Ksenia Solo may be moving on from “Lost Girl,” but she’s not leaving without really taking stock of what the show has given her career — and her life.
Solo joined the fantastical Canadian show when she was 21, and fans immediately took to the sarcastic, sexy Kenzi character (arguably, Kenzi went on to become the fan favourite in the franchise), so it came as quite a shock when Kenzi was “killed off” at the end of Season 4. The internet was awash in theories about her death, and fans were certain that she’d reappear in Season 5, the final season of “Lost Girl.”
They weren’t wrong; Solo is indeed back on “Lost Girl” for its two-part last season, but Kenzi will be appearing in less than half of the 16 episodes. Still, fans are pleased, and Solo wanted to give her character a proper send-off before moving on.
HuffPost Canada TV spoke with Solo in an exclusive one-on-one chat, and we talked about how she feels about the show coming to a close, why she decided to explore new opportunities, and what she has to say to her die-hard fans.
HuffPost Canada TV: A lot of my questions are framed around you departing the show, but that’s not really fair, is it? You’re still on “Lost Girl.”
Ksenia Solo: I’m there. I’m not there in the same capacity. I’m not in every episode. I’m there because the fans are incredible, and I wanted to make sure that Kenzi was there for them.
HuffPost Canada TV: So was this a conscious departure on your part? Did you want to be away from “Lost Girl,” but at the same time ensure that your character got the right ending?
Ksenia Solo: No, I would say it’s not about being “away.” Basically, what happened is I came to a fork in the road and I had to make a decision for myself. I started “Lost Girl” when I was 21, and it’s been a six-year commitment. It’s a long time in a person’s life, especially at that age. I really wanted to expand myself creatively, and in order to do that and continue to grow as an actor, I needed to have the chance to play other roles and do other projects. But you need time for that, and I didn’t have it.
I love the show, and I will be forever grateful to people like our creator and producers, our network, our wonderful cast and crew, everyone who’s made “Lost Girl” possible. Simply, I just needed to be challenged and I need to continue to grow as an artist.