Serinda Swan (‘The examiner’): “My character is not the typical woman you see on the television”


For a series that is about a woman who examines dead bodies for a living, Serinda Swan (‘Inhuman’, ‘Ballers’) is keen to emphasize the humanity and the liveliness of a character as complex as Jenny Cooper, coroner. Set in Toronto, this series canadian revolves around Jenny, a forensic examiner who devotes himself to investigating suspicious deaths and bringing to justice the perpetrators of the crimes. However, although Jenny kept control in the laboratory, closed-door struggle with mental health and the family drama that threatens to disrupt his life carefully constructed. We had the opportunity to interview Serinda Swan on the second season of ‘The examiner’, which will be released on 13th Street on Friday, march 27th. The actress talked to us about the pressure to exceed the expectations of the fans, the importance of representing working mothers in the screen and how it gives life to the world of books by M. R. Hall in which are based the series.

‘The forensic’ is the prescription of everything that makes a good thriller: a protagonist complicated, the interaction of crime and justice, and a generous portion of action and excitement. This winning combination led the series to be very well received in Canada, and that’s why we asked Swan if you are nervous about complying with the expectations of a community fan set. Swan responds that it has confidence in the relationship between the series and the fans: “It is a relationship beautiful. I think that because it is a series of personal dealing with personal issues… The humanity leads the series. I believe that our community of fans resides in that humanity.”

We can say without fear to be wrong that many of these fans are also hooked to the series due to the books written by M. R. Hall that served as the inspiration. The adaptation of literature to the screen is a controversial issue for mice of library that they want you to accurately represent your favorite novels, but Serinda Swan says that it is important that the books and the series can be maintained as separate units. “We talk a lot about how they are sisters, not twins”, says the actress. “They are of the same family, but the stories are a little different. But that light inside of Jenny is represented in the two stories”.

Serinda Swan in the second season of 'The examiner'

On the subject of the character of Jenny, Serinda Swan lights up when he speaks about the role of a woman is complicated, a single mother and a professional worker who rejects the idealization or the pedestal that puts women and especially mothers on the screen. “That was very important to me, to be able to find this character who is human first of all. I wanted to highlight that ‘I am a woman complex and I am not the typical woman you see on the television'”. Another aspect of the character that Swan seems important to explore is your mental health. Jenny suffers from panic attacks and repressed trauma, something that requiso a lot of research for that Swan could bring this experience to the screen: “I think that the whole world has suffered a mental illness in certain levels… we can All understand what that is.” After considering their own experiences, Swan talked to other people who suffers from various mental illnesses in order to deepen their knowledge. “With each season, study the next iteration of how it would be for the body, mind and soul of Jenny”, says the actress, who consultation of books, vlogs, blogs and actual conversations to better understand mental health.

Is not the story you expect

For Serinda Swan, in whose career we find projects of the scale of ‘Inhuman’ and ‘Smallville’, with ‘The examiner’, I wanted to bring stories to the screen that had not been seen before. “Normally, if you see a mother who has 17 or 18 years, you already know how it will be in that story. And this is not the case. Normally if you see a teen biracial and gay, you already know the story”he continues , referring to his son on-screen, Ross (Ehren Kassam), “and this is not that story either,”. ‘The forensic’ uses the formula of a police thriller, classic, but updated for the TWENTY-first century. “The script considers all such frames as ‘abnormal’ and combines them in a story as normal and human”.

The examiner will return to Calle 13 on Friday, march 27, with its second season. Calle 13 is available in Movistar+, Vodafone TV, Orange TV, Sky, Euskaltel, R and Telecable.