Sara Canning talks about her role in Primeval New World
Last week I sent some questions to Sara Canning about Primeval New World, for an article I am writing for Fantasy Magazine. Here only the English version of the interview.
What was the first thing you thought reading the script? The plot has attracted you immediately?
I was familiarizing myself with the original Primeval while reading the first episode of Primeval: New World. I was drawn into the world of the characters, the secrecy under which they operate, and of course, the ferocity of the dinosaurs. The creatures are a source of utmost fascination for my character, Dylan.
How would you describe your character, Dylan Weir?
Dylan Weir is a conservation officer, specializing in predator control. She joins Evan Cross’s team and finds herself in a world of anomalies and creatures beyond anything she’s ever dealt with. Her focus on animal behavior translates to how she deals with members of the team – she’s very intuitive, and I like to think she keeps the anxiety level down. Fighting dinosaurs can be stressful, you know.
Do you think there are any similarities between you and your character or Dylan is very far away from you?
I don’t think Dylan and I are really similar as people, but I can definitely relate to her fascination with behavior. That’s why I became an actor.
Dylan looks really stubborn. Can we expect that she enter in conflict with someone of other characters?
Dylan can be stubborn, specifically when it comes to how the creatures are treated and dealt with. She operates from very specific training, and a sense of empathy. So when people mess with that, Dylan’s got a little bite to her.
What will be her attitude toward the creatures? Considering her work, she will see them as a threat or as something to be protected? (as Abby in the original series).
Dylan believes in protecting the creatures, but has also been trained to deal accordingly with a creature that wreaks havoc. She is, however, faced with changing her method and philosophy when dealing with creatures that are traveling through time. There are different repercussions the team must deal with.
You may reveal if your character will have a love interest in the show? (Or if you’d like your character has a romantic involvement?)
Of course I want Dylan to have a love interest. And of course, I’m not going to tell you who, what, where, when or how. 😉
What is your favorite scene of the season premiere?
My favorite scene in the first episode is the one in which Dylan sees her first dinosaur. A pretty wild moment for her.
And the most difficult to shoot?
The most elaborate scene to shoot in the first episode involved a fight between two creatures with three characters trying to contain the situation. The CGI looked amazing. I hope us actors look half as good.
The series is very action-packed. How did you prepare, both physically and mentally, to shoot?
Sara: The first season was very physical, and stunt-filled, which I loved. My tranq rifle became an extension of my arm. Our stunt coordinator, Marshall Virtue, was really great with teaching and trusting us to do many of our own stunts.
You recently attended the MIPCOM in Cannes and the London MCM Expo. Could you tell us something about these experiences?
Sara: It’s amazing, traveling to other countries to promote a show. Especially when I get to hang out with Niall and Danny while doing so. MipCom was an interesting view into our show from a buyer’s perspective, and the MCM Expo at London Comicon was an opportunity to meet lots of fans of the original Primeval. We adventured around Cannes and London in our off time.
Leave behind a very beloved character as Jenna (The Vampire Diaries) is not easy. Do you think that Dylan will be able to conquer fans in the same way?
I can only hope that people respond to Dylan with the same gusto they did Jenna from The Vampire Diaries. Both have been a lot of fun to play, though very different. Dylan is a really strong presence in Primeval: New World, and I hope the audience connects with her.
Is there anything else you want to say or anticipate to your fan?
I’d just like to send a huge thank you to everyone who’s followed my work thus far. I love what I do, and send love to you.
Special thanks to Sara Canning for her time and to Crystal Braunwarth