Álainn or Appallin’: Anna Silk
From Cassidy Holland on Being Erica to Lost Girl’s Bo, Anna Silk has a lot for us queer girls to admire. Born in Canada in 1974 this beauty was raised by a mother with some resume, playwright, director, actor and producer Ilkay Silk introduced her daughter to the world of acting at a very young age. Starting off in commercials Anna has gone on to make her name both in Canada and in the US, living in Los Angeles since 2009.
I first became aware of Silk when watching addictive repeats of Being Erica, she was only in three episodes but they are the ones I remember most. Why? Well who wouldn’t? Silk’s character Cassidy made the lead character think once or twice about having a romantic relationship with her and no one watching could blame her. The arc was short lived on screen but we all remember it, mainly due to Anna’s amazing presence on screen.
Anna has been in several movies made for TV and has popped up in popular TV shows like The Ghost Whisperer however, it is as Bo on Showcase’s Lost Girl that Silk’s star is really shining. The second season has just begun and I can’t tell you how much I have been looking forward to it. I watched episode three last night and was stuck to it till I realised I really needed to blink. I turned to my housemate and heard myself say “I’m not really a boob woman, but for some reason….”
The show is a supernatural drama built around the Fae, people with mythical abilities that feed off human emotion. In Bo’s case she is a succubus and feeds of sexual energy, I know, genius eh! Bo has a best friend who has the funniest one liners of all time and is expertly played by Ksenia Solo. Of course things get complicated for our bisexual hero and she finds herself in the middle of a love triangle. Will she go for Dyson, the werewolf who doesn’t own a shirt? Or will she plumb for the sexy doctor, Lauren, played by the gorgeous Zoie Palmer? No prizes for guessing who I’m up for.
The show is massively popular, it’s debut in 2010 was the highest-rated Canadian scripted series premiere of all time on Showcase. Season one only had 13 episodes but season two is set to have 22, welcome news to those of us who can’t get enough of this supernatural world. Silk manages to keep her character at the centre of your attention, even though she is surrounded by such wonderful characters and plots. She also has real chemistry with both romantic leads, not an easy task. Her character is learning about this mythical world as we are and we are in her corner all the way thanks to Anna’s ability to make her so ‘normal’ and likable, in a totally unrealistic world.
So what do you think of this Canadian beauty, Alainn or Appalling?