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Outlander star Laura Donnelly has weighed in on shooting Amalia True’s underwater fight scene in her new HBO show The Nevers.

Her character – essentially the leader of a superpowered female community known as the ‘Touched’ – locked horns with a towering brute who could walk on water, and this provided the actress with a daunting task on set.

“It was not easy, but it was so much fun,” Donnelly told Digital Spy. “I had never done anything of the sort before. We spent a week shooting that in the underwater tank at Pinewood Studios. So I had to learn from the ground up.

“I had two days of learning how to dive, of learning how to use all the breathing apparatus – with the goggles and everything. And then I had to learn how to let all of that go, and to just be five metres underwater without any of that.

“It was scary at first, and I don’t tend to get scared by anything that’s physically challenging like that,” she added.

“It’s very alien to be that far underwater, so it was a very, very steep learning curve for me.”

Interestingly, once the Outlander cast member donned Amalia’s costume, her nerves seemed to dissipate.

“One of the best bits about that was that I had been nervous; I didn’t feel like I was fully comfortable, and like I was ready for a week of spending 10 hours a day in that situation.

“But just before we began shooting, we had a rehearsal for the first time in costume. And once I put on Amalia’s costume and walked into the water, I was totally fine about it,” Donnelly recalled.

“Once it was not Laura underwater and it was Amalia – at that point, it was like a magic trick. The costume just completely changed my view on the whole thing, and I felt completely comfortable.”


By Ivaylo Angelov

Ivaylo Angelov born in Bulgaria, Varna graduated School Geo Milev is Tvserieswelove's Soaps Editor and oversees all of the section's news, features, spoilers and interviews.