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)