New interview of Lotte Verbeek with NY Post   3 comments

New interview of Lotte Verbeek with NY Post

From NY Post

It’s understandable if you thought that a naked woman emerging from a blood-filled bathtub Sunday night on TV was a scene from FX’s pulpy “American Horror Story” — or a rerun of HBO’s “True Blood.”

It was actually murderous, time-traveling political zealot Geillis Duncan (Lotte Verbeek), who made a surprising (if bloody) return to “Outlander,” the time-traveling Starz period drama, now in its third season and known for being slow and sedate — if a bit steamy at times. But when Geillis reappeared in Sunday night’s episode, “Outlander’s” tone pivoted towards high camp.

“I was delighted to do it,” says Verbeek, 35. “There’s quite a lot to blood bathing — making sure you don’t float and staying under the surface, and washing off after every single take.”

“Outlander” revolves around the adventures of Claire (Caitriona Balfe), a time traveling nurse from the 1900s, and Jamie (Sam Heughan), a Scottish highlander from the 1700s. In Season 1, when Claire was displaced in 18th century Scotland, the mysterious Geillis was initially her friend. Eventually, however, it was revealed that Geillis was also a time-traveler with a penchant for killing her husbands and a zeal to see a Scot on the British throne — no matter who stands in her way. The end of Season 3 re-introduced the character after a 20-year time jump, and she enters with a bloody bang.

“The idea is that I walk out [of the bathtub] like this tigress, but all I was trying to do was not fall flat on my face,” Verbeek says. “It was really slippery. We took an entire day for that scene. I’m glad we did; it was supposed to be an epic moment of this woman returning.

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  1. Yes, that was a different type of bath! Only one that Geillis would appreciate. It was a stunner. I sat there for a minute saying to myself – “Ok, just where is this going to take us”. Poor young Ian isn’t so young or gullible any more. He is in for more dangerous times.

  2. Well I was quite taken by surprise because as “a” book reader, Gellis was supposed to have put on quite a few pounds, so yes it was a surprise.

    Elizabeth Graziano
    • That is true – in the book Geillis had put on weight, but as Season 3 has travelled along many adjustments were made. Having Geillis attend the ball and manipulating to get the gem she wanted was an insight into her ruthless purpose to get back through the stones. The creativity in putting this episode together was brilliant. Geillis is turning out not to be the friend Claire had thought her to be – in fact quite the opposite. Actually, Geillis looked like a cat on the prowl – looking for the next victim. Yikes!

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