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[Interview] Ksenia Solo teases what’s in store for Shay on “Orphan Black”
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AfterEllen: What was it like joining the Orphan Black cast for Season 3? What made you want to be part of the show?

Ksenia Solo: I’ve been a fan from the beginning so it was awesome.

AE: What is your favorite thing about playing Shay?

KS: She has a very different rhythm and energy than any other characters I’ve played. It was interesting to explore.

AE: What do you think it is about Shay that drew Cosima in so immediately, despite her initial hesitations?

KS: I think it’s her warmth and free spirit.

AE: A lot of people come into the clones’ lives with ill intentions… Can we trust Shay?

KS: You’ll just have to watch and see!

AE: Will Shay meet Delphine? How will that go?

KS: I can’t give too much away, but let’s just say that their paths are bound to cross…

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Interview: The Star Phoenix
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Categories: Articles & Interviews, Lost Girl, Orphan Black, Turn

For five seasons, Ksenia Solo played a human navigating the world of the Fae, the supernatural creatures of legend, on Showcase’s Lost Girl. Now, she inhabits another world of notable figures — the real-life agents of the Revolutionary War in AMC’s period drama Turn: Washington’s Spies, returning Monday.

Solo portrays Peggy Shippen, Gen. Benedict Arnold’s second wife, who’s been described as the most beautiful woman in America. As history buffs know, Peggy was involved with Arnold’s conspiracy with the British to change sides. He was exposed after British Major John André was arrested in 1780 after carrying documentation of the plot.

“I was looking to do something that was the complete opposite of what I was doing for so many years, so I could stretch myself as an actor. Along came Turn and the very complex and intriguing role of Peggy Shippen, and it was exactly what I wanted to do,” says the 27-year-old Latvian-Canadian actress, who joins the show alongside Owain Yeoman as Arnold.

“We pick up in the fall of 1777, and we first meet her at her home where her family is having a party. John André (JJ Field) goes there to try and grill her a bit about Benedict Arnold and her history with him, because when she was 14 years old, Benedict Arnold stayed at her family home.”

As they say, one good Turn deserves another, and Solo has also picked up a role on the acclaimed clone drama Orphan Black for Season 3, debuting April 18. Aside from noting that her character, Shay, makes her first appearance in the fifth episode, Solo can’t say much about the part.

“Shay comes in midseason and is the new friend to Cosima (Tatiana Maslany). She is a spiritual healer and quite different than the people who have previously been in Cosima’s life. We see what happens to the two of them as the season progresses.”

But it’s Solo’s role on Lost Girl — playing Bo’s (Anna Silk) sarcastic friend Kenzi — that first put her on fans’ radar. And when Kenzi apparently died at the end of the sci-fi series’ fourth season, following Solo’s decision to pursue other opportunities, there were questions of whether Kenzi would get the sendoff she deserved.

“I didn’t see Kenzi going any other way but with some sort of selfless sacrifice for Bo and the people that she loves,” says Solo. “That is the essence of Kenzi — to put her friends and family before herself. And I think the most important aspect of Kenzi’s death was that she finally felt like she had a purpose. So in that sense I feel like we did Kenzi justice.”

Viewers were relieved when Season 5 opened with Bo sacrificing herself for Kenzi, and Kenzi essentially rising from the dead but ultimately deciding to move to Spain. In the second half of Season 5 (which doesn’t yet have a premiere date), Kenzi will pop in occasionally before the series signs off for good.

“I’m very grateful to our producer, Jay Firestone, and our writers for finding a very creative way to bring Kenzi back in Season 5,” says Solo. “It meant a lot to me to come back in whatever capacity I could for the fans, who have been so wonderful and loving and supportive from day one.” (Source)

Watch a video interview here (sorry, guys I can’t embed it!).

Interview: Hello! Canada
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“I’ve been craving an iced cappuccino for literally the last four months,” actress Ksenia Solo tells Hello! during a visit to Toronto in late March. “Even though it’s cold and miserable outside, I feel like I have a little slice of heaven with my Timmy Hos! It doesn’t get more Canadian than that!” [ Laughs]. It’s a busy time for the Latvian-Canadian actress who is all over primetime television thanks to her roles in three hit shows – Lost Girl , Orphan Black and TURN: Washington’s Spies. Now in its second season, TURN (Mondays, AMC) tells the true story of the American Revolutionary War and the figures that helped shape the history of the United States. Here, Ksenia opens up about stepping into the 18th century to portray the politically minded Peggy Shippen, corsets and her penchant for playing strong independent women.

What is it like to play such a famous historical figure?
Peggy is such a fascinating character and it’s an incredible period of time to explore. She was a very skilled socialite and she hailed from one of the richest families in Philadelphia. But that was just a facade. She was also very cunning, very knowledgeable in politics and smart and charming and witty. TURN explores the events that led up to Benedict Arnold (her husband) becoming a traitor, which Peggy played a very pivotal role in.

You sport quite the wig in the show! What was like getting to dress up as an 18th-century woman?
The wig looks very intimidating because it’s very high and there’s a lot of hair [Laughs], but it wasn’t as heavy as I thought it would be. Surprisingly it was the easiest thing to wear out of everything. It was quite painful most days because of the corset and the many layers but I did enjoy getting to play in that world.

Lost Girl’s Kenzi, Shay on Orphan Black and Peggy are all very strong female characters. Is it important to you to play powerful women?
I feel very lucky that the three women that I’m playing now are all independent and strong in their own way. I look up to these characters and try to learn from them. I admire their courage and their sense of self. (Source)

Interview: Life for Ksenia Solo took a Turn for the better
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Categories: Articles & Interviews, Black Swan, Lost Girl, Orphan Black, Turn

Yes, it gets better. Just ask Ksenia Solo.

Sitting in a Toronto bistro opposite the poised, confident young woman who is juggling new roles on both Orphan Black and Turn: Washington’s Spies, it’s hard to believe that bullying made her life such hell as a child that she had to be dragged to school every September.

“It’s true,” she says, fixing you with pale blue eyes that look like they have never known a day of doubt. “On the first day of school, my mother had to drag me there, holding my hand, and when I looked at that sea of strange faces I’d break down in tears and Mom would have to take me to the bathroom where I could have my little panic attack.

“And from that moment forward, they’d all know how shy I was and how sensitive I was, and just how they could destroy me.”

Solo has a pretty good idea of why she was such a magnet for bullies back then. “Oh my God, I was tiny, a total shrimp in their eyes and I had this grotesquely kinky, curly hair. They made fun of me for all of that and because I couldn’t speak English that well at first, either.”

She was born in Riga in Latvia in 1987 and has only a few disjointed memories of the country where she spent the first five years of her life.

“I remember my grandmother’s apartment and I remember this forest by our house where I would search for snails, which I was obsessed by in those days.” She giggles. “Yes, there is photographic evidence of that.”

She says her parents’ move to Canada “wasn’t politically motivated,” but “it was just around that time when the whole Soviet Union came crashing down.”

She thought Canada “was very beautiful and so incredibly free,” but she didn’t’ speak any English at first “and that was very hard. It was such a barrier to overcome. I had been taken out of a world I knew and put into another where I was a perfect stranger. For years after that, I always felt like an outsider.”

And the bullying only added to that sensation.

“You know what it’s like. It’s that person or those two people who pick on you and then everybody else jumps on the train. Everybody wants to fit in, so if one person is leading the pack then the others all have to join in hating you so they can feel they belong.”

She looks down at the snow-white tablecloth, smoothing it nervously.

“I switched schools a lot and I had to get my books from the school I was leaving. I was too afraid to meet any of the people who had been bullying me, so I showed up after hours and had the janitor open up the classroom for me.”

Solo is now a director of the anti-bullying foundation Stand for the Silent and offers her advice on survival.

“You have to find people you have something in common with, whether it’s sports or theatre or ballet. You can’t change the bullies, you can’t change the school system, but you can find a way for those of us being bullied to survive.”

For Solo, that way out was initially ballet. When she began to study arts at Earl Haig Secondary School, “things definitely improved.”

There was a line of ballerinas in her family, so it seemed like a logical choice, but that didn’t work out either.

“I have a bad back and my body just wouldn’t allow me to do things a real ballerina needs to do. Ballet was never really my calling, but it taught me a lot about discipline and hard work, and it was a natural transition to acting. But I didn’t have a moment when I said, ‘This is the end of my life.’ I was already going to auditions for acting before I stopped dancing.”

Ironically, she was later to appear in Black Swan, the infamous movie about the behind the scenes neuroses of the ballet world and she laughs about it now. “When I did Black Swan, I said, ‘Oh that’s what I missed! Dodged that bullet.’”

Her acting career took off rapidly and she got two back-to-back Gemini Awards for her work as Zoey Jones on the series, but it was when she stepped into the cult series Lost Girl as Kenzi in 2010 that her celebrity went viral.

“You know, I never thought they were going to cast me on that show. I kept auditioning and auditioning. I thought I wasn’t funny enough, I wasn’t the kind of a girl they wanted. But they kept exploring the image they were looking for and I kept changing to fit what they thought they wanted.”

“I’m happy they saw Kenzi in me, because I never thought I could be a tough funny street kid. But they sensed something inside me. Once we began filming, I was so different from this character it took me a long time to build what I was doing.”

Her work as Kenzi made her so popular with the show’s fan base that she knew when she left after Season 4 that “I would have to find the complete opposite of Kenzi to let people know that wasn’t me.”

And then along came the offer from Turn: Washington’s Spies, the AMC revolutionary war thriller that was looking to sex up its scenarios for its second season.

“The minute I read the script, I just knew I should do it,” she grins. “It’s not often that you find such a complex character for a young woman, especially a historical figure who was a real person.”

They were asking Solo to play Peggy Shippen, the born-with-a-silver-spoon-in-her-mouth daughter of Philadelphia aristocracy who fell deeply in love with the troublesome Major John André only to marry the legendary Revolutionary War traitor Benedict Arnold.

“Nobody expects to see me as the girl wearing period costumes, but it fits me perfectly in every way. When I tried on the dresses and the wigs, I kept thinking, ‘This should feel more strange to me. Why does it oddly feel like it’s where I should be?’”

And she’s delighted to be shattering people’s view of her as Kenzi, something she’s also doing with Orphan Black, where she’ll guest as Shay, a holistic healer who meets Cosima, one of several cloned characters played by Tatiana Maslany.

“I loved being on Lost Girl, don’t get me wrong. But it’s so easy to get pigeonholed in this industry and I’m interested in people seeing that I’m a chameleon. Peggy is sexual and she’s not afraid to use what she’s got.”

She’s also interested in keeping her private life private, which is something she works hard at. “I’m really grateful for my relationship with my fans, but I’m a private person and I’ve tried very hard to protect that so I can live my life.”

And when she thinks back to the bad old days of relentless bullying, she has a certain amount “not of revenge, but of satisfaction.”

“There were occasions when people who were really horrible to me at school have reached out to me on Facebook now. How interesting! My last memory of this person is ridiculing me and now they’re all, ‘Oh my God, you’re on TV!’ I’m proud of myself that I haven’t let that bullying hold me back.

“I’ve prevailed in a way. I’ve taken what happened to me and got over it.” (Source)

April 10 – ET Canada (Video Clip)
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Ksenia Solo says her Orphan Black character is no Kenzi
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Lost Girl fans still mourning the loss of beloved character Kenzi may be surprised by actress Ksenia Solo’s turn on Space’s Orphan Black.

Solo says it’s a much different role, and fans of the Showcase serial shouldn’t be expecting some sort of resurrection of their spunky heroine.

“I think maybe in people’s minds they imagine Kenzi coming into clone club,” Solo said Tuesday while also promoting her upcoming role in the AMC series Turn: Washington’s Spies.

“It’ll be a surprise because Shay is very different than Kenzi and very different than anything I’ve played before. . . . It’s cool to have three shows sort of airing all at once where I get to be in completely different worlds playing completely different characters, who all have different motivations and backgrounds.”

Space has revealed that Solo is to join Orphan Black as a woman named Shay, a holistic healer who meets Cosima, one of several cloned characters played by Tatiana Maslany.

Solo says her character pops up in the fifth episode of this upcoming third season. Beyond that, there’s not much she’s allowed to reveal.

“What I can say is that this girl is very different from the people we’ve previously seen in Cosima’s life. And it’s a really wild season,” she says.

Solo says she’s known Maslany since they were about 14 and both appeared on the APTN series

“We had an amazing time working together then and so all these years later it’s been a really fantastic reunion for us,” she says.

“We have a really great chemistry. I admire her dearly and love her dearly, so it’s really nice to work with somebody that you have such a great connection with.”

The third season of Orphan Black debuts April 18 on Space. (Source)

Lost Girl: US Premiere Date – April 17
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Syfy has announced a U.S. premiere date for the Canadian series’ fifth and final season, so go ahead and mark your calendars for Friday, April 17 at 10/9c. That’s when Season 5–which was expanded to 16 episodes and will air in two parts– will debut its first eight episodes, which focus on Bo’s (Anna Silk) attempts to rescue Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) from the underworld. (Source)

Lost Girl: On Set
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Lost Girl: Season 5: On Set x 2