If Cynthia Addai-Robinson wasn’t an actor she’d be a queen. As fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings franchise nows, Addai-Robinson’s answer is fitting.
Addai-Robinson plays Queen Regent Míriel in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Amazon Prime Video’s prequel to Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. In honor of the premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, we played a game of So Candid with Addai-Robinson, where we asked her a variety of random questions—from her go-to karaoke song (hint: she sings Cher for us) to the celebrity she’s been mistaken for—as part of STYLECASTER’s “Watch This Space” digital destination.
In her September 2022 cover story for STYLECASTER, Addai-Robinson revealed that she auditioned for another The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power character before she was cast as Queen Míriel. “It was Bronwyn. But what’s amazing about the casting is everyone who inhabits their character truly has the essence of that character. I cannot imagine anyone but Naz (Nazanin Boniadi) in that role,” she said. “You have to trust when things ultimately don’t go your way, there’s a reason for that. I had to have that moment of everything happens for a reason.”
She continued, “What’s been beautiful is when the role of Míriel came to me, I didn’t know what it was going to entail. I didn’t know much about the character. They had kept all of the character names a secret. They had coded names and the auditions were just made-up sides. Once I saw what I was going to get to do with Míriel, it did feel fated. It felt like this is the role I’m supposed to play. This is the person that I’m supposed to inhabit. It all did work out as it was meant to work out.”
She also discussed how she thinks Rings of Power is different from The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit moves fans have come to know and love. “Most people are familiar with Tolkien’s adaptations in terms of the Peter Jackson films. That’s the Third Age. For our series, we’re setting the Second Age, which spans thousands of years. There’s a lot of story to cover and to mine,” she said. “With Númenor and the part of the world I represent, no one has ever depicted Númenor on screen. This is the first time we are showing what Númenor looks like.”
She continued, “There are a lot of aspects of the show that are going to be new to viewers for the first time, and things that are going to be familiar. We’re familiar with elves. We’re familiar with dwarves. But because we’re thousands of years before. We’re in a time of relative peace. We’re in a time of relative prosperity. There’s so much that happens from where our series starts, and where it will ultimately end. Even if you’ve never read Tolkein or seen any of the previous films, you could be completely new to this and you could understand and enjoy the story. It’s not a prerequisite to have seen or read anything in advance.”
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