Star Trek ac­tor leaves ‘teeth marks on the scenery’

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Cas­san­dra Szklarski

TORONTO — Ge­orge Takei says play­ing a vil­lain on the new sea­son of Lost Girl of­fered him the chance to un­leash his glee­fully the­atri­cal in­cli­na­tions. The Star Trek star ap­pears in the Sea­son 4 pre­miere of the fan­tasy hit, which re­turns to Show­case on Sun­day. Takei says his mag­i­cal char­ac­ter is “thor­oughly evil” and that the out­ra­geous per­son­al­ity quirks made “for a juicy char­ac­ter to sink my teeth into.” “I play a very el­e­gant, very debonair and ob­vi­ously quite fop­pish gen­tle­man who has enor­mous pow­ers,” Takei said ear­lier this year from the set, be­ing care­ful not to re­veal too many spoil­ers. “And he’s also very, very wealthy and so it’s a lot of fun play­ing this over-the-top kind of char­ac­ter.” “I’m a very the­atri­cal per­son and this char­ac­ter is very the­atri­cal, quite over the top and you’ll find a lot of my teeth marks on the scenery here.” The su­per­nat­u­ral se­rial re­turns for its fourth sea­son af­ter a par­tic­u­larly dev­as­tat­ing fi­nale, notes co-star Kse­nia Solo, who plays Kenzi, the hu­man side­kick and street-smart con­fi­dante to the sexy suc­cubus Bo. Last we saw Bo, played by Anna Silk, life, her best friend, her fam­ily has gone miss­ing. So she’s deal­ing with that and she’s try­ing to stay out of trouble. But know­ing Kenzi, that usu­ally doesn’t hap­pen,” she says. Kris Holden-Reid, who plays Dyson, a homi­cide de­tec­tive who is also a Light Fae crea­ture, says his shapeshift­ing char­ac­ter must have sur­vived that drive off a cliff since he was back on set with the rest of the cast. “Un­less I’m just play­ing a ghost of my­self,” teased Holden-Reid, not­ing any­thing’s pos­si­ble on a su­per­nat­u­ral show like Lost Girl. “You’ll have to stay tuned and see.” Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Jay Fire­stone says it will take some time to re­solve the fi­nale’s many ques­tions, es­pe­cially those con­cern­ing Bo. “We’re go­ing to play with you a lit­tle bit about where she was taken and what hap­pened be­cause even Bo’s not go­ing to know,” says Fire­stone. “We played with tak­ing Bo to the dark side in Sea­son 3. We took her slightly dif­fer­ently to the dark side than I think peo­ple ex­pected, but I think in Sea­son 4 you’re go­ing to see a darker Bo for a bit.” Also guest­ing this sea­son is Linda Hamil­ton of Beauty and the Beast, Ali Liebert from Bomb Girls and Mia Kir­sh­ner of The Vam­pire Di­aries and Ex­ot­ica. Fire­stone says Kir­sh­ner was es­pe­cially en­thu­si­as­tic about mak­ing her mark. “She’s brought her own take on the char­ac­ter, which re­ally im­pressed us be­cause she re­ally got into it, re­ally thought about it, and came back with notes right away on what she wanted to do,” says Fire­stone. “She gave it a per­son­al­ity we didn’t ex­pect, which was great.” Just hav­ing Takei on set was ex­cit­ing for the Star Trek fans among the cast and crew, adds Solo, with Hold­enReid ad­mit­ting to be­ing one of those over-the-moon fan­boys. “I think Star Trek’s one of the great­est shows, ever. Hon­estly, I have a fiveyear-old kid and I can’t wait till he’s old enough that I can start show­ing him it,” says Holden-Reid. “I love the mes­sage it con­veys, the Prime Di­rec­tive is pretty damn good liv­ing rules, and I think Star Trek put a lot of re­ally cool so­cial ideas into the so­cial con­scious­ness.” Takei says he’d ac­tu­ally never seen Lost Girl be­fore be­ing in­vited to do the guest spot, so did his best to learn as much as he could about the bizarre world of su­per­nat­u­ral Faes, adding that it wasn’t too much of a leap from his more sci-fi lean­ing roots. “There’s a big over­lap be­tween sci-fi fans and fan­tasy fans, so it’s a great big happy fam­ily,” says Takei, who has be­came bet­ter known in re­cent years as an ad­vo­cate for gay, les­bian, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der rights. “There are no bar­ri­ers for me — I boldly go where oth­ers have not gone.”

JAN THIJS / SHOW­CASE

Ge­orge Takei guest stars as an out­ra­geously evil char­ac­ter on su­per­nat­u­ral se­rial Lost Girl.

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