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Vikings season 6 is about to premiere on The Historical past Channel, and after final season’s tumultuous occasions in Kattegat, largely by the hands of Ragnar’s youngest son Ivar, we had been eager to meet up with the actor behind a lot of the insanity and spectacle main into this new season.
Under, Alex Høgh Andersen shared his ideas on love, betrayal, and the humanity inside Vikings’ mad, unhealthy, and possibly misunderstood brother Ivar…
So let me begin out with, it is at all times good to begin out by calling your interviewee a bastard. So let me do this.
Really, I am simply echoing one thing you stated. You as soon as known as Ivar a bastard, however you stated that it is essential as an actor that you simply not choose him an excessive amount of. So I used to be questioning: how do you do this? How do you make peace with a personality like Ivar, particularly contemplating the occasions of the second half of season 5?
When you consider Ivar in season 5, it should be a troublesome job, I do know that. I had a troublesome job doing it, taking pictures season 5, completely. Nevertheless it’s your first job as an actor to by no means contact their character. There are not any good or unhealthy characters. As a result of, the unhealthy characters don’t suppose they’re unhealthy. And Ivar is very a type of characters. If he believes in his trigger, I’ve to consider in it too. I really feel sorry for him, at the beginning. However I see via all of his bullcrap. Completely. All this dumb stuff that he does, the tyranny, the burning of individuals alive, all that stuff. I do know that that comes from concern, and from concern of not being beloved.
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So what he does as a substitute is the one factor that he understands, which is inflicting concern. I see via that, each single time. I perceive that he is a little bit boy on the within and he is in all probability extra crippled on the within than he’s on the skin. I at all times do not forget that. It is essential for me to in each single scene to have just a bit piece of that. Though, in some scenes, it is virtually unattainable to indicate that, that vulnerability to him, or that three-dimensional character that I completely consider that he’s. However I strive, and I hope I’ve succeeded.
What do you suppose his relationship to like is? As a result of we’ve got the mom who smothered him in it, and the absent father, a Viking tradition which rejects him. So what do you suppose his relationship is to like?
To like? Effectively, it is a troubled one. I feel he completely, actually needs to be beloved. And I additionally suppose that was a part of what made him so blind in season 5, starting when he met the expensive Freydis, as a result of he by no means actually understood love or by no means actually skilled real love. He completely felt that he received that from her.
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So what occurs to his character? He simply listened to every little thing she needed to say. I consider that she performed an enormous half in making him go much more loopy than what he’d often do when he was ruling, completely. I feel she actually planted that seed of him believing, actually believing that he was a god, as a result of that is what she did. And if you end up falling fully in love with a lady that tells you that, you possibly can’t do something however settle for it and consider in it. Really. So he actually needs to be beloved. Completely. However he has a extremely robust time doing it. And you may see him battle with that in season six as effectively. However he’ll get nearer to… I do not suppose he’ll get nearer to discovering it, in a manner, however I feel he’ll get nearer to understanding what it truly is. And what that first real love did to him, in each good methods and unhealthy methods. Completely.
Glorious. That might be good to see. As a result of, one in all my different questions was, what do you suppose he is discovered from shedding Kattegat?
Some would say that it is type of an enormous hit on his shallowness and his perception in himself, his powers, his concepts and his abilities. And I actually appreciated that. As a result of I assumed he was a little bit an excessive amount of in season 5 really. He was fully shedding it and generally it was a little bit laborious to guard him, and defending him. I feel that is what I’ve actually tried and that is the wonderful thing about his arc in season six.
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In season six, he is actually fascinated with what occurred to him. So he is processing that entire expertise. And I feel that he began wanting in, far more than he often did up to now. In order that’s nice to have him really develop into as a human being rising. As a result of he really obtained some type of help that he did not count on, from inside. Yeah. I suppose that is a solution.
Do you suppose his homicide of Freydis goes to weigh closely on him or is he going to stroll away pretty simply from this? And I ask you this, having seen the primary 5 episodes of season six.
5 episodes of season six? Oh, my god. I feel he hated… You have seen greater than I’ve…. He wanted to make clear it. Completely. She did betray him within the worst manner doable, however I imply, it is so laborious for him. He is had such a horrible time. Lastly, he finds some type of real love. Yeah, she’s in all probability simply as loopy as he’s, however, my god, after which she betrays him. I imply, he is actually, actually damage. I feel he is a damaged, damaged younger man in season six. And he is actually processing that total expertise. And I do not suppose he’ll ever recover from that. I do not suppose he’ll ever recover from it.
So I do know that you simply and Marco Ilsø [who plays Ivar’s conflicted brother Hvitserk] room collectively if you’re taking pictures Vikings, which is a lot of the yr. And also you two have needed to do a number of actually ugly work in season 5. It was actually nasty there for some time. So how did spending all that point collectively influence each of your appearing and dwelling collectively?
It was enjoyable! It is nice to have somebody… Effectively, at the beginning, it is the best, the perfect job on the planet we each have. That stated, it is a robust job, it must be robust, in any other case it is probably not enjoyable. I do not suppose so, at the very least. And sharing it with the great pal of yours is simply the icing on the cake, I’ve to say. And dwelling collectively, that provides us an higher hand. We will, you understand, discuss in regards to the scenes, we are able to discuss in regards to the characters. We will, you understand, learn the scripts collectively. We will do all kinds of stuff that can put together us for the following day when we’ve got to shoot. Completely.
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Is it straightforward to let go of that ugliness, although? The minute that the director calls, “Reduce.”
(chuckles) We’re pretending for a dwelling. We have been doing this throughout this for thus lengthy. I’ve killed just a few folks, let’s simply say, just a few folks on this present. Marco, too. You recognize you get used to it. So, it is a bizarre sentence: “You get used to killing folks and doing ugly stuff.” However, yeah. It is what you do and, after the primary three months of doing that, it is simply one other day on the workplace. And, it must be, that feeling of an everyday day at work, as a result of in any other case you’ll get too emotional about it, to psyched about it, and you may’t sleep at night time since you suppose you could be seeing it on a regular basis, and stuff like that. It is advisable to neutralize it in a manner, as a way to be calm and picked up.
So why did Ivar deal with his solely loyal brother so poorly throughout season 5? Was he attempting to drive Hvitserk away, or does he simply suppose that he could not drive him away as a result of Hvitserk was so weak?
I might love to provide you a solution, however that’s a type of issues that I do not actually… cannot reply as a result of I don’t know. I attempted to grasp it as a result of I assumed he was fairly sensible. In case you’re Ivar. However if you happen to’re sensible you may maintain your mates or household shut, and your enemies even nearer. And he did none of that, he pushed everybody away. And that’s ridiculous; it is silly. They’ve had their variations, however I completely suppose, I consider that they need to have stayed collectively far more. However once more, Ivar had points with him. Hvitserk virtually did not soar into the boat and went with Ubbe, to start with of season 5. I do not suppose he ever had an concept of him, having the ability to belief him. Possibly that is why.
Yeah. I additionally questioned if possibly he was attempting to check his love, like he could not consider that Hvitserk would select him. So he was continually attempting to drive him away as if to show to himself that he actually wasn’t lovable, in spite of everything.
Yeah. He is at all times delicate about that.
What has taking part in Ivar taught you about incapacity normally?
Oh, I had a number of respect for folks earlier than I went into this half. Having hassle with, working via in on a regular basis life with a illness like that. However, after engaged on that half, I’ve great quantities of respect for folks affected by such horrible illnesses. I’ve discovered how laborious life is. And the way a lot you’ll want to not take issues without any consideration if you’re a succesful individual. Or absolutely succesful individual. If that’s the suitable technique to say it. I’m amazed by folks, and what they’re capable of accomplish, regardless that they’ve main disadvantages. I imply, have a look at people who did Paralympics. A few of them haven’t any legs they usually’re working simply as quick as folks with legs.
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It is superb. It has taught me rather a lot about psychological energy. Energy of being sturdy and difficult inside, in your head, and the way that may make your total physique stronger. And the way these issues, your psychological and bodily and your psychological well being, how these two issues simply go hand in hand. I must maintain each of these issues wholesome as a way to dwell absolutely. I’m amazed by folks affected by illnesses like that, as a result of if that one half does not work accurately, I can think about your head will begin having a troublesome time, too. Simply because these issues, as I stated earlier than, goes hand in hand. It takes rather a lot. It takes rather a lot. And I’ve loopy quantities of respect for folks coping with points like that regularly.
Which of Ragnar’s sons do you personally establish with, when it comes to your individual temperament?
Ragnar’s sons? (pained moan)
As a result of I am assuming it isn’t Ivar…
Effectively I see a number of myself in Ivar. I perceive each single one of many brothers. It is advisable to as an actor: you want to have the ability to perceive your characters and your self. I perceive among the stuff that he is going via. I perceive loneliness, I perceive having hassle feeling love, points with ladies, no matter, blah blah blah. I perceive a number of the problems that he is going via. After which I perceive the stuff that Hvitserk goes via. I perceive [redacted] must go to Iceland, you understand, go on his personal path, stuff like that. I establish with each single one in all them.
I do know you are a photographer. What does spending a lot time on a set taught you in regards to the digital camera and pictures? What sort of alternatives has being there given you as a photographer?
Each single alternative I might ask for. Exhibiting as much as units is superb. I imply the artwork division, the extras lined in blood and dust, and exquisite costumes and make-up from head to toe. How am I not ready… In fact, I can take an outstanding photograph of that. It is too straightforward. I am not even wanted…the environment are so excellent. It has been a present, actually a present for a photographer to be on a set like that. I do not suppose I used to be ever allowed to take photographs on set. I do know they’ve a really strict coverage relating to that, however I did not give a rattling. And so they ended up liking a number of my photographs. I used to be simply requested by manufacturing if they may get a few of my photographs for PR. (laughs)
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Oh, that is nice.
It has been thrilling. It’s been a pleasure. I’ve received essentially the most stunning folks on the set which might be grateful, very glad, about taking photographs for his or her Instagram. So, I have been a continuing supplier of that.
And I do know you left college to play Ivar. As soon as you’ve got left him behind, do you suppose you are going to return to highschool, or are you going to proceed to hunt out new roles? What do you suppose the next move is?
I am engaged on a brand new function, an enormous Netflix Danish function proper now in Prague. So, life is simply too good proper now, and the alternatives are too cool proper now to return to highschool. However I am nonetheless a scholar of life. I am nonetheless a scholar of my craft. Maintain working can be part of learning. However I’d, if I get bored with taking pictures on a regular basis, I’d return to highschool and research movie. I do not know. Possibly.
Do you suppose you’d return to Copenhagen, or do you suppose you’d exit some other place?
Proper now, I’ve received my base in Copenhagen, I am going to in all probability have a base in Copenhagen on a regular basis. For the remainder of my life, in all probability. I like Copenhagen, I like the quietness. I like the chilliness trip, we’ve got right here. I hate the climate, however I like the folks. I received every little thing right here and I am not an enormous LA man. I have been there a few occasions; it is a cool spot. I might simply work there for 4 or 5 months, if I used to be taking pictures. Truthfully, love that. No worries. However I feel that I am primarily based in Denmark. I am a really foggy individual and I just like the privateness that I can maintain right here in Denmark.
One final query. What life classes have you ever discovered by taking part in Ivar? What has he taught you about you?
Many, many classes. Onerous work pays off. Blah, blah, blah. Trusting your self. Know which you can’t do every little thing by your self. It is advisable to ask for assist, and assistance is nice. Assist is nice. I am studying that you’ll not get anyplace nice by yourself. You’ll carry this mission with everybody’s work by being heat to one another. Oh, I actually like that. So, yeah. It is advisable to be heat. It is advisable to work collectively. Assist one another out. Completely. And Eire’s been right down to get the perfect mission.
Yeah. Eire’s an ideal place to be taught that. They’re a really heat folks, aren’t they?
Effectively, as a result of it is so chilly. They must be. (laughs)
That is very true. Thanks a lot to your time.
My pleasure. Season six goes to be enjoyable. The second a part of season six clearly on the finish, goes to be loopy. You bought stuff to work with.
Vikings Season 6 premieres on Dec. 4.
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