The Witcher star Freya Allan has discussed how she prepared for the role and the brutal Nilfgaard invasion scene.
Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher novels is so far going down very well with audiences, sparking new interest in the lore, books, and video games. One of season one’s most pivotal moments was the Nilfgaard invasion, a blood-soaked rampage that didn’t pull any punches.
This is a big moment in the story of The Witcher and for the character Ciri. The actress behind Ciri, Freya Allan, has spoken to ComicBook.com about how she prepared:
“It was a challenge, and I had wanted a challenge when I took on the role, and I just had to get myself into a very particular kind of headspace during those scenes. I have a playlist of music from film, and so I would listen to that, and I would kind of like be on my own as well, and I would use every moment, sort of get into that kind of zone. So, those scenes were very challenging, but that was kind of how I went about it, and watching films that inspired me.
“And then, when I read the script, I just remember being very excited to [be] challenged and I think actually, a couple of those scenes for us […] were in my audition, and so I’d kind of seen them before, I was kind of familiar with them, which was nice. But yeah, no, when I read the script, I was just really excited to get to do everything. But, I was also kind of surprised that she didn’t get to be with Yennefer and Geralt. But, I kind of liked that, because I was thinking, ‘Oh great. It means I can establish she’s serious and independent of that,’ but I hadn’t expected that before the script came in.”
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Based on the best-selling fantasy series of books, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.
The Witcher stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer and Freya Allan as Ciri. Other cast members include Jodhi May, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Adam Levy, MyAnna Buring, Mimi Ndiweni, Therica Wilson-Read, Emma Appleton, Eamon Farren, Joey Batey, Lars Mikkelsen, Royce Pierreson, Maciej Musiał, Wilson Radjou-Pujalte, and Anna Shaffer.