Hendrie, who plays Glenbogle's junior ghillie Jess, joined us right after
episode four of series seven and filled us in on how she loves acting
opposite the gentle Golly and reminisced about kissing the adorable Duncan!
The first question was from dikky: Do you believe in the Loch Ness
Rae: No, but I think that they made a good point on tonight's show that
we know hardly anything about deep parts of lochs and seas and there could
be anything there. But no, personally, I don't think so.
Question from Rob: Is it really possible for a lass to become a sort
of forester in a man's world like the Highlands?
Rae: Absolutely! In fact, the character of Jess was partly based
on a real girl ghillie called Portia who worked on Ardverikie estate where
Question from Katrina: Hi Rae, What's your favourite thing about working
with the twin girl's who play Baby Cameron?
Rae: They were very sweet to have on set. But I'd be lying if I said it
wasn't hard work for everyone. Obviously, I didn't work with them the
most. It was mainly Sandy Morton. They were very sweet. Adorable and cute
and made everyone maternal or paternal. I think they're fantastic on screen.
They're hilarious as well.
Question from Maggie: What part of Scotland are you originally from?
Rae: I'm from Selkirk - in the Scottish Borders.
Question from charlie1: What was it like getting to kiss Hamish, and
was he as funny in real life as he is in the show?
Rae: Absolutely brilliant kissing him! It was lovely. It's always nice
waking up in the morning and going to kiss someone at work and getting
paid for it! He's hilarious. Non-stop banter. He never stops.
Question from Debbie: What's it like to work with the animals in the
series and was the panther really scary or not?!!
Rae: Working with the animals can be very funny. They tend to do absolutely
not what they're told. As for the panther I didn't actually work with
it. I wasn't in any scenes with it so the first time I saw it was on screen.
They filmed a lot of it in a big cage and most of the time the only person
who went near it was the handler.
Question from Laura: Do you get recognised a lot when you go out?
Rae: Here and there. The last random time was two weeks ago at Windsor
Castle by one of the guards. It's obviously high security around there
and he was holding the biggest rifle I've seen in my life and was asking
me questions like "Aren't you on the telly?"
Question from rich: Was Portia as glamorous as you?
Rae: She was. She was very glamorous. She never went out without full
make-up on and wore dark eyeliner and had long, blonde hair right down
to her bum. There's no compromise on the glamour there.
Question from Bobbi: Do you prefer the countryside to the city life?
Rae: I love being in London, where I live, but I absolutely love where
we film Monarch and I think given the choice I'd love to live up there
in a few years time. It's a nice place to bring up children
Question from trevski: Who is the worst corpser on the show, who always
has you falling about?
Rae: People are quite good
actually, I think, back in the days that
Dawn Steele played Lexie - she was pretty bad. But when I was watching
tonight's episode and Susan Hampshire had to say the Gaelic name of the
water horse, I remembered that she got it so badly wrong during one take
that I've never seen so many people trying to not laugh, including the
entire camera department! It was extremely funny and Susan herself had
a good laugh about it.
Question from Alice: What made you want to act?
Rae: I did school shows and it was one of the things I enjoyed the most
at school. And I went to Edinburgh Uni for one year to study Psychology
and Linguistics. How much like hard work it was! So, acting it was! I
went to drama school.
Question from Benjamin: Are you actually related to the person who plays
Golly because your bone structure is very similar?
Rae: No. we're not related, but I thank my lucky stars for that similar
bone structure for getting me that job on Monarch of the Glen. But Sandy
and my real dad met recently and I have a photo of the three of us and
we do all look very similar! That's just very strange... Sandy, to work
with, was an absolute pleasure. He is a very gentle, kind person to have
on set as well as being very talented. I miss him lots. I'm thinking I
should phone him tonight!
Question from Sally: I loved the song Seventh Seal that you made with
Drood! Have you got any plans to make more music?
Rae: No. (Laughs) Probably not. That was just a kind of hobby, really,
that I enjoyed immensely.
Question from Carol: Hi Rae, I think you play Jess very well in Monarch
of the Glen. What do you do in between filming scenes? and what is your
favourite scene that you have been in?
Rae: In between scenes we chat, read magazines and phone people, usually.
Actually, I remember what I did most of last series
it was mostly
spent with the electricians form the set playing Sudoku. Lol. My favourite
scene this series was the one where I told Golly off for trying to give
baby Cameron away. I love acting with Sandy. Now we have so much history
as characters that it was very heartfelt.
Question from Bill: Hi Rae. What do you do in your spare time? Any
Rae: You know, someone asked me that recently. Acting was my hobby when
I was younger. I like going to museums, and art galleries, and I've just
recently started going to church again.
Question from Nats: If you actually were Jess, would you have followed
Duncan to Edinburgh or would you have stayed behind like she did?
Rae: I would probably have stayed behind, I think. You need to follow
your own dreams, don't you? Then, hopefully, if things work out you'll
get back together. Maybe Jess will get back together with Duncan. You
Question from SophandKat: If you were stranded on a desert island and
could only have three things what would they be?
BBC McHost: Rae is having a good hard think
Rae: A really big iPod... hmm, dunno...salt and vinegar square crisps.
A lifetime's supply? Oh, and a nice boy to kiss. You'd need something
to keep you going!
Question from suz: Are you more at home with wellies or high heels?
Rae: Somewhere in between. Just a nice pair of Birkenstocks.
Question from Angela: Did you take any keepsakes with you at the end
Rae: Apart from costumes, oh and a lot of coathangers. The costume department
has amazing coathangers. And some hand warmers. They're like teabags that
warm up instantly and keep you from having cold hands. Apart from that,
Question from bons80: What's on your i-pod?
Rae: I just reloaded it, actually. So now it's Big Star, Nina Simone,
Capital K and... Fiddler's Bid.
Question from GG: Have you ever had a really embarrassing moment on
set and just wanted to crawl down a hole?
Rae: I can never remember these... I wish I had a better memory. In next
week's episode (episode 5) I have to run up a river and I fell in... and
cried in front of about 30 extras. Highly embarrassing!
Question from Laura: Do you ever impress your friends with your fly-fishing
Rae: No, because I don't have any fly fishing skills. It's brilliant editing.
But I am now a dab hand with a chainsaw! (Laughing)
Question from bader: I believe you can tell a lot about a person's
choice in partner by the ice cream they like. For example my favourite
is tutti fruitti - exotic and colourful. Therefore my partner is Italian.
What's your favourite ice cream flavour?
Rae: I've just demolished - with the help of my boyfriend - a tub of chocolate
Green and Black's ice cream.
Question from Louise: Are you really as tough as you appear on screen?
You are very strong willed - it is lovely to watch!
Rae: How sweet! No, I'm not. I'm a weakling! I have a bit of a bad temper
in real life but if anyone shouts at me I instantly cry, so my bark is
a lot worse than my bite.
Question from angel: Do you still help teach children with learning
Rae: I haven't had to for a while because the acting has been going okay
but yeah, I would go back to classroom assistant but maybe not with children
with such severe problems.
Question from Chrisjohn2: You have a boyfriend Rae ?...all our hearts
are broken around the country!!
Rae: (Laughing) Em... eh... I don't know what to say to that! I'm very
flattered - but speechless.
Question from chrissie: You're really good at acting what tips do you
have for me as i am also studying a drama degree?
Rae: I don't really do acting tips. But I guess having confidence and
believing in yourself are the two most important things in acting then
other people will believe in you.
Question from Kate: Rae, who would you say has inspired you in life?
Rae: My parents, I think. They work hard and are lovely and still get
on really well. So, I guess if I wanted to aspire to be anyone it would
Question from SJ: You have been involved with monarch for quite a few
years now - how emotional was it filming the last scene? Did u have a
big sob afterwards, or just a big party?
Rae: I didn't film the last scene as I wasn't in it but I did go to drive
up to the set to see them film it. And yes, that was quite sad. What was
quite weird, though, is that we filmed the very last scene of the show
a few weeks before the end of filming so it was weird to feel that we
had said goodbye to Glenbogle even though we had 4 weeks left to actually
work. Filming is always like that when you don't shoot in story-order.
A final word from Rae: Thank you so much for watching the show
and for logging on tonight and for all your great questions. I hope I
haven't been too boring!
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