Supernatural's Ruth Connell Talks Rowena and Crowley's Family Reunion

Supernatural Season 10 Spoilers

After her less-than-pretty first interaction with Sam and Dean, Supernatural‘s new witch, Rowena, isn’t itching to get close to the hunters again.

“I like to keep my healthy distance, if possible,” her portrayer Ruth Connell says with a laugh.

That might be easier said than done now that Rowena has been captured by one of the duo’s biggest frenemies, Crowley, who also happens to be her son!

Needless to say, Tuesday’s episode (The CW, 9/8c) is going to feature one “complicated” reconciliation, with mother and child very much “cut from the same cloth,” the actress previews below.

TVLINE | It took Crowley a minute or two to register that you were his mother. Is there a reason for that? Is she in a different body?
He’s not in the same body. I don’t recognize him. It’s a coincidence that I turned up at the same place, at the same time, and interfered with what’s going on with him… There’s a moment when I say, “Wee boy,” and there’s something about him that’s making me go, “Oh. What’s this?” He’s just staring at me with an open mouth. So Crowley recognizes me because, obviously, I have not changed in 400 years or however long it’s been.

TVLINE | Do they address how she has survived for hundreds of years?
I’m a very powerful witch. I imagine I’ve got some amazing rejuvenating spell. [Laughs] Just wiping the years away. Keeping the years at bay.

TVLINE | So when she’s mouthing off to him, she’s mouthing off to the King of Hell, rather than her family.
I’m mouthing off to the guy who’s responsible for me being captured and tortured. It’s one of the traits of Rowena — when her back’s up against the wall, she’s going to come fighting and challenging. She’s not going to apologize or simper or whimper or beg for mercy. She’s like her son, in a way. So yeah, she’s provoking him in that moment. It’ll be interesting to see the conversation after the moment he says, “Mother.” [Laughs] You’ll get more information on Tuesday. You’ll see how their relationship unfolds.

TVLINE | What was their relationship like in the past? It was pretty telling that Crowley looked scared and horrified when he realized who he was staring at.
You’d be pretty shocked if you saw your closest relative [who] you hadn’t seen for a few hundred years, and they turn up in a complete wreck in front of you. I don’t want to give away too much about the episode, but it’s definitely not a simple relationship. There are many layers to the relationship between Crowley and his mom.

TVLINE | A lot of time has passed since they last saw each other. Will that only serve to intensify the complications? Or will we see a different dynamic from what they used to have?
There’s a lot of water under the bridge. But, in essence, that’s the fun of it. You know what it’s like with your own parents or relatives. No matter how accomplished you are in the world, when you go home, you’re still the daughter. You become the teenager again. It’ll be interesting to see what aspects of Crowley come out in the presence of his mom. We’re all slightly reduced back to our childhoods when we are with our parents.

Supernatural Season 10 SpoilersTVLINE | Is she still trying to build a coven going forward?
You’ve hit on a very sore spot. [Laughs] The idea of covens, we see how important it is to Rowena and what she’s trying to do, maybe what she’s lost and what she’s trying to gain.

TVLINE | Is it about power? Or is she maybe trying to build a family/support system for herself?
We’ve all got lots of internal reasons for doing stuff. And you’re asking a really brilliant question because it speaks to the essence of Rowena. There can be more than one reason why you want to do something. It might seem that it has to do with power, and deep down, there’s probably a very sensitive, human need underneath it as to why somebody might want to belong or have their space in the world.

TVLINE | In the photos for this week’s episode, it looks like Crowley’s got the upperhand. Rowena’s chained up and a little worse for wear. Is it really a one-sided fight?
Rowena is her son’s mother. It’ll take more than chains… Rowena uses her wits. If anyone would know a way around Crowley, it would be Rowena.

TVLINE | Do you also cross paths with the Winchesters in this episode? Or are your scenes mainly with Mark Sheppard?
I’m not sure how much I can say about that. I spent a lot of time on set with Mark, which was amazing. I love working with Mark Sheppard. He’s really taken me under his wing. He’s wonderful. I came across the Winchesters in my first speaking episode, Episode 7, and it remains to be seen how much trouble I can cause for them long term. With perhaps long term, there’s more involvement.

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  1. rowan77 says:

    Now that we’re at the fall finale, any word from the CW as to when Supernatural returns in 2015? Please say in January!

  2. Drew says:

    She should be like a Game of Thrones mother, taking advantage of her son’s position and using it for her own gain. Crowley isn’t a great leader after all. Hell has really gone to heck since he took over.

  3. alistaircrane says:

    I love Rowena! Great addition to the cast. She reminds me a bit of Tori Amos, specifically the look she was rocking from 2007-2012.

  4. sarahjay55 says:

    Rowena is a brilliant new character – so much fun to be had putting her up against Crowley. Or maybe even more if they actually team up against the Winchesters!

  5. Donna L says:

    My 12 yr old daughter LOVES this show, but because it can sometimes be a little risque my agreement with her is that I screen the show first. We DVR it, and I watch it then allow her to. My goodness, I wish she’d find another show! The acting by the two men (the brothers) is just so unbelievably bad! Especially the one who fakes that deep voice. I find myself actually enjoying Mark Shepherd though. He’s the only decent actor on the show.

    • Drew says:

      I would disagree. I think the show is actually quite well acted.

    • Jude says:

      So I’m guessing you are an actress with a long, long distinguished resume’…….

      As a devoted fan, I will beg to differ on your assessment of the acting. Obviously a lot of other people do too. The reason this show has lasted a full 10 years is due to their acting abilities and the quite solid writing of this little show’s staff.

  6. ninamags says:

    Having a witch on the show should be fun! Imagine all the crazy spells she could put on the Winchesters!! 😛

    Hee! Maybe I’ve been reading too much fan fiction ☺️😁

  7. Ella says:

    Surely even if Crowley changed his meat suit, his demon smoke face or whatever would still be recognizable to his mother? Or if she never saw his demon face, surely she’d recognize his face, which wouldn’t have aged due to this demon?

  8. ParadiseHeat says:

    Rowena and Dean stuff coming up after the hiatus, I dont think she and Sam will be interacting at all.