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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 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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‘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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   2015/10/15

Rachel appeared on Canada TV News on 14.10.15 to discuss Reign.

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And here she is the same morning on CP24: (Image links to CP24 site to view video)

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Stuff.co.nz interview

Reign’s new queen Rachel Skarsten

Move over Mary – there’s a new queen in town.
Introduced at the end of the second season, Canadian actress Rachel Skarsten’s Queen Elizabeth I will be a major factor in Reign this time around, actively plotting the Queen of Scots’ (Adelaide Kane) demise.

Part Norwegian, the 30-year-old Skarsten was previously best known for her work on supernatural drama Lost Girland a small role in this year’s Fifty Shades of Grey as Christian Grey’s assistant Andrea.

Fairfax caught up with her recently by phone.

What is it like joining an established series?

I’m no stranger to joining a show in the third season, I joined Lost Girl at the same stage and that was a wonderful experience. I had no idea what to expect though and I felt the pressure of the part, but Adelaide was so welcoming. It wasn’t five minutes after it was announced that I got the part that I got a message from her welcoming me to the show. That was so cool and that really set the tone. They really are like a little family here. I say this completely genuinely. I feel truly blessed to have been welcomed into their little crew and it has been seamless.

This season of Reign will be 22 episodes long. How do you pace yourself to work on something for that long?

It is a little daunting. I’m figuring that out as I go along because I’ve never been part of a project that’s been longer than 13 episodes. You can definitely throw yourself into 13 episodes and just kill yourself for five months. But when you’re looking at 10 months, it’s a very different situation. I think it’s just about getting as much sleep as you can and enjoying each and every moment, because when you do something for so long there can be a monotony regardless of what and how exciting it is. I’ve been through periods where I haven’t worked and would have paid someone to give me a job – I think that’s really helped me feel very grateful to have a job, even when I have a call time of 3.30am. My Mom laughs when I text at 4am saying “I love my job”.

Rachel Skarsten plays Queen Elizabeth I on Reign.

Rachel Skarsten plays Queen Elizabeth I on Reign.

What about the costumes? How have you coped wearing 16th century outfits in 21st century Canada?

Don’t forget, I also wear I wig. I’m sure I’ll be grateful in the wintertime, but there were times I was thinking my face was literally melting off of my body. I was so hot with the corset and the dress and the petticoat, with a jacket over the top. That is very challenging, but I grew up in Toronto so I’m no stranger to the severity of the change in the weather and it’s just part of the job. We have an amazing crew and the make-up and wardrobe people are so supportive and helpful. They have little fans and are doing whatever they can to make you more comfortable.

With Queen Elizabeth being both an historical figure and someone portrayed on screen so many times, how did you find a unique take on the character?

For my original audition, I saw an incredible vulnerability about her and played up on that. I think that really resonated with the writers. She is so profoundly known for her incredible strength of character – she was like a force of nature and arguably one of the greatest leaders of all time. To deconstruct her and show her vulnerable side, that’s what everyone identifies with and that’s the language we all speak as humans in any situation in life. Even when you’re doing incredibly things, you can feel scared, overwhelmed and humbled. I’ve enjoyed playing that part of her.

And have you found your double degree in English Literature and Classical Studies handy for the role?

I know getting a degree in those subjects might to some people seem pointless in this day and age, but I’ve found it invaluable. That wealth of characters you are introduced to – I did whole courses on Shakespeare and Restoration Literature so I’ve absolutely drawn on that. Having said that, I believe everyone has a job for a reason and I think I trust that the writers do their thing and do it well. That’s their piece and mine is to take what they have written and bring it to life.

Rachel Skarsten says her Reign costumes were difficult to wear during the summer months of filming on the third series.

Rachel Skarsten says her Reign costumes were difficult to wear during the summer months of filming on the third series.

On that note, how far ahead do you get the scripts on Reign?

We discussed the arc of Elizabeth before the season started and I have a general idea of where she is going, but we don’t get the scripts until the day before. It’s a little bit nuts and it’s been a bit of an adjustment for me because of having to learn the accent and digest all of that dialogue. Normally, learning lines is fairly easy for me, but when you add an accent onto that it adds a complexity that I had not anticipated. I remember Megan Follows (her fellow Canadian and Reign actress) said to me that it will get easier, “you will get into a rhythm and familiarity with the character”. That has been true and that was really great advice. However, much to the chagrin of all of my agents, I never studied accent, had a coach or went to school. It’s funny because I actually value being educated in everything I do and take pride in that. But I really like the sort of off the cuffness of acting. While I deeply admire actors who deeply prepare, it’s just not something I do. It is now a tradition that I will look at the lines the morning of the edition – it lends a freshness to what I do. Everytime I try to really study, people see it as being contrived. For me then, this scenario is perfect. It’s like the wild west of acting. Get the script, jump into it and do it. I really am sort of set on fire by that.

So how long are you planning on sticking around on Reign then?

I always joke with Adelaide that it’s “only a matter of time deary and it will be off with your head”. I’m in it for the long haul. I remember saying to the show’s co-creator (Laurie McCarthy) that this is the one job where I know that if I get killed off I must have really messed something up because I’m supposed to be the last person standing.

 

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