Originally from Canada, Graceland star Serinda Swan loves the sunshine, but shooting in downtown Miami in summertime can be a bit taxing.
“I’ve got my fan going, lots of water, but it’s a little warm even for me,” says Swan, who plays DEA agent Paige Arkin on the USA Network show, whose season 3 premieres 10 p.m. Thursday. “I’m broiling my butt off.”
Last season we saw the main characters — undercover agents living together in beach house known as Graceland — thrown into turmoil after the (supposed) death of rookie FBI man Mike Warren (Aaron Tveit).
“We’re all kind of questioning each other now,” explains Swan of the series that films all over Miami-Dade and Broward counties. “We’re definitely in confusion mode, trying to find out if someone in the house is dirty or not.”
Her wardrobe this season will reflect Paige’s state of mind.
“There’s very little color, no sundresses. It’s a reflection on who she is on the inside — visually, it really has that effect,” says Swan. “I kind of walk around with the equivalent of a 50-pound emotional backpack. There’s a lot of crying, yelling, remorse.”
With such a heavy workday, Swan has a prescription: Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off.
“I rock out in my car on the way home! My dog looks at me like I’m crazy.”
Said pet is Buddha, a French bulldog who isn’t crazy about the high temperatures, either.
“I took him for a walk today and he gave me a look like, ‘Mommy, please take me back to your air conditioned trailer now.’ ”
The two live in Miami four to five months a year (shooting wraps in mid July) and then go back home to Los Angeles.
In her not so spare time, Swan is active in charity: The 30 year old is the founding ambassador for "Friends to Mankind" (F2M), an organization that partners with non-profits to raise awareness and funds through educational campaigns and high-profile -- and sometimes dangerous fundraisers (think skyjumping, 18,000 feet).
But while in town, she intends to make the most of her days left.
“I love the culture, the food, the people. I live in a small community [in the Venetian Islands] and it’s very peaceful and calming. I ride my bike to the farmers’ market, go paddleboarding, or we go to the nearby dog park,” says the former Chicago Fire star. “I feel like there’s a little bit of everything here. I can go out to a club or travel an hour and be in the Keys or hop on a plane and be in the Caribbean.”
Swan isn’t crazy about the Venetian Bridge closing for repairs, though.
“Oh, I was bummed because I love shooting over to the mainland with the windows down,” she says. “No matter how hot it was.”