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Interview: Laura Vandervoort Talks About V Season 2!
by Craig Byrne
In the last interview that we're posting from our September V set visit, we talk to Laura Vandervoort about the new season of the show, which premieres Tuesday night at 9PM (ET) on ABC. What's in store for Lisa this season? The answers may surprise you.
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Very quickly, Laura told us that her character is going to be on the good team. "She's going to the human side," she says. As to her own feeling on this, Laura says it's brought "mixed emotions" for her. "I think it's always fun to play evil, but it's nice that she has chosen the right side. She still gets to play the tough, evil side because she's going to take on her mother at some point. I'm sure there's going to be a war, and she's going to have to fight her, and still be strong and tough," Laura tells us.
"I don't know when they plan on having that war, or if it's going to be a full-out war, but I would love to get some action in terms of fighting," Laura says about the possibility of a Visitor-agaist-human war. "With my martial arts background, with Supergirl and everything, I love doing action, and Lisa hasn't really had a chance to do that. The V's don't necessarily have to lift a finger if you're royalty. They have people to do that for them. But I think Lisa's kind of going to be on her own, and she's going to get right involved in a war and hopefully kick some V butt," she says.
One ally that Lisa might have in the future is her grandmother, Diana. "She hasn't met her yet," Laura says, at least at the time of the fourth episode shooting, which is when this interview was conducted. "She doesn't know that she exists, actually. All she knows is that she passed away, and that's how her mother took on ruling the V's. I think she'll be shocked when she finds out Diana is where she is. She's in the basement or something." Laura tells us that a scene was shot where Lisa discovers the door leading to where Diana is being held, but that it was cut. "I think it's too soon for her to meet Grandma," she says.
Laura says that Jane Badler, who plays Diana, is "so sweet." "It's really strange, because I watched the original V, to see her now, and have her on the show. I worked with Michael Ironside before, so I'm slowly getting through the original cast, and I can't wait to work with her," she shares.
While Lisa might meet her grandmother on the ship within time, a good amount of time will be spent on Earth, where Lisa has formed an alliance with Elizabeth Mitchell's Erica Evans. But does Lisa know that Erica is the leader of the Fifth Column? "I do know Erica is in the Fifth Column, [but] I don't think I know she's the leader, and I haven't met the rest of them," Laura reveals. "I don't know who the rest of them are. So, I just communicate through her to the Fifth Column, but I think eventually I will meet them in Hobbes' bunker. There was a line the other day that I had to e-mail and say, 'So have I met the rest of the Fifth Column?' They said no, definitely not. That's going to happen later on when I'm finally in the group." Lisa will also do work for the Resistance up at the V mothership. "I'm the only one on the ship at this point that they can trust, because Joshua has had some problems that you're going to discover in the beginning of the season, so I don't have an ally on the ship. So I'm kind of left alone on the ship at the beginning," she says.
Regarding her relationship with another Evans - Tyler - Laura says that their is love but a conflict between them is growing. "She's seeing a side of him she's never really noticed before, and it's making her question how she feels about him, and she's seeing that he may be more like her mother than she realized," she reveals. She also admits that there are problems with Lisa keeping some things from Tyler. "It's complicated for both of us," she says. "She shares a lot with Tyler. They're very open with each other. Obviously, he doesn't know she's a lizard. He doesn't know those major plot points. She doesn't get into that. But they do share on an emotional level. He does know that she's a V, and that she's different. She is trying to protect him, so I don't think she's going to get into detail with him, and part of protecting him is also keeping herself away from him a little bit. Because Lisa has something going on with herself this season that she can't necessarily control, and she has to try to keep Tyler at a distance, just to keep him safe from her. But I think ultimately, she would love to share everything with him. She loves him. She knows that he would understand, but there's a lot involved. He doesn't know his mother's a Fifth Column; I do, so I have to keep that. Lisa has so many different relationships that people don't know about."
Lisa's direction for Season 2 seemed to be set from the concluding moments of Season 1. Did Lisa take pleasure in seeing her mother's pain? "Yeah," Laura swoons. "Because she's just developing her emotions for the first time, I think it was the first time she felt that she finally got back at her mother. She felt invigorated that she was able to do that, and she had the little Anna smirk at the end, when she saw her mother scream in agony. It was a nice little moment after what she went through for the whole season, with the V carving and everything, for her to have a moment for herself, with the audience, to be like 'AH!' So it was fun. I'm glad that she did it," she explains.
"Originally, I would have said that Lisa was just a soldier ant, following the Queen Ant, Anna. I always think of the V's as like a bee colony, or an ant colony, or whatever, and there's the Queen, which is Anna, and the rest of us follow, but I think finally, Lisa is getting around of the rest of the ants, and she's making her own destiny, and maybe Grandma [Diana] will get in the way of that. I don't know," she theorizes.
As V goes into its second season, another familial question arises within Laura Vandervoort's mind. If Anna is her mother, who is her father? "I don't know if that will ever play a part in [the story]," Laura says. "No one's told me. Is her father a V? Is her father human? And what does that mean? Maybe that's why she's feeling emotions quicker than most. But I believe I am Anna's daughter," she says.
V Season 2 begins TONIGHT (January 4) at 9PM (ET) on ABC! Here are some extras you may enjoy:
Message Forum - Countdown/LIVE Thread - Official ABC Description - First 14 Minutes - Elizabeth Mitchell Interview - Scott Wolf Interview - Charles Mesure Interview - Logan Huffman Interview - Jane Badler Interview - Steve Pearlman Interview - Advance Review
V returns January 4, 2011 on ABC.
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