Interview with Dichen Lachman of "Being Human" on
I really enjoyed speaking with Dichen Lachman. I am a
big fan of hers from when she was on "Dollhouse", which was a great
show. As you will see below, I am not the only one. She is a very
nice lady and she answered my questions very wisely. It was great!
BEING HUMAN Q&A with Dichen Lachman
January 20, 2012 1:00 pm CT
Operator: Ladies and gentleman, thanks for standing by. Welcome to the
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publicity. Please go ahead sir.
Bill Brennan: Hi every one, thank you for joining us today. We're very
happy to have Dichen Lachman joining us today. She's a guess star on
Being Human and will make her first appearance as Suren this Monday
night at 9:00.
If you have any need for materials, photos, a transcript afterwards,
please let myself or (Maureen) know after the call. We'll be happy to
get that to you.
So with that, we'll open it up to your questions.
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One moment please for the first question.
And our first question comes from the line of Kathie Huddleston from
Blastr.com, you may please proceed.
Kathie Huddleston: Hi.
Dichen Lachman: Hi, how are you?
Kathie Huddleston: I'm doing great. It's Kathie Huddleston from Blastr.
So, tell us about Suren and her journey on Being Human. What do we have
to look forward to?
Dichen Lachman: Lots of things. Obviously I can't tell you all of them,
but she's very interesting character and I had a lot of fun having the
opportunity to play her. I mean, as an actor obviously, playing a
vampire is one of the things sort of on the list.
And she's incredibly complex, very damaged and reckless in many ways.
But at the same time, she's sort of striving to grow up and mature and
be the woman that her mother would like her to be.
Kathie Huddleston: Wow, it's a great character. Thanks a lot.
Dichen Lachman: No, she is. She's really interesting and I think you
guys will enjoy watching her journey through the show because she really
- Aidan's character, it's - she's one of those things that just keeps
sort of pulling him back into the world of vampires which she's
constantly trying to escape.
So she really throws this (banter) in the works, but he's planned.
Kathie Huddleston: Thanks a lot.
Dichen Lachman: Thank you.
Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Reg Seeton from
deadbolt.com, you may please proceed.
Reg Seeton: Hi, thanks for taking the call.
Dichen Lachman: Oh no, you're welcome. Thank you.
Reg Seeton: Can you talk a little bit more about how Suren connects to
Aidan's past? I know you can't talk a lot about it, but can you just
give us an idea of, what we can expect from that?
Dichen Lachman: Well, it's one of those I guess love-hate relationships.
I mean, this had a very long history together and she's obviously been
in the ground for 80 years. So minus that. I mean, there's sort of (bid)
in Boston together and going further back, he knows. I mean, they've
just had a very complicated past and I don't think their relationship
has ever been consummated.
I think it's just this very strong attraction they've had. And it's
going to be interesting them being together I think you guys will see in
this modern world because she's been away for so long underground and
he's had the opportunity to go through all these changes and change his
And so there's that - her trying to understand or how far he's come.
It's I guess when you catch up with an old friend who you haven't seen
in a really long time and you sort of end of change. Because real change
as time goes. So it's going to be - I think you'll enjoy watching their
relationship play out in the present day as well as the past because
there's these opportunities in the show to flash back which is why the
show's so great.
And it'll help you sort of understand their relationship now. So yes,
does that answer the question?
Reg Seeton: That answers it perfectly; I'm looking forward to it. Thank
you very much.
Dichen Lachman: Thank you.
Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Erin Willard from
SciFi Mafia, you may please proceed.
Erin Willard: Hi, SciFi Mafia. Thanks so much for being on the call. I
was a big fan of Dollhouse. I'm so sorry it ended so soon.
Dichen Lachman: Oh yes, but then I can't do Being Human.
Erin Willard: Exactly, so we're happy about that. I've seen your first
episode of Being Human and to have you in the part, it seems like it's
tailor made for you. Do you know if they made any changes to the
character once you were cast?
Dichen Lachman: I don't know. I know that there's a few people working
in the writing staff that worked on Dollhouse or maybe no, one. Maybe
it's just (Lisa). But the creative, the sense of the show, I don't know
if they changed anything.
I actually should ask them, but it was such a great opportunity and it
came round and I had to chemistry read and like everyone who was there
was so nervous. But when I got the (slides) and they said, theyíre
interested in sort of auditioning you for this part, I read them and I
was like, "This is great."
Like if just sometimes you read material and it just makes sense to you
and I don't know whether that's just, because it's meant to be or
because the writing's good and the writing is good. But I just read it
and I was like, "I think I know how this girl is meant to play and I
know where she sits. And I understand it." It wasn't like a really great
leap for me to make as, as an actor as far as like, "Oh, how do I do
It just came to make complete sense to me. So I'm not sure if they wrote
it with me in mind or whether they changed it. I have no idea, I'd love
to know. I should ask the guys, but no when I read the (slides), I was
like, "This is so exciting" and I was so looking forward to being able
to go into those dark places. Because vampires are - they're very
They play out one sort of shadow itself and you don't get the
opportunity to really do that a lot of the time, to live in that dark
Erin Willard: Right.
Dichen Lachman: So no, I'd love to know the answer to that. I can't tell
you right now, but I can say that when I read it I really responded to
it and I was really excited to go in and have the opportunity to read
with Sam and for Syfy. And the people who, the wonderful writers and
creators of the show.
Erin Willard: Right, right. Well, like I said, it's this wonderful
casting and I'm so happy seeing it. I can't wait to see the rest of it.
Thanks so much.
Dichen Lachman: Oh, thank you so much. I hope you enjoyed the episodes.
Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Jamie Ruby from
SciFi Vision, you may please proceed.
Jamie Ruby: Hi, thanks so much for taking the call.
Dichen Lachman: Hi, no thank you for joining us.
Jamie Ruby: So can you kind of talk about what's been the most
challenging for you filming the series?
Dichen Lachman: The most challenging, it's going to be so - such a basic
thing. I think it was like showing the teeth with the dots so they could
like the fangs extending. And wearing the black contact lenses which
cover your entire eye. I mean, all of us - all the vampires you had to
have them fitted. You used to dread sitting in the makeup chair having
someone like put these enormous lenses in our eyes.
It was very difficult and Sam and I often had conversations about how to
show our teeth so they could see CGI, the fangs growing because you kind
of feel like a complete (unintelligible) in front of the camera and
you're trying to raise your upper lip so they can, find the dots to make
the CGI possible.
That was I think one of the more difficult things because I've never
done anything. Well, I've done things with CGI, but never sort of,
that's part of the performance. And when you're performing - I mean,
this is one of the things about being an actor. Sometimes it's just very
technical, it's not sort of really craft-based.
You have to be this angle and you have to raise your lip just the right
amount and, you're still trying to keep in the moment and also satisfy
the needs of the effects department. That was a real challenge and it's
such a basic thing.
But no, I found that one of the more difficult things and obviously, as
an actor sometimes when you're doing a show, you have - and they shoot
so fast especially, on a show like Being Human. I mean, they're all
remarkable. They work very quickly. They work very hard and the actors
are all incredibly good. So they're all, they're for each other and for
But when you have to reach that emotional point, sometimes you don't
always have the time to get where you need to get and there's a lot of
pressure that I put on myself to get to those places and really commit
to them. And I think one of the things in television is when you're
working at that speed, you really have to have a technique.
You're like a very strong technique so that you can be in those moments
truthfully for the show and for the character. That was also challenging
and that's challenging in all shows, when you have to get to the
heightened emotional place. But you couldn't be working with nicer
people, more supportive. And yes, so it was definitely the technical
aspect first and then reaching that sort of heightened emotional state.
Jamie Ruby: Can you see through the contacts though? They cover your
whole eye or are they just like regular contact lenses?
Dichen Lachman: There's a tiny little hole for your pupil to see
through, but it's not very big. So your vision is limited. You can still
see. It's very uncomfortable for the first sort of 15 minutes because
the things so large and so foreign in your eye. But then it's sort of
like, it settles in and you just have - your peripheral vision becomes
extremely limited and you can only really see what's directly in front
And I remember Sam and Kyle had a big fight scene and they wanted them
to wear these contacts and they were like on the top of a building with
no balcony. They're on the roof and Sam just had to say, "We can't do
this with the contacts in. We may fall off and we can hardly see." It
was so completely dangerous. Yes so you can still see, but it's very
But everyone's so understanding and the makeup department, they're the
sweetest, loveliest people on Earth. And, they did everything to try and
make you feel comfortable. And, everyone understood that it was like a
thing. I can't even imagine doing an entire film with those things in
and I know people have. But yes, you can see.
Jamie Ruby: All right, thank you so much.
Dichen Lachman: Thank you.
Operator: Ladies and gentleman, as a reminder to register for a
question, please press the 1, 4. And our next question comes from the
line of Steve Eramo from Morton Report, you may please proceed.
Steve Eramo: Good afternoon Dichen, it's a pleasure to speak with you
Dichen Lachman: Oh, lovely to speak with you.
Steve Eramo: Thank you. I was wondering if perhaps you could talk a
little bit about your experiences filming your first episode of Being
Human. What was sort of like stepping into the role initially, anything
that really comes to mind from that shoot?
Dichen Lachman: Well, firstly everyone was amazing. I couldn't have been
on a set with, nicer people. And Montreal which is where they shoot the
show is just a really stunning city and, as most of you know it's
predominately French speaking. So, you kind of feel like you're in
Europe in a way.
Stepping onto the set, obviously I was nervous. You always get a little
bit nervous your first day and there were some sort of - there was a bit
of tweaking to do with the character just because I only got there a few
days before and we were still trying to find her voice. Like well how
does someone who's 500 years old or 1000 years old speak, especially
when they've been in the ground for 80 years?
And I had my ideas and the show runner's had their ideas. And we were
trying to find sort of that balance, what does she sound like? And yet
you have mother who sounds very, specific and strong. And so does she
sound like her mother exactly or is she a little bit different? And
finding the voice, the accent was very tricky on the first day. But we
finally, I have a lady I work with who's amazing, a dialect coach.
And we basically created after that first day because it was sort of, it
was something that we just bypassed, somehow we didn't manage to
discuss. Because I assume that what I did was in the audition was sort
of what I would do and then we actually had a discussion about it, but
it was sort of too late to change anything.
So the very next day, I worked with my dialect coach and we designed
sort of an accent and a voice for her that was a little bit American,
but a little bit British, sort of like a mid-Atlantusesque type accent.
But not specifically. We kind of mdernized it slightly and made her a
little bit more youthful.
And then once we came up with her voice, I went back and I don't know if
you want to write this or not. But ADR, some of my speeches on that
first day because I wanted there to be some consistency with the
character obviously. I mean, that's one of the most important things
with the voice and sound because you don't want that to take someone out
of the show or getting carried away with the storyline.
So yes, we went back and we ADRed over that because that was very
challenging. And, "per sona" in Latin apparently means "through sound."
And you can fool people with little like tricks and people will accept
things and they don't look so good. But if something doesn't sound
right, people won't believe it. And it's very important for me for the
characters voice to be specific and consistent and settled.
So that was like one of my main priorities on the first day was
communicating with Adam Kane about what they were looking for and how I
felt about the character. And then bringing in Mary McDonald-Lewis who's
just so - an incredible dialect coach.
To just communicate, with the show runners and with me and just so we
were all speaking the same language and finding her voice because, you
don't want her to sound like she's from, Pasadena or Brooklyn or
something. You want her to sound like she's from another world in a way,
but you don't want her to be inaccessible.
So hopefully - I don't know if you've all seen the second episode, but
hopefully you like her sound and it's something that, that you respond
to because it was one of the things that was really important for me.
Steve Eramo: Dichen, just as a quick follow-up. You mentioned the mother
character. I wanted to get your take sort of how you see Suren's
relationship with her mother. How does that sort of play out in the
Dichen Lachman: Well, I mean Suren's relationship with her mother is
very complicated. She's always let her mother down and anything she did
was never good enough. And it's sort of like, it's one of those
relationships which is very strained and there's a lot of love there and
there's a lot of hate there, and resentment and disappointment.
And you really see that as the episode sort of continue on. You really
feel the tension. She can never do the right thing by her mother and so
sometimes she just doesn't even try. And then other times, she's tries
and then she fails. And it's just a very difficult relationship. I
actually have a really wonderful relationship with my mother, so it was
difficult to find something personal that I connected to bring that to
But I found other things and hopefully that really comes across and you
enjoy the tension in that relationship plays out.
Steve Eramo: Dichen, thank you again so much for your time. I'm thrilled
you got the part and really looking forward to seeing more of your work
on the series.
Dichen Lachman: Thank you so much.
Steve Eramo: Take care.
Dichen Lachman: You too.
Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Jamie Steinberg
from Starry Constellation Magazine, you may please proceed.
Jamie Steinberg: Hi, it's such a pleasure to speak with you.
Dichen Lachman: You as well.
Jamie Steinberg: I was just wondering what is it you think about Being
Human that keeps people tuning in?
Dichen Lachman: Well, itís such a wonderful show and I think just
people, human beings struggle with being human and just being part of
society every day. I mean there's a lot of people who feel outside of
the community or they don't feel like they fit in or they're trying to
fit in or they're just trying to get by.
And I think, even though it's a show about a vampire, ghost and a
werewolf, I think it's very relatable. Everyone's trying to make a
relationship, work with a job and juggling, different things that come
up in their day to day lives. And I think people relate to the show. And
the characters are so fun and watchable and they have that balance of
sort of drama, but also that lightness.
And the camaraderie between the house mates is so beautiful and I think
Aidan's sort of love of - he wants to sort of serve and yet he's sort of
always pulling between giving and also satiating his hunger. And I think
that's in life - I think that's a balance that everyone struggles with.
Everyone struggles with a dark side and they're always trying to do the
We all - everyone always tries to do the right thing. We don't always
manage, but I think most people I think are inherently good. And
sometimes where there are a lot of good people who just aren't good at
being a good person, but sometimes itís a push and pull like we all have
it. And I think people relate to that and it's a beautiful show.
The storyline's are wonderful and when I first watched the whole series,
I watched it all back to back and I thought I just found this really
lovely balance between sort of tragedy and comedy. And usually those
things go hand in hand anyway. But I think it's that, you know. I think
people just they respond to the characters.
Jamie Steinberg: And what would you like to say to everybody who is a
fan and supporter of you and your work?
Dichen Lachman: Of me and my word? Just, I just can't thank the people
who support me and the shows that I do and the movies I try and make.
Who constantly tune in to watch and support me. I can't thank them
enough, you know. I would be nowhere without the viewers and the fans
and I have this very soft place in my heart for the people who enjoy my
work and who believe in me because, actors we're funny creatures.
We have these enormous egos, but we're deeply insecure. There's an
incredible paradox and a lot of the time I, will find - not all the
time, but we all have our moments where we don't sometimes believe in
ourselves and we think, "Oh, I'm never going to work again and I'm a
But then it's the fans, I look to them and they believe in me and they
help me keep believing in myself. And it's - and maybe that's unhealthy.
I should probably speak to a therapist or something about that. Everyone
in L.A. has a therapist, but I don't. But I do look to my fans sometimes
and they give me more confidence and hope that, I'm not too bad at what
I do and I'll continue to be able to do it.
And I just - I have so much gratitude towards the people who support me
and who believe in me.
Jamie Steinberg: Well, thank you so much for your time. It was such a
pleasure to speak with you. I loved you on Dollhouse.
Dichen Lachman: Oh, thank you. Thank you so much.
Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Ernie Estrella
from buzzfocus.com, you may please proceed.
Ernie Estrella: Hi Dichen, nice to speak with you today.
Dichen Lachman: Hello.
Ernie Estrella: I - my first question is, how much - we know the theme
of the show this season is temptation. Is Suren going to be tempted as
Dichen Lachman: I think there is some temptation there for her to, I
think she's just been in this world for so long and she's so deeply
entrenched in that because her mother is sort of like the queen of the
vampires. I think if it's there it's very fleeting because she knows her
fate and that's why in a way she's so damaged.
I think the main - you'll see more of the temptation creep in with Aidan
who's constantly being pulled back into this world. Somehow he's always
trying to escape it and he's always trying to sort of run away from who
he is and the people around him. And she's just there, she's like just
pulling him back in and pulling him back in.
And as much as he tries to resist, there's sort of just this - I mean, I
guess it all becomes relative and if you've been alive for 500 hundred
or 1000 years, 80 years isn't really that long. In the grand scheme of
things, maybe it's like, five years or something. The equivalent of
that, in your mind. But yes, she has been a part of his life for a very
long time and yes she was gone for a little while.
But, she's back and that sort of feeling with him I think even though
he's never let it really live and occupy too much space. The fact that
he's working so closely with her is making that harder and harder for
him. So I think you will see her go through a little bit of that, but
her fate is very much, (unintelligible). There's no question where her
And it's a very hard thing I think ultimately for her to accept, but
it's just something that she knows. And there are things about, my
character as a person, that I don't like, but I know that I'm always
going to be like that and there's nothing I can do to change it even if
it's just a little, mundane thing. There are just some things that we
Ernie Estrella: Yes, hey is your interaction with (Deena) more on a
flashback basis or is it more like she's a constant presence watching
over what you and Aidan are doing?
Dichen Lachman: Yes, no I think you'll - she is in the flashbacks.
Absolutely, but their - Suren's relationship with mother is played out,
very much in the present and in her conversations with Aidan and you
really understand that dynamic with the way Aidan, and Suren
communicate. And how she communicates with Aidan and mother like in the
Ernie Estrella: Great, well thank you very much and good luck on Season
Dichen Lachman: Thank you. Thank you very much.
Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Suzanne Lanoue
from the TV MegaSite, you may please proceed.
Suzanne Lanoue: Hi, thank you for speaking with us today.
Dichen Lachman: Thank you for joining.
Suzanne Lanoue: Oh, it's great to talk to you. I wanted to know, do you
know are you going to be on the entire season or do you know how many
episodes you'll be on?
Dichen Lachman: Yes, yes. Suren's character is in seven episodes, but
they'll refer to her in the other episodes and you know.
Suzanne Lanoue: That's really great.
Dichen Lachman: Yes.
Suzanne Lanoue: And you've done a lot of science fiction, fantasy,
horror. Now, were you a fan of these kind of things before you started
Dichen Lachman: I love sci-fi and fantasy. It's, for me, I - my friend,
a very good friend of mine, (Max Kabalek), he always - he's in casting.
But he always says, "I'm Asian, but from the future." So it's sort of -
it's very hard for me to fit into like a period piece or, you know - I
mean, yes in modern days, they can sort of slip me into a show here or
there, but for the family involved forget about it because, I have like
this sort of weird, unique alien thing going.
And so I'm very grateful that I guess in a way it just kind of works.
Like I love sci-fi, fantasy and I kind of fit into that world because I
don't - it's weird. People find it hard to cast me in real
circumstances. I hope that changes because I've always loved period
pieces and I love the fact that on this show because it is a fantasy, I
actually get to be - I get to exist in, the 1920s and 30s.
in the normal world - I mean, like I love Deadwood, but I'd never be on
Suzanne Lanoue: Right.
Dichen Lachman: Like I think it's one of the greatest shows ever and if
I was on that show, I'd probably be one of the Chinese hookers that they
throw into the fire and that's about all I would be doing on that show.
And it's sad because I am half, Australian and my father's family is
European and I really respond to that. I understand sort of that time
and I would love to explore that, but I can't.
I mean, unless someone writes a show or a movie about one of the little
people or the women who work in like in an opium den way back then or
something. It's just not going to happen. So one of the most exciting
things about reading the scripts they came in with that I could be a
person or a vampire at least.
But in that period and I get to be like a person that people acknowledge
and not just like one of the Asian people that do something in the
background. So that was really exciting and I've digressed very much
from your question. I don't even know if I've answered it.
Suzanne Lanoue: No, no. No, you answered it very well. I always wonder
why they don't have more like Asians and Latinos and other types of
people on TV. It's weird.
Dichen Lachman: Well, I guess it's because they weren't like doing
things of like note because they were sort of like the people that were
kind of pushed down to the bottom of the thing. It was just the way it
happened. I don't think - obviously there are stories like that that are
really fascinating, that occurred in those communities, but I feel like
no one wrote them down.
Suzanne Lanoue: Yes, yes.
Dichen Lachman: I hope something surfaces sometime soon, but at the
moment, I love sci-fi/fantasy and somehow I just - thanks to Joss Whedon
I guess I've made a little home there. And I hope I can continue to do
this genre because I love it. I love it, I think it's a wonderful place
to play out ideas and opinions about the world today in a safe place,
Suzanne Lanoue: Well, thank you very much and I enjoy seeing you on the
Dichen Lachman: Oh, thank you. I hope you enjoy the rest of the season.
It's going to be pretty exciting.
Suzanne Lanoue: Oh, I'm sure I will.
Operator: And our next question comes from the line of John Keegan from
MediaBlvd Magazine, you may please proceed.
John Keegan: Yes, hello. Good speaking to you today.
Dichen Lachman: Hello.
John Keegan: Big fan of Dollhouse and very happy to see you on this
second season of Being Human.
Dichen Lachman: Oh, thank you.
John Keegan: Good question here about your experience on Being Human.
What would you say was probably your most memorable moment so far on the
Dichen Lachman: It's probably - memorable. If it's just about the shoot,
it was probably one of the days I woke up at like 4:00 in the morning
and the whole city was covered in snow. And no one had like driven on
the road yet. So even the roads were white, everything was white and I
just was jumping up and down shouting, "It's snowing, it's snowing. It's
snowing" all by myself. Montreal hotel room.
And then driving to work that day was just spectacular because I've
never lived in a city where it snowed. And I was just so excited by it.
I just - the rest of the day I just kind of spent making footprints in
the snow and like a kid just kicking it around. It was just the most
As far as like the character, I think definitely the flashbacks because
I think everyone can hear my answers, but just the opportunity to go -
to be in a period situation, the 1930s and get to wear the clothes and
have the hair done like that and take myself back into that time was
such a cool experience. And I'll always be so grateful that the writers
wrote that for me and they had the courage to sort of say, "Why can't
you be in the 19, 30s or 20s?"
She's a vampire. I'll be very, very grateful for that opportunity. I
hope I have it again, to do something like that. But to feel the extras
dressed up and the props and the art department did such a beautiful
job. And I mean, I didn't even really have to take myself back into that
time. It was built around me and I just had to be the character. And I'd
say it was definitely that.
John Keegan: Great and I know you mentioned before the difficulty of
wearing the contacts, but in terms of the character itself, what would
you say was the biggest challenge in approaching that character along
Dichen Lachman: I think it was just not to make her too sort of bitchy.
It's very easy to just slide into just being plain old mean. When you
have a character like this who's so powerful and who doesn't really care
about anybody, very sort of, princessy. She is, she's a princess and she
behaves like one. And it was just to make her likable, to make you feel
for her. That was challenging.
And I really hope that she is likable and I made her likable. I hope you
guys feel that when you watch the show because, as an actor you do have
to fight against that because it's very easy to slip into just being
plain old mean. But, it was something that I had to always, bring back.
Pull myself back. Also, my face is to - if I don't smile, I look really
I think people always they misinterpret me unless I have like a really
big grin on my face; they think I'm in a terrible mood or that I hate
them. But I often say, ďI'm sorry, it's just my face. It's the way it's
constructed." So I hope she comes across likable. I hope that's
something you got in the second episode.
John Keegan: Well great, thank you. It's been a pleasure speaking with
Dichen Lachman: Thank you.
Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Sheldon Wiebe
from eclipsemagazine.com, you may please proceed.
Sheldon Wiebe: Hi Dichen, thanks so much for doing this.
Dichen Lachman: Hello.
Sheldon Wiebe: Now, I don't want to spoil the exact sequence of events
or anything, but before Suren came back from being in the ground, the
last time she saw Aidan was in a situation where she went a bit nuts
which is why she was put in the ground to being with. So I think that
being in the ground on top of that for 80 years canít have been good for
And in your first ep, Suren seems pretty lost and I'm just wondering if
you can speak to whether she ever really gets over the effects of her
punishment? How that plays out in regards to sanity over the course of
Dichen Lachman: Right, yes I mean it is a long time, but I think she's
been alive for so long, it probably doesn't feel as long for her as far
as her sanity's concerned. I don't think it like affects her too much.
It's like, every year we live our lives as humans, they years go like .7
or 7% faster and they feel like that because it's relative to how long
we've been alive.
And I feel like yes, it is a long time and she still thinks itís a long
time, but I don't think it feels like what 80 years would feel like to
us. So as far as her sanity goes, I think there is a slight adjustment
and I discussed this with the show runners. Like how different do you
want her to be like coming out of the ground. I mean, the world's
changed and they're like, "No, she's a vampire. she adapts very
And she's - that element of it is not, something that we want to play
into too much. It doesn't affect her sanity so much. I think it's more
about her relationship with her mother, that her mother could do
something like that to her. It's like when your mom says to you, "You're
grounded and you can't go out, the next month and you can't see your
boyfriend. And you can't see your friends."
You're stuck in your room; weirdly it's sort of the same thing. And it's
that resentment that she has towards her mother I think which you'll see
more throughout the show that her mother would do that. Its like how
could you do that to me? But, maybe it does affect her sanity slightly.
But it's not something that, you see present too much in the character.
Sheldon Wiebe: Okay and you say that as a vampire, she's pretty
adaptable. And in the first episode, she does seem a little lost, but
I'm just wondering how quickly does she get - gain her bearings in terms
of all the changes that have been happening while she's been away?
Dichen Lachman: In the vampire world or just the world in general?
Sheldon Wiebe: Both actually.
Dichen Lachman: In both, yes. I think that she seems a little lost since
she's still sort of like adjusting from being woken up, but I think it's
pretty fast. Like she, she's already out on the street looking for
(Cecilia), you know - I mean, she might have said, "I was completely
lost and I found this," but I think she's very - she has a plan.
She's had 80 years to think about how she's going to get to the top of
the pile and make sure that never happens to her again. And she's been
waiting for them to kind of dig her up I guess. And she's been waiting
for this opportunity. So I think in terms of like adjusting to
everything - I think the vampire world hasn't really changed that much,
like it is changing and, Bishop had all these ideas of how they could
sort of, survive in the best way.
And I think she's just more concerned about how she's going to survive
the best way and how she's going to be happy and get what she wants. I
don't think she's so concerned with the world of vampires as much as
someone like mother or Bishop is about the greater good for the
vampires. I think she's actually quite sort of selfish in many ways and
she just wants to be happy and she's still very adolescent in a way, you
And yet as far as the world, as I said, I talked to about that with the
show runners and they're like, "She's already understands how it all
works, phones, cars." Just it's all there and she just accepts it.
Sheldon Wiebe: Terrific, thank you very much.
Dichen Lachman: Thank you.
Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Jamie Ruby from
SciFi Vision, you may please proceed.
Jamie Ruby: Hello again. So after filming this year on the set, is there
anything that you learned about yourself that you didn't know and you
Dichen Lachman: That I didn't realize.
Jamie Ruby: Or that you learned to do maybe, even the (slides), the
Dichen Lachman: Well, I found this really cool voice that sometimes I've
been reading different material that's sort of coming in front of me and
trying like this voice that we created. And sometimes it works and I
loved working with Mary on that. I love doing accents and creating
Something I learned about myself, gosh I didn't even think of that. I
think, every job you do, you learn something new and I think I learned a
lot about my craft, about Sam is such a wonderful actor and most of my
scenes are with him. And I learned a lot from him, heís Julliard
trained. He's been doing it for a long time and I loved watching him
And I was really grateful to have so much time with such a wonderful
actor who really takes what he does very seriously and he'll always try
and make a scene better. And he'll keep nutting it out with the director
to make sure that it is the best scene that it can be. And sometimes we
don't always have the time to get everything everyone wants, but within
the constraints, it's like shooting fast on a TV show. He did that so
wonderfully and I learned a lot watching him work.
As far as myself, I realized, as much as I loved Montreal, I really felt
like Los Angeles is really - feels like home and I've never spent -
since I've been here I haven't spent so much time away from here and I
realized that, this is where I feel like I belong now. It's such a
beautiful city. There are so many kind people here and they've been so
welcoming to me because Iím from Australia.
And I've been here about four and a half years now. So I mean, it's
getting to that point where I don't even know how long and I learned
that it was home. I also went through some personal things with
friendships and things which I learned, the distance sometimes puts
perspective on how you deal with your relationships and your
And sometimes you realize that, amongst everything you don't actually
see what's happening and then you move away from it and you understand,
"Oh, that's not healthy for me to behave like that and with that person
or whatever." And taking yourself out of a scenario gives you some
perspective. So actually probably I learned a lot about myself.
Jamie Ruby: Okay, great. And also, if you got a chance to be on another
Syfy channel series, what would you - what show would you want to be on?
Dichen Lachman: Oh, that's currently on or that's - because I've read
some pilots too? Oh gosh...
Jamie Ruby: Well, anything you can talk about. How's that?
Dichen Lachman: I would love to be and I don't know if it exists, but I
would love to be in like a sci-fi western or something. Maybe someone
can write one, but I would love to be in a western on another planet or
something. Something like Firefly, can someone just make Firefly again?
(Unintelligible). I would love to be on Firefly, but I don't know if
that's going to happen.
Jamie Ruby: Well, we're all hoping. Perfect.
Dichen Lachman: We'll keep praying.
Jamie Ruby: Okay, thanks.
Dichen Lachman: Thank you.
Operator: And our next question comes from the line of Anita Nicholson
from CliqueClack, can you please proceed?
Anita Nicholson: Hi, I have just a couple questions for you. But my
initial question is that Aidan's relationship with vampires and
incredibly violently. Although I know that you can't foresee into the
future, how do you see Aidan and your character's relationship? Will it
follow along the history that was set up during Season 1 with all the
Dichen Lachman: Are you saying will it end violently?
Anita Nicholson: Yes.
Dichen Lachman: I think that Aidan - I can't exactly say, but I think
it's fair to assume that Aidan will always be confronting something very
difficult and very challenging and something's going to make him very
sad. I think, itís sort of unexpected and expected and I think it's
going to be shocking.
I think that it's going to be difficult. He's one of those characters
who is always struggling, and does get into these incredibly violent
scenarios. So I think he can definitely expect it to play out violently
in some way, shape or form which I can't talk about right now. Yes, it's
not pleasant at all for him.
Anita Nicholson: And I guess during Season 1, he has an intense on
again/off again relationship with another female vampire Rebecca who
Bishop sired for him. How will your character's relationship to him
slightly differ? I mean, yes.
Dichen Lachman: Oh sorry, yes it's different I think with the
relationship with Rebecca because this is a relationship that's been
going for a very, very long time. I think everyone has that person.
Everyone has that person in their life that they've always loved and
they've never been able to tell them or make it work.
And there's this person in their heart who they're very close with,
either in a friendly way or they have a love-hate relationship, but
someone who is in their world and they almost feel like they can't
breathe knowing that, they're not there. And yet they never get
together, you know. So it's different in that way. It's been like a
really slow burn.
It's almost like she doesn't know what her world is like without him and
he doesn't know what his world is like without her. I mean, he's
adapted, but prior to her going to the ground. She's - they've just got
this thing, this like thing they can't really talk about. And obviously
it's already coming together in the second episode. You can see the
So I think in that way, it's different. I think his relationship with
Rebecca was true and real and it happened and it was so strong, their
attraction towards one another. But this is just - it's living in a
different place. And it's living in a different time and his
relationship with her, there are so many rules and regulations around it
whereas with Rebecca, he was very free to love her.
There was no on stopping him. But Suren's from a different class of
vampires, sheís mother's daughter and so it's much more complicated in a
political sense than his relationship with Rebecca. So I think there's
sort of, you can look forward to another element in there, another
(unintelligible) in the works, their relationship.
Anita Nicholson: Okay and just one final question. You mentioned earlier
that they had not consummated their relationship. Do you know if they
will consummate it this season on Being Human?
Dichen Lachman: I think you'll see it build towards, it going in that
direction because, it's like you can feel that they want to be together,
but they can't. And they want to go there, but they don't. And it's
going to happen, but he knows that if he does he'll be completely
ostracized and in a lot of trouble. So I think that's what will make
their relationship somewhat exciting through it as you watch it.
I mean you're all very smart people. I almost don't want to say because
I didn't check if I could say this, but I think it's - will definitely
go in that direction. Yes.
Anita Nicholson: All right, great. Thank you very much.
Dichen Lachman: All right, thank you.
Maureen: Hi, this is (Maureen) from Syfy. Just jumping in, we have
time for one final question.
Operator: Wonderful and our next question comes from the line of (Diane
Mirasco) from Mirasco Media, you may please proceed.
Diane Mirasco: Hi Dichen, how are you?
Dichen Lachman: Good, how are you?
Diane Mirasco: I'm doing great. I have a question, when was or what
was the defining moment that you reached the level of comfort with your
character and said, "This is my bitch?"
Dichen Lachman: I would say it was, it was definitely a few weeks in and
there was - I think there was a scene that I had with Aidan where I felt
very comfortable with, where the character was sitting. But I never felt
like I got this, like I never felt like I know exactly what I'm doing
here. Like it's actually very, very rare that I ever feel with my work
that I'm like, "I got this."
I feel like sometimes like I feel like I understand it and like I know
where she has to be. I know who she has to be and like I said at the
beginning, I felt like that when I read it. I felt like I understood.
I'm like, "I know who this character needs to be. I know where she sits
energetically. I know what she wants. I know what she's scared of. I
But actually doing it is like a completely different kettle of fish,
youíre on a set with hundreds of other people and there's time and
there's, you're like on the verge. You're like so emotionally in that
place, you're thinking in that sensory moments which will get you to
that emotional place. And they're just about to call "action" and then
someone says, "Oh, there's a light that needs to be fixed in that
And it's like, you've lost it. So there's always these constant
challenges where, you're getting ready for your moment to give that
character everything you've got in that second and then they stop
because of a light or something. So you're constantly faced with
challenges. So even if you understand and you know this character and
you've got to and you're like, "I get this girl."
Actually executing it is one of the biggest challenges. Everyday there's
something happens or there's something technical or, you get like a
massive, you get shocking news or something which you have to deal with
personal or something and you're always trying to get your idea that's
in your head out, for the audience.
And so you get - there are moments where you feel comfortable absolutely
where yes I feel like in this moment it's happening and I feel like I
found a constant, like a consistent sort of place. But, yes I wish I
could be that actor who is just like, "Oh, I got it." But it's a
challenge. It's a challenge to get what's in your head and your
understanding out and well.
And I really hope I've done that, I always try to do my best. That's
like a quote from Dollhouse, one of the doll boys say that, "I try to be
my best." And I do and I hope that I am, but I never walk away feeling
like I nailed it or I got it. If I could go back right now and film the
whole thing again, in perfect scenarios, I would just so that the show
could be better for you.
But no, I never feel like that with my work. I don't know, maybe I hope
that I don't because I think that that's what's exciting about being an
actor is that you're always striving to be better, to achieve something
greater and that's what makes it an exciting occupation. I mean, there
are the days when you're like, "Oh, how am I going to pay my rent next
month?" I mean, that's exciting.
But as an artist, I think it's exciting because you never really get
there and I love that quote in the Alchemist which I think is a
beautiful book and (unintelligible) or one of the lines in there is,
it's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life
interesting. And I believe that, but I also believe that it's the idea
you can always be better or achieve something greater that also makes
I don't know if I ever want to feel like, "Oh my god," like "That's an
Oscar winning performance and I nailed it and I wouldn't do anything
differently." I always feel like I could have done something
differently, but I hope that's not selling the sand short because I hope
that they know that in that moment I'm absolutely trying my absolute
In that moment that was the absolute best I could possibly do because I
love what I do and I always try to give everything so that you guys can
enjoy the show. But yes, that was a very long-winded answer. But
hopefully it answered the question.
Diane Mirasco: Thank you so much Dichen, have a good day.
Dichen Lachman: Thank you, you too. I'm sitting in my closet at the
moment and I don't even know if it's like sunny outside, but enjoy the
day. I hope it's beautiful.
Diane Mirasco: Thank you, you too.
Maureen: Okay everyone, I think that is all the time we have for
today's call, but Dichen thank you so much for being with us today for a
full hour. We really appreciate your time.
Dichen Lachman: Thank you.
Dichen Lachman: Thank you everybody for tuning in. It's - I've never
done this before, it's very exciting.
Maureen: Well, thank you so much and of course we appreciate
everyone's time who called in. As Bill I think might've mentioned
earlier, we will be trans - well we have transcribed the call so we'll
be getting that out to you very shortly once it's ready and if you need
anything else, you can either give me (Maureen) or Bill a call here at
Dichen Lachman: Thank you everybody.
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