RED BULLETIN – The Vikings star talks about why she doesn’t feel pressure in Hollywood, her new film The Dark Tower and her very dedicated fanbase.
Long before she became a fiery shield maiden on the hit show Vikings, Katheryn Winnick was kindling her inner warrior in the suburbs of Toronto. At age 7, she was learning taekwondo, and by the time she was 21, she was running three martial arts schools. When she made the transition into acting a few years later, Winnick’s fighting skills occasionally popped up on her lengthy list of film and TV credits—including guest spots on nearly every network procedural (CSI, Law & Order, House, Bones, Person of Interest) in the past 15 years.
But it wasn’t until her role as Lagertha on Vikings that the 39-year-old actress found a character that truly embodied the mental and physical strength she had developed as a confident young martial artist. Now filming the show’s fifth season in Ireland, Winnick took a break to discuss why she doesn’t feel pressure in the cutthroat business that is Hollywood, her new film The Dark Tower and what it’s like to see a tattoed depiction of herself on someone’s chest.
THE RED BULLETIN: Your parents got your entire family into taekwondo—sounds like a unique way to spend time together.
KATHERYN WINNICK: It was the best thing that ever happened. It just bonded us. It’s one of those few sports that you can do at any level, and all do at the same time. Even though it’s an individual sport, you can do it based on your own personal goals, depending on your age and physical ability. I think every family should do martial arts together.
You started your first taekwondo school when you were 16. Did that entrepreneurial spirit come from your family, too?
Definitely. My dad was an entrepreneur, and he took risks. At that point in my life, taking a risk to start a business didn’t seem so risky because I knew that I had a roof over my head and I had family that would encourage me. We come from humble beginnings. I had no financial assistance whatsoever, but I did have the emotional support and my mom helped me with the accounting. I wanted to create my own reality, and the only way of doing that is to be your own business owner. I took what I knew at that time, taekwondo, and I excelled at it. No one’s going to give anything to you. You’ve got to work hard for yourself.
Acting can be an inconsistent career. How did you stay focused during the times when you weren’t working?
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VARIETY – “Vikings” star Katheryn Winnick has joined John Travolta, Mira Sorvino, and Jordi Molla aboard speedboat racing saga “Speed Kills,” Variety has learned.
John Luessenhop is directing from a script he co-wrote with David Aaron Cohen. Production is launching in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Miami Beach, Florida, on May 30.
Hannibal Classics’ Richard Rionda Del Castro is producing the film with Oscar Generale and Luillo Ruiz of the Pimienta Film Company in Puerto Rico. Travolta will executive produce alongside Anson Downes and Linda Favila as well as Walter Josten of Blue Rider Pictures and Hannibal’s Patricia Eberle, Cam Cannon, Lindsey Roth, Farouk Hadef, Jamal Sannan, and Grace Collins.
Hannibal Classics has been selling the worldwide rights to the picture and expects sales to be completed worldwide by the end of the Cannes Film Festival.
“Speed Kills” is inspired by the life of speedboat racing champion Donald Aronow, who also created boat brands including Donzi Marine, Blue Thunder, and Cigarette. Winnick is set to play the role of Lillian Aronow, a former Wilhelmina model and the second wife of Aronow.
Winnick has a role in the upcoming film “The Dark Tower.” Her other film credits include “Love and Other Drugs” and “Killers.” Rionda Del Castro’s previous films include “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage,” “Vengeance: A Love Story,” “Heist,” and “Tokarev.”
Winnick is repped by CAA, Alchemy Entertainment, and attorney Jeff Bernstein of Jackoway, Tyerman, Wertheimer, Austen, Mandelbaum, Morris, & Klein.
DEADLINE – There are other worlds than these, but in this one, the first official international trailer for Sony/MRC’s The Dark Tower is upon us. The latest Stephen King feature adaptation stars Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba who teased the highly-anticipated movie in a Twitter exchange yesterday. Check out the full trailer above.
A Royal Affair‘s Nikolaj Arcel directs the post-apocalyptic story of Roland Deschain aka The Gunslinger (Elba) who is seeking a Dark Tower, the nexus of all universes, which would preserve his dying world. Along the way, he faces off with Walter O’Dim aka The Man in Black (McConaughey) who is determined to prevent him from toppling the Tower. Caught in the battle of good-vs-evil is young Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) whose earthly visions of the Gunslinger turn out not to be the stuff of dreams.
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SCREENDAILY – EXCLUSIVE: Lisa Forrell will direct the story of an Icelandic woman who moves to the UK during the Second World War.
Katheryn Winnick (of TV’s Vikings) will star in Icelandic production company Truenorth’s Journey Home, written and directed by Lisa Forrell.
The English-language love story follows an Icelandic woman who moves to the UK to become a chef during the Second World War. The drama will shoot in Iceland and England, with UK producers Alex Boden (Sense8) and Tracey Seaward (Philomena) on board.
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There are strange people in Kattegat always, riding in from lands far away or sailing in from points further. Yet one man in particular catches Torvi’s eye, as she patrols her fortress-city. He sailed in this morning with the other traders. He looks at the wares being peddled – but he and his men do not want to buy anything. The reason is clear enough: The man calls for an attack, and the battle for Kattegat begins.