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Rosamund Pike looks chic in a gingham skirt

She always exudes elegance. 

So it came as no surprise to see Rosamund Pike looked effortlessly chic as she headed to the Today Show studios in New York on Friday. 

The actress, 42, seemed in high spirits as she continued the promotional trail for her feminist fantasy series, The Wheel Of Time.

Chic: She always exudes elegance. So it came as no surprise to see Rosamund Pike looked effortlessly chic as she headed to the Today Show studios in New York on Friday

Rosamund dazzled in a cropped black jacket and shirt that she paired with an eye-catching dogtooth midi skirt.

Keeping her accessories simple, the actress donned a pair of black kitten heels and delicate gold hooped earrings.

She injected a splash of colour into the look with a slick of hot pink lipgloss.  

Dressed to impress: Rosamund dazzled in a cropped black jacket and shirt that she paired with an eye-catching dogtooth midi skirt

Dressed to impress: Rosamund dazzled in a cropped black jacket and shirt that she paired with an eye-catching dogtooth midi skirt

Rosamund’s outing came after it was revealed that she had to go to the hospital after slicing her hand open while filming The Wheel Of Time.

Rosamund plays Moiraine in the six-part fantasy-drama – which has been dubbed Amazon Prime’s answer to Game of Thrones – based on the Robert Jordan novels of the same name. 

Daniel Henney, who stars as Lan Mandragoran, recently revealed that accidentally sliced Rosamund’s hand while filming.

He explained: ‘The second week of shooting, Rosamund and I, we mistimed a step. I use a real sword for balance and I sliced her hand and she screamed, and she fell.

‘She jumped into an ambulance, I jumped into a car and we hit the nearest emergency room in the countryside in the Czech Republic.’

Low-key: Keeping her accessories simple, the actress donned a pair of black kitten heels and delicate gold hooped earrings

Low-key: Keeping her accessories simple, the actress donned a pair of black kitten heels and delicate gold hooped earrings

Daniel added: ‘ We spent our second week together trying to find an X-Ray tech to get her bone X-rayed to make sure our show wasn’t totally screwed and it was a real bonding moment, no pun intended.

‘It was a real chance for us to get to know each other. Long story short, everything turned out fine but it was a special night.’

Meanwhile, Rosamund told Radio Times of her new series: ‘You see many more naked men than you see naked women, which is quite pleasing, since women have been asked to expose themselves forever and a day.

‘We’ve got all the boys frantically dieting and working out hard for their naked scenes and all of the women going out for lovely dinners.’

The Hammersmith-born star revealed Jordan’s background in the US army was relevant to his depiction of the characters.

She said: ‘When I found out that Robert Jordan had been a helicopter gunner in Vietnam, I thought, oh, that’s where this big fantasy world originates.

She explained that’s why he’s ‘interested in men who had power and abused it and broke the world’.

The star also said she had received numerous letters from fans of the books, most of them men. 

She explained how many of the women in The Wheel of Time were ‘mentors and role models for them growing up’, which she thought was ‘very interesting’.

In the show Magician Moiraine, a member of a mystical all-female organisation, takes a group of five young people on a journey around the world.

She does this in the hope of unveiling one of them as a reincarnation of The Dragon, a powerful creature who is destined to either save the planet or destroy it.

The fantasy drama where it’s MEN baring all: Amazon’s Game of Thrones-style epic has magic, monsters – and a very modern approach to steamy scenes writes ALISON BOSHOFF 

Frankly, I bow to no one in my love for — yet acknowledgment of the ridiculousness of — Game Of Thrones.

For all its game-changing brilliance in the matter of script, scope and performance, there were also some utterly lamentable moments (the Ed Sheeran cameo, anyone?)

But, mostly, it was a wild and brilliant ride and I would not have spent the years between 2011 to 2019 any other way.

Will Amazon’s Wheel Of Time live up to this august and money-spinning predecessor?

For a start, I must stop referring to it as Wheel Of Fortune, which is a cheesy game show rather than some cheesy dragon-and-orc affair.

We had been promised the greatest fantasy adventure of all time. On the strength of episode one, the jury’s still out, albeit there is a vast difference between watching bleary-eyed at 8am (when the series hit the UK) than 8pm glassy-eyed with wine.

Matters kick off with Rosamund Pike, steelily beautiful as sorceress Moiraine Damodred, going all Greta Thunberg as she dresses for a quest. ‘The world is broken,’ she intones.

‘Many, many years ago men who were born with great power believed they could cage darkness itself. The arrogance! When they failed, the seas boiled, mountains were swallowed up, cities burned, and the women of the Aes Sedai were left to pick up the pieces.’

Lady, we get it, this is all shades Cop26.

Horseplay: Rosamund Pike and (left) with Daniel Henney

Horseplay: Rosamund Pike and (left) with Daniel Henney

Much falls on Pike’s artfully padded shoulders in the subsequent 53 minutes. She bears the burden gracefully, if mysteriously, as glacially attractive fortysomething women tend to do in such dramas.

Her look is brown dye job Gone Girl, with no-make-up make-up, what is clearly an excellent horseback skincare regime and a great line in Matrix-style magic. And top marks on the sexy sidekick (dashing Daniel Henney) with whom she shares not only a hot tub, but the capacity for psychic communication.

Witchy Moiraine heads off to Hicksville, aka Two Rivers, to search for the Dragon Reborn, a messiah figure who will save humanity from The Dark One and the Trollocs (flesh-eating, horned man/beast hybrids).

There she unearths five proteges, older than we discover in the book, and thus up for flirting. We have The Heroically Cheekboney Youth; The Strong Dim One who conveniently kills his wife; The Sly Chancer with a Heart of Gold; The Good Girl with Powers; and The Other Feisty Female.

When it comes to the sex it’s implied but not seen. On the Thrones tick list, The Wheel Of Time boasts plaits, man buns, bad bleach jobs, craggy landscapes, medieval yokels, career-minded females, scary monsters, swords of significance, flaky mysticism, immortal love interests, chosen ones, impending evil and guts and gore aplenty.

Dialogue is of the ‘old blood runs deep in those mountains’ sort, while the silly-name quotient runs high. At £8 million an episode, it looks more expensive than early episodes of Game Of Thrones.

Most obviously, the requisite sass and menace that made GoT so compelling was not yet in evidence for Wheel to prove a winning successor. When Game Of Thrones was good, it was very good, crackling with wit, intellect and the screen’s most quotable dialogue.

Opener this may have been, but, in this, WoT episode one fell flat. A woke wonder, or a load of old Trollocs? Only (the wheel of) time will tell. 


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