Laura Vandervoort teases bloodthirsty Elena in 'Bitten' Season 2
Female werewolves apparently have no respect for the sanctity of a men's room.
“Not when you're bloodthirsty and seeking revenge,” said Laura Vandervoort, who plays Elena Michaels – the world's only female werewolf – in Bitten.
“I think you're going to do what you want to do, and if that means kicking in a bathroom stall and hauling someone off the toilet, you do it.”
It's a scene that occurs early in the second season of Bitten, which debuts Saturday, Feb. 7 on Space. And that's just the beginning for Elena, who is so angry that she's barely thinking straight, given the dramatic events that occurred at the end of season one.
It's an interesting take, given that historically in TV and movies, when someone is blinded by rage, it's almost always a male character. Female revenge tends to be more calculating, stereotypically. But Elena is not really in the mood for talking things over or letting bygones be bygones.
“I guess you can say it's in more of a male sense,” Vandervoort agreed. “Women can be more methodic in terms of their actions. Like most women, I think Elena has spent her life trying to keep things in order and in control. But yeah, Elena definitely is just seeing red and not really thinking about the repercussions.
“And she's physical, which I guess is a newer side of her, and maybe for women on television. The fact that she's sort of in assassin mode maybe means she's accepting her inner wolf. I guess you can take that also as a metaphor for women in that she is confident and has found her place.
“Especially at the beginning of the season, you see her driven and a lot stronger than the men in terms of her mind-set and ability. But it could bite her in the end, no pun intended.”
An enraged Elena also encounters a character played by Pat Mastroianni, who came to fame back in the late 1980s on Degrassi. I won't tell you what happens exactly, but it will get your attention, for sure.
“That scene in particular was a lot of fun for me, because I grew up watching Degrassi, and I had a big crush on Pat Mastroianni, who played Joey Jeremiah,” Vandervoort said. “So of course, I geeked out a little bit.
“No, he wasn't in his hat, or singing in his Zit Remedy band. It was just Pat, and he was great, he was fantastic. We've been Tweeting about the excitement of being in that episode, but I do have some photos I'm going to be Tweeting after the episode has aired, of the two of us behind the scenes.”
What Vandervoort and Mastroianni are posing with in those photos will make more sense once you've seen the episode.
More generally, the 10-episode second season of Bitten sees the pack on the hunt for Malcolm (James McGowan), but it winds up uncovering an even more sinister force – a coven of witches – that threatens the very existence of the werewolf species.
“Obviously the pack is brute force, but the witches bring this whole other dynamic of a supernatural world that the wolves didn't even know existed,” Vandervoort explained. “And now that they do know, they aren't really prepared to handle it. They can't just use their physicality to deal with witches. It forces the pack to re-think their methods.
“And also this season, there are some international 'alphas', other than Jeremy (Greg Bryk), who is our 'alpha.' They're putting the heat on Jeremy to find Malcolm. So we're bringing in those characters as well.
“The finale in the first season was a huge cliff-hanger. The second-season finale, when we read it, we were all beyond shocked. We were all actually almost crying. We definitely will surprise people.”
Season two begins with a surprise, too, for some poor sucker sitting on a toilet.
Laura Vandervoort needs to have a talk with her Bitten character. Come on, Elena, it's the men's room. I know you're a werewolf, but boundaries, please.