Playing smart women with a mind of their own is kind of Ksenia Solo’s forte. After five seasons playing the beloved Kenzi on Lost Girl, Solo is getting set to enter her third season as Peggy Shippen on TURN: Washington’s Spies. The AMC drama kicks off its fourth and final season on Saturday, June 17 at 9 p.m. ET. Solo’s Peggy Shippen, described as the “most beautiful woman in America,” will be coming off the loss of her love, Major John André at the end of Season 3.
Peggy and André worked to turn her husband Benedict Arnold (Owain Yeoman) from the Patriot cause, but were met with some disastrous results. Arnold was run out of Philadelphia and John André was hanged. In order to get a closer look at how Peggy is dealing with the loss of André heading into Season 4, The TV Junkies spoke exclusively with Solo. She shared why she enjoys playing Peggy, what Peggy and Arnold’s relationship will look like without André in the picture and what life will be like for the pair in New York.
The TV Junkies: TURN is quite a departure from your work in genre on Lost Girl and Orphan Black. What attracted you to TURN and the role of Peggy?
Ksenia Solo: The main attraction to me was that Peggy Shippen was a real person and not many people know what a vital role she played in the defection of America’s greatest traitor. I thought she was a very unusual young woman — she is independent, outspoken and politically savvy which were not common traits for young women at that time.
TTVJ: How daunting is it to play a character that is touted as the “most beautiful woman in America?”
KS: Let’s just say I have a wonderful hair and makeup team and we have an absolutely incredible director of photographer, Marvin Rush. They do quite the job of making Peggy look the best that she can!
TTVJ: Peggy lost John André at the end of last season, so how is that loss affecting her coming into Season 4?
KS: The loss of John André is absolutely devastating for her. In Season 4 we see a woman who is in a great amount of pain, but surviving and moving forward in the best way she can with only the memory of her love. I think it speaks to Peggy’s strength and resilience and the qualities I very much admire about her.
TTVJ: With André out of the picture, what’s the relationship between Peggy and Benedict looking like this season?
KS: Without giving anything away, what I can say is that Peggy and Arnold do have the chance to start over, but we’ll see things take an unexpected turn. You guys will just have to watch and see what unfolds!
TTVJ: Are there any new characters joining that we should look out for or that will be particularly involved with Peggy?
KS: I wouldn’t say there’s any new characters that play a big role in Peggy’s life in Season 4. She does interact with a couple of people you wouldn’t expect her to and she also has someone from her past who means a lot to her come into her life again at a very sensitive time. That person ends up making a huge difference in her life towards the end of the show.
TTVJ: After playing Peggy several seasons now what did you enjoy most about working on a historical drama and is it something you’d want to do again?
KS: I really love history and it’s absolutely something I would want to do again. It’s been very thrilling to be a part of a show that explored all these fascinating sides of the Revolutionary War.
TTVJ: That being said, are you over wearing all the corsets and costumes or did you still enjoy them even by the end of shooting?
KS: I have a love/hate relationship with my corset. Some days we’re best friends and other days I have to have Advil on standby because my rib cage gets really mad at me. In Season 4 you’ll see another element added to Peggy’s wardrobe. So there were some strenuous processes I had to go through in order to live out the story of Peggy in Season 4.
TTVJ: You probably had moments where you’re like ‘Can Peggy just please get a good yoga pant?’
KS: Right? [laughs] Every time I get a nightgown for a bedroom scene it’s a good day!
TTVJ: Lost Girl was beloved by many fans and you still attend many conventions where you interact with those fans. What’s the best thing about doing those events and meeting the fans?
KS: It’s always a joy to be able to talk to people about Lost Girl and see that people are still so excited about it and love the characters that we loved so much. It’s always a pleasure to see the cast as well because we’re all so spread out so whenever we can join up it’s so great to see everyone. Lost Girl fans are THE best. Not only do they support Lost Girl and the actors, but they also support causes that we’re passionate about. That kind of support is irreplaceable and I’m so endlessly grateful for it.
TTVJ: Given this is TURN’s last season, where should we look for you next? Any more work behind the camera?
KS: I would love to do more work behind the camera, but have nothing planned as of right now. I have a film set to release in the U.S. on September 15 called In Search of Fellini. Right before I started shooting this last season of TURN I wrapped a film called Tulipani, Love, Honour and a Bicycle directed by Oscar winner Mike van Diem. I’m not sure of release dates right now, but those are the two projects that will be releasing in the near future.
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TURN: Washington’s Spies Season 4 premieres Saturday, June 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC. For a closer look at the final season browse these photos.
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