Fans of vampire lore are looking forward to Netflix’s upcoming series “V Wars”, but this is not your typical vampire tale.
The premise of “V Wars” involves climate change causing polar ice caps to melt, which releases a deadly virus that had been trapped in the ice causing those infected to develop an unquenchable thirst for human blood — who come to be called “Bloods”.
“Dr. Luther Swann (Ian Somerhalder) enters a world of untold horror when a mysterious disease transforms his best friend, Michael Fayne (Adrian Holmes), into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans,” reads the Netflix synopsis. “As the disease spreads and more people are transformed, society fractures into opposing camps pitting normal people against the growing number of these ‘vampires’. Swann races against time to understand what’s happening, while Fayne rises to become the powerful underground leader of the vampires.”
Also starring is Laura Vandervoort as a woman named Mila, who is transformed into a Blood yet finds herself caught in the middle of the conflict.
“As a quiet introverted woman, becoming a vampire, the nature of a vampire, goes against everything Mila believes in,” says Vandervoort in an interview with ET Canada. “Mila doesn’t have an aggressive bone in her body. She can’t allow herself to succumb to her new urges, however in doing so risks her life trying to do the right thing, becoming isolated and plotting revenge. Mila staves off her thirst for fresh blood and aggression by feeding from blood bags stolen from labs. She fights against her new nature as her anger for her sister builds. Mila becomes an anti-blood vigilante in the war uprising — a Robin Hood/slayer in a sense, for the humankind.”
Having played a werewolf in “Bitten” and now a vampire in “V Wars”, which does she prefer?
“I certainly have a type, don’t I?” she jokes. “It wouldn’t be right for me to pick a favourite child. Both have benefits.”
However, she admits she’s found the similarities between Elena in “Bitten” and Mila on “V Wars” to be “rather startling. I hadn’t realized it until recently. Both turned against their will, both photographers, both torn by whom they have become, both looking to right wrongs in the world.”
Asked why she thinks people love seeing her in these types of roles, Vandervoort replies, “I honestly have no idea! I am, however, grateful that audiences continue to embrace me! I truly love what I do!”
Much like her role on “Bitten”, Vandervoort’s role is a very physical one. “Mila certainly doesn’t shy away from fighting for what she feels is right,” she says. “I did do the fight sequences, similar to ‘Bitten’, whenever our stunt co-ordinator felt comfortable with — which was all of my stunts for season one of ‘V Wars’,” she says with a laugh. “Mila has a particular weapon of choice which took a little getting used to. Thankfully my martial arts background has come in handy for many of my roles.”
Vandervoort thinks viewers are going to see a very different type of vampire series, one that has an underlying message at its core.
“I hope that fans find themselves surprisingly torn between the two sides at war,” she says. “I hope they feel compassion for characters when they hadn’t expected to. I hope they truly understand and see the subtext laid out in the series about humanity and how we treat one another.”
Meanwhile, Vandervoort is already looking ahead to her next project, revealing that she’s recently started working behind the camera, developing and producing projects. “After nearly 22 years in this business I wanted to experience the other side of the camera,” she explains. “I wanted to tell stories that I believe in, control the content and hire locally.”
Her most recent project is a film, “Age of Dysphoria”, which she developed and exec-produced alongside Jessica Petelle, “who also directed it with precision.” Starring Canadian film and TV icon Gordon Pinsent, the film was shot in Toronto with an all-Canadian crew and cast. “We are so proud of the film and currently submitting to festivals,” she adds.
“Despite the sci-fi genre being so kind to me, I also seek to expand as an actor outside of the genre and behind the camera, which I have slowly been doing over the years,” she says, noting that her production company is currently developing a comedy feature with Piller/Segan (which produced such series as “Haven” and “The Dead Zone”) and a thriller feature with J.B. Sugar (who worked with Vandervoort on “Bitten”) and Ella Myers from No Equal Entertainment.
“V Wars” premieres Friday, Dec. 6.