‘I’m thankful for what I had in fashion – but I was never really that passionate about it'
“THESE days I give very little attention to modelling. It was really great for me. I got to travel and meet great people. I’m super thankful for what I had in the fashion world – but I was never really that passionate about it.
This ( Vikings) has been such a treat for me because I’ve been looking to make the transition (from modelling to acting) for the past few years.
My Vikings character, Princess Aslaug, was a queen in Norse mythology so when I got the part I did a lot of research but also spoke a lot to series creator Michael Hirst (the writer of Cate Blanchett’s Elizabeth) about what he wanted.
You can look her up but there isn’t a whole lot of information out there to create a full, real person.
We both agreed the big thing for her was she was orphaned and believed her parents’ fame was more important than her – that’s a pretty big deal for someone growing up. Not having that relationship with her parents and always wondering what could have been, I think, makes Aslaug a bit untrusting of the people around her.
I don’t think she has really experienced ever being a part of a loving family. That informs a lot of her behaviour.
We’ve had a four-year time jump in season two and Aslaug moved on quite a bit. She has popped out a couple of kids to Viking Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and is pregnant with a third.
I don’t like to use the term ‘home wrecker’ or ‘mistress’ but she is in a relationship with a man (Ragnar) who has already been in a relationship with someone (Lagertha, played by Katheryn Winnick), so she is fairly suspicious about what he is doing.
Travis is great to work with. He has a really good work ethic. He keeps things really fun and light-hearted on set but he cares a lot about the project.
I really like the way Michael deals with all the elements of magic and myth and the stories of the gods and religion. He puts it to the viewer and says, ‘This is what the Vikings believed in – whether you believe it or not, that’s up to you’.
Vikings is primarily about a man and the things he did.
He took a Viking army and explored and raided, which makes it very masculine. But there are also some wonderful female characters.
Lagertha is this kick-arse woman and fans love her. Then you’ve also got Siggy, played by Jessalyn Gilsig, who is this masterful schemer behind the scenes.
If someone other than Michael was writing a show about Vikings, they might not have included women like that. We’re all very thankful.”
MONDAY, 8.35PM, SBSONE
With Colin Vickery