I knew that they were focusing on casting Ragnar, so I didn’t hear from them for awhile.
I ended up actually going to a Halloween costume store and renting a costume to try to really embody what Vikings would wear for my screen test.
And then, they flew me to Los Angeles to do a chemistry read, and for another screen test for MGM to meet Travis, who was already cast, at that point.
Instantly, when I met him, he was such a great actor and so great to connect with that I felt so blessed when they called me and offered me the role.
During this recent interview to promote the March 3 premiere, actress Katheryn Winnick – who plays Lagertha, shield maiden and wife of Viking ruler Ragnar – talked about what her audition process was like, how she prepared for the physical side of the role, what it was like to be a Viking woman, working with co-stars Travis Fimmel and Gabriel Byrne, the best and most challenging aspects of this project, her favorite moments this season, playing such a strong woman, and why she thinks people will enjoy the show. Question: What was the audition process that you went through to get this role?
KATHERYN WINNICK: I got the script from my agents and they told me that, since Michael Hirst was overseas in the UK, he wasn’t taking any meetings, so I had to put myself on tape in my living room.
So, I did that and I was really nervous about the accent since I’ve never dealt with a Scandinavian accent before.I worked with a dialect coach to try to get something down on tape.Australian actor Travis Fimmel is no stranger to playing a warrior – he portrays the fearsome Ragnar in the TV series Vikings.Now, he gets to extend that physicality on the big screen with Warcraft: The Beginning – a fantasy adventure which has the hunk tackling the role of Anduin Lothar, a commander of the human army.follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), an actual historical figure who was the greatest hero of his age.Telling the gripping sagas of Ragnar’s band of Viking brothers and his family, he rose to become a fearless warrior and King of the Viking tribes, and legend has it that he was a direct descendent of Odin, the god of war and warriors.