The Seeker Speaks
Legend of the Seeker star Craig Horner talks about what's to come.
anuary 6, 2010 - As a fan of the Terry Goodkind "Sword of Truth" novels, I was thrilled to hear that they were making a television series based on the books. And that Sam Raimi was involved. Now in its second season, Legend of the Seeker is taking on the second and third books in the series.
Richard Cypher (Craig Horner), a young man with an extraordinary destiny, his grandfather and wizard of the First Order Zed (Bruce Spence) and his unobtainable love, Kahlan (Bridget Regan), a Mother Confessor who can bend men to her will with a touch have killed the bad guy, Darken Rahl. And yet...Rahl is back in ghost form, doing the will of the Keeper, trying to destroy mankind. Rahl's red leather-clad mistresses of pain who wield unbelievably phallic weapons called "agiels" (Goodkind must have an interesting sex life) are out to get Richard. So are Rahl's armies...until they learn that Richard himself is a Rahl.
I got a chance to speak to Craig Horner about the show. He gives us a sneak peek at what's coming up this season, his favorite moments in the show and how hard it is not to laugh when the softer versions of the agiels are used on set. And yes Twitter fans, he may just be joining you on there soon.
IGN: At the beginning of the season, you had a very interesting guest star, Charisma Carpenter, which was really fun for us geeks to see. Are you going to have any other guest stars this season?
Craig Horner: Yeah! It was great to start off with Charisma Carpenter, especially if we can bring on some Buffy fans. That would be great. Because I reckon Buffy fans would really like the show. Because I'm a Buffy fan and I like the show.
IGN: Me too.
Horner: Yeah, we've got Aimee Teegarden, we've got Gabriel Mann who plays the young Zed, we've worked with Jolene Blalock, another actress.
IGN: Yeah, I know her! Star Trek: Enterprise.
Horner: Emily Foxler...yeah, we've got some great guest cast.
IGN: Can you talk about the development of Richard's character, especially now that he found out that he's a Rahl?
Horner: Yeah, absolutely. Well that first whole season, season one, was really Richard kind of boy to man, kind of journey. And it was him coming to terms as the Seeker. And now season two, I have a whole new mission. I'm a Lord Rahl. I've defeated the person I was supposed to defeat. And now it's my turn to kind of lead the people and save the world from a greater evil, I guess. So it's definitely up a notch in terms of leadership, for sure.
IGN: I've been asked to ask you about reading the books. The last time I spoke to you, you told me you had read the first one. Have you gone any further into the series?
Horner: I'm reading the second one, but the more we kind of deviate, it's like, we've got a slightly different Richard and Kahlan. We've got a slightly different world. We're doing our own kind of thing now. The majority of the work will go more into my scripts, I guess, and on the set, and that kind of stuff, just trying to make the best show we can really do, you know? Yeah.
IGN: I know you did six weeks of stunt training before the series started. But the fight scenes and the riding has only gotten more intense this season. What kind of training are you continuing to do?
Horner: Good question. We don't really get a lot of time to do that much fight training, so I just try and grab the stunt guys whenever I can, you know. The day before, or even like half an hour before we shoot the damn thing. Luckily I kind of have a good memory for this kind of stuff, so it's kind of falling into place and it kind of gets easier each time you do it. And you know all the stunties' names, so it's like, you can start calling it out. 'Who dies after Noodles? Oh, Cheesecake. Oh, so and so. OK, great.' So because we're becoming a bit more of a stronger...Bridget and I and Tab (Tabrett Bethell) are becoming better fighters, we all need, I guess, less time to pull it off these days.
Horner: Oh! Oh my god! I can't tell you...the first time we had Denna, (a Mord'Sith played by Jessica Marais) in Episode 8, the first time we really got into the Mord'Sith world, there were so many jokes. Because we had one...those agiels are quite, um hard. But we've got one that's soft, in case we're doing any stunts with them. And I remember Jessica Marais was, you know, pushing that damn thing up against my chest...
Horner: ...and it's like, bending at the tip, and it's just like, entering frame and bending at the tip and coming up close to our face, and we just couldn't...'Oh, we're going to have to be really careful where we place this thing. [laughs] It's going to be too suggestive.
IGN: The love triangle that seems to be inevitable between you, Kahlan and Cara...where would you like to see that go?
Horner: I don't know if I would call it a...well, I guess it is a bit of a love triangle there. I think they might send us that way. I think they might send Richard and Cara that way. You never know. But it's a tough call. It's a massive relationship to have [Richard and Kahlan] and it's something that's beyond something sexual, because they can't really do that, so there is a really strong bond. It's really going to be hard to break those two up. But it's possible, so we'll see. [laughs]
IGN: Well it's just another thing that could keep Richard and Kahlan apart a little longer to sort of draw it out. And in the books, Cara is very close to him, so...
Horner: Yeah. Absolutely. They have to find ways of keeping us apart, because eventually we're just going to give in. We can't fight it forever.
IGN: So I have a bunch of Twitter followers who are desperate to know if you're ever going to get a Twitter account.
Horner: Um, you know what? It was Gabriel Mann who was convincing me to maybe go on Twitter. I was like, 'I don't know. I don't know if it's me.' And he was like, 'No, all you have to do is give thoughts that come into your [head].' I put off random thoughts to him and he'd say, 'This is the stuff that you've got to put out there. It doesn't matter. They just have to be from you.' I was like, 'Really? Is that all Twitter is? People don't really care what I think.' But maybe I'll do that. [laughs]
IGN: If it helps convince you, I got about seventeen questions about when your birthday is, since it's not on IMDb.
Horner: [laughs] Oh! The 24th of January, 1983.
IGN: [laughs] So if you don't think people care about what you think, there's that. They also wanted me to ask you about your favorite moments, especially the Richard and Kahlan moments.
IGN: I love that episode. Are you enjoying playing a darker, angrier side of Richard now? When the rage from the Sword of Truth takes over?
Horner: Yeah. Absolutely. In fact, before I got the job, before we started shooting, I was really excited about that part of Richard, and I was hoping we were going to draw on it a little bit more. And they kind of are a little bit, which is good, you know? Because they want this show to kind of be standalone episodes, you can't just have suddenly rage happen, because a lot of viewers won't get it. So they had to just really write a whole episode around what that's really about and really feature it in that episode. But I love just going, 'Arrgh!' To just yell at someone and then be really fine with it. Like, 'Ah. That was all good. I got that out of my system. Awesome.' [laughs]
IGN: If you weren't an actor, what would you be doing?
Horner: A musician. Yeah. Any type. A singer. Songwriter. In a band. Just play and play and play. I would find a way to make enough money from, hopefully, that, but if not, I would just get a job that would be able to fund my passion. I love music, and really, I mean, as humans, once we get past that mere point of survival, I mean, all life is about then is doing something that you love. That you're enthusiastic about. I love music and I love acting, so if I can just live and be able to do those two things, I can be happy, you know?
IGN: Can you give us a little tease about what is coming up in the next few episodes?
Horner: Oh yeah! Great! You're...up to episode 6...awesome. We get a little visit back from Denna. Denna's coming back which is really exciting. Whenever she steps in...ah! A whole other vibe comes in, I reckon. So that's really exciting. Denna fans can look forward to that. And a lot more Sisters of the Dark action, and, jeez, maybe I've said too much already. [laughs] Yeah, but those are some cool things to look forward to.
Legend of the Seeker will return on January 9th, 2010. Check your local listings.