EXCLUSIVE: Zoie Palmer talks “Lost Girl,” cats on Twitter, and the power of lesbian fandom

Zoie Palmer‘s cat is on Twitter. That’s how Dorothy Snarker sold Lost Girl to me. Later, I would fall in love with all the things AfterEllen.com readers love about the show: the female-fronted action, the legendery mythology, the leather, the love story, the way queer sexuality is never an issue, and, of course, Dr. Lauren Lewis’ flawless brain and face. But in the beginning, all I knew was that the woman behind the show’s unflappable lesbian doctor was an English-born, Canadian-raised LGBT ally who let her cat have internet access.

Last week, Palmer chatted with me about good ol’ Cloverblob, about the show’s continued success in both Canada and the U.S., about the Doccubus victory in E! Online’s TV’s Top Couples poll, and about my decision to sort her character in Hogwarts’ Hufflepuff house.

AfterEllen: Thanks for taking the time to talk to us again, Zoie. It seems like the whole internet is buzzing about Lost Girl right now, from the show’s ratings success on Showcase and Syfy to the E! Online poll that Bo and Lauren just won. Congratulations on both of those things.
Zoie Palmer:
Thank you. We’re excited. With that E! poll, our fans were on a mission. We have extraordinary fans. Truly, just extraordinary.

AE: Let’s talk a little bit about our favorite doctor. We have gotten to know so much about Lauren over two and a half seasons, enough to fall in love with her, for sure. Can you talk a little bit about Lauren’s character development so far?
ZP:
You know, when we met Lauren, there were all of these questions about her, about who she was, about where she came from, about what her intentions were with Bo, and with the Fae as a whole. Just the idea of trusting her was up in the air. We knew almost nothing about her. She was one of two humans on the show, along with Kenzi, but we didn’t have any sense of who she was.

AE: And now?
ZP: Now, after two seasons, we’re starting to really know Lauren. She’s interesting because I feel like Lauren could surprise us at any time. I’m never totally relaxed with who she is. But we’re starting to get a three-dimensional picture of her now. She’s had a pretty interesting history, right? I mean, she was in the Congo. But I don’t think she could ever go back to that life. Obviously, I don’t know what will happen, but I don’t get the sense that Lauren could ever be a regular doctor working with regular human beings again. And, of course, I think we finally understand that her love for Bo is honest and genuine and real.

AE: When you say Lauren could surprise us at any time, do you mean there could be more comatose girlfriends in the closet?
ZP:
[Laughs] You know, it’s funny. We do these table reads every episode after we get the scripts, and I’ll feel like I know everything about Lauren, and then suddenly it’s like, oh, Lauren was in Afghanistan. And I’m like, “I was? Man, I’m amazing! I’ve been everywhere!” It’s fun, as an actor, when the writers reveal those kinds of things because it just adds layers to Lauren and allows me to grab a hold of her even more. Our writers have done a great job with every character in that way, I think.

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