No matter the setting or level of experience with the players involved, it’s always great when an actor can connect with a character. When that happens, it really shows in the performance. Regarding Teryl Rothery’s relationship with Muriel Saint Claire, the “Virgin River” actress isn’t afraid to admit that she has more in common with her on-screen counterpart than most fans probably expected. “I’m very similar to Muriel as far as energy goes,” the actor said in an interview with Chiffon Daily Magazine. “Well, and of course, the obvious that I’m an actress on the other side of 40. And we both have a vulnerability inside of us. I allow mine to be seen, whereas Muriel keeps it hidden behind that fabulous flirtatious side of her. She makes me laugh. I adore playing her.”
The role of Muriel seems to have been a wonderful experience for Rothery. While playing the part may have been rewarding by itself, according to the actor, nothing compares to working with the people on the series. “We all like to have fun,” Rothery said. “There is much laughter and fabulous work on this show. In front of and behind the camera. We have endearing characters, stunning locations, action, love, romance, comedy, sadness and loss … the list goes on and on.”
While it’s clear Muriel’s tenure on the series may not have always been ideal, it’s very evident that Teryl Rothery has most certainly enjoyed her stay at Virgin River.