Category: Game of Thrones

Bri & Pod – Game of Thrones Spinoff

Game of Thrones would easily beat Downton Abbey in a fight

“We’ve been training on Game of Thrones for this kind of big showdown for nearly four years. And secondly, there’s only so much damage you can do with a tea tray”

Gwendoline Christie: Game of Thrones would easily beat Downton Abbey in a fight
Written By
Benji Wilson

In Game of Thrones, you spend a lot of time in full armour. Would you recommend it?

Hmm, not really. But it does help the character. The whole thing about armour is that you can’t move with any degree of grace or ease in it. It’s very difficult to fight in it – even walking is hard. But if Brienne was a real person, that’s what she’d be having to overcome. It says in the books that at night she sleeps pretty much in armour as well because she’s so fearful of being raped. It’s round the clock.

Last season, you had a fight scene with a real bear. What advice would you give to other actors on working with bears?

Make sure there’s country and western music playing. And don’t cuddle it. Our bear was called Bart and he was a real diva. When he stepped out of his trailer, you had to give him a round of applause. None of the rest of the cast is so demanding.

How are you with a sword?

I’m all right, actually. I was taught fencing at school, but I hadn’t done it extensively. The swords are as real as possible. We have a brilliant fight director called CC Smiff who is not only really diligent about every single aspect, but lots and lots of fun. When he first got me I was a bit of a wuss. He had to get me to butch up a lot. He got me to walk about with a kettlebell to get a sense of weight of the sword.

What’s your desert island box set?

I’m very interested in the new HBO series called Looking. I’m told it’s like a gay Girls, set in San Francisco, and I think it shows HBO tackling things that are very current and necessary. And I wholeheartedly support that. It’s the sort of brave new material that shouldn’t necessarily have to be labelled “brave”.

Do you keep an eye on the TV competition?

I tend to watch films, but I’ve been enjoying House of Cards, and I really want to watch True Detective. I love
a bit of the dark stuff – I enjoy 
American Horror Story.

What are your guilty pleasures?

Strictly, The X Factor, I watch all of those. I even loved Splash! No shame with me. 

If you got the opportunity to take part in one reality contest, which would it be?

The X Factor. I haven’t got a particularly good voice but I like to think I could style it out.

If the cast of Game of Thrones had to take on the cast of Downton Abbey, who would win?

I think that’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? For a start, we’ve been training on Game of Thrones for this kind of big showdown for nearly four years. And secondly, there’s only so much damage you can do with a tea tray. 

Game of Thrones continues on Mondays at 9:00pm on Sky Atlantic

Source: Radio Times

HBO Asia Interview about Game of Thrones S4

I love her laugh!

Three More Videos for GOT Brazil Promotion

Continue reading

Gwendoline Christie and Pedro Pascal Talk Season Four, No Spoilers

By Juan Barquin

Tue., Apr. 15 2014

 

game_thrones_stars.jpg
Pedro Pascal and Gwendoline Christie.

To say people are excited about the return of Game of Thrones is an understatement. More viewers are tuning in to watch the HBO series than ever before. The promise of another colorful wedding is only part of the appeal; the furthering of unexpected relationships and the welcome presence of characters both old and new give the season an interesting kickoff. I’m a fan of both the A Song of Ice and Fire books and the television series, so the chance to interview the actors behind two of the series’ most interesting characters was sent from whatever heaven in which a good portion of the Stark clan now rests.

Those characters are Brienne of Tarth and Oberyn Martell, better known as the Red Viper. Stepping out of their roles and elaborate costumes, Gwendoline Christie and Pedro Pascal prove to be infinitely more delightful than their characters. That fact made it a whole lot easier to spend some time nerding out with them.

“All I did was nerd out until I realized I had to concentrate and play a part,” admits Pascal, who joined the show this season. Long before he joined the cast, right after Tom DiCillo’s Living in Oblivion was released in 1995, Pascal approached Peter Dinklage on the street.

 

red_viper_game_thrones.jpg

“I can tell you exactly what street it was — it’s so creepy,” he laughs. “I told him how much I loved his performance in that, and years later, now I get to act with him.” Pascal still hasn’t revealed that story to his costar.

Also an immense fan of the show, Christie was especially in love with the books.

“It surpassed all my expectations, and I thought they were some of the most unconventional narratives I’d ever come across,” she says. She was most interested in the women of the novels, especially that of her character, Brienne. Asked how often a role like that comes along, she says, “I wish I could say regularly. It’s rare, but it’s encouraging to me that a part like this, that so many of the female characters on the show, have proved to be so popular.”

They’re not only popular but also defiant to gender stereotypes. But where many viewers see Brienne as a mere knight, Christie sees far more.

Continue reading

Gwendoline Christie on What It Was Like To Watch the Game of Thrones Purple Wedding

by Katey Rich
April 14, 2014

By Macall B. Polay/HBO

Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones Season 4, Episode 2, titled “The Lion and the Rose.”

Nobody had a worse time at the Game of Thrones Purple Wedding than poor old Joffrey, but a close second might be Brienne of Tarth. Having arrived at King’s Landing after a long, long journey escorting Jaime Lannister back home, Brienne is a knight forced into stuffy dresses, trying to find a place in a city where she doesn’t belong. And to make matters worse, during last night’s episode she was confronted by the woman she ought to fear most: Jaime’s sister/secret lover, Cersei Lannister.

“I think that’s probably the worst situation that Brienne can see herself in,” says Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne, about the confrontation between her character and Lena Headey’s Cersei, who accuses Brienne of being in love with Jaime. “The emotional confrontation. Being forced to consider something that she perhaps hasn’t considered before and certainly doesn’t want to consider.”

But Brienne and Cersei’s chilly showdown was just one of many awkward encounters at the wedding of Joffrey Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell, which culminated in the biggest surprise this side of the Red Wedding: the death of the tyrannical, petulant Joffrey himself. Like any other Game of Thrones fan, Christie was “absolutely” delighted to see Joffrey go; she just had the added benefit of a front-row seat. In the process of filming the extended wedding sequence, Christie got to act opposite Game of Thrones cast members, like Headey or Charles Dance, she had never shared a scene with before.

“I felt like I was in the world of Game of Thrones. I felt like I had actually entered into the inner sanctum somehow. It was really thrilling. All of those characters, all of those actors, it was just such fun to be with them every day.”

It’s hard for viewers of the show to know what’s next for Brienne, or anyone really—the death of Joffrey resets the chess board of Game of Thrones in a major way. But even as an avowed book reader, Christie slyly suggests that nothing is guaranteed: “The whole format of Game of Thrones is that you just don’t know what to expect. There’s some security in, ‘Well, I’ve read the books.’ [But] the fact that the television program, with the collaboration of George R.R. Martin, deviates from that, [means] truly no one knows what’s going to happen.”

Source: Vanity Fair

Gwendoline Christie on Brienne and the Treachery of King’s Landing

The character faces new challenges now that her quest with Jaime Lannister has ended.

by Scott Collura
April 10, 2014
This article contains spoilers!

When I met up with Gwendoline Christie in New York City a couple of weeks ago to talk about Game of Thrones’ brand new fourth season, the actress otherwise known as the warrior Brienne was giddy with excitement. The Season 4 opener of the HBO hit had its premiere party the night before, and it was clear that Christie was still riding high from the evening. I mean, they even had a giant dragon there!

As Christie and I sat in a hotel suite high above the city overlooking Central Park, we talked about Brienne’s new path in Season 4 as she finds herself in the treacherous world of the royal court and King’s Landing. And you thought fighting a bear was dangerous?!

 

gameofthrones_brienne_S4

IGN: Are you enjoying New York — or do you even get a chance to leave the hotel?

Gwendoline Christie: [Laughs] They don’t let me out of the forest! This is a rare outing for me. I’m kept in the woods, wearing metal clothing.

IGN: [Laughs] Heavy clothing, fighting bears. You do most of your shooting in Ireland, is that right?

Christie: Mhmm. Yeah, up to — from what we’ve seen so far, I have shot pretty much exclusively in Belfast, apart from the bear-fighting scene, which we shot in LA, and then the very final scene at the end of Season 3, which was shot in Croatia, where Jaime and Brienne enter King’s Landing.

IGN: Ah, okay, and that was basically for the landscape, right?

Christie: Yeah, for it all to be precise and accurate, which I appreciate. It makes your job as an actor so much easier, to be in a real environment, rather than a mocked-up one.

IGN: I was in Belfast a couple of months ago. They were shooting a Dracula film up there, and everyone kept talking about how all the sound stages were Game of Thrones, and they had to find other spots to shoot.

Christie: Yeah, I know! They’ve really commandeered the landscape. They absolutely have. It’s Game of Thrones World. [Laughs]

IGN: So I watched the first three episodes of this season. They told me it was okay to kind of talk — not that anything too groundbreaking happens with your character.

Christie: Yeah, yes… What do you mean!? [Laughs] I’m so hurt right now!

Continue reading

Interview with Gwendoline Christie and Pedro Pascal

Gallery Updates

Click the link below to go to the gallery:

Television Productions > Game of Thrones {2011 – present} > Season 4 Episode Screen Captures > 4X01 Two Swords

Public Appearances > Public Appearances in 2009 > Sep 29: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Afterparty (more photos added)

Public Appearances > Public Appearances in 2014 > Mar 18: NYC “Game of Thrones” Season 4 Premiere (more photos added)

Public Appearances > Public Appearances in 2014 > Mar 19: NYC “Game of Thrones” Press Conference (more photos added)

Public Appearances > Public Appearances in 2014 > Apr 5: “Game of Thrones” Exhibition Opening – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Magazines Scans > Scans in 2014 > 2014 SFX – Special ‘Fantasy’ Issue

Magazines Scans > Scans in 2014 > 2014 SFX – June

Magazines Scans > Scans in 2014 > 2014 Vanity Fair

Magazines Scans > Scans in 2014 > 2014 Cine Premiere Issue 235

Magazines Scans > Scans in 2014 > 2014 Studio Cine Live No 27, March 28

Magazines Scans > Scans in 2014 > 2014 Vanity Fair

Photoshoots > Snapshots > Snapshots

 

‘Game of Thrones’ star Gwendoline Christie on Brienne of Tarth’s journey

On fighting with bears, bathing with Jaime and being the best swordswoman in Westeros

By Alan Sepinwall   Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014

<p>Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth in “Game of Thrones.”

There are certain characters on Game of Throneswho could probably have been played equally well by a few dozen actors across the UK and Europe. Then there are the ones who, because of certain traits given to them by author George R.R. Martin, needed a very specific combination of talent and physical appearance. Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister is obviously one of those, and Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth is another. At an imposing 6’4”(*) with icy blonde hair and large blue eyes, Christie makes an impression, and is absolutely convincing as the stoic warrior who keeps beating up all the men who underestimate her.

(*) Tall actresses often wear flats to downplay their height, but when I interviewed Christie, she was wearing heels, making her even taller, and one of the few actors of either gender I’ve ever had to look up at.

 

Christie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau had some of the best material of “GoT” season 3, as Brienne and Jaime Lannister endured hardships, torture, attempted rape and a very nasty scrape with a giant bear on their way to Kings Landing. A few weeks ago, I spoke with Christie about the challenges and joys of playing Brienne.

I have to ask, first of all, about working with the bear. How did you get along with Bart?

Gwendoline Christie: Bart the bear was so professional. What’s interesting is that you see this huge really cuddly looking bear and you almost forget that it’s a live animal that could kill you. It could kill you in a moment. But he was so professional. He was there in his trailer. He had been there for a week beforehand so he could be adjusted to the temperature and where he was and we shot it in L.A., ’cause that’s one of the places where we could get close enough to the bear. And he had to have country and western music playing at all times to keep him calm. And when he stepped out of his trailer everyone had to give him a round of applause. Whenever he did anything right or wrong you had to give him a round of applause and say, “Good boy!” When he got a little bit testy, or if he did something particularly well they’d give him spray cream in a frying pan. I asked David and Dan, “When can I start getting that kind of treatment?”

And how did they respond?

Gwendoline Christie: Yeah, that’s what happens all the time on set now from there on in. Country and western music, rounds of applause, cream in a frying pan. But he was absolutely extraordinary. They’d worked for months to work out exactly what the routine should be and what was possible and they’d worked for months on these movements.You’re not easy to double, I imagine, so was that you down there with the bear?

Continue reading

Page 16 of 17 1 13 14 15 16 17