Ask Serinda Swan about her series "Coroner" and she may need to know where you're from to answer. The series just debuted on The CW in the U.S. but has already aired two seasons in Canada and also airs in other countries as well. Swan plays a coroner who is committed to being a voice for the dead. (Aug. 7)
- It is my mission as coroner to speak for the dead so that I can protect the living.
SERINDA SWAN: It was a big challenge to do because, obviously, she has preexisted in MR Hall's books. Because it was a best-selling book series in the UK. But she is a different age she is in a different country.
There's a lot of differences, but I wanted to find sort of those idiosyncrasies and the similarities that I could flesh out.
- I want to re-examine Kevin and Daniel's bodies myself.
- You can't. I released them.
- (WHISPERING) What?
- I released them.
- [SCOFFS] You're fired.
SERINDA SWAN: And I think that's one of the things that our show does very well is it shows the humanity and the job. So I'm a human who happens to be a coroner, not a coroner who happens to be a human.
And I think in the past we focused so much on the job and the cases, and then you get the sort of little sprinkling of humanity in there.
And what really drew me to this show was the ability to be able to see the humanness of Jenny and understand that she can be broken and crying on the floor because she's having a panic attack but show the ability to be able to pick up her phone and still work and still be able to-- you know, she's cracked, not broken.
I was abroad because I didn't think that Canadian television was up to the standards that it is. And I was like, no, no, I need to come home. I need to reinvest. I need to make sure that, you know, I'm part of the reason why there's gonna be a new face to Canadian television.
And I have to put my face out there. So, yeah, it was a dice roll. We had no idea, but I was like, I'm gonna do some really hard work, and I'm gonna try to get this puppy around the world.
So it feels really amazing that we're having this conversation because, you know, two-and-a-half years ago we didn't know what would happen.