“I walked in nervous and vulnerable,” says Winnick, 37. And that’s not a familiar feeling for the Vikings star, a third-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and licensed bodyguard. “There’s a confidence that comes from knowing you can defend yourself,” she says. In the end, “posing nude made me feel more free and empowered.”
How did you prep for the shoot?
“I called my girlfriends and asked them to pose naked to show me what positions look good. I have a few crazy photos on my phone.”
Have you ever been to a strip club? I used to go. There are incredible dancers there, and if it’s in a classy way…I appreciated a woman’s body when I was there.”
“Everybody should do this, in their home, hopefully with their significant other. If you can feel good in your own skin, why hide it?”Katheryn Winnick is a star on the rise, which is why you may have seen her in 2017’s The Dark Tower alongside Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey or in 2019’s Polar with Mads Mikkelsen and Vanessa Hudgens.
However, it is more likely that you became a fan of the actor while watching her play the shieldmaiden Lagertha on History’s Vikings with Alexander Ludwig.
Beyond being a star of the popular series, Winnick also ended up working as a director on the show that made her (and her formidably fierce character) a “fan-favorite,” according to Variety.
“Time is so precious and we need more strong women characters on television — and it’s not just that it has to be written and acted, it comes from the producers and the studio heads and by hiring more women filmmakers and grooming more female directors,” Winnick explained.
She continued by saying that the entertainment industry “need[s] to be able to grow more female writers and directors and give them the opportunity to get behind the lens…” She noted that “only then will there be a chance for women to be properly represented on television.”