The use of prosthetic in portraying young Yennefer was both tough and complimented Anya Chalotra's performance brilliantly, according to the actress.
Months of waiting, anticipating, fearing and hoping went into the release of the first season of 'The Witcher,' and the critical consensus is the series is a good watch. You cannot satisfy everyone, so there will be people on Reddit, Twitter, and other media platforms giving their expert opinions on why the show did not work, but the show was not meant to please everyone.
The consensus among core fans on social media platforms is good to great, and it seems most of the fans are satisfied with the content on screen put forth by Lauren Hissrich. If we do say so ourselves, the series is amazing, and it was way better than we expected it to be. But the winner of the show was definitely the acting of all the cast members, and one of the amazing casts of the series was obviously Anya Chalotra.
Anya Chalotra plays the character of Yennefer in the show The Witcher. Source: Hollywood Life
Anya plays the character of 'Yennefer' in the series, and she is the witch who crosses paths with 'Geralt,' the leading cast member of the series. 'Yennefer' and 'Geralt' find their connection soon after they meet, and they are the focal point of the whole story of the first season of 'The Witcher.'
The reason why we are saying Anya was amazing in her role was because, the actress was tasked with portraying two different characters in the same series. She played a deformed, hunchbacked little girl who can summon portals and then transforms into a pretty lady as the first couple of episodes progresses.
Watch: Anay Chalotra explain the character of Yennefer
When asked about her experience playing the younger version of 'Yennefer' and how working with prosthetics was for her, the actress said, “I really approached it the same. For me, it's just one journey. Of course, you have that huge physical demand of her in her childhood.” Young 'Yennefer' is not exactly loved by her father, who sells her to the witch in less than half the price he sells his pig for.
This is the aspect of the character; the actress wanted to explore a little further in the first season. Anya said, “I would have loved more time to develop and to discover what those inhibitions were, those restrictions were... Automatically when you're in the chair for three hours before you go onto set, as the younger Yennefer, I am getting into the headspace of the character.”
Playing the younger version of Yennefer was tough and the prosthetic was also difficult to work around according to the actress. Source: Digital Spy
Then the actress continued on to explain how the prosthetic added to her performance. The 'Yennefer' actress said, “The prosthetic, the hunchback, made me look at the floor, and because I was looking at the floor, I was a lot more self-conscious, and I felt inferior, and I was scared to use my voice. That helped the way I used my voice, the way I responded to people. I was still hiding something behind that thick makeup I have on. All those things supported me and an incredible team to have those conversations with and bring that to life.”