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Katherine Langford Talks About How She Handled The Intense Fight Scenes In 'Cursed'

Did you know that she trained as a swimmer for almost a decade?
PHOTO: (LEFT TO RIGHT) DES WILLIE/Netflix, Instagram/katherinelangford
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Like many of you, I finished the entire season of Cursed in one sitting. Already a hit, Cursed is a reimagining of the legend of King Arthur—but in this story, the hero is a woman. Katherine Langford plays a Fey (or fairy) named Nimue who fights the Red Paladins for the survival of her kind. And for 10 whole episodes, she wields the sword (Excalibur) like a fucking badass. I have never been more convinced that I need sword-fighting lessons ASAP!

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One of the reasons why Katherine took on the role is the "new challenges" it presented, which included intense fight scenes. She told E! News, "I'm a former athlete. I trained as a swimmer for nearly 10 years, so to be able to use my body for a role is something that I've never done before. I was really excited to dive into that. During shooting, it's cold and you really have to fully commit." 

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She continued, "It's one of the most grueling shooting experiences I've had...It was a lot of physicality and not just on the one-off fight scenes and stunt scenes...it was also shooting outside a lot. It was coping with being in the cold, being in rain, playing the soon-to-be Lady of the Lake, you're in water all the time...It was really an amazing experience."

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In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Katherine goes into more detail on what it took to get those fight scenes right: "So I think we had about a three- to four-week period before we started shooting. It was sort of like a bootcamp setup. I would do three to four hours of swords and horse-riding, and once shooting started, it just became part of the every day to day." Bow down to the queen!

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