Week two of Harper’s Island more than doubled the body count on the show. Lucy Daramour – aka “The Socialite,” aka actress Sarah Smyth – had a spectacular death scene this week with a fall into a giant, booby-trapped pit where she dies a crispy death. All while her little pocket dog Gigi watched. Poor orphaned Gigi. We sat down with living dead girl Sarah Smyth to talk about her life, her death, and her little dog, too.
When did you first find out you were a victim?
I found out the last day of shooting the first episode – that was when we got our scripts for the second episode. It was within a week of shooting.
How did they break the news to you?
I was one of the first to get the news, so they were still trying to figure that out. John Turtletaub, one of the producers, did it “reality show-style.” All the cast was there, and he would say, “You’re safe, you’re safe, you might be safe, oh, sorry Sarah. Lucy is not safe this week.” I found out with everyone, which was actually kind of nice. I think after me, everyone either got a phone call or were taken aside.
Was there a “group hug” kind of thing going on?
It was nice to get it out of the way with everyone there, as opposed to showing up on set, and having everyone say, “oh no, I heard….” Everyone found out together, so we could all laugh together and mourn together. When they told me, it was sad because they said everything had already been decided for the first few episodes before we even got cast. The producers and crew and everyone said that once you get to know someone, it is harder to say goodbye. But you do. It’s one of those, “I still really care about you, but this isn’t going to work out. We’re better off as friends.”
What did you think about your death scene?
I thought it was pretty cool. I had a great stunt double. I knew how I was going to die, but I did not realize that you would actually see her be lit on fire. It really added to it, to see the death and not just cut away from, cut back to, and suddenly she is dead.
Was it fun to shoot the death scene?
Yeah, it was a lot of fun. They dug this massive pit in the forest, and had a little tunnel leading into it. Then getting water dumped on me, in the woods, really late at night, it’s cold and rainy… it really added to the creepiness.
What was it like working with the little dog, Gigi?
When I started this show, I was not a little dog person at all. I grew up with a golden retriever, and never really understood the little dog thing. But I loved Gigi. She was so scared the whole time, so I had to take care of her. Little dogs don’t like loud noises and stuff. So we really bonded. I’m going to let you in on a little secret: “she” was actually a “he.” His handlers were great too.
Is Gigi dead, or will she be popping up later in the series?
I don’t know. Gigi did not fall in the pit with me. I’m not sure because I don’t know what happens after Lucy dies, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gigi showing up somewhere else on the island. I think Gigi is the murderer!