Preview: Laura Vandervoort Raises Hell in Haven Finale, Then Seeks Revenge on CSI: NY

Haven Season 3 Finale SpoilersAdvisory: The following unavoidably contains a spoiler or two from the first of Thursday’s two Haven episodes.

Laura Vandervoort has been a bad girl.

Having played Smallville‘s Supergirl and barely cut her (reptilian) teeth as a malicious V, the actress this week gets wicked with two distinct TV roles, in the postponed final two episodes of Syfy’s Haven Season 3 (Thursday starting at 8/7c) and on CBS’ CSI: NY (Friday, 9/8c).

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On Haven, Vandervoort is playing James Cogan’s wife Arla, who has maintained her youthful essence via, no, not Kiehl’s, but “skinwalking.” Touting Arla as someone “the audience has been waiting to meet,” Vandervoort acknowledges that the character is “out for vengeance” but, more to the point, is “a true romantic who’s been hurt.”

“It’s about love for her,” Vandervoort explains. Recounting some backstory, she says, “Arla wanted to be with James, but then her troubles started happening, so her mother-in-law [Lucy] sort of betrayed her and left with her son, without me. So I’m out to get back at Audrey and to get my husband back” — if, as she suspects, James is in the Barn when it imminently rematerializes.

“Ideally in her mind, things will just be perfect if he can come back and Audrey can go away,” Vandervoort adds. “They can live happily ever after.” Uh-huh.

But in the name of skinwalking and compelling others (notably Audrey) to accept her “reunion” dream, Arla will need to get her hands quite dirty. “She is definitely a character people haven’t seen me play before, because she’s so dark and, like, twisted,” Vandervoort notes. “I’m a big fan of that sort of layered female character, but also the Tim Burton stuff. I love dark.”

Vandervoort came thisclose to going dark on ABC’s V, when extraterrestrial Lisa’s ferocious doppelgänger was introduced in what turned out to be the series finale. “Things were just getting really interesting for me when that ended,” she laments. “And I didn’t really get to do much of that in Smallville, because I was a goody-goody.”

On the topic of her Haven character’s special “skill,” we asked Vandervoort whose skin she would like to borrow. “That’s a little disturbing!” she starts, with a laugh. “But if it’s in terms of, like, ability and talent, I would want to trade skins — or, let’s call it ‘places’ — with Emma Stone, or Meryl Streep. And just because I think she’s got an amazing body, Jessica Biel.”

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Interestingly — and purely a coincidence of timing — Vandervoort also adopts different “looks” as a guest star on this week’s CSI: NY, playing a just-released convict named Macy Sullivan.

CSI happened when I got back from [shooting the indie comedy] Cubicle Warriors,” she says. “Macy went to jail for two years, and when she gets out, she’s seeking vengeance — just like Arla — against somebody who sort of screwed her over.”

In addition to sharing scenes with series lead Gary Sinise, Vandervoort got to change up her appearance (and then some!) as the agenda-driven Macy. Including one that evokes a certain famous femme, “I have three different looks in the episode,” she reports, “so it was a lot of fun for me.”

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  1. tvdiva says:

    Matt – These are major spoilers for those of us waiting to see who the Bolt Gun Killer really is. We know that person is a skinwalker, but the last episode did not reveal who it was. Now you have plus major plot points in the finale. At least mark this as major spoilers for Haven fans so they will not read any further, or consider reposting after the finale.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich, Editor-at-Large says:

      I have added an advisory, though the reveal is nearly immediate. (This was supposed to run after Laura’s first episode aired but before the finale, but because of how it all got rescheduled… yada yada.)

  2. havenchick says:

    Geez, spoiler alert for Haven! That first sentence just completely ruined the Haven episode for me. You should have put the CSI NY part first and then let readers know about the Haven spoliers. Just because the last two episodes of Haven were leaked, it doesn’t mean that everyone has seen them.

  3. Eve says:

    Yeah yeah yeah saw these episodes on demand 3 weeks ago. I just want to know if Haven is going to get renewed!!! It would just suck if that ended up being the series finale considering how it ended but I won’t get into that because for u who have not seen it, the final episode is amazing!!

  4. NotQuiteRight says:

    Alphas is cancelled but the Yawnfest Haven get’s a fourth season. Absolutely ridiculous.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Haven is like another fringe, completely underrated and amazing show. Haven is about people it’s about community. It’s a great show can’t wait for it to start again.

  6. Tom! says:

    More Laura Vandervoort on TV? My dreams have come true! Biggest Laura fan! Loved her on Smallville and V, and don’t really watch Haven, but she might make me start! She’s just so awesome!

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