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By Cassie Carpenter
Published: 4 April 2014
She’s utterly convincing as the towering warrior Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s Game of Thrones.
And now English actress Gwendoline Christie will take on another bestselling fantasy – The Hunger Games.
According to Variety, the 6ft3in amazon will replace Lily Rabe as ‘Commander Lyme’ in the final chapter of the popular installment: Mockingjay – Part 2.
Another fantasy bestseller! Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie will replace Lily Rabe as ‘Commander Lyme’ in the final chapter of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
However, the American 31-year-old will still portray Lyme in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.
The American Horror Story star was forced to drop out due to her gig performing Much Ado About Nothing alongside Hamish Linklater for Shakespeare in the Park this summer in Manhattan.
Meanwhile, Lionsgate is scrambling to replace the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman (as head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee) with CG effects.
By Alan Sepinwall Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014
Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth in “Game of Thrones.”
There are certain characters on “Game of Thrones” who 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?
LONDON — You’ve seen them banter and bicker endlessly on HBO’s Game Of Thrones (GOT) as Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth.
And in person, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Gwendoline Christie were almost exactly the same as their characters. Besides, of course, the fact that they were not covered in blood and mud.
The pair has become a favourite among fans of the TV series based on George R R Martin’s fantasy novels and set in the fictional lands of Westeros and Essos.
Coster-Waldau plays the charming but morally questionable knight Lannister, while Christie plays the lumbering female knight Brienne, who is charged with bringing Ser Jaime back to his family in exchange for Catelyn Stark’s daughters.
So it’s hard to imagine, when they first met on the set of GOT, that Christie found Coster-Waldau absolutely terrifying.
“I walked into the make-up car because I was told that he was in there. I wanted to say hi,” Christie shared during an interview at Corinthia Hotel ahead of the fourth season of the series.
“I felt nervous. I hadn’t worked with this person — I was new on the show! I said hello, and he just regarded me. He regarded me. And I felt absolutely terrified.
“And then it started. And it hasn’t stopped.”
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Q: Why do you think this show is still so successful after three seasons?
Coster-Waldau: The Red Wedding in Season 3 last year kind of explains that a little bit. On YouTube, there was this video of reactions of people watching the Red Wedding. And the passion and the horror … it was so much fun to watch. But also it just explains that the audience has really invested in these characters. And so it’s one of those things, like when I watch Breaking Bad, I want to see what happens next. And then I think (GOT writers) DB Weiss and David Benioff have done a really good job of exploring and opening up this world in an exciting way. So you still get surprised like you did in the Red Wedding.
Last year, Game of Thrones‘ Gwendoline Christie enjoyed an opportunity envied by all in the realm: She and author George R.R. Martin, who penned the fantasy novels on which her HBO series is based, had a heart-to-heart.
The topic: the relationship between lady knight Brienne of Tarth and her one-handed, morally conflicted, sharp cheekboned traveling partner, Ser Jaime Lannister.
Martin ”said what he wanted to do was to take the traditional format of Beauty and the Beast and change the roles — and also the genders,” she says. “That really excited me.”
The question of who’s the beauty and who’s the beast — as well as what’s ahead for the duo in Thrones‘ upcoming fourth season (which bows April 6 at 9/8c) — made for a lively chat when TVLine recently spoke with Christie. Read on for more.
TVLINE | When we pick back up with Brienne, she’s in King’s Landing — and she’s not wearing her armor.
She and Jaime will have been filthy, and she is given some clothes to wear… So we worked on the assumption that she would have had something made for her. Jaime would have allowed that to happen or commissioned that to happen.
I felt very happy with that. I felt it was something that with Brienne, it felt perfectly in context. That Brienne would be entirely respectful to the society that she was in but still maintaining her individuality and being true to the person that she is.
TVLINE | In the season’s first episode, Brienne and Olenna Tyrell share a scene. Margaery’s grandmother seems to take a liking to her.
Welcome to Glorious Gwendoline, A Fansite for Gwendoline Christie! I absolutely adore Gwendoline in her role of Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s Game of Thrones. In all her interviews she seems like such a playful and fun person and she is the opposite of Brienne when it comes to beauty or style; she’s a glamorous, style goddess! That is why I named this site ‘Glorious’ Gwendoline. She has a ‘striking beauty and splendor that evokes feelings of delighted admiration.’
The Gallery is still a work in process but I’ve gotten a good start on it.
Hope you enjoy and come back frequently to share in the love for the fabulous, Glorious Gwendoline!
GAME GIRL: GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE
Gwendoline Christie in Giles Deacon
In Game of Thrones Gwendoline Christie, 35, plays the broadsword-wielding knight Brienne of Tarth. Honour-bound and armour-clad, she is one of the show’s most brilliant, and complex, characters. At 6ft 3in, the actress is all too aware that finding female parts is a challenge. So when she heard about the role of Brienne, she maximised her chances by losing a stone through a brutal gym regime, and chopped her hair into an androgynous Tilda Swinton bob. ‘George RR Martin has created a world for strong female characters, but I don’t think their strength lies physically or in their ability to gain power. It comes from somewhere deeper.’