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BUSTLE.COM – When you think of the most badass female characters, Chicago P.D.’s Erin Lindsay and Law & Order: SVU’s Olivia Benson probably come to mind, but they’re not the only take-charge cops on TV. Flying slightly under the radar are the women of USA Network’s Graceland, DEA agent Paige Arkin (Serinda Swan) and FBI agent Charlie DeMarco (Vanessa Ferlito), who often go deeper undercover and put themselves in more danger than the men on the show.

Throughout the show’s first two seasons, we’ve seen Charlie shooting up heroin to save her cover and take down a drug cartel, and Paige posing as a sex slave to infiltrate a major human trafficking operation. That is just the tip of the iceberg for these fearless ladies. When Bustle visited the Fort Lauderdale, FL set, the two stars teased that Season 3 is only going to get crazier.

If you’re not currently watching the show, Season 2’s final episodes delivered some of the most insane twists and biggest storylines of the series to date, including Paige putting her ex-boyfriend and fellow agent Mike Warren (Aaron Tveit) in danger, and Charlie finding out she’s pregnant with her sometimes-shady-boyfriend — and again, agent — Paul Briggs’ (Daniel Sunjata) child. These aren’t soap-opera-style twists, though — even though platonic and romantic relationships have a place on Graceland, it’s more about the ripple effects these bombshells make than who’s hooking up each episode.

As we head into Season 3 — premiering June 25 at 10 p.m. ET on USA Network — Vanessa Ferlito revealed that Charlie won’t slow down one bit because of this pregnancy. In fact, she just works even harder because of her baby on board. “I don’t think she realizes the severity of having a baby. She’s like, ‘I’m pregnant, but I’m going to go get [revenge on the bad guy] Jermaine or roll in the mud,’” she tells Bustle. “I think it hasn’t really hit her yet. It’s still very early on, and she’s still in the house and running wild with crazy people. She’s just out of control, really.”

Even though she admits that Charlie will have to “sit out for a little bit,” no one will dare to tell her what to do. “Nobody’s tried to talk sense into her at all. Briggs actually tries to shut me down and I just go right over him. I kind of do something really bad,” she reveals. “It’s really scandalous. It’s like some real Maury s**t.”

Clearly a man can’t hold Charlie back, as Daniel Sunjata reiterates. “She threatens to go do something and start some mission, and Briggs is like, ‘I’ll have you on maternity leave before you push back from the gate!’ And she does not like that,” he says with a laugh.

Meanwhile, Paige is working to get out of the dark place she ended up last season, with Mike flatlining in the hospital after she sold him out to dirty cop Sid in a moment of resentment. But, actress Serinda Swan is fine with being the bad guy for once.

“She’s strict with her emotions and makes sure she walks that line correctly. I mean, she’s a badass. She’s definitely done some things like, ‘Let’s sweep under that rug.’ … It’s fine being the bad guy,” she says. “I think it’s something they wanted to push the boundaries with and I’m open to that. You never want to hold your character to a place where they’re so precious that they can’t dip into the darkness. I just have to fight my way out of it.”

Clearly Season 3 is going to be full of awesome action and badass women, so, obviously, we should all tune in come June 25. I know I’m going to.

26 June 2015   News and Rumors No Comments

BUZZFEED.COM – You might’ve seen Serinda Swan kick ass as an undercover DEA agent on Graceland, USA’s hit show which premieres its third season June 25. Serinda stopped by BuzzFeed LA to answer a round of rapid-fire questions.

1. What’s your favorite color?
Blue. I love blue.

2. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I am a morning person if it starts at 11, anything before that, no. So evenings, definitely.

3. What’s your favorite pizza topping?
Pineapple. Weirdly, I know but I like pineapple.

A lot? A little?
A lot. Like to the point where people don’t even want to eat pizza with me. It’s more of a fruit salad with cheese and bread.

4. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Sushi. Definitely sushi, I love sushi. Oh, but I’m a vegetarian now!

Is this a new development?
Yes, since January.

So what do you eat now?
Pineapple now. I have lots of amazing different salads and variations. I eat avocado rolls, Oh my God, it’s avocado! The one thing I would eat for the rest of my life is avocado.

5. What word do you say way too much?
This is gonna sound really weird but “duality.” I’m not joking, I say “duality” way too much. That and dude, I say dude a lot.

6. Backstreet boys or *NSYNC?
*NSYNC. Even though Backstreet was my jam at first but then *NSYNC came along and I hated them at first ‘cause I was like, you’re just Backstreet-light and then they did kill it.

7. What sport would you want an Olympic medal in?
Gymnastics. I was a gymnast growing up. My mind thought I could but my body thought otherwise.

8. What’s your favorite city in Canada?
Vancouver, where I’m from! I love Vancouver.

9. What’s the most Canadian thing you’ve ever said or done?
Oh my Gosh I do so many Canadian things every day and I don’t even notice. I open doors a lot — always. And hockey! I’m obsessed with hockey to the point I have a hockey app, I stream it live, vintage t-shirts that are good luck.

10. What’s your biggest pet peeve?
One, mismatched socks. Gets me every time. That and people who eat very loudly.

11. Do you prefer puppies or kittens?
Puppies. That wasn’t even up for discussion.

12. What’s your guilty pleasure?
The Bachelorette. And Kaitlyn Bristowe, she’s from Vancouver!

13. What’s your favorite season?
Summer.

14. Do you have any hidden talents?
Wouldn’t you like to know? I do. I can do really weird hand puppets. There’s two brothers.

How did you figure out that you could do this?
Isn’t that sad? I honestly have no idea how I learned how to do that. When I was really young, this wasn’t like last Wednesday.

15. Team Taylor Swift or Team Katy Perry?
Taylor Swift.

16. Coffee or tea?
Coffee.

17. What scares you?
Spiders. Like any spiders. Nope.

18. Who’s your favorite Disney princess?
Cinderella. LOVE her. I used to dress like her when I was younger and this sounds terrible to my parents but I’d pretend I was her and I would scrub the floors and be in my room and be like, “I’m coming dad!”

19. What is your life motto?
Do what you can where you are.

Catch Serinda on Graceland Thursdays at 10 p.m. on USA!

With Graceland coming apart at the seams, Sid bides his time until he can finish what he began with Mike. It turns out, though, that the reports of Mike’s passing have been greatly exaggerated; Agent Warren is alive and mostly well, although his return from the grave will have to stay under wraps until the team can nail Sid. But with Paige crumbling under the weight of her guilt, Johnny trapped in service to Carlito and Charlie distracted by her hunt for the mysterious Brit that held her captive, the housemates may be too distracted to stand as a team against Sid before he picks them off one by one.

At the same time, the recording of Juan Badillo’s murder falls into the hands of John Logan, a Special Agent on a mission to take down a family of Armenian arms dealers known as the Sarkissians. Sensing opportunity, Logan offers Briggs a deal: go undercover with Sarkissian lieutenant Ari Adamian and the tape will be swept under the rug. Refuse, and face the consequences. Briggs has little choice but to go into the employ of the psychotic Ari, but he soon learns that the mission is riskier than he ever dreamed, and that his new commanding agent may have more planned than he is letting on.

Meanwhile, tired of waiting for Sid to make the next move, Paige takes a gamble to draw the villainous LAPD officer out of his hole. But while she is ready to lay it all on the line to atone for her mistakes, Paige may pay for her guilty conscience in blood when all is said and done.

ACCESSHOLLYWOOD.COM – When Paige Arkin found out that Mike Warren had lied to her about Lina during the “Graceland” Season 2 finale, she made a shocking move.

Angry and hurt by Mike’s confirmation about the sad fate that met the young girl she had previously promised to free from the sex trafficking ring, Paige went to Sid and gave him the name he needed to find her ex, who was receiving treatment in a hospital under an alias. He did, and as “Graceland” Season 2 closed out, Sid cut off Mike’s air supply, and Mike flatlined before Paul Briggs arrived at the facility in time to save him.

When “Graceland’s” third season premieres Thursday night on USA, Serinda Swan’s character Paige might be in the most emotionally distraught place she’s ever been on the show.

“I think it’s just over a week since everything happened [when the show picks up] – and it is,” Serinda told Access Hollywood. “I think it’s sort of a culmination of everything to do with last season with Lina and her girls and what that led her to do, in terms of her morals, and how she just lost her way completely to the point where she ratted out Mike. And I think she’s lost and she’s devastated and really is in a situation where she doesn’t know which way is up. And you can really see that because the pain that Mike caused her, and the lies were not only to do with work. It wasn’t just about the girls [in the sex trafficking ring, who she was trying to save], but I mean, that was her boyfriend. That was somebody she loved and somebody she confided in and realized that the entire time he was lying to her face and she went basically almost crazy last season, knowing in her gut what was actually happening. But listening to him basically lie to her face, she didn’t know which way was up, so I think now, knowing what’s going on, she’s just in the most lost place ever.”

Paige’s next move will start to be revealed in Thursday’s Season 3 premiere, but one thing’s for sure – just because she gave Sid Mike’s name doesn’t mean she’s joined Sid’s team. Paige may not know every detail about Sid’s plans and associations, but the important stuff is clear.

“She knows obviously he’s a really bad dude, and I think that’s where — it’s not about a partnership between the two of them once she tells him, it’s about cleaning the slate and being like, ‘I didn’t think Mike was this bad, but obviously he was,’ and so she makes a terrible decision and he’s just the route in which she goes,” Serinda said. “It’s not that she agrees with who he is or what he’s done or anything like that, it’s just the path of least resistance and that’s why she uses Sid. But in the third season, you see she really wants nothing to do with him, in fact, she wants to take him down.”

Paige begins Season 3 in a troubled place, but as for the cliffhanger involving Mike, Aaron Tveit had a mysterious answer when Access Hollywood asked him about Season 3 at NBCUniversal’s press day in New York City on Wednesday.

“I’m involved in some capacity definitely in the first episode. I’m not going to say what. You have to watch to see what that is,” Aaron said.

Daniel Sunjata, however, had plenty to hint at about Briggs’ Season 3, including the tape (the recording of Briggs killing Agent Juan Badillo), which is still in play. The cassette was on someone’s desk in the Season 3 trailer, so how bad is it for Briggs?

“It’s bad enough that it’s able to muscle him into a situation that he would rather not be in in terms of atonement, in terms of paying for sins of the past. This is that for Briggs in Season 3,” Daniel said.

Not only will he have the pressure of the tape, but in his personal life, Briggs and Charlie (Vanessa Ferlito) are not in a good place.

“Charlie’s pregnant, but at the end of Season 2… the relationship between Briggs and Charlie had gone south big time,” Daniel said. “In Season 3, their relationship is different than it has ever been before, that is for certain, and it’s hard to tell whether it will get better [or] get worse going forward.”

“Graceland” premieres on Thursday at 10/9c on USA.

ZAP2IT.COM – Turbulent times are ahead for the “Graceland” family in Season 3 in the wake of Sid (Carmine Giovinazzo) knowing all of their undercover identities and Mike (Aaron Tveit) possibly being dead. That makes things especially difficult for Paige (Serinda Swan) who sold out Mike’s location to Sid in a moment of anger. Now she’ll have to deal with the guilt of possibly having her boyfriend killed while trying to save her own — and the members of the house’s — lives.

Even with all that, Swan still had time to take over Zap2it’s Instagram to give a sneak peak into the house and what’s going on with the team.

Follow us now to catch everything she posts on premiere day, Thursday (June 25), and be sure to tune into “Graceland” Thursday night at 10 p.m. ET/PT on USA Network.

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LOOKTOTHESTARS.ORG – Serinda Swan, actress of USA’s hit summer show, Graceland, is calling for fans and global health advocates to support the millions of women and children living as refugees around the world.

Swan, who plays DEA agent Paige Arkin, supports the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, protecting refugee families from malaria.

Today, there are more than 50 million refugees and families displaced by violence around the world – and 60 percent of them live in areas where malaria is transmitted. Malaria is a major threat to refugees – it is a leading cause of illness and death in many African countries where Nothing But Nets works. This year, the campaign launched The Million Nets Pledge to protect refugee families from malaria with one million bednets by 2016. This ambitious two-year goal aims to raise $10 million to protect vulnerable people fleeing violence in Central Africa.

“I traveled with Nothing But Nets to the Kakuma Refugee Camp on the border of South Sudan,” says Swan. “Malaria has devastating impacts on these families and I hope I can inspire more people to take action and save lives.”

This World Refugee Day, Nothing But Nets aims to deliver 10,000 life-saving bednets to protect vulnerable families from this preventable disease. NRS International, a family-owned company that develops and manufactures products for the humanitarian aid, public health and development sectors and its subsidiary, TANA Netting, have joined The Million Nets Pledge and will be matching contributions to Nothing But Nets through the end of June with an in-kind gift of 5,000 nets to protect refugee families from malaria.

“Refugee families and children across Africa have faced unspeakable odds,” said Nothing But Nets Director Chris Helfrich. “After all they have endured and survived, these families should not have to fear dying from a mosquito bite. We are committed to protecting them so they can rebuild, be healthy, and thrive.”

Every 60 seconds, a child dies from malaria. Nothing But Nets works closely with its UN partners across sub-Saharan Africa to ensure vulnerable populations including children, refugees, and families displaced by conflict are protected from this deadly disease.

The Nothing But Nets campaign boasts hundreds of thousands of supporters – from students to athletes to entertainers – who all help to protect families on another continent from the threat of malaria. Anyone can join The Million Nets Pledge and help to send one million nets to protect refugee families from malaria. Click here to take the pledge and help save lives.

4 June 2015   Gallery Magazine Scans No Comments

I added some new magazine scans of Serinda from the Summer issue of Real Style. She looks glamorous in the shots so be sure to check it out.

28 May 2015   Appearances Gallery No Comments

It’s been awhile since we’ve seen Serinda out and about at events. Lucky for us, she re-emerged. She attended the Olevolos Project Brunch last week and Sunday she attended a party hosted by Adrien Grenier. I have added the photos to the gallery.