Things are already getting bloody and complicated in the new season of History’s Vikings, and once again no one seems to be safe. So what does that mean for the French Princess Gisla, played by Morgane Polanski? Starpulse asked the actress what Season 4 holds for her character, who wasn’t in the best place at the end of Season 3.
“In season three, we sort of left it where her father accepted without even asking for her to marry Rollo in order for him to defend Paris if his brother attacks,” she explained. “For her that was the biggest slap in the face, that was humiliating just because he accepted without asking her. So I think her ego, it seems, is completely smashed.”
“In season four, we pick up at this wedding which she doesn’t want to [have], but has to happen, and then they’re going to go on a journey from there,” Morgane continued. “Stuff is going to change, twists and turns and ups and downs. And there’s been really cool stuff to discover, so I’m really excited for you guys to see it.”
But just because Gisla is forced into marriage with Rollo (Clive Standen), that doesn’t mean she no longer has a strength of her own.
“I think she is as strong as the Vikings but in a completely different way,” Morgane told us. “I think that’s what [series creator] Michael [Hirst] tried to represent, with the difference of culture of the Vikings culture and of the French culture.
“I think the main thing with Vikings is they are as they come. I think the French have much more layers, there’s much more I think agendas and looking over your shoulder. And I think she just adores how straightforward Rollo is, or they are, and I think she is just careful that she teaches him the different rules.
“The rules are sort of different in France and I think she just got used to that, and is very witty and she just knows how to take people. Even with her dad, she just knows how to work around it.”
Like many of the other actresses who have been a part of Vikings, Morgane praised Michael Hirst’s ability to write strong female characters who can more than hold their own with, and often be superior to, their male counterparts.
“He likes to write for strong female characters,” she said. “And it’s so exciting for me as an actor because although you think you have the fairy tale of the princess she is, she basically does the job her dad is supposed to do and it’s so brave and ballsy. She has so much, it seems, and she’s so humble that she just won’t allow people to walk on her, yet she has to be the face of the people.
“Especially this season, my character goes through such a journey, going from adult to a woman and taking a completely different direction and it’s just so interesting as an actor to have that sort of material to bite on, especially as a woman.”
“It’s been an amazing experience,” she enthused of her time on the show so far. “It’s been so good to just have the same character go through so many different emotional journeys. That’s been amazing, to go from a girl to a woman and to just explore the different aspects of her and not in public spaces, and to just see how she would be behind closed doors.”
Vikings airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on History.