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Welcome to Rachel Skarsten UK: A fan website for the actress Rachel Skarsten. Rising to fame on Birds of Prey and then the breakout role of Tamsin on hit show Lost Girl - Now starring on the TV show ReignRachel has a long list of credits and achievements. Rachel Skarsten UK is the first fansite for Rachel that is not only social media based. I hope to bring you the latest news and gossip !
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Rachel Skarsten graduated from Queen’s University in 2007 with a degree in English. Eight years later, the actress is playing the Queen of England on TV.

[Photo of Rachel as Queen Elizabeth]

The Toronto native has a successful career in Hollywood and currently stars as Queen’s Elizabeth I in the TV show Reign about the life of Mary Queen of Scots. People may recognize Rachel from other shows such as Lost Girl, L.A. Complex, and Flashpoint. Most recently she appeared in the hit film 50 Shades of Grey, playing Christian Grey’s assistant.

Her acting career was already established – thanks to a starring role on the WB TV show Birds of Prey – before she decided to take a break and come to Kingston.

She considers her Queen’s education “invaluable” to her acting career because studying alongside some of the best students in the world taught her to work hard. “I thrived in that (competitive classroom) environment and it prepared me well for the same reality in acting,” says Rachel.

She took time out to talk about the importance of following your passion, the importance of a supportive family and give some advice to actors looking to make it big in Hollywood.

Q: Your father was a doctor. Was your family supportive about your acting dreams or was there pressure to pursue a safer career such as doctor or lawyer?
A: What a great tragedy it was for me to see so many of my friends being pushed in to “suitable” careers. Two of the greatest gifts my parents gave me were the requirement in our house of going to university and the freedom to study there whatever I wanted. Between them they had six degrees, so education was of paramount importance. They always said, however, as long as I was truly happy they would support my career choice. What an incredible privilege and freedom I had! I credit much of my success to that start.

Q: Your started acting in your teens and your career was starting to take off, but you chose to attend Queen’s. Why come to Kingston for four years as oppose to moving to L.A. to focus on your career?
A: I had missed most of high school because I was acting and I felt very strongly that the school experiences you have in your teens and early twenties can’t be duplicated later. I think so much of the learning you do in university is outside of the classroom, figuring out who you are and where you fit in the world. So I left L.A. to come to Queen’s for that and I’m grateful I did. I made a lot of mistakes at Queen’s, but I saw my peers in L.A. struggle making those same mistakes on a world stage. I felt blessed to come back to acting with a greater knowledge of who I was and with a degree that enabled me to know I had other options.

Q: How did Queen’s help prepare you for the cut-throat world of Hollywood?
A: There isn’t a school as competitive as Queen’s. It is bursting at the seams with some of the most well rounded and intelligent students from around the world. I remember during frosh week we were told in an assembly that while we were all accustomed to being in the top 10% of our class, half of us would now be in the bottom. I thrived in that environment and it prepared me well for the same reality in acting. I also believe that the education I received, while not specific to acting, taught me how to think in a different way, how to articulate myself and how to discipline and focus myself and my thoughts. It has been invaluable.

Q: What has been your favourite TV/movie role so far?
A: The one I’m doing now! I play Queen Elizabeth. Is there a more interesting, dynamic or powerful woman of her time one could play?

Q: This year you appeared as Christian Grey’s personal assistant in 50 Shades of Grey and Queen Elizabeth in TV’s Reign. What’s your next big project?
A: Reign keeps me pretty busy. We film for 10 1/2 months out of the year. So aside from working with my brother Jonathan’s charity Nyantende (which started at Queen’s), I’m focused on that.

Q: Any advice to Queen’s alumni who dream about moving to Hollywood and becoming actors?
A: If there is anything else you could do and be happy, do that. Acting is so much more than the art itself. It is a difficult, heartbreaking and ruthless business at times. If there is nothing else that sets you on fire quite like acting, don’t let anyone dissuade you from your dream. I believe, above all, in following your heart.

[Photo of Rachel at Queen's University]

TOP PHOTO: Rachel Skarsten as Queen Elizabeth on TV’s Reign.
BOTTOM PHOTO: Rachel (middle) during her Queen’s University days,
with roommate Stefanie Hurst (left) and cousin Maggie Ranson

 

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Rachel posted a few pictures of her and her Reign castmates celebrating Halloween dressed up as the Addams Family

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Rachel has just been announced to attend Pensacon next year. Whilst it is NOT in the UK I thought I would let you guys know anyway and hope someone can go and say hi to her!

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Reign | Season 3 Interview: Rachel Skarsten New Queen New Corsets | The CW

Rachel Skarsten describes the magic behind the costumes of Reign

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Source Canada Hello Magazine

‘Reign’ star Rachel Skarsten dishes on playing Queen Elizabeth I

Taking on a historical figure such as Queen Elizabeth I can be a daunting task for an actress, but Toronto native Rachel Skarsten tells Hello! that she was nothing but excited to step into the iconic shoes for the current season of Reign (Thursdays, E!). “I went to Queens University and studied English literature and this was the first time that I ever played a character that was a real person. I got to sink my teeth into studying her and reading everything that I could.” The Lost Girl star admits that she was nervous to join the show in the third season but “everyone was so incredibly welcoming of me.”

Here, Rachel reveals her affinity for Cate Blanchett, the joys of wearing 16th-century costumes and her idea of the perfect day off in her hometown.


Reign is filmed in Rachel’s hometown of Toronto.Photo: © Getty Images

Was it easy to master Elizabeth’s accent?
My audition for the show was the very first time I have ever done a British accent out loud and my main concern the whole time was not to look like an idiot [ Laughs]. But it’s been fairly easy. I had two very lovely dialect coaches who have helped me perfect it.

Did you do anything special to prepare for the role?
Cate Blanchett’s rendition of Queen Elizabeth is probably one of my favourite performances of all time. So I watched that until I think I memorized every line. Laurie McCarthy [the creator of Reign] had a very clear vision of how she wanted Elizabeth to be played and I really liked it. It’s this sort of new approach and the idea of meeting Elizabeth when she was early in her reign and still quite a young woman and dealing with all of those things that you deal with when you’re in your early 20s and you’re certifiably insane [ Laughs]. While I tried to observe other people and how they played Elizabeth and things like that, I wanted to make her my own as well.


Rachel wears the heavy crown of Elizabeth I in Reign. Photo: © M3

The costumes are stunning! What is it like getting into character?
I remember putting [on her first dress] and just thinking “This is the most lovely thing I have ever seen. If I ever get married I will wear this dress on my wedding because it’s so gorgeous!” Going into that wardrobe to have my fittings is probably one of my favourite parts of this job.

Since Elizabeth was such a strong woman, who are some women you look up to?
I always looked up to my grandmother on my mother’s side. She was an absolute force of nature. When she was 30, she was not married and she decided to go to India because it was her dream to change the world. So she went as a missionary. And I think of it even now, the pressure that I feel at 30 to have a life that looks like what people expect it should look like, and that not necessarily being the life that I want for myself. I always think of my grandma and the voracious appetite that she had for adventure and to set the world on fire. I feel very proud to have come from that.

What is your idea of the perfect day off in Toronto?
Going to Ezra’s Pound, my favourite coffee spot, getting a coffee and a croissant and going to the botanical gardens which I love and have loved since I was a little girl. Then going to a book store and sitting and reading books [ Laughs]. I have a super geeky day off! And then maybe going to Fresh or something and getting some food. Definitely those two things. Anytime I’m feeling down or a little overwhelmed you can find me either at the botanical gardens or at Chapters.

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   2015/10/20

I have now posted the review of Reign Season 3, Episode 2.

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Here is a Lost Girl video about the props department. Rachel features in this video

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   2015/10/18

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Thanks to everyone who entered, I have picked the 3 winners at random. They are

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