| How did you put yourself into the role of Hank for DQMW? How
get "into Hank's skin?"
loved playing the role of 'Hank Lawson'. I felt perfectly at home
in Hank's skin', so to speak?
Lawson was representative of what a real man was actually like
in the 1800's. Hank was honest, realistic,strong, convicted...not
afraid to take action despite the fact that some people might disagree
Many television viewers never understood that men in the 1800's
were very different from men in the modern world that we live in
today. The laws were different in the 1800's. The social values
were different. Businesses were different. Not many people realize
that as America expanded west and frontier towns were built in
the 1800's, the Saloon and Whorehouse were the first businesses
to be created. The migrating cowboys wanted to stop into a town
and have a drink, a bath, and a 'fun'evening. If a town didn't
have a Saloon or Whorehouse, no cowboys would come to that town.
memories do you have of the years of filming Dr. Quinn?
favorite memories are of the people that I worked with on "Dr.
Quinn". The cast and crew had a great time together, virtually
on a daily basis. After six years, you definitely have a sense
of family and community. I am still good friends with Joe Lando,
Jane Seymour and Helene Udy. I value the privilege that I had
by being on a show that was so well written, had such a talented
cast, and was so well received around the world.
is the episode or the scene which got to you the most?
suppose the most emotional episode for me was when Hank
revealed tothe townspeople that he actually had a son.
Hank loved his child, and had been taking care of the boy
since he was born. That episode was excellent. I also enjoyed
the episode where Myra was having trouble
with her baby, and Hank was the one person that was capable of
getting the baby to stop crying. I always enjoyed the episodes
where Hank was allowed to expose his softer side.
you have liked to further develop the relationship between
truly wish that the Hank & Myra relationship
had been developed. Helene Udy is such a strong actress. She
is fearless and willing to dive deep into a character, which
is the exact philosophy that I have about acting. Helene and
I got along famously as friends, and we discussed the history
and relationship of Hank and Myra all the time. There was such
a rich, hidden opportunity to uncover with Hank & Myra.
After all, the back-story of Hank & Myra was that Myra had
traveled with =
Hank to Colorado Springs, and they obviously had been in a relationship
together in the past. Hank had strong feelings for Myra...basically,
traits do you have in common with Hank?
My common points with Hank are honesty, strength, and conviction.
relationship between Hank and Sully was always conflicted.
you provide us with some insight into it?
Hank & Sully relationship is another relationship
that I wish the writers had explored deeper. Joe and I were
great friends on the show, and we always talked about how our
characters felt about each other. This allowed Joe and me both
to bring a more complicated emotion to a scene. Hank & Sully
respected each other. Although our characters were very different,
they both operated from their own sense of truth and honesty.
They both tried to do what they felt was correct. Joe and I
were always aware of the opportunity that existed between our characters,
and we both wanted a more evolved relationship to be revealed on-screen.
What are your thoughts on the character of Michela? And on
actress, Jane Seymour?
personal view of the Michaela Quinn character was that of a
smart, strong, committed woman. Jane Seymour was born to play
this role. Jane is a beautiful, strong, multi- talented, ambitious
woman, and I can't imagine a better actress to play the part
of Michaela Quinn. Jane was definitely the star of "Dr.
Quinn", and I respect and
admire the work that she did on our show.
was your reaction to the announcement of the cancellation
was heartbroken when CBS cancelled "Dr. Quinn".
The news came out of nowhere. The executives at CBS actually
told us that we were picked up for a seventh season, then a couple
of days later they cancelled the show without explanation. "Dr.
Quinn" was number one
in its timeslot
for six years in a row. I think the politics at CBS destroyed "Dr.Quinn",
which was the show that made Saturday night TV popular.
you see a future for more of Dr Quinn?
sincerely doubt that "Dr. Quinn" will
return. They might make one more movie-of-the-week based on
the series, but even that would probably be unlikely.
one day the series began again, would accept an offer to
the "Dr. Quinn" series were to be
revived, I would love to play Hank Lawson again
you still see other actors who were in the series?
Yes. I see several of the actors from time to time on a social
had filmed a pilot of a series that was a spin-off of Dr
did California never air?
The "California" spin-off
series was an excellent show. Beth Sullivan wrote "California",
and the story took Hank Lawson from Colorado to LosAngeles. The
show was never aired by CBS, and to this day, I don't know why.
Beth wrote a fabulous script, and the actors that were involved
"California" were great. Laura Harring played my love interest.
James Brolin, who is married to Barbra Striesand, played the local
sheriff. I really wish CBS would have allowed the fans to see this wonderful
2-hour movie. ( See video highlights
our interview with Jane Seymour, she confirmed to us that
you were involved in a common project? What is the status
of this series?
co-wrote a feature script called THE GLORY FOREVER. I met with
Jane and her husband, James Keach, about the possibility of Jane
playing the female lead role of "Debbie Laramie" in
this film. Jane told me thatshe loved the part and would
be interested. I would play the male leadrole of "Kent
Dylan". In this story, unlike "Dr.
Quinn", Jane and my character would actually fall in love.
The project is set up with a production company based at Sony
Pictures. Jane is perfect for this
role, and I would love the opportunity to do another project with
her. At the moment, the financing is being worked out for the script,
so until that is finalized, I don't know all of the details about
the final cast.
NOTE: William's answer was completed in January 2005, and since
then the name of the script has changed and, to my knowledge, Jane
was not able to agree to terms with the production company and
is not attached to the role now, if and when the film is made.
are your current projects?
cancelled, I decided to devote my time and talent to projects
that were close to my heart. I wanted to focus on writing,
which I have done. THE GLORY FOREVER is one of those projects.
I also co-wrote a film noir feature script entitled CATHEDRAL CITY,
as well as
a television pilot entitled LAKE TRAVIS, which was set up at Miramax
Television for a period of time.
have also focused primarily on my music. I was never able to
give full attention to my musical desire, since I was always
on a TV series or doing a movie. Music has always been a passion
of mine, and I am very excited about my band, called SEEDY
have been working extremely hard with this band, and our
debut album is finished and will be available at www.seedyside.com
music can be categorized in the 'Modern Rock' genre. I
write the lyrics and sing lead vocals. Robert Richards
is our guitarist, writes the music, and sings. Tad Dollase
is our bass player. Tad and I have been playing together for
six years. James McCrone is our lead guitarist. James is also
a great music engineer. He has worked on 38 albums, and won
a Grammy for his work on Eminem's "Marshall
Mathers LP" (2000). James Hannon is our drummer. We will
be playing live shows in =
2005 to promote our self-titled CD.
you a small word to be said to your fans?
appreciate everyone who was a fan of "Dr. Quinn",
or of any of the other projects that I have been involved in.
We all need each other to make the world go around, and I am
thankful for the people that have been a part of my career, both
directly and indirectly.
do you live now?
live in Southern California, outside of Los Angeles.
I also spend as much time as possible in Texas. I
am a partner in a restaurant in Austin, Texas called "Cafe
Josie". We have been open
for around seven years, and the food and ambiance are outstanding.
You can go to www.cafejosie.com to find out more about
the menu and the restaurant. Anyone visiting Austin should
definitely stop by for a great meal, and tell the manager
that William sent them.
you ever returned to Norway, your country of origin?
ancestry is actually English, Dutch and Cherokee
Native American Indian. I have been to both England
and Holland and am a registered member of the Cherokee
you like to come to France to meet your fans?
would love to travel to France to meet all
of you. Let me know the time and place, and
I will be there. Perhaps SEEDY SIDE could come
with me, and we could give you a concert! I lived in Paris for
a while before I moved to Los Angeles, and I
absolutely adore France.
did you not take part in the Dr. Quinn Movies?
really would have liked to do the film but CBS
didn't make a respectable/acceptable offer. After
six year of a series, the offer was unacceptable.
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