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By Suzanne

Kyra ZagorskySteven Weber

Interview with Steven Weber and Kyra Zagorsky of "Helix" on Syfy 1/15/15

It was very exciting to interview two of the stars of "Helix" on Syfy, Steven Weber and Kyra Zagorsky. Kyra stars in "Helix" with Billy Campbell, and this is the second season of the show.  Steven, of course, has been around for a long while and has been on many different TV shows (not to mention many movies). He's one of my favorite actors. I only got a few minutes with them, so I stuck to mostly the questions about the show. They have already filmed all of the episodes, so they do know how the second season turns out, but of course, no spoilers! :)

Steven plays a cult leader this season, so I asked him about that, and what type of cult leader that he could say he was like. He said he was probably most like Jim Jones, but he was not so much "insane or egomaniacal." He rules "more with the carrot than with the stick". He considers his group a "benign brotherhood or fellowship" that's been around for a long time. Apparently, he's "very charismatic." Besides being a cult leader, he's also a DNA expert, and somehow a virus figures in with this cult. As viewers know, the show "Helix" is about the CDC team that investigates viruses, and this season is no different in that sense. This is what the Syfy site has to say about Steven's character: "As the head of the enigmatic order living on the island, Brother Michael welcomes the CDC with caution. A student of nature and lover of science, he eschews modern technology and is suspicious of outsiders ... yet he has designs on making an impact that reaches far beyond the Abbey, and he will stop at nothing to preserve his way of life." The cult definitely has many secrets, Steven said. I asked him whether he'd played a creepy cult leader before, but he hasn't. He admitted that he'd played creepy plenty of times, but this was the first time as a cult leader. However, he didn't have to do any special research for the role. He said that the writing has "great clarity" and he just followed the script and what he was supposed to do. However, he did joke that his character is a "great dancer", although we won't see that on the screen. He and Kyra joked around quite a bit during our call. He's very charming on the phone, so I'm sure he'll be convincing as a charming cult leader, too.

I asked Kyra about this season because I'd read that there's a bit of a time jump between the first season and the second season. She said that this is a brand new story, with lots of new characters and a new setting, very different from the first season. If any fans are curious as to what happened to any of the characters from the first season, she assured me that we will find out what happened to most of them. Her character and the others have evolved a bit and have all new issues to tackle in the second season. I asked whether their two characters will have any romance in the show, but apparently they won't. Steven did joke that they had one off-screen! Kyra said that she and Steven have two concurrent storylines but have at least one great episode where they intersect. I look forward to seeing that!

Steven appeared 13 years ago in "Once and Again" with Billy Campbell, so I asked him what it was like to be reunited with his former co-star. He said that Billy "hasn't changed a bit" and is still very much "beloved" by everyone. He shared that Billy is a "fastidious reader" who's always reading a new book. In fact, he's constantly reading on the set, right up to the moment that they call "action", which Steven admitted can either be admirable or annoying, depending on how early in the morning it was.

Steven revealed that the story this season is very dark and heavy, somewhat depressing, and that it involves events seen in the news, but he said it was lightened up by Billy and the other cast members, which made it a great place to work. Sounds like the mood on the set was very fun, despite the grisly storyline. Anyone who watched the first season knows that Helix is not a light, fun show, so it's nice that the cast wasn't dragged down by that feeling.

I really wish I could have asked more, like why Steven isn't on Twitter any more, and whether he thought that there might be a "Wings" reunion! However, I'm grateful that I could speak with both actors, even for a short time, and that they could tell us a little bit about this season of "Helix". I look forward to seeing how it all works out.

I apologize for the lack of transcript! My recorder wasn't working, so I just took notes and then wrote it right up from memory.

MORE INFORMATION:

Dr. Julia Walker

Kyra Zagorsky

Still reeling from the revelations in Season One that changed her life forever, Dr. Julia Walker is pursuing her own agenda to define her new identity. In league with her captors, the shadowy Ilaria Corporation, she must use her passion, courage and fierce independence to find her moral compass and create purpose in her new existence.

Brother Michael 

Steven Weber

As the head of the enigmatic order living on the island, Brother Michael welcomes the CDC with caution. A student of nature and lover of science, he eschews modern technology and is suspicious of outsiders ... yet he has designs on making an impact that reaches far beyond the Abbey, and he will stop at nothing to preserve his way of life.

In season 2 of “Helix,” after barely escaping with their lives, the survivors of season one attempt to move on from the horrors that took place at Arctic Biosystems. But when their work takes them to a mysterious wooded island, they quickly discover that Ilaria Corporation’s reach is deeper and darker than anyone imagined, and a deadly new virus will present a threat that no one thought possible.

Returning cast members include Billy Campbell, Kyra Zagorsky, Jordan Hayes and Neil Napier, and new cast members include Steven Weber and Matt Long.

Helix — Premieres Friday, January 16 at 10/9c

Review season one of Helix with the Starter Kit Gallery

Helix Season 2 – Extended Sneak Peek

SUMMARY: Helix will return on Friday, January 16 at 10/9c with a psychotic episode!

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3G8W5C8QZ_g&list=UUJPIr8AiO0qwClbzH3HAAVA

Harvest – Preview

SUMMARY: The survivors of Arctic Biosystems find new horrors on a remote island. Tune-in for the season two premiere of Helix, this Friday at 10/9c.

URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voFvBySK3NE

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