The Rings Of Power’s Morfydd Clark Didn’t Know She Was Auditioning For Galadriel In The Lord Of The Rings Series
Morfydd Clark had nary a clue she was auditioning for Amazon Prime Video series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
In an interview with Empire, the Swedish-born Welsh actress (her first name is pronounced maw-vith), 33, said, “The first [audition]. I didn’t know what I was auditioning for. The actress next to me looked over all sneaky and was like, ‘Do you know what this is for? It’s Lord of the Rings.’ And I’m forever grateful to her.”
She added, “I went into the toilet and just stared at myself and was like, ‘You’ve gotta pull yourself together. You’ve been training this for years. You know what to do, it’s in your blood.’ Because I’d been obsessively watching Lord of the Rings for my whole childhood.”
In The Rings of Power, which premieres on Sept 2 (Fri), Clark portrays warrior Galadriel, the ethereal elf character previously played by Cate Blanchett in Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Said to cost US$1 billion (S$1.4 bil) to produce — US$250 million for the rights, and US$750 million to film five seasons — The Rings of Power is based on JRR Tolkien’s appendices in Return of the King and is set during the Second Age, thousands of years before the events in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. It looks at the rise of Sauron and how the 19 rings were forged to battle him (we all know how that turned out).
While The Rings of Power shared some of the crew and artisans (including composer Howard Shore) who worked on The Hobbit and The Lord of The Ring trilogies, Jackson himself wasn’t involved in the creative process. Like the movies, the prequel series was also filmed in New Zealand; for Season 2, however, production is shifted to the UK.
In the same Empire interview, Clark — who broke out in the 2019 horror Saint Maud — said she underwent “exposure therapy” to get her battle-ready for the camera.
“When I was playing Galadriel, the stunt team said, ‘You’ve got a problem, because you’re used to being attacked on film’,” she said. “I would flinch a lot when people came at me.
“So they did exposure therapy with me, where I would have all these huge, huge men running at me, screaming with swords. To stop me from looking frightened. Because I’ve definitely been cast as the victim. And Galadriel is not that.”
Elsewhere, Clark is thrilled to have her name mentioned in the same sentence as Cate Blanchett.
Speaking to E! News, Clark said, “[Cate] has been such a huge part of my childhood as Galadriel. She literally feels like a mythical being to me.
“I felt really obviously so lucky to be playing a character to be portrayed by her but also it's nice to know where your character is going.
“To kind of think who Galadriel is now, she has no idea who she is going to become, that she'll become the Queen of Lothlorien but also she'll become Cate Blanchett. That’s cool.”
When it came to her own take on Galadriel, Clark found a lot of similarities to herself.
“She has a very strong sense of justice and is quite rigid with that, and I can be a little rigid at times,” she said. “I think what's interesting about her is what drives her is kind of, is instinct. She can't even necessarily put into words or even know herself.”
In a separate video interview with 8days.sg, Clark reveals what it was like to film one of the toughest scenes — a sea monster attack sequence! — and what props she would like to get her hands on.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power premieres on Amazon Prime Video on Fri (Sept 2).
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