2014 Planet Comicon: Zoie Palmer Panel
Onto the stage comes Zoie Palmer, and the already full room fills again with applause. She plays Dr. Lauren Lewis on the SyFy Channel original series Lost Girl. The show obviously has many fans, and most of them here at Planet Comicon have been waiting weeks to see Ms. Palmer. It’s immediately apparent that Palmer’s personality is saturated with a delightful sort of quick wit and dryness, to which she attributes her British heritage. From the moment she takes a seat, it’s obvious what joy the audience takes in listening to Palmer’s talkativeness.
But the panel starts right away with questions from the audience, which gets lively at the immediate mention of her character’s likewise lively sex life. The number of gay and lesbian characters in TV has increased significantly in the last few years, but Dr. Lewis’s sexual fluidity has especially been making ripples for the past four years.
When asked what she likes most about Lost Girl, Palmer thinks before she mentions how it actually doesn’t seem to capitalize on the differences among people for any particular reason. “It never references the obviousness of the differences in the show,” she says. “There’s a message about accepting people for who they are, and I’m proud to be a part of a show with such a message because we’ve all felt different at one point or another.”
Then a fan asks this question: “Is it easier to kiss a woman or a man?” Palmer launches into a fit of giggles before she answers. “Well, since they both have lips it’s all been pretty easy.”
Another fan brings up an episode in season four in which Palmer’s character sings. She replies that any time she gets to do something unusual on camera, it’s a lot of fun – but she still gets nervous when she thinks about the world watching her sing. Acting, though, always came naturally. Palmer begins to talk about what made her want to be an actor in the first place. “I kinda decided I wanted to become an actress watching Meryl Streep. I’ve wanted to be an actress since I was 5 or 6,” she says. “It’s a really cool thing, performing, and to act with someone….that’s a pretty intimate thing. That’s what I like.”
The most difficult thing for Palmer about acting on Lost Girl is definitely the language. “Sometimes the dialogue for me is really challenging,” she says. “There are times I just try to get the words out of my face. There’s not only a lot of medical jargon I have to say, it’s a lot of science-fiction medical jargon, so none of those things that I say actually exist.”
But the thing about Palmer that made my heart swell is the fact that she’s a certifiable nerd. When asked what shows she watches or would want to watch, she said, “Orphan Black! I mean they shoot just down the street from us [in Toronto], so I should watch it. And Tatiana Maslany is just brilliant, right?”
Mid-way through the panel, Palmer stops and makes sure that the fans know one really important thing: “It’s really a privilege to get to meet you. I totally get that the only reason we’re on the air is because of the fans.”