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Laura Vandervoort on 'V' Season Two Finale, Homesickness and Canadian Superheroes

by Bryan Cairns, posted Mar 14th 2011 1:30PM
Laura Vandervoort is out of this world.

The Canadian beauty struck a chord with viewers on the drama 'Instant Star' before taking flight as Clark Kent's Kryptonian cousin Kara on 'Smallville.'

Still in the sci-fi world, and now back as lizard visitor Lisa on 'V,' Vandervoort spoke to TV Squad about being an alien princess, superheroes, and missing home.

A lot of people recognize you as Kara from 'Smallville.' Did that open any doors for you and help you land the role of Lisa on 'V'?
Definitely! Just being out in the American public eye and on such a good network like the CW put me out there. I had been doing a lot of stuff in Canada, but it doesn't always get you where you need to be in the States. It helps, and it did get me a fanbase in the sci-fi world, so I was lucky.

On 'V,' one interesting scene was where Lisa was forced into killing a human trapped in that soul-extracting machine. At what length will Lisa go to prove her loyalty to her mother Anna and the Vs?
Yeah, that was a fun scene for me because her mother is testing her and she really needs to make sure she doesn't give herself away. In that moment, if Lisa even hesitated on pushing the button and killing the human, it would have been over for her. Lisa's mother would have seen it so she knew what she had to do. It was the most horrific thing she's ever had to deal with -- and it was cool to show the audience how much it killed Lisa to have to do this. It shows the length Lisa is willing to go to protect the Fifth Colony.

Was Anna just grooming Lisa to be queen with some tough love or does she suspect something is up with her daughter?
I'm not sure. I feel she must suspect something because Anna is keeping such a watchful eye on me. Having had Grandma (Jane Badler) warning my mother about me turning on her, she's a little more aware of it. I don't know if Anna necessarily thinks something is going on, but she's keeping an eye on Lisa and testing her like any mother would test their daughter to make sure they're not doing drugs. It's a weird comparison, but you know what I mean.

Are you anticipating some big confrontation between Lisa and Anna?
I'm anticipating it, yes. We're done this season. I know everything, but that's obviously what everything is leading up to, that battle between mother and daughter, and who's going to rule our race.



Can you tease us about the season finale and where Lisa is heading?
Lisa is definitely standing on her own. She has chosen her side so she will be helping the Fifth Colony out more. Her relationship with her grandmother is going to affect a lot of stuff. The episode was so much fun and I'm excited to see it.

'Instant Star' was filmed in Toronto and 'Smallville' in Vancouver. Now that you're in Los Angeles, do you ever get homesick?
I'm really not home at all anymore, except for Christmas. It was hard at first when I was younger. When I started 'Smallville,' it was really tough because it was my first time being away from home and now I've adapted. I get it, know how to handle it, and be alone. There are days when I miss my friends, especially in L.A. where I don't know a lot of people. It's just being open to meeting new people and trying to stay positive. That's why I like to keep busy and work.

Speaking of second homes, you returned to 'Smallville' to help Clark against this great darkness. Have the producers been able to pencil you in for another episode?
They have. I'm going to be returning for one good final episode. I haven't read it yet, but I know the general story. It's for the fans, purely for them, because they want to say goodbye to Kara. They don't want to leave her hanging. I'm hoping everybody will be happy.

Seth Rogen and Ryan Reynolds are anchoring a couple of Hollywood's biggest comic book movies. What do you think is up with all these Canadians playing American superheroes?
That's true. I never thought of that. Well first of all, Canadians are awesome! I know you agree. Just like the Vs, I've said we're slowly taking over. I'm proud of the Canadians. Ryan Reynolds and Gosling are so great and to be part of the dichotomy of superheroes is pretty special. Besides the fact I'm Canadian, I'm just honored to have played her.

Have you auditioned for any of those superhero feature films?
No I haven't. 'Blade III' was actually on last night and I was watching Jessica Biel go at it. I said to my friend "God, I would kill to do a role like that!" I love the strong women and she's fantastic. And there's the martial arts. It would be a lot of fun to do something that's darker. I could change the hair color and mix it up a bit. I haven't auditioned for any of those superhero characters. I'm not sure if it's a conflict thing.

Hey, if Ryan Reynolds could play three superheroes, you can be more than one!
Okay good. Let me put that out there. If anyone has a superhero movie coming out, even if it's just a comedy, I'm up for it!

Chris Pine is a hot commodity right now. What was it like playing his love interest in the movie 'This Means War?'
It was actually just a cameo, and it wasn't necessarily his love interest. I had a different look with a red wig. It was just a fun little flirtation scene. Tom Hardy is amazing as well and obviously Chris is wonderful too. I was lucky to get that role.

I guess there are worse jobs than flirting with Chris for a day.
Yeah!

'V' ends its mid-season run on March 15th. It airs at 9PM on ABC in the US and on A-Channel in Canada.

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Joe Enos

I'm hoping the "Fifth Colony" references were just typos; otherwise either Laura or the interviewer haven't really watched the show. I think they've mentioned the Fifth *Column* a few hundred times in the series.

March 21 2011 at 12:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
azgayskin

I hope she tries out for a part in the xmen! that woul dbe awesome!

March 15 2011 at 11:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
milimarsh

I just love 'Lisa'. She plays the part well.

March 15 2011 at 3:00 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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