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‘The Witcher’s Anya Chalotra & Freya Allan On Season 1: Exclusive – Hollywood Life


‘The Witcher’ is about to be the present everyone seems to be speaking about. HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan about enjoying Yennefer and Ciri and their ‘huge’ journeys in season 1.

The subsequent chapter of The Witcher has arrived. The characters and tales we all know and love are coming to life within the highly-anticipated Netflix collection. Henry Cavill stars as Geralt of Rivia, together with Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan as Yennefer and Ciri. From Andrzej Sapkowski’s books and quick tales to video video games, The Witcher universe is an enormous one and now it’s increasing. HollywoodLife sat down with stars Anya and Freya to speak about taking over these beloved characters and what to anticipate within the first season of the collection.

“We look at both Ciri and Yennefer’s journey independent from Geralt which is something that we don’t see or invest in in the books,” Anya informed HollywoodLife. “We give Yennefer a backstory, we learn why she presents such a cold exterior because of the traumatic experiences she’s had as a child, and we go through her transformation into the Yennefer we know from the books. She’s on a huge journey of self-discovery and discovering her powers and what they mean to her and where they lie, which actually happens to be in her insecurities that she developed as a child. They actually feed her power.”

As for Ciri, she is compelled to go on the run. Along the way in which, she goes on fairly the evolution from a protected princess to a strong and impartial woman. “Ciri starts off as very naive to the real world,” Freya defined. “She’s always been surrounded by people who’ve also been kind of molded within that environment, and she’s had such a curiosity that’s almost made everyone around her more fearful of telling her anything. She’s just been totally kept away from the reality of the world and then suddenly she’s thrown into this brutal world and she loses everybody she loves. She has to learn from the people she meets and she has to put herself in other people’s shoes and it takes a huge amount of strength for her to be able to see the good in people even though they may be saying things that are totally opposing where she’s come from. I think that takes a huge amount of strength to be able to connect to someone despite them saying horrible things about the people she loves.” Freya additionally mentioned that Ciri should “adapt” to this brutal world and we’ll see her “become a lot colder and build a bit of a shell in order to detach herself from those feelings. You begin to see her become less of an innocent, sweet princess like she is at the start, even though she has that stubborn side, to more dark.”

Season 1 will include eight episodes and can give attention to the quick tales. Anya mentioned that there are “obviously a lot of developments and slight changes just because we’re adapting them from the books and bringing them to life on screen. There’s going to be some differences because you can’t get that much material in so there will be some changes. But hopefully only to support what Andrzej’s written.”

Fans are wanting ahead to seeing Yennefer and Geralt cross paths within the present, which is able to kick off their epic love story from the books. Anya opened up about Yennefer and Geralt’s first scene. “I loved that scene from the book. We changed it slightly but it’s magnetic,” Yennefer teased. “They’ve never felt this way about anyone else really, that magnetism. It’s a very animalistic relationship and very lustful, so that’s what you’ll see. You’ll see that chemistry between them and their need for each other without really wanting to need each other. That’s the complication that comes with it. I hope we deliver those scenes together well and stay true to the books because I think Andrzej’s created such a strong relationship.”

Anya Chalotra performs Yennefer in ‘The Witcher.’ (Photographer: Paige Kindlick)
Freya Allan
Freya Allan performs Ciri in ‘The Witcher.’ (Photographer: Paige Kindlick)

Yennefer and Ciri are two extremely robust characters. They are on the coronary heart of the collection together with Geralt. There are so many issues to like about them. “I love how fearless she is,” Anya mentioned about Yennefer. “She’s very unapologetic and she exercises her rage. She’s not afraid to use a lot of the emotions which are deemed as ugly and I think there’s a huge strength in that. She’s bloody powerful.” As for Freya, she loves how Ciri “utilizes her voice and her opinions. She really values the fact that the choice is hers and she takes charge of her own future and I also love how stubborn she is and determined.” The Witcher season 1 is accessible to stream on Dec. 20 and the collection has already been renewed for season 2.


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