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Sibel Kekilli talks about playing Shae and her fight to stop violence against women

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Sibel Kekilli talks to Variety about playing Shae and her fight to stop violence against women

Game of Thrones has had so many strong characters that it’s difficult to pick one. Women have especially been at the forefront throughout the story; fighting, waging war, making love, using their charm, and leading when it feels right. Their emotional vulnerability makes them strong yet sensitive. Shae was definitely one such woman on the show.

Sibel Kekilli talks to Variety about playing Shae and her fight to stop violence against women

Sibel Kekilli, who played Shae, recently talked to Variety at Italy’s Lucca Comics convention. She spoke about her battle against the culture she comes from, the impact of Game of Thrones and playing complex female characters such as Shae.

On the question of what makes Shae a powerful character, she said, “She’s a complex character and a strong one. After my first audition, the writers changed Shae from how she is in the book, where she was more of a gold digger. But of course, because of where she comes from, she is a fighter. She’s always trying to survive, be it using her body or her brain. She’s not born with a silver spoon in her mouth. I like these types of characters that come from a broken past. She’s a survivor!”

Sibel Kekilli talks to Variety about playing Shae and her fight to stop violence against women

Shae was a prostitute, who knew what she wanted and was not afraid to get it. Her romance with Tyrion Lannister promised a salvation for both from the troubles of the world. But things spiraled towards darkness due to misunderstandings. I am a whore, she had infamously said at court during Tyrion’s trial.

Sibel had already been a successful actor before she did Game of Thrones. Her debut was Faith Akin‘s Head On, a film that won her several awards at film festivals. Yet things must have changed after Game of Thrones. “It gave me more international recognition…I got calls from casting agents and interest from international directors. But I’m not like: “I have to be international at all costs!”….What’s important is to get a really good role, based on a good script,” she responded.

Sibel Kekilli talks to Variety about playing Shae and her fight to stop violence against women

The German actress hasn’t had a smooth life. Earlier in her life, she worked a host of jobs; a bouncer, saleswoman, waitress, nightclub manager, adult film actress. This didn’t go down well with the culture of her Turkish origin. When she started working in German cinema, her past was highlighted by some tabloids. And this caused distress in her familial relations. Do these episodes still haunt her? she was asked.

“Let me put it this way. As you know, my background is Turkish. And I’ve made some decisions in my life, I’ve gone down a certain path because maybe I did not have any choice….And it was traumatic…it’s still traumatizing, it’s painful. And that’s the reason I’m not going to talk about my family,” she recounted.

Describing her way forward, she continued, “But I will say this: If you want to be a free woman, with a free will, if you want to live a life of freedom, you have to make a complete break with your culture….I don’t know if you understand, because people from Europe or from other cultures are like: ‘You can leave your family…and still be in contact with them or with your culture.’ But in Turkish culture, in the Muslim culture, this doesn’t work. They will always think they own you.”

Sibel Kekilli talks to Variety about playing Shae and her fight to stop violence against womenHer riveting speech from the podium of Terre des Femmes, a feminist collective, on International Women’s Day 2015 caught considerable attention. She urged the fathers, husbands and other men of the society to treat women with respect. Her take on whether her popularity makes a difference to what she says reflected the suffering she endured.

“I’m fighting for women’s rights…especially within the Muslim culture because, as a girl and as a woman, I’ve known this culture. People have been threatening me, insulting me…I’ve had death threats…but I think it’s my duty because I know this culture. Because I suffered a lot, I have to speak out. I have to say it! And if it can change just one life, then it’s worth it.”

Sibel has worked in German cinema for a while now. Addressing the gap people face in a foreign country, she said, “They box you in….I’m not saying everyone in Germany is like that. But it [racial stereotyping, discrimination] is something to be aware of…You have to say it loud so that people start thinking about it. The funny thing is that while we were shooting “Game of Thrones,” Dan and David [the showrunners] would keep telling me: ‘You are so German!’ And I was like: ‘nobody would say that to me in Germany!’”

Sibel Kekilli talks to Variety about playing Shae and her fight to stop violence against women

A curtain to the discussion was drawn with information about her future projects. She is working on Bullets, a Finnish-English TV show. It’s a political thriller with women taking center stage. Another is an anthology feature film, Berlin, I Love You which is due for release. Then, there are others she’s can’t disclose yet.

When Shae died on Game of Thrones, something died inside Tyrion too. He sees life more closely and intimately now. She’s no more but her incantation lives on. What do you think about Sibel Kekilli’s interview? Speak up in the comments.







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Emilia Clarke hosts virtual dinner for 12 lucky fans that donated to her COVID-19 relief fund

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Our world needs a lot of goodness and kindness right now. Speaking of, Game of Thrones actors have been especially very kind since the pandemic outbreak. While somebody like Isaac Hempstead Wright has helped his stepdad distribute the PPE to the health workers, the likes of Sophie Turner has been vocal about the need for social distancing. They haven’t been behind in giving charities as well. Maisie Williams generously gave £50000 to her animal shelter, Emilia Clarke too, has been doing her bit in spreading happiness as well. Read on to know more about it.

As per Independent, Clarke recently hosted a virtual cooking session with her fans and shared the pictures on her Instagram. The 12 fans were the winners of a lucky draw pulled from those that donated to her COVID-19 relief fund. Clarke in her own words had a roaring time and the pictures are proof of it. Check out the post!

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Mid-“my batter looks like its thrown up on itself, how about yours?!” Chat… THIS is how I throw a cook-along party, (in Covid time that IS a thing I swear) full of mess and big arm gestures in lieu of actual cooking knowledge. Ted @gommie_poem and I were joined in my messy kitchen by 12 beautiful souls as we all made and ate…pancakes! 🥳 (a soufflé seemed a bridge too far) Quote of the meal “mine look like chicken fillets” (to be fair I found a recipe that didn’t need flour so things got a little… DENSE. 😋) This roaring good time we all had was a thank you for the incredible donations these wonders made towards @sameyouorg Covid Relief fund. We have created an online clinic for brain injury recovery which is growing into something truly magic. LIKE OUR PANCAKES! #newcookingshowanyone? #illbrushuponmywhiskingskills #👩‍🍳 #❤️ #👌

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Clarke wrote:

“Mid-’my batter looks like it’s thrown upon itself, how about yours?!’ Chat… THIS is how I throw a cookalong party, (in Covid time that IS a thing I swear (full of mess and big arm gestures in lieu of actual cooking knowledge.”

She loved making her food with “12 beautiful souls” and revealed her reason for hosting the cook-along. She wrote further:

“This roaring good time we all had was a thank you for the incredible donations these wonders made towards @sameyouorg Covid Relief fund.”

Checkout Emilia Clarke's Virtual Cooking session hosted for 12 fans

Clarke had launched her charity SameYou in 2019 which looks after the adults who have suffered strokes and brain injuries. She especially wanted to help the individuals during the pandemic and wanted to raise £250,000 for the same.

We have absolutely loved how active our favorite stars have been in these trying times. Clarke has been especially associated with multiple charity events which just goes on to show what a golden heart she is.

What about you? How has your lockdown been going? Talk to us in the comments below!







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Pilou Asbæk and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau celebrate Denmark’s freedom from Nazi rule

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Game of Thrones actors Pilou Asbæk and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau celebrate the freedom from Nazi rule

Some dates are more significant in our lives than others. For some, it’s their birthday, or their anniversary, while for some, every day matters. However, some dates define who we are. They represent our upbringing, our roots, our culture, and our nation. Recently, two Game of Thrones actors, Pilou Asbæk and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, celebrated a similarly important day rather quietly. Read on to find out more!

May 4th marked the 75th year of the freedom for Denmark from the Nazi rule. It was on this day in 1945 that Danish people finally got their independence from the brutal reign of German forces. Both Asbæk and Waldau took to their Instagram and reflected on it.

Game of Thrones actors Pilou Asbæk and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau celebrate the freedom from Nazi rule

While Asbæk looked back on the day by thanking the joint forces of the US, the UK, and the Soviet Union. He also pondered over what the future holds for the people in the next 75 years. Check out his post:

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75 years ago today…these guys left #denmark #secondworldwar not on trucks like the photo, that’s from a movie set…but by surrendering themselves to the #allies it’s pretty crazy how the world has changed since then 😳 back during the war England helped freeing #europe , so did America, and Soviet Union (I understand #bornholm might see that differently, other story)…But now…well…you know 🤷🏼‍♂️ #england can’t leave EU quick enough 🤔, USA is on a completely different ride and Germany 🇩🇪 / France are working together to save the European Union from falling apart. I will forever be #thankful for what the UK/USA/Soviet Union did…without you…the world would have looked even stranger…. but guys…I kinda miss you nowadays, please don’t go too far 😂😂😂😂🤷🏼‍♂️🙏🏻😉 on another note yet the same, how will the world look in 75 years from now, the future be, if we do not stop up and make the right decisions??? That’s the big question… as a father to a little girl ❤️ I promise you I will do my best to make it safe, well and healthy ☺️🙏🏻 if we pull together, hopefully it’s not too late!!! . #never #forget #the #past #if #you #wanna #understand #the #future #midnightmelancholia

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Nikolaj, too, felt grateful for the forces that defended Denmark then from Nazi tyranny. He wrote:

“Today we remember and are grateful for the people who stood up and defended our freedom and democracy against the Nazi tyranny. May 4th 1945 ended the darkest years in Denmark.”

Well, isn’t it great to see two co-stars sharing the same history and being grateful for it?  On the work front too Nikolaj’s Danish film got many international deals.

We congratulate Denmark and the Danish people on the landmark day. You can do the same; the comment section is all yours!







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Iain Glen (Jorah) almost played Nite Owl in a shelved 2003 Watchmen movie

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Iain Glen was the original Night Owl in the shelved Watchmen movie

They say destinies are beyond our control. Well, if you will read our latest story you will know why. Zack Snyder’s film Watchmen hit the theatres in 2009 and years later we have found a Game of Thrones connection to that film. Confused? Well, don’t be. Read on to find out more!

As per Winter is coming, long before Patrick Wilson donned the hat of Nite Owl in Snyder’s film, Iain Glen a.k.a. Ser Jorah Mormont was supposed to. Unfortunately for him and for a lot of his fans, the film was shelved and never saw the light of the day.

However, now we have struck gold and found the test footage of the 2003 film. That film was going to be made by David Hayter and somehow that footage has now landed on the internet.

How about that? Did you like the suave looking nerdy Glen? After having seen what we saw in Game of Thrones it would have been such a different role for Glen. Unfortunately, Hayter could only make the film as far as that.

While the comparisons with the eventual released Watchmen can continue for an eternity, we can say for sure that we as an audience missed out on a fine performance.

Iain Glen was the original Night Owl in the shelved Watchmen movie

Good thing for HBO is that their mini-series on the same subject earned them some great acclaim and solid viewings. While Glen may not have got the chance to wear the superhero costume as yet he was truly a hero in the HBO’s epic saga. He after all shot for Thrones while his wife had a brain hemorrhage.

What did you make of the footage? Talk to us in the comments below!







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