Season Three of Being Human is about to start and TV Equals was happy to hear from Sam Huntington and Kristen Hager. During the conference call, Hager and Huntington discussed what fans can expect from the season, what it’s like to play werewolves and more.
What to expect
“Season Three definitely starts a year and a half after Season Two ended, so Josh and I have had a lot of time…to work on the relationship,”said Hager when discussing what fans can expect from Josh and Nora this season. “Season 3 definitely sees Josh and Nora in a better place than they’ve been in any of the seasons before…[T]here’s a real, very human problem they’ll have to deal with day-to-day during this season, which is nice.”
“We went in a really dark place in Season Two. And it’s not that we don’t go to dramatic places in Season Three–we do–but I think a lot of them are more grounded and relatable and I think that’s something that people are going to really enjoy,” said Huntington. “There’s a lot more levity this season. All of us are back together again…and that was not only fun to shoot, but I think that’s really going to come across as being fun to watch…It’s our best season yet. I think we all agree it’s our best season yet.”
Bringing the group back together
One of the best things about this season is that the core group of characters are back together. “I think that this season has really gone back to what works so well with Season One, with the roommates and keeping everyone’s storylines connected,” said Hager. “…[T]he writers have done a fantastic job this season of bringing that back, so I think everyone’s excited about that because we have the most fun on set when we’re all there together.”
Huntington added, “It was kind of a goal of the writers to put us all back together because it was their favorite thing to write…as well. It’s light and fun and we all work pretty well together.”
Now that Hager’s character Nora is now more of a part of the team, Hager said the additional work hours aren’t bothering her a bit. “Honestly, I feel the same. It does mean more days on set which I’m all for, so yeah…I feel the same. Maybe slightly more included,” she said, laughing. “There’s so much fun on set,” she added later. “…[T]his is one of my favorite jobs I’ve ever had, so I don’t even mind the long hours…”
Embracing the wolf
Nora seemed to embrace being a werewolf much more quickly than Josh, and Hager discussed why that might have been.
“She’s had so much baggage in her past and…she’s been a victim, honestly, for so long, that first being a werewolf was scary but then right away, she found a sense of power…[being] very comfortable in her skin, and right away, that new-found strength is something she embraced. And then obviously, by the end of Season Two, it had gone so far that it had begun to terrify her,” she said. “…By the end of Season Two, she was really trying to hold onto any semblance of humanity that was still left inside of her…By Season Three, a year and a half has past, so I feel like Nora has a very nice balance between really being able to live as much as she can as a human being 29, 30 days a year and on the full moon being a wolf and then returning back to a very human life. …[T]hat’s where we’re at at the beginning of Season Three. Obviously, things will come up, more wolves will come into town, and still…those wolf urges are going to be a struggle for her, the balance of ‘Do I love this [or] do I hate this?’”
Huntington on playing Josh
Huntington talked about what it’s like to play Josh, a character that’s intriguing both as a human and in werewolf form.
“What’s cool about Josh as a character is that whether or not he’s a werewolf, he’s a really layered guy,” he said. “He’s a really dynamic character. So the werewolf thing is…a huge other layer, but the character itself is really rich. So, for me, it doesn’t change much other than being slightly like I’m being on the outside looking in.”
With character developments come new acting challenges and Huntington talked about what has been the most difficult thing for him this season.
“For me, it was honestly being of kind of being left out, feeling left out of the party, and that was kind of weird, and totally unexpected, by the way,” he said. “I did not expect to feel that way. It was such a surprise when I read initially [but] it didn’t really hit me until we were on set shooting and I was like ‘Oh, that’s kind of weird. I’m not part of the gang anymore.’ So that was…an interesting challenge.”
Season Three of Being Human airs January 14 at 9/8c on SyFy.