Katheryn Winnick Knows You Don't Have To Play An Action Star To Be A Strong Female Character

Katheryn Winnick is understood to kick some critical ass as Lagertha at the hit History Channel sequence “Vikings.” But in her new venture, she’s taking up extra of a traditional function ― even if she believes there’s energy in each feminine persona. 

In “The Dark Tower,” Winnick ― a Taekwondo skilled and self-defense teacher ― ditches her action-hero mentality for one thing extra refined to play unmarried mother Laurie Chambers, who’s having a look out for her son, Jake, as he’s torn between fact and a fantastical international. The movie, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, is in response to Stephen King’s a success e book sequence of the similar title. 

“It was nice to let my guard down, truthfully,” Winnick advised HuffPost on Build Series Tuesday. “What attracted me to this project is the fact that I get to play a contemporary character and somebody that is grounded. I felt that with her being a single mom and really in a new marriage, she has to have a certain sense of strength in trying to keep things together and trying to really make the right decisions for her son. And I thought that was really interesting, was to find that strength in an everyday world.”

Winnick has been at the display “Vikings” for 5 years now ― “20 episodes a year, which means we’re shooting 10 months out of the year” ― giving her little time to check the waters with other tasks. Still, due to author Michael Hirst’s scripts, her persona Lagertha has been in a position to grow to be at the small display screen each and every season, moving her arc via dynamic storylines. 

In Season five, which debuts Nov. 29, Lagertha is the ruler of Kattegat, a place that allowed Winnick to discover being a girl in rate. She didn’t need to “push it,” however the actress was once desperate to make her persona a “strategic ruler” moderately than person who craved battle and revenge. 

“I wanted to make different choices,” she defined. “Obviously, with a woman with such authority, there’s always issues of other people taking her seriously and getting the respect that she feels she deserves, and being a woman and also having to deal with male counterparts that want to usurp her. And that I would relate to some of my friends who are running their own businesses or mothers who are at home and juggling being a single mother or rushing to work and trying to do it all. I felt that was something that I really tried to absorb and bring into Lagertha this season.” 

With “Vikings” proceeding and “Dark Tower” hitting theaters this Friday, it sort of feels Winnick is ruling both manner. 

Watch her complete Build Series interview with HuffPost underneath. 

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