Lauren, do you think the difference in MacNeill's and Christy's ages ever comes
into play in their relationship?
LAUREN: No, it doesn't. Christy has had many issues with Neil, but I don't
believe that age ever came into it.
What about you personally, Lauren, would you at 20 have a relationship
with a guy 15-20 years older than you? Why or why not?
LAUREN: I think I would. Love is not age-based. It's based on your heart
and who you both are as people. If I met someone who connected with me on
those levels I can't imagine caring about his age or mine.
Who do you feel is more of a romantic at heart, Christy or MacNeill?
How would you answer this question if I had asked this about you
compared to Stewart instead of Christy compared to MacNeill?
LAUREN: Christy is probably more romantic than Neil. And I'm most
certainly more romantic than any man I've met to date. I have no way
of knowing how romantic Stewart might be... but who knows?
What do you think is so appealing about MacNeill to Christy? What
about to you, Lauren?
LAUREN: Neil is unlike anyone Christy has ever known. He is brooding and
mysterious. He's also extremely masculine in a way that her friends in
Asheville probably aren't. On the other hand, I like MacNeill's intelligence
What do you think is so appealing about Christy to MacNeill?
LAUREN: Well, first we know from the original series that in some ways she
reminds him of Margaret. Beyond that, I think he likes her determination
and probably her spirituality, which he longs for in himself.
Which one of you is the most in real life like your character...is it
you, Lauren, like Christy or is it Stewart like MacNeill?
LAUREN: No contest. Stewart IS Dr. MacNeill.
Lauren, What is the most Christy-like thing you have ever personally done?
LAUREN: Well, there are a number of ways I feel that I'm like her but the
one that probably hits closest to home is that I was once torn between my
feelings for two guys. Like David and Neil, they each had qualities that
appealed to me. This dragged on for a while but unlike Christy I came
to my senses and moved on. Fortunately, I was then hired to play Christy
and was able to immerse myself in my work.
What is it about Christy that you feel caused two such different men
to fall in love with her?
LAUREN: Kellie Martin once had a scene where she accused either Neil or
David with being attracted to her because she was the only available female
around. While that's not very kind to their characters, there's probably
some truth to it. Christy is definitely more like them than most of the
local mountain women are. But I also feel that they are both good and
caring men who like those same qualities in her.
So, if Christy were your best friend or sister, what advice would you
give her about handling these two men and also about deciding which man
LAUREN: If she were my friend I'd say "Shut up and make up your mind, already!"
Seriously, I'd give her the same advice that people gave me. "Don't over-think
it, follow your heart."
Have you read much of the Christy fan fiction on the web?
LAUREN: I've seen a couple, but thought it was better not to become confused
by what other people wanted the character to feel. I had to stick with the book
and the scripts written for these movies.
Does it surprise you that starting back with the fans of the original series
and continuing today, more than 90% of it pairs up Christy with MacNeill.
Why do you think this is so?
LAUREN: Yes, I was very surprised. As an actor I can only relate to the men
I've worked with. James and Stewart are equally compelling and bring so much
to the love triangle. As a fan of the book and series, I understand why Neil's
character is a popular choice for Christy but I think that David, as a work-in-
progress for Christy, is also very appealing.
You know what all the excitement is over on this web site right?
Everyone comes here to get their fill of swooning for the day. And let
me tell you we can find the most minutiae to swoon over. It is great fun
and has its hilarious moments! So first tell us what is your definition of swooning?
LAUREN: Okay... for me swooning is serious inability to function in any way.
We're talking staring at a man strangely, mumbling incoherently and pretty much
acting like nobody any normal guy would want to spend time with.
How often does MacNeill make Christy swoon?
LAUREN: Not often because I think she's spent a lot of time fighting those
reactions. However, deep down I think she's swooning most of the time she's
How often do you think Christy affects MacNeill in the same way?
LAUREN: Most of the time. Let's face it, Neil's been alone for a long, long
Describe the kind of things he/she does that makes the other react in
such a way.
LAUREN: MacNeill is always questioning Christy and judging her, which makes
her heart race. I think that because Christy is with David so much and
basically unavailable to MacNeill, he's jealous and unable to do anything
What is your favorite swoony moment between MacNeill and Christy?
LAUREN: Whenever the two of them are alone, like the barn in RTCG, the
chemistry between them is very evident. That was a swoon for me. Since much
of the mini-series is about Christy's decision, there are a lot of scenes
like that. But I can't tell you anything more. Sorry.
Is MacNeill a good kisser? Why do you say this?
LAUREN: You'll have to ask Christy that question. As for me, I can tell
you that the actor who plays MacNeill is a veteran kisser who brings years
of research and training to his work. He is very convincing.
For the sake of this discussion, let's say that Christy is to
marry MacNeill and PAX springs for the couple to have a honeymoon trip.
Where would you like them to go? Why do you say that?
LAUREN: I'd like to go to Hawaii. It's time that Neil learned to surf.
If MacNeill and Christy get married, do you think that they will
argue much when married?
LAUREN: Absolutely. I mean, the man must be tamed!
Tell me what you predict their first argument as a married couple
will be about.
LAUREN: "Pick up your socks... take out the trash... and stop snoring!"
And which one of them do you think will more than likely be the one
who tries to make up first?
LAUREN: Neil. Remember, he's been alone a long, long time...
If Christy and MacNeill marry, what do think is the first thing she
will want to do to MacNeill's cabin to make it habitable to her? Or do
you think she will just try to adjust to it as is?
LAUREN: No question. The man needs some serious lace curtains and
pastels. Light wouldn't be bad, either. And let's get rid of all
the hunting and fishing stuff, too. And then maybe some nice new
carpeting. And a dishwasher... washer/dryer... and a microwave. Oh,
and I must have my latte in the morning, so a cappuccino machine would
be nice. But other than that, with the possible exception of a new
hot tub (wink, wink) I don't envision many other changes.
With Christy married, will it be easier or harder to come back
in a new series or new movies this year and play this character, why or
LAUREN: I'm not sure that "easier" is the right word, but there is
certainly a lot to explore. It would be so much fun to start a whole new
What about based on whom she marries, does that make it more or less
difficult? In other words, how does the dynamic change depending on
which man she marries?
LAUREN: Being married will make a lot of difference. The dynamics of the
triangle are bound to become more severe. One man will have a broken heart
and Christy is bound to feel guilty for doing that to him. If she marries
Neil, then her work at the mission school near David would be especially
What did you learn about yourself by playing this challenging role?
LAUREN: I learned that I'm stronger than I thought I was.
If you never have the opportunity to play this character again,
what is the one thing you would miss the most about the role? What is
the thing you would miss the least?
LAUREN: According to some people, I'd probably miss the hot tub most. In
reality I would miss working with that amazing ensemble of actors. And I
would miss the chance to see where the story goes. I won't miss the corset, the mud,
the bugs or the bizarre assumptions about my social life on the forum.
I am sure you have read/heard all the comments about the two of
you (Lauren & Stewart) having such great chemistry together. Can you
define what it is that people see who say this and tell us why you think
this is so?
LAUREN: Stewart and I get along really well and bring the best out of each
other on screen. The same goes for James and me. Some people just click, and
I am amazingly lucky to have had two men like that to work with.
Just how competitive are the two guys? Are they competitive about
everything or just about you/Christy?
LAUREN: If you think David and Neil are competitive, you should see
James and Stewart in action! They had so much fun topping each other
and stirring things up. Sometimes I don't think they even knew I was
Last question, Lauren. It's your turn to tell us one juicy thing that happened on set between MacNeill and Christy that we would never know if you didn't tell us.
LAUREN: Oh.... wouldn't YOU like to know?!