After an intense stint as the lead in cult hit Vikings, the seasoned Aussie actor is enjoying the freedom to pick and choose his next projects – except, of course, when Ridley Scott wants you.
Rick Grimes, Walter White, Carrie Mathison, Thomas Shelby and Jon Snow are but a few cult heroes to hit our television screens on a regular basis over the past decade or so and toy with our emotions. But there are many many many, very very very loyal fans who will argue that there has been no character more iconic than Ragnar Lothbrok. Travis Fimmel – the man responsible for making the Viking king immortal (spoiler alert: despite his death) – would cringe at reading such, but for many it bears truth.
Since leaving Vikings in 2017, the 41 year old has enjoyed being part of a few passion projects on home soil, working with Margot Robbie on Dreamland and alongside a host of young Australian talent as the lead in Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan. Then a certain Hollywood director came calling; none other than Ridley Scott. Cue a lead role in HBO’s Raised by Wolves. “To be honest, I didn't really read the script. I had a meeting with Ridley and he wanted me to do it. I wasn't going to correct him so I just said, ‘Yeah, let's do it!’ Fimmel tells us from his hotel room in South Africa, where he’s just landed and is something many of us would crave to be right now: jetlagged.
Without doubt one of the most down to earth actors in Hollywood, Fimmel’s Australian accent has been softened by the many successful years he’s spent in LA. He’s made a beautiful home for himself and his many animals on a ranch outside of entertainment’s epicentre and while he’s grateful for all the opportunities the US has opened up to him, deep down there’s a longing to one day return back to Australia for good. Here’s what he has to say about the many projects he’s had on the go alongside Raised by Wolves recently...
Travis Fimmel wears Omega and Canali on the cover of Man About Town's SS21 issue.
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