By JOHN MILLAR
SWORDS and sorcery star Bridget Regan made the ultimate sacrifice to land her dream role - she dyed her beloved red hair.
The glamorous actress had to swap her natural shade for raven locks to play Kahlan, the warrior hero of hit fantasy series Legend Of The Seeker.
She joked: "I'm the black sheep of the family now. All my family have red hair."
The TV adventures are based on Terry Goodkind's Sword Of Truth novels.
Bridget, 28, whose family have Celtic roots, said: "The books also say my character has green eyes so I thought I would be wearing contact lenses. But luckily they went with blue eyes.
"Sometimes I miss my red hair and I think I'll go back to it eventually. It was chemically straightened and dyed for the show so it needs a bit of rest and recovery."
As well as changing her look for the series, which is filmed in New Zealand, Bridget had to get to grips with loads of swordplay and horse riding scenes.
And the actress, who appeared in the first Sex And The City movie, revealed she wasn't exactly truthful when producers asked how comfortable she was on a horse.
She added: "They asked me if I could ride and I said, 'Sure, a little bit.' In fact, I had only been on a horse three times.
"We had excellent teachers and I learned quite quickly thankfully. But you do have a very sore bottom for a while."
Bridget spent six weeks getting prepared for the action in Legend Of The Seeker, the cult show aired on the SyFy Channel. But all that training didn't prevent her from getting bumps, bruises and cuts.
She said: "I got beat up a bit. I had to go to the hospital a couple of times when I thought I had broken my fingers."
Bridget, who has had guest roles in TV shows such as Law & Order, had been working on stage in New York when she was offered the role of Kahlan.
She said: "It was a huge thing. But I loved the idea of the role - even though there was no script when I signed on.
"As I read the books, I fell in love with the character. It was her strength, sense of nobility, the warrior inside and her femininity and emotional side that attracted me."
But making the transition from NY to NZ wasn't easy.
She said: "It feels very far away. The beginning was a bit rough.
"They put me to work right away, which was good. I was learning to ride horses and fight with daggers.
"But I missed New York City, where I'd been living such a different life. I was doing a Broadway show and sleeping till noon - it was fabulous.
"Then I found myself in New Zealand and covered in mud. I was waking at 4.30am and working like a soldier.
"When they offer you a TV show like this, they don't tell you that you're going to work harder than you've worked in your life."
Another arduous element was squeezing into her leather corset.
She said: "It was miserable. I don't know how women went through that when those things were fashionable."
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