‘Preacher’ – Negga enjoys the release of playing Tulip

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Ruth Negga of ‘Preacher’ Sunday on AMC

Q: How much fun is Tulip to play?

A: A lot, because she runs the gamut of everything, really. I get to fight and I have really intimate scenes with Cass and Preacher, which really delves into like, I suppose, the true nature of our relationship, which I don’t think they really – they sort of have doubts about usually. But I think she needs a bit more than that and so I think she gets the meat and the bones of how they are together.

With Cassidy, it’s more difficult because he eventually professes his love to her, which he obviously can’t tell people yet. And in a way, she’s relieved by that but in another way it’s a bit too much to handle. So there’s a sort of temporary severance in their relationship, which doesn’t really get to be resolved. But maybe that’s for Season 4. But with Jesse, they don’t go into what happened but they do talk about their appreciation of one another, I suppose. And I suppose their relationship really is in the doing rather than the saying and I think we explore that quite well.

Q: How was it working with Betty Buckley this season?

A: Oh, she’s amazing, an absolute legend. We’re so glad to have her. It was so brilliant and I couldn’t imagine anyone else playing that part. And it was so brilliant working with her because she brings a gravitas and a needlepoint accuracy to everything she does that you can’t help just do your best acting opposite her.

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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