NEW Interview with Nell Hudson from Yahoo Entertainment   2 comments

Here is a NEW Interview with Nell Hudson from Yahoo Entertainment

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Jamie Fraser has made a number of questionable decisions over the course of Outlander‘s three seasons, but proposing marriage to Laoghaire MacKenzie would easily rank toward the top of his personal “Worst Life Choices” list. Never mind that, 20 years ago, the jealous maiden conspired to have Jamie’s beloved Sassenach arrested and tried as a witch. After all, Claire had it out with Laoghaire about that massive error in judgment in Season 2. What makes it such a terrible choice is that Jamie doesn’t actually love the twice-married mother of two daughters when he weds her: he’s primarily seeking to fill an emotional void within himself. And Jamie realizes his mistake almost as soon as he makes it, moving away from his new family to live and work in Edinburgh as a printer. As soon as Claire re-enters his life, it’s goodbye Laoghaire… although he can’t bring himself to tell his first wife about his second wife. She has to break that particular news bulletin herself.

More after the jump!

In other words, Jamie doesn’t come off looking too good in “First Wife.” Even catching an accidental bullet fired by Laoghaire doesn’t immediately restore one’s sympathy for him. Instead, it’s his two wives that we feel for: Claire because she’s been kept in the dark about Jamie’s other wife, and Laoghaire because Jamie’s spurned her once again.

Told that this particular viewer is on Laoghaire’s side for once, actress Nell Hudson lets out a laugh. “I think you might be the only one,” she jokes, before adding that she feels for her alter ego as well. “I do sympathize with her situation: she’s a single mother, trying to raise her children and get by in 18th century Scotland.” She also agrees that while Jamie shoulders much of the blame for the way he handles things, he’s ultimately deserving of being forgiven for this particular bad choice: “You do see Jamie’s faults, and he’s held accountable. When you tell a story that shows the imperfections of your hero, in the end it ultimately makes him more human — and more lovable.”

Caitriona Balfe looks utterly heartbroken in that moment when Laoghaire bursts in on Claire and Jamie. Did you have to go over and comfort her afterwards?
It was tough, because it was a very emotionally-heightened scene. Cait and Sam are so lovely, and between takes it
s normally very relaxed and we get a chance to catch up. But we kept a boundary during that sequence; we didn’t laugh and chat [between takes] in order to sustain the story of the scene. After that scene finished, I was like, “Oh god, sorry — are you okay?” It’s a heated moment and it digs deep. It’s a bit horrid, really, because Cait and I get along really well off-camera.

Laoghaire’s children, Marsali and Joan, appear quite well-mannered. Whatever her other failings, in your mind, is Laoghaire a good mother?
Yeah, I think she must be. I thought the same thing. I was like, “Wow, they turned out well, didn’t they?” [Laughs] They’re also very gorgeous actresses; I was very flattered by the casting match. I was like, “Oh good, you think these people could play my children!” They’re both really great. Marsali is so intelligent and spirited, and Joan is so sweet. And that was by herself, because her marrying Jamie happened later, obviously. I think that’s a really key thing to understanding Laoghaire and giving her some credit: she’s managed to raise two pretty awesome girls. And she has a physical legacy in the form of Marsali, who is in many more of the books. She’s a really awesome character, and I like to see her as the product of Laoghaire. You can never forget where Marsali came from.


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  1. Wow! Can life get more complicated than that? Jamie only married Laoghaire because he felt sorry for her and her daughters, and because Jennifer sort of manipulated the situation along. Jamie couldn’t have been thinking straight.

  2. Nell, greatly enjoyed your performance! Thanks to you I have a soft-spot for Laoghaire & adore “your girls” Marsalis & Joanie.

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