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It's impossible not to get excited when I see an actress as talented as Adelaide Kane come across the screen. Perhaps it's the casting director inside me, but it's truly rare to see someone as incredibly talented as Kane. She rules The CW's Reign, both literally and figuratively with her strength and her remarkable ability to embody the complicated Mary, Queen of Scots. She makes Mary equal parts vulnerable, kind, and fierce... a queen who is not to be underestimated and one who can hold her own against Catherine (Megan Follows), which is no easy feat. Yet, with Kane at the helm, it all looks effortless... which in my opinion, makes her a bit of a badass. If only Reign could crossover to Arrow, those superheroes would never know what hit them.
The Reel Spin: As a fan of the show, one of the things I love most about season 3 so far is that we're really seeing the evolution of Mary... There's such a strength to her now... just the way that we've seen her go toe to toe with Catherine and be equally fierce if need be. I'm wondering if those scenes have been as much fun to play as they have been to watch?
Adelaide Kane: Oh, absolutely. I mean anything with Megan [Follows] is amazing. It's Acting 101 working with her, she's so brilliant... as well as fun. We have a lot of fun with those scenes . . . It's almost like Catherine and Mary are sparring every time they talk... even when they're on good terms. Even when they're friends, it's still a lesson for Mary... still testing her knowledge, testing her smarts... teaching her how to be sharper, teaching her more about people, about politics, about being on her A game, about being a queen... it's awesome.
TRS: Do you think that, as a result, Catherine respects Mary more now that she's coming into her own?
Kane: Very much so. I think that over the last couple years of the show Catherine has really come to have a very deep respect and affection for Mary. I mean her family still absolutely comes first, but she's really watched Mary grow from this incredibly naïve, frankly kind of rash, impulsive... little bit stupid kind of girl into being far more politically savvy... far more on top of it. She's become a little bit more manipulative, she's become a little bit more ruthless, and I think Catherine in a strange way is very proud of how far Mary has come and how strong she has become.
TRS: I would definitely think so. And, you know we have to talk about Francis. Were the final scenes hard to film? They were essentially your final scenes with Toby [Regbo] as well...
Kane: Yeah, I mean, the funny thing is we had two episodes back to back, four and five, where he was dying, then he wasn't dying, then he was dying again, and you know we shoot things out of sequence. So, by the time I actually shot our very last scene on the very last day, the whole crew and cast had already gone through this really emotional shooting time where like he was dying, and I was crying, and by the end of it, I was like, "Toby, I don't have any more tears for you. I have literally been crying over your dead body for the last month. I don't have any more tears. I will see you at your goodbye party tonight. See you later bro." It was so funny... I was like, "I've been saying goodbye to you for the last month. I have no more tears, bye. I wish you the absolute best." . . . We've known it was coming for a while, so we all had a good chance to say our goodbyes and hangout. He's back in London now, and we all still keep in touch and wish him the absolute best. He's going to have an amazing future, he's a really talented actor, and it was a joy to work with him for the last couple of years. It's a shame, but I'm glad that they stuck to their guns and followed through on that particular storyline.
Kane: As tragic as it is to lose him... I'm glad that they followed that and now Mary's Queen of Scotland, and we can continue on what will likely be an incredibly violent and stressful chapter in her life, but it should be really fun. This is the end of an era... it's the dawn of sort of a new age for the show, so I'm excited to see where it goes.
TRS: What do you think is next for Mary? Can you give us any hints?
Kane: Well, we gotta get Mary back to Scotland. That's the thing. She actually doesn't have any power in France anymore, you know? I think she's going to stick around and see if she can help Catherine out, the regency is in question at the moment. These are politically volatile times... a lot of shifting alliances and shifting power in France right now, and I think Catherine could really use Mary's support as another queen and as another female ruler in such an incredibly misogynistic patriarchal time when people are trying to cut Queen Catherine down, but they should know better. You can never keep Catherine down. They should have learned by now [laughs]! So, she's going to try to help with that, but eventually we've got to get to Scotland, which I'm really excited about. So, we'll see when they decide to do that. I'm waiting for it... reading the episodes that are coming out eagerly. It's going to be a whole new world, it's gonna be new people and cast. We're going to keep the court in England, and we're going to keep the court in France as well. It's going to end up being a three pronged show... bigger and badder than ever.
TRS: That's exciting! I was also going to mention earlier... There are so many powerful women on this show, which I love... Mary, Catherine, and Elizabeth... it's really great to see...
Kane: It's really exciting... I mean... I'm a little bitter though, because Elizabeth's gardens and her castle are so pretty, I'm like, "Rachel [Skarsten], dammit, I want your gardens, give them to me," and she's like "no, they're Queen Elizabeth's gardens, you can't have them [laughs]." I've been promised more horse riding once I get to Scotland though, so I guess I'll take that. I'll take horse riding over pretty gardens any day.
Pictured: Toby Regbo as King Francis II and Adelaide Kane as Mary, Queen of Scotland and France -- Photo credit: Ben Mark Holzberg/The CW -- ©2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
TRS: [Laughs] That's funny. You know you guys had a really beautiful scene... I mean it wasn't horse riding and gardens, but on one of the final episodes leading up to Francis' death, you and Toby had a scene where you had to do a beautiful dance to an instrumental version of Sam Smith's "Stay with Me," and it was just so moving. What was it like to film?
Kane: That was actually a really lovely scene to shoot. It was really bittersweet. We practiced that dance a bunch of times, and it was quite like an emotional dance I think for both of us. It was the last one, and the first dance we ever did together... not to sell him out, but Toby was two left feet and wasn't a particularly good dancer when we started, and he's come a really long way, and he's actually quite a good dancer now. It felt fitting since dances have been such a part of our relationship as Mary and Francis. It was really sweet. While we were doing our little dance, our makeup team and our hair team were like crying behind the monitors, and the set supervisor was tearing up, and they're like, "we can't watch it, it's so sad and so beautiful," and we can credit that to our amazing choreographer, Jennifer [Nichols]. But, yeah... it was bittersweet, it was lovely. It was nice to get to do one more dance with Toby before he left.
TRS: Definitely. That's also one of the things I love about the show... how relatable it is. It may be a period piece, but we can all relate to love and loss and finding yourself and starting over. Wouldn't you agree that Reign is a very relatable show?
Kane: Yeah, I mean it's all sort of like universal themes, isn't it? Love and death and life and loss... family, tragedy. Those things remain constant no matter what period of time you're in. Human drama remains constant and always relatable, which is badass and awesome.
TRS: For sure. I actually have a final question that is kind of a fun one. I was watching an episode of Arrow the other day, and I was thinking about all of The CW shows and how there are a lot of crossovers, and I thought it's too bad there can't be a Reign crossover, because I could really see Adelaide kicking some ass on Arrow.
Kane: Oh my God, I would love to! I would love to be on a superhero show...
Kane: You have absolutely no idea...
TRS: I could so see that!
Kane: I would just love to be on any show that requires me to wear modern clothes. Jeans and a t-shirt would be awesome. That would be so great instead of a corset and a ball gown [laughs]. Tripping up on those things drives me absolutely nuts... beautiful as they are. I'd love to just be like in sweats.
TRS: [Laughs] Yes...
Kane: The only show we could conceivably really crossover with would be The Vampire Diaries or The Originals . . . but they would have to come to us.
TRS: The whole thing just made me think... I don't know if you're a fan of comics or not... but I wondered if you could be any comic book hero, who would it be? And why?
Kane: I am a pretty aggressive comic book fan actually.
TRS: Oh wow! I felt it...
Kane: I'm currently sitting on my bed with my roommate's dog looking at my bookcases and my stacks and stacks of comics. That's a tricky questions, because I like a wide variety of comics. Anything from like The Sandman to... I love Deadpool.
TRS: Ooh, yes.
Kane: If I could play a gender-bent Deadpool that would be badass like Lady Deadpool maybe. That would be awesome. Crazy stunts and guns and split personalities and merc with the mouth... my favorite antihero is Deadpool. I'm so excited for the movie.
TRS: I think the movie is going to be awesome... Ryan Reynolds looks incredible in it!
Kane: It's gonna be amazing! I was so nervous. I was like, "Ryan Reynolds it's time to redeem yourself from the Green Lantern days," and I really think he has. I'm so excited. I saw the trailer, and I was like "Yessssssss... Get at me Deadpool. Get at me." I'm so excited!
TRS: [Laughs] Yes! Thank you so much for playing along and for taking the time to chat.
Kane: Thanks so much... It's been a pleasure.
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Interview by Pamela Thomas