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HIGHLANDER WORLDWIDE WORKSHOP: ADRIAN PAUL AND ELIZABETH GRACEN

By Abbie Bernstein     February 23, 2005


Adrian Paul and Elizabeth Gracen of HIGHLANDER
© Nancye for HLWW

HIGHLANDER star Adrian Paul, who portrayed Duncan MacLeod for all six years, and Elizabeth Gracen, who played Duncan MacLeod's Immortal centuries-on-again, off-again lover Amanda (and starred in one season of her own spinoff HIGHLANDER: THE RAVEN) share the next panel. Both are conscious of and gracious about the Workshop's rules relegating photo-taking to the first minute of the panel. "All right, is that enough?" Paul asks the audience, willing to allow more.


Gracen recalls their first meeting when Amanda made her first appearance in the first season's eighteenth episode, "The Lady and the Tiger." "We met briefly, I remember saying, 'Is this real or is it a cartoon?' You said, 'No, no, it's real.'"


"Over the years, it turned into a cartoon," Paul quips.


Amanda had a rather ambiguous attitude toward Duncan's mortal love Tessa (played by Alexandra Vandernoot). "That scene on the barge, I say, 'I knew Rodin,' " Gracen recollects. "I was flirting with her a little bit."


Paul describes the upright Duncan's reaction to the larcenous Amanda: "She's one of those things he doesn't want to but he likes it. For you chocoholics in the audience, it's like chocolate."


MacLeod and Amanda shared a number of intimate moments throughout the series. "The best sex scene [was in] 'Dramatic License,'" Gracen opines, "with 'The Hallelujah Chorus.' We couldn't stop laughing. I remember seeing the rough cut you were behind me ..." She tries to recall more details. "Let me see was I on top?"


Now Paul and the audience can't stop laughing. When composure is regained, Paul takes up the thread: "What was really cool we had funny sex scenes, we had intimate sex scenes, we had let's-get-it-on sex scenes." "


You liked it," Gracen challenges.


"I loved it!" Paul agrees. He peers out at the crowd and mock-warns Gracen, "Your husband is in the audience ..."


Someone asks how long Duncan and Amanda could live together without killing each other. "That's an interesting question," Paul responds, "not only from a survival standpoint, but because she's Immortal."


Gracen puts it to the crowd: "Do you think they could have lived together for a hundred years?"


"No," chorus the audience and Paul together.


"How about ten years?" Gracen enquires.


This time, the crowd fairly unanimously concurs: "Yes."


"Twenty years?" Gracen presses. She gets divided murmurs.


"Do I hear thirty?" Paul sounds like an auctioneer: "Five bucks for thirty years."


Paul directed Gracen in the episode "Methuselah's Gift." "We had the biggest fight on that episode," Gracen reveals. "You were dying [very ill] in real life. We were yelling at each other and I said, 'It's all right, I love you anyway."


"And I said, 'I love you, too,'" Paul remembers.


Gracen sums up the basis of the conflict: "He was my director and he's very bossy and I'm very bull-headed."


"I'm not like that any more," Paul assures her.


"You're nice now?" Gracen asks.


"Who's not nice?" Paul says innocently.


"I miss playing her," Gracen says of Amanda. "I don't act any more. After THE RAVEN, I had such a good time and had so much fun and was so spoiled I don't know that that's a common thing." She looks at Paul. "We'll be friends forever. I'll know you forever."


To be continued...

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