Brienne of Tarth has survived sword fights, a bear attack, and a brutal duel with the Hound. Her character has grown stronger not only physically, but emotionally throughout it all. In an interview posted to the BAFTA Guru Youtube channel, Gwendoline Christine reminisces about her time working on Game of Thrones, and how costar Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has been just as much of a positive influence in her life as Jaime and Brienne have been for each other.
Christie remembers hearing about her name being discussed on Game of Thrones fan forums back in 2011. She then googled the character of Brienne because she couldn’t wait to learn more about her, and says, “That really blew my mind. The idea that there might be this portrayal of a woman in mainstream entertainment who was entirely unconventional;” not only physically, but also in her “extreme sensitivity and vulnerability.”
What Christie loved about Brienne’s arc “wasn’t just about being mocked for being outside of society, but about overcoming that obstacle and changing attitudes, and that made me want to play the part so badly.” She confesses she read the first three books of A Song of Ice and Fire and trained hard physically before she auditioned to ensure she’d have the best chance at the role.
A key component of Brienne’s journey is her relationship with Jaime, and Christie admits, “The storyline with Jaime Lannister has been incredible, and the scenes I’ve loved best have been my scenes with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau because he’s taught me so much about acting.” She jokes, “I know you’re gonna love me saying that, but he has…mainly how not to do it.” Kidding aside, Christie is grateful to have worked with him. “It’s been amazing to have that sort of play going on, but also to work with an actor who’s so committed, and so generous and so caring towards you and wants to make sure that you are safe.”
Despite the physical and emotional stress of being on such a demanding series, Christie has no regrets. “It’s very difficult for me to talk about the most challenging aspects of being on the show because I am hugely lucky to have done such a thing, and I truly am grateful and it has changed my life. You know that kind of overrides everything else because you’re aware of how privileged you are to be in that position.”
Watch the full interview below:
In other news, Just Jared brings us an interview excerpt from Sophie Turner’s cover story in the latest issue of 1883 magazine. Turner discusses the Game of Thrones fandom, and how it can be a bit…obsessive when it comes to the show. She doesn’t mind it, however. “It doesn’t get frustrating; I mean it’s entertaining. It does happen. I remember when I dyed my hair blonde, and everyone thought Sansa was a Targaryen.”
Turner recently got a tattoo of the House Stark direwolf sigil and the words “The pack survives,” which has caused people to speculate if she is spoiling the fate of the remaining Starks. “Everyone reads very much into what we do in our personal lives. Obviously, you know the tattoo is related to the show. It’s just a quote from last season,” she explains. “I think the die-hard fans know that but we like the speculation…the more off the mark, the better for our season. So you know, I’ll throw them off with anything. I’m going to get a tattoo of completely wrong hints on my forehead.”
Speaking of spoilers, Turner refuses to reveal details about Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season. “What can you know…this season is bloodier than ever. It’s full of betrayal, full of war, full of danger. That’s all I can say without giving too much away.” Hopefully it’s not all doom and gloom, but I suppose we’ll have to bide our time until the 2019 premiere to find out!