When Rachel Skarsten swaggered onto the scene during the second episode of Lost Girl’s third season, we knew right away that we were going to like her. Maybe it was the way Tamsin put Dyson in his place the first time she opened her mouth. Maybe it was the way Tamsin hopped into the boxing ring to go toe-to-toe with the fellas. Maybe it was because we still have a lot of love for Skarsten’s Birds of Prey character, Dinah Lance. Or maybe it’s her one-paragraph biography that boasts a degree in English Literature and Classical History, and a hockey championship. The more we get to know Tamsin and Skarsten, them more we love them. Lucky for us, she took time out of her busy schedule to chat about the upcoming Lost Girl finale, about Tamsin’s relationship with Bo, and about what she loves best about her badass (anti-?)heroine.
AfterEllen: Let me kick this off with a question I’m sure you’ve been asked a million times, but what was it like for you to join Lost Girl‘s cast in such a prominent way in the third season?
AE: Let’s talk about Tamsin. You must be thrilled to be playing that character. There are so few women like her on TV.
So, Jay created the character of Tamsin in his mind and pitched it to the network and they said, “That person just doesn’t exist.” But when I went in and met with him, he said, “You are this character. You don’t know her, but you are her. You have to do it.” And of course I already trusted him because he has a history of writing strong, empowered, smart female characters. I think all of his characters on Lost Girl are great, but Tamsin kind of takes the cake. She’s so vivacious and bold and almost bordering on ridiculous in her self-assuredness, but she owns that ridiculousness. She’s wonderful.
AE: How much did you know about Tamsin when you started filming? She has got quite a backstory that has unfolded as the season has progressed.