While I was running around New York Comic-Con like a maniac last weekend, I managed to get a sneak peek at the first episode of the new television show Reign (lucky me!). Premiering this Thursday, October 17 on the CW, Reign follows the rise of Mary, Queen of Scots—in grand CW fashion, of course. You know what that means, right? Yep: Romance, mystery, and a whoooooole lot of gorgeous costumes. Sort of like The Tudors for a more youthful set, it begins with the teenaged Mary’s flight following an assassination attempt from the convent in which she’s be sequestered since the age of five; however, her arrival at the French court proves to be a little more complicated than she guessed it would be.
Starring Teen Wolf’s Adelaide Kane as Mary, British actor Toby Regbo (notable for having played an uncredited young Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1) as Mary’s betrothed, Prince Francis, and Heartland’s Torrence Coombs as Francis’ illegitimate brother Sebastian, it’ll certainly be a treat for the historical fiction enthusiasts in the audience. Take a look at the extended preview here!
Post-screening, I also got the chance to sit in on a Q&A with Adelaide, Toby, Torrence, and series creator Laurie McCarthy. Read on for the lowdown about life on set, the most memorable days of shooting, who made those beautiful costumes, and more!
Q: Adelaide, how do you feel about Mary now, as opposed to five months ago when it was first announced that the pilot had been picked up? How has the relationship progressed?
Adelaide Kane: Oh, she’s more fun now. She’s a little less angsty; a little stronger; she’s a little less naïve. She’s still kind of hot-tempered and impulsive, but she’s making smarter decisions now, which is great—she’s learning to be a little bit more political in her dealings with everybody. She’s a little sly. It’s a lot of fun to play now that she’s more deliberate in her actions and her little manipulations.
Q: Laurie, you’ve created this world that is historical, but still feels modern. More than a few critics have mentioned [Sophia Coppola’s] Marie Antoinette as being an influence. How did you decide what this world was going to look like?
Laurie McCarthy: I wanted to create something that was sweeping and intimate, so I didn’t want anything to take you out of the moment. We used contemporary music because I felt like it was the best emotional choice.
Q: One of the things that we saw in the pilot is that there’s definitely a hint of the supernatural in this world. Does that mean we’re going to see witches? Zombies? Werewolves? This is the CW, after all!
LM: You know, this is a very superstitious time. I think that we’re leaning into the superstition; we’re leaning into sort of the horror elements of it. We haven’t gone to the supernatural… but there’s definitely some mystery to who lives in the castle and the psychology of what it is.
Up next: Torrence dishes on accents, horseback riding, and more!