‘Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power’ Actress Ema Horvath Jumps into Middle-Earth and Tolkien Fan Base

‘Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power’ Actress Ema Horvath Jumps into Middle-Earth and Tolkien Fan Base August 30, 2022

Amazon’s ambitious new “Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power” series debuts this Friday on Prime Video, under the eager, watchful eyes of legions of fans of author J. R. R. Tolkien. After two successful trilogies directed by Peter Jackson, the new series brings to the forefront the legends of the Second Age of Middle-earth’s history, thousands of years before “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings.”

Ema Horvath as Eärien. Image courtesy of Prime Video.

Actress Ema Horvath plays Eärien, daughter of Lord Elendil of Andúnië, who first appears in episode three. Although a relative newcomer to the “The Lord of the Rings,” she dove right in to immerse herself in the fanbase through online communities. In a recent interview with Reel Faith’s DeWayne Hamby, she explained her journey to Middle-earth and what viewers can expect from Eärien.


What was your first thought of jumping into something like this, something with the already established fan base of legions of fans?

It’s funny because when the movies came out, my childhood was quite censored, so I wasn’t allowed to watch them. But everyone in my neighborhood had seen them. I sort of cobbled the story together orally from my neighbors. Then when I was 10, I went to a performing arts school, we did a musical production of “The Hobbit” and I played a dwarf. So, getting the job was surreal, and I hadn’t seen the movies until maybe right before I was hired. So, I, in relation to some of the other members who were of the cast, who were very intense about Tolkien, I was newer to it but had some exposure. I was delighted when I got the job. But then the seriousness of the fan base starts to set in. I spent a lot of time on the Reddit threads, for better or for worse. There’s one that the moderator, he goes by this screenname VarkingRunesong, I met him actually in LA last month. He’s really nice guy and he does a really good job moderating. You have to have a thick skin when you’re reading that stuff. But it is also kind of cool because a lot of it is like a discussion. People will argue certain points of the lore or things that have been leaked about the show. It’s all very well thought out, like paragraphs. It reminded me kind of college, of people arguing about literature or whatever. So that’s been kind of fascinating to me. I guess my response to that was facing the fear of that head on and looking at the stuff is probably the scariest to look at during filming.


Tell me a little bit about your character, as much as you can reveal about her.

She’s Isildur’s little sister. There is a middle brother, Anárion, who’s run away to the western shores of the island. Their mother has recently died. And all three siblings have kind of dealt with that loss in different ways.  Isildur is kind of starting to reject sort of ideas of societal norms and duty and things like that, and he’s sort of toying with the idea of also running away. My character has thrown herself into work and balancing her own ambition with trying to keep her family together, trying to keep her brother from running away as well. They have a father, who’s a very famous character in the lore, Elendil, played by Lloyd Owen, and he’s kind of stoic character who’s also trying to keep the family together. But because my character is more capable and not threatening to run away, she kind of gets overlooked by him. That lack of attention leaves her kind of vulnerable to attention from other sources that may or may not be good.


Were there parts of your personality that you do you identify with the character at all?

Maxim Baldry, who plays Isildur, and I were both in denial about how similar we are to our characters for a while. Then I actually think we’re quite similar, unfortunately. I like to draw that sort of superficial similarity we have. But other than that, there are political differences, there’s a schism that’s starting to happen on the island of Númenor, and it’s also reflected within the family. My character is kind of more or less the black sheep of the family. Sure, her views are very different from her siblings and her father, and I definitely have a visceral understanding of how that can tear families apart. I’ve experienced that myself. I think choosing a career that isn’t always supported by your family unit, I could also relate to that, so the idea of being ignored, and her efforts not going like going unnoticed, was also something that was very familiar to me.


You mentioned earlier that you weren’t able to watch Lord of the Rings when you were younger, but I know that there what I’ve seen in this series is pretty accessible to families. Was that something that that you liked, that appealed to you?

You know, I come from the world of low-budget horror before I got this job, and there are members of my family that haven’t seen anything I’ve done. I think this is the first job I’ve had that that I think most members of my family will watch and enjoy.


As you’re kind of in the calm before the storm, what are your thoughts?

I just hope people enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it. I think it’s a very, very beautiful show. I think the themes are universal. I’m very interested to see how different parts of the world respond to certain storylines. I’m just curious. Also, I got the job in 2019 and it’s 2022. It’s the longest I’ve been it’s sort of attached to a project before it’s come out.  I think there will also be a sense of relief that it finally released.


The multi-season drama “The Rings of Power,” from Amazon Studios and JD Payne & Patrick McKay, will premiere exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories around the world in 32 languages on Friday, September 2, with new episodes available weekly.

Watch the exclusive interview with Ema Horvath and DeWayne Hamby below.

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