Greyston Holt had a unique way of preparing to play the part of Clayton Danvers in Bitten, which is coming to an end after this season.

Greyston Holt On ‘Bitten’

Holt did not get cast as Clayton overnight. After a couple of taped auditions, and a live Skype audition, Holt was called back again for a screentest with Laura Vandervoort, who’d already been cast as Elena. Determined to nail the audition for Bitten, Holt consulted Kelly Armstrong‘s book – which the show is based on, and really got into character.

“After reading the book, a big part of what [the werewolves] do is they get naked and go for these runs, they change into wolves,” Holt explained. Fortunately for Holt, living in Vancouver, there is a lot of secluded wilderness. “I went up there to some trails and took a backpack up with me and my buddy’s dog. And I just left the trail and went an hour into the woods and stripped down and ran around and howled.”

“I think I even freaked the dog out a little,” Holt added, “It’s not often you get to be somewhere naked and yell and howl as loud as you want. If I did that in the city people’ll would think I was a f–king nutjob. But, you know, we’re so lucky in Vancouver to have that access to just raw nature and deep forest. I don’t know if it pushed me over the edge and got me the part, but it was still fun. I recommend it for anybody.”

Holt’s now in his third and final season playing Clayton, and Bitten is going out with a ton of high-stakes drama. Clayton, as Holt explains, is stuck at the center of a conflict between arguably the two most important people in his life – his girlfriend Elena and his brother/pack alpha Jeremy (Greg Byrk).

“Jeremy’s taken a hard line approach when it comes to the mutts, the bad werewolves that we police. It’s basically, he’s said that you join a pack or you’re killed,” Holt revealed.  “[Elena] doesn’t like his new approach…. It’s basically a hunt for blood and there’s a lot of conflict between myself and Elena, well mostly myself. I’m stuck between the woman I love and our pack alpha — who is the boss.”

Before landing the lead on Bitten, Holt had a guest-starring role on Supernatural, a show that he had long wanted to book since it’s shot in his hometown of Vancouver. What Holt remembers best about the experience is the good-naturedness of the show’s stars – Jenson Ackles and Jared Padalecki.

“They’re such great guys, genuine as hell and kind and giving. Not jaded,” Holt told uInterview. “They’ve been doing this for a long time, you would think a lot of actors would just be phoning it in, become complacent, but they’re just so passionate about what they do and they’re great guys, so it was fun to just work with them and we had a great time.”

Bitten airs on Syfy Mondays at 11/10c.

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Q: What can fans expect from the last season of Bitten? -

I think there’s only two episodes left in the whole series, but basically, what’s worked in the past hasn’t worked and Jeremy’s taken a hard line approach when it comes to the mutts, the bad werewolves that we police. It’s basically, he’s said that you join a pack or you’re killed. That’s his new approach, and within that, Elena — there’s a bit of a rift. She doesn’t like his new approach. I’m sort of stuck in the middle between the two and that’s sort of where this season starts off. It’s basically a hunt for blood and there’s a lot of confliction between myself and Elena, well mostly myself. I’m stuck between the woman I love and our pack alpha — who is the boss. Yeah, we hit the ground running this season.

Q: How would you describe your character? -

Clayton Danvers, he was turned into a werewolf when he was, I think, about seven. He was on a camping trip with his family and he was bitten and turned into a werewolf and he basically lived feral and alone as this young child in the woods, as a young werewolf. Word got out about me in the werewolf world; it’s a pretty tight-knit group. And Jeremy came down to find me and he did. He basically raised me, socialized me, turned me into a functioning human, basically. So Clay, sort of owes everything he is to Jeremy. And then after that he’s a Professor of Anthropology and he meets Elena and they fall madly in love. You know, falling in love with a human person is a big no no in our world, obviously. No humans could know about our existence and that whole thing. So they fall in love and she ends up finding out that we are werewolves and I bite her in order to save her life, because at the time Jeremy was… Basically the pack law was that if someone sees or knows about us we have to kill them, so Jeremy thought she saw him change into a werewolf and in order for me to save her life I bit her to turn her into a werewolf, which was a long shot because no female has ever survived the change before. But, she did survive the change and she’s a little pissed at me after that. Eventually, we call on her and she comes back to Stonehaven. This is season one. And she helps us to basically put down – there’s a bit of a mutt uprising and we need her help, she’s the best tracker – and that’s sort of where season one kicks off. But, that’s the backstory of Clay.

Q: How did you prepare for the role? -

The audition process is this long, drawn out process. I had taped an audition in Vancouver, sent it to Toronto. They asked for another tape with some direction. I sent that out a couple weeks later. I had a Skype audition with them and then after that they were flying me out to do a screen test with Laura, who was already cast. I was just like, ‘F--k, I just need something, like, I really want to find this guy.’ And after reading the book, a big part of what they do is they get naked and go for these runs, they change into wolves. Living in Vancouver, we’re surrounded by forests and nature, so the North Shore Mountains, just north of Downtown Vancouver, I went up there to some trails and took a backpack up with me and my buddy’s dog. And I just left the trail and went an hour into the woods and stripped down and ran around and howled, and I think I even freaked the dog out a little. But, yeah, I don’t know. There’s something — it’s not often you get to be somewhere naked and yell and howl as loud as you want. If I did that in the city people’ll would think I was a f--king nutjob. But, you know, we’re so lucky in Vancouver to have that access to just raw nature and deep forest. I don’t know if it pushed me over the edge and got me the part, but it was still fun. I recommend it for anybody.

Q: What was your experience on Supernatural like? -

Oh, my character — this is like going back in the rolodex here. I was part of a vampire family, this sort of redneck hillbilly vampire family, and God, what was the storyline in that episode? I could tell you about my experience on set, but to be honest, I’m totally lost. So much has happened since then, trying to remember the exact storyline, that was like three years ago. It was a treat to work on though. They film that show in Vancouver and it’s filmed here it’s entire — it’s still filmed here — they’re going into their 12th season I think. So, as a Vancouver-based actor it was one of these shows I wanted to check off the list, like I gotta get my guest star on Supernatural. That show has basically been on as long as I’ve been acting, and finally I got a nice little spot on it. I was very happy to get on the show, but it was so much fun. Jensen and Jared, the two leads, they’re such great guys, genuine as hell and kind and giving. Not jaded. They’ve been doing this for a long time, you would think a lot of actors would just be phoning it in, become complacent, but they’re just so passionate about what they do and they’re great guys, so it was fun to just work with them and we had a great time. As the first vampire I played, it was fun to put the fangs in you know? Do that whole thing. Yeah, It was a good experience — a really good experience.