Well the mask is finally off! Van Helsing fans now know the identity of the ninja who has been fighting their way across the landscape. When the ninja was unmasked in Thursday night’s episode of the supernatural drama it turned out to be Scarlett Harker, played by Rookie Blue’s Missy Peregrym. Scarlett is a very different kind of warrior than Vanessa (Kelly Overton), showing no mercy for vampires and proving herself to be a lethal killer. She was prepared for The Rising at a very early age and feels validated knowing that her family was right about vampires.
However, both Scarlett and Vanessa were not prepared for the revelation at the end of the episode that these two in fact, have way more in common than they initially thought. As it turned out, the two women are actually sisters and now in possession of a pretty special Key, whose importance has yet to reveal itself. The reveal of the key, and the fact the women are sisters, “kickstarts everything else,” Peregrym recently told The TV Junkies during an exclusive chat. First things first though, Vanessa and Scarlett are going to have to make it past Dmitri (Paul Johansson) who had them cornered at episode’s end.
Peregrym also shared with us more information on exactly who Scarlett is and what this sisterly reveal means going forward. She also discussed her character’s choice of weapon and how while it looks great on screen, was a bit of a challenge to film with behind the scenes. Also, given the fact that we here at The TV Junkies were huge fans of Rookie Blue, we discuss her recent guest appearance on former Rookie showrunner Tassie Cameron’s new series Ten Days in the Valley.
The TV Junkies: So the past few episodes we’ve been seeing this ninja and it turns out that it’s you, Scarlett Harker! Now that we’ve met her, what can you tell us about Scarlett?
Missy Peregrym: I think she’s really fun. She’s fierce, but she gets to be light because she’s prepared for this. Up until the time she meets Vanessa, things are pretty simple in her mind. There’s no sympathy, no question that if you’re a vampire you’re going to die, and you’re not going to kill her. She’s really good at what she does.
Vanessa has been traumatized by everything and the loss of her daughter, constantly having to fight and keep up and stay ahead of everything to survive. Scarlett just doesn’t have the same thing because she was trained to do this, so it’s not that big of a deal. Scarlett’s been redeemed by this whole thing happening because she looked crazy before when her parents were teaching her. None of this had arrived yet. There were no vampires or threat to society, so when it finally happened she was like ‘oh OK, that’s that.’ She knew her place then.
When Scarlett finally catches up with Vanessa she’s really just curious about her. She’s heard that there are rumors that Vanessa can turn vampires, is wary of that, but is not ready for what gets revealed. She has no idea why they are in this place and it freaks her out that she even recognizes it. Her whole world that she’s known gets turned upside down in a second. The fact that Vanessa is her sister, the family she was raised in is not her family, that just changes everything for Scarlett. If Vanessa really can turn vampires then the morality of what she’s doing is questionable. She can’t just go and kill everything, even though she still kind of wants to. [laughs]
TTVJ: There is the big reveal at the end where we find out that Scarlett and Vanessa are actually sisters. This is a huge surprise to both of them, so what does it mean for the relationship between them going forward?
MP: They are trying to figure it out, and at the end of the day they are both having these dreams. Scarlett doesn’t know if she understands or believes it all, but Vanessa is really driven by that. There’s a common interest moving forward, but they just have a different attitude towards this stuff. She’s really intense and fierce in a different way than Scarlett is. Of course, she would be because she’s surviving, but in a different way than Scarlett. There’s a little bit of friction in their approach to things.
TTVJ: Vanessa has powers, and now we know they are sisters, does that mean Scarlett may have some powers as well?
MP: Right? That’s one of those things that scares the shit out of Scarlett. [laughs] She doesn’t want that. She doesn’t know what Vanessa is and what her capabilities are. A part of Scarlett didn’t believe that, and now that she’s seeing it happen, it makes her feel threatened a bit. She just really doesn’t know what to think about it, but at the same time there’s not a lot of time to be thinking about it because they have to go. Now they are just going to fight together, which is a little odd because Scarlett has been a lone wolf the whole time.
TTVJ: By the end of the episode, Dmitri has infiltrated the facility and is in a face off with Scarlett and Vanessa. Is he after this key they found? Can you give any hints?
MP: They all want this key. Scarlett just wants it because Dmitri wants it. She just doesn’t want him to have it and doesn’t know what’s going on with this stuff. Vanessa really does and wants to get to the bottom of this, but Scarlett just doesn’t want the enemy to have anything of value. They are all discovering this stuff as they go along.
TTVJ: Obviously, one of the coolest things about Scarlett is you get to be a ninja with some pretty sweet weapons! What was it like doing those fight scenes and working with the swords? Did you get to be heavily involved in shooting those?
MP: They are really cool weapons in theory. The first day I showed up on set I had to do a fight scene and was learning the choreography as I went along. Our stunt team made me look amazing because what threw me is that it’s one thing to have fake weapons, but a whole other thing to be holding them for real because you need a specific shot. So they’d be like ‘now you just need to spin the sword,’ and I’d be like ‘I can’t it’s 100 pounds!’ There were a lot of quick adjustments.
I think my outfit looks so badass, but I was running into everything on set because the swords would block me from going through doorways, or I was hitting the crew all the time. You also can’t actually pull them out. They are too long and nobody would really dress like that because you don’t have an 18 foot long arm.
TTVJ: OK, but they make you look super sweet!
MP: It’s true. It looks really badass.
TTVJ: Will we see Scarlett integrate at all with the larger group? How will that go?
MP: Doc (Rukiya Bernard) is really wary of her and Scarlett doesn’t really have patience for that. She’s just ready to go and Doc is always scared and afraid of doing things. She’s very apprehensive and Scarlett isn’t like that at all. Scarlett also spends some time with Julius (Aleks Paunovic) and Axel (Jonathan Scarfe).
TTVJ: Switching gears, I was super excited to see you recently have a mini Rookie Blue reunion with Tassie Cameron and pop up on Ten Days in the Valley. How did that happen?
MP: She and Sherry [White] were making the show and said ‘would you do this?’ So that’s how it happened! [laughs] It was so nice to just see her again, but so weird at the same time because there’s so much familiarity, but it’s not the same show and people. She’s just such an amazing woman and I just miss her. It just makes you miss Rookie Blue.
TTVJ: Word. You are preaching to the choir!
MP: I can’t even watch it because it bums me out. I miss my friends. We will see each other once in awhile, but it’s not the same thing. We knew this was going to happen so I’m not surprised by it, but it really was a special experience.
TTVJ: Seeing you on Van Helsing just confirmed what I already knew, which is that it’s always good to have you on my TV screen. Do you have anything else you’re working on that we should know about?
MP: Van Helsing doesn’t have a pickup right now for Season 3 so we’re waiting on that. I would love to do another show again full time and be a part of a group consistently. It’s the matter of getting the right thing. It’s a miracle any time you get a job that’s exciting and a fit and you get the money to make it.
I also was just talking to Adam MacDonald [Rookie Blue, Backcountry] because we’re really hoping to do another film together. Enuka Okuma [Rookie Blue, Caught] wrote it and she’s a really great writer so we’re going to try to get that made.
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