In the beginning, three were created. Man made of clay. Angels made of light. And a third made of fire. For centuries, stories of angels and men have captured the imagination and been etched into history crossing all boundaries of culture, religion and time. These two races have dominated the landscape of modern mythology, shrouding the evidence that a third was ever created. This third race, born of smokeless fire, was named the jinn. Modern man has all but forgotten this third race ever existed. It is time for him to remember.
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Serinda Swan opens up about the amazing season finale of Graceland in this brand new interview!
The 29-year-old actress stars as Paige, a smart and sexy DEA agent who lives and works with a group of undercover agents from various law enforcement agencies.
JJ caught up with Serinda to get the scoop on the finale, kissing Aaron Tveit, favorite memories, and her hopes for Paige in the second season.
JustJared: First of all, congrats on the second season!
Serinda Swan: Thank you! I love the cast and crew so much. It was such a family, so it was one of those ones that selfishly – obviously, business-wise you want to come back – but friend-wise and family-wise, there was just…we call it a “party line” from crew to cast. Everyone is on that text line. You know something happens when you look at your phone and you have 48 texts. We all woke up to like 70 texts and we’re like “We we’re picked up!”
JJ: There were so many twists and turns this first season. You guys shot it all before the show even premiered. How much was mapped out for you and how much did you learn week-by-week?
SS: Week-by-week. We had no idea what was going on. Jeff [Eastin, the creator] was really great with calling us and letting us know. The map was one that was like drawn on a napkin (laughs). There were definitely a lot of surprises and anything that we needed to know character-wise, he would make sure that we knew – any type of back story or anything to do with who we were investigating. He was very good to make sure that we were all on track with that. There were so many twists and turns. Like, “Oh, I’m going to make out with Mike now. OK, great!” That’s happening (laughs). We didn’t really know Briggs was a heroin addict until it came out. Those were the sort of things where some people were privy to the information and some people weren’t, so we didn’t play into what Serinda knew vs. what Paige knew. That was a cool thing to have, but then again, sometimes I was like, ‘I kinda wish I knew that!’
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Serinda Swan: I had actually been on Supernatural before. Not that anybody would remember, but I was “Hospital Receptionist” back in 2006 [in season one's Salvation]. It was actually my first speaking television role, which was pretty cool, even though all I say is “Hi, is there anything I can do for you?” As my agent reminded me, “Nobody will remember you, and it’s been four years, so you can come back as a large guest star.” I tried out for it and now I’m back.
You play an extremely pissed-off goddess. What is Veritas’ deal and what drives her?
She’s the goddess of truth, so anything that is truthful keeps her very calm. The moment she sees or hears anyone lying, it sets her off. For Veritas, in the small town she lives in, whenever someone says “I just want the truth” or “I just want someone to tell me the truth,” she then decides to play a little game. Veritas is kind of a trickster. What she does is curse the person with the gift of the truth as she sees it, and they can only speak the [absolute] truth. Sometimes that destroys your family or any type of relationships they have. The person who’s affected has to say anything and everything they think, or everybody tells them the complete truth about what they think, which inevitably destroys their life as well. Usually, the person ends up killing themselves and then Veritas gets the body and feeds on it. That’s the way Veritas eats. She’s a lovely, lovely goddess of truth!
How did you approach Veritas as opposed to her reporter persona, Ashley Frank?
Well, it’s funny because I’ve played a goddess before [as Aphrodite in the movie Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief], so when I first read it, I thought she had a little day job. As I got into it, I realized she’s a completely different goddess than I’d ever played before. I had to drop the idea of what a goddess was and reform my perception of her as I read. She is what she is. She’s not perfect and maybe in the goddess realm, this is normal. Maybe they don’t all feed off of humans either. I just had to stop, read Veritas for who she was, not judge her, and not make her evil in my head. Otherwise, you hate your character. Would I support what she’s doing? Absolutely not, but it’s a really creative look at what a goddess is.