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This week, Netflix is debuting the first season of The Witcher, based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s hit fantasy novels that inspired the best-selling video game series. While big-screen Superman Henry Cavill is taking on the title role as Geralt of Rivia, The Witcher is also widely known for its powerfully realized heroines: Princess Cirilla and Yennefer of Vengerberg.

For the series, Freya Allan is portraying Ciri while Anya Chalotra is playing Yennefer. Both actresses recently shared some insights into their respective heroines.

“At the start, [Ciri’s] got a lot of curiosity and a lot of drive and she wants to be involved,” said Allan. “But she has this beautiful kind of innocence to her, and naivete. When she’s thrown into this world that’s very brutal and new to her, she discovers so much and she experiences so much. She sees so many horrific things [that] you begin to see her build a little bit of a harder shell. She becomes a little bit colder because she has to detach herself from the things she’s feeling; otherwise she would just collapse. I think she’s begun to realize that she has to become more independent and that she can only trust herself in the world.”

According to Chaolotra, she took her cues as Yennefer from the original books.

“My source of information was the novels, and we worked at such a pace there wasn’t much rehearsal time,” noted Chaolotra. “You just have to trust your instinct and the way you empathize with the character in the situation. And other than that, just have a lot of conversations with the director and [showrunner] Lauren [Schmidt Hissrich], and each member of the cast who I was working with at that point to try and bring the best version Yennefer’s truth to the screen.”

As it turns out, both Allan and Chaolotra are huge Harry Potter fans, and they’ve got some intriguing house placements for Ciri, Yennefer, and even Geralt. But you’ll have to watch the full video to see their picks!

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December 19, 2019        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & News , The Witcher , Videos

Anyone who’s got a Netflix subscription has probably seen teasers of the new original fantasy drama series called The Witcher, which begins streaming on December 20.

The show was created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (The West Wing, Daredevil) and based on the novels of Andrzej Sapkowski. It stars Henry Cavill (Man of Steel, Mission Impossible: Fallout) as mutant monster hunter Geralt of Rivia. Alongside him are Anya Chalotra (The ABC Murders, Wanderlust) as Yennefer of Vengerberg, the ambitious sorceress who pays a terrible cost for beauty and power, and Freya Allan (The War of the Worlds, Into the Badlands) as Princess Cirilla “Ciri” of Cintra, on the run from the forces that massacred her family and people.

Neither Yennefer nor Ciri is a shrinking violet, and while the actresses who play them are new to the industry, they have embraced the challenge of bringing two iconic, powerful women to life.

Cosmopolitan got the chance to talk to The Witcher’s female leads, and here’s what they had to say about the women they portray and their experience working with industry veterans Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and Henry Cavill.

Ciri and Yennefer are two strong women who persevere through very painful circumstances. Can you talk about how you see your character, her strengths, and the motivations?

Freya: What I love about Ciri is that you see her strength through how vulnerable she is, the fact that she has seen the most horrific things and experienced the most overwhelming amount of loss. And she’s going through the pain of that, yet she continues on, and that takes a huge amount of determination and drive and real strength.

But also, I think that you get to see her strength through how open-minded she is able to be and how gentle and kind she is, because she’s able to understand other people’s viewpoints and see the goodness in people despite the fact that they may have totally opposing views to hers…You see her strength through her vulnerability and how gentle she is.

Anya: For Yennefer, in this series, we see her discovering her powers. She discovers what those powers are, where they lie, where they’re from. And actually, in looking at her backstory and the tragic childhood she had, we learn that those insecurities and fears all feed this chaos inside her, which actually becomes a source of her power. And that becomes a strength.

Not only that, she’s very resilient, and I think that resilience mixed with all the suppression she’s had as a child and confusion and such an abusive upbringing make her one of the most powerful mages of the Continent. She also won’t take no for an answer, and she’s very unapologetic, and I think that’s a great strength of hers which she uses to her advantage.

For Anya, what do you think is the significance of Yennefer’s transformation, and how high was the price that she paid for that transformation?

Anya: It was a huge moment when she transforms because of the choice she makes and how in that moment, there is no going back. There’s no questioning what she will sacrifice to be the version of what society views as powerful and beautiful. And she learns later on what the consequences of that were.

She sacrifices so much. The event…[with] the baby is a huge turning point for her in the series, when she realizes that actually her goals are the same, to find true connection and unconditional love. But her attitude towards the institution and her views back then as a child have changed. She doesn’t want to be what society wants her to be.

How was the experience working with Henry, and how are we able to bond on the set? Did he give you some advice about acting?

Anya: It was a joy to work with him. He’s so humble, and from the moment I met him, he’s just very approachable and was so enthusiastic about working on The Witcher and playing Geralt and bringing it to life and us all joining forces to make this brilliant. So it was an absolute joy to work with him. And we obviously work together quite closely, so we had some really great times on set, and I look forward to working together again.

Freya: Yeah, he’s such a fan of The Witcher that it’s so clear how excited he is about it all. And it’s so nice to be around someone who was so excited despite having been in this world, in this industry, for so long. He has such excitement and passion for it, and he works so, so hard.

Also, we had some really, really great conversations where he talked me through things I was worrying about, with what happens after the show comes out. Because he started out acting when he was about 17, he knows how I could be feeling, and it’s been really nice to have that. He’s been really supportive. It’s great to have someone to speak to about things that I and other people in my life don’t know about, but he does because he’s very, very experienced within the industry and with dealing with everything that comes with it.

The Witcher is helmed by a woman, and women directed two and wrote five of the eight episodes in the season. How do you feel this contributed to how women are depicted on the show and your characters in particular?

Anya: I think Andrzej [Sapkowski], in the novels, wrote such strong characters. All the women had such strong attributes, and they have been developed by this incredible team. I mean, one of the reasons I wanted in on this project was because Lauren [Schmidt Hissrich] was running it! I was really excited to see what she was going to do, and the idea she had about developing Yennefer and Ciri, giving them storylines that were independent from Geralt’s. I think all the women’s voices within the writing room or the women creatives were to thank for the way these characters are portrayed in our series. It’s such a gift to have them working on this project.

Aside from what you guys play, who are your favorite characters?

Freya: Jaskier! Oh, because he is hilarious. I was watching one of the episodes last night, and I was literally in stitches. I replayed this clip about five times, I just couldn’t stop laughing. He’s like, ugh! He’s just brilliant.

Anya: Yeah, I would say the exact same thing. Jaskier’s a brilliant character, and Joey [Batey] brings him to life in a beautiful way. And he will touch hearts, he grows as a person and he will as Jaskier. Also, a dear character is Istredd and, oh, I could name a lot. Tissaia is wonderful, and I think the way they developed her character in the series is brilliant.

What did you do to prepare for your roles?

Anya: To prepare, I think before I got on set, I would read the script again and again and again. And new things came up every time, I became more familiar with the way Yennefer thought and how she responded. The others supported me when I was on set. Other than that, immediately before, I would make sure I walked as my character, that was huge. Costume and makeup, hair and prosthetics all helped me as well. So it would just be getting into a headspace. And I had a lot to help me with that.

Freya: I didn’t want to overprepare because I felt like I very naturally connected to Ciri and there were so many parallels that I could draw between us and our lives and the stages we are at in our lives. But before filming, depending on the scene, I would have a playlist that I would often listen to, but also, like Anya said, just sitting in the makeup chair and having them coat you in mud or whatever it is really kind of allowed you to get into the mind [for] whatever you were doing that day.

What were the traits of your characters you could relate to or feel connected to as you play those characters?

Freya: Ciri really values her voice and her opinions, and I’m exactly the same. That often comes with her being a bit stubborn as well, which I am also, definitely. And she’s also very determined and, same. There’s so many similarities between us, those are a few.

Anya: For Yennefer, I think her fearlessness and she will always find a way to get through, over the hurdle, to fight through that obstacle, and I’m exactly the same. I don’t take no for an answer, also exactly the same, and there’s a lot of things that also Yennefer’s brought out in me! I’ve got her to thank for a few things as well.

Season 1 of The Witcher begins streaming on Netflix on December 20, 2019.
*Answers have been edited for clarity.

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December 15, 2019        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & News , The Witcher

During San Diego Comic-Con this year, Netflix finally revealed the first ever trailer of The Witcher, teasing fans with their first look not only at the movie’s cast, but its fantastical world. And part of brings the world to life is the series’ writing, which is not only excellent, but isn’t black and white like many series. The Witcher revels in the morally grey. And this extends to its characters, even the show’s protagonist, Geralt of Rivia. And it’s this type of writing that has really left an impression of Ciri’s Freya Allan.

“I think what surprised me, I’m just trying to think, what did surprise me… I think I really admired the way it had been written, because you know there isn’t that kind of, he’s the baddy, he’s the goodie, we support the goodie,” said Allan when asked what about the world has impressed her the most.

“Do you know what I mean? Which is like the typical thing which happened. I don’t think it’s the case with this. I think there are parts of the characters you love and parts of them that you hate. And your constantly changing your mind as to who you want to support. Who is bad, who is good, and then you realize no one is bad or good everyone has their intentions and thinks what they’re doing is right. I think that’s a massive thing in the world. So I think that’s brilliant and surprising thing I have discovered because I have seen a lot of that kind of there’s the bad guy, there’s the good guy, so I think that’s really refreshing.”

Of the show’s main three characters, this probably applies the least to Ciri, not only because of her young age, which lessens this type of dynamic, but because she’s genuinely a pretty good person, or at least more so than Geralt, and especially Yennefer.

The Witcher is set to release sometime later this year, though when exactly, hasn’t been divulged. However, some rumors have suggested it will drop in December, right in time for some Holiday season binging.

For more news, media, and information on the upcoming TV adaptation, be sure to check out all of our previous and exhaustive coverage of the show by clicking right here.

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August 3, 2019        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & News , The Witcher