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Interview: On Leaving ‘Lost Girl,’ Her Fans, And What’s Next
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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.

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Exclusive Interview with Ksenia!!
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Ksenia was kind enough to answer some questions for us. Please don’t re-post this interview elsewhere, just link people here. Enjoy!!!

Middle Name? “No middle name. Always thought it would be cool to have one.”

Any Siblings? No.

Favorite Book? Furious Love

Favorite Movie? When Harry Met Sally

Favorite Band/Singer? Mutemath & London Grammar

Favorite Actor & Actress? “I really admire Mark Ruffalo and Amy Adams. They both always play very complex, interesting characters in films that have very powerful messages.”

You injured yourself when you were a teenager which is why you started to focus more on acting and less on ballet. Did the accident change other priorities for you as well? Did you feel a shift in what you thought was important?

“Not really. I loved acting as much as I loved dance.”

Do you have a motto you live by? What is it?

“You create your own happiness.
I believe that very much.”

Who are your heroes?

“A hero to me is someone who never gives up, never stops believing, never stops dreaming, no matter what life throws at them. Someone who fights for what they believe in and stands up for those who can’t fight for themselves.”

Is there a book or a movie that has changed your view on the world/on inspired you? If so, what and why?

“The film Bully had a profound affect on me. It made me want to do everything I could to stand up for all those kids. It reminded me that I know first hand what it’s like to be made fun of, ridiculed and made to feel less than everyone else. Most importantly, the film taught me about an amazing little boy named Ty Smalley and the events that led up to his tragic death. I learned about his incredible parents, Kirk and Laura Smalley and the absolutely inspiring and life changing work they now do in Ty’s honor with Stand For The Silent. I went home after I watched the film, found the soonest SFTS event and within two weeks I was sitting in front of Kirk at a venue just outside of Chicago. It changed me forever.”

If you could experience a day in the life of anyone (alive or dead) who would it be and why?

“I would like to experience a day in the life of Elizabeth Taylor. She was such a power house. Such a talent. Such a complex woman. Her life was wild and unpredictable and she experienced so much. I think being her for a day would be an incredible lesson in strength.”

Do you have any hidden talents?

“I love photography. People tell me I have a good eye. I really enjoy being behind the camera. It’s out of my comfort zone and that feeling excites me.”

Note from Brianne: Check out Ksenia’s photography here!

What’s on your iPod and DVR? What was the last film you saw?

“Music is a huge part of my life. I have a little bit of everything on my playlist.”

“My favorite television shows right now are Homeland, House of Cards, Girls, New Girl and Orphan Black.”

“The last film I saw was The Normal Heart.”

Aside from “Another You” do you have any upcoming projects in the works?

“Of course. I just can’t talk about those quite yet.”

Many fans want to know what made you get started in acting? Did you have any professional training?

“I grew up in a family of artists. I used to sit in baby chair in the wings of the theatre and try to copy everything I saw. I never really had to think about what I wanted to do, being a performer seemed to come naturally, even though I was a painfully shy kid. Acting actually changed my life in that sense. It completely helped me break out of my shell. Not sure who I would be today with it.”

Do you ever wish to work as a director or are you content with being in front of the camera?

“I have wanted to direct for a very long time! In fact I just had my directorial debut and I absolutely can’t wait to share it with you guys!”

ONFIRE FILMS

Do you have any update on “Too Early for Flowers: The Story of a Polio Mother”? Have you started production yet?

“The project is currently in development.”

Many fans are curious as to what you’ll be doing with OnFire Films: Will you focus on documentary style films, feature films or both?

“Our focus is feature films but I would definitely love to explore the world of documentaries.”

ON “LOST GIRL”

How did you come to find Lost Girl?

“Lost Girl found me.”

How did you first react to learning about Kenzi, and what were the challenges? What do you and Kenzi have in common?

“I had to really build and create the Kenzi we have all come to know today and it was not without it’s challenges. What I can say is that I was very surprised that I was cast because I didn’t think I was funny at all. I was fascinated by her but when we first started the process, I didn’t have any connection to her.

After playing Kenzi for so many years, I know now that what we do share is a very similar sense of humor, a love of fashion and a deep understanding of how important family is.”

In the Confaedential, you said you’re not used to being comic relief, however you’re just so good at it, I have to wonder, are you a prankster outside of your role as Kenzi?

“I wouldn’t call myself a prankster but I do very much love making people laugh.”

Ksenia, the clothes you wear both on and off screen always look so amazing and beautiful. You have a great sense of style and fashion. Have you ever thought about designing your own line of clothing? How much influence do you have on Kenzi’s wardrobe and what items would you most like to take home if you could? Do you have a favorite outfit that Kenzi has worn?

“Designing is definitely a passion I would like to pursue.

Anne Dixon, the very gifted wardrobe designer who created the look of Lost Girl always inspired me with her unique ideas for Kenzi. Through the years and our time spent together creating Kenzi’s look, we always collaborated in a beautiful way. Anne taught me many things about how to take something simple and then ‘Kenzify’ it. I am definitely very particular, very involved and care deeply about Kenzi’s look.

In fact I would like to take most of Kenzi’s fashion home. Her Heart Attack jeans, her cool leather jackets. And least we forget….the shoes!”

Do you have a favorite Kenzi moment from the series?

“It would be impossible to pick just one.”

AND FINALLY….

Is there anything else you want to say to your fans reading this?

“I cherish you all very much. Thank you for your endless support and for loving Kenzi as much as I do. Thank you for allowing her teach us all how important it is to be a real, true friend.”



LG: Anna, Ksenia, and Kris Preview Season 3’s End
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“Lost Girl” is better than ever (and has already been renewed for a fourth season), and on Thursday, March 7, we joined a conference call with series stars Anna Silk, Ksenia Solo, and Kris Holden-Ried as they teased what’s to come in the rest of season 3.

Kenzi and Bo’s friendship. Kenzi has had a rough time lately, and Bo has tough times coming with the trials she’s going to be facing, but whatever happens, “it’s impossible to tear them apart because of the bond they have and the love they have for each other,” Solo shared. “Every relationship goes through its ups and downs and I think they’ve been on the up swing for a while so I think it was time this season to give them a little, some hardships to go through. So I think once they get over these bumps in the road, they’ll be able to move on to the next chapter in their relationship.” Silk agreed, adding, “Friendships really have to evolve, they have to be challenged, so I think it’s good for Bo and Kenzi to shake things up a little bit in terms of their friendship and see where it goes from where we leave off.”

Challenges and decisions ahead. Speaking of the trials coming Bo’s way, Silk and Holden-Ried both teased an upcoming scene in episode 9 that the actress said “required a lot of emotional presence” in a dream world. Also facing some challenging situations is going to be Kenzi, who, while she’s back and alive, is going to now be more aware of the fact that she is just human in this fae world. “Now more than ever she feels weaker than all her friends,” Solo admitted. “Obviously everything affects us whether we know it or not, consciously or subconsciously, so I feel like [her recent experience] is going to affect the decisions she makes in the upcoming episodes.” And Kenzi will have “some really big decisions” to make going forward.

Speaking of season 4… While the actors couldn’t reveal anything about what’s coming up, Solo did say she would like to see more “outside the box” episodes, like the one where they switched bodies, “things that really challenge [them] as actors and challenge [their] characters.” Meanwhile, Silk said, “I feel like we’re evolving exactly as we should, which means that we’re constantly challenging and changing and moving forward, so I hope for more of that.” Finally, Holden-Ried did tease that there have been talks about looking into Dyson and Trick’s past and it could happen in season 4, “hopefully with flashbacks or really getting into the history of it.”

Read Kris and Anna’s thoughts on things Ksenia didn’t comment on here.



Leaderpost Interview
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Ksenia Solo may play a human in a sci-fi series filled with supernatural beings, but when it comes to her onscreen look, she’s a bona fide chameleon. As Kenzi on Lost Girl, she’s a professional scammer – and any con artist worth her salt has more than one bit of lipstick and blusher in her arsenal.

“I’ve had a dream since the very beginning of the show, for Kenzi to go undercover as a dude, facial hair and all,” says Solo, who has worn, among other things, a blood-red bob, bohemian blond waves and her trademark jet-black bangs on the show.

“There are almost no limits to how creative we can be, so it’s always great to play around and look for inspiration from different fashion icons, cultures, history, art, anything and everything creative.”

Solo’s transformations, done in collaboration with hair and makeup artists Lynda McCormack and Sandy Sokolowski, can take up to three hours. But when the three-time Gemini winner (one for Lost Girl, two for Renegadepress.com) hits the set, there’s way more punching than primping going on.

“I always try to do my stunts myself, I’m a very physical actor, so I definitely enjoy that part of the job,” says Solo, whose fluency in Russian was worked into the show’s scripts.

Now in its third butt-kicking season, Lost Girl airs on U.S. cable network Syfy and is up for four Canadian Screen Awards including one for Solo as best supporting actress in a TV drama. (Source)



LG Season 3: Anna, Ksenia and Kris On What To Expect With Bo, Kenzi And Dyson
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I’ve only included Ksenia’s quotes here, so please read the full article to see what Anna and Kris had to say. Also, please note there’s some minor spoilers throughout.

Character changes this season

“On my end, what I can say without giving anything away is that Kenzi’s life is really in danger this season,” said Solo. “She goes through some pretty traumatic experiences that she has to come out and it really affects her and changes the way she thinks and the soon-to-be decisions that she has to make.”

What was added to the characters

Solo and Silk talked about some things that became part of their characters as the episodes wore on.

“Well, for Kenzi, I don’t think it was written that she was going to be Russian or that she had a Russian background, Russian family. I think that was a big part that was added,” said Solo.

Kenzi’s background and relationships explored

“I would really love to delve into Kenzi’s backstory,” said Solo about what she would like to see come up in future episodes. “That’s something that I’ve been talking about since the very beginning, just to see where she came from. What kind of life she had to have had before meeting Bo that has made her the way she is today. Why she had to live on the street and live on her own and leave home and we’ve referenced a couple of times that she had an abusive stepfather and just a pretty crazy family all around.”

“I would really love to delve deeper into that and maybe explore her relationship with her dad and with Dyson,” she added. “Kenzi and Dyson go through a very interesting experience this season, so we delve deeper into the relationship, but in a way I don’t think anybody expects.”

Holden-Reid added, “There are definitely a couple of episodes that push our relationship to new boundaries and limits and we come out of it on the other side even stronger than we’ve ever been.”

Lost Girl in Canada and the U.S.

The cast is pretty stoked for the show to be popular not only in Canada and the U.S., but the world.

[A]nd we just aired in Australia as well, which is cool,” added Solo. “The fact that people on the other side can sit in front of their TVs and enjoy Lost Girl just like we can here is a really cool thing to know and the fact that we get fanmail from all over the world, parts of the world that we never even thought would be seeing Lost Girl but they do and it’s always a huge honor when that happens. I think that the special thing about Lost Girl is that it’s so worldwide. It’s a real source of pride and joy for us. ”

Read the full interview here.



Ksenia discusses Kenzi/Lost Girl
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Stop reading -now- if you want to avoid possible spoilers for “Lost Girl”. This discusses what happened last week and what may come.

 

And human Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) was given a mystical gift — or was it a curse?

Whatever the power turns out to be, Solo hopes it provides some juicy material for her character. “What I hope happens is that she gets to experience a little darkness,” says Solo of Kenzi, who has mostly served as comic relief on the show. “As an actor, it’s really important for me to be challenged. So I would be happy if I was faced with difficult situations.” (Source)



LG Q&A
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Click here to read a transcript of a Sy Fy conference call with Ksenia, Anna Silk and Kris Holden-Ried about ‘Lost Girl’. The transcript is 42 pages long.



FearNet Inteview
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I’ve stumbled into a new interview with Ksenia where she discusses both ‘Lost Girl’ and ‘Locke and Key’.

You’ve appeared in supernatural projects before. When you received the script, what was different about Lost Girl?

Well, a major thing was I had never heard of Fae before. I was like, “What? Are they people with wings that look like Tinkerbell?” I don’t know. Of course reading the script, it was so much darker than I initially thought. It’s so fascinating these creatures that feed off human emotion, karma, chi and sexuality. I thought it was so fresh and exciting. The fact Kenzi was this human that would be living among these creatures, and happily doing so, was very appealing.

With Kenzi, you also get to explore your comedic skills, which are new to your wheelhouse…

I always wanted to do comedy. The better part of my career has been spent crying or in life-or-death situations and being kidnapped and having drug addictions. It’s all this crazy intense stuff, so the fact I would be the comedic relief of this show, that definitely stood out.

With her pale skin and long black hair, Dodge certainly has a Japanese horror vibe to her. Did you turn to anything for inspiration in her speech or movement?

The resemblance is kind of creepy with all those well girls from The Ring and other films that have the long black hair and wear a night gown, or whatever it’s called. You’re very right. I see how I resemble that, but at the time, I completely did not think of that. It was one of those amazing times I picked up the script and had this weird feeling of “I have to play this role.” I saw her as very androgynous and creepy, but at the same time, she had to be vulnerable and soft spoken and almost like a snake. You couldn’t touch her because she was so slippery in the sense that you couldn’t figure her out. Dodge was just this mystery.

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