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Supernatural Welcomes New Girls

Katie Cassidy and Lauren Cohan, who will join the cast of The CW's Supernatural in the upcoming third season, told SCI FI Wire that their characters were brought on to be adversaries to the two main characters, not necessarily love interests.

"I know that these characters are being brought on to be ass-kickers," Cohan said in an interview at the Television Critics Association press tour on July 20. "My character is being brought on to compete with the boys."

The boys are Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles), who drive around the country hunting demons while dealing with their own personal issues and possible curses.

"My character is basically a mercenary," Cohan said. "So she's out as a solo artist. She has her own agenda, and she's very centered and focused on what she's doing. She has her hands on a lot of the stuff the boys need, and she sells it. And she's very much about negotiating. And sparks may fly between her and the boys. Sparks may fly between Ruby and the boys. I think there's going to be some fighting before there's any romance."

Cohan's character, Bela, will join the cast in the third episode, which airs Oct. 18. Cassidy (the daughter of '70s teen idol David Cassidy), meanwhile, will appear in the season premiere as Ruby, a fellow demon hunter who lands in the path of the Winchester brothers.

Cassidy said that while her character will be fighting on the side of good, she won't be making the boys' lives any easier.

"She's definitely a demon hunter on their side, but she also likes to stir up a little trouble," Cassidy said. "Ruby is a demon hunter, definitely kick-ass, bad-ass. A little bit mysterious. Definitely manipulative. Loves to be in control of the situation. She's always a couple steps [ahead] of everybody else. But she's got everything together. She's on top of it. And she knows what she wants, and she's out to get it."

The two actresses initially auditioned for the opposite parts, but have now embraced the roles in which they've been cast. In the case of Cohan, the character of Bela was changed specifically to accommodate her British accent. Executive producer Eric Kripke has even developed a backstory for the character based around her British origins.

"It's actually kind of funny, because I went in playing American Ruby, and then I went back and read for Bela, and they were like, 'Wait a minute, you're English!' she said. 'So we ended up going British with it. ... I think it's actually going to go into developing the character. Eric is really psyched about me being British. ... I see her as a Brit. I mean, I definitely think she has some kind of cool shading and sneakiness, which fits the British accent."

Although Cassidy and Cohan had not met before the press tour, they said that they already have plans for a joint screening night to catch up on the show and are taking kickboxing classes together when they begin filming in Vancouver, Canada.

"I think we need to be a united force there," Cohan said. "We've got some tough boys to fight." Supernatural returns Oct. 4 and will air Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. —Cindy White
 


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