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Tricia Helfer’s about become one hot mama — literally.
The actress, best known for her role as the manipulative Cylon Six on “Battlestar Galactica” and currently guest-starring on PlayStation Network’s “Powers,”has taken on the role of Lucifer’s mother — and God’s ex-wife — in Fox’s adaptation of the Vertigo comic. In “Lucifer’s” second season, Helfer will appear as the enigmatic mother of the titular king of Hell — the very being who’s escape from the underworld concerned him greatly at the close of the first season.
CBR caught up with Helfer at the Saturn Awards, where she offered what devilish little details she could about Lucifer’s mother, how quickly viewers will get wise to her plans for fallen son, and whether she’ll be returning to “Powers” beyond her recurring Season 2 role.
It’s a good thing Tricia Helfer considers herself “a crazy cat lady.”
Just when “Powers” viewers had gotten used to Helfer as the tough-talking, no-nonsense FBI agent Lange, the fourth episode of the PlayStation Network series’ second season changed everything. The episode included the big reveal that fans of the “Powers” comic may have sensed was coming the instant the second season debuted: Lange was not only the criminally inclined, feline-power Lynx, she also shared a complicated romantic history with Christian Walker (Sharlto Copley).
With Lang’s backstory established and her relationship with the once-powered detective now muddied even further, Helfer spoke CBR News about where Agent Lange goes from here. She gave insight into how she approached her character’s feline twist and teased what’s ahead for the intriguing but increasingly contentious connection between Lange and Walker.
CBR News: With your character Agent Lange, the metaphorical and literal cat is out of the bag.
Tricia Helfer: Yes, the cat is out of the bag!
What was fun about the slow burn up to the reveal of her back story? And did you like going all out with great, revealing episode for her character.
Yeah, when I first was offered the show, they sent me the first two episodes. I was like, “Okay, FBI agent…” but I could sense there was maybe a little something [else]. I was talking to Remi [Aubuchon], our showrunner, and I kind of asked, “What’s going on? What is there besides the FBI in the case?” When he told me, I thought, “Oh, fun!” I hadn’t read episode four yet, by the time we started, but I was like, “Oh, okay — fun.” I’m a crazy cat lady myself, so how fun is that going to be to try and flavor it with some kind of feline mannerisms again?
There’s about to be a family reunion on Lucifer.
Lucifer’s Tom Ellis will be getting a visit from his dear mother Charlotte this season, who will be played by Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica, Suits). The suddenness of her appearance leads to suspicions from Lucifer and that sets the tone for season two (via TV Line). Showrunner Joe Henderson spoke about how season two allows them to add their own bits to the Lucifer mythology.
“In the comics and common mythology, it’s really not something that’s been established, so this is us doing a little world building,” said Henderson. “This is us taking a step and exploring the answer to a question a lot of people never asked and staking our own claim. There are a lot of directions we can go and we’ve chosen one that we’re really excited about.”
Charlotte will be appearing throughout the second season as a series regular, and season two premiere’s on FOX on September 19th. You can read the official description for Helfer’s character below.
“Trapped in Hell for thousands of years by God (her ex-husband), the Mother of Angels is now free on Earth. Once reunited with Lucifer, it will become clear that she’s the one he takes after. Mom is fearless and has a strong conviction for who she is and what she deserves. However, mother and son do not share the same opinion when it comes to humanity. Everything that fascinates Lucifer about people repels Mom — a disdain that’s highlighted by that fact that Mom’s trapped in a human body for her stay on Earth. Lucifer’s desperate to find out what Mom’s up to, but she claims that all she wants is to spend time with her sons again. But can the devil’s mom really be that innocent?”
Warning: If you haven’t seen the fourth episode of “Powers” Season 2, this article is going to spoil a pretty major plot twist.
When Agent Lange (Tricia Helfer) first appeared on “Powers,” it was clear she shared some pretty serious history with Walker (Sharlto Copley). Now we know just how entwined their two lives are — and we know about her little secret.
It seems Lange isn’t only a reformed criminal but a superpowered one at that! While the world knows her as Agent Lange, Walker knows her as Lynx — a human/cat hybrid. And it turns out the relationship between the two is rather intimate.
So what’s it like doing a sex scene while portraying a cat? For Helfer, it was a truly unique experience.
A self-proclaimed “crazy cat lady,” Helfer took note of how her own cats move to help inform Lynx’s body language. She didn’t stop there, though.
“I did look up cats mating online because of the sex part of the scene before it becomes a fight,” she tells Zap2it with a laugh.
“I’m sitting in my hotel room in Atlanta and I’m Googling ‘cats mating’ and the sounds that started emanating from my room,” she explains. “I think I lasted about five minutes before I was like, ‘I’ve got to shut this off because I think security may be coming up here thinking something is getting killed in this room.’”
Between what little she was able to gather from the internet and her own cat experiences, Helfer was able to put together a pretty believable performance for a cat on the prowl. Plus, playing Lynx came with an added bonus for her. “I have cat paw print tattoos on my ankle,” she admits. “This was the first show where I didn’t have to cover them up.”
Beyond the revelation of Lange’s powers as Lynx, the episode also showed just how much power she wields in her day job as an FBI agent. After being double crossed by Walker, she shut down the Powers division. While you may be hoping to dive even deeper into their history, that’s going to have to wait.
“Agent Lange’s storyline has to do pretty much with surrounding the Retro Girl case,” Helfer says. “Once that story is sort of wrapped up, the series moves onto another storyline focusing around Super-Shock [Michael Madsen].”
That will mean the end of the road for Lange on “Powers,” at least for this season. Still, with all of the pieces of her puzzle falling into place, Helfer is hopeful that she’ll get to tell more of this story.
“After episode 4, Lange is pretty pissed off at Walker,” she says. “You can tell there’s definitely still affection between these two, they care for each other. But she still feels so double-crossed.”
As far as Helfer is concerned, while Lange may be exiting for now, her story is far from over. After Walker alleged that the people she’s working for are the true villains, she won’t be able to help but wonder if he’s onto something.
“We definitely shot it with the anger and betrayal there … but also we did flavor it with a hint of her thinking that possibly they are onto something,” she says. “My feeling on it was when they finish up the case and she goes back, now she’s questioning her bosses.”
Where will her story with Walker be when she takes her leave from Season 2, though? That’s something you’re going to have to tune in to find out.
New episodes of “Powers” are released every Tuesday on the Sony PlayStation Network.