1. My candles
I like my surroundings to smell pretty. A French company called Mad et Len makes great scented candles. They’re awesome for travelling. You can light one in an anonymous hotel room and it feels like home.
2. My glory days
When I was in my early 20s my friends and I started a New Wave band. We were called Glory B. We dressed in weird costumes and sang with English accents—we were terrible. I was the lead singer. I try to forget it, and yet I end up taking a photo of us with me every time I move.
3. My instant coffee
I love instant coffee, but I hate the shitty kind you find everywhere. Elite Turkish coffee from Israel is the best. You can get it at FreshCo in Thornhill—I stock up and take it with me when I travel.
4. My Bible
My mom gave me a tiny Bible a few years ago. She had it with her when my sister and I were born. I keep it with me for moments when I need a little spiritual assistance, or just good luck.
The gallery has been updated with HD screencaps of Mia in episode 1.04 of Defiance. Enjoy!
1.04 A Well Respected Man
The gallery has been updated with HD screencaps of Mia in episode 1.03 of Defiance. Enjoy!
1.03 The Devil in the Dark
The gallery has been updated with HD screencaps of Mia in the pilot episode of Defiance. Enjoy!
After months of anticipation and hype, science fiction starved fans will finally get their to experience the world of DEFIANCE.
Set in the not-to-distant future, DEFIANCE introduces an exotically transformed planet Earth, in which seven unique alien races must co-exist peacefully (or as peacefully as a weekly science-fiction set series will allow) with the planet’s surviving humans. Two such humans are sisters played by Julie Benz and Mia Kirshner. Both of whom we had the pleasure of catching up with last week in Toronto to dish on their exciting new series and dabble on a slew of roles that have made them fan favourites.
Firstly, what was it about the DEFIANCE pilot script that attracted you to a role that could presumably last five to seven years?
Julie Benz: What attracted me to the script was how dynamic all the female characters are. They’re extremely complex woman and you just don’t see that too often. In a television script there’s maybe one, hopefully one. I tend to get a lot of scripts with offers to play the wife/mother/victim and what I love about DEFIANCE is you don’t have that. It’s like a cast full of bad ass women.
Your characters play sisters who ended up in two very different careers. Julie, you play the Mayor [Amanda] of the town, while Mia plays is a purveyor of pleasure [Kenya]. Is it safe to say that such opposite career paths may lead to friction as the season progresses?
Julie Benz: Being orphaned as children, Amanda basically raised Kenya and feels very motherly and protective of her. The problem of course is now, as grown adults, she doesn’t see Kenya as an equal. Amanda struggles with what she does for a living which is kind of ironic. All she wants is for her to meet a great guy, settle down have a peaceful life yet if you held a mirror up to Amanda she doesn’t have any of that herself. She buries herself in her work, isolates herself and — as the series progresses — must come to grips and try to understand what her sister does for a living.
Mia Kirshner: Kenya has created a lifestyle for herself. She created this community because it’s something she wanted to do. She may not be the most articulate person, but has found she can express herself through her sexuality and I think in Defiance she has found like minded people. It’s puzzling to her why Amanda doesn’t embrace this world she’s created because Kenya believes it makes people happy.