The Witcher Star Freya Allan Admits She Only Read One Book Before Playing Ciri

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Most actors do a lot of research about the roles that will play, especially when there's material that's already out there. However, this isn't the case with The Witcher star Freya Allan, who admits she only read one of Andrzej Sapkowski's works.

Allan, who has been cast as Princess Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon, recently confessed that she had a different approach when it came to preparing for her role in the Netflix series (via

"So I read the book and that give me a really good essence of Ciri, but then I mainly then relied on the scripts," said Allan. "I think I didn't want to over-prepare because I already felt there was such a parallel between her and me. I didn't want to ruin the spontaneity of that. So I didn't, I relied mainly on the scripts, but I did get a good essence from reading one of the books."

It's a risky move considering that Princess Ciri is an established character, thanks to the CD Projekt Red games. On the other hand, Allan might be on to something since she's hoping to give Ciri some time to grow in the series.

"I think also with a character that's so young, and as I've said, has been incredibly protected her whole life, there isn't a lot of layers there yet. I'm creating those now which is what's so exciting. Some of the older actors have got to do more preparation because their characters have lived more. As mine, I'm building those throughout this season. This is what's going to create who she becomes in the future if there is a future," she said.

We have yet to see how her non-preparation for the role will turn out. Nevertheless, we're expecting some great things from this young actress.

The Witcher has not yet been given an official release date but is expected to premiere on Netflix before the end of the year.

Related: Netflix's The Witcher Will Depict Geralt's First Meetings With Ciri and Yennefer