Jane Seymour admits dating costars Christopher Reeve and Joe Lando


I love watching and reading interviews with women around my mother’s age because they SPILL. Jane Fonda will tell you all about her romances and current life and I’m also thinking of Tina Turner, Helen Mirren and Rita Moreno. Jane Seymour turns 70 next month and she definitely doesn’t look it. She is aware of this yet somewhat delusional about it, as we saw a couple of months ago when she insisted she could play herself at 25. Jane definitely doesn’t have issues with her self esteem. She was on Entertainment Tonight recently being interviewed by Kevin Frazier in person for some reason. She dropped a lot of dirt about the Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman era (1993 – 1998, she was in her 40s), particularly that she had a bring romance with co-star Joe Lando that ended before the series began and that her ex husband left her 9 million(!) in debt right around that time. She got the job by telling her agent to ask the networks if they had any work for her. Plus she was with Christopher Reeves when they made Somewhere in Time!

On what she remembers from Dr. Quinn
The first thing I remember is that my ex husband at the time had lost all our money, left me nine million in the red with lawsuits from every major bank including the FDIC. I was homeless, penniless, called my agent and said I would do anything. He called the networks and they said ‘How about a little movie of the week but she has to sign for five years in case it becomes a series. She has to start tomorrow morning you know less than 12 hours from now.’ That was Dr. Quinn. They saved my life. I got a roof over my head. I got some money so I got back on my feet. My kids could come out to the set and do the school work in the trailer. They wrote the most beautiful material ever. It was an amazing experience.

She dated her Dr. Quinn costar, Joe Lando, before the show got picked up
Never fall in love with your leading man in the pilot and then break up before they pick it up. We spent seven years of not being together except on camera how crazy was that? We fell madly in love, ran off to Bora Bora. He realized that everyone recognized me even in this middle of nowhere. He realized that wasn’t going to work and then they picked up our show. So all that sexual tension you saw was real. I remember not even talking to him and then we’d be feeding one another berries and be half-naked jumping off cliffs [or] kissing. The thing that made it even funnier was that my then husband James Keach was directing the episodes. Joe and I broke up and then pretty immediately afterwards I met James Keach. He had to direct Joe and I making out. It was really awful. There were tears cried. I think when you love someone you always love them. Absolutely it was the right thing that we ended our relationship because it could never be a marriage.

She dated Christopher Reeve when they made Somewhere in Time in 1979
When we were making it we fell madly in love. We were both single at the time and had no reason why that couldn’t work out. Later on something happened so we couldn’t be together anymore. It was kind of a bit like the film, but we remained really close friends until the day he died. There’s a famous scene where we’re having a picnic after making love. Just before that scene, I found out the reason why we could never be together again, because his ex girlfriend was having a baby. My heart was broken. You could see the tears.

[From Entertainment Tonight on YouTube]

Joe Lando is over 10 years younger than her so he would have been 32 when they met and she was 42 or 43. That’s a big age difference. I was with a 32 year-old guy when I was around that age and while it was fun for a few weeks the maturity difference was huge. Jane and Christopher Reeve are just a year apart though. Christopher Reeve’s first son was born in December, 1979 and Somewhere in Time came out the next year. I wonder if he was feeding Jane a line and if he was still with the woman he got pregnant. Christopher ending up having another child with his then-girlfriend, Gae Exton, and they were together for seven years.

Getting back to Jane, Dr. Quinn aired when I was in college so I’ve only seen it a few times. I watched Somewhere in Time a few times when I was a kid as it used to air on HBO constantly. I’m not surprised she had a thing with Christopher Reeve (RIP)! They did have a lot of chemistry. Jane really is dishing lately. She seems to want a Dr. Quinn reboot and this must be how she’s angling for one. She saved so many of the costumes!

Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour

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  1. Millennial says:

    Joe Lando was so hot in that show. It’s sad that my first thought is “I hope he’s not a crazy Trumper”

    • gemcat says:

      I’ve been watching so much Primal Survivor lately and I think my ehrm ‘fondness’ for Hazen Audel is that he gives me such strong Sully/Joe Lando vibes, but like through the innocent filter of what Dr. Quinn felt like when I was watching it as a 10-13yo. Now I can’t watch it without laughing..and that fake tan, just no

    • Nic919 says:

      Omg. I will be so sad if he is. Lots of 90s sitcom guys have turned into crazy nuts.

    • Glutenfree1024 says:

      I can confirm he is NOT a trump supporter. I have a close connection to him (wish to remain anon). He is taking covid/masks/travel very seriously

    • lucy2 says:

      I never really liked Dr Quinn, but I remember he was very good looking on the show.
      That sounds so awkward though, breaking up and then it going to series!

  2. Isa says:

    Somewhere in Time was so dreamy and beautiful!

    • mar says:

      I remember crying so much at the end. Something about Christopher Reed…… he was like no other, there was something in his eyes….

      • Tiffany says:

        Christopher Reeve was a dreamboat and for the most part a stand up man.

        He horse riding accident threw me for a loop and I cried buckets when he passed.

        I will forever hold a crush for him.

      • lucy2 says:

        Reeve as Superman was a very early crush of mine, and sort of set my type early on. It was so sad what happened to him, and then his wife died only a few years later.

    • Holly hobby says:

      Yes that was a beautiful movie. I actually bought the dvd! There were interviews and I definitely remember Chris Reeves saying he just found out he was going to be a father in that scene Jane referred to. No mention of an affair.

  3. DS9 says:

    I watched Dr Quinn every Saturday. It came on before Walker, Texas Ranger and then I’d flip channels to watch The Pretender.

    I doubt it holds up well today but the way they attempted to conver certain topics was pretty progressive for both the era and the channel. I don’t know though how you would reboot it without fundamentally reworking the topics it covered, racism, Native portrayals, sex work, etc and people will be pissed regardless.

    • Nic919 says:

      We lived the same life on Saturday nights since that’s what I did too.

      I haven’t watched it in ages, but I do recall at the time that for a show set in the frontier it was probably more thoughtful about race and indigenous issues than anything else at the time.

    • megs283 says:

      I used to watch Dr Quinn and then Walker, Texas Ranger with my parents. I was in middle school. :-)

  4. SamC says:

    I don’t think 32 and 42 is that big of a deal at all; 22 and 32 for sure, but once out of your twenties a decade age difference doesn’t seem as much of an issue.

    I do remember her one husband totally ruined her finances but I think she managed to keep her castle throughout it all, so she wasn’t quite homeless. IIRC she started to rent out the property as a way to cover the expenses on it; some magazine did a spread and I dreamed of living there.

    • JanetDR says:

      I briefly dated Mr R when he was 24, I was 34. Mostly because he had some couth and I was trying not to consider a date as the start of a life long relationship (which is difficult when you marry the guy you started dating at 16 and find yourself in a surprise divorce at 32). We just lost touch for a variety of reasons but reconnected with a chance meeting at 32/42. Best 21 years of my life so far!

  5. Tiffany says:

    So Joe did not get that he was dating, *checks notes*, a Bond girl. Of course Jane is internationally known.

    I mean…..

    • Dlc says:

      Lol, I was wondering if she was really that famous back then, and if so, how?!

      • gemcat says:

        lots of British films & TV-mini series too, well at least the Scarlet Pimpernel, The Woman He Loved and the Michael Caine version of Jack the Ripper..amongst other things -you should check out her IMDB she’s been working quite consistently since the 1970s

      • Little Red says:

        And who can forget that commercial for Le Jardin de Max Factor.

      • Holly hobby says:

        She was a great villain on East of Eden miniseries. A young Karen Allen (pre Indy) was in this too”

      • petee says:

        She was great and evil in East Of Eden.

      • petee says:

        She was great and evil in East Of Eden.

  6. L84Tea says:

    I hadn’t realized she and James Keach divorced. I really liked them together.

  7. PeachApricot says:

    She was unbelievably exquisite in that Bond film as Solitaire. This interview is awesome; love her frankness.