Siren: Rena Owen on What it's Like to Play Helen & What's Still to Come on Season 2!

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If you're not already watching Siren, well first off, what are you doing?

It's the perfect blend of action, comedy, and romance. And once you start, you're hooked! No pun intended. 

Rena Owen who plays Helen Hawkins was kind enough to speak with TV Fanatic and give us some teases about Helen's journey and what to expect during the remainder of Siren Season 2

Rena Owen

Before we dive in, we need to start by saying what a wonderful person Rena was and how easy it was to talk to her. Rena is probably the sweetest woman you'll ever meet.

She was so delightful and down-to-earth and getting the chance to talk to her was an absolute joy.

Rena is extremely passionate about her work, and it was wonderful to hear her express her joy over the show.

We asked Rena about her first impressions of Helen, and it was clear from her response just how much she loves the character. She explained how she's a "character actor" and how Helen is such a real and relatable character to her.

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But that's no surprise. We could easily tell how important Helen is to Rena by how flawlessly she can play her and conform to the role. 

Helen started the series as a mystery, and Rena told us she had the same impression that we did when she first got the script. She knew that Helen had some kind of secret, so that's how she decided to play her. 

And she was right on point!

It wasn't too late into the series that it was revealed that Helen was actually part of a line of mermaid/human hybrids which was of course why she was able to connect to the mermaids so well. 

Rena as Helen

The cast is almost finished filming Siren Season 2, and Rena spoke a bit about the finale. "The season finale is just extraordinary. It's just fantastic. The cliffhanger just makes you have to have a Season 3."

And we couldn't help but express our enthusiasm for a third season. Every few minutes in fact!

Waiting a week already drives us crazy. Siren sure knows how to do cliffhangers, so we don't know how we would survive without a follow up to what Rena refers to as an "extraordinary" finale.

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Neither of us could get over how shocking the scene where Ryn snaps Glen's neck was at the end of Siren Season 2 Episode 5. If the finale is anything as crazy as that was, we are going to need the next episode ASAP. 

We've got our fingers crossed and our eyes peeled for an announcement!

Rena spoke about what it was like working in the industry and how she had to "have a heart to heart" with her creator not long before the audition. 

"I do believe in God. But there wasn't a lot of work around, and I'd been putting lots of effort and time into auditions and not booking work," Rena explained.

"So I really hit this, I guess I'd call it a surrender where I said, 'You know if it's time for me to move on and let go of acting if it's not right for me that's okay." 

"I've had a really good career." Rena continued.

"But you need to tell me what do you want? What am I supposed to do with my life?' And the question that came through very clearly for me was 'what do you want?' And so I really explored my heart, and there in a little dark corner was still this flame. This candle burning. This desire to work as an actor in America."

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Rena decided to keep pursuing acting. But she really wanted to play a character for which she was just the right fit. When she read the script for Helen, she couldn't believe it. She said that "this was the character I was dreaming about."

We obviously couldn't be more thrilled that Rena stayed in the industry. There's no one out there that can play Helen Hawkins more perfectly than she can!

Compassion - Siren Season 2 Episode 6

Rena also touched on Helen discovering that she wasn't the last of her lineage. She thought she was the only hybrid left, but after spending years believing she's alone in this, this relative suddenly comes along.

Rena felt for Helen and loved the moment on Siren Season 1 when she revealed herself to Ben and said, "this is who I am."

She said it was "freeing for [Helen]" and it was "quite emotional doing that" because Helen had never been able to tell anyone the truth about herself. 

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That storyline in particular made Rena empathize with Helen and with anyone who's keeping a secret because they're afraid they won't be accepted.

And of course, we had to ask Rena about Helen's relationship with Sarge and what it was like filming that first moment they connected on Siren Season 2 Episode 5 when Helen saw him in his true form. 

At first, the crew was worried they wouldn't have time for the scene. They weren't going to cut it, but they were going to make sure when it was done it was done properly.

"Many months went by before we actually did it," Rena told us. "And when we actually got the time, everyone was looking forward to doing that scene, and it came out really beautiful."

Rena said it was a great moment that Helen and Sarge had, and her relationships with many of the characters will continue to develop throughout Siren Season 2.

A Connection - Siren Season 2 Episode 6

The entire cast of Siren seems like an amazing and talented group of people, but we asked Rena if there was anyone, in particular, she loved doing scenes with. 

Rena told us that the whole cast is close and they have "a good connection all around."

She loves doing scenes with the series regulars and would love to do some with people she hasn't had as much screentime with, such as Gil Birmingham who plays Sheriff Bishop. 

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Rena hopes that if Siren gets a Season 3, the show will continue to bring in new players as she feels that it "keeps the show interesting."

We have to agree! The group of mermaids were a great addition to Siren Season 2 and have helped create a fantastic storyline. 

Helen Hawkins

Speaking of storylines, we told Rena that it seems like the show could never run out of places to go.

It feels like there are so many different things to be explored and we even joked, "who knows what other creatures could be in the ocean?"

"Right?!" Rena replied.

"There are so many directions they could go. I have no idea what they would have in mind for a Season 3, but I think I have a few ideas from the cliffhanger. There are a few things from [the season finale] that will have to be resolved or fleshed out."

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"I better not say anything else now!" Rena laughed. "I'm so excited about [the season finale], and I wish I could tell you more about it but I can't!"

We're excited too, Rena! But I guess we'll have to wait and see how it all plays out! 

Chatting with Rena was an absolute delight, and we hope you've also enjoyed her thoughts on the show!

If you haven't watched the show for yourself, remember you can watch Siren online right here at TV Fanatic!

Siren airs Thursdays on Freeform at 8/7c.

Rachel Foertsch is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.

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