Hellblade 2 actress wondered if she could still eat pizza

Becoming a warrior isn’t something you can do overnight. It takes training, dedication, and a proper diet is also something you need to worry about. It’s relatively easy to start packing your fridge with protein shakes and salads. But the problem with a salad that it’s 95 percent vegetables and zero percent pizza. And that had Melina Juergens – the actress who plays Senua in Hellblade 2 – worried for a bit. Oh yeah, and the sword fighting part. That was also a big hurdle to take.

In a short documentary called Diary of a Digital Hooman, Juergens explains why she had to undergo this procedure. To make Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 a more realistic game, the game’s director Tameem Antoniades and Juergens suggested that she’d do her own stunts and sword fighting mocap. That’s all fine and dandy when you’re actually qualified to do so. Unfortunately, the Hellblade actress at the time had the physical condition of a jarred pickle. Additionally, the most experience she had with any kind of bladed weapon must have been the knife she butters her toast with.

To change all that, Juergens followed some sword fighting classes and even trained with a true sword celeb. Her partner – who’s a trained fighter – was her personal trainer on the fitness part. Even though she suffers from a chronic pain disease called fibromyalgia, Juergens made the very best of it. The results are quite impressive, as you can see in the video below.

To date, nobody knows when Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 is going to launch. All Microsoft, Ninja Theory, and Melina Juergens have given us are some images and these “Diary of a Digital Hooman” videos, of which this one’s the second. But by the likes of it, this game is gonna be a big one. After Microsoft’s acquisition, the studio got doubled in size. I guess we’ll just have to be patient, but that’s a ‘sacrifice’ I’m willing to make.