Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Saving Hope' Star Erica Durance: Dr. Reid 'Irrevocably Changed' in New Season

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Saving Hope' Star Erica Durance: Dr. Reid 'Irrevocably Changed' in New Season

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'Saving Hope' star on dramatic new season

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TORONTO - The last time "Saving Hope" fans saw Dr. Alex Reid, her heart had stopped beating during emergency surgery after being stabbed in the chest.

So it's no surprise to star Erica Durance that viewers are waiting with bated breath for the season 3 premiere, which is airing in two parts on Sept. 22 and 25 on CTV.

"Well, you know that she's back because I'm back filming," said Durance during a summer phone interview from the show's Toronto set. "We do know that she's not gone forever."

In last season's dramatic finale, Alex was stabbed with a pair of scissors by a sleepwalking patient. Just after she flatlined during surgery, she appeared as a spirit standing behind Charlie (Michael Shanks) -- her former fiance and a doctor with the unique ability to see ghosts.

Durance wouldn't say whether Alex remains a spirit for long, but she said she does start the season in a "transition place."

"What's happened is that they've allowed my character to have a new exploration and a new viewpoint of Charlie and what he experiences and sees, kind of a little bit through his perspective," she said.

She added that Alex's journey back from this traumatic experience "completely and irrevocably" changes her personality.

"More is revealed about her past and what's made her who she is. And some of the devastating things that have happened to her in her past," said Durance.

"They're playing with that a little bit, which creates a completely different dynamic for season 3, which has been fun. It's something quite different. It shakes up the relationships."

And even more drama is ahead for Alex's explosive love triangle with Charlie and Joel (Daniel Gillies), another of her former lovers who also works at Hope Zion Hospital.

"Her love life becomes a little more tumultuous and unexpected. She makes some interesting decisions. …

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