Lashana Lynch’s ‘Woman King’ Movie Training Was “Traumatizing” For A Relatable Reason


Lashana Lynch isn’t new to playing strong female characters on screen, but that doesn’t mean getting ready for them isn’t a hard thing. In her new movie woman kingAnd the lynch She stars alongside Viola Davis as Izugi, a member of the ruthless African female warrior group Agogi. Izugi is fearless in combat while also training the next generation of warriors. Lynch won the part without having to audition after instant contact with Directed by Gina Prince-BethwoodLynch tells Zoe’s report on the September 22 cover story titled “Every Hail to Lashana Lynch.” “I wanted to write more for her,” Prince-Bethwood said of Lynch’s presence in her film. “I wanted to give it more. I wanted to continue building Izuji to honor Lashana’s invigorating style.”

Of course, playing a warrior of Izugi stature required some intense practice, especially since Prince-Bythwood wanted Lynch to do her own stunts. “Getting up and going to the gym every day can be really painful,” Lynch said, detailing how she’ll spend three or four hours in the gym after finishing a day shoot for her roles in Matilda And the Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness, He continued the routine while he was on Press tour for her James Bond movie No time to die. Oftentimes, these workouts start only after 6pm

But intense training with trainer Gabriella McClain and stunt coordinator Danielle Hernandez wasn’t just due to her physical appearance. “It was really the physical training that got me to the place where I was even able to figure out how to train recruits,” she explains how it affected her mental preparedness. “What would a morning routine be like? How would she set herself aside in order to breathe life into these little girls?”

Lynch found other focal points with her character beyond Izugi’s physicality. “I can’t relate to having a dagger in my chest,” she said. “I can’t relate to using a scythe.” “However, I can relate to turning my shock into beauty, directing it into physical labor, and really throwing yourself into the care of young men, especially black girls who aspire to That would be a wonderful thing.”

She also made sure to strike the right balance between strength and humor. “I didn’t want little girls to be afraid of Izuga, but I wanted them to scare her enough that they would back off somewhat when you passed them,” Lynch recalls. “I’ve found humor to be the best way to make it happen, because they’re kids and she sees a little of herself in them.”

The actor explained that working on woman king The group, though demanding, was one of the best experiences of her career simply because she was surrounded by like-minded people. “I didn’t have to explain myself,” she said. “I didn’t have to explain why this thing in the script doesn’t make sense to a black woman. Or as a dark-skinned woman, if the scene is in a corner, how are we going to light it up? Do you see me there are all these conversations I didn’t have to have that made me so relaxed.”

To find out more about Lashana Lynch’s trip, Read the full cover story of “All Hail Lashana Lynch” on TZRWritten by author Esther Zuckerman and photographed by photographer Christian Cody.

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