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 01 December, 2016
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Here are Laura’s scenes from VAN HELSING‘s eleventh episode Last Time. The group is rapidly depleting, and Dmitri (Paul Johansson) were excellent. Laura’s last episode airs on 16 December 2016. And by the way, I do not edit my screencaps. They are supposed to be raw for you to use in your artwork projects.

 30 November, 2016
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Laura gave an interview with SciFi & TVTalk on her role of Rebecca from VAN HELSING. Here Laura discusses the character and her motivations, also how she got the part, and how she researched to play the part. She also discusses the good vibes she received from the producers on her role. Read on.

Predator & Prey – Interview with Van Helsing’s Laura Mennell

From the will-bending Nina Theroux in Alphas, to the otherworldly Dr. Charlotte Cross in Haven, and prosecuting attorney Samantha Turner in Motive, Laura Mennell always manages to captivate as well as entertain audiences with her varied and multi-layered performances. She is doing so yet again in her current role as the seductive, cunning and bloodthirsty vampire Rebecca in Van Helsing. The Canadian-born actress’s sharp-toothed TV alter ego has very wisely secured a place for herself at the top of her kind’s food chain in an apocalyptic world where vampires have taken over and are using what remains of humanity to sustain themselves as well as satisfy their other dark and twisted desires. For Mennell, both the show (which was recently renewed for a second season) and the character were as irresistible as blood types A, B or O are to Rebecca.

“I first heard about Val Helsing when asked to audition for the character of Rebecca, but then I began to learn more about the series and thought there was so much potential with it,” notes Mennell. “Neil LeBute was attached to the show [as creator/executive producer], and he’s done so many amazing projects, including [the 2001 feature film] The Shape of Things, which I personally love. There’s such interesting subtext to his writing and you have people playing games with each other, both of which add a tremendous amount of depth to a story. Van Helsing is so different from his other work, and I just thought that Neil would be able to put a new spin on the whole vampire genre.

“That alone was pretty much a good reason for me to want to become involved with the show, and I also felt that the role of Rebecca would be such fun as well as out of the ordinary for me. Quite frankly, I loved the idea of doing something a lot darker and edgier. That’s the joy of being an actor – you get to try new things. I had played a vampire before, which was great, but it was more of a Victorian, romanticized and traditional version. So I was excited to see Val Helsing was breaking the mold and aiming for something far grittier and raw. That’s a big part of why I decided to jump onboard.”

In Van Helsing’s series opener, Help Me, which is set in 2019, it has been three years since “The Rising,” when Earth was overrun by vampires following a volcanic eruption at Yellowstone that released black ash into the atmosphere and filtered out most of the sunlight. Hidden away inside a barricaded hospital and kept under guard, Vanessa Van Helsing (Kelly Overton), a single mother and descendant of the world’s most famous of all vampire hunters, suddenly wakes from a coma. Despite suffering major blood loss and life-threatening wounds – the result of a vampire attack in 2016 – she now appears to be completely healed. Unbeknownst to Vanessa, her blood not only increases her body’s natural regenerative abilities, but can also transform a vampire back into a human. News of her existence reaches the local vampire broods, including one led by Dimitri (Paul Johansson), a powerful and influential bloodsucker who, along with his cohort Rebecca, wants to know more about this potential threat to their future. Mennell had quite a memorable introduction to the show’s post-apocalyptic world as well as her character.

“First of all, I was incredibly impressed by just how accessible and really engaged all the producers were, along with, of course, the rest of the cast as well as crew,” says the actress. “Here was an easygoing group of professionals who all loved this project and were genuinely working hard to make it happen, which is another reason why it was so great to find out that the show had been picked up for another season. As far as my first day on-set, the first scene I shot was the one where Rebecca devours the poor young man in her vampire lair. So I wasn’t really given much of a chance to sort of gently and leisurely dip my toe into this new world. I pretty much jumped into the deep end with everyone else from the moment I started, and we ended up having a lot of weird and yet darkly wonderful fun.

“When it comes to my character, Rebecca is very fierce, displays oddly animalistic tendencies, and can be seductive in order to have her needs met. Rebecca is also obsessive about maintaining her own hierarchical position in the vampire order, and to do so, she must constantly appease Dimitri. That’s kind of her in a nutshell. Acting-wise, I guess one of the challenges for me when initially stepping into this role was rationalizing, if you can, those bloody moments when vampires go in for the kill. I wanted to wrap my head around that a little bit more in a creative way to better feed my imagination when playing her.

“So I did some research on animals when they hunt and what’s called their prey drive. That’s when things started to click for me. I mean, my little cat is normally the sweetest guy in the world, but I’ve watched as he suddenly becomes transfixed when his hardwired predatory habits take over. Being a vegetarian, I have some horrible memories of seeing him behave that way, but that was also oddly helpful to me in getting into my character’s headspace at the beginning of the season. Rebecca exhibits some pretty strange vampiric behavior and she’ll definitely maintain quite a dark and bizarre presence throughout the season.”

While Dimitri and Rebecca are both equally interested in finding Vanessa and learning more about her, they may not be in total agreement as to why this is so vital to them and their kind. “There is no denying that Dimitri is the ringleader,” says Mennell. “He’s been around longer than anyone, and I’ve always felt that he sought out Rebecca and groomed her for the position she’s in today. Yes, she’s clearly in a power position because of him, but Rebecca is also a cunning and strong vampire who’s proven that she owns that position.

“So their relationship is a fascinating one, and I think it’s also fun to watch as they search for Vanessa. This mysterious woman is almost like a human/vampire hybrid, although obviously more human, and the mere thought of someone who can to turn vampires back into humans is amazing. Now, you would assume that she would be seen simply as a threat, but I thought it was interesting when Rebecca said that Vanessa could, in fact, be their future. My character is trying to convince Dimitri that this woman could be the key to maintaining or heightening the vampires’ existence to wherever they go from here. So Vanessa could be of great worth to them, and I think it’s going to be an interesting ride for the audience to see where Rebecca and Dimitri go when it comes to Vanessa.”

With Van Helsing’s season one finale still weeks away, is there anything spoiler-free that Mennell can reveal about what fans can look forward to? “The season finale is incredible and Kelly Overton is just fantastic in it,” enthuses the actress. “She’s the perfect kickass heroine and I love to watch her work. There’s a great deal of action in this episode and I think the fans are going to love it. We have an awesome stunt coordinator, Kimani Ray Smith, and he really outdid himself with this one. His work shines throughout the whole season, but what Kimani put together for the season finale is fantastic. Again, it’s such a great episode and pretty epic.”

Besides Van Helsing, the actress can be seen in an upcoming episode of the new Sci-Fi series Travelers (currently airing on Canada’s Showcase Network and coming to the States this December on Netflix) as well as the crime drama/documentary series Real Detective. “I loved working on Travelers, and Eric McCormack [FBI Special Agent Grant MacLaren] is a lovely man,” says Mennell. “He’s the real deal and so much fun to work with as well as a nice person to be around. The rest of the cast as well as the crew on Travelers are amazing, too. I can’t give away too much about my character, but I play a lawyer in the episode, and a pretty tough one at that.

“With Real Detective, I have a huge guest-star part in it, and I had the pleasure of working on that show up in Montreal with Anthony Lemke, a really great guy who you probably know from Dark Matter [as Three/Marcus Boone]. The episode was directed by Michel Poulette, an extremely well-known Quebec director who’s fantastic to work with as well. The show was quite an interesting as well as unusual one to shoot because you’re reenacting real-life cases. In this episode, it was the case of Tammy Armstrong, who killed her boyfriend John Maier. You’re only given so much information to work with; you know the general facts of the case and some things got quite detailed, but, for example, I never had any footage of her. Certain things like that were just not accessible, but that didn’t make the work any less enjoyable and I’m curious to see how it turned out.”

Steve Eramo

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 24 November, 2016
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So sorry these are late getting posted. I’ve had some computer problems …. AGAIN! And I’m in the process of building another site…that I couldn’t work on due to the computer issues. Seriously, when it rains it pours. Fortunately all the computer issues are laid to rest (for now) and it’s back to business. Sadly though we only have two more episodes of Laura as Rebecca in VAN HELSING left. This season has seemed to fly past. While a truncated season is good on some levels, it sort of makes it a bit hard when you’re just getting into a new show. Also I’ve been a teeny bit disappointed with Laura’s screen time, or lack thereof. I’m hoping going into season two we get more of Rebecca’s backstory with her perhaps moved up to more of a regular.

 07 November, 2016
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I had these done on Halloween, but I had a bit of a personal issue I had to deal with and things just got behind. So here is one of Laura’s first films. Here she’s positively horrid as Susan LeGrow, The Bound Woman in this stylish film from director Steve Beck. The film is quite unique in its design and how it utilizes the steampunk look in the machines the world uses. It’s a good film, very scary when you see it for the first time. I know it has callbacks to a trilogy of films I remember from the late 80s and early 90s. Those were the Hellraiser films based on the original novella The Hellbound Heart written by horror genius Clive Barker. The whole house set reminds me of a giant Lamarchand’s Configuration Box from the films. And of course Laura had a very small “blink and you’ll miss her” role.

 02 November, 2016
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Somehow I got industriously bored and created over fifty avatars of Laura from her role of Nina Theroux from ALPHAS. They’re added to the new Icons & Avatars section of the site. I hope you enjoy. These are for message board profiles, social media accounts, and pretty much anything you’re heart desires. Click on the image below and enjoy.

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 31 October, 2016
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Well, John’s at it again. I had hoped with a few days breather, he would cease and desist. Looks like that’s not likely. Here’s what he has said in a recent post (posted here under Fair Use for the purpose of commentary).

This page is focused on Positivity also cause Laura is about Positivity & Laura has said She does Not like negativity in this world & believes people should have Kindness & Empathy for each other 🙂 So i think She will enjoy that this page is more Positive. I still share links to the other Fansite & interview by another fan cause I’m also about Positivity & Kindness. This isn’t a page with alot of negativity posts. Anyways I think the other Fansite could have been trying to make Laura choose between us cause it doesn’t matter to that Fan since She has like over 30 other Fansites about other celebritys so She has nothing to lose by doing that. She can keep the super negative articles about me on her page as it will only just show negativity.

I’m not going to let anything like that get in the way of running this Fanpage.

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SOURCE: LAURA MENNELL FAN PAGE

Like Laura, I am all about positivism. I don’t like confrontation, nor do I like negative feelings. However, there comes a time when one has to defend oneself against attacks of a nature that are designed to target my integrity. Above all else a person’s integrity is paramount and John by the very nature of his taking what should have been a private thing public, he more or less dropped the gauntlet that could not go unanswered by me. He in effect slandered me. And again I am allowed to defend myself with the truth, not his ridiculous meanderings. It was never ever about one upping him. He claims that as a fan of Laura’s I’m somehow not a fan because I have other interests outside of Laura? The other fansites I have are, like this one, dedicated to people I have come to respect as much as I do Laura. Having come to Laura through my love of David Strathairn who played the part of Dr. Lee Rosen on the Syfy Channel’s program ALPHAS, I was impressed by Laura and her other co-star Warren Christie. But had it not been for David I would never have found either of them. John also doesn’t understand that I have a longer history of film and television than he has, and all of my fansites are just as valid as this one is for my reasons for creating them. I have very much to lose with all of them. All of them are equal in my eyes. All of them are my babies. The first one in particular dedicated to actress Tamara Braun having gone online back in 2006, and through that and the building of the others, I learned much in order to bring to this one what I have in terms of content and layout. And I know this might be very difficult for John to understand, but one can have more than one love. If someone were to have three children, does a mother love one more than the other two? I think not.

John says his page has a lot of “negative posts”… Well that’s on him alone. It’s not to do with me. Had he an actual understanding of what his actions did, then he might not have such negativity on his page. As for whether I want Laura to choose this site over his…. Ridiculous. More idiocy on his behalf. John once said to me about [paraphrasing] “Laura’s fandom is still young….” Yes it is. It is very young and one thing I know about these dedications people will choose the one that better serves their particular need. Whether that be a simple Tumblr page, or a full blown site… it doesn’t matter. John belittles Laura’s fans by saying what he did about wanting Laura to choose. I would never expect Laura to choose. That is both hubris and hyperbole on his behalf, and more of John’s showing he still hasn’t a grasp on what he’s done. We could still be honouring Laura by simply doing what I was asking him in the first place by not tagging Laura each and every time he had something to say to me. I think the word is decorum. And to insinuate that this site doesn’t matter to me as I have the others….. The amount of time I spend on each site is on a case-by-case basis depending on the amount of work the particular subject of the site has been doing, and our Laura is very busy with both VAN HELSING and TRAVELERS. Warren Christie is also busy due to his new show Eyewitness, so for the most part I’m spending a lot of time on their sites as oppose to say my site for veteran actor Keir Dullea (2001: A Space Odyssey), whose show The Path is on hiatus. With my site for retired actor and friend Jon Cypher, most of the work is done as I get the photos, stills, screencaps and whatnot to go into it. Most of the other people I have sites on are not currently working or working on projects due out in the future, so there’s no reason to work on any of them. But again for John to even dare say that Laura doesn’t mean as much to me as the others is another instance of his behaviour going unchecked, and I want to thank John for belittling well respected stage and theatre actors, one who appeared in one of the most well respected, and influential films of all time in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Not to mention a person Laura has worked with personally and who she considers a friend in David Strathairn.

As for my “super negative articles” I have written about him here, see this is called defending myself against his ridiculous rantings. I am more than willing to delete these posts as I did the last time John attacked me, however, I’m tired of having him rant without my giving the truth, again, of what actually happened. And I want to thank those of you who have written me privately to give both your support to this site, and for your kind words to me personally. Unlike John, those communications will remain private because that’s how one conducts themselves in society. That’s called respect and kindness. Two things John has as yet to understand. I have banned John from viewing this site in all ways. He apparently went someplace to view it through another IP and thought I wouldn’t know. So I have banned a range of IPs I feel he might use. That’s the power of a personal website. He may still block me on social media and have his acolytes there, but he still does not and never will have the truth. That ban will not lift until I get that apology I am entitled to. I’m not vindictive and hate all that has happened, but I cannot and will not lie down and take it. I don’t have to. It’s real easy to sit behind a pseudonym on the internet. But my name is out there. I use my real name and as such it is being smeared, and I don’t like it one bit. If he truly wants to be positive, he can unblock me on social media, apologize, then see how magnanimous I will be. But I’ll always be cautious. Twice bitten, three times shy.

So the moral of this story is: Don’t start the shit if you don’t want it hurled back at you. And with that, business as usual…..

 31 October, 2016
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I’ve just created a new section to this site. It’s called LAURA MENNELL ONLINE :: ICONS & ARTIFACTS. The section will be for all art created by me or submitted by fans to the site. So far it’s pretty bare and I’ll be adding things as I come to them. I just wanted to let you know about it.

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 28 October, 2016
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I have Laura’s television movie A COUNTRY WEDDING for you. Here she plays the part of Catherine, a pretty vacuous Fasionista actress who wants the perfect wedding to her intended groom, Bradley played by Jesse Metcalfe who currently stars on the Hallmark Channel’s new series Chesapeake Shores also starring actor Treat Williams. You just knew from the opening scene Catherine was a piece of work. In the wedding dress photography scene one could almost expect Catherine to break out in a chorus of Madonna’s Material Girl. Yeah, right! An alternative to the story, Bradley goes back home to see to his affairs there and Catherine comes with him. Seeing the pluses of decompressing from such a vacant life, Catherine takes off the Daenaerys Stormborn wig and decides to live there with her beloved. I don’t know, just something a little less formulaic I suppose. Too funny was also Lauren Holly as Margaret, Catherine’s wedding planner. Lauren was in two other projects with Laura, that of MOTIVE where Laura played ADA Samantha Turner, and also ALPHAS where Laura played Nina Theroux. It’s so nice to get back to business.

 27 October, 2016
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After a bit of a thought on it, I’ve decided NOT to remove the site. I started this as a tribute to Laura and her work. And I’ve had some contact with some of her fans thanking me for the work, and due to one person’s nonsense I’m not going to let that all go to waste. So if you guys are still with me, I’m here for the long haul.

 25 October, 2016
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Laura’s latest episode of VAN HELSING for you. My gosh Rebecca is a little vixen. The website Fangs for the Fantasy had this to say about Laura as Rebecca, “Ominous sexy vampire….” I’m in total agreement. I’m still waiting for more of Rebecca and for her story to be told. This episode was directed by Canadian actress Amanda Tapping. Amanda is well known for her ten years on the SciFi series Stargate: SG-1 as Lt. Colonel Samantha Carter. Great to see Amanda moving behind the camera. This episode was very good and the whole ambiance is pretty thick in terms of colour.