Video: Jessalyn Gilsig interview on History’s ‘Vikings’
If you asked most people to describe a Viking, they would probably mention something about horned helmets, raiding parties, and then they might just fizzle off without knowing what else to say. Thanks to Michael Hirst, the creator of The Tudors, and the writer for the Academy-Award winning film Elizabeth, the new dramatic series Vikings is bound to teach people a lot more about these Norse warriors, with a story that is atmospheric, intense, and unexpected.
The series follows Ragnar Lothbrok, played by Travis Fimmel, a Viking warrior who thinks that his leader, the Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne), is crazy to continue to try raiding the lands to the east, which have little to offer. Lothbrok believes that the western lands could offer much more, but he just needs to find a way to prove it, and the first step might be building a boat that can carry them far enough.
Actress Jessalyn Gilsig, a former Montreal native who has starred in hits like Glee, Nip/Tuck, and Boston Public, co-stars in Vikings as Siggy, the wife of the Earl–a fierce woman who urges Haraldson to take Ragnar as a serious threat to his leadership of the village.
Vikings offers an enthralling look at this era, with stand-out performances by Gustaf Skarsgard, Katheryn Winnick, George Blagden, and Clive Standen, to name a few. Watch the interview below with Jessalyn Gilsig to hear what the production of the series was like, why she chose to take this role, and what she thinks defines the character of Siggy.
Vikings premieres on History this Sunday, March 3 at 10:00 PM.
Watch the video interview with Jessalyn Gilsig:
Vikings is an Irish/Canadian co-production in association with Shaw Media.