Morfydd Clark reveals the challenges of portraying Galadriel

Morfydd Clark says she's still getting used to the fact she is now mentioned in the same breath as Cate Blanchett after taking on the role of Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Welsh actor Clark, who broke out with her lead role in horror movie Saint Maud, plays a younger and more battle-focused take on the royal elf Blanchett played in Peter Jackson's film franchise.

The star told Yahoo that she doesn't know if Blanchett has seen any of her performance yet, and is trying to keep the thought out of her mind. Clark said: "I can't think about that. It's too much. I'm still getting used to my name and her name being said in the sentence, which is quite enough for me at this point."

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TOM BUTLER: You're playing a character that a lot of people know a lot about.

MORFYDD CLARK: Yes. Yes. It's-- to play a character that's already famous because of the character itself, but also because it was portrayed by an incredible actress like Cate Blanchett, but then she's also famous within Middle Earth.

CHARLIE VICKERS: Yes.

MORFYDD CLARK: She's just like a big deal, everywhere.

CHARLIE VICKERS: I was like, oh. Everywhere--

MORFYDD CLARK: It's a lot.

CHARLIE VICKERS: --on every level.

MORFYDD CLARK: Yeah.

TOM BUTLER: I imagine you brought that on set, just swaggering around.

[LAUGHTER]

MORFYDD CLARK: Don't think so. I think I was often teetering around.

CHARLIE VICKERS: Teetering? Tiptoeing.

MORFYDD CLARK: In lots of the costumes, they're very beautiful and incredible, but to hold yourself as you need to hold yourself takes quite a lot of effort. So as soon as "cut" happens, you see all these elves crumpling, and halflings falling to the floor.

CHARLIE VICKERS: Yeah, exactly.

TOM BUTLER: And Morfydd, for you, has Cate seen it? Does--

MORFYDD CLARK: I don't know. I can't think about that.

[LAUGHTER]

It's too much. I'm still getting used to that my name and her name are being said in the same sentence, which is quite enough for me at this point.

CHARLIE VICKERS: Very cool.

MORFYDD CLARK: It's too much!

CHARLIE VICKERS: Very cool.