Alyssa Sutherland’s Queenly quest

The Aussie model is making her raid on the small screen

As Lightbox’s hit series Vikings returns with all-new episodes, we get to know the stunning Alyssa Sutherland, who plays Queen Aslaug.

What was your very first job?

I worked one day of retail when I was 15. I had to stand in one place and greet people as they came into the store. I’m not good at standing still, though. They haven’t called since, but I remain hopeful.

What’s your favourite movie of all time and why?

That’s a tough one. It depends on my mood. I adore Strictly Ballroom – it’s a visual treat. I have a soft spot for Australian film and I love that at its heart, Strictly Ballroom is about not being afraid to be who you are. I’m a little corny like that.

Do you have any pets?

I do. I have a rescue dog I named Harry. He’s one of the most wonderful things I’ve ever done and I strongly encourage people to adopt. Harry came to Ireland for season four of Vikings and charmed the entire crew. His adventures can be found on my Instagram page.

Do you have a crush on any celebrity?

Rafael Nadal. I’m in awe of his mental strength. When the going gets tough, I ask myself, “What would Rafael do?” This works especially well at the gym while listening to “Eye of the Tiger”.

Alyssa and co-stars Travis Fimmel and Dianne Doan, brave the elements in Ireland, where the series is filmed.

Who would be your dream actor or actress to work with?

At the moment, I’m crushing hard on Julianne Moore.

What meal are you best at cooking?

Spaghetti Bolognese. I’m a feeder! I have big dinner- party plans for 2016.

Have you had any funny moments on the set of Vikings?

When you’re working with children, animals and Travis Fimmel, it’s inevitable. What has been your favourite scene to film? Ooh. There’s one coming up in season four that I’d love to talk about, but it’d be quite the spoiler! Aslaug gets her say and that’s all I’ll say.

What’s been the hardest part of working on the series?

Living so far from my life in LA. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

And the most enjoyable part of your job?

The acting. I love it and could talk about it all day. I roll my eyes at myself.

Did you always know you wanted to be an actress?

I did and I didn’t. When I was very young, it was what I wanted to do. Then common sense kicked in while I was in high school and I didn’t think I’d make a living as an actress. It found me again when I was modelling and I honestly couldn’t see myself doing anything else.

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