Actors Eileen Powell, Alex Roe, and Fola Evans-Akingbola from the Freeform series Siren swing by to answer some of GeekRockTV’s most pressing questions.
Everyone is so excited to see more mermaids in season 2! The budding relationship audiences ate up last season between Powell and Roe’s characters, Ryn and Ben, is put on hold in the beginning of season two. They’re “on a break,” as they both need some space to figure out their own things. However, once they come back together, the actors hint, they’ll be able to make their bonds stronger than ever. There is lots of talk of the love triangle between Ryn, Maddie, and Ben. All the actors are excited about the possible relationships between Ryn and Ben, Ben and Maddie, and Ryn and Maddie. Their attraction to each other opens up doors to explore non-monogamy in interesting ways we rarely see on television. Evans-Akingbola is particularly interested in Maddie’s situation at the end of season 1 and exploring what happens in a parent-child relationship when the roles are switched. Before the actors are pulled away, Powell says that Rynn’s dream is to be able to choose between land and sea, though the way things are going so far that may not be a choice she can make.
GeekRockTV sits down with Siren’s Ian Verdun, who is later joined by Rena Owen, to discuss the upcoming season of the Freeform hit series.
First and foremost, Verdun wants to make sure we know that everything he says is conjecture, or his own hopes for the series and his character. “We don’t know anything until the script shows up,” he laughs. He does hope Xander finds some love soon, though. In the middle of our discussion, Rena Owen walks up. Everyone is enjoying the con so far – it is work, because of their busy appearance and interview schedules, but they love it. The actors tell us that they have gotten the first script of season 2. The only thing they can tell us about it is that it’s exhilarating. Just like the first season, we’re thrown into a story that just goes whether we’re ready for it or not. They assure us that it is a great episode, and it has to be to keep up with the incredible precedent from the first season. One final question before they have to leave: will Siren “jump the shark,” as they say? We don’t think so! The actors are confident in their series. Shows tend to jump the shark because they ran out of steam, but we have so much to explore within the world of Siren that, if it ever happens, it will be a long time from now. This upcoming season, they mention, will continue Siren’s tradition of great scripts and a great cast. There are new moves to be made, new characters to meet, and new stories to unfold. With so many places to go, there’s no way the writers will lose steam just yet!
Hit Freeform series Siren producers Emily Wald and Eric Whitesell stop in to talk season 2 with the GeekRockTV team.
The producers are so excited that season 2 of Siren just got upped to a 16-episode season. It provides so much more room to explore the characters and the world! They tell us that they have been researching various siren mythologies from all over the world. They plan on incorporating elements from different mythologies, along with some environmental research in this new season. Between those two additions and what they have going on from last season, we’re in for a wild ride this season! Wald and Whitesell allude to the possibility of Katrina and Levi coming back. They are also particularly interested having the characters work out the differences between siren song and actual love. Wald and Whitesell are excited to answer questions about the Ben/Maddie/Ryn dynamic. Why can’t we have all three of them in a relationship together? Whatever choices happen there, it will undoubtedly be an interesting story to explore, because everyone involved can benefit. Most of all, they are excited to explore new things you don’t typically see on television. Non-human characters bring non-human ideas to the table, which opens up a whole new world of possibility for how those relationships can grow, change, and expand. Lastly, before our producers get pulled away, we discuss Helen’s mermaid powers. Whitesell reveals that she may not be able to transform completely because she has been on land too long. Her awareness and understanding of mermaid culture and sensitivity towards it was always her strong suit. But going forward, there will be new aspects of her to explore!
Mermaid fans, gather round! Actors and producers from Freeform’s hit show Siren answer questions in an hour-long panel and San Diego Comic Con 2018.
The most important part of a show these days is the audience. Since the audience cares about these characters and this story, everyone working on the show is trying their hardest to make season 2 the best it can be. The audience is invested, and “they trusted us to get there so we did” says Producer Emily Wald. So much happened in season 1, and the world changed so much that the characters now have to adjust to a new way of being. Actress Eileen Powell, who plays Ryn, stresses that Ryn lost her sister and had to leave her home, so she is very lost. She is facing a whole new journey to find home in a new place, which will be a very interesting struggle to watch through the new season. Alex Roe, who plays Ben Pownall, really wants to address the question: can you trust yourself? Can you trust that your own intentions are actually good, especially given the power of the siren song? Actor Ian Verdun, who portrays Xander McClure, is excited to jump back in to the show because of how much happened with Xander last season. Now his world is shattered, and he is wracked with guilt at his impulsivity, which leaves a lot of room for self-discovery within a character.
The producers and actors all discuss how they got involved with the project at first. Though everyone had their own paths, they all knew they wanted to be a part of the series as soon as they read the first script. The actors are asked about improvising – they improvise a little, sure, but they admit that it usually doesn’t make the final cut because the writers wrote such an amazing script. The whole panel has a lengthy discussion about powerful women and matriarchal mermaids, and why that portrayal of strong women is completely necessary. Powell is asked about the siren song. Though she did it on set and in auditions, the sound artist on the show created an amazing array of special effects to make it what we hear in the show – eerie, other-worldly, and enchanting. The actors are very interested in the family dynamics within the show, particularly with creating a found family between Maddie, Ben, and Ryn.
Towards the end of the panel, everyone discusses their wants for their individual characters and the show overall. Verdun mentions wanting to move towards an equilibrium with Xander, because he had such a rough first season. We all agree that there should always be more mermaids! Roe also mentions that he wants Ben to understand the siren song and its effects, so as to better move forward with his new world. Powell wants to see a polyamorous relationship emerge between Ryn, Maddie, and Ben (though can’t confirm that it is going to happen). To round out the panel, Powell also sings her version of the haunting siren song.
Fresh off the heels of their first season, the cast and executive producers of Freeform’s hit mermaid drama Siren make their San Diego Comic-Con debut, recapping season 1 and revealing what fans can expect from season 2. In this epic tale, the coastal town of Bristol Cove 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. Panelists include executive producers Eric Wald and Emily Whitesell, with series stars Eline Powell, Alex Roe, Fola Evans-Akingbola, Ian Verdun, and Rena Owen. Moderated by TLC’s Chilli. | Siren
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