Zap2It – With so much of pop culture obsessing over why we aren’t seeing strong, fierce females, perhaps they should turn their attention to Katheryn Winnick — and no, we aren’t referring to the character she plays on “Vikings.”
The Canadian beauty, best known for playing the imposing Viking figure Lagertha, posted a video clip to her Instagram on Tuesday (June 3). “Checked this off my bucket list,” she writes alongside the intense (some might say: insane) sight of a Great White being lured towards her as it throttles a cage with the actress inside.
In the clip, you can hear a male voice scream the F-word very loudly — and we’d have to say, we’re with him. Leaping clear out of the water, the shark seems to be the length of the cage itself. But notice that you never hear a female voice shrieking — because much like her character, Winnick is not easily intimidated.
“Shark diving with the Great White Sharks,” writes the 38-year-old actress and animal lover, using the hashtags #justdoit and #shark-conservation from what she identifies as the waters off Cape Town, South Africa.
Although relatively short in stature, Winnick is an imposing figure. She began training in martial arts at the age of seven, obtained her first black belt at 13, and by 21 she had founded 3 different martial arts schools. So, that Great White might not realize who he’s messing with.
— Vikings on HISTORY (@HistoryVikings) June 7, 2016
IB TIMES – Showrunner Michael Hirst’s storyline isn’t the only aspect of “Vikings” that features incredible twists and turns. So does the intricate hairstyles of the characters from the History Channel series — looks that were created by stylist Dee Corcoran. And in honor of National Hairstyle Day, which is celebrated Saturday, Corcoran is revealing the inspiration behind the iconic TV tresses in addition to what major transformations viewers can expect when “Vikings” returns in the fall.
According to Corcoran, who has worked behind-the-scenes on shows like “Camelot” and “The Tudors,” there aren’t many references from the Vikings period regarding Norse style. So when it came time to re-creating Nordic hairstyles, she had to coil together her own, creative ideas.
“I loved the braiding for the women so that’s how that started — the Lagertha [Katheryn Winnick] look. It had lots of texture,” she told International Business Times of the “beautiful” hairstyle that fans attempt to recreate regularly. “And for the men, for their long hair, we added extensions, which looked quite Vikingish on them!”
But with every season renewal comes a fresh start for Corcoran, which, quite literally, requires her to go back to the drawing board.