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Emmy Quickie: ‘Vikings’ Star Alexander Ludwig on Overzealous Fans: ‘People Will Try to Fight You’

”You’ve got to remind them that it’s a TV show — I’m not actually a Viking,“ actor tells TheWrap

“Vikings” star Alexander Ludwig admits his role can land him in trouble off set.

“People will try to fight you,” Ludwig says of periodically pugnacious fans of the often violent History series. “You’ve got to remind them that it’s a TV show [laughs] — I’m not actually a Viking.”

Seemingly obvious explanations aside, Ludwig’s experience on the show has been “amazing,” if occasionally “brutal.”

“The freakin’ weather!” the actor exclaimed during an interview at TheWrap Studio. “We’d never filmed in the winter, and this year has just been awful. It’s been the most exhausting, brutal. … The only way we get through it is because we’re all doing it together.”

Enduring the rough circumstances together has brought Ludwig close to his co-stars, particularly his roommate and the show’s lead, Travis Fimmel.

According to Ludwig, however, the challenges have only made him better at his craft.

“I’m so happy I had the opportunity to work on a show like this for so long,” he said. “Because you really learn what it takes to be great, how hard you have to work. You can’t just show up and say your lines. You can’t get away with that. If you want to be great, you have to sit down and do your work.”