Actress Rachel Nichols is no stranger to bad-ass roles, having been involved in the likes of crime procedural The Inside, spy thriller Alias and Criminal Minds.

This year, she faces her most challenging role yet in new Canadian time-travel series Continuum, which will air on Showcase starting Sunday.

In Continuum, Nichols will play a cop from 2077 trapped in present-day Vancouver. Her character works to disrupt a terrorist cell who has moved back in time in order to make sure the future never happens.

“I like these strong female role models,” Nichols says. “Carlos – Victor Webster – had a shower scene the other day. Without his top on. He gets to do all the fun eye-candy stuff, and I get to kill people. It’s gritty.”

The role requires a lot of stunts, fight-scenes and general ass-kicking, something Nichols is keen to get involved with.

“This was the first opportunity I had in a while to do some real action stuff. I love the physicality side of roles, I really do. And when I get to do my own stunts, it’s that much cooler. I’ll do anything the production safety people will let me.”

Nichols says she was drawn to her character due to a mix of familiarity and challenges.

“I’m similar to (my character) in a lot of ways: her work ethic, her stubbornness. Being a student – I was a student – loving to learn. Being relatively quick.

“And then there were parts of her that I had never had the opportunity to play before. I’d never played a wife, or a mother. Especially not a wife and mother who has been separated from her family. Acting-wise, I knew this wasn’t just going to be a show where, every week, we go in and solve a crime. There are elements of that, certainly, but that’s not all it is. This is a beautiful character, and I want to do her justice. Hopefully I’m making the right choices.”

The Maine-born actress admits to never having been to Vancouver prior to the beginning of filming on Continuum.

“I had worked all over Canada, but never in Vancouver,” she says.

“Vancouver’s the perfect city to be futuristic, especially the way it looks at night, coming over the Cambie Bridge. You can imagine that, with a couple of extra, taller buildings, with some highly digital advertising – whatever there may be in the future – it has the right look. Tokyo is a lot like that – very futuristic.

“There’s a Blade Runner element to this show, too, sort of gritty and dark. They’ve done a very good job, I think, differentiating between the two looks, now and the future.”

Check out Continuum on Showcase this Sunday.


The property group who bankrolled the recently cancelled Canadian series Sanctuary have said it was no longer possible to keep making the show as it was not “economically viable”.

Beedie Development Group, which is based in Burnaby, pulled the plug on the series with official word coming earlier this week from the Syfy channel.

CFO Jim Bogusz said while they enjoyed being a part of the project, the company had not recouped its investment.

“The show needs to be economically viable,” said Bogusz, who served as one of Sanctuary’s executive producers. “The Beedie Group is a business and we look at our investments on their ability to return, and the time frame was too long and too uncertain for our liking.”

The show’s creator Damian Kindler has remained optimistic and pointed out that Syfy didn’t cancel the show because they didn’t like it.

“I suppose the unfortunate truth is that Syfy didn’t pick us up because we weren’t making the show, as opposed to [they] didn’t want that show. They were interested in having some form of a fifth season, and the Canadian broadcaster Space were interested as well,” Kindler said.

“And I totally respect [the Beedie Group] decision. This is a show they own, this is a project they backed passionately for four years, and I think when they decided they wanted to move on, then you have to respect that.”

Group founder Keith Beedie said he got involved in the show as he was a big fan of the sci-fi genre.

Source: theglobeandmail