Jason Priestley finds haven in Haven

Looking for a little paranormal activity? Haven returns for a second season Monday night at 10 p.m. on Showcase. It premiered last Friday on Syfy.I had the opportunity to re-visit the set out in Chester, N.S., in May. The series is produced out of a local hockey rink and everything inside is friendly and low key.
The big get for season two of the supernatural cop drama is Jason Priestley (right). He was in Nova Scotia anyway working season two of his TMN/Movie Central comedy series Call Me Fitz when his old pal Shawn Pillers (The Dead Zone) called him up and asked him to moonlight on Haven. Read more about how that deal went down here in this feature I wrote for The Toronto Star.
Priestley was pretty laid back himself by the time I caught up with him upstairs in the hockey rink, which has been converted into a production office. He says he’s mellowed quite a bit from his wild and crazy Hollywood days now that he’s a family man with two young kids. He’s even gotten rid of what used to be a pretty kick-ass car collection, including a rare Alpha Romero roadster as well as a classic Cord from the ‘30s. “At the end of the day,” he says, “I only had one ass—plus it cost me a lot of money to take care of them all the time.”

The other stars of Haven–Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour and Emily Rose, left–all seem pretty chummy which is good considering they camp for five months together in Chester. It is, as Rose suggests, a long way from the back lot at Warner Bros. Read more about how living and working far from their Los Angeles homes works for the actors here at this story I filed this past week for The Canadian Press.
Plus check out the video posts I shot with the cast while out in Chester, they’ll be up later tonight.

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