Fate: The Winx Saga teaser released by Netflix
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Fate: The Winx Saga has quickly become the latest teen drama phenomenon on Netflix. Most viewers are flocking to it because of its beautiful portrayal of female friendships however not all characters are perfect. Hannah van der Westhuysen, who plays light fairy Stella has admitted she wasn’t best pleased with some of her character’s decisions in the series.
In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Hannah spoke about the emotional moments her character experienced in the show and how it reminded her of her own life.
“I found the scenes between Sky (played by Danny Griffin) and Stella very emotional because I think it’s so horrible when you’re like, grappling at anything, just to try and keep yourself stable in life,” said the actress.
“I think we’ve all been through those points where you’re like ‘I just want to feel safe, even if this is bad for me in the long run.’ I don’t think she really wants to be with Sky.
“I think you kind of draw on things and you go, ‘Gosh, I did this so much when I was younger, and I really don’t want to make the same choices,’” revealed Hannah.
She added: “It really does take you back to those times. I think really we all went through it, these massive emotional journeys, and it kind of brought us closer together in that way.”
However, Hannah didn’t think the emotional element of the show was really that important: “These things that happen like a love triangle or dating someone’s brother or whatever, are just sort of hurdles which the girls can overcome in order to get back to the main sort of track, which I suppose is their relationships and their friendships.
“The boy drama is kind of just a side note to what the most important part of the show is.”
Speaking of her iconic character, Hannah doesn’t feel like she can take full credit for her portrayal.
“I mean, I’d love to say that it was all my creation, but I think it would be deeply unfair,” she commented.
“It was Brian’s. This version of Stella was Brian’s brainchild and he kind of let me run with it.”
She continued: “I think for us it was about taking the original Stella who is this character so full of love and care, but knows how to throw a good bit of shade and sort of be like ‘How can we get her on a journey towards bringing down some barriers and also dealing with how hard it is to be 17?’
“I think it would have been doing a disservice to being a teenager if she had been just like she is in the animation.”
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In becoming Stella, Hannah didn’t really try to imitate other characters either: “It would be easy to draw on those sort of archetypal, Regina George and Blair Waldorf, or sort of really catty princesses, but I really wanted to try and find her humanity.”
The actress also explained how to portray Stella she had to tap into a hurtful moment from her past: “I had a really rough time when I was in high school, I was bullied really badly and it kind of felt like an investigation more into those people who weren’t so kind to me and being like ‘What maybe was going on under the surface with them?’
“So it was actually strangely cathartic to do that sort of research,” she said.
When it comes to season two of Fate: The Winx Saga, Hannah said fans can “continue to expect some sass, some real good one liners from Stella”.
“But I really hope that she gets it because I think we’ve started to see like moments where her love and her feelings for her friends, which are usually so within her that she can’t control them, kind of come out and I really want that to almost overflow and to really be able to revel in and actually caring about people deeply,” she shared.
At the end of season one, viewers left Bloom (Abigail Cowen), Stella, Aisha (Precious Mustapha), Musa (Elisha Applebaum) and Terra (Eliot Salt) as they return to Alfea College to find Rosalind (Lesley Thorp) had taken over as headmistress.
The fairies still don’t know that Farah Dowling (Eve Best) is dead but with Stella’s mother Queen Luna (Kate Fleetwood) showing support to Rosalind, it’s likely they will need to power up their magic to be able to defeat them.
Fate: The Winx Saga is available on Netflix now.
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