The Witcher’s Showrunner Shares Embarrassing Audition Story As Anya Chalotra Receives Online Praise

It’s hard to believe that Season 1 of The Witcher premiered nearly a year ago. Despite the confusing timeline of events, the Netflix series scored both a strong fanbase and a Season 2 renewal. While Henry Cavill was obviously one of the major draws of The Witcher, Anya Chalotra and her character Yennefer of Vengerberg pretty much stole the show. Chalotra recently received some well-deserved praise and series showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich shared a rather embarrassing audition story while reaffirming the actress’ star power.

Anya Chalotra’s star is rising. After starring in the British series Wanderlust and lending her voice to Sherwood’s Robin Loxley, Chalotra booked the role of The Witcher’s Yennefer, a powerful sorceress. The actress recently won IMDb’s Breakout STARmeter Award for her performance in the Netflix show. In celebration of the win, Lauren S. Hissrich shared a fun, if somewhat mortifying, story about Chalotra’s audition on Twitter. Here’s what she wrote:

I’ve picked up the chewed up bits of her apple off the audition room floor, to her complete embarrassment. She’s always been a star.

It sounds like Anya Chalotra really knows how to make a first impression on someone. Did The Witcher actress bring the apple in with her to the audition? Had she finished eating it beforehand and the “chewed up bits” just ended up on the floor while she was saying her lines? It’s hard to say what the context is in this particular instance, but it seems clear that Lauren S. Hissrich thinks rather fondly of Chalotra’s audition. I'm all ears if the showrunner were to ever share the full story!

In another tweet, The Witcher’s showrunner congratulated both Anya Chalotra and Henry Cavill for making IMDb’s list of Top Stars of 2020. She also thanked casting director Sophie Holland and her team for bringing everyone together for the Netflix show. Chalotra's embarrassing audition story aside, the pair have brought to life beloved characters from Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels and they’re getting credit where credit is due, in my opinion.

The cast and crew of The Witcher initially began filming Season 2 in February, but the rising danger of COVID-19 halted production on the series. However, after being delayed for several months, filming on the second season resumed in August. Anya Chalotra, Henry Cavill, and Freya Allan will be joined by quite a few new cast members. The one I'm most excited for is Killing Eve's Kim Bodnia, who will play an ancient witcher named Vesemir.

That said, The Witcher Season 2 does not yet have a scheduled premiere date, but stay tuned to CinemaBlend for updates. Season 1 of the show is currently streaming on Netflix. In the meantime, be sure to check out our 2021 winter and spring TV schedule for more on what to watch.

Mae Abdulbaki