Conleth Hill chats about his initial ambivalence towards joining Game of Thrones and Sophie Turner hints at her future filming schedule (implicit spoilers below).
Conleth Hill sat down with The Arts Desk to discuss his current run as George in a new West End production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. He discussed his early childhood exposure to the circus, which he credits for inspiring his interest in performance, and his fairly steady acting career. When asked about Game of Thrones, Hill described his tenure on the hit show as “incomparable” and “life-changing” but admitted that, initially, he wasn’t terribly interested in the project.
“I resisted it for so long,” he said. “Like a lot of people who haven’t got into it I went, ‘Oh God, dungeons and dragons, swords and sorcery, that’s now really my thing.’ My agent at the time said, “Look, they’re in Belfast, will you just go and meet them?”
Hill said he remained somewhat confused about the show’s identity even into production for season 1. “I didn’t run at it and I hadn’t a clue in that first season,” he admitted but added that he took a “Linda Gray approach” to his relatively small role in season 1, referring to the Dallas actress who made the most of her initially limited screen time.
“There was a scene where Varys didn’t have any lines but they cut away to him and I just gave a couple of filthy looks, just to make the most of it. If it’s non-verbal it doesn’t mean it’s non-communicative.”
He’s clearly warmed up to the Game of Thrones phenomenon since then and mentioned that an additional benefit to playing Varys, of all characters, is that his filming schedule is a lot less rigorous than that of his co-stars.
“My character is never in any huge battles which take days or weeks to film. So my fellow actors are up their oxters in mud and I just [have] to sit around a nice place and bitch with Peter Dinklage,” he said.
In other news, Sophie Turner appeared at the BAFTA‘s last night and discussed her future plans on Game of Thrones. Though she remained tight lipped about plot developments, there were implicit spoilers in what she did say.
“We’re about to start shooting the next X-Men, we’ve just finished shooting Season 7 of [Game of] Thrones, and I’ve got a couple of movies to do before X-Men starts. And then we go on to Season 8.”
Though it’s hardly a shocking revelation that Sophie’s signed up for the final season, fans can rest easy nonetheless in the knowledge that, yes, Sansa will survive season 7.