Grant Bowler for DEFIANCE (Image Credit: NBCUniversal)

VIDEO: ‘Defiance’ star Grant Bowler dishes on Season 2 of hit Syfy Series!

Grant Bowler for DEFIANCE (Image Credit: NBCUniversal)

Grant Bowler for DEFIANCE (Image Credit: NBCUniversal)

Defiance star Grant Bowler sat down for an interview with The Daily Work at San Diego Comic-Con and we’re bringing you the inside info! Bowler chatted about the post-apocalyptic genre, the character dynamics of Defiance and where his character of Nolan will find himself and the people he cares at the end of Season 2. “Blood’s thicker than water,” the actor declared. Check out the video below for even more of Bowler (and his amazing accent)! Continue reading

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VIDEO: Executive Producer Kevin Murphy Talks ‘Defiance’ Season 3 Twists at Comic-Con

Kevin Murphy for DEFIANCE (Image Credit: NBCUniversal)

Kevin Murphy for DEFIANCE (Image Credit: NBCUniversal)

The Daily Quirk sat down for an interview with Defiance Executive Producer, Kevin Murphy, at San Diego Comic-Con to talk about the show’s second season and what can be expected in Season 3. Murphy discussed rearranging characters and the world of Defiance as well as comparing the show’s Season 3 plans to HBO’s Game of Thrones, known for its clever twists. In addition, Murphy whet our appetites for show surprises by teasing us with Season 3 ‘potential’ details- theocracy arising, life, death and Defiance centralization- oh my! Beware…but mostly, be excited. Continue reading

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VIDEO: ‘Defiance’ star Stephanie Leonidas discusses how playing Irisa has kept her on her toes at SDCC!

Stephanie Leonidas for DEFIANCE (Image Credit: NBCUniversal)

Stephanie Leonidas for DEFIANCE (Image Credit: NBCUniversal)

The Daily Quirk sat down for an interview with Defiance star, Stephanie Leonidas, at San Diego Comic-Con and we’re bringing you the inside info! Leonidas talked all things Defiance: her character, Irisa, her fun co-stars, changes on set, inter-character chemistry and more during our chat and hinted about surprises to come in the remaining episodes of Season 2 as well as what has surprised her about working on the show. Watch the full interview, where Leonidas discusses all this and how playing Irisa has kept her on her toes (we can believe that!) in the video below. Continue reading

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VIDEO: ‘Defiance’ star Jamie Murray brings us inside the mind of Stahma Tarr at SDCC!

Jamie Murray for DEFIANCE (Image Credit: NBCUniversal)

Jamie Murray for DEFIANCE (Image Credit: NBCUniversal)

The Daily Quirk had the opportunity to sit down with Defiance star, Jamie Murray, at San Diego Comic-Con where she told us about her character, Stahma Tarr, and how she has transitioned since Season 1 with the role. Find out how Murray has altered Stahma’s body movements to fit the mood of the series and plot development, as well as how fans may see Stahma work the scene in future episodes! Murray brings us inside Stahma’s head, tells us about how the cast prepares behind the scenes and explains where the series may currently stand, from Stahma’s point of view. Get to know Stahma Tarr and Jamie Murray, as she recalls her favorite moments filming Defiance, in the interview below!

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Julie Benz for DEFIANCE (Image Credit: NBCUniversal)

VIDEO: ‘Defiance’ Star Julie Benz discusses her character and Season 2 of the hit series!

Julie Benz for DEFIANCE (Image Credit: NBCUniversal)

Julie Benz for DEFIANCE (Image Credit: NBCUniversal)

The Daily Quirk was able to catch up with Julie Benz, star of Defiance, at the San Diego Comic-Con and she gave us the inside scoop on what it’s like to play Amanda Rosewater. “I love damaged Amanda. Someone said I play drunk addicts and damaged women really well, and I guess I do. I enjoy it!” the actress joked. Benz shared the challenges playing Amanda presents, how she is similar to her character and what she has to do in preparation of taping. Check out the video below for more on Amanda and the mystery behind her sister, Benz getting to kick her co-star’s butt and what it’s like to work with the cast and crew of Defiance. Continue reading

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VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with ‘Defiance’ Star Stephanie Leonidas

Stephanie Leonidas (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

Stephanie Leonidas (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

The lovely Stephanie Leonidas (who you may or may not recognize without her Irathient makeover) stars as the feisty, vision having and butt-kicking Irisa in Syfy’s Defiance. Irisa’s life gets turned upside down when she and her adoptive father, Joshua Nolan (Grant Bowler), roll into a town called Defiance and he’s quickly appointed the Chief Lawkeeper. Irisa forgoes her instinct to wander and sticks around to help Nolan, and without spoiling too much for those of you still catching up on this amazing sci-fi drama, it’s a really, really good thing she did!

We caught up with Stephanie at New York Comic Con to talk Irisa’s Season One journey, that cliffhanger finale and what to expect in Season Two! Watch the exclusive interview below…

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Julie Benz and Grant Bowler (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with ‘Defiance’ Stars Julie Benz and Grant Bowler

Julie Benz and Grant Bowler (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

Julie Benz and Grant Bowler (Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

Julie Benz and Grant Bowler have amazing on-screen chemistry as Amanda Rosewater and Joshua Nolan in Defiance, and with the fans at home who can’t wait for Season Two of the hit Syfy show to premiere in June 2014. Shtako that’s a long wait after that cliffhanger season finale!

We recently caught up with the fabulous Julie Benz and charming Grant Bowler at New York Comic Con to talk what will happen to Amanda and Nolan next season on Defiance as well as some of their favorite moments from Season One. Watch the exclusive interview below! Continue reading

Jamie Murray (Image Credit: Sean Torneli / The Daily Quirk)

VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with ‘Defiance’ Star Jamie Murray

Jamie Murray (Image Credit: Sean Torneli / The Daily Quirk)

Jamie Murray (Image Credit: Sean Torneli / The Daily Quirk)

Actress Jamie Murray is a master of playing ruthlessly determined and fabulously conniving characters and in her latest role, starring as Stahma Tarr in Defiance, she certainly gets to put that skill to work! We recently caught up with Jamie at New York Comic Con to talk what makes complex characters so attractive, that shocking  Defiance Season Finale and what to expect from Stahma in Season Two! Watch the exclusive interview below!

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An Interview with ‘Defiance’ star Trenna Keating

Trenna Keating (Image Credit: Trenna Keating)

Trenna Keating (Image Credit: Trenna Keating)

The Syfy Channel is cashing in on the recent revival of alien obsession storming Hollywood with its new hit Defiance, a revolution in storytelling that combines both tv and online gaming. We talked with the face behind Doc Yewll, Canadian actress Trenna Keating, to discuss her role, what it’s like transforming into an alien and just how awesome her taste in television really is. Read on for the full interview… Continue reading

5 Reasons You Should be Watching Syfy’s ‘Defiance’!

Tony Curran as Datak Tarr, Jaime Murray as Stahma Tarr, Julie Benz as Amanda Rosewater, Mia Kirshner as Kenya Rosewater, Grant Bowler as Joshua Nolan, Stephanie Leonidas as Irisa Nyira, and Graham Greene as Rafe McCawley (Image Credit: Joe Pugliese/Syfy)

Tony Curran as Datak Tarr, Jaime Murray as Stahma Tarr, Julie Benz as Amanda Rosewater, Mia Kirshner as Kenya Rosewater, Grant Bowler as Joshua Nolan, Stephanie Leonidas as Irisa Nyira, and Graham Greene as Rafe McCawley (Image Credit: Joe Pugliese/Syfy)

Syfy’s new original series Defiance takes place in the not too distant future after the Earth has been all but destroyed by a decades long war between humans and aliens. The aliens, known as votans, came to Earth looking for a new home after their solar system was destroyed only to be turned away by the Earth’s government. Rather than taking no for an answer, the votans started a war with humans and fought it out till both parties decided to call a truce in an attempt to salvage what was left of Earth and make it both of their homes.

So far Defiance has gotten high marks in my book for interesting  characters, an intriguing story line, and lots of cool sci fi effects, but if science fiction isn’t usually your deal or you’re not sold yet on why you should check the show out, here are five reasons you should be watching Defiance

Grant Bowler as Jeb Nolan and Stephanie Leonidas as Irisa in DEFIANCE (Image Credit: Ben Mark Holzberg/Syfy)

Grant Bowler as Jeb Nolan and Stephanie Leonidas as Irisa in DEFIANCE (Image Credit: Ben Mark Holzberg/Syfy)

You obsessively tweet Nathan Fillion about bringing back Firefly

Although you may never be able to fill the void Firefly left in your heart, Defiance might just take away a bit of the sting. It has a bit of the western in space feel that made Firefly so unique, humans who defiantly fought off invasion like the brown coats, a handsome leading man play be Grant Bowler (Liz & Dick, True Blood), who walks to the beat of his own set of moral standards, a tough platonic female partner at his side played by Stephanie Leonidas (Whitechapel, Eternal Law), and an “ambassador” played by Mia Kirshner (The Vampire Diaries, The L Word) who quickly catches his eye. At the same time, Defiance stands on its own merits without feeling like a knock off of the cult classic and enough differences to make it feel like a new concept.

You still miss Rita Bennett

If you’re one of the Dexter fans who cried your eyes out after Rita’s demise, and Julie Benz’s stints on No Ordinary Family and A Gifted Man didn’t ease your mourning, the third time might be the charm with Defiance. She stars as Amanda Rosewater the new mayor of  Defiance who is fighting to protect the town from outside threats and keep the peace as threats arise from within… neither of which look like they’re going to be easy.

Sometimes you wonder what it would be like if the Borgias and Lannisters were Aliens

If you love the complex political intrigue and conniving families of The Borgias and Game of Thrones, you’ll be sucked right into the power struggle going on in Defiance. From episode one we’re introduced to feuding families vying for power and a conspiracy to destroy the town of Defiance (and who’s involved is a kicker, but I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t seen the pilot). Stahma Tarr, played by Jamie Murray (Dexter, Warehouse 13), is reminiscent of Game of Thrones Cersei Lannister in her cunning and ability to pull the wool over the eyes of her son and her husband, Datak Tarr, played by Tony Curran (The Pillars of the EarthDoctor Who), can easily be compared to Rodrigo Borgia willing to marry off his child for political and financial gain.

Trenna Keating as Doc Yewll in DEFIANCE (Image Credit: Ben Mark Holzberg/Syfy)

Trenna Keating as Doc Yewll in DEFIANCE (Image Credit: Ben Mark Holzberg/Syfy)

Doc Yewll

The town’s dry humored low patience doctor, Doc Yewll played by Trenna Keating (Combat Hospital, Corner Gas), is reason enough to watch Defiance. Doc Yell can best be described, in my humble opinion, as like if Star Trek: the Next Generation’s Data and Bones’ Temperance Brennan had a baby and it came out with a short temper and a flair for insults… so basically she’s awesome. Ridiculously intelligent and at the same time incredibly out of tune with how humans feel and behave, she delivers some of the show’s funniest lines in the show all while being the baddest votan in the room.

You like your shows interactive

Defiance has taken the idea of making a show interactive to a whole new level, releasing a video game version of the show from inception, instead of the previous method of releasing a game to market after a show or movie has been out for some time. The game, which takes place in the same time period as the show but on the West Coast away from the show’s main action, allows you to play episode related missions that tie in to future episodes of the television version of Defiance bringing the two platforms together.


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