Secrets always come back to haunt you. If you’ve watched enough television you know that to be true, and it’s definitely the case on Slasher, dropping Tuesday, October 17 on Netflix in the U.S. and Canada. Showrunner Aaron Martin (Being Erica, Killjoys) takes the series’ second installment, Slasher: Guilty Party, to the remote Canadian wilderness where a group of former summer camp counsellors are forced to to return to an isolated campground to retrieve evidence of a crime they committed in their youth. Upon their arrival, the group is met with the camp’s new inhabitants, members of a spiritual retreat, who have secrets of their own to hide while everyone finds themselves targeted by someone out for horrific revenge.
One of the camp counsellors with the most to hide may be Andi, played by Rebecca Liddiard. Liddiard is fast becoming one of Canadian TV’s most recognizable and promising young talents. She stars in CBC’s Alias Grace this fall, and will be seen alongside Lauren Lee Smith in the upcoming Frankie Drake Mysteries. She’ll play police morality officer Mary Shaw when the series premieres November 6 on CBC. Liddiard recently spoke exclusively with The TV Junkies about her role on Slasher: Guilty Party and what it was like to work with an ensemble that includes Leslie Hope (24), Paula Brancati (Being Erica), Lovell Adams-Gray (Lost & Found’s Music Studios), Jim Watson (The Strain), Kaitlyn Leeb (Heartland) and Melinda Shankar (Degrassi). She also previewed her role on Frankie Drake and what to expect from her character.
The TV Junkies: How did this opportunity to be a part of Slasher come about?
Rebecca Liddiard: To be honest, it’s not really a genre that I follow, but I’ve done a lot of work with Shaftesbury and Jay Bennett, one of the producers, contacted me and I am always interested in what they are doing. I went in to audition and met the director, Felipe Rodriguez, and he’s such a unique and wonderful person, so right away I just knew I would love to work with him. When they told me that I go the part then I was really excited knowing I’d work with him.
TTVJ: TTVJ: What can you tell us about Andi, the character you’re playing?
RL: I remember when I read the sides for the audition there was a scene where she was smoking in it, and I thought ‘oh, I never get to play smokers. I bet she’s so hard core and badass!’ She is in a way, but she’s a very angry individual because all the characters are carrying a really heavy, dark secret. They’ve been carrying it a long time and it manifests in different ways. For Andi, at one time she was bubbly, happy and very youthful, but becomes very withdrawn to where you meet her in the present day and she can’t really connect to people on a personal level. When she goes with her ex-friends back to the camp, it’s really hard for her because she hasn’t really been around too many people for the past five to six years.
TTVJ: One thing I love about Slasher is that it’s a large ensemble cast made up of some of my favorite Canadian TV actors. Is that something that’s enjoyable for you as well, and had you worked with any of the cast prior to this?
RL: It’s always so fun when there’s a really big cast because it’s like ‘oh, who is it going to be? I hope it’s some of my friends!’ One I was really delighted to run into was Jim Watson. He and I had done Between together and it was so fun to be with him. For the most part, everyone was a new face for me, but when you’re working with a lot of people in a remote location you get to be friends really fast. We had a really good time in the snow and in the woods.
TTVJ: Speaking of that wilderness, what was it like shooting outside for this?
RL: The nice thing is that we were playing winter for winter so we were allowed to be wearing winter clothes. I’m a bit sensitive to the cold and at first I thought this would be a great experience, make me stronger and come away with a new sense of power. It was pretty tough though, and there were some days when I had to bear down and grit my teeth. Luckily for us, not so much for production, is that we had a big thaw in the middle of production where all the snow melted, so they had to bring in a lot of fake snow and come up with some clever set dressings.
TTVJ: Did you know who the killer was and were their guesses about that from the cast?
RL: We had all the scripts from the start so we knew, but it was fun because we had some actors come in who were only in one episode that would want to know who it was. So that was kind of fun knowing and having people who didn’t know.
When I read it I thought for sure I knew who it was after every episode, but by the time I got to the end I was like ‘Oh!’ Aaron has done a great job with the story arc. Some people claim they figured it out right away, but I don’t believe them because the way he wrote the story is very character driven. When you do find out who the killer is it’s a twist, but it’s organic and really well done.
TTVJ: You’re also going to be a part of a show we’re very excited about that premieres later this fall, Frankie Drake on CBC. What can you share about the character you’re playing there?
RL: I play a completely different young woman than my Slasher character. I’m playing Mary Shaw and she’s a morality officer. Since Frankie Drake is set in the 1920s, in that time women weren’t allowed to become cops, but could be morality officers who made sure that ladies were behaving correctly. She’s this really funny character with a lot of ambition, but is in this position where she has to enforce these really archaic, old-fashioned ideas that aren’t very progressive, even though in her heart she’s very progressive. On top of that, she’s sort of silly and makes mistakes. It’s a lot of fun to play her and a huge change from Andi in Slasher.
TTVJ: So it sounds like you could be clashing a bit with Frankie (Lauren Lee Smith)?
RL: There is a nice juxtaposition between our characters, but it’s friendly. We all work together and have fun. There’s another character played Sharron Matthews that is very quirky and weird so there’s two kind of bizarre characters, and then you have Frankie and Trudy (Chantel Riley) who are much more even keeled. It makes for a really fun dynamic.
TTVJ: One of the things that’s so exciting about the show is that there’s so many female characters and then a lot of women behind the scenes as well.
RL: It’s a really exciting thing to be a part of, and Leslie Hope, who is also in Slasher, directed episodes of Frankie Drake. She’s such an inspiring woman and I only knew her as an actress, so it was great to see this whole other side of her. It was really cool and I hope people enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed being a part of it.
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Slasher: Guilty Party is available to stream on Netflix and Netflix Canada on Tuesday, October 17.
Editor in Chief Bridget Liszewski comes from a long line of TV Junkies who fostered her love of television from a very young age. She's channeled that passion into covering both US and Canadian television shows, and is thankful everyday for the invention of the DVR. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she loves college football and is a fan of sports in general. Bridget is always up for talking TV and you can follow her on twitter at @BridgetOnTV.