Good Guys Reign: Interview with Torrance Coombs

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Last Thursday, Oct. 17, CW debuted “Reign,” a historical fiction series based on the life of Mary, Queen of Scots.  Today, sits down with Torrance Coombs, who plays the role of Sebastian.  Sebastian is the half-brother of Prince Francis, who is betrothed to Mary, and will one day be king.  While his character Sebastian is fictional, his mother Diane de Poiters played an important part in history as the mistress of King Henry II of France.

Torrance is no stranger to playing roles in the sixteenth century.  He also played the role of Thomas Culpepper in the series “The Tudors.”  Through these roles he has learned rules of the court, chivalry, and gallantry.  You can read more about chivalry and gallantry in the articles “Is Chivalry Dead?” and “The 31 Rules of Courtly Love.”  When it came to the rules of the court, honor and respect were the most important.  A subject could not turn their back on the king, and when walking, could never walk in front of the king.  A servant could only walk beside or behind unless otherwise instructed.

When it came to courtly love, there was a process of winning a girl’s love.  Torrance says he picked up some of these good habits working on the set of “The Tudors.”  The English actors acted as gentlemen, and he observing them has changed the way he treats others because it’s “infection.”  He believes the ideals of chivalry are still appreciated today, and for the most part, women are thankful.

We also discussed rules of chivalry vs. acts coming from the heart.  Torrance says, “Well I suppose if I take a list and say I’m chivalrous, that’s not really it.  It might eventually lead to that because that’s how it starts….There is a way from working on the outside in.”  He also says he’s old-fashioned in that he holds doors open and waits outside a girl’s house to make sure she gets in safely.

Torrance Coombs is a great example of how the concept of chivalry is still applicable and relevant today.

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5 Responses to Good Guys Reign: Interview with Torrance Coombs

  1. champagne france November 13, 2013 at 5:53 am #

    Have you ever thought about publishing an ebook
    or guest authoring on other sites? I have a blog based upon on the same topics you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information.
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    • Kris Wolfe November 13, 2013 at 7:57 am #

      What’s the name of your site? I’d be happy to check it out!

  2. Mak Khan March 14, 2014 at 7:18 am #

    It is amazing that you got to meet and interview Torrance! It’s been a dream of mine to meet him, and you are seriously lucky! I watched the interview, and you and Torrance seemed to be having fun! You’re really lucky!

    • Kris Wolfe March 14, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

      Thank you Mak! I hope he gets back to LA soon!

      • Mak Khan March 14, 2014 at 11:15 pm #

        No problem, Kris! And yes, I hope you have another interview with him! I wish he could visit where I live. Did you use FaceTime or another app to talk to him?

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