Over the course of five seasons, Haven stars Emily Rose and Lucas Bryant amassed a loyal following for their starring roles as Audrey (plus multiple other characters) and Nathan. The pair’s romance was at the heart of the show, on a backdrop of small-town folks struggling with the manifestation of various abilities and powers known as “Troubles”.
The spark between Nathan and Audrey as well as the beginnings of unravelling of the mystery surrounding Audrey’s origins is catalysed by the realisation that Nathan can feel Audrey despite his Trouble of not being able to feel touch. Such an ability begs the question of whether or not the writing and characterisation was intended to address toxic masculinity that devalues things like deeper emotionality and feelings in “real men”. The possibility of this line of analysis was new to Bryant.
“In some ways, the inability to feel was kind of badass but the thing about Nathan that we always talked about from the beginning was that even though he couldn’t feel anything [physically], he felt more [emotionally] than anyone else.”
Rose chimed in with her own interpretation of Nathan’s characterisation. “Somebody that loses one sense, like if they can’t smell, all the other senses are so much more heightened because they are compensating for that one thing.”
Rose bore the significant responsibility of portraying multiple different characters. Given the sci-fi elements of the show’s mythology and the re-birthing elements involved in the appearance of each new character, some may wonder about whether the show was hinting at the multi-facetedness a single person can possess. But Rose is clear in expressing that she always approached them as completely separate beings.
“I remember getting into tussles with producers and other people and being like, ‘I’m not just gonna put on a wig and be like, just me. I’m creating a different character. I’m an actor. This is a person in a different reality in a different time who speaks differently, who hears things differently, who dresses differently.’”
Some may find playing an extensive set of characters on a single show draining, something Rose herself even jokes about. “I feel a little bit spent. I always feel like, ‘They took every character I had. I can’t do any more!’ Sometimes on my bad days I feel that way.” But she remains open to playing more genre-material or otherwise in the future. “Every time I get a script, it’s so exciting to read and be like, ‘Who is this character? What are they like?’ For me, I’m just hungry to be an actor and tell stories.”
Bryant is grateful for the opportunity to have played on a show with such a multi-faceted plot. “I’ve just sort of realised, doing these interviews and talking about the show more, we were stupidly spoiled in many ways. Rarely do you get the chance to play so many versions of yourself or, like an alternate reality, or time travel. It was a real gift for an actor in many ways to get to approach the show from all sorts of different angles that is a rare thing.”
With so many film and television series constantly being rebooted or revisited, there is a lingering question as to whether or not Haven could follow suit and be brought back for more in the future. Such an adaptation would do well to bring back the stars, not only for the benefit of the fans but to maintain the integrity of the story. When asked, both Rose and Bryant are receptive and eager to do so.
“The setting is so timeless and it’s always been sort of vintage, old-school feeling so we could come back when we’re eighty,” says Rose.