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'Being Erica' Star Erin Karpluk Previews Season 3

by Michael Maloney, posted Jan 26th 2011 5:30PM
Erin KarplukWhen Erica Strange returns for season 3 of SOAPnet's cult hit 'Being Erica,' she's running from the police and cutting open a vein (figuratively) as she deals with the depressing realization that almost everyone in therapy must face: She is not her doctor's only patient.

The drama/fantasy series tells the tale of Erica Strange, who, with the help of the mysterious Dr. Tom, is able to travel back into time so she can re-examine past events that have shaped the woman she's become.

At the conclusion of season 2, viewers saw Erica's life was left in disarray. No job, no boyfriend. Now Erica moves in a new direction as she enters a form of group therapy where she is introduced to Adam, played by new series regular Adam Fitzpatrick, who's caring for his gravely ill mother.

We spoke to star Erin Karpluk about what to expect from season 3, which premieres tonight at 11PM ET on SOAPnet.

TV Squad: Erica has so many regrets, but because she's so likable, people don't mind going on the journey with her each week.
Erin Karpluk: Thank you! [Laughs] What a great way to start [my day]! I do get feedback that people can relate to the character and her flaws.That's one of the reasons I was drawn to the project and to Erica Strange. The average person can relate to her ... people like that she's flawed, human and that she could be your next door neighbor.

When SOAPnet viewers heard of the show 'Being Erica,' they naturally thought it had something to do with Erica Kane, played by Susan Lucci, from 'All My Children.'
Well, I'm in pretty good company then. I actually hear that mostly when I'm in Los Angeles or doing work with SOAPnet.

The show manages to make each journey that Erica takes seem like a new one. It's not a case of "Oh, here we go again ..."
I have to credit that entirely to our creator and executive producers Jana Sinyor and Aaron Martin. When I first read the pilot, I thought, This is great. I love the time travel and the theme of regret. However, I was skeptical about how far we could take this. How many regrets can this girl have? She has to keep evolving otherwise the audience will find her whiny and her challenges not relatable. What the writers have done is they've blasted open the doors to all these different places we could go to.

What's an overview of season 3?
It's the same show that our audiences have grown to love, but we go deeper. Season 3 is about transformation. We go deeper into her life. Old characters return. Kai and Cassidy return. There's a new character, Adam. He and Erica develop a strong connection.We learn more about Dr. Tom. You see Leo, Erica's brother again. Sam, Erica's sister, gets a boyfriend. A new doctor, Dr. Arthur, is introduced. Also, Erica is mourning the loss of Ethan. She forges on with Julianne in her book publishing enterprise.

Could there be a season 4?
Yes. Right now, we're keeping our fingers optimistically crossed. The show's been picked up in 160 countries worldwide. They're airing season 2 in Japan. I just got back from there. I love traveling. I do try to stay or arrive early a few days before I do press so I can take in the culture and have a little bit of vacation time, too. I was in Japan for about five days and two of those were for press. The Japanese culture is amazing. People are so loyal and courteous and clean. You could hear a pin drop in downtown Tokyo.

Many people can relate to a sibling marrying the wrong person, but Erica objecting to her sister's husband was so real.
Personally, I've never experienced that, but I have with friends -- friends who could be sisters to me. Some of them are divorced now, but I feel like it's not my place to say. Some of my guy friends have said to me that a buddy would say to them, "Are you sure about this?" You risk losing that relationship, which is ultimately what happened to Erica.

Does the season 3 finale serve as a cliffhanger or a series finale? Or both, which is hard to do?
It is hard to do, but I think any TV show-runner will try to do it so that it could be both because you never know [if you'll be renewed or not.] It'd be disappointing to not see what would come next for Erica. I can say that season 3 ends on an interesting moment, which is a conclusion, but it is also a beginning.

Is there an "Erica Strange" moment you have, something that if you could change you would?
Yes. I go through different waves with how I answer this question. I've given funny responses or said that I wouldn't mind going back and reliving the day I smashed my front teeth out on a waterslide. (Laughs) I wish I could go back and redo that!

Certainly, there are deeper things that I wish I could go back and undo. If I ever said anything hurtful to a family member. I think we've all had those moments and I think that's why people watch the show. What I've learned from doing the show is to let go of those things. We can't time travel in real life and so much of life can be wasted feeling guilty or having regrets. Learn as much as you can. Forgive yourself. Forgive those around you and move on. I know that's easier said than done, but that's something that I'm trying to do.

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Jon Carpenter

I love this show too. After already having seen this season, I really hope it gets picked up for a 4th!

January 26 2011 at 10:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love this show.

January 26 2011 at 9:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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