfully. It will be a Christmas gift that we all can enjoy together as the show airs its finale in December.