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Exclusive: Kristen Hager on Nora's Transformation, Relationships, and Exploring Her Lighter Side“Being Human” explores life’s difficulties and how much harder it can be when the supernatural is involved. Next in our series of exclusive interviews for the show, we talk with Kristen Hager on what difficulties and possibilities lie ahead for the human turned werewolf, Nora Sergeant.

AMANDA DYAR: Nora is easily one of the most complicated and interesting characters in the cast of “Being Human,” having gone through numerous transformations during her time on the show. As an actress how did you approach these major changes, and how far in advance do you know a big change is coming for your character?

KRISTEN HAGER: We only see the scripts about a week or two in advance so there is not a lot of time to prepare. As you said, Nora is an extremely complicated character who has gone through many major changes and has had to overcome many obstacles. As an actress I approach these changes with open arms. It is a very rewarding experience to go to work and feel challenged. In my opinion, the deeper I have to go, the better.

AMANDA DYAR: You’ve had the chance to play both a regular human on the show and now a werewolf. Do you prefer acting for one version of Nora over the other, and does anything become more simplistic for you as an actress after your character’s transformation?

KRISTEN: In terms of Wolf vs. Human, I really can’t say that I prefer one over the other as they have both become such an integral part of who Nora is. What I love most about the role is that I get to play this dichotomy, the “Jekyll and Hyde” if you will. When it comes to playing the wolf, I can definitely say that despite its physical demands, it is incredibly exhilarating to get to explore being such primal creature, something so dark and ugly. As an actress it is not every day that you get this opportunity. But, at the same time, it is then very nice to get to explore her human side as well. I love that I have the balance of the two.

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    AMANDA DYAR: It was revealed last season that a werewolf could be reverted back to its original form when the monster that transformed it is killed so do you think there is any chance of Josh [played by Sam Worthington] sacrificing himself in order to change Nora back, and how do you think Nora would respond to this idea?

    KRISTEN: At this point I can honestly say that I do not see a world in which Josh would sacrifice himself in order to change Nora back. She would never allow him to. He is the love of her life. He means more to her than her humanity does.

    Exclusive: Kristen Hager on Nora's Transformation, Relationships, and Exploring Her Lighter Side

    AMANDA DYAR: Now that Nora has been transformed, the writers can get a whole lot more creative with the character. Without spoiling too much of the storyline, can you tell us something you’ve yet to do as the new Nora that you’d like to see added in future episodes?

    KRISTEN: As we touched on earlier, Nora has gone through her fair share of hardships. So in future episodes, more than anything else, I’d like to see more of Nora’s lighter side. I’d like to see her laugh more. Maybe it’s time for Josh and Nora to go on a fun vacation somewhere! I’ve also always been very curious to see what it would feel like to live the life of both the ghost and the vampire for a day. So maybe our writers could come up with a dream sequence episode, where I get to wake up “in someone else’s shoes” and get the chance to explore what that feels like… hmm, I think I’m on to something here…

    Look for more from the cast of “Being Human” soon, and be sure to tune in tonight, February 4th, at 9/8c, for Episode 3.04, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Die” (watch the first four minutes here). All images courtesy of NBC Universal, Inc.

    For more visit “Being Human” on Syfy.com, join the Syfy Google+ circle, “like” “Being Human” on Facebook, and follow “Being Human” on Twitter.



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    George A. Romero’s Daughter, Tina, Wrote a Script For Queens of the Dead

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    The loss last year of director George A. Romero was a huge blow to the horror community, as well as the filmmaking community at large. The passing of the man responsible for creating the modern day zombie and whose work influenced “The Walking Dead”, Dead Alive, 28 Days Later, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out was felt far and wide but we take solace knowing that his work and legacy will live on forever.

    Something that brings a smile to my face is hearing that his daughter, Tina, who DJ’s under the name DJ TRx, has written a screenplay for a zombie film that is called Queens of the Dead. And yes, it’s very gay! Romero has not only written the script but also plans on directing the film herself.

    Romero tells The Saunder Blog about the film, saying, “Queens of the Dead is a fusion of two huge parts of my world: zombies and Gay nightlife. It’s a tribute to my father as well as my entrée into the genre he grandfathered. I can’t say too much yet, but what I can tell you is that this film will have all the hallmarks of a George A. Romero classic: farce, politics, heroes, assholes, and most importantly, herds of silly and slow moving walkers that you can’t help but love. But I’m doing it Tina-style, and bringing the glitter, choreography, queers & queens.

    Romero’s father always brought some sort of social message into his work, so to hear that she will continue that tradition is inspiring, especially since it comes on a topic that is so discussed and topical.

    If you want to read more about Romero and her DJ career, click on the link above.

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    Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? Local 58 Contingency Emergency Broadcast

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    “Wanna see something REALLY scary?”

    To horror fans who came of age in the 1980s, the line above instantly evokes memories of Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks in the opening scene from Twilight Zone: The Movie. Now, on a bi-monthly basis, I’ll be asking, “Wanna see something REALLY scary?” with the goal of shocking you with chilling footage plumbed from the darkest corners of YouTube.

    As a child of the Cold War born in the 1970s and traumatized by films like The Day After and Threads, I remember immediately panicking every time an Emergency Broadcast broke into a TV show I was watching. That alarming tone made my stomach drop and in the moments before it was confirmed to be “only a test” I had already imagined a barrage of nuclear warheads bursting overhead.

    My heart went out to the residents of Hawaii who, due to a false alarm, believed a missile attack was imminent this weekend. For almost 40 minutes, families scrambled into fallout shelters, bathrooms, and even storm drains, believing war had begun between the United States and North Korea. Even after the all-clear was announced and the warning revealed as a mistake, nerves were severely rattled. I can only imagine the potential long-term damage done to the psyches of Hawaii’s youngest residents.

    For a taste of the pandemonium that occurred, check out an excerpt from CNN’s reporting below.

    While the shock must have been unprecedented for most, a bizarre alert that accidentally aired in the late 1960s puts the Hawaii debacle to shame. What viewers of a local station saw just before the end of programming at 3 am was a message announcing the fall of the US Government, and included instructions for committing suicide rather than surrendering to enemy forces.

    Wanna see something REALLY scary?

    The message bore the seal of The U.S. Department for the Preservation of American Dignity, included a statement from President Lyndon B. Johnson, and warned that failure to commit suicide as instructed would have consequences:

    “Your local law enforcement has been ordered to ensure your compliance,” the message cautioned. “It is against the law to delay.” The final instructions remind adult viewers to put down their children and pets first while promising “There is nothing to fear.” Though the station later posted a statement ensuring viewers the message was a hoax, the potential loss of life this broadcast could have inspired is staggering. Have a look:

    If the Local 58 Contingency, as it’s become known, seems too outlandish to be true, that’s because it isn’t. Though the video doesn’t include an admission of fiction, it’s written and directed by Kris Straub. If that name sounds familiar, that’s because he’s the writer of the popular creepypasta Candle Cove, recently adapted into a TV series on SyFy.

    Still, the vintage look of the Local 58 Contingency, not to mention the current climate of heightened tensions between American and a rogue nuclear nation, make this video a truly terrifying viewing experience.

    Got an idea for a future installment of “Wanna See Something REALLY Scary?” Hit me up on Twitter @josh_millican!

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    The Housemaid Haunts a New Trailer

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    Here’s the thing… if we had the choice between cleaning up our own house or being haunted by a vengeful spectral servant of sorts, well… just hand us a friggin’ mop, wouldja already? Still, in the case of The Housemaid, it looks like nothing is gonna stop her from sensing shivers! Dig on this new trailer.

    Derek Nguyen directs the flick, which stars Kate Nhung, Jean-Michel Richaud, Kim Xuan, Svitlana Kovalenko, and Rosie Fellner. Look for IFC Midnight’s release of The Housemaid coming to select theaters, VOD, and via Digital platforms in the U.S. on February 16, 2018.

    Synopsis:
    A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic tour-de-force.

    Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Jean-Michel Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two – a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent’s dead wife, who won’t rest until blood flows.

    Submerged in moody Gothic atmosphere, this stylish supernatural saga confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam’s colonial past while delivering heart-stopping scares.

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