After posting a deleted scene with Roger and Brianna a couple of days ago, I’ve seen a lot of comments come in about Sophie, so I decided to do a little homework.
I’ll be honest and say I didn’t fall in love with show Bree at first sight. I’m not sure why, I can’t put my finger on it. Something feels a bit stiff or forced with her lines or her voice, I think. Especially opposite Rik Rankin who is a natural and a slam dunk as Roger; for me, it’s like Roger walked out of the book and onto the screen. Also, Roger is such a likable character.
The character of Brianna is not easy. I remember a comment made by Diana about Brianna, so I went and found it in a Q&A that Erin Conrad of Three If By Space recorded (CLICK HERE for full Q&A, it’s a good one)
Q: Which Outlander character was the most challenging to develop and why?
A: Brianna, probably. She wasn’t organic; I was just stuck with her because Claire was pregnant at the end of DIA.
Does that have something to do with it? I always felt like Bree was kind of a brat and annoying in the books. One comment I read said just that: “Brianna was annoying in the books at this point. She is annoying in the show. So I think they are right on track.”
Another slam dunk in this series has been the casting in general. It’s been unbelievable, in fact. I have a ton of faith in Suzanne Smith and her team based on literally every other character they’ve cast in this show.
I went in search of more Sophie, to see what I could see. I found this showreel, and I have to say, she’s a pretty damn good actress from what I see here. Take a look, and take heart. I’m excited to see where Sophie takes Brianna in S3.