Nell Hudson on Making it as a Young Actress, Being Laoghaire (and What it’s Really Like to Kiss Sam Heughan)
By Janis Hines OUTLANDERHOMEPAGE ORIGINALS
We’re so excited that Nell Rose Hudson has agreed to do a quick Q & A with us! We all know her as Laoghaire MacKenzie, Outlander’s resident bad girl who would stop at (almost) nothing to nab Jamie Fraser (but seriously…and be honest lasses, can ye blame her?!). What you might not know is that there’s a lot more to this multi-talented actress than her uncanny ability to make us hate her character so much. (P.S. She’s really very sweet!)
(**Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t read past Book One, and don’t want to know anything about what may or may not be coming in the series, stop reading!)
OHP: Hi Nell! Thanks so much for agreeing to talk with us!
NH: Hey! No problem!
OHP: How has your life changed since landing the role of Laoghaire in Outlander?
NH: Outlander was definitely a game changer for me as an actress. Before then I'd done a couple of jobs out of drama school, but when I got cast as Laoghaire I was ecstatic. It's very nice to be a part of a show with so many devoted fans.
OHP: What other projects have you been working on since finishing up with Outlander?
NH: I'm in an episode of Crossing Lines that just aired in the US. I've also done a couple of other TV jobs this year, but I'm not allowed to name them yet, I'm afraid! I'll let you know as soon as they air. I also spent the spring treading the boards as Lydia Bennett in a stage adaptation of Austen's classic, "Pride and Prejudice." It was wonderful to do theatre again.
OHP: We’ve read that you’re also a singer/songwriter…do you have any plans to record anything? Do you have any interest in doing musical theater?
NH: As an actress you only really get to do what you love when you are in work; it's not something you can do alone in your bedroom. So singing/songwriting is something that I love that I have complete control of; it's an outlet. I've recorded a bit; maybe I'll share something one day...
(We hope so! We’d love to hear her sing!)
OHP: As you probably already know, Laoghaire comes back in Voyager, the 3rd book in the series. Assuming there is a third season, what are you looking forward to in reprising the role?
NH: Let's hope there is! Well, it'd be lovely working with Sam again (no, not in that way!) he's just the loveliest guy. And of course getting to follow Laoghaire's story through.
OHP: How was it to film the “slap heard ‘round the world” scene with Caitriona Balfe?
NH: Well, it was actually kind of emotional to film that one! Laoghaire is distraught and I was fully in that mindset, it was tiring to film. At the same time, The Slap was my first on screen and it was definitely fun doing something so dramatic and catty.
OHP: Ok…just one last question, and, yes, we know you’ve been asked this a million times, but we’re sure our readers want to know...Was it fun kissing Sam (AND being the envy of millions of women...lol, Sorry, We had to ask!)
NH: It's always a bit weird kissing someone for the first time on camera when somebody calls "action" - like jumping into it with no build up. I've said it before though, Sam's a good kisser!
(and the women of the world heave a collective sigh…!)
Thanks so much, Nell! We really appreciate your taking time from your busy schedule to do this! We’re all looking forward to seeing you in your upcoming projects...please do let us know when they're due to air!
~The Wee Lasses