On last week’s Saving Hope we were introduced to an old fling of Charlie’s (Michael Shanks) from back in his college years. He met up with a mysterious woman in a bar and it was clear instantly that they had some type of romantic history together. Well that character returns this week in a bit of a different role and is intent on wreaking havoc in Maggie (Julia Taylor Ross), Alex (Erica Durance) and Charlie’s professional lives.
Most viewers will recognize this yet to be named character as Canadian actress Kristin Lehman, most recently known for her role as Detective Angie Flynn on four seasons of CTV’s Motive. Lehman’s other credits include playing Gwen Eaton on Netflix’s The Killing and has guested on numerous other Canadian and American shows throughout her career. The TV Junkies recently spoke exclusively with Lehman about her guest appearance on Saving Hope. Read on to see her thoughts on her character and what it was like working on the medical drama.
The TV Junkies: Congratulations on four seasons of Motive! It was a great show we were sad to see it end.
Kristin Lehman: Oh thank you. It’s been a little bit now so my sadness has sort of transformed into pride. The show was fantastic; it’s the best group of people that I’ve ever worked with. It was a real privilege. I feel lucky to have been a part of such a great group of people.
TTVJ: Do you miss it or are you happy to have some time to try out some different projects?
KL: I still wish I was doing it but that’s like civilian me. As actors, so many of us crave new and so many of us have a part of ourselves that craves unpredictability because we are starting new projects with new people all the time. But once you get on a show where you’ve got stability and a really healthy working environment we also don’t want to let that go. The part of me that loved every minute of being with those people wishes that that could keep going. It was just so good. That’s not to say that I don’t feel that on these new projects that I’ve being doing like Saving Hope. That group of people have been working together for a very long time and that environment was just like home for them, so it was really the perfect job for me to go to after saying goodbye to my own family on Motive. So I sort of jumped at the chance and I felt really lucky to have that opportunity.
TTVJ: How did this opportunity to guest star on Saving Hope come about?
KL: I suspect that because that show ran in Toronto for such a long time that they had really used every fantastic local actor that they could and they were probably like, ‘Who else can we get now?’ And I happened to be available. Honestly, they’ve really used that city’s talent so well and it was just lovely timing. I just happened to be available right when they needed someone and Ilana Frank and Adam (Pettle, showrunner) were kind enough to extend the invitation to me.
TTVJ: Tell me a little bit about the character you’re playing. We got a glimpse of her last week but don’t really know anything about her.
KL: She and Michael Shanks’ character go way back to college, where I believe they probably enjoyed each other in a casual way, and he calls her out of the blue and she is now a lawyer. She’s just a really capable, confident, take no bullshit kind of woman. She makes no apologies and she’s not part of the drama that has been his life of you know comas and ghosts and fiancés and children. And she doesn’t really indulge him. She comes on board because she’s come to take the place of a colleague who is investigating Alex and Maggie and it just so happens that she was with him [Charlie] the night before when she gets the call about the case. So it was interesting, I just wanted to make sure that I didn’t play her as someone that was petulant because she was investigating his personal life because I am a woman of mature stature in my own life. I just felt it was nice to play someone that was unapologetic about being skilled, but also understanding that life is complicated. When you’re a little bit older and you’re really devoted to your work I think lots of times relationships take a back seat and you make room for people that have complicated lives. And I think that’s her in a nutshell.
TTVJ: You’re not exactly playing a likable character here. She’s sleeping with Charlie and she’s kind of trying to get Alex and Maggie fired. What attracted you to this role?
KL: I didn’t really see her as not likable; she wasn’t really there to make offense to anyone. It was more about the conflict. She’s there to represent a client who has interests that she needs to maintain and she asks valid questions. Those questions might be difficult but I don’t think that they are meant to be lighthearted or smiley necessarily. There are not many female characters where you have a chance to see them not trying to please people. Not that she wouldn’t but I think she’s just really straightforward. She’s there to push the plot forward and help the audience understand what the stakes are for everyone involved in the story. I really enjoy the show and I watch it often, especially when I’m flying, but I’ve not been a part of their family for the five years that they’ve been together so I had the luxury of just coming in and telling the story. And that really is what the character needed to do too so it really lent it self well both personally and professionally.
TTVJ: Is there a chance we will see more of her before the end of the season?
KL: It’s just these episodes. I think that was the plan [to bring her back] but as things sometimes go with production it had to kind of shift direction. I have a feeling that it was their intention to have her come back at some point but no; it just ended up being these two episodes.
TTVJ: What’s it like working with Michael Shanks? Had you ever worked with him before?
KL: That was my first time but I’m acquaintances with him and with Erica so it was nice. It’s almost a bit like that feeling like you’re good friends with someone and you’ve met their brother so you know them but don’t really know them. It was kind of like I was working with that brother. It was great. There was a real ease on the set, a real level of comfort and respect and caring. It was lovely.
TTVJ: I know the acting community now Canada is a pretty small group. Have you ever worked with anyone else on the show?
KL: Well Jarod [Joseph], who plays Erica’s love interest on this episode, was on an episode of Motive so I know him quite well, but other than that I knew the cast just tangentially from doing the CTV Upfronts every year. We’d all kind of get together when we’re doing that sort of political side of our job — you know, waving to advertisers and such — we did that together. So there was a bit of camaraderie already and it’s always a pleasure to see them. I was really thrilled to get to work with them.
TTVJ: Are you working on anything else right now?
KL: I am. I’m working on a show for Netflix called Altered Carbon. It’s pretty spectacular. It’s this giant sci-fi extravaganza that’s pretty different and I’m really loving it. And then after that, fingers crossed, I then move on to another sci-fi project that I’ll both act and direct in. But I’m not going to mention the name of that one just yet because I’m always superstition till I’ve signed my contracts.
I’m really excited for them both. Altered Carbon has been a beast. It’s a really big undertaking and it’s one of Netflix’s biggest budget endeavors thus far, and it’s based on a series of science fiction books by Richard Morgan of the same title. It’s set like 500+ years into the future on different worlds and different universes. It’s got a stellar cast and I’m loving it. But it’s massive.
Are you fan of Lehman’s from Motive? Are you looking forward to seeing more of her on Saving Hope and in other projects? What do you think of her character so far? Drop a few words in the comments section below and let us know what you’re thinking!
Saving Hope airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on CTV in Canada and Wednesdays at 12 a.m. ET on ion TV in the US.
Christy is a self proclaimed and proud TV Junkie. Her love for TV began at an early age with shows like Degrassi, Alias, ER, Buffy, The X-Files & Friends. You can now find her watching, ok obsessing over, shows like When Calls The Heart, Saving Hope, Arrow, Outlander, Grey's Anatomy and many many others. You can catch Christy on Twitter at @ChristySpratlin where she will likely be live tweeting her favorite shows and talking about everything TV.