Jamie’s Aunt Jocasta, Irish actress/singer Maria Doyle Kennedy, answered fan questions on Twitter this afternoon.
Okay Beauts , I’m here for 30-40 mins for as many questions as we can get in ( Im supposed to be in a recording studio so if I suddenly blank for a minute it’s because I’ve ducked under the table out of producer’s sight!)
#Outlander #meetJocasta #bringIt
Q Who is your favorite band? Current and all time?
A Current and all time are the same
@lowtheband ( LOW) I am obsessed
Q What were your first feelings when you joined the teamwork of
A I felt immediately welcome
Q How hard it is to do such strong Scottish accent?? (I love it!)
A I love having an accent, it makes you not be yourself
Q where did U draw inspiration from
@mariadkennedy 2 play a woman with such a strong connection 2 her family despite the vast physical distance between them in 18th century?
A I felt her so deeply connected to her family, she carried them in her bones
Q How challenging was/is it to play a character who lost her eyesight? Did you enjoy that part/challenge? PS: You did an EXCELLENT job!
A It was very challenging, very lonely actually, not to be able to look my fellow actors in the eye
Q You’ve played some extremely complex characters in your career. Would you say Jocasta is among the most challenging as an actor, especially given the tough storyline?
A Absolutely, but I’m up for it
Q What drew you to the part of Jocasta the most?
A I felt I was going to have loads of places to go good/bad/ruthless/tender….. she’s flawed but I love her # dontjudgeme
Q Which was Jocasta’s most challenging quality to portray?
A To figure a way to play her sight impairment was/is the most difficult
Q Actors many times say they share some traits with the characters they play. Is there a trait of Jocasta’s you most identify with?
A I think maybe I’m a survivor type of person……I like a challenge and I NEVER give up/in
Q something you admire in Jocasta?
Q welcome to the family ! Did you know about the strong fans when you joined the team?
A No! You’ve been quite the revelation
Q amazing performance last night. My question is who inspires you?
A People who use their voice or influence in the pursuit of fairness for all ( for those who may have less power or voice)
Q A little clash of worlds! What do you think Mrs. S would make of Jocasta and vice versa?
A Ha ha ha, well they’re both fairly fearsome women and will protect family above all… agree?!
Q is it difficult to be acting as if you’re blind?
A Very, it’s lonely
Q Did you do any research going into this role? How much did you know about slavery in America beforehand?
A I did some more reading of course, I have to say that playing that scene in
#donoharm was very very hard for everyone. We knew we were acting ….. but that it had been a real occurence in another time
Q Did you read the
#Outlander books before being cast?
A I watched Seasons 1-3 of the tv show then read book 4 and am now on 5!
Q Does Jocasta think Claire’s views on slavery might make Jamie not accept taking over the running of River Run? And how does Jocasta really feel about Claire’s views.
A I think she is struggling to understand her views or why Claire comes to hold them. Jocasta herself is utterly pragmatic.
Q Did you watch season 1 (Dougal and Colum) to get a glance of the MacKenzies and draw upon that at all? How did you and
@SamHeughan work to build this relationship? Such a beautiful scene where you two first meet by the river, so many emotions.
A I really just thought about all my relatives … the older ones who had left Ireland on boats and were never reunited with their families….. how much they must have longed for them
Q First a Spanish accent in the Tudors now a Scottish one. Is there an accent you can’t do?
A I have done a few! It’s great, it helps you be someone else.
Q Do you enjoy speaking with different accents? Is it challenging? Do you have a favourite?
A I’d love to try something really sing-songy like Icelandic !
Q What personality traits would you say you and Jocasta have in common?
A Think i answered earlier but another thing I’ve …ehr….discovered is that we both like whiskey!
Q a fabulous singer, a wonderful actor – so, what can’t you do? What do you basically suck at that you wish you could do better?
A I’m not great at baking
Q I loved your portrayal of Jocasta! How do you feel about portraying someone who is multifaceted – smart, scheming, etc. who is ALSO blind? What are the difficulties in the portrayal?
A The added layer and the thing I kept coming back to was the time ….. how different a woman’s position in society was, ( even one as smart and powerful as Jocasta ) how precarious
Q Apart from Jocasta obviously, who’s is your favorite
#Outlander character and why?
A Well Jamie is my blood, Claire is a strong woman which I hugely admire, Ulysses and I have a special connection…. Phaedra is a cheeky rip but i love her, Young Ian brought flowers….there isn’t a bad one in the bunch to be honest !
Q This is next level diplomacy! Bravo,
A Jeez really? Bad spelling and all….
Q You’ve done both modern / futuristic and historical dramas in your career. Would you say you prefer on over the other?
A I really only care about the story, the setting them becomes a necessary part of story telling….. I am enjoying the FABULOUS frocks on this though
Q Have you been caught yet? Are you under the table??
A Ha ha, I did one quick * I’ll be in in a minute * type wave at them…. we’re grand
Q how did you prepare for playing a blind person? Amazing job!
A I practised in my own home with blindfolds and I spoke to some folks about their visual impairment ….. of course many things are done for me ( Jocasta ) because of River Run ….
Q love your portrayal of Aunt Jocasta! I am a huge fan of
@jongarysteele how do you like your home #RiverRun ? The details are stunning!
A I am mad about it ( I spent a lot of time wondering how to fit a sofa into my luggage )
Q Did you and
@caitrionambalfe have any secret chats in Irish while you were working? You ladies are great together and I love the mutual admiration you have for one another!
A Not secret but we did speak as gaeilge cúpla uair , cinnte . Its a beautiful language, we love it
Q Being an Irish lassie, can you speak Irish Gaelic? Did you and
@caitrionambalfe have some secret conversations every now and then? Or just some typical Irish habits that the others found funny?
A We both love Gaeilge , Irish habits…..erhm…… does farting count? ( me not her Ladyship)!
Q One thing I love about Jocasta is her cunning. Do you find you relate to that and see yourself in her?
A Ha ha ha…. I think I’m an open book really …. I’d like to learn from her!
Q (tweet not available)
A Every scene with @leeboardman (Lt. Wolff) had us shaking our shoulders and weeping with laughter ( and not when we were supposed to be in that state!) 😂
Q What does Jocasta sees in Claire that actually is a part of herself as well?
Q Any new projects in the works that you can speak about?
A I’m always making things , songs, films , soups
Q What are some small things that make your day better?
A Kindness is always good
Q favorite food in the whole world?
A Probably sushi yum
Q Which reminds me, I’m watching Father Ted. I haven’t gotten to your episode yet though. Should I prepare myself???
A Love it!
Q How aware were you of Outlander and the fans before being cast?
A Not at all, you’re quite the tribe
I have to go lovely folks , some singing awaits, you were lovely to hang out with. Thanks
#meetJocasta #MeetingtheOutlanderclan #Donoharm #outlander_STARZ Do No Harm is a good motto for life really isn’t it? Take care, see you somewhere!
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