Every medieval fantasy has to have a scantily clad babe, even the funny ones. In Comedy Central's upcoming satirical series Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, Aneka is the babe to manly warrior Krod (Sean Maguire).
Relative newcomer India de Beaufort plays Aneka, Krod's girlfriend. Aneka is an endless source of frustration for Krod, showing off her, ahem, assets in minimal costumes and readily sleeping with enemies for the sake of the mission.
SCI-FI Wire got to know de Beaufort in a one-on-one interview earlier this year in Universal City, Calif., where she was promoting the show at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour. The following Q&A features edited excerpts of that interview. Krod Mandoon premieres Thursday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central.
Can you do a flip at all, or is it all stunt doubles?
De Beaufort: I did try. We were trying. We were learning to tumble. As we were training, I and the rest of the guys were all running and doing flips one by one. I go to do it, jump over a sword, kill some guy, kill some other guy, jump over another sword, and I end up forgetting to flip. So I'm halfway in the air, come crashing down, and I landed with all my legs and everything else in the air, subsequently hearing my neck crack and thinking I'd broken my back. It turned out I had really just hurt myself, but I was fine. After that I didn't do any more tumbling, so I was quite happy to let my stunt double do the rest of the work.
Had you ever done archery before?
De Beaufort: No, not until this, but learning to shoot normally and shoot from between your legs, I think, are two different things.
Do you love Aneka's costumes as much as she does?
De Beaufort: I love the visuals of it, but it's bloody painful. One of them's worse than the other, but they're all corseted in, so after about 12 hours it really starts to hurt. So I was quite happy to not have to wear it anymore.
Who's your favorite medieval fantasy heroine?
De Beaufort: I'm a big Xena fan. She's definitely something that I'm sure affects Aneka in some ways. I think definitely I watched her a lot as a kid, and I took something from that. I'd still say that Aneka stands on her own as an individual character, but certainly Xena, the whole feminist, strong-woman vibe.
You have such an exotic look. What is your family background?
De Beaufort: I'm actually kind of mixed. I'm learning more every day. I usually just say French Indian, because it's the easiest, but there's a massive Irish part to my family. I found out some other day some native Indian. It's always just something new. We really don't know that much about our history, but British, Irish, French Indian, I think, are the major parts.