The Witcher’s Ciri star shares bizarre reaction to landing role: ‘Thought I was fired’

Henry Cavill discusses the character of Geralt in The Witcher

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Netflix’s answer to Game of Thrones has finally returned for its highly anticipated second season. The Witcher is back and bloodier than ever this month, but showrunner Lauren revealed the famous cast, which includes Superman star Henry Cavill, originally looked a lot different.

English actress Freya Allan, 20, originally thought she had been fired when she was cast as Princess Cirilla (Ciri) in The Witcher.

Creator of the show Lauren and her casting director Sophie Holland initially had a difficult task of finding the right person for the iconic role.

“We had a lot of trouble finding Ciri,” Lauren said.

Based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s series of fantasy novels and short stories, Ciri starts off much younger than Freya in the source material.

Lauren recently spoke to Cosmopolitan UK about the challenges of bringing The Witcher to TV screens, including breathing life into the writer’s beloved characters.

The showrunner explained: “She was originally written as an 11-year-old girl.

“We looked and looked and looked, and then we started to think about the production restraints for shooting with a child, basically, and how much it would limit the hours on set.”

“And so we started looking older and I just wasn’t finding anyone I liked.”

Thankfully, a conversation with casting director Sophie convinced Lauren to take a different route for Ciri, and the pieces quickly fell into place.

“[Sophie] said ‘I want you to look at someone that we’ve already cast’,” she recalled.

“And we had actually cast Freya Allan as a one-episode part named Marilka.”

Freya had already interacted with Geralt of Rivia himself, Henry Cavill, for one brief moment in the earlier stages of filming the first season.

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However, their short interaction was clearly enough to convince Lauren that Freya was right for the part.

In season two, Geralt and Ciri become even closer as their travels together will start to unravel their mysterious destiny.

Henry and Freya make for an unconventional, yet compelling, pairing as the gravelly monster hunter and his inexperienced, yet determined, companion.

Before taking on such a major role, though, the young newcomer originally thought she had lost out on her chance to appear in the smash hit Netflix series.

Lauren explained: “Freya will tell you that she was called back in and she was like, ‘I don’t understand.”

“‘Did I lose a part? Are you calling me back in to fire me?’

“And she showed up that day in like a striped t-shirt and baggy jeans, and she was a kid. And yet she had such soul.

“And we literally read one scene, we thanked her. I’m sure she thought that she had messed everything up. And we cast her that day.”

Freya has now become an integral part of The Witcher, and will soon embark on more perilous adventures with Geralt across the Continent.

The Witcher season two will be released on Friday, December 17 on Netflix.

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