Witches of East End Blog
Q&A with Rachel Boston, Part 1
From a small town in Tennessee to action-packed East End, Rachel Boston is making magic playing Ingrid Beauchamp on “Witches of East End.” Rachel is a lot like her character Ingrid - minus the whole witch thing. She’s friendly, smart, and I couldn’t wait to chat with her about all the magic happening so far in Season 1!
Ingrid begins the season a level-headed and rational woman, but as she learns more about herself, her powers, and her past lives, she seems to struggle with who she is in her current one and a more emotional side of her comes to the surface. Can you talk about her transformation throughout the season?
This season for Ingrid is about transformation, stepping into her power, and ultimately fulfilling her destiny. When the season begins, Ingrid is living a very sheltered and happy life as a librarian and then suddenly her world is turned upside down. She discovers who she really is and begins a journey deep into the secrets of her soul to uncover the mystery of her family. She struggles with the consequences of magic and learns from the dark and the light. And as the past comes to the surface, Ingrid has to face who she was and the choices she has made in her other lives and become who she truly is inside.
I think Ingrid is stronger than she ever imagined. Her soul has experienced so much growth during her other lifetimes, and I believe that's what gives her a deep capacity for love and compassion in this life. Now that she is moving out of her comfort zone and awakening to all that is possible, I think she will be able to forgive her past and find the courage to become a very brave woman in the world of magic. So deep down I think she's brave. Very brave.
There is a strong theme of feminine power in the show. Can you talk about that and how it is displayed by the Beauchamp women?
The Beauchamp women are all powerful witches with different gifts and unique voices. And there is deep loyalty in the family. I love the scene after Ingrid wakes up from her past life nightmare and her mom says, "We all have darkness inside of us." Joanna and Aunt Wendy know everything about who Ingrid and Freya are, and the mistakes they have made in other lives, and continue to encourage them to bring out their strength and the good from within. That's a very powerful message. You are forgiven for your past and you are now free to step into your power and live in the present.
Can you talk about the driving force of Ingrid’s powers - strength of mind, intellect, invention - and how that influences her throughout the season?
Ingrid is ruled by her mind, intellect, and invention, which has given her the ability to write her own spells to use magic in other lives. In this life, she is a librarian and has been studying witchcraft, so her journey is to take the knowledge she has from her studies and move it from her head to her heart and put it into action. Adam is a big part of this journey. She uses magic to bring back the man she loves and then finds the courage to let him go. The brownie spell that leads her into 1906 forces her to look at the choices she has made in the past. As she starts accepting herself, she begins to use her head and heart together to become the powerful witch she really is.
What are the biggest challenges and rewards of playing Ingrid?
Ingrid is growing and evolving so fast in the world of magic. The first few episodes she's just waking up to her new life so she gets hurt a lot. The spell to reverse the curse almost kills her. She wants to do anything she can to protect the people she loves, so there are a lot of tears and growing pains. It's very rewarding to play a woman who is facing everything she has inside. She's fun and smart and courageous, and I love time travel. It's very exciting to enter the unknown.
Who is your favorite witch or wizard in pop culture and why do you remember her/him?
Samantha from "Bewitched!" Love "Bewitched!" And Glinda the Good Witch. "You had the power all along, my dear."
You grew up in Tennessee. What made you want to pursue a career in Hollywood? What was that like for a small-town girl?
I moved from a mountain with one traffic light to New York City when I was 17 and it was an amazing, eye opening, creative adventure. I would walk through the streets of Manhattan looking up at these huge buildings, amazed that I didn't know a single person in any of them. I started to work in theater and then moved to Los Angeles for a show called American Dreams. I love storytelling so much and knew what I wanted to do, so I stayed focused and am very thankful to be doing what I love now.
Dash or Killian? Why?
Ingrid is on Team Trust Your Heart and Don't Marry the Destroyer. She wants Freya to be happy and safe. That's what's exciting and dangerous about the world of magic: We don't always know who is for the light or dark. And Ingrid is really hoping Freya will be able to figure it out. Where there's a witch, there's a way.
But who would you, Rachel, choose: the got-it-together Dash or the unpredictable and exciting Killian?
Oh my! My heart tends to be drawn to adventure so I understand the relationship with Killian. He's soulful, he's not bound to the expectations of society, he's free.
Check back after the season finale to read what Rachel has to say about the rest of Season 1 and her hopes for the magic that is to come on "Witches!"