Veteran actress Tricia Helfer’s versatility shall be showcased within the coming months.
Helfer, 46, is reprising her role as Dracula on the fifth and ultimate season of Syfy’s “Van Helsing” — premiering Friday (April 16) at 10 p.m. — and can reappear in “Lucifer” as Lucifer’s (Tom Ellis) mom within the upcoming sixth and ultimate season of the wry Netflix fantasy collection. She’s additionally joined the dance drama “Step Up: High Water,” airing on Starz.
The actress, who rose to TV fame as Number Six on “Battlestar Galactica” (2004-09), answered some questions on her work and her love of animals.
Was it serendipity or coincidence that you just have been cast within the genre-specific collection “Lucifer” and “Van Helsing?”
I don’t assume it was both. I believe it was a well-thought-out resolution by the manufacturing groups. Both have been straight provides, and whereas I’m positive they’d a listing of individuals they went to first, they finally ended up providing the roles to me. I’m glad they did as a result of each roles have been actually enjoyable to play.
Will “Van Helsing” followers be shocked by the evolution of Dracula this season?
Because Dracula was solely launched briefly final season, even followers from the start of the present don’t know an excessive amount of about her. She is, clearly, this enigmatic, highly effective being who’s the chief of darkness. In our story, she has been locked away at the hours of darkness realm for a really very long time and is now simply newly launched into the world, so nobody actually is aware of what to anticipate from her but. The upcoming season shall be actually thrilling for the followers, I believe. I can’t say a lot proper now with out making a gift of spoilers. All I’ll say is that there’s a totally different aspect to Dracula that we see early on — and attributable to actions that occur, she might not essentially be at her final energy going ahead.
You’ve been working continuous in tv for 20 years; would you think about a starring collection role at this level?
I believe virtually any actor could be mendacity in the event that they mentioned they didn’t desire a starring role however, like something, there are professionals and cons to each. I’m simply completely happy to have been in a position to play many collection common roles in quite a lot of tasks. It definitely retains it fascinating. But in fact if the appropriate lead role got here up and it made sense for me to play it, then I’d be completely happy to signal on.
Comedies or dramas?
I don’t have a desire. I’ve executed extra dramas so it seems [that’s] the desire of these hiring me, however as an actor, the primary perk I see is attending to play all forms of roles in all forms of tasks. Studying and studying who a personality is, and what her world is barely expands your personal information and curiosity. Being in a position to change it up and play one thing extra lighthearted is beautiful as a result of, particularly if the role or subject material may be very darkish, it may well put on on you a bit.
Besides Number Six, is there one role that also resonates with you?
I do want I had gotten to play Molly Parker within the short-lived  ABC collection “Killer Women” longer. We solely did one eight-episode season, and the present was simply beginning to discover its toes. The tone was particular, they usually obtained lost making an attempt to make it too stylized within the first episodes as a substitute of simply letting or not it’s a little bit of a unusual procedural. It was additionally slightly forward of its time, I believe. But I actually beloved taking part in that character, Texas Ranger Molly Parker, and wished I’d have gotten to do it for longer.
Was there an incident that sparked your devotion to animal-welfare causes?
No. I’ve all the time been an animal lover and to be fairly trustworthy, I normally favor the company of animals than I do of people. With heavy journey like I did throughout my modeling career, and for many of my appearing career, it’s by no means actually been an excessive amount of of an choice to be a hands-on bodily volunteer since you’re so usually gone, and your schedule is so last-minute, that you just aren’t actually that dependable. So many of the efforts that I do are in advocacy or consciousness, donating and serving to to boost money. I can definitely do higher, and I’ll proceed to attempt for that, however it does give me a way of delight to do what I can and to be amongst the group of animal activists that attempt to make the lives of animals higher.