An interview with “Lost Girl” star Anna Silk

The lovely, talented and leather-prone Anna Silk is the star of television’s greatest series about a bisexual succubus, Lost Girl. Fine, it is television’s only drama about a bisexual succubus. But that doesn’t make it any less great. The series, which debuted on Canada’s Showcase network in 2010, is now in its second season with our neighbors to the north. But on Monday, United States audiences will finally get their first official taste of super succubus Bo and the supernatural world of the Fae as Lost Girl debuts on SyFy.

Silk, who plays the show’s central heroine Bo, has come a long way in a season and a half. In the beginning she was a young woman unaware of her supernatural heritage who left smiling, but very dead lovers in her wake. Now she is a strong, independent succubus who is poised to play a key role in the survival of the Fae, a secret species that lives among humans while feeding off them and is split into Light and Dark sides. Since the show started she has been in a love triangle with Dyson, a Fae wolf shifter cop (say that three times fast), and Lauren, an insatiably curious human doctor who works for the Light Fae.

The gracious and well-spoken Anna talked with just before the holiday break about where Lost Girl is going in its second season, what it means to be coming to America, whether we can expect to see more Doccubus action and what’s up with Bo’s delightful décolletage. First of all, thanks for talking with the readers of AfterEllen again. You have a large fanbase and the show is very popular on the site.
Anna Silk: I know, I know. I think it’s great.

AE: Lost Girl is a Canadian series but it already has amassed a large worldwide fanbase, what do you attribute its global popularity to?
AS: Two things, really. One, the internet. [laughs] And two, I think that, and I felt from the very beginning when we shot the pilot, it’s such a relatable show. There are so many relatable characters. The world is not relatable, obviously, but the characters and their relationships on the show are really relatable. And I think that’s what has really been its driving force.

AE: Are you preparing for how that popularity may grow even more now that Lost Girl will begin airing in the U.S. on SyFy this January?
AS: Yeah, I hope we amass an even greater audience in the U.S. It would be really cool. I was in New York (last month) doing some press with SyFy. And SyFy themselves have really embraced the show, they’re really excited about it, which is really great. I hope that we do well and I hope that people watch. I think they will, but you never know. I think it is a really unique and special show.

AE: Are you bracing for an even bigger fangirl onslaught, because I think it’s probably coming.
AS: I don’t know. [laughs] I don’t know if I am ever ready for something like that. We went to FanExpo this year, which is like a Canadian Comic-Con, and that was pretty overwhelming. Just Kris Holden-Ried, who plays Dyson, and I were there last year. We hadn’t aired yet and had this little booth and people would be like, “Oh, what is this show?” So we’d explain it to them. This year we went and all the main cast members were there. And we just had a roomful of screaming fans who were so excited to be there and really wanted to meet us and really wanted to tell us why they loved the show and why they liked this character or that. We had such great response. We had this big line-up and it was more than we could have ever imagined.

I went to Comic-Con this year as well, I went with Emmanuelle Vaugier (who plays the Morrigan, the leader of the Dark Fae), and we hadn’t aired in the U.S. yet and we still had a pretty big response then. Which was cool. But I don’t think you are ever prepare for that. Zoie and I had this young woman come up to us at FanExpo and she was sort of shaking and very emotional. She said, “I had to come meet you guys because it was because of you two I was able to come out to my parents.” And we were just like blown away by that kind of response. We were like, wow. Good for you. We were just glad we could inspire anyone. We were just really pleased about that.