It’s been called “Harry Potter for Grownups”, but in all truth SyFy’s The Magicians is much more than that. The show follows a group of gifted individuals who drift between the real world, a magic university (Brakebills) and another dimension (Fillory) all the while dealing with not only the every day problems of young adults in 2018, but also evil in several shapes and form.
I had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Brittany Curran who plays Fen on the show and I have to tell you, I don’t think I have ever laughed so much during an interview. Curran is an absolute delight to chat with, whether it be about Star Wars, being unprepared, the Pacific Northwest or of course…The Magicians. Check out my interview with Brittany Curran below and remember to catch The Magicians on SyFy, Wednesdays at 9PM.
Brandon Enyeart: How’s life treating you how is the holiday season going for you so far?
Brittany Curran: Good, it’s great I have my new tradition where I start off the holiday season watching Die Hard which is a great Christmas movie, some people say it’s not, but I know it is. But yeah, I’ve been watching Christmas movies, last night I saw the new Star Wars movie which was freaking amazing! I think it might be my favorite so far.
BE: I’m so lame, I haven’t been to a movie in forever, but I did see The Force Awakens and Rogue One when they started streaming and I loved both of them, so I can’t wait to see The Last Jedi.
BC: Me and my boyfriend loved it, we have Star Wars Christmas sweaters on right now…
BE: That is so awesome.
BC: …yeah we nerded out pretty hard *laughs*
BE: Was there a new character you loved in this new one?
BC: I loved the Porgs *laughs*…
BE:… Everybody loves the Porgs right?
BC: It is so stereotypical of me to say that. I just really really love Poe and Kylo Ren a lot. I continue to obsess over both of them as characters and actors. I don’t want to say too much since you haven’t seen it yet.
BE: It’s all good. I was on the Seahawks Instagram after The Force Awakens came out and in one of the comments, a Forty Niners fan spoiled the ending to it, so I am sure a Forty Niners fan will spoil it for me again.
BC: Who does that!? Those are the worst people! It’s like you’re hurting people you don’t even know!
BE: Forty Niners fans, that’s who.
BC: Well of course… *laughs*
BE: I mean I am just throwing it out there. Alright well obviously I want to talk about The Magicians. I am not always a fan of every show that I interview someone from, but in this case, I am a huge fan. You play Fen, tell us a bit about how you got that role.
BC: It’s funny I was shooting another film at the time when I got the audition. It happened to be on a day that I had off, so I went to the studio where the production office is and met the producer and did my scenes. I felt pretty good about, but you never know. I thought the audition was over and the Casting Director flips the page and I realize there is a third scene that I have no idea about. It was 110% my fault though. This scene was in my email and I have no idea what happened, but I never saw it and that has never happened in my career. So I told them, I was honest and said “I am such an idiot, I didn’t see that last scene, I don’t know how this is possible.” I went outside and learned the scene quick and of course it was a crying scene.
BE: Oh no…
BC: *laughs* Out of all the emotions I had to scrounge up at the last minute… I went back in about three minutes later and I did it. It went really well! I was told later that one of our Producers – Laurie Lieser – was impressed that I was able to get into the scene without notice. So I was like “ok cool, I will keep fucking up my auditions from here” *laughs*
BE: *laughs* I was gonna say, is that some advice for young actors and actresses? Make sure you don’t prepare properly?
BC: *laughs again* It’s so funny, when I told her that, she was like “yeah, no, but never do that again.”
BE: *laughs* Next time I have an interview or something, I am going to say “you know I have no idea what this is about, but Brittany Curran of The Magicians, told me that you don’t have to be prepared to be successful.”
BC: Yeah, be completely unprepared. Set their expectations horrifically low, so you can do literally anything to impress them.
BE: That’s pretty much my mantra though. Leave their expectations low and then maybe you’ll surprise them every once in a while.
BC: Exactly! It’s such a good way to go through life. It’s super healthy. *laughs*
BE: *laughs* As I was saying though, you play Fen and she’s a unique character. There are all of these big personalities on the show like Margo and Eliot and Fen is obviously very close with Eliot. Tell me a little bit about all the personalities. What is it like being Fen in that world?
BC: Yeah, all the personalities are so strong.They all have their demons, but they all find their special ways of getting past them. I like that, I like that they’re imperfect characters. Fen is obviously more soft spoken, she comes from – kind of – an archaic society in a way and it was set up from birth who she was going to marry. So she’s like this innocent farm girl with these “earth kids” who have been making their own decisions their whole lives. They’re so strong and outspoken, so it’s an interesting dynamic playing a character like that. It’s funny because I play bitches a lot *laughs* in movies and stuff. So to play this innocent and naive character has been really fun for me. She does start to find her voice more though and partly because she is so inspired by these other personalities she’s introduced to. It’s good for her to be around them, it challenges her. Deep inside, she’s this really strong person and we see that more in the third season. There are so many sides of Fen that come out during the third season and I am so excited about that.
BE: It’s cool because when you think about the other characters and their relationships with one another like Quinton and Alice, Penny and Kady etc. and then placing you with Eliot in what is – for the most part a loveless marriage – Fen’s character is really the one who has been able to grow, where is the other characters started off very strong. It’s been really cool to watch her become stronger and more empowered.
BC: Thank you! It has been so much fun, you’re right and I have grown so attached to her. When she sticks up for herself, it makes me so proud.
BE: There was quite a division between the two worlds of Brakebills and Fillory in the second season. Now you were left in Fillory at the end of season two…
BE: Or I should say, Fen was left behind.
BC: *laughs* right, not actually me.
BE: Hopefully not, that would be sad if they just left you there.
BC: I’ve been on the Fillory set for six months! *laughs*
BE: *laughs* But yeah, so Fen is still back in Fillory. I get the feeling Fen is pretty prevalent in this upcoming third season, so can you give us some info on how that’s going to work out?
BC: Things…definitely change. I am trying to think about how much I can actually say! All I can say is that, after everything Fen went through during the last season? She dives into a bit of insanity this season before there is any movement….in whatever direction that may be.
BE: Well now I am really excited and intrigued! And the season starts in January right?
BC: Yep! January 10th.
BE: We’re halfway through December now, so it’s coming right up.
BC: Oh my Gosh, you’re right, it’s like 10 days until Christmas.
BE: Yeah in fact it’s National Ugly Sweater Day, so good job to you and your boyfriend with the Star Wars ugly sweaters.
BC: Is it really!?
BE: Yeah, well I mean according to Instagram.
BC: That’s official enough.
BE: Yeah I am actually wearing one of mine to Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam tonight for the Lights at Lafarge. Not sure how familiar you are with western Canada, but it’s near Vancouver.
BC: I am in Vancouver!
BE: No way!
BC: Yeah we film in Vancouver!
BE: That’s right! I couldn’t remember if it was Toronto or Vancouver. But yeah I will be sporting my “Mele Kalikimaka”, coconut bikini sweater tonight in Coquitlam.
BC: We were going to do a Christmas thing, maybe we should go there.
BE: Yeah I was in Whistler the other day and it looks beautiful right now as well.
BC: Oh that’s where I am going for Christmas!
BE: Whistler is amazing.
BC: This is my first time going and I haven’t skied since I was a kid, so I am so excited.
BE: Now you’re from Massachusetts right?
BC: Yes I am.
BE: How are you enjoying life on the west coast?
BC: I love Massachusetts, I lived there until I was 11 and then moved to L.A., so I’ve lived in L.A. for my adult life. I wimped out, my blood thinned out and I’ve become bitchy about the weather *laughs*. I get cold really easy now unfortunately, my Massachusetts blood has left me completely. I love being up in Vancouver though, because I love seeing the seasons change. I am nostalgic for that. I love fall. Fall is probably my favorite. I do love it up here.
BE: Alright, I will get back on track now. I guess you know by now, here in the Pacific Northwest, we can’t stop talking about the Pacific Northwest once we start.
BC: It’s so great though! You guys all love where you live so much.
BE: So what other projects do you have coming up here soon besides The Magicians?
BC: Yeah, so the movie I was talking about filming at the same time I had my audition for The Magicians, it’s called The Man From Earth: Holocene. It’s this Science Fiction film also.
BE: I actually just saw a preview for that.
BC: I know it had a limited release and then I think there is another release in January. But, yeah it’s the follow up to The Man From Earth which was a cult sci-fi hit. I also did a horror film called Captured. I play this punk rock singer in it and I think it’s coming out sometime in 2018.
BE: You mention playing a punk singer. I remember you singing on the musical episode of The Magicians. Do you have a background in music?
BC: Yeah you’re right I did the musical number last year and it was so much fun. I have a little bit yeah, I was in choir in middle school and I would sing here and there. It actually wasn’t until The Magicians though that I really got into it and started to enjoy it on another level. I am trying to work on it a little more now after singing casually my whole life. Doing a Les Mis’ number was so much fun and I love old movies, like old Gene Kelly movies, so I really need to get my shit together, so I can do something like that.
BE: Final question since 2017 is coming to an end. We’re getting ready to do our end of the year music lists here at Lemonade, what music did you enjoy most in 2017?
BC: I am like an 80 year old woman at heart. All of my favorite music is from The Sound of Music and Led Zeppelin. I have been listening to Bing Crosby and Edith Piaf on repeat for the last six months! Hold on…let me ask my boyfriend *laughs*, I am so pathetic, I am asking my boyfriend.
BC: Oh my God…he just said “No you are like an 80 year old woman” *laughs*
BE: Perfect! *laughs*
BC: I am not cool at all Brandon! I am not hip!
BE: That’s ok, here at Lemonade, that is basically our motto.
BC: Well I fit in perfectly with all of you guys then.
Make sure to watch Brittany Curran in Season 3 of The Magicians on SyFy or if you need to catch up, head on over to Netflix for Seasons 1 & 2! Also check out the official trailer for Season 3 below.
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine