Admiring Katheryn Winnick
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03/02/2015  •  Posted By Holly  •  0 Comment(s)

Katheryn Winnick has said that her martial arts background has helped her “very much” in playing Lagertha on History’s first-ever scripted series “Vikings.”

“My family decided to do a family activity, and there was a martial arts school that was a few minutes away from my house that my parents enrolled us all in,” the 37-year-old Canadian actress recalled during an interview with Starpulse.com.

“I fell in love with it,” she continued. “I got my first black belt at the age of 13, and then I started a martial arts school at the age of 16 and had three schools by the time I was 21.”

And because of her martial arts background, she said that she feels “very comfortable” while filming “Vikings” battle sequences. As a matter of fact, she’s the one doing all her own stunts.

“It’s important to me to not have a stunt double unless it’s something that’s extremely [difficult],” the actress said. “I feel very comfortable holding a shield and a sword, and I think my martial arts background has given me the foundation I need.”

But in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Winnick admitted that she also have to “tone down” her martial arts expertise while shooting scenes for the historical drama series. “I couldn’t throw a roundhouse kick,” she told the outlet. “We had to develop a style that was more raw, more based on survival instincts, more guttural, guerrilla.”
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04/14/2014  •  Posted By Holly  •  0 Comment(s)

They’re tough, they’re smart and they look hella good in a pair of pumps. Oh yeah, we’re talking about our favorite female TV characters of 2014. The recent season of television has spoiled us silly with the rising number of inspiring female leads who are taking sitcoms and dramas by storm.

From Olivia Pope in “Scandal” to Leslie Knope of “Parks and Recreation,” we confidentally give two thumbs up to the way female characters have been portrayed over the past few months. But we have to admit that out of the sea of strong women, we too have a favorite female TV character—and her name is Lagertha of the hit History Channel series, “Vikings.”

OK, so maybe Lagertha doesn’t sport a sassy pair of heels like Selina Meyer of “Veep” but she absolutely rocks her femininity as she slays opposing warriors on the battlefield. Oh, didn’t we mention? Lagertha is a shield maiden and current Earl of Hedeby, which is pretty rare for a female Viking. Hello, glass ceiling!

“The wonderful thing about Lagertha, for me, is that I never anticipated how big that role would become. I have to be honest about that. [The historical figure] was Ragnar’s wife, and she was a shield maiden, she had kids and everything,” “Vikings” creator Michael Hirst told TV Line of the show’s female lead. “And when we were casting, we had lots of possibilities, lots of beautiful young actresses, and I said, ‘We have to have someone who’s tough and looks convincing.’”

Out of all the talented women who tried out for the coveted role, it was Katheryn Winnick who caught the eye of Hirst with her resilient personality—and butt-kicking skills.

“Katheryn came on board pretty late in the day and she said to me, ‘You know, I’m a black belt,’ and that was fantastic and sexy, so I cast her. And then she started to define the role and now she’s as famous as Ragnar,” he explained.
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