LOVE, SCANDAL AND ROSES
By Valerie Milano
Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/8/13 – The White Queen, dubbed by some critics as the women’s version of Game of Thrones, is a vivid, beautiful, feast for the eyes. This STARZ 10-part limited series is chock full of love, deviousness, heartbreak and scandal all set in the political stratosphere known as The War of the Roses in the 1400s.
In the STARZ press panel at TCA press tour this month Max Irons, who plays King Edward, was asked about his on-camera chemistry with his counterpart Rebecca Ferguson, who plays Queen Elizabeth, “…when Rebecca walked in and gave her reading, it knocked us all for six. That’s a cricket reference, by the way. She not only had the power and the intelligence and the sexuality required, but she could walk that political line so delicately. She had the ability to manipulate without appearing to be manipulating. She had all the skill that Elizabeth had to have to survive the court. And it was clear from that moment that she was the person to play the role.”
Based on the best-selling historical novels by Philippa Gregory, The White Queen tells the story of Elizabeth Woodville, queen consort of King Edward IV of England. The story follows Elizabeth’s life from her first meeting with Edward, through to his death and its aftermath as well as her family’s betrayal to their ‘side’ of the war. The queen, a commoner with witchly abilities, stands to her charge with fortitude and principle and a bit of a wobbly moral compass. Her adversary, Lord Warwick, the Kingmaker, is a crafty devil who means to destroy her family with the intention of taking the throne. James Frain, whose role is that of Lord Warwick, explained his thoughts on the accuracy of telling this particular story, “I think the story is so complicated and interesting and fascinating. The maneuvers that the different camps have to make around each other all the time, you couldn’t invent it. People wouldn’t accept it. It’s so larger than life.” Frain went on to say, “…We spent most of our time sort of being concerned that we were serving the historical characters accurately, but also in a way that was palatable and juicy. And I think we sort of got them mixed right.”
Episode 9 is airing this week across the pond, so if you thoroughly want to enjoy the series, we suggest you stay away from the internet. The White Queen airs on STARZ this Saturday, August 10th at 9pm ET/PT.