Luvia Petersen: Hi Rick. Thanks for having me.
Rick: Thanks for being here. For those who are up to speed on Continuum, shame on you. Secondly, how do you explain it?
Luvia: OK. Basically how I would explain it is this; The year’s 2077 and a group of terrorists evade their execution using a time travel device. They go back to the year 2012, sweeping with them protector Kiera Cameron.
They spend their time in 2012 trying to wreak havoc, start up the revolution, start up a war against corporate control of society. Kiera is trying to stop them, apprehend them, all while trying to get back to her time
Rick: Right. She’s a mother. She’s got a husband and a child she wants to get back to.
Rick: This all takes place in Vancouver. Doesn’t get just get shot in Vancouver…
Rick: …it takes place in Vancouver. Such a refreshing change.
Luvia: When Kiera first arrived in Vancouver, I think she was on Pender and Beatty or something.
Rick: Yes. [laughs]
Luvia: To see those street names and it’s not disguised. And it’s surreal and exciting for me as a viewer and then of course as an actress.
Rick: The reason why I asked how you explain is because it’s like explaining “Lost,” it changes from one episode to the next. I’m not sure who the good guys are anymore. It’s good in that way, I don’t mean to say that in like I can’t keep track…Well in a way, I can’t keep track things. [laughs]
Luvia: Don’t feel alone. Even us, the actors we’re getting the scripts and we’re in the room. Before each episode, we meet and we read through the scripts. At the end of each script we’re like “OK, what’s happening with this again?” I swear I have asked the same question three times.
Rick: Yes. I was sure he died in season one.
Luvia: What’s happening? But that’s what’s exciting, it’s a smart show. It doesn’t pander to typical television viewers. It doesn’t patronize viewers. It demands intelligence.
Rick: Seasons one and two were on Netflix for binge watching. Which is how I caught up.
What are you permitted to tell us about season three? Anything?
Luvia: Well, we can talk about the end of season two.
Rick: OK that’s confusing enough? [laughs]
Luvia: Yeah, season two left us in a pickle. Most of Liber8 is captured or taken care of or deceased even. I remember at the end of season two, looking at Simon and been like “you’ve led us into a box, how are we going to get out ?” and he’s like “oh” and I think he enjoys that.
I read an interview somewhere where Simon said, they didn’t know if they were going to get a season three, they said “to hell with it”, let’s write the biggest season two closer, let’s go all the way – obviously leaving a lot of unanswered questions – and they got a season three thanking God, because I need to know what happens to these people.
It’s going to be really exciting the first couple episodes, to see what happens and what the writers decide to do.
Rick: You either watching season one is good, we are moving along as very good and then closer to halfway through it really wraps up and if anyone is having trouble in getting in to it or whatever, give it time because it’s going to surprise you, and surprise you again and it will continue to surprise you.
Luvia: Is one of those moments of “Aaah! Oh my God, no way. I can’t believe that happened.” Those moments all the time and season three is not be any different .We’ve essentially gone into hyper drive with the crazy.
Rick: Very cool, I like the crazy.
Luvia: Yeah me too.
Rick: Speaking of crazy, you play Jasmine Gaza [laughs] ?
Luvia: Yes, what are you trying to say, what do you…
Rick: There is a particular scene in a -what do you call it – interrogation cell, where you seem to enjoy getting your nose broken [laughs] .
Luvia: Well, this thing is that Jasmine is good at a certain things, being interrogated is one of them. She’s had a lot of practice.
Rick: I see, you are hinting on a back story or?
Luvia: Yeah, potentially.
Rick: Potentially, OK. Again everybody has got a back story, we are not really sure how this people got together, why they were chosen, if they were chosen, if they chose themselves, it’s all a very cool mystery.
Luvia: It is.
Rick: I really enjoyed watching the show. As a segue, in addition to acting or actually before you were an actor, you opened the Liquid Amber Tattoo Studio.
Rick: What’s that all about?
Rick: What’s that about?
Luvia: I was in my early twenties and I didn’t know any better.
Luvia: I didn’t know how to be afraid. Consequences schmonsequences, let’s do this thing. How hard can it be to run your own business? You know? I had recently returned from Europe with my partner at the time, and she’s a great artist.
We thought opening a female run, and operated tattoo studio would be such a cool idea, and there really weren’t a lot at the time, and this was 12 years ago.
We went for it. We jumped in, and now 12 years later it’s still all female, which is a coincidence. We expected to have some male artist, and they’ve come and gone. As of today, it’s all female. We’ve got five artists. We’re in Gastown, Vancouver, BC.
Rick: What can you say about tattoo culture, I guess you could call it, the way tattoos are viewed these days? It’s definitely not the hard and fast taboo that it once was.
Rick: It’s a little bit mainstream, but it’s still a little bad ass. What do tattoos mean these days?
Luvia: I think there’s a bad ass element to say “I’m going to have this on me forever.” It’s not even like a marriage. You can get divorced.
Luvia: You can’t divorce your tattoo. You could get tattoo removal, but that’s more painful, and more expensive and it generally leaves some sort of a scar. Not all the time, depends on the tattoo. There’s something bad ass about that, “I’m going to wear this for the rest of my life.” You know?
There’s a permanency to carrying that art, and there’s a bad assness to saying I sat through X amount of hours of pain. There’s a needle, or multiple needles poking in and out of your skin at a high rate.
It feels like scratching a sun burn, for anyone that’s never had a tattoo before, and it can be pretty painful, some areas more painful than others. That’s the bad assery, I think, side of it.
We tattoo doctors, lawyers, professionals, mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers. We tattooed four generations of women, which was an amazing experience for our shop. We tattoo all walks of life. I think the most exciting part for out artists and I know for the studio, is for a small period of time we get to be a part of someone’s permanency.
They’re going to carry that around with them for the rest of their lives. Every person we touch, every tattoo we put on someone, they’re going to walk around and we’ll be a part of that.
I feel tattooing people is similar to the interconnectedness of all human beings. The same way that they universe is connected and everyone’s connected, tattooing people connect us to them forever. I feel proud of being a part of that interconnectedness, essentially.
Rick: There’s also the history of tattooing that you’re also a part of, that you’re connected in the present. You’re connected in the past as well, connected to all those people that pioneered this art when it was a tribal practice. Right?
Luvia: Well said. Yeah. My artists are so thankful and humbled to be doing a trade that they love, and they understand that they’re standing on the shoulders of those people, those artists that have come before them and tattooed during a time when it was much more taboo, when it was looked down upon, when it wasn’t respected.
That’s not to say that tattooing is respected worldwide. It’s still looked down upon in a lot of cultures and a lot of places in the world. Especially here in Vancouver, I feel like more people look at it as an art form now, and the artists are much more celebrated than they were.
Rick: Do you do tattoo art yourself, or have you cultivated a group of artists for your shop?
Luvia: I’ve done four lines.
Luvia: Just out of curiosity. I was like “Let me try!” I am not a tattoo artist. I have so much respect for the trade. It’s not in my house of cards, let’s say.
Rick: You’ve gone from tattooing to acting. How did that happen?
Luvia: Well, let’s see. I started the tattoo shop prior to acting. That’s true. When I was about 25 years old, so this was about three years into the tattoo studio, the production company I was working at was going bankrupt.
I had a choice to join another production company or follow my passion. I worked at a video publishing company. We replicated VHS tapes. We transferred Beta to VHS. We were a transfer house. We were also an editing facility.
We used to charge an exuberant amount of money per hour for film makers to use our editing suites. Which is so funny because now people get Final Cut Pro at home. There was a time kids when you would have to pay 2 to 500 bucks an hour for an editor and a suite
Rick: You couldn’t do it on this. [laughter]
Luvia: Can you believe it Rick? Making movies and in my time. I’m not a dinosaur. The production company I was working for was going bankrupt. I made a choice.
I decided maybe I’ll check out this acting thing. I took a two week program and my part was blown away. It was huge, I was elated, and I was walking on clouds all week. I was so happy.
And when you find something like that, you don’t close the door to it. I continued to pursue it ever since.
Rick: That speaks to me. That’s how I feel doing this stuff. Very cool.
I’m going to get to this stuff. As you know, the show is called “One Question Interviews.” I have almost 1,000 different questions ranging from the profane to the profound. I’ll choose one at random and you can answer it seriously or in a funny voice if you like. And everyone goes home happy, cool?
Luvia: Very cool.
Rick: I’ve got a stack of them here. I’m going to ruffle down you say “Stop!” anytime.
Rick: Right there. Do we want the top or the bottom?
Luvia: Bottom please. Was that the question?
What movie are you ashamed to admit that you like?
Luvia: Let’s see. There’s so many.
Rick: Guilty pleasures of the cinema.
Luvia: Oh my god, my girlfriend is laughing right now. Something you need to know about me is I’m a total cheeseball. I love the 80’s. I’ve got my staple three 80’s movies but the thing is I’m not ashamed, I’m really proud.
I’m proud of liking “Flashdance”, “Dirty Dancing”. I’m proud of liking “Footloose”.
Rick: There’s a dancing theme there.
Luvia: Yes there is dancing in there. I’m proud of all those movies. Something more on the cheese side maybe.
I bawled my eyes out during “The Bridges of Madison County”. There’s some shame in that because my girlfriend came in one day. I’m watching this movie and she wasn’t interested. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen it.
Rick: I haven’t seen that one.
Luvia: It’s Meryl Streep and “Do you think you’re lucky, do ya?”
Rick: Clint Eastwood.
Luvia: Clint Eastwood, thank you. That was a terrible Clint Eastwood. Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep and I’m bawling my eyes out. I’m talking, heaving and tears.
My girlfriend comes in from the office. She’s like “What’s wrong?” “She loves him.” I’m crying and there’s this scene.
I’ll go with The Bridges of Madison County.
The shame part is the fact that I allow movies to carry me to whatever place they want to carry me to. Suspended disbelief times 1,000. I’m in. If you have me, I’m in.
Here I’m watching the movie and there’s this scene. Not major spoiler, but you’ll still enjoy the movie if you want to watch it. There’s this scene near the end of the movie where one of the lead characters is in the car.
There’s a scene where Meryl Streep is in the truck with her husband and the guy she loves is in front of her and he has his turn signal on but her husband’s going to be driving straight but Clint Eastwood is turning left.
All she has to do is jump out of the car and run to him and they can live together and be happy. I’m bawling at this point. “She loves him. She needs to go with him. Why doesn’t she go?”
The thing is she’s got her husband, she’s got two kids, and she’s got responsibilities.
I’m a little ashamed at the amount I cried at that moment during that movie. Every stereotype of chick flick. Guys cry too, so don’t pretend.
Luvia: Guys cry too. Chick flick is an excuse. I went all the way. That’s my shame movie.
Rick: Do you feel better letting that out?
Luvia: Yeah. I feel cleansed. I feel a little lighter. I’m glad people can know that about me. The funny thing is, the beautiful irony is I play this tough chick on TV right?
I’m firing guns, I’m slapping old professors, I’m beating people up, I’m killing people, and yet I’m such a sucker and a softie. I’m not a fighter at all. I’ve been involved in 2 fights in my whole life.
One of them, I was like “Do we really need to do this? She’s punching me in the ear. Who does that?”
I’m not a tough chick at all. The truth behind Jasmine Garza is she cries too probably during Bridges of Madison County. Maybe we would relate to that.
Rick: Luvia it’s been awesome chatting with you. Thank you so much for doing this. Everyone check out Luvia Petersen on Continuum Seasons one and two are all on Netflix and iTunes. Season three is being shot as we speak.
Once it comes out check your PVR for times and channels. It’s on Showcase in Canada, sci-fi in the US. When do we think it’s going to be coming back for season three?
Luvia: Hopefully March. I’m 80 percent sure in March in Canada. I can’t be sure what Sci-Fi’s going to do in the states. I think they’re trying to bridge the gap between airdates. I guess we’ll have to see what we see.
Rick: You can keep an eye out on I tunes and grab a season’s pass. They deliver it right to your computer, your fancy phone there.
Links to all that and anything else that’s appeared in the lower thirds are available at onequestioninterviews.com where I’ll have a transcript of this interview along with many others for you to check out. Everybody this is Rick Yeager for One Question Interviews.
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