This is especially relevant to his relationship with the show’s lead character, Kristen Bouchard, a psychologist who looks for the scientific reasons behind the horrifying, supernatural mysteries surrounding her family. The two regularly butt heads in the show, whether it is over his insistence on an exorcism or his former romantic relationship with her mother.
Emerson confesses Leland enjoys their dynamic, and says he doesn’t think Leland will ever truly be done toying with her.
“There’s just something about her that has a hook in him. He just can’t stop working on her,” he tells OK!. “He’s got a kind of dark fascination with Kristen. He can’t resist going to work on her, just trying to provoke her or trouble her or force her into compromises … She, in return, can’t stop going after him.”