Welcome to this week’s installment of Geek Girl Authority Crush of the Week, wherein we shine a spotlight on strong women who inspire us. Now, this not only includes fictional female characters in geeky media, but creators as well. These ladies are a prime example of female empowerment and how crucial it is for kids to have said example to follow.
Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) is first dispatched to Haven, Maine in order to track down an escaped federal prisoner. She ends up stranded in the town and Agent Howard convinces her to stay and take some time to herself. She learns from Nathan Wuornos (Lucas Bryant) that the town is plagued by an infliction known as “the Troubles.” Some of Haven’s residents are plagued with different abilities that range from not being able to feel anything to controlling the weather or dreams. Audrey learns early on that she is not affected by other people’s troubles and vows to help them find some peace.
She spends her time helping the people of Haven deal with their Troubles while investigating the mystery of her past. She learns early on that she has a striking resemblance to two other women. Both Sarah Vernon and Lucy Ripley arrived in Haven when the Troubles emerged. With the help of both Nathan and Duke Crocker (Eric Balfour), Audrey learns that she was indeed these two women and returns to town ever 27 years. Audrey also learns that her connection to the Colorado Kid, who made papers after being mysteriously killed in Haven during her time as Lucy.
When Audrey thinks she has everything figured, she learns that she is truly Mara, a woman from another world. With her partner William (Colin Ferguson), it was she who unleashed the Troubles. As punishment for her crime, she is forced to return to Haven with a new personality to help the people deal with the Troubles. When Mara eventually gains control of Audrey with the help of William, they both come face to face with her mother, Charlotte Cross, who brings an end to Mara, but not before she uses Duke to unleash new Troubles on Haven.
Audrey eventually meets her father, Croatoan (William Shatner), who explains that he only tests his gifts on the people of Haven before giving them to his world. Audrey convinces him to leave the people of Haven alone and in return she will go with him. This brings an end to the Troubles, but Audrey can’t leave Nathan behind. Knowing that there is only one way she is able to truly stay with him, she essentially kills off the personality of Audrey by resetting herself. For the final time, she returns to Haven as Paige to fall in love with Nathan again.
The Real Deal
Audrey, Lucy, Sarah, Paige– whatever she goes by– is the real deal. She has a passion for helping people. Every time she returns to Haven she dedicates her time to help victims of the Troubles. During her time as Audrey, she does everything in her power to solve the mysteries ahead of her. Time and time again she throws herself into dangerous situations in order to protect those around her. In her eyes, no one is a lost cause, and she will do everything in her power to protect them.
Aside from Audrey’s compassion for others, she truly knows how to love. This is a vast difference from her original personality as Mara. Mara only loved William and wanted to watch the people of Haven suffer. This major difference is why Charlotte felt it was right to bring an end to Mara and let Audrey live. Even after the separation, when Audrey is no long immune to the Troubles, she continues to help the people of Haven.
Why She Matters
We absolutely love Audrey. She constantly fights to protect not only her loved ones but the people of Haven. She helps remind us that we need to have compassion for the people around us. In our world today it is important to remember that everyone needs compassion. Even if helping them isn’t going to benefit us directly, it is worth it to be a good person. Audrey also reminds us how important it is to stand by our convictions, follow our hearts and focus on the goals ahead.
So, be like Audrey. Show compassion to those around you and help those who need it even if it won’t benefit you. Protect those around you with all your heart and follow your gut.
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