What is it about Julia that attracted Richard?
When he first meets her, she sees the person, not the mask. The mask doesn't matter to her. She's not surface—she's much deeper than that. She's distanced from that because of her father and the way she's lived. When I first shook hands with her, I was struck by this sort of tenderness she had, which is hard to come across if you're Richard Harrow. I think there's an instant attraction and she's just incredibly nurturing and caring. She doesn't make him feel uncomfortable and she asks the right questions. She seems like herself around him more than anything.
They seem to be kindred spirits in that regard.
Yes. They're both looking for an escape and they're each other's escape, which is nice.
I think it's very honest, their relationship. It transcends what people look like and a person's past and future. It's a very honest love of two people that actually managed to find each other and they do share a deep love.
Julia has been making most of the moves - she's the one that kisses him, takes him to the dance floor - is he afraid to reach out to her? Does he not know how or is it something deeper?
That's interesting isn't it? I think she's a real sweetheart because she sees it's a lot harder for him to make the moves. It's a very bold choice for her—especially in that time period. It's just not in his nature to do anything to move forward because he thinks, "She wouldn't EVER want to kiss me or touch me." Even when she pays him a compliment he can't take it—he brushes off her compliment about the corsage he brings her: "I let the florist pick it."
When they kiss by the fire [in episode 311] and he says to her, "I wish I could kiss you right now" - that's the first time he really makes a move.
How did you react when you found out that Harrow finally "gets" the girl?
I was blushing! I found it so hard to read because I feel so connected and so close to Richard that when I read things I sort of think that they're happening to me. When I first read that they get down and dirty I was like, "Oh my god, Richard's getting laid right now!"
His relationship with her must be very meaningful - when he connects with someone his loyalty is very strong.
Absolutely. More than anything, he's a stand-up man. He believes in friendship and moral values and loyalty - like a soldier. I think he'd take a bullet for her or Tommy.