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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