Siren, Freeform and ABC Spark’s latest venture is surely serving us the drama! The haunting new series focuses on Ryn, portrayed by Eline Powell, a mermaid who finds herself in a quaint and peculiar seaside town. We don’t yet know all that much about Ryn at the moment, but that’s what makes her all the more enchanting. The pilot was off to a great start and we can’t wait to see where this series goes! The TV Junkies recently caught up with Powell about her new role and what we can look forward to in the coming weeks on Siren.
The TV Junkies: What drew you to this project?
Eline Powell: The fact that it was this unique take on mermaids definitely intrigued me, but the characters or Ryn, in particular, was fascinating to me. To play a part where you can be so creative and physical was a dream come true.
TTVJ: What kind of research did you do? Were you into the myths before the show?
EP: I didn’t know that much about mermaid mythology, or even siren mythology, before the show. It blew my mind how many cultures have their own versions and how those myths changed and evolved throughout history. They mean so many different things to different people, and I almost feel quite honored we are adding our version to this vast catalog. The research I did for Ryn was mainly studying animals as much as I could. I watched many hours of Blue Planet but also nature shows about land predators. I tried out different aspects of movement from what I’d seen and then chose what I thought worked best.
TTVJ: What can you tease us about her relationship with Ben (Alex Roe)?
EP: Ben is the first human she meets who doesn’t “betray” her trust. It is not an easy relationship but inevitably, she does need humans in order to help her navigate this world. Ben is definitely one of those. Though her experience with humans isn’t always a positive one, she is surprised to find more kindness in those she meets than she expected.
TTVJ: What can you tell us about his family?
EP: They are the main fisher company that employs many of the town’s fishermen and are a respected family in the community. They have a bloody history however in Bristol Cove, and Ben’s ancestor actually plays a gruesome part in this. It is in fact why mermaids have retreaded for so many years to the point where they are considered ‘fairy tales’.
TTVJ: Aside from Ryn, what character are you most excited for audiences to learn about?
EP: Gosh, all the characters are so intriguing and all of their stories grow as the show continues. Sibongile Mlambo plays Donna, my sister and she is an incredible mermaid in her own right. I can’t wait for audiences to see her character, but Helen (Rena Owen) is also one of my favorites because she plays the town eccentric, but there is so much more to her than that. Fola Evans-Akingbola, who plays Maddie, will also be great to watch because her stepfather has raised her in the Haida culture, so her realization that mermaids are real brings a whole lot of questions for her and of course, Ben is a character who got much more than he bargained for. He is amazing. I could go on but I think I’m about to list the whole cast. I love them all you see.
TTVJ: What are some of your favorite shows at the moment?
EP: I’m quite the professional marathon watcher so my list is long but Stranger Things, This Is Us, Game Of Thrones, The OA, X-files, Grace and Frankie and forever and always Friends.
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Siren airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform and ABC Spark.
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