What’s it like to also have Underworld: Awakening opening within a week of the show premiering in the States?
HOLDEN-RIED: That is a little bit strange, and I didn’t realize it was going to happen like that. It turns out that I’ve become a pretty good werewolf actor. I’m going to have to try to get myself into a different position, at some point in the future, but I’ll take werewolf. Werewolf is pretty damn fun to play.
What are the differences between your Underworld werewolf and the one that you play on Lost Girl?
HOLDEN-RIED: The character in Underworld, Quint, is much more violent. The physicality was more ferocious. He’s also not a complicated character like Dyson is. Dyson is a fully engaged character, in that we explore his loves, his relationships, his past, his present, and now we’re starting to explore his future. With Quint, he had a purpose to play in Underworld and it was very specific. He is the antagonist. He is the danger to Kate Beckinsale’s character, Selene. There wasn’t a lot of exploration of that character, which was totally fine. They’re very different characters, and they were very different experiences in acting. But, honestly, Underworld was a huge amount of fun, too. Because of that specificity, I was able to get really deep into that violent, vicious werewolf. Dyson is not so much a werewolf as he is a shifter. He doesn’t lose control of himself at a full moon.
Had you been familiar with the Underworld films?
HOLDEN-RIED: Yeah, I loved Underworld. I had watched them from when they began, years ago. I think they’re one of the best genre franchises going.
What was it like to work with two directors?
HOLDEN-RIED: I think it really depends on who the directors are. Luckily, these two Swedish guys, Björn Stein and Måns Mårlind, were so amicable. They just worked so well together. Often, one would be directing one day and the other one would mostly be looking at the post or prepping. They switched back and forth with who was leading and who was doing the background stuff. But, it was a lovely experience for me. I didn’t really feel a big difference, to be honest, just because they were so united in their vision of the film.