Meet April Telek. This lovely and talented actress loved playing Darla from the season six episode of ‘Supernatural’ called ‘Frontierland’, and she returns to the CW hit show this Wed. April 27, 2016 playing the role of Etta in ‘The Chitters’. April really enjoyed that part adding that “as an actress, it is so fun to play ugly.” Yet ugly she is not. This beautiful blonde Vancouver, BC born actress started out in the biz as a child actress and international model, and lucky for her fans she continued on with a focus on acting. Her filmography runs off the page with roles in shows such as the TV series’ ‘Rogue’, and ‘Hell on Wheels’, the film ‘Flight 93’, and so many more.
Colleen Bement: I remember you so well from your character of Darla from the season six episode “Frontierland”. Now you’re back for this week’s episode. How did the cast and crew welcome you back to the set?
April Telek: It was very cute. Considering it was a couple of centuries later from my last appearance, I was covered in herpes, and no longer had main profession as working on my back, some of the crew didn’t actually recognize me. But then they were like oh April, hi! I did know most the people–and the cast was very warm and welcoming. They are an incredible crew from start to finish in every department. Even yesterday I was renewing my Nexus card for fast travel to the states, and even the immigration guy was like so, you’re a professional actress . I said Supernatural, and he said you know, everybody talks about how fabulous those people are. Like every actor that comes in through him at the airport talks about ‘Supernatural’, and everybody has something fabulous to say about the show.
CB: What new projects do you have in the works that you’re allowed to tell us about?
AT: In the fall I wrapped ‘Little Pink House’ with Catherine Keener, and that was a special experience. I was a huge fan of Catherine, and I just wanted to basically bask in her brilliance for a day. I said yes. Size of the role–not important. Basking in her brilliance? Hells yes. It turned into an incredible experience of mutual collaboration. I was literally thrust into the scene with not being told what the scene was about. Just make something up and have a quick improv with Catherine. And I did and it went so well, and at the end of that take she said to me “who are you? You’re fabulous. Let’s play.” They threw me in more and more scenes throughout the day.
CB: ‘Flight 93’ was intense and tough for me to experience. How does it feel to have played a role in such an important film?
AT: It was a very difficult experience because I felt such an immense amount of pressure to portray a woman who was real, experiencing the worse moment of her life. She lost her husband in the process, and to be as truthful to that with as little contact with the actual with the person herself, but I read her book and pulled in everything I could to be as truthful in the moment that I could be. I hope I did the role justice and I hope she is pleased.
CB: I just have to bring up your work on the TV Series ‘Aliens in America’. I felt that was brilliant how with so many possibilities, and was sad when it was cancelled. What can you share about your experience on the set?
AT: There were a lot of people who were really sad to see that show go. I don’t know what happened, but it was such a fun environment to film in. Everybody had such a great attitude. They were very free with the words, whereas most network television they are word specific–you don’t change a word in a line. They embraced out comedic ability and wanted us to go with it. It was a fun experience to be able to just play on set.
From it I had a wonderful turn of events. The show ‘Rogue’ with Thandie Newton and Cole Hauser. I got brought in for a “recurring role” and I’m going to go in and have the attitude that this is going to turn into something. Sure enough, my three little lines for the audition for the role in season two turned into six out of ten episodes. Then the whole show moved to Toronto and they brought me back for season three where I got to work with the brilliant Richard Schiff. I just got a call that they’re bringing me back for season four, so it was like my tiny little recurring role, turned in to three seasons.
CB: Are you a fan of comics or superheroes?
AT: I grew up reading ‘Archie’, but I loved Archie comics, and it’s fabulous, have you heard that they’re doing Riverdale? They just did a pilot and it’s very dark–almost David “Lynchish.”
I’m currently obsessed with ‘The Walking Dead’ and those graphic novels. I like heros that have a dark side, yet they’re vulnerable. One of my favorites would be the Joker in ‘The Dark Knight.’ I love ‘Daredevil’. In the last few years people have been calling me oh Elektra/Telektra. Superhero Elektra. I love all that sci-fi stuff.