Turn: Stills & Set Photos
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Photo Additions: Vanity Fair’s DJ Night
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Interview: The Star Phoenix
Posted by Brianne on April 23, 2015 in 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: DuJour
Posted by Brianne on April 23, 2015 in Articles & Interviews,Orphan Black,Turn

Everywhere you look, there’s Ksenia Solo. The Latvian-born, Canadian actress—who fans know from Black Swan and the series Lost Girl—is returning to Turn as Peggy Shippen, the second wife of Benedict Arnold, in the Revolutionary War thriller. She will also make her debut on Orphan Black as Shay, a love interest for one of the series’ infamous clones.

With a brief break in her busy schedule, Ksenia spoke to DuJour about making each series, keeping her characters straight and what she’s up to next.

You’re on two anticipated series with new seasons kicking off the same week. That must be odd.
I had finished the last season of Lost Girl and the next day I got on a plane and went to Virginia to start on Turn—and while I was filming Turn, I was also doing Orphan Black. But having everything air at the same time is definitely an interesting experience. I’ve had to rewire my brain because each role is so specific, and I need to be secretive about Orphan Black. I’m basically not allowed to say anything. I didn’t think this year I would have three projects airing within a week of each other, but I can’t complain.

Considering you can talk about Turn, what can you say about the new season and what it has in store for Peggy?
Peggy is a fascinating young woman. People had this idea of who she was, this party girl and very much a socialite, but what people didn’t know was that there was this whole other dimension to her: she was very well educated, cunning, critical and savvy. She understood the way men operated and she used that to her advantage. And so, we go on this journey with Peggy that involves getting mixed up in a love triangle with John André and Benedict Arnold. That’s what I can tell you without giving the whole thing away.

Do you do a deep dive on the history books for a character like this?
When you’re playing a real person, there’s a responsibility that comes along with that. I wanted to make sure I knew everything I could about that time period and about Peggy. So, I bought every single book and DVD about the American Revolution, and to be honest I’m still watching and reading. I’ve read fiction, I’ve read non-fiction and I’ve just tried to really capture who she was while going by our script. At the end of the day, that’s my focus.

And what about Orphan Black? Were things kept secret from you on set or is it only post-filming that things get so hush-hush?
To be honest, I’m a big fan of that show and I tried to read as little as possible because I wanted to watch the show as a viewer along with everyone else as the season came out. So, I did a good job with keeping myself in the dark. What I can say is that I play a character who’s a spiritual healer— she’s very open, very compassionate—and who’s quite different than the people we’ve seen in Cosima’s life. She brings a completely new energy and perspective.

Being a fan of the show, is it hard to get to work once you’re on set and seeing how scenes with multiple clones are filmed?
Absolutely. One of the first things I did when I was on set was find John Fawcett, who is one of the creators, and says, ‘You have to tell me how you filmed this clone dancing, it’s so genius and so much fun to watch.’ He explained it to me and it was nice to get that inside scoop. I think that technology is advancing, so if people thought that they did crazy things in the past seasons, they’ll be in for quite the ride this new season. It only gets bigger, better and wilder.

Now that you’ve got some time off, are you going to leap straight into another series?
To be honest, I would love to take a vacation! It’s been nonstop for me since August of last year. In addition to the TV series, I directed a music video last year with a talented artist named Craig Sickland. I always wanted to get behind the camera, so to direct a video was really exciting. I like to be very selective and work on projects that I am crazy passionate about. Those don’t come along every day. (Source)

Video Interview: TheStar.com
Posted by Brianne on April 23, 2015 in Gallery,Media,Orphan Black

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Interview: Hello! Canada
Posted by Brianne on April 21, 2015 in Articles & Interviews,Lost Girl,Orphan Black,Turn

“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: AMC TV
Posted by Brianne on April 20, 2015 in Articles & Interviews,Turn

Q: Peggy Shippen is a real figure in history, but she isn’t nearly as well-known as her husband, Benedict Arnold. What are some of the most interesting things you learned about her? Did you discover anything in particular that helped shape your portrayal of her?

A: What I learned about Peggy was that she wasn’t at all shallow like people thought she was. The image that everyone had of her was just of this party girl, but that was actually a cover for the very well-educated, politically savvy, sharp, and opinionated individual that she was. That was very unusual for a woman of that time, especially a woman her age. What was fascinating about her was that she really understood how men thought and operated, and she used that masterfully to her advantage. I felt lucky that there was quite a bit of information available about her. It made for a very rich understanding of her.

Q: Talk a little bit about developing your on-screen chemistry with JJ Feild (Major John André). Did rehearsing the dance scene in Episode 202 help? How much practice and choreography was needed?

A: Chemistry is a very interesting thing, and you either have it or you don’t. We barely had any time to practice or rehearse our dance scene, and it was quite a bit of choreography that we had to learn. I was surprised by how seamless it looks on-screen, because in the moment, we had to deal with a lot of elements – the dancing, the dialogue, the movement with the talking. That’s a testament to our director and to the editors who cut it together to make it look like it did. They made it look like we really knew what we were doing.

Q: The role of Peggy involves quite a bit of extravagant period attire. Did you enjoy wearing such ornate dresses, or do you remember the corsets more than anything else?

A: Peggy’s wardrobe is quite exquisite. Although painful at times, I do have to say I loved every part of it. If I could, I would totally wear it in my own life, but I don’t think people would understand me so I’ll forgo doing that. [Laughs] It was very interesting to learn about the process, the layers and everything that went into the way women looked during that time. I have to admit, some days I had a couple of pain relievers standing by because wearing the corsets for up to 12 hours a day got a little ouch-y. [Laughs] I was trying not to complain too much, because Heather [Lind] and Meegan [Warner] were absolute champions. They had a whole season under their belt, so I didn’t want to be the new kid on the block. I just quietly experienced the torture.

Q: Any favorite dresses?

A: The dress that I wear in the last episode – although every dress before that was extremely beautiful – has an extra pinch of pizazz. Just when I thought the dresses couldn’t get any grander, they always did. Donna Zakowska, our amazing costume designer, put work into picking fabrics that were not only beautiful, but also were 100% staying true to the time.

Q: Peggy was an 18th century socialite. What kinds of things did you learn about 18th century social mores and etiquette?

A: Something that surprised me about that time was that women were not allowed to refer to their spouses as “my husband,” but only as “mister.” I thought that was very interesting.

Q: Are there any 18th century customs which have fallen out of practice in modern times that you’d like to see make a comeback?

A: What I would like to see make a comeback from that era is definitely hand kissing. [Laughs] Don’t get me wrong, it still exists, but it’s very rare. It’s a very romantic gesture. Team hand kissing!

Q: You posted a number of photos on your Instagram page while filming TURN: Washington’s Spies. What’s your favorite memory from the Season 2 set?

A: I would have to say my first day, because it was the experience of diving into that era with the sets, the makeup and the wardrobe. It was all so new to me, and it’s an honor to work with such an incredibly talented team that created this world. That’s exactly what it felt like, like I had stepped into this completely new and fascinating world. It felt surreal to be able to play in it. I will remember my first day fondly. (Source)

Interview: The TV Junkies
Posted by Brianne on April 20, 2015 in Articles & Interviews,Turn

Given that we’re used to seeing Ksenia Solo as the eye shadowed and fun-loving sidekick (as well as literal and metaphorical heart) on Lost Girl, we’re hoping she can forgive us for almost not recognizing her in her latest role in AMC’s TURN. Solo has traded one fashionista for another, swapping Kenzi’s goth-chick for the fashion-forward corset of 18th century socialite.

The busy actress, who was in the midst of promoting three shows when The TV Junkies caught up with her for TURN (including the American debut of Lost Girl’s final season and the new season of Orphan Black) is taking on the role of Peggy Shippen. Based on yet another real person and big player in the secret side of the American Revolution, Solo’s Shippen will prove to be instrumental in turning another new character, Benedict Arnold, to the British—something the show wasted no time in getting to as John André (JJ Field) used her to soften the general up.

Of course, history buffs may already know what’s down the line for the budding flirtation between André and Shippen, who later married Arnold. Without giving much away, Solo teases “there’s definitely a love triangle that plays a big part in Season 2.”

In the meantime though, Shippen’s clearly keen on André despite some stern family objections that are coming down the line thanks to the Major’s undistinguished heritage. But seeing past that is just part of who Shippen is, according to Solo—who went on a Revolutionary War DVD binge after getting the part.

“She was much more complex than anyone really knew,” she explains. “People saw her as just this very skilled socialite but she was very well educated, she was very knowledgeable in politics and was known for her charm and her wit. It was really interesting to learn how many dimensions she had and what a complex young woman she was—especially for the time. She was very ahead of her time.”

Capturing that complexity was key for Solo, and—it seems—for the show’s creators and writers.

“What I love about TURN is that it explores the behind-the-scenes of the war,” she adds. “We really get to learn and understand where Peggy came from—and where Benedict came from—and why he did what he did. I think it will definitely give people a new perspective on the both of them because human beings are all very multi-dimensional. No one is just black and white. TURN really explores the grey area.”

And it also gave Solo an idea of what it was like to dress as a socialite in the 1700s. The show—notorious for really engulfing its cast in the setting—went all out when it came to the layers of Shippen’s gowns. “It was definitely a challenge,” Solo says about spending entire days in a corset. “But with enduring the pain I did enjoy being able to completely immerse myself in that world and look like Peggy. She’s quite grand and, again, very forward even in that fashion sense.”

Although Solo was thankful at least part of her was spared the 18th century treatment as she talked about a custom-made wig suffering through the complex and stunning styling instead of her own head.

“I was like, if I could just wear a wig forever and just protect my hair, that would be great!” (Source)

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