4:17 pm - 03/20/2014

Anna Popplewell talks about her character, and about Francis and Mary's "happily ever after"

Reign‘s newest royal couple, Francis and Mary, just got back from their honeymoon, and things are already looking grim. For starters, Bash is still in love with Mary — even though he ended the last episode by kissing a hot hunter — and Lola has admitted that she is pregnant with Francis’ child. Add all that to the fact that King Henry just humped a woman out of a window to her death, and we’ve got some very exciting drama ahead of us.

To talk about what comes next for the very pregnant Lola, and what Olivia was saying about the darkness, we caught up with Anna Popplewell (Lola). She told us all about the love triangle, Henry’s “misbehaviors,” and an upcoming wedding:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Lola dropped this pregnancy bomb on Mary in the last episode, so where does their friendship go from here?
ANNA POPPLEWELL: Well, it’s tough. [Laughs] Basically, in a nut shell. It’s a big mistake isn’t it? I think it’s going to be a very difficult thing for Mary to truly forgive and forget. She’s very magnanimous in the episode we’ve just seen, and I think part of that is due to the fact that the way that she finds out about the pregnancy and about Lola’s liaison with Francis is in a situation where Lola is risking a horrible death in order to abort the child, in order to save Mary and Francis’ marriage, and in order to stop Mary from finding out that this ever happened. So I do think it’s going to present big problems for their friendship in the future. I think that the fact that Lola has shown that she is so sorry that she is willing to risk death over making things right is obviously a big motivator for Mary to preserve their friendship as best they can. The main thing for Lola and Mary at the moment is trying to find Lola a husband, because if they can find a husband quickly enough, then they can pass the child off as being that husband’s child, and Francis and Mary won’t have to face Francis having a bastard son with Lola or a bastard daughter with Lola.

Is Lola’s connection with Francis dead? Will we see more of their connection, even in a non-romantic way, moving forward?
I mean you will certainly see them interact again this season. I think that that connection was very much of that moment. They were both in dark places. I think it’s not an accident that it happened outside the castle. I think they were both having reflective moments on their unhappiness at French court, and how despite the fact of how lucky they are, how wealthy and fortunate socially, that there’s a kind of dissatisfaction there and a kind of sadness. I think that that connection was something that happened in that moment, in those circumstances really.

Maybe this is me holding onto something that I need to let go, but I really loved Lola and Bash’s moment that happened a while back.

It really was just a series of moments, like a light flirtation I guess. But that was episode 4. So that was a while ago, and I think it was a very small glimmer of a possibility, because at the time, Bash was really having feelings for Mary. To me it seemed like they got along, but I don’t know whether that was ever heading in a particularly romantic direction.

Okay, is it something I should let go?
I think it’s something that you should probably let go of, but I would never say never on Reign.

Fair enough. The last episode ended with Mary lying next to Francis in bed with her eyes open. It seems their honeymoon period is literally and emotionally over, so what is this pregnancy going to do to this core love triangle of Bash, Mary, and Francis?
I think it shouldn’t really be a surprise given that they got married in episode 13 with nine episodes of season 1 still to come that it’s not going to be plain sailing for Mary and Francis, and obviously that has implications for Bash because he’s so invested in his feelings for Mary. But it also I think just reflects how bumpy life in general is at French court. This was never really going to be an easy marriage, both of them political priorities that sometimes are at odds with one another, so obviously Lola’s pregnancy and Mary’s promise to Lola to keep that pregnancy a secret from Francis is going to be one of the challenges that they face, one of the sources of mistrust, but they’re going to have plenty of things to talk about and fight over and make up over. Just because they’re married, doesn’t mean they’re going to be happily ever after.

With this pregnancy, are we going to get any more of Lola’s family and her story?
Well we’ve met her brother and we know a little about Lola’s family – we know that she lost other brothers, that now, this brother is her only remaining brother – and it’s interesting because the logistics of family were a little different then. I mean all of these girls left their families when they came to [France], and there haven’t exactly been visits. So they’re all acting fairly self-sufficiently, but obviously bearing in mind how their actions affect their family reputation whilst they’re at court.

Branching out a little, the promo makes it seem that King Henry might be going on a bit of a killing spree, so what can you tell me about what’s coming up for him?
King Henry is rarely not misbehaving it seems, but there will some kind of more serious misbehaviors in episodes coming up, yes.

Will we get more Clarissa this season?
Maybe is all I can say to that. [Laughs]

The darkness was introduced in the last episode, so what can you preview about what’s coming up, and what this darkness could mean for everyone in the castle?
I think it’s so interesting, this idea of the darkness, because we’re always watching the political machinations and sexual intrigue and personal worries of these characters at French court, but the darkness is something that threatens all of them, and that will become more apparent as the season continues, that there’s this overarching threat. And it’s something that will be explained further and dealt with more explicitly and more directly as the season goes on.

Where are you all in filming?
We’re just starting to shoot episode 21.

Do you have an episode or a story that you’re most looking forward to fans seeing?
I can tell you that Lola is going to get married before the end of season 1, and I have been having a lot of fun working with the actor who plays my husband, so I’m looking forward to fans seeing those scenes.

Can you tell me if we’ve met him yet?
I can’t. You’ll have to wait and see.

Reign airs tonight at 9 p.m. on The CW.


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smolderhotter 20th-Mar-2014 03:26 pm (UTC)
Here's a link for all of you that want to watch now:

arlen_mci 20th-Mar-2014 03:51 pm (UTC)
Bless you once again, saving my work boredom on Thursdays
smolderhotter 20th-Mar-2014 03:27 pm (UTC)
I love the intro so much
smolderhotter 20th-Mar-2014 03:28 pm (UTC)
'she fell to her death' never not funny omg

also this thing with windows, since they showed it again, it must not be a coincidence, he is a psycho
hustlers 20th-Mar-2014 03:28 pm (UTC)
i was gonna start watching this show last night but it was already hella episodes in on huluplus. i mean i know i can watch it on my computer, but i so would have rather watched it on my tv. w/e i'll probably watch it only later today.
imnotasquirrel 20th-Mar-2014 03:29 pm (UTC)
this last ep was hilariously ridiculous. what better way to follow up fucking someone out a window than having some girl-on-girl action with henry watching in approval?

so henry's basically a full-blown sociopath now, lmao
smolderhotter 20th-Mar-2014 03:34 pm (UTC)
alfendi 20th-Mar-2014 03:30 pm (UTC)
Lmao Henry. I assume this is leading to his spectacular death by the end of the season.
therearewords 20th-Mar-2014 03:30 pm (UTC)
That's a lot of text. And the ""time-appropriate"" clothes continue to make me laugh.
smolderhotter 20th-Mar-2014 03:31 pm (UTC)
too much sherri hill
therearewords 20th-Mar-2014 03:36 pm (UTC)
imnotasquirrel 20th-Mar-2014 03:31 pm (UTC)
i think they've given up on even the vestige of having time-appropriate clothes. i'm pretty sure i noticed at least one skirt that wouldn't have been out of place in present day fashion.
mrsdracula 20th-Mar-2014 05:35 pm (UTC)
same. sometimes it takes me out of the show bc I'm thinking 'what the hell is she wearing?'
smolderhotter 20th-Mar-2014 03:31 pm (UTC)
horny henry

hammersxstrings 20th-Mar-2014 03:31 pm (UTC)
i love this overly ridiculous historical fiction crazyness.

looks like they're going to kind of stick to history too, regarding Francis...wonder how that'll play out
smolderhotter 20th-Mar-2014 03:33 pm (UTC)
that makes me so mad since they basically ignored everything else, so why would they stick with that lmao

hammersxstrings 20th-Mar-2014 03:37 pm (UTC)
~drama~ lol

i mean like what are you gonna have her do. marry bash? I'm sure they're not just gonna have her ride off to scotland and marry someone else...or maybe they will, so they can have another love triangle, who knows...
hocus_pocus 20th-Mar-2014 03:37 pm (UTC)
it makes sense though and i don't get why people are so adamant about them not sticking to francis' death. mary is a well known figure (and her story after francis is more well known than the time she spent with francis which is why they can get away with so much) and although that can ~get away with the stuff they're doing rn they can't get away with not killing francis. it's basically historical au if they do that. it would be like doing the tudors but keeping anne boleyn alive.
smolderhotter 20th-Mar-2014 03:34 pm (UTC)
Kenna looks so uncomfortable omg
mjgchick 20th-Mar-2014 03:35 pm (UTC)
Can't wait for Francis to die so we get to see her in Scotland. This triangle drags her down with one brother being pathetic and her not having much chemistry with the other.
hocus_pocus 20th-Mar-2014 03:39 pm (UTC)
mte i need lord darnley in my life
benihime99 20th-Mar-2014 04:33 pm (UTC)
mrsdracula 20th-Mar-2014 05:38 pm (UTC)
we'll see if the show will ever leave the french court...I wish they would
hammersxstrings 20th-Mar-2014 06:23 pm (UTC)
i think they're gonna marry her to darnley but still have bash about for the drama
gingerhost 20th-Mar-2014 03:35 pm (UTC)
I can't believe she was on Narnia as the lead and her career fell apart and now she's starring as a recurring in a lame ass cw show . RIP her career.
smolderhotter 20th-Mar-2014 03:37 pm (UTC)
omg that's her? lmaoooo

but then again no1curr about narnia
roxiful 20th-Mar-2014 04:58 pm (UTC)
For some reason I thought she wasn't going to pursue acting after Narnia.
goofusgallant 20th-Mar-2014 05:45 pm (UTC)
andres01234 20th-Mar-2014 03:36 pm (UTC)

(I know that she won't be in it and that they are working on The Silver Chair, but still, I NEED IT NOW!)
hocus_pocus 20th-Mar-2014 03:39 pm (UTC)
i doubt they'd ever even get to do the silver chair since will poulter is way too old to be playing a 14 year old now :/
andres01234 20th-Mar-2014 03:46 pm (UTC)
they could age him up
they're already working on the script


but taking 5 years from the 3rd movie to the 4th one is really gonna hurt it
smolderhotter 20th-Mar-2014 03:39 pm (UTC)

she looks prettier here than she does now
smolderhotter 20th-Mar-2014 03:40 pm (UTC)
wow that's huge oop
endingonfire 20th-Mar-2014 03:41 pm (UTC)
Omg hair envy
therearewords 20th-Mar-2014 03:45 pm (UTC)
It's like Clarke and Browning gave themselves to science. Mmmmmmmmm yes.
smolderhotter 20th-Mar-2014 03:46 pm (UTC)
omg mte
20727 21st-Mar-2014 03:04 am (UTC)
i see it
foxtree 20th-Mar-2014 03:52 pm (UTC)
Serving up some 2011 Emilia Clarke realness
gingerhost 20th-Mar-2014 04:55 pm (UTC)
She gives Ashley Benson realness on this pic.
mrsdracula 20th-Mar-2014 05:39 pm (UTC)
she is one of the people who is incredibly photogenic. jealous tbh
julietislimited 20th-Mar-2014 03:41 pm (UTC)
I caught up on most of the series and is it odd that I liked Lola/Francis together a bit more than Mary/Francis (though those two do have a few good moments). Idk, maybe its because I'm not a big fan of Mary.
hocus_pocus 20th-Mar-2014 03:43 pm (UTC)
her relationship with bash completely ruined her character
smolderhotter 20th-Mar-2014 03:46 pm (UTC)
mte :/

for the sake of 'shippers'
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