Tricia Helfer reprising her role as Dracula on Syfy’s ‘Van Helsing’


Written by sarah on April 10 2021

Veteran actress Tricia Helfer’s versatility will be showcased in the coming months.

Helfer, 46, is reprising her role as Dracula on the fifth and final season of Syfy’s “Van Helsing” — premiering Friday (April 16) at 10 p.m. — and will reappear in “Lucifer” as Lucifer’s (Tom Ellis) mother in the upcoming sixth and final season of the wry Netflix fantasy series. She’s also joined the dance drama “Step Up: High Water,” airing on Starz.

The actress, who rose to TV fame as Number Six on “Battlestar Galactica” (2004-09), answered some questions about her work and her love of animals.

Was it serendipity or coincidence that you were cast in the genre-specific series “Lucifer” and “Van Helsing?”
I don’t think it was either. I think it was a well-thought-out decision by the production teams. Both were straight offers, and while I’m sure they had a list of people they went to first, they ultimately ended up offering the roles to me. I’m glad they did because both roles were really fun to play.

Will “Van Helsing” fans be surprised by the evolution of Dracula this season?
Because Dracula was only introduced briefly last season, even fans from the beginning of the show don’t know too much about her. She is, obviously, this enigmatic, powerful being who is the leader of darkness. In our story, she has been locked away in the dark realm for a very long time and is now just newly released into the world, so no one really knows what to expect from her yet. The upcoming season will be really exciting for the fans, I think. I can’t say much right now without giving away spoilers. All I’ll say is that there is a different side to Dracula that we see early on — and due to actions that happen, she may not necessarily be at her ultimate strength going forward.

You’ve been working non-stop in television for 20 years; would you consider a starring series role at this point?
I think almost any actor would be lying if they said they didn’t want a starring role but, like anything, there are pros and cons to both. I’m just happy to have been able to play many series regular roles in a variety of projects. It certainly keeps it interesting. But of course if the right lead role came up and it made sense for me to play it, then I’d be happy to sign on.

Comedies or dramas?
I don’t have a preference. I’ve done more dramas so it appears [that’s] the preference of those hiring me, but as an actor, the main perk I see is getting to play all types of roles in all types of projects. Studying and learning who a character is, and what her world is only expands your own knowledge and curiosity. Being able to switch it up and play something more lighthearted is lovely because, especially if the role or subject matter is very dark, it can wear on you a bit.

Besides Number Six, is there one role that still resonates with you?
I do wish I had gotten to play Molly Parker in the short-lived [2014] ABC series “Killer Women” longer. We only did one eight-episode season, and the show was just starting to find its feet. The tone was specific, and they got lost trying to make it too stylized in the first episodes instead of just letting it be a bit of a quirky procedural. It was also a little ahead of its time, I think. But I really loved playing that character, Texas Ranger Molly Parker, and wished I would have gotten to do it for longer.

Was there an incident that sparked your devotion to animal-welfare causes?
No. I’ve always been an animal lover and to be quite honest, I usually prefer the company of animals than I do of humans. With heavy travel like I did during my modeling career, and for most of my acting career, it’s never really been too much of an option to be a hands-on physical volunteer because you’re so often gone, and your schedule is so last-minute, that you aren’t really that reliable. So most of the efforts that I do are in advocacy or awareness, donating and helping to raise money. I can certainly do better, and I will continue to strive for that, but it does give me a sense of pride to do what I can and to be amongst the group of animal activists that strive to make the lives of animals better.

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Van Helsing Season 4 – Comic Con@Home: Panel Discussion | Comic Con@Home 2020


Written by sarah on August 04 2020

This panel will answer some fan questions, find out where Vanessa Van Helsing is, and take a closer look at her epic meeting with The Dark One in Metamorphosis. They will also discuss what it was like filming overseas, the challenges we’ve faced during COVID-19, and how Van Helsing is getting back on track for Season 5.

SDCC ’19 – Day 2 Roundup


Written by sarah on July 20 2019

Yesterday, Tricia participated in a panel and press room for Shudder’s upcoming Creepshow series. She also did some more interviews and more portraits from the day before were released.

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PUBLIC APPEARANCES > 2010-PRESENT > 2019 > JULY 18TH – SDCC – TVINSIDER INTERVIEW
PUBLIC APPEARANCES > 2010-PRESENT > 2019 > JULY 19TH – SDCC – ‘CREEPSHOW’ PANEL
PUBLIC APPEARANCES > 2010-PRESENT > 2019 > JULY 19TH – SDCC – ‘CREEPSHOW’ PRESS ROOM
PHOTOSHOOTS > 2019 > SET 03
PHOTOSHOOTS > 2019 > SET 04
TELEVISION PRODUCTIONS > GUEST APPEARANCES > CREEPSHOW > FIRST LOOK

A huge thank you to FarFarAwaySite for all of their help!

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Tricia’s interview begins about two minutes in.

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Tricia Talks Differences with her Dracula


Written by sarah on July 19 2019

Tricia’s interview begins about two minutes in.

Tricia Talks ‘Van Helsing’ vs. ‘Battlestar Galactica’ with AfterBuzzTV


Written by sarah on July 19 2019

SDCC ’19 – Day 1 Roundup


Written by sarah on July 19 2019

Yesterday, Tricia participated in the panel for SYFY’s Van Helsing. While we do not currently have any photos or videos from the panel, Tricia and the cast did do a couple of interviews and portraits. Enjoy!

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PUBLIC APPEARANCES > 2010-PRESENT > 2019 > JULY 18TH – SDCC – PIZZA HUT LOUNGE
PUBLIC APPEARANCES > 2010-PRESENT > 2019 > JULY 18TH – SDCC – TVINSIDER INTERVIEW
PHOTOSHOOTS > 2019 > SET 01
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Van Helsing s4 Trailer:

A huge thank you to FarFarAwaySite for their help!

Tricia Talks ‘Van Helsing’ and ‘Lucifer’ with PureFandom


Written by sarah on July 18 2019

Tricia Helfer of Battlestar Galactica fame discussed her highly-anticipated new role as the iconic vampire Dracula on Van Helsing, plus if her role as Charlotte on Lucifer will return.

SDCC 2017: ‘Lucifer’ Panel Video + Interviews


Written by sarah on July 25 2017

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SDCC 2017: ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Reunion Panel Video + Interviews


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Tricia Helfer Reveals Mom’s True Agenda and Her Favorite Son


Written by sarah on September 19 2016

When his mother (Tricia Helfer) escaped Hell, Lucifer (Tom Ellis) was terrified of the destruction she might wreak. But when Lucifer picks up in Season 2, the fallen angel is shocked to discover Mom isn’t out for revenge after all.
“She wants to be with her sons,” Helfer tells TVGuide.com. “Obviously, she was banished to Hell for a very long time, so she’s trying to make up for lost time in many ways.”

Although Mom truly has good intentions for her relationships with Lucifer and Amenadiel (DB Woodside), that doesn’t mean she isn’t up to something even the devil would shake his head at. “She definitely has a dislike for humanity, so she’s not too happy that she’s stuck in an earthly skin sack, as she calls them. And going forward, she would definitely step on anyone who’s in her way or trying to stop her from going forward with her agenda — and she definitely does have an agenda,” the actress explains.

“As this season progresses, we’ll see more of what that is and it’s in keeping with wanting to get back what she lost. She lost her family. She lost her life. She lost her home. So she definitely wants that back, so there is an agenda on Mom’s part.”

“Could that turn violent?” Helfer adds. “Absolutely.”

To learn more about what Mom’s life on earth looks like — plus, what we should expect of Lucifer’s other brother, Uriel — check out everything else Helfer revealed about Lucifer’s second season below:

Lucifer and Mom think they know everything about each other, when they really don’t know each other at all anymore. What will surprise Lucifer and Mom the most about each other as they spend all this time together?

Helfer: I think what’s surprising to Lucifer is how Mom isn’t just hell-bent on revenge or out to get him. One of the fun things to see throughout filming is by Mom being there, how you get to see different sides of Lucifer and Amenadiel that you don’t get to see on a regular basis. You get to see a wounded, vulnerable, young boy side to Lucifer that you don’t get to see other times.

And I think they’re learning to trust each other again. They’re learning to co-exist down on Earth and Mom certainly has a way of getting in the way sometimes … and smothering him to an extent. But going past that, Lucifer starts to realize that Mom does have an agenda and Mom starts to realize that Lucifer is maybe getting too close, enjoying it too much down here. And because of her dislike for humanity, she can’t understand why he finds them fascinating.

What is Mom’s opinion of Chloe (Lauren German) and her relationship with Lucifer?

Helfer: The audience is more aware, obviously, of Chloe and Lucifer’s relationship. But Mom has been outside of that. Mom has met Chloe at this point, but doesn’t know her, doesn’t know her relationship. Mom knows that he works with the police, but she can’t understand it. In many ways, she’s trying to find her own feet in the first part of the season. And now that she’s settled in, she’s more aware of her surroundings and the closeness of Lucifer and Chloe will definitely start to get Mom’s attention. But we’re just starting to broach that now [in Episode 8].

Amenadiel is going through a lot of problems of his own this season. How will Mom factor into that storyline?

Helfer: Amenadiel definitely is going through a huge transition himself. As we know at the end of last season, he started to fall. He was always somebody that was closer and understood more of his father’s perspective. … Like any child of divorce, there are things the children understand or don’t understand. When Mom left, Amenadiel was left with dad’s description of what happened. So he was left with one side of the story as well. With Mom being there, he’s definitely distrustful of her to begin with.

Things surrounding another son, Uriel, played by Michael Imperioli, coming down end up bringing Amenadiel and Mom together. He starts to see Mom and hear her side of things. With him falling and going through this internal struggle himself, and questioning for the first time his father’s motivations, and here’s his mom being there for him, so it starts to open his eyes to Mom a little bit more.

What can you reveal about the introduction of Uriel and how he shakes up the family dynamic?

Helfer: That episode will be quite explosive for the fans. Uriel coming down brings together Lucifer and Amenadiel in a way that they haven’t been so far. Mom coming down also started bringing them together a bit. And then with Uriel coming down, it really does force them to take stock of things. It is quite an explosive episode and a very heavy episode for all of the family, but definitely for Lucifer.

Does Mom have a favorite son? And if so, who is it?

Helfer: Yes, Mom has a favorite son and I think it’s Lucifer. Mom loves all her children and she loved her life before, but Lucifer in many ways follows after his mom. In many ways. Amendaiel has taken his father’s side, and while Lucifer didn’t take his mother’s side, they have a lot of similarities. I think because he reminds her of herself quite a bit, he would probably be her favorite.

Given that Lucifer is her favorite son, how will Mom react when she learns that he brokered a deal with God to send her back to Hell?

Helfer: That is not going to sit well with Mom, so it will hurt her. How she reacts may be surprising. We broach that in the third episode.

Mom is in the body of a human, Charlotte Richards, who had a whole life and family of her own before she died. Will we see Mom step into Charlotte’s identity?

Helfer: I won’t give away the reason surrounding Mom stepping into Charlotte Richards’ life, but you see that in the third episode. Charlotte Richards is alive to all the people around her. They never did find a body, obviously, because Mom took it over. So it’s a big learning curve for Mom, having to deal with children. She has children of her own, but these are human children and she has to learn how to deal with that. And she has a husband and she has to learn how to deal with that. And ultimately, I suppose, she has to get back to work. In a way, work may be an escape from the house life she has to deal with, which she hugely detests.

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