Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 05:17 pm
Bridget Regan played the gorgeous, young warrior Kahlan on the syndicated drama Legend of the Seeker but ever since the show was cancelled in March, a huge campaign was started by her fans to help save the show! Bridget tells us that after two successful seasons of the show she was shocked it wasn't renewed.
"It was doing really well in the second season," says Bridget. "I thought our fan base was growing and especially how many countries were viewing the show … but I guess we needed out ratings on TV to be higher."
The auburn beauty admits no one on the set would give her any answers as to why the show so suddenly came to a halt.
"I tried to get some answers," she says. "It was not going to be produced by ABC unless someone else would come along and produce the show. I don't know the whole of it … they haven't told me … everyone was surprised by it."
Bridget sadly recounted the day she heard the news. "One of the writers of the show told me … the main writer and we had a nice long talk about it and he was obviously very sad. I still haven't even been released from my contract but I know it's coming soon."
Despite the sadness that comes along with the end of the show Bridget says she's loved playing Kahlan! "I knew as soon as I read the breakdown that I would get the part," says Bridget. "I knew that was me when I read the part of Kahlan."
She wants all of her fans to know how much she appreciates them! "I want to thank my fans for their support and love and I hope they can enjoy what I do next and they are certainly a devoted bunch!"
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 01:36 pm
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 12:46 pm
Exclusive Interview: Craig Horner (Legend of the Seeker, Fan Questions Answered), Part II
And now it's time for the second half of our two-part exit interview with Craig Horner, the star of the late, lamented fantasy series Legend of the Seeker. Here, still answering your questions, Horner replies to queries both serious (interacting with fans) and trivial (the last movie he watched in a movie theater). Please note that many of you asked multiple questions and Horner replied to as many as he could and, where he didn't, we didn't include the question. Oh, and at the very, very end, he picks his two favorite questions, one each from parts one and two of our interview, with the winners soon to receive an autographed item from Horner. So, thanks to our readers for all the great questions and to Horner for his terrific work on Legend of the Seeker and for taking the time to respond in such detail. Lastly, though things look bleak for Legend of the Seeker, those still eager to fight the good fight on the show's behalf can start by visiting saveourseeker.com.
What did you and Bridget Regan actually carry around in your backpacks? (derascal)
Honestly? What was in there? I think it was just a bunch of old, ratty blankets. Actually, there was a couple of flint stones in there to start some fires. Just some cool little berries in case.
If they had gone to season three, would they have revisited WFR? Would you wanted to have moved on to other things, like the Keeper or Sisters of the Light? (mo770)
I really couldn't tell you where they were planning to head with the story. I didn't even think the writers sometimes from week to week. I think they liked to have a general arc and worked from there, and had the next general arc in mind as well. But to be honest with you, I didn't know and sometimes I didn't really want to know. Where were we going to be in season three, I didn't think Richard should know that. The action should let him discover his own character, you know what I mean. I would have definitely done the Keeper. You know what I would have done? If I would have started off season three, I would have started it off with Richard suddenly away from the group, on his own, in another kind of land or universe. Maybe we could have separated the characters a little more and then brought them back (together), or tried to get them back together over (the course of) season three. That would have been kind of cool, yeah?
I've learned that Richard's pendant had an interesting history in the books. Were the writers planning to give any more background about the pendant? Or were they just going to leave it as something from his father? (Necros)
Ohhhhhh, I don't think they were going to. They touched on it early on in the first season and (the TVStar reader) is right; in the book it belonged to a monster that was guarding the Book of Shadows. In the show we made it something of importance, but we never really mentioned it. That's the kind of thing we took a little liberty with and felt okay changing. We were worried about changing things like that at first. "Do we continue changing things?" But once we'd established the characters and these places, we had these objects and we'd say, "What do we want to do with them? How do we want to write them into the show?" So, yeah, I hope it wasn't too different for people.
What was it like playing a character like Richard when he was either possessed by someone or had to pretend to be someone else? How fun was it to step out of Richard for a few minutes and be a different character? (Tiffneyb)
It was fantastic. And it's very good for an actor to do that, especially if you're on a show and doing nine months a year of the same character. You wind up doing little scenes from movies by yourself in the bathroom just to try and get out of the character. So it's good to have these kind of stories, the body swaps and things like that, that let you do something different. Or when Richard had to try to act in a different way or was uncomfortable with something or was put in an awkward situation, even that was challenging in and of itself. And let's face it, every creative person loves challenges in that sense.
If you could have written the last scene ever for Richard and Kahlan (Regan), how would you have ended their story? And would it have been different from the Terry Goodkind books? (pktempleton)
I think his ending is actually kind of cool. It's sweet and it's beautiful. But, gee, it could be amped up a little bit, you know? Wow. Boy. I don't even know where to start. I wouldn't want to say something without really sitting down and thinking about this one. Ummmmm, let's see... I never think about them getting together because I was always sad when Buffy and Angel got together. It was finally like, "Now here it is. They're together. They're a team." But the tension was gone. I was always thinking about, with Richard and Kahlan -- and so were the writers -- how to keep these two apart for so long. We tried to put them in all these alternate realities and universes to see what it was like for them to be together. But that's a tough one. I wouldn't have put them together. Or I would have put them together briefly and then have them split. Yeah, that's right. I would have put them together, then something would happen. Richard would be in a completely new world or universe, and they would have spent the whole season trying to get back together. Then you would have them separated and could put them in new relationships. I think people would have liked that, to see both of them with someone else for a while, but then maybe eventually coming back to each other.
It can't hurt to post several "cracky" questions...or maybe it can. Since LotS, do you enjoy red apples more, less or the same? Did the Spirit House scene affect you in real life? In what ways has Richard inspired you in your real life, and romantic life? (estrellangelica)
Oh, wow. The red apples, we didn't touch on in the show. So I still love my red apples. The Spirit House, I don't even think we touched on that enough on the show. It moved me in the book. It's a great scene, very well written, and it gave me a great idea how Richard and Kahlan were going to express their physical contact. And what was the last one? My romantic life? Yeah. Yes. Yeah, sure. It has inspired me. It taught me the value of having a lovely, beautiful woman by your side. I've always known that, so it re-inspired me. Let's say that.
Where do you see yourself in five years? Did you have any superstitions related to filming? (Tek20)
Where do I see myself in five years? I don't know, but I'm not too worried about whatever the universe has planned for me. I've liked it so far and I want to continue with film and TV, maybe a bit of directing, and I really want to continue with my music. Superstitions? No. No, no, no. I'm very practical about that kind of stuff. I do think that if we go in with a bad attitude then we're going to get a bad product. But nothing like Macbeth or something like that.
What movie did you last see in a theater? Off set, what did you, Bridget and Tabrett Bethell like to do together? Did you enjoy that sky jump that Tab gave you? (Dehlia)
What was the first one again? What did I see in a theater? Oh, I just saw a movie the other day. (He shouts to his friend who's with him). What movie did we see the other day? Oh, ah, yeah, Robin Hood. I saw Robin Hood. And, to be honest, I didn't hang out a lot with the guys from the show on the weekends. I can be a little bit anti-social sometimes when it comes to that. You've just be the focal point of attention all week and sometimes you just want to be by yourself and just chill out. It was the only time I'd get to do all my normal things, like play my guitar or watch my DVDs or I'd read a book or go to a cafe. Then it'd be Monday again. And the sky jump, that was awesome. That was a lot of fun.
What was your favorite episode, and why that episode? The fight scenes were amazing. How hard was it to learn all those moves and how long did it take? (Alice25)
Which episode did I think work best? The pilot worked best. I thought that was really exciting. I thought "Denna" was really exciting. I'm a really big fan of "Denna." And the fighting; I can't even express how much I loved the fighting. It was really, really awesome. We had such great people there and I feel like I can just into the next, I don't know, Highlander or something. It was so valuable having those people there. It was a boyhood dream, always, just to be able to do these choreographed fight scenes on a TV show. And I got to do it for nine months a year for two years, almost daily. It was weird. I started to take it for granted. It became second nature, like it was just part of the job. You're like, "Okay, here's my sword. Badda-bing, badda-bang. Bang, bang, bang, bang." You're thinking about your moves and how it looks. I tried to enjoy it as much as I could, but now that it's all over, I'm like, "Am I really not going to get to do that with all those stunties again? Oh my God, that's really sad."
How did it feel to see a man, easily 30 years older than you, play a decrepit, exhausted you in "Wizard"? Or was it just, "Meh, another day on the job"? (Dragonfly918)
It was just another day at the job. I was curious about what they'd have me look like. "Is that what I'll look like in a certain amount of time?" But that was really it. I'm just glad they didn't get me to do it!
A lot of celebrities have different preferences regarding fan encounters. If a fan recognized you in a public place, would you rather have them ignore you and pretend you weren't there, or would a polite nod or perhaps a "Hey, not to be too creepy, but I'm a huge fan and just wanted you to know that" be okay? I think we'd all benefit from getting a pointer or two from you. (istari)
Hey man, come on, I'm no one special. We've got time. And now I've got more time. Time doesn't exist, so why would you waste it? You might as well say hello to another human being as opposed to dodging into a cafe. I'm all for that. I've been there. If I see somebody like Al Pacino, somebody who's had a really big effect on me or someone who I really like, I want to say, "Hey, you're doing good" or just "Thank you." That's nice. There's not anything wrong with that.
Finally, you're going to be signing autographs for a couple of our readers, the readers whose questions you liked best. So, of the 22 question we just asked you for our stories, which two did you like best and why?
The epic hair one (from crystal2222) was funny. That made me laugh. And one that got me thinking was the one (from pktempleton) about how I would have ended the show, the relationship between Richard and Kahlan. That was a good question. I hadn't thought about that one.
Monday, May 31, 2010 - 04:36 pm
Exclusive Interview: Craig Horner (Legend of the Seeker, Fan Questions Answered), Part I
Finally, it's here: our two-part Craig Horner interview. Yes, we've pinned down Horner, the star -- or, sadly, former star -- of Legend of the Seeker, the syndicated fantasy series on which he shared the screen with Bridget Regan, Bruce Spence, and Tabrett Bethell. Horner had been on vacation, a long one, following the conclusion of filming on season two of the show, but we caught up with him by telephone somewhere in Australia, where he was out and about with a mate. Horner graciously and good-naturedly spent a half hour on the phone with us answering questions provided by you, the readers of TVstar.com. So, read on and enjoy.
In season two, we got to see Richard (Horner) as a more grown-up and self-confident character, just like in the Terry Goodkind books. How did that feel, finally being able to play the guy who runs everything? (mseHU)
It was really great and it was something that I had in mind since season one. He was basically just a nice little boy who was pushed into the world like a deer in the headlights. But after he goes through what he goes through, you couldn't not become a man, can't not grow up pretty fast. But, yeah, it was something I was really always looking forward to. Even from season one I said, "I can't wait to leave season one a boy and come back season two a man and start taking charge."
I'd like to know your opinion about Tabrett's arrival on the show. The fans quickly adopted her. What did you feel she brought to LotS? (woodsman2b)
She brought a bit of sassiness that the show kind of needed. The characters were more like Smurfs, so goody-goody all the time, and it was great to have someone come in with a bit more of their own agenda and who was not all about the people and the greater good, but was somehow sworn to serve to me. So it worked as a really good juxtaposition, having a snake kind of in the mix. It was an interesting little relationship, and it turned out good.
Your hair was becoming as epic as Bridget's. It took on a life of its own, but fan reaction was mixed. Some people didn't like how it was always falling across your eyes. Were you starting to think about putting it in a ponytail? Getting a perm? And how about now; do you keep it long or cut it? (crystal2222)
(Laughs). Boy, I don't know! It depends on my next role because what if I'm a rock star? Then I'll have to have everything. But I know what you're saying. It was kind of crazy, but it was even worse for Bruce and Bridget because we were in New Zealand, where it was always windy. And even if we were in the studio, we always had these massive fans blowing on us to create these magical, epic winds. So hair was just going in everyone's face. It was hilarious. You should see the blooper reel. It's mostly about our hair.
If you had to pick one thing to change about one episode, what would you change and why? And in general how happy were you when you'd seen the finished episodes? (virkatjol)
Well, that's an interesting one. I never thought about that. What's something that I'd like to change? Change, change, change. Ummmmmmm. Boy. Is this a season one question or a season two question? I'm going to go back to season one. I think we started off really strong with a two-hour event to open season one ("Prophecy" and "Destiny"), and I thought our follow-up episode ("Bounty") could have been done a little bit better, but only because it was a flavor of the show that we didn't know what we were going for. I think if there was one to change, we probably could have done that a little bit better, but we found our stride with six ("Elixir") and seven ("Identity"). And you know what? I probably would have liked to have redone the last episode ("Tears"). I think we all would have liked to redo the last episode, because we didn't know it was ending, and it would have been nice to have tied up some things.
Playing a hero like Richard on a day-to-day basis must have been amazing. If you could actually jump into his shoes for a couple of days, living in a world of magic, but with no scripts, no writers, and no producers controlling your actions, what would you do? (Tintalle)
Oh, a hero for a day, like Richard. Wow. I like to think that's how I'm living my life now. I'm just about to step into the unknown. I'm moving over to America pretty soon and will be off on my own. I'm going to see what happens. Being a freelance actor you're not really controlled by anyone. You get to be kind of be your own boss until you work with a collaborative group of people on your next job, and really, with a collaborative group of people there's never really a boss anyway. So, yeah, I like going into those unkown territories.
Aside from the chance to play with swords and be surrounded by gorgeous scenery, what were some of your favorite things that you can share about working on the show and with your cast mates? (TRastro)
The crew had become like a second family. If there was an apocalypse and our crew had to start a new world, we'd have some good facilities there. We had these amazing people. We had these amazing horse riders, these amazing fighters. We had nurses. We had people who could build amazing houses and castles. We had people who could cook things amazingly, who could make beautiful costumes. It was so impressive to be surrounded by all these people. I love 'em all. I really got along with everybody in every department and I appreciate everything everyone did.
If you were to have written an episode, what would it have been like? Dark and intense? Lighthearted and fun? And what's the one thing that you would have wanted to see happen in it? (nessaa)
Wow, my episode would have been like "Denna" times 10. I would have loved to have gone, dark, dark, dark. I would have loved to have split my episode over two parts and really not have relied too much on the fast-paced action we had on the show (during much of season two). That was great, but I'd like to have seen what the fans thought if we'd just broken it down for a while and just had three or four really great, dark acts in a good, solid two-parter. I would have set it in a dungeon, like you had in "Denna," with just a couple of characters. The magic would have come out here and there, but it really would have really, really been about those two characters, those scenes, those relationships, and that dialogue. But it would have been tough. It was a syndicated show that had to go to so many countries, so many people, so many cultures. It's sometimes risky to do those kinds of things, but I was hoping that we were going to get to the stage -- I think we were getting there -- where we could say, "You know what, fans? Here's an episode just in this one room. I bet you can take it. I know you can."
I've noticed in interviews that you seem pretty laidback, warm and happy, whereas Richard can be laidback and go with the flow, but he could also have a real dark side. How did you channel the character's dark side? (ChasingUrus)
Wow. I don't think I have too much of a dark side, especially on set. I tried not to bring that there at all. As a lead, it's just very important to set the tone for the crew, the show. If I'm nasty and I'm not willing to help out other people and encourage people, then people aren't going to be friendly to me or help me, and a set can fall to pieces. So I really try to not bring any of that stuff there. But there wasn't too much to be dark about when I was shooting those kinds of scenes. I'll be honest: the only thing that would ever get me was just pure tiredness. If I was just too tired, no matter how many cuddles or kisses or mockers, sometimes I was just too tired and it'd show, but I tried not to let too many people see that.
Had you thought about writing and/or directing an episode next season? (Riker1012)
That was actually the plan that was going to be in place. I'd asked (executive producer) Ken Biller early on in season two. I said, "If we go to season three, I think it's time. I think I'm ready and I'd really love to do it." It was going to be talked about. It probably would have been the first or the last one of the season, purely because I was so busy and as a director your need time to prep and to do post-(production). So it would have been that first or last episode, just to feel me up to do it. But I was really looking forward to it. Yeah, it's a shame.
Did you feel like a dork in the red velvet robe? What was it like wearing that in comparison to the normal costume? (Rach03)
(Laughs) I liked it, actually. I really liked it. I thought it was nice. When are you ever going to wear something like that. Because I was always wearing the same thing, any kind of different costume was just fun, even if it's really heavy chainmail. It's just fun for a week.
I know that you love your music and play guitar, but do you also compose music? Do you sing? How interested would you be in recording an album and perhaps pursuing a music career as well as continuing to act? (deanna)
Yeah, I've been doing that for about fifteen years now, even longer than acting. It's something that I'll now have a bit more time to really flesh out. That's what's great about California, that there are just so many great budding musicians out there and it's such a good scene for that. In Brisbane, in both film and music, you can only go so far because there's just not enough people. You end up doing the solo thing over and over, until you go, "You know what? I'm sick of playing this by myself. I want to play with a band. I want to get back out there and play to different crowds." Now that that free time is there and I'll be in California, hopefully it'll be a fantastic opportunity.