Nicely Done Interview with Richard Rankin

Photo: Richard Rankin at LandCon 2, Paris, July 2018, by Courtney Williams

The Herald’s Susan Swarbrick did a nice interview with Richard…

Excerpts:

How Outlander has changed his life

The biggest thing has been the commitment. We film for eight or nine months of the year. Staying focused and committed, keeping track of where the character is at and where he is going is a lot of work.

When you have such a long-running show, it is easy to lose track of things if you don’t stay on top of it. That is one of the biggest challenges and, at the same time, one of the most rewarding aspects.

Outlander is in my life pretty much every day, which I certainly can’t complain about. We have a great fan base and it seems to be getting more popular as we go on.

The evolution of his character Roger Wakefield MacKenzie

I remember often saying how I was excited and couldn’t wait to join the rest of the cast in the 18th century. I would say: “I’m done with libraries and fireplaces and sipping whisky by the hearth …” I instantly regretted that when I got to the 18th century scenes with the muck, rain and cold.

Childhood heroes

Billy Joel was huge for me when I was young. Probably my earliest memory of music was listening to Uptown Girl when I was four and trying to play my dad’s vinyl.

When my dad was in bed, I would sneak up and try to play music on his record player. I destroyed a lot of records.

I was fascinated with John Travolta and Saturday Night Fever when I was younger, too. I don’t know why. That is a bizarre thing for a wee boy to be interested in. I was always singing and dancing. I wasn’t doing much acting then.

Filming Season 5

I got to work more closely with some new people this year. Sam and I have worked a lot together. That was a good laugh because a lot of the time Sam doesn’t take himself too seriously either.

It was nice being able to have relationships with characters and actors that I haven’t done previously.

Season four was different because Roger ends up being sold off to the Mohawk but in season two and three I only really worked with Sophie and, at times, Caitriona. In season five it was nice to be working with a few of the other big players on the show.

For the full article, go to Herald Scotland.com

For other great S5 interviews, go to All Posts or my Season 5 Premiere Prep Guide.

The BTS Lasses will be discussing Ep 501 tomorrow, and I will endeavor to get that out by Wednesday! You can always check here for the latest Episode Discussions. 

Have a great Sunday. xo

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7 comments on “Nicely Done Interview with Richard Rankin

  1. Speaking of someone not taking themselves seriously, I’d day RR appears to be likewise. Oh, and talented. And then there’s that cute thing… 😉

  2. Roger Rankin is a very talented actor. I loved the interview, it’s awesome to know the opinions of the actors we love, and how they get along with their co-workers. Thank you for all the updates and goings-on with Outlander. Don’t know what we’d do without you.

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