Interview: The Two Sides to LEGEND OF THE SEEKER’s Bridget Regan

Bridget talked about Torn

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Interview: The Two Sides to LEGEND OF THE SEEKER’s Bridget Regan

Posted on 10 February 2010 by Brent Hartinger, Editor

TheTorchOnlne: I have to tell you, I tweeted that I was interviewing you, and my inbox was overwhelmed. I received hundreds of suggested questions!

Bridget Regan: Well, I’m on Twitter, so I’ve got everybody in communication.

TTO: Do you read what people write about you online?

BR: I read your reviews!

TTO: We’re flattered!

BR: I don’t always hop on and read everything because of time, but I grew up in the theater, and I really miss that audience response that you get in a house that’s full of people. That’s been the hardest thing for me in doing television and film.

The job I did before this was a comedy, and you can tell on stage whether a joke lands or not, whether they laugh or are asleep in the front row. So I often ache for that sort of feedback: do they like what we’re doing, do they buy it?

I don’t have time [to read online stuff], but my manager does email me [stuff]. I did like [’s] reference to my “Star Trek hooker outfit”! I thought that was hilarious — I love it!

I have to say, there are some days when I look down at what I’m wearing and I’m like, “What the hell!? Look at what I’m wearing — look at how ridiculous this is!” The wardrobe people look at me and say, “No, you look fabulous.”

And then I look around, and it fits in with the world, and it’s a costume, and I love it. But it does feel a bit out-of-body.

TTO: I wanted to ask you about your new costume this season, which, needless to say, is very popular.

BR: Yeah, it’s funny, because it looks so different from how Kahlan looked before, but the funny part about it is a lot of it I’ve always worn. I’ve always worn this corset under my white dress. The belt I’ve always worn, I’ve always worn black boots — they did extend them up for me, because I was really into the thigh-high boot look.

She has a skirt that she’s worn, but I’ve kind of said, “Well, Kahlan ripped and slipped it, so she could get her high kicks in.” We collaborate, the costumer, Jane Holland, who is a fricking legend, I just adore her. We collaborated on it, and the new jacket is the same cut as the traveling coat, and it was like [Kahlan] ripped out the lining of it and cut it short.

I wanted to make her more of a warrior, making it more practical. Some days I’m out in the woods in my white dress, and I [was] thinking, “Could there be anything more ridiculous?” Everybody always asks, “How do you keep that white dress so white?”

Anyway, I wanted it to be more fighter-friendly, and it really is. And it’s bad-ass, and I like the idea of Cara rubbing off on her too, [even though] she should hate this woman, this Mord-Sith. That’s the best part of the show for me right now.

TTO: I definitely want to talk about Cara, but first, let’s talk about “Torn,” this weekend’s episode. I watched a preview copy last night, and I thought you were just terrific.

BR: Thank you!

TTO: I don’t want to give anything away, but how fun was it to play two such different characters?

BR: Man, I haven’t had this much fun on the show to date, and it’s going to be hard to beat this one. It was an opportunity to go so far to the left and so far to the right. And the best part about it is that they’re both really true to who Kahlan is inside. It’s about the balance, the ying and yang, whatever you want to call it.

It was really quite a bizarre experience, because it makes you introspective. You think, “What would I be like if I had no emotions? If I was all duty, no love?” There is one character who puts duty over love, and then the other character is all love, all emotion, just heart, gooey and soft. And that’s Kahlan as well.

It was just a ton of fun. The most bizarre part was acting with myself, with the green screen and a tennis ball on a stick and all that, and then seeing it all put together. I felt like I was in The Parent Trap! “How are they doing this?” It was such magic.

I have no idea how they do it!

TTO: I was curious how they shot it, if you stayed in one character all day, or if you switched back-and-forth?

BR: The trickiest part was obviously the last act, which is when they’re together. It was bizarre. They got two girls who are my same height and build to be in both costumes, and they’d be standing by. We’d block, and I’d be one of them, and I’d [watch the other] and say, “Oh, no, she wouldn’t do that!” And then we’d switch, and I’d go and do that part. We had to figure out the whole sequence, and then on one day I’d just be the Confessor-Kahlan, and then on the other day, I’d be the emotional, loving-Kahlan.

And it wa
s full-on! At the end of the first day, I was about to collapse. I was in every single shot.

I was playing the Confessor-Kahlan [the emotion-less one], and she is so sharp, I wanted her to have real wit and agility and a coolness about her. It took a lot of self-control, because I tend to be quite emotional!

I get really shy about telling friends and family, “You guys have to tune in!” But this is the first one where I’m like, “All right, guys, this is the one watch.”

TTO: It was intense! I know you don’t get to do much rehearsal on the show, but you must’ve done more for this episode.

BR: I met with the director, Chris Martin-Jones, who is actually one of my favorite directors on the show. There was so much to work out, because the truth is, I was developing two other completely different characters.

It worked out really well when Craig [Horner] and I went to the U.S. to do press for the premiere. Luckily, I had a really long flight from New Zealand to work on it.

But we shoot really fast. It’s rehearse, block, build the shot, and in that time you’re getting prepped, everyone’s coming at you with make-up and hair and tightening your corset, and then you go on and shoot it, and you hope that you [do it well]. You usually get two takes, and you hope and pray that you get a third, and then you move on.

That is the hardest part of the job, no doubt about it. All of us really struggle with it, because you do the first take and you realize something about the scene, and you get another idea [but there might not be time to do it]. You sometimes have to go with your gut, your first instinct. That’s the hardest thing.

TTO: I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I found the emotionless Kahlan to be the more interesting character. She was absolutely riveting while the emotional half was a little annoying. Was it more fun to play “evil” than it was to play “nice”?

BR: Uh, yeah! Maybe I’m just getting a little envious of Tab [who plays Cara] and all the great things she gets to say and do!

They say that the Confessor power gets out-of-control in a man, so I kind of think of her [like that], that the power was taking over, taking control, like the ring in the Lord of the Rings, it’s power, and that’s what she’s living off of.

Anyway, I found it to be really exciting.

The emotional one, Kahlan hasn’t had any relationships with anyone that we know of — yet — and it’s like she is this little teenaged girl on the inside in some ways. She’s inexperienced. So I would agree with you, she might be a little annoying!

TTO: You touched on something before, which is that Cara is a great addition to show. Somehow all of the characters seem more interesting by her being there.

BR: I absolutely agree. Mostly because she’s changing and evolving … but it’s a two-way street. It’s one of those things, we have this black and white world. [Kahlan] has been taught to hate the Mord-Sith, never trust them, to just kill them, confess them and be done with them, because they’re not human anymore.

And [Cara’s] making us doubt everything we’ve learned. And the friendship that’s forming is so thrilling. There’s an episode coming up, “Desecrated,” where Tab and I are locked in a tomb together. She’s a terrific actor, lovely to work with. She’s a joy to have on the show, just a show.

She’s our missing link!

TTO: And it sounds like you have become friends off-camera as well.

BR: We jumped off the Sky Tower. It’s not even a bungee — it’s so easy, it’s so tame. It’s like you’re in a full-on harness, like a day at work in some ways.

But it’s like you’re flying, and she took me to do that on my birthday, and it was quite special. We’ve become quite close. We’re great pals, hang out a lot.

The truth is, we work so much that all of our friends are the crew. My best friends are the guy who drives me to work in the morning, and the woman who dresses us, so that’s who we hang out with on the weekends.



Interview: LEGEND OF THE SEEKER’s Tabrett Bethell is Not Cara (Or IS She?)

Tab talked about Cara

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Interview: LEGEND OF THE SEEKER’s Tabrett Bethell is Not Cara (Or IS She?)

Posted on 24 February 2010 by Brent Hartinger, Editor

What would it be like to interview Cara, the take-no-prisoners Mord-Sith-turned-sorta-good who is currently shaking up the second season of the hit syndicated fantasy series Legend of the Seeker?

I’m sure if you asked one wrong question, she’d bite your head off. (On the other hand, what a way to go! Am I right?)

Anyway, I was understandably a tad nervous when I landed a chance to speak to Tabrett Bethell, the actress who plays Cara, by phone from New Zealand, where the show is just wrapping up the filming of its final episodes for the season.

I needn’t have worried. This Australian native, a former professional cheerleader but a relative newcomer to acting, couldn’t have been kinder or more pleasant. She is, of course, not the character she plays on television.

Or is she? As we talked, even Tabrett (which is pronounced with the accent on the first syllable) admitted there are occasional similarities: she can be very blunt, she’s very private and self-protective, and she was initially annoyed by Bridget Regan and Craig Horner’s humorous on-set antics (and was blunt enough to tell me that!).

Hmmmm. Where does Tabrett end and Cara begin? That, of course, is for you to decide:

TheTorchOnline: I know everyone must ask you this, but you have such a beautiful name that I wanted to ask you about it. Is there a story?

Tabrett Bethel: Well, I was born in Syndey, and my mother wanted to name me Siobhan, and my father wanted to name me Murray. They couldn’t agree. So my father left the hospital and went for a drive, and saw a sign that said, “Tabrett Street.” He went back to my mother, and said, “How about Tabrett?” And she said, “Yes, that’s it!”

TTO: That is beautiful, but it’s a good thing that it happened to have such good connotation!

TB: [laughs] Isn’t it?

TTO: At what point once you were cast as Cara did you realize, “Okay, this is a great character.”

TB: Oh, right away. Well, no. It was obvious from the start, she’s the counter-point to the other characters. She’s totally honest, she gets to say all these funny things. That’s who Cara is.

But by episodes four and five [of this season], we really started to have fun with it, we really started playing around.

TTO: She’s the character who has the major character arc, the one who is changing the most.

TB: You hit it right there. This is all new to her. She’s constantly evolving, and that’s what’s exciting. She takes three steps forward and five steps backward. Cara has many moments of confusion that are interesting to play.

It’s a character that’s all about growth. Who can’t relate to that?

TTO: Which is the perfect lead-in to my next question! How much like Cara are you?

TB: I really bounce back and forth with this. I was having a conversation with one of the producers last week, saying, “This character is so different from me!”

But one thing this particular producer had said to me right from the beginning is, “She’s closer to you than you think.” I do find that when I connect to the truth of her, we are very similar.

Cara is incredibly honest — she speaks her mind. It’s often to her detriment, and it’s often something great. And that’s something that I can definitely relate to. I’m constantly being told that I’m way too honest. Often it gets me into lots of trouble.

She’s a very complex character, very troubled. She has so many elements that so many people can relate to. She has this shield around her heart. She’s constantly trying to protect herself, because that’s all she knows. And I think a lot of people can relate to that: don’t get too close to her, or you might get burnt — that kind of thing.

TTO: I’m not an actor, so this may be a dumb question, but has playing this character made you even more assertive or honest in real life?

TB: No, I’ve always been majorly honest. That I’ve always had.

What it has done — and I think this is part of the acting process — you get to know yourself really well as an actor, and I think playing a role like this has made me know more about myself. She’s definitely made me stronger.

TTO: Tell me something about this weekend’s episode “Princess.”

TB: “Princess” is fantastic! When I read that script, I jumped up and down twenty-five times. It’s like the ultimate.

What’s so great about this ep is that she — without giving it away — she has to play the absolute opposite of who she is. The mission is to save one of the cast, and [Cara] has to be a lady, she has to be elegant, she has to be able to dance, she has to do all these things that are completely foreign to her. She has to have grace and just be really feminine. And Cara’s used to doing everything at her best. Everything she does, whether it’s fighting, getting with men, she knows how to get the job done.

Now she’s faced with this obstacle. It’s quite funny watching a very powerful character be vulnerable. It’s quite hilarious.

And we actually see the whole cast wearing hilarious outfits.

But it’s pretty funny for Cara, because she has this mission to rescue someone, and it becomes a competition, and she plays to win. It’s really funny — clever writing. It’s a great director named Garth Maxwell — I love workshopping scenes with him. We have the same left-of-center humor!

It was a great piece of writing to get my teeth into — not just me, but all the characters. It’s excellent writing for everyone — everyone gets a golden moment.

TTO: My personal theory is that the introduction of your character has made all the other characters, and even the other actors, far more interesting. It goes back to what you said about being the contrarian.

TB: Yeah! Well, Cara’s the counter-point!

You have these three characters, Zedd, Kahlan, and Richard who all pretty much think the same way, and go on big quests. Then someone comes along and questions everything they do. She’s got a reason to question everything! And she, in turn, makes them question themselves.

It’s a hilarious kind of a merry-go-round that keeps going on. It’s always interesting to have a counter-point.

TTO: Cara has been really well-received among the fans — there’s very strong buzz around her. Are you aware of how popular she’s become?

TB: No! I’m not aware of it!

It’s kind of funny, shooting here in New Zealand. It’s a little bit of a cocoon. You get up, you go to the work, you give your best, and you go home. It’s quite insulated here. And the schedule is so heavy, and for me, the focus is on the day-to-day, filming and shooting. So that’s really great to hear.

TTO: It’s really gone over well, and I think it’s part of the reason why there’s such a good energy about the show lately. And I think one of the things people appreciate is how the show has gotten so sexy! The show seems to really be embracing that this season, with Kahlan’s new outfit and…

TB: Yeah! How hot is Kahlan’s new outfit! Yeah! The wardrobe people are so talented.

I watched a few episodes from season one. But they seem to be doing things very different [this year]. The writing seems more fun. And the support cast we’ve had is fantastic.

TTO: Talk to me about your outfit.

TB: My outfit — it’s kind of a funny one. For some reason, the air goes straight through it. It gets very windy here in Auckland, and very cold. I can’t describe how cold it is for me.

In winter, it’s very cold, but in summer, I’m saturated, I’m dripping with sweat. It gets so hot.

It’s a different kind of leather than I’ve ever found — it’s very stretchy, very movable. Yeah, it’s comfortable. It’s just at the moment, it’s very hot and humid here. Sometimes in this outfit I feel like I’m going insane.

I’m standing in the middle of a forest going, “I swear I can feel my outfit cooking! I swear I’m going insane!”

[But] in terms of comfortability, it’s great. The wardrobe department has made it as comfortable for me as possible.

TTO: A couple of people contacted me asking me to ask if you’re ever going to go on Twitter, and also if you’re willing to share your birthday, which is apparently unknown. But you don’t have to give it out if that’s too personal!

TB: [Laughs] Uh, you wanna know my age? Well, my birthday is in May, which means I’m a Taurus.

As for Twitter, well, I’m not even on Facebook. I’m such a private person, and I barely have time to check my email. If I had Twitter, I’m sure I would be hooked and not able to tear myself away.

But it is something that I’m thinking of doing! I don’t have a computer-technology bone in my body.

TTO: Well, it increases your sense of mystery, which is probably not a bad thing.

TB: [laughs] Well, I am an incredibly private person.

TTO: The last thing I wanted to ask you about, when I spoke to Bridget Regan a couple of weeks ago, she mentioned how the cast members have become good off-camera friends as well.

TB: I think it’s a little different for me, not coming in and playing the same character from the beginning. But it’s a really beautiful, all the friendships — and the crew, you know. You are family.

But especially the friendship that has developed with Bridget. It’s really beautiful, actually. She has this quality that she just makes you feel very warm. She’s actually very funny. They’ll say, “Action,” and all of a sudden, she’ll break into some dance. And I think, “What are you doing?!”

At the beginning, that used to drive me crazy. Her and Craig [would pull their jokes], and I would say, “What are you guys doing! It’s so irritating!” But now it’s completely endearing.

She’s turning out to be a really integral part of my life. She’s so professional. Craig’s lovely, Bruce is lovely. I feel really lucky to work with those guys.



Legend of the Seeker 2.19 – Stop nagging! You remind me of Kahlan.

Cara加入後,至此已經有兩集個人main回(203&212)、兩集跟Kahlan的合作回(208&216),裝成公主那集也是一半以Kahlan怎麼邊逃出監獄邊對牢友佈道女性主義思想、一半以Cara怎麼被"優雅高貴"給折磨又如何靠她自己最會的方式(也是折磨…只不過是折磨"他人")救出Kahlan。其他集數中,即使Cara只是過場的路人,她卻每次只要開口或戰鬥,就會有讓人印象深刻的表現,例如Kahlan分裂成二個,基本上Cara在那裡就只是鬼畜地把Kahlan電得跪倒在地而已,但依然能讓Cara fans看得興致勃勃。








森林被燒、Night Wisp種族將要滅絕





Model Pose.

you see-see.

Again. Model pose.

we saw-saw.


Richard to Kahlan:「我想我們該在這裡道別了…」

Cara:「我們能把道別做得快一點嗎?她愛你、你愛她、我應該保護她就如我保護你一樣 — 我有漏了哪點嗎?」

Kahlan to Richard:「……我會跟你會合的 ^_^b」

(好不容易有比較像聖母的台詞讓觀眾忘記幾分鐘前我才剛連捅一個男人三刀還把人家都捅到飛起來的scene!!! Cara, I hate you!!!)


Everyone!! Meet the voice of reason.




而那個人自然是Kahlan,她最喜歡 talking about her FEELINGS. 





「如果照妳這麼說,那當Night Wisp可能還比較輕鬆呢」


Kahlan:「Night Wisp是造物主所創世上最脆弱的生物,一旦缺乏不間斷的同伴感就會使她們消失」





It’s a sad topic, not something you can laugh at like what Kahlan did in this scene. 

Even Kahlan didn’t what to laugh actually.




















以前Cara跟主角一群人最初遇到Night Wisps時


老跟她拌嘴的Zedd諷刺地解說:「只有純潔如the Mother Confessor這樣的人才能引出她們,如果跟妳在一起,我們一輩子也看不到她們」









Cara"只有" 173cm, 在這群長人團體裡看來顯得嬌小OTL





















「好了!我愛Richard!愛Lord Rahl是痛苦使者的職責」




「Fine. 我也關心他們…一點點而已。夠了,我說了。妳高興了嗎?」







還有,Kahlan一點也不嘮叨!她只是喜歡 Talking. About. Her. FEELINGS.


"I failed you." 








下集跟Cara有淵源還幫她養大兒子的女人就會出現了吧,等得夠久了 = =+

Legend of the Seeker – Confess me, my Lady!!

作為暢銷小說真理之劍的改編作品,Legend of the Seeker具備所有奇幻故事的要素:偉大的巫師、被預言的英雄勇者、永遠死不了的反派以及特殊能力的美女們。

基本上,我對西方版的劍與魔法奇幻系列並無興趣,就如魔戒,如果沒有精靈族那個美男子,我一分鐘也看不下去,但LOTS這部除了美女和肌肉男以外(第一季時男主角常脫上衣 show 出比肯得基更美味的八塊肌,第二季新加入金髮美女Cara後,男主角就不再出賣色相,把這工作全交給Cara了 -__-)倒是比魔戒之類的作品更讓我覺得有趣,即使壞人壞得這麼典型、男主角又跟其他冒險英雄設定沒兩樣,也能讓我看得蠻高興的。



例如,當Cara站在男女主角的背後當活動佈景時,她也一定要擺出一副「以防萬一有人會瞄到我,我要無時無刻站著這個看起來很壞人樣的 model pose」。每次鏡頭定格拍男女主角們的反應,就能看到Cara又站出model pose、兩手抓著那兩根螢光棒…不對…陽具象徵….不對….警棍….也不對….古老冰棒…更誤…Agiel…whatever that means. 

附帶一提,作為 femslash fan base相當廣泛的 LOTS,它當然有一些 subtext 足以被妄想力強的眼尖 fans 津津樂道,其中最大宗一群就是,儘管跟男主角閃光放不斷,the Mother Confessor、我們的女主角 Kahlan,還是跟 Cara 結伴榮登 fans 心中「妳就直說她是女朋友吧!」的殿堂寶座。

而身為一個XENA die-hard fan,也能在這部看到幾個懷念臉孔,例如亞馬遜的Queen Molesa、Ephiny、Joxer…我還在期望著Robert Tapert能哪天心血來潮讓Lucy客串演出呢!居然沒第三季了!可惡!



Legend of the Seeker 2×08 Cara uses her agiel on Kahlan


Cara從反派變成我方後,身為Mord-Sith的過去就在她與Kahlan之間率先併發裂痕,Cara坦言自己是殺掉Kahlan親妹妹的兇手,而且是迅速地給了對方一個痛快,說完後,面對差點陷入「Blood Rage」(超級賽亞人化XD)的Kahlan,Cara卻是露出不知道自己講錯什麼的無辜表情。




經過這三階段的調教,最溫柔、最善良的靈魂會被毀滅,最冷酷、最美麗的Mord-Sith(痛苦使者)隨之誕生。她們能吸收所有魔法、再將魔法反衝到施術者身上,任何魔力加護的武器都對她們起不了作用,最特別的是,她們具備無數次將死者復活的能力:生命之息(Breath of life)。


Cara在第一季末集為了57年後未來Mord-Sith的生存,捅了 Darken Rahl 一刀(Mord-Sith是訓練來效忠Darken Rahl的),但第二季開始看起來似乎對外界騷亂漠不關心,成天就跟著幾個美女悠哉洗澡,惹得Mord-Sith裡某個女人很不爽。終於,這個女人(是Angel的Cordy哦!)邀集一群Mord-Sith偷襲Cara,把她打得半死、切掉辮子頭後(辮子頭髮被切掉是喪失榮譽的恥辱)便丟在荒郊野地。


如果以前做殘忍行為僅是為了取樂,現在她做這些事就是為了保護男主角、間接拯救世界,但無論如何,現實註定她尚不能放下屠刀。Cara最初看起來總是因為拗不過 Richard 才捨命陪君子做做好事,但事實上,身為以殺人為生存意義、以施予他人痛苦為職責的Mord-Sith,Cara會願意去做好事(不管是不是自動自發的),就已經是她正在改變的證明。


Kahlan饒恕Cara一命的善行,並沒有被Cara輕易遺忘。Cara曾對敵人嗆聲:「The Mother Confessor is a woman with honor. 她明知我殺掉她妹妹卻仍然饒我一命,妳不知道任何關於她的事(就不要多嘴)。」

從這裡能窺知Cara的忠誠心不僅是對Richard、也是對Kahlan。再說,當有人在自己不知道的地方 defend your honor 時,這永遠是非常sweet的行為,即使在看的人眼中,也會覺得這樣的Cara有夠可愛。她明明可以直接走開不理人,她平常性格就是這樣,懶洋洋的不理會我方同伴生命危機以外的事,這裡卻停下尊腳幫Kahlan講話XD


With PASSION!!! Cara就是這樣,這孩子真老實…







連逼問人都要擺model pose的Cara











看著「感性Kahlan」深情無腦地對著Richard說"我只想跟你在一起成為真正夫妻、除此之外什麼都不重要、你甚至可以要其他女人大享齊人之福、我還會跟那個女人當好姊妹…etc",這時,「理智Kahlan」露出了恥笑的表情,她正在看著一齣無腦肥皂劇,而且打心底覺得那個女人可憐又可笑。就連Richard聽完告白後,都衝著「理智Kahkan」大喊:『妳看看她(感性Kahlan)!她已經瘋了(She’s not in her right mind)!』



我認為LOTS這部特別之處在於女主角的塑造。雖然背負著"懺悔聖母"(Mother Confessor)之名,Kahlan卻是個格鬥戰高手,她下手之狠絕對不輸虐待狂出身的Cara。好幾幕戰鬥場景就是她用小刀輕而易舉對敵人割侯,而且動作俐落、毫不拖泥帶水,接二連三的男人女人在她小刀下一個一個翹命…真是好可怕的"聖母"。




Cara cosplay 公主這集也很有趣






Cara露出"死老頭 -__-凸"的表情,默默地繼續砍柴XD

















這集是兩人友情回,也是讓眾多subtext fans回味無窮的情節














Kanlah(很開心):「Oh, 那些話對來我說意義非凡」






Kahlan:「She’s just being…Cara

Kahlan在發現Cara殺掉自己的妹妹後,發誓只要再讓她見到Cara就會殺掉她復仇。現在,聽到Cara說把她當朋友,Kahlan卻非常高興、非常感動,甚至承認被Cara當成朋友這件事"It means a lot to me"。

這集結束後,下一集開頭,Cara又跟Zedd拌嘴,Kahlan邊聽Cara的嘲諷,一邊以"Oh, Cara"這種在寵愛妹妹一樣的表情笑了出來。兩人的關係有了飛躍的進展,Cara還是一副痞子樣,但Kahlan對待Cara的方式、她對Cara的反應、她聽著Cara說話看著Cara做事時的樣子,已經跟先前截然不同,充滿很甜的親密感啊www


推薦兩個喜歡的Cara/Kahlan mv

Cara/Kahlan "The demons that I face"

Stand In The Rain || Cara&Kahlan || Legend of the Seeker