Witches of East End Blog
Q&A with Rachel Boston, Part 2
The Season 1 Finale cast a spell on audiences. Rachel Boston chatted with me exclusively about the funniest behind-the-scenes moments, the major plot points throughout the season, the crazy cliffhangers, and what she hopes for future episodes of "Witches of East End!"
Throughout the season, several characters reveal themselves as evil or as having less-than-honorable intentions, and there is a lot of loss (Adam dies from a spell, Penelope is the shifter, Mike is insane). How will Ingrid continue to cope with this disappointment, and how will it affect her as a woman and a witch?
I was reading a poem called "Good Timber" while we filmed the episode where Ingrid lost Adam, and I love this line: "Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees." Through all of Ingrid's tragedies and disappointments, she grows stronger. Through the loss of love, she uses her magic to bring Adam's spirit back and begins to understand her heart and the power of love inside. Through the shifter and her past life dream, she learns about betrayal. Through Mike she painfully learns the truth about who she is and that she is the key to another world. Her heart continues to be broken open as she develops into a strong witch and woman. Life lessons and love become very complicated and powerful when you find out you are a witch.
Freya is trusting and excited to get to know their father when he returns, but Ingrid keeps her distance. Why do you think that is?
Ingrid was heartbroken when her dad left the family. It takes her a while to open up, and I do think it will be a very interesting relationship. They are so much alike. And it's a journey of forgiveness. She is going to have to forgive him to start a relationship. He certainly holds a lot of secrets from the girls’ past.
Season 1 leaves off with a whole lot of cliffhangers: Ingrid is the second key and has opened the door to the portal, Dash and Killian aren’t mortal after all, Joanna and Victor have rekindled a confusing romance, Joanna is on the verge of death, Freya chooses Killian who has been left for dead by his brother. What are your hopes for where these storylines will go in Season 2?
I want to go to Asgard! To explore where we came from and why we left! Ingrid opens up a new world with Wendy and Joanna, and I can't wait to see what's inside. Is our brother still there? Who lives in Asgard? What was coming out of the portal and how am I the key? I would also love for Adam to come back as a guardian angel. Very excited to see our past lives with Dash and Killian. Are they from Asgard too? And as for mom and dad, I certainly hope we can figure out a way to be a family again.
Of your castmates, who is most like his or her character? And most different?
All of the women in the Beauchamp family have similarities to who we are in real life. We really do. As for different, Virginia Madsen is very powerful in real life, but she's not an evil shifter, so I'm going to go with Virginia.
Any funny behind-the-scenes moments you can share?
In the season finale, I have a stunt double and she was walking around set dressed and looking exactly like Ingrid. One of the amazing women on our crew walked by her and said hello and then walked inside the makeup trailer, and I was sitting there. She was convinced I had real-life shape shifting powers.
Also, shooting scenes at 3 or 4 a.m. involving Latin can be really funny. We were filming the scene in the backyard where the Beauchamp women bring the garden back to life in episode 3, and Madchen and Julia started making up Latin. We now have a very powerful secret language.
If you could have one wish, what would it be?
I would wish for healing for our world.
If you could have one magical power, what would it be?
Healing powers and to fly. I really want to fly.
One last question: If, like your character, you knew you might have very little time left, what would be the one thing at the top of your bucket list? Is there that one thing you want to do or place you want to go? Why?
Such a wonderful question! I hope to find the sacred moments every step of the way so I will be able to look back with joy and clarity. And I would really like to go to Switzerland. I have so many books on Switzerland and friends who grew up there. I would like to hike through the Alps and visit Lake Lucerne while eating Swiss chocolates!