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February 17, 2016

IGNIt’s not as easy as it looks.


If there’s anyone you can hope to have teach you some tricks to become a proficient (or at least serviceable) Vikings shieldmaiden in a couple short hours, it’s Katheryn Winnick. The star of the History series had years of experience in martial arts before she ever took up the sword and shield as Lagertha, and she puts that experience to good use in the series’ impressive fight sequences.


As someone who doesn’t have any background in martial arts, I was pretty much starting from scratch when I headed to Vikings’ studio outside Dublin in October 2015. But Lagertha and the shieldmaidens are inarguably some of the coolest elements of Vikings, and I figured if I was getting a chance to watch some stunt training, I might as well throw myself in the mix.



Katheryn Winnick and stunt double Caroline Simonnet showcase Vikings fighting skills


Winnick is an accomplished martial artist: she achieved her first black belt at age 13, competed in the Canadian Nationals and even opened her own Tae Kwon Do studios in Toronto, Canada. Before I actually got to train with Lagertha’s shield and sword, I had to get the basics of the martial arts-based fighting style that the shieldmaidens use.


Clearly, I am the non-professional stuntswoman here.


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‘Vikings’ Season 4 Spoilers: Dianne Doan Teases Yidu, Ragnar Relationship And More

February 17, 2016


DESIGN & TREND – “Vikings” season 4 is just weeks away and we are on the edge of our seats waiting for its return. With the latest season comes some new faces, particularly Dianne Doan who’s character Yidu will shake things up for the Kattegat natives.


Design & Trend caught up with the talented actress to talk about her new role and she even dished on some spoilers.


How familiar were you with “Vikings” before auditioning for the show? What drew you to audition for the role of Yidu?


I knew about the show and had watched a couple of episodes here and there, but I didn’t follow it season to season. I was excited that they were introducing a character from the East, and incorporating the Asian culture to the show.


How would you describe Yidu’s relationship with Ragnar? Since she comes from a different part of the world that Ragnar has never been to, will this have an impact on their relationship?


I think her very appearance intrigues Ragnar, because of her ethnic background. The production really wanted to make sure that they differentiated Yidu from the people of Kattegat.


The relationship stems from Ragnar’s curiosity of her past, where she comes from, who rules it and what her thoughts are about religion and death.


What does Yidu think of the Vikings’ way of life? Do you think she and Athelstan are similar when it comes to embracing the viking culture and religion?


I think Yidu’s initial reaction is shock, because their lifestyle is so different than where she comes from. She is now a slave in a foreign land where she doesn’t know the customs or language. Her main priority is survival. And if that means assimilating to their culture and religion, then yes, she embodies the same characteristics as Athelstan in that regard.


As previously revealed, Ragnar and his men will be heading back to Paris in an attempt to fully infiltrate the French city, do you think we will see Yidu tagging along? Will we ever see Yidu on the battlefield?


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‘Vikings’ – Dianne Doan Interview on Playing Yidu and Working with Travis Fimmel

February 16, 2016


SHOWBIZ JUNKIES – Dianne Doan (Disney’s Descendants) joins the cast of History’s Vikings with season four, playing Yidu, a slave who catches the attention of Ragnar (Travis Fimmel). Yidu is unlike anyone else in Kattegat and in some ways she’ll be filling the void left in Ragnar’s life with the murder of Athelstan (George Blagden). During a conference call in support of the February 18, 2016 premiere of season four, Doan said she can’t wait for audiences to meet her character. Answering questions without giving away spoilers, Doan discussed her character’s backstory and what it was like joining the cast of an established show.


Dianne Doan Vikings Interview:


What’s it like to take the leap from Disney royalty to Viking slave? Was it a challenge?


Dianne Doan: “I couldn’t have asked for a better transition out of that Disney experience just because the audience range is so limited, I guess? Challenge-wise, I think I was definitely pushed in my work as an actor, coming on to a show that’s already been so established with the course of three years, working with Travis and then numerous directors that I was able to come across. It definitely was intimidating and it pushed my limits, I would say that, but it was so rewarding.”


You mentioned working with Travis as Ragnar. It seems like he’s enamored with your character a bit and so without spoiling anything, what can you say about that relationship?


Dianne Doan: “I come on pretty early on this season, and right off the bat it’s not just Ragnar that’s intrigued or curious. It’s definitely all of Kattegat just because from my sheer appearance, it’s so different than what they’ve seen around them. But with Ragnar specifically, we know throughout the seasons he is a person who seeks to learn about different cultures and different religions which is why I think he does raid lands. Off the bat, from my appearance to the way that I carry myself, he questions it, which is why I would say our initial relationship starts out of that curiosity.”


At the request of Showbiz Junkies, I have removed the complete interview from the site. Please see  the rest of the interview at SHOWBIZ JUNKIES


TV Review: ‘Vikings,’ Season 4

February 16, 2016


VARIETY – “Vikings,” which will include a bifurcated and expanded fourth season beginning with a flurry of 10 episodes, has become History’s poor-man’s answer to “The Walking Dead.” And based on the opening salvo, success hasn’t spoiled these pillaging Norsemen, with the show essentially picking up where season three left off — after the bloody, protracted siege of Paris — operating on several parallel tiers. Heck, there’s even a “Revenant”-like encounter with an angry bear, as showrunner Michael Hirst distinguishes the basic-cable series as a premium-level commodity.


For starters, Viking leader Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) was badly injured, leaving something of a power vacuum in the early going. Not surprisingly, there is no shortage of aspirants to fill the void, including his wife Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) and son Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig), although since Fimmel is the star of the show, nobody should count him out just yet.


The fallout from season three, meanwhile, continues with the exposure of Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) as the murderer of Ragnar’s pal, the former monk Athelstan; and the exploits of Ragnar’s brother Rollo (Clive Standen, especially good in these early chapters), who has stayed behind in France, where plans of an arranged marriage don’t exactly go smoothly. Finally, there’s Ragnar’s warrior-maiden ex, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), who faces threats to her earldom as well.


The Vikings, obviously, are a perfectly organic vessel through which to explore lust and violence, but Hirst has gone well beyond that in terms of developing intrigue and strategy — including machinations by the only slightly more civilized Europeans, like King Ecbert (Linus Roache), to make just nice enough with Ragnar and his ilk to prevent them from pillaging their strongholds. That reached a dazzling peak with last season’s protracted attack on Paris, which raised the bar on what was already a pretty impressive show.


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Interviews with Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick and Clive Standen

February 16, 2016


Cloaks and daggers

February 16, 2016

Flayed, an axe to the head, an arrow through the heart — whether in bloody battle or during an act of betrayal — death is dealt out in true Nordic warrior style on the hit drama series Vikings.


THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – For Aussie Alyssa Sutherland (The Devil Wears Prada, Arbitrage), who stars as Viking queen Aslaug, the characters’ lives always hang in the balance.


“There’s a certain producer that kind of comes up and gives you a tap on the shoulder and we’re all very aware of who it is,” she explains over the phone from Sydney, where she is mixing work and pleasure before returning to the set of Vikings in Ireland to finish filming the fourth season.


“Having spoken to some of the actors who have been killed off, you get a little bit of notice, like a few weeks, and it sort of is what it is. We all know that nothing is ever guaranteed — we could be the next one.”


But whether her tenure on the show is long or short, Sutherland jumped at the chance to work with screenwriter and producer Michael Hirst (Elizabeth, The Tudors).


“To have the opportunity to work with Michael Hirst was a no-brainer, there’s no way to say no to that … I didn’t know a whole lot about it when it was offered to me because she (Aslaug) came in right at the end of season one. So it was a very quick introduction and the character was much more fleshed out in season two.”


Aslaug is just one of many strong female roles on the series and Sutherland thinks now is a great time to be a woman working in TV.


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Rollo & Gisla – Sneak Peek

February 15, 2016

I think they’re going to be a fun couple this season 🙂


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