Scottish actor Graham McTavish is a jack of all trades in style TV.
He’s appeared in exhibits starting from historic time journey (“Outlander”) to sci-fi westerns (AMC’s “Preacher”) to city fantasy (Fox’s “Lucifer”) to voicing iconic characters (Dracula within the animated Netflix collection “Castlevania”). On the massive display screen, he’s performed a dwarf in Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” film trilogy.
McTavish’s newest endeavor is the nonfiction collection “Males in Kilts,” which he co-created and seems in with Sam Heughan, his former “Outlander” co-star. Within the collection (Sundays at 9 p.m. on Starz), McTavish and Heughan showcase their homeland by touring to numerous websites and recounting these locales’ historic significance.
McTavish, 60, answered some questions for The Publish.
What was essentially the most difficult side of constructing “Males in Kilts?”
You’re in some very remoted components of the nation. I believe generally folks touring from overseas underestimate how lengthy it’s going to take to maneuver round Scotland. A number of it’s single-track roads. When you’re fortunate, there are two lanes however there aren’t freeways or something like that. As Sam [Heughan] says, it’s a rustic constructed for driving cattle; not driving camper vans.
What’s the collection’ takeaway?
Hopefully viewers will probably be impressed to make their very own highway journey. It doesn’t need to be in Scotland however with somebody that you just take pleasure in being with — which sadly clearly wasn’t the case for me! But when we encourage folks, that may be the best takeaway for me. Hopefully they’ll develop to share our love of Scotland as nicely.
Did you will have a favourite a part of Scotland that you just bought to discover?
I believe the sporting side of it introduced some unbelievable experiences: taking part in golf at St. Andrews, being allowed to go onto the turf on the Braemar Highland Video games. That was an unlimited privilege, and to fulfill these folks and listen to their tales was unbelievable. Each single day aside — from one when Sam needed to go skinny-dipping within the North Atlantic — was sunny and wonderful, in order that was additionally a shock. We had been very fortunate.
You additionally try the Culloden battlefield, which is fictionalized in “Outlander.” What was that like?
That was such a pivotal second for Scotland; I ponder in the event that they realized on the time what the impact of that battle was going to be on Scottish and British historical past and, by extension, many different components of the world. Nonetheless a lot we are able to get into it as characters, nothing beats being on the precise battlefield and seeing it.