The way Caitlin Stasey talks about her Reign character Kenna, a fictional lady-in-waiting to Mary Queen of Scots, is enough to make even non-Elizabethan era audiences blush.
“I call her the clitoris of the show,” Stasey says after a quick glance around at her surroundings at Insomnia Café in Los Angeles. “Almost consistently for every episode I was doing something sexual. I was naked, I was doing this, I was making out with this person, I was having a threesome here, and I realized that was my position. Which is fine. I’m totally fine with that. It’s great.”
But while Stasey’s frankness might shock the more inhibited among us, it reflects the kind of sexual openness the 24-year-old actor celebrates. The more we talk about it, she reasons, the less weird it’s going to be. And for a generation of young girls embarking on the complicated journey of self-discovery, just knowing they’re normal can make all the difference.
“The more normal it is, the more it’s perceived as just an everyday way of being, the less scary it’s gonna be for girls, obviously,” Stasey says.
Of course, it’s not as though Kenna has any trouble expressing her sexuality. The most liberated of the ladies-in-waiting trailing behind Mary (Adelaide Kane) on The CW’s period drama, Kenna has wielded her sex as a weapon, been subjugated by those who seek to control her body, and finally discovered mutual respect and love over the course of Reign’s first season. She’s gone from being a virgin to the mistress of King Henry (Alan van Sprang) to the wife of Henry’s bastard Bash (Torrance Coombs).
“She’s kind of done it all,” Stasey says, taking a sip from her iced coffee. She manages to come across as both charming and matter-of-fact as she discusses touchy subjects, lowering her voice ever so slightly when using words like “orgasm” and “masturbation.” The other patrons at the coffee shop don’t seem to notice.