Monday, December 23, 2019

The Witcher: Yennefer star speaks out about painful scene that led to real life injury

The Witcher quickly introduced viewers to Yennefer of Vengerberg (played by Anya Chalotra) who started off life as an abused character who was always being pushed around. The character has been all but disowned by her family because of how she looks. However, the character’s ailments soon took its toll on the actor herself, as she began to take on some of Yennefer’s injuries.

For the first three episodes of the series, the character is seen shy, lonely and withdrawn as she trains in witchcraft, believing the way she looks to be reason why she’ll never experience true love.

The character also suffers with a twisted spine that leaves her with a hunched back.

Moreover, she has a bent jaw that protrudes to one side.

Before the character transformed into Mage, Anya had to wear a backpiece and prostethics, maintaining a bad posture for hours on end.


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However, this soon took its toll as it begin to affect the actor in real life.

Speaking to, she explained: “I had a trapped nerve in my back that I had to get massaged out after playing her for so long! It was very uncomfortable.”

“But also only ever aided my performance, as much as it was uncomfortable, we tried to make it as comfortable as possible,” she added.

“But because we’d chosen that way immediately, because we had to make decisions quite fast, we weren’t able to change the way we’re doing things.”

“I was happy in the choices that we were making.”

The star went on to reveal she had it easy compared to her body double.

She added: “The one that the body double wore was heavy because it was a whole back piece,” she added.

“The ones that were under my outfits weren’t. They were very sweaty though!”


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Meanwhile, the ending of the series has finally been revealed for those who binge watched the entire season. 

Fans may know that the character disappeared towards the end.

Yennefer unleashed a fiery wrath at the battlefield at the end of the series, burning the Nilfgaardian forces in the surrounding area and forces the invaders to retreat.

But following the powerful scene, Yennefer is nowhere to be found.


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She is unlikely to be dead as it has already been confirmed she will return for season two.

Yennefer does have the power to teleport though so could have temporarily gone into hiding.

How will she return next season?

The Witcher season 1 is available to watch on Netflix.

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