Ian Verdun, Sibongile Mlambo & Rena Owen

Actors Rena Owen, Ian Verdun, and Sibongile Mlambo sit down with us to discuss their show Siren, now airing on Freeform.

First, the actors discuss their characters. Rena Owen’s character, Helen Hawkins is a believer in mermaids, considered the local crazy person until the series starts to unfold and people start coming to her for advice. Ian Verdun’s character, Xander McClure, is a local boy, born and raised, a working class fisherman who gets very up close and personal with the mermaid issue because of his job. Sibongile Mlambo plays the mermaid Donna, Ryn’s sister who is captured in the first episode of the series. One point of interest for the actors, and for viewers of the show, is watching how merpeople interpret things in the human world and how individuals understand things differently. The actors also discuss the lack of dialogue in the merpeople’s scenes underwater.

41Dive into Freeform’s highly anticipated mermaid drama Siren before it comes to shore on March 29. In this epic tale, the coastal town of Bristol Cove, known for its legend of having been home to mermaids, is turned upside down when a mysterious girl (Eline Powell) appears and begins wreaking havoc on the small fishing town. Using their resources, marine biologists Ben (Alex Roe) and Maddie (Fola Evans-Akingbola) must work together to find out who and what drove this primal hunter of the deep sea to land and whether there more like her out there. Join series stars Eline Powell, Alex Roe, Fola Evans-Akingbola, Ian Verdun, Rena Owen, and Sibongile Mlambo along with creator Eric Wald and showrunner Emily Whitesell for a discussion about bringing mermaid mythology and mystery to television and get a sneak peek of the 2-hour series premiere. | Freeform’s Siren

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Jacqueline Van Bronkhorst | Writing Contributor
B.A | Screenwriting | Chapman University
Jacqueline was very young when she found her first love: stories. She’s been surrounded by them her whole life, and when she realized she wanted to tell stories for a living she found her place in the world. In fact, she loves storytelling so much that she decided to go to college where she could write and travel the world to find more unique stories. She is a proud writer, self-taught musician and artist, Disney fanatic, Ravenclaw, sci-fi and fantasy lover, self-proclaimed honorary Avenger, and complete geek. Having written everything from fan fiction to newspaper articles, book reviews to experimental prose that was published in her university’s Honors Journal. She has gone many places in pursuit of her degree, from interning at a documentary company in Venice Beach to assisting a Lonely Planet writer in Prague, and she hopes to continue using her writing skills to inform and inspire people. Instagram: @jvb_1996 | View My Blogs

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