Seeking out Legend of the Seeker's Craig Horner

By Dale Conour

Mar 12, 2010

Legend of the Seeker fans sounded a collective 'nay' last week when a representative from the Tribune Company (which owns most of the stations that air the syndicated show) revealed it would not be interested in a third season. There’s been no official announcement from ABC Studios, of course, but having recently chatted by phone with Aussie star Craig Horner (Seeker's Richard Rahl) as he relaxed in an Auckland Starbucks, it sounds like the poor guy might be ready for a break.

For those who haven’t checked out the show, Seeker is based (more or less) on author Terry Goodkind’s bestselling “Sword of Truth” fantasy series, and serves up a buffet of familiar swords-and-sorcery treats. Look, it ain’t great, but it’s often fun. It has an appealing cast—with hotties Bridget Regan (Kahlan Amnell) and Tabrett Bethell (Cara), plus the legendary Bruce Spense (Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander)—all tramping about in gorgeous New Zealand locations (a la Lord of the Rings). And best of all, it has no TV-typical cops, doctors, or lawyers. New Zealand's not that big a country—have you seen every square inch by now?
Craig Horner: I'm kind of confined to Auckland, actually. There's still so much I haven't seen. Come the weekends, I just need to watch a movie, play the guitar, go swimming at the local swimming hole; you don't have the urge to drive an hour to go see something. But I have a friend visiting for a couple of weeks, so that will probably get me out there.

So you haven't even gone bungee jumping?
I did recently do the Sky Jump at the Sky Tower, it's this massive needle in the city. I did it with Tabrett, who plays Cara. She took me there for my birthday. You're kind of dangling at first. I didn't look down much. And they let you go and drop you, first just 10 meters, and they take a photo, and then they let you go. But you have this tension, from the wires, on you the whole time, you feel that safety, so I kind of felt like a bird flying down. It was great.

Legend of the Seeker is a physically grueling series. You must be a helluva swordsman by now. I like that backhanded grip you whip out sometimes.
Well, I keep getting better and better, I hope. I have a great stunt double who's always challenging me to keep it up. We don't want to just have Richard doing the same old slice and dice. He started off with the heavy axe swing kind of moves—he was a woodsman, not a swordsman. He was cutting down trees, but now he's cutting down D’Harans, right?

Let's play the game where I say a name and you give me the first word that pops into your head. Bridget Regan.
Oh, cute.

Bruce Spense.

Tabrett Bethell.
Ooohhh, uhhhh, slithery. That's not a very nice word. [laughs] Let's say smooth—it's just that snake-like suit she wears.

You're a pretty small cast. It is fun or challenging to work with each other so much?
We get guest actors in every episode, and that really helps to keep us from getting bored, and, you know, getting bored of each other. It can give us new energy, especially when it's a young, great, interesting actor. It kind of revitalizes us and reminds us of what we're about.

Is there a lot of humor on the set?
It's a lot of going, going, going. You want to do bloopers, purposely goof up scenes, but there's just not the time, and it's expensive. And there's so much in these episodes, so much that's happening all the time, it's crazy.

So of course fans are all about the unresolved sexual tension between Richard and Kahlan. Can you actually see the show not having it and still being successful?
It's still critical to the show: You want to see how these two are feeling that while it's just getting worse and worse around them; I mean, you've got this evil dude to deal with, it's the Keeper who's basically the Devil, right, so that kind of takes priority over your relationship. So you keep following your destinies, fulfilling your prophecies and then see how you end up.

Looking back over the evolution of the show, it seems it took a real emotional turn with Season 1 episode 8, the debut of Denna and the Mord'Siths.
That was one of my favorite episodes, that and episodes one and two. They had a real journey for Richard; meaty yeah? We really went there, you were just in a dungeon, just two characters playing out scenes—it was powerful wasn't it? But that's kind of the question: Do you make a show that's just a frenzy of fast-moving images…or do you just make solid acts, keep them self contained, sort of. I wish we could do that more.

At the end of Season 1, Kahlan says to Richard, "No one can blame you if you want to go home." And Richard says, "I am home." How long do you see Legend of the Seeker being your home? Do you want a third season? A sixth season?
There are so many pros about this job, and a couple of cons—being away from friends and family in Australia to shoot for nine months of the year, and the shooting is grueling. I want to live all aspects of my life, not just acting.

But this is a project that could go on for years. I mean, we're not just sitting around in a medical room, talking about this or that disease. I get to ride horses, fight with swords, fulfill my Indiana Jones dreams, my Conan and Star Wars fantasies. And it's always, you know, the end of the world, losing your father, your son, your mother (laughs). So if there's a character I could keep playing, it's Richard.

What else would you like to do?
Well, not really acting projects as such. I mean that stuff just kind of happens, doesn't it? It's not like I can say, ‘Okay now I want to do my thriller with Scorsese, where is it?’

What I need to do is listen to my body: It needs rest, it needs better food, a bit more meditation, some massages, yeah? Playing music and dancing and hanging out with friends. I'll get all that back in me, and then we'll see what the next thing is.

Legend of the Seeker airs Saturdays and Sundays in syndication.

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  • SameerSherwani151 Jul 11, 2015

    please please i am dying to watch season 3
    lovely show dying to watch it
    season 3 should be released
    all fans are requesting it
    we all want season 3 to be launched please!!!!!!

  • MelissaFrazie Apr 21, 2010

    I don't usually watch a lot of TV, but I end up staying up late just to keep watching the next episode of the legend on DVD. Craig is not only hot, but so down to earth. He totally reminds me of Nathan Fillion. Another great show that was canceled early! And all of the characters! It's a show that keeps your eyes glued to a mix of everything from life. I sure hope to see another season! Mel:-)

  • AleksandraSe Apr 18, 2010

    I would LOVE Season 3. I have been re-watching season 1 and first 16 eps of Season 2, and I still want more. There hasn't been a fantasy show for at least a decade. I am 40 years old gal, and I do remember Xena and Hercules and I loved them all the way. Legend of the Seeker is so wonderful, and I have read all of the books after the first and second episode of Season one. And I am still returning to the books and series, they are so ... what's the word... mesmerizing, enchanting, keeping you on your toes, etc. I would really enjoy next 20 seasons of the show if that is even possible :D We just have to keep the hope alive!!! :D :D

  • goodkindfanatic Apr 01, 2010

    now i have been watching all the missed episodes online, thank god for the internet

  • goodkindfanatic Apr 01, 2010

    read all thirteen books, LOVED EM!! was a huge sceptic of the show at first. Refused to watch it, til about 2 weekends ago i just happen to catch the last 20 minutes of an episode, and kicked my self for missing the whole first season and all the other second season. I know the show can't go on forever or do it EXACTLY like the books... but i will be darned i am hooked. I hope they take it to the end! LONG LIVE LORD RAHL AND MOTHER CONFESSOR PLEASE DON'T TAKE AWAY OUR SHOW!!!

  • mySOURskittles Mar 26, 2010

    the trouble with this show is that no one knows about it! I found it on complete accident on Netflix (Ive found a lot of hidden gems there) because they had the entire first season on watch instantly AND the first couple episodes of season 2 that had already aired. I had NEVER heard of the show...and no one else I talked to did either. It's one of my favorite shows! It's different and I love that! It inspired me to read the books. People get upset that it doesnt follow the book but the author himself as well as the producers of the show said it wasnt supposed to be to the book it was supposed to be a shell for the tv show. Try making smallville exactly like the comics. Not everyone is a comic book person (im definitely not)-you have to appeal to a wider audience. I think this show does it-I just wish they had FAR more publicity.

  • chinothepony69 Mar 23, 2010

    I love reading all your wonderful comments about the show. It makes me feel at home with you guys :) .... Props to the LOTS and it definitely has AT LEAST a third season in it. I want it to go on-and-on not just because its a great show and TV desperately needs a fantasy show over the 1340983209432 reality shows. But also reading all the interviews and such, I see how much hard work all of these people are putting in. All while they're exhausted they maintain such great attitudes. I want the seeker for more, but even if it was to selfishly keep all of these actors together that I've grown to be such a fan of every one of them, that would be reason enough. LONG LIVE THE SEEKER.

  • AndreaKane Mar 22, 2010

    I love this show! Craig is so freakin' HOT! I just adore him. Keep the show, it rocks!

  • meelk Mar 21, 2010

    This is one of the best shows on television. I would be very sorry to see it go.

  • MichelGavin Mar 15, 2010

    This is the Best show ever !!!! Save it !!

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