Based on a book by the same name, the 10-episode series — which premiered in July 2020 — followed a teenager named Nimue (played by Katherine) who was destined to “become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake,” according to the streaming service. Aside from the Australian star, Devon Terrell, Gustaf Skarsgård and Teen Wolf alum Daniel Sharman, among others, also appeared in the series. “It’s a story that we think we know so much about, but we’ve never seen before in a way like this,” Katherine said of the show during a July 2020 interview with Netflix. “Cursed has a little piece of epic, it has a little piece of fantasy, it has a bit of history. It’s empowering.”
Throughout the first season, Katherine served up some major girl power, which viewers loved.
“These hero stories are usually told from the male perspective — or from a boy or a man’s point of view,” she explained while talking to POPSUGAR in July 2020. “What was interesting was crafting that story and looking at it as a woman who’s being portrayed as a heroine. What makes it modern and applicable to now, is that you’re getting to see the challenges that she specifically would face as a woman. As opposed to simply inserting a woman into a hero story. We asked ourselves ‘What’s her own personal journey?’ ‘What are the adversities that she faces?’ ‘What are the things that get her down?’ and ‘What are the things that she can use?'”
Prior to filming the show, Katherine had to learn how to use a sword. She told the website that it was the “first role I’ve ever had that’s required physical components,” calling the entire experience “really challenging, but also very exciting.”
At the end of the first season, fans were left on a major cliffhanger when Nimue fell in the lake after being shot with an arrow. In the show’s final moments, viewers didn’t know if the heroine would make it out alive. Despite the lingering questions, Katherine told Elle in July 2020 that she felt season 1 was “just the tip of the iceberg.”
“There’s a lot of talk about the sword this season, and I feel like it would be interesting to see just how deep Nimue’s powers go and what kind of untapped power she has within,” she added.
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