One of the most discussed projects of recent years, a series based on the works of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, has been unfolding on the Amazon Prime Video streaming service since early September. In it, viewers are told about the events of the Second Age: the creation of the Rings of Power, the history of the great kingdom of Numenor and the Last alliance of people and elves against Sauron. The series features new characters as well as familiar ones. One of them is the elven queen Galadriel, played by Morveth Clark. We tell you what is known about the actress from the series “The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power.”
Morveth Clark is of Welsh descent
Morveth Clarke was born in Sweden but moved with her family to Wales when she was two years old. Her father is from Scotland and her mother is from North Wales.
Although Clarke’s parents spoke English, they sent Morveth and her sister to a Welsh school where they taught in Welsh. English Morvet began to learn later and said in an interview that after the Welsh, he seemed strange to her.
Morveth Clarke is very proud of being Welsh. When asked if playing the bilingual character Galadriel was difficult, the actress said that knowing English and Welsh helped her get into the role better. In addition, Morweth added, Tolkien was inspired by Welsh culture when he wrote his works. What her mother is very proud of. Therefore, Clarke felt that her Welsh roots helped her better understand Galadriel.
Morveth dropped out of school due to dyslexia and ADHD
Morveth Clark is often asked in interviews what it’s like to live with dyslexia and ADHD. She was diagnosed at the age of seven. The actress said that, in particular, that’s why she was sent to a Welsh school: for dyslexics, this language is easier than English.
Even at the Welsh school, Clarke’s education was not easy. Morvet was given extra time in her exams because writing was difficult for her. She also had difficulty concentrating in class. Clarke explained that it was not easy for her to follow the school rules. Everything had to be done unquestioningly, and it was important for her to understand why to do what she did not find interesting. Because of this, the teachers called her “completely shameless.”
“I really didn’t like school and as a teenager I was depressed and unhappy”
At the age of 16, Morvet was expelled . The actress said that she simply could not bring herself to return. Her parents agreed that she dropped out of school. Morvet spent a month in her bedroom in pajamas and with chocolate. Then her mother suggested that Clarke try her hand at the theater.
In youth theaters, Morvet finally found herself. She was no longer held back by rigid rules. On the contrary, the atmosphere of acting lessons proved to be healing for her. Gradually, Clarke began to participate in productions, and later she was invited to the cinema. She played Georgiana in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Clara Copperfield in The David Copperfield Story, and the title role in The Savior.
Parents inspired Morveth to love Tolkien’s books
Both of Clarke’s parents are fans of Tolkien’s books. And Morvet adopted this love. As a child, her father used to read The Hobbit to her before bed. And at the age of nine, Morveth had already read this book herself. Even Clarke’s first trip to London was connected with the trip of the whole family to a musical about the adventures of Bilbo Baggins.
When the mother of the actress found out about the release of the films “The Lord of the Rings”, she “literally went crazy.” She buzzed the family’s ears with the details of Tolkien’s books and even made them listen to a radio play. Then the actress recalled that they went to the premiere of “The Lord of the Rings” with the whole family.
Clarke only found out she was playing Galadriel on set.
The authors of the series “The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power” made sure that as little information as possible about the preparation of the project leaked into the media. Even the actors didn’t know what they were agreeing to. Morveth Clark said she received an email from Amazon. It said that the studio needed actors close in spirit to Shakespeare. But there was not a word about the name of the project.
“I went to an audition and one of the actors sitting next to me said, ‘Do you know what the project is?’ And I was like, ‘No. And he replies: “It is. Lord. Rings”. I ran to the restroom to get a moment like, ‘you’ve been preparing for this all your life.'”
But even after a successful audition, Morvet had no idea what kind of role she got. She flew to New Zealand knowing only that she was playing some kind of elf in the Second Age. Before the trip, Morveth looked through the books with her sister and thought that she got the role of Celebrian, the daughter of Galadriel. Already on the set, she was informed that her role was the young Galadriel.
“I thought I was more into a hobbit than an elf. I think I have a slightly nervous face. I may look a little mean. But maybe there is something elvish about it!”
Morveth Clarke has done a great job preparing for the role of Galadriel
Although Morveth is a fan of Tolkien’s works, she was not familiar with The Silmarillion. Therefore, while preparing for the filming of The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power in New Zealand, the actress listened to the audiobook and other works of Tolkien in order to better immerse herself in the writer’s universe.
“Characters don’t make sense if you don’t understand the world they live in. In this world, the earth is magical. For example, when you make a promise to someone in Middle-earth, it really means something.”
In addition to studying the history of Middle-earth, Morveth Clark went through a complex physical preparation for the role. Each shooting day began with a three-hour training session. Actors were taught to wield weapons and perform some tricks on their own. Clarke also practiced swimming with an Olympic athlete. This was important for the episode when Galadriel travels across the Great Sea. It was not easy with the costumes. The selection of equipment for an elven warrior could take up to 10 hours, and one of Clarke’s armor weighed 15 kilograms.
Morveth also worked on her acting role. The fact is that the actress often played in horror films. Because of this, according to the stuntmen of The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power, she used to get scared when someone attacked her in the story. However, Galadriel – the legendary elven warrior – cannot flinch at any touch. So Clarke was undergoing exposure therapy. A group of men were placed in front of her, who began to run at her with swords and shout ferociously. Morvet went through therapy until she stopped being afraid of the actor’s aggression in her direction.
Morveth Clarke said that she was aware of the great responsibility that lay upon her. After all, before her, the role of Galadriel was brilliantly performed by actress Cate Blanchett. Many viewers and fans of Tolkien remembered the mistress of Lorien as a wise queen and a powerful sorceress. While Galadriel Morveth Clark is a thousand years younger. She is more impulsive and open. Not all fans of The Lord of the Rings agree with this interpretation of the character of the elf. However, Clarke assured that she never took her role lightly for a single day. She credits her experience in horror films with even helping her better portray the character of the young Galadriel.
“I love horror and I feel like she [Galadriel] is almost in her own version of a horror movie. She understands that something terrible is happening, but she screams into the void, and no one hears her.