Last spring, “Vampire Diaries” fans were devastated to lose Sara Canning when the villainous Klaus sacrificed her character, Jenna, in his lust for power. Luckily, Canning didn’t bother to take much time off after Jenna’s tragic death.
She headed back to her native Vancouver eight months ago, and has since played a wide variety of characters — she’ll appear as the bounty hunter title character in Hallmark’s upcoming “Hannah’s Law,” and recently wrapped the comedy “I Think I Do” in Edmonton.
This week, we’ll see her return to The CW on “Supernatural” as one of Dean’s “work-out partners” (as he describes it in the exclusive clip above) who turns out to be much, much more than he bargained for.
Spoiler alert: She’s having his baby. Quickly.
“It’s funny, because you audition with certain expectations, and then later you find out the full extent of what the character arc is,” Canning tells us. “I was like, ‘Oh! Okay?’ It was so fun because everybody was talking about it like ‘What? A one night stand with Dean?’ and for me, yeah, the one night stand with Dean was great, but the actual motivation behind it is what interested me, because it’s so crazy. The mythology behind it is pretty cool. I was excited about that stuff.”
Let’s just say it speaks to Canning’s professional grace that she was more intrigued by the mythology than the opportunity to hit the sheets with Dean Winchester. (“I have a really tough job,” she teases. “I’m trying to get your sympathy here, but I’m sensing that it’s not working.”)
Of course, those sexy scenes can be awkward to shoot. “It’s weird. Actors are expected to always just be ready to go. ‘Okay, now we’re in this room, and clothes are flying off,'” Canning says. “It’s always a strange thing, but Jensen is really such a gentleman. I couldn’t help but read the script and think ‘Oh, boy. This is going to
be crazy.’ He’s wonderful, though. I couldn’t have asked for a better
actor or a more generous actor. He was so gracious and considerate of how I was feeling the whole time — not to mention, he’s a lot of fun. He made everything nice and comfortable.”
As you can see in the clip, Dean does take an interest in Lydia beyond just their steamy encounter, but to Sam’s amusement, she’s got far too much on her mind to be concerned about a repeat performance. Lydia’s pregnancy moves at the speed of light, and by the third day, the child — now appearing to be a teenager — comes a-knocking on Dean’s door.
“The show’s called ‘Supernatural,’ so people are ready for those kinds of situations on the show, even though I’ve heard that this one is pretty crazy even by their standards,” she says. “It was really fun for me to drop in on that show. They were so great. They’re such wonderful people to work with, and it was fun to be part of The CW family again.”
If you miss seeing Canning on TV as much as we do, you’re in luck. While there are no plans for a return to “The Vampire Diaries” — ghostly or otherwise — as of yet, she’s got lots on the horizon. “Hannah’s Law” premieres June 10 on The Hallmark Movie Channel, and fans will get to see a whole new side of Canning as her character avenges the death of her family. “I Think I Do” doesn’t have a release date yet, but “TVD” fans are in for a treat as the ensemble rom-com reunites Canning with a fellow fallen vampire, Mia Kirshner.
In the meantime, of course, tune in this Friday Feb. 3 to see her end Dean’s considerably long dry spell. It’s a rough job, but somebody’s got to do it.