Last time we saw Saving Hope star Erica Durance on the small screen, her character Dr. Alex Reid wrote her medical board exams, had a baby and lost one of the loves of her life in a tragic twist. Off-camera, the Vancouver-based actress’s life is just as eventful, albeit with happier circumstances. She and husband David Palffy – who are already parents to 16-year-old David – welcomed son Lochlan in February. “Life keeps getting fuller and fuller,” she tells Hello! As the medical drama returns for a new season of heart-wrenching stories, the former Smallville star, 37, fills us in on her latest addition and the advice she’d give her TV alter ego.
You and your husband welcomed another son this year. What has life been like for you?
It’s not a completely new chapter because I have one son who’s 16 and now one who’s brand new. There’s a lot of juggling going on, but we just love it.
Does being a parent affect your choice of roles?
I think that as I get older, my convictions about what I want to put out there have become more solidified. When I first started out, I was much more individualistic in my approach to work. Then I started to think about what I would want my kids to see. My older son is awesome and so respectful of women. Now that I’m raising another little man, I want him to grow up in a world where his opinion is a solid, respectful one.
What do you think you’ve learned from being on Saving Hope?
The experience on-set has taught me to trust my instincts a lot more than I used to. I’ve grown in to being more comfortable in my skin working on this job.
Your character Alex went through a lot last season. What advice would you give her?
I’d tell her to calm down and try not to be so perfect.
When you’re not on-set, how do you spend your downtime?
It’s all about family. It’s just about hanging out with them.
Do you also enjoy getting dressed up and going out?
I’m somewhat introverted, so I’m not a big fan of getting out there and having my picture taken. I have friends who love the pomp and pageantry of the red carpet. But I find the most pleasant time I have [at those events] is talking to people who are fans of the show. They’re just so gracious, so that’s always fun.
Does your family ever weigh in on the show?
The only thing my son will say is, “It’s boring if you’re not in it. You should be in everything.” So I think that’s very supportive! [ Laughs]