Photo: Sera-Lys McArthur as Johiehon, Starz
Happy 4th of July! (if you celebrate, and Happy Thursday! If you don’t ?).
As Outlander fans, July 4, 1776 really doesn’t seem that long ago, what with Claire et al, dashing back and forth in time. Outlander has brought history to the forefront for me. Traveling, listening, discussing, reading, and researching for writing articles and doing interviews, processing with my own brain – my life, where I come from, how we got here, and current world affairs, all lead me to the conclusion that our lives and history are complex, to say the least. As Now People, I don’t believe in carrying around the shame and hurts of the past; it does not serve us in the present. But, I do believe in seeing the truth of things (as much as we can), and speaking that truth – it’s important to know and tell our stories.
This land belonged to the First Nations/ Native American people and Western European ancestors took it from them, and made it their own. And then, a group of rebels took it from those guys, and made it theirs, continuing the systematic removal of the original people from this land. That is the truth. My ancestors were immigrants, who came here after the US was established, but all of us who are, or come from Pilgrim Americans, Immigrant Americans, First Nations or American Indians live with the ripple effects. Holding this knowledge can inform me, my behavior and decisions in the present, and it can help me develop compassion for myself and others.
Outlander Episode 412 was a standout for many reasons, one among them being First Nations actress, Sera-Lys McArthur, who played the tragic Johiehon, Father Alexandre’s lover, the mother of his child, and the woman who made the ultimate sacrifice to be with him. I had the pleasure of spending time with the bright and beautiful Sera-Lys recently, discussing Outlander, her heritage, language and culture, her career, what’s next, and more.
It’s fun to notice what the actors have in common with their characters; for Sera-Lys, I would say she shares Johiehon’s intelligence, beauty, her big, generous heart, an underlying strength and dedication to that which she holds dear, and an element of fierceness and determination. Sera-Lys is talented and ambitious, and it will be fun to follow her career over the years.
Please enjoy my discussion with Sera-Lys McArthur…
For more interviews like this one, go to OutlanderBTS Original Interviews.
To watch out Episode discussion of 412, go to OutlanderBTS Episode 412, The Discussion – Providence (filmed before I met Sera-Lys!).
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