Lost Girl actor Kris Holden-Ried on the physicality of being a shape-shifter

Having a “wolf in the fold” is usually considered a bad thing, but if that wolf happens to be Lost Girl’s Dyson, then you are in luck. Handsome, intelligent and brimming with animal magnetism — no pun intended — he is a member of the supernatural Fae community and works as a police homicide detective to help keep the peace amongst humans as well as the Fae.

For actor Kris Holden-Ried, who plays Dyson on the popular Showcase TV series, teetering between both worlds is a constant but welcome acting exercise.

“The physical challenges with Dyson are, one, he’s a shape-shifter, so he has to have animalism, and two, he’s of indiscriminate age, so we’re playing him as 1,000 or so years old,” notes Holden-Ried during a break on Lost Girl’s Toronto set. “The trick is to then mix and match that with creating a grounded and believable character.”

Dyson’s unofficial crime-busting ally (and romantic interest) is Lost Girl’s heroine and fellow Fae, Bo (Anna Silk), a beautiful Succubus able to suck the life out of you.

“In season one, Bo and Dyson shared a great deal of passion, but he also knew some of Bo’s secrets,” says Holden-Ried. “While that put him at an advantage, it also stopped him from fully committing to her. Dyson ultimately fell in love with Bo, but couldn’t show it, which was fun to play.

“At the end of season one, Dyson’s love for Bo was ripped from his soul. That turned into a whole other journey for him in season two, where the constant emptiness he felt almost drove him crazy.”

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