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Carice Van Houten speaks about moving on from Melisandre to more relatable roles

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Carice Van Houten speaks about moving on from Melisandre to more relatable roles

Do one thing for a long time and you might just hate it, or absolutely fall in love with it. However, the one thing that’s certain is you get used to it. Game of Thrones went on for 10 long years. And the recurring characters have had to don their familiar avatars almost every single year. Melisandre was one such character whose light apparently kept burning bright throughout the journey. Carice Van Houten, the actress who played the Red Woman, talked to Entertainment Weekly at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). She spoke about moving on from the gigantic show to more basic, human characters. Read on!

Carice Van Houten speaks to EW about moving on from Melisandre to more relatable roles

She said:

“I did feel cravings towards a close-to-the-skin drama, and to act roles that are vulnerable. I really missed focusing on that, because Game of Thrones was such a huge show.”

An actor mostly relies on human experiences and tiny details from their own life to layer their characters with relatability and genuineness. But being a larger than life show Game of Thrones had some characters, which didn’t have normal humane qualities; like that of Melisandre or the Night King. So, one has to put on a facade built out of imagination and wonder. Houten played a role that required her to remain icy cold with emotions; since what are emotions really when everything is the Lord of the Light‘s will!

The Dutch actress moves forward with her new movie, Instinct. Talking about the film, she says,

“This is just focused on human behavior, and is very close-to-the-skin. Something that I could really put my teeth into, so to speak. So yes, I am really ready for that again.”

Instinct is a Dutch drama directed by Halina Reijn. Carice Houten plays the role of Nicoline, a psychologist who gets involved with a seemingly manipulative Idris (Marwan Kenzari), a serial sex offender while treating him in a rehabilitation facility. The film got screened at the 2019 TIFF in the category of Contemporary World Cinema.

She elaborated on her experience with Game of Thrones:

“I really loved the idea of it (Game of Thrones) being a family and something that returned and it was a constant factor in my life and it was a great role. I met beautiful people, but yes, it’s seven years of this character and at some point, you have to let it go. And luckily she died, so there’s no return. In a really nice way, I say that.”

Carice Van Houten speaks to EW about moving on from Melisandre to more relatable roles

We were all looking forward to the Red Woman’s role in the final scheme of things; especially after she told Varys in season 7 that she was going to die in this strange country just like him. Varys’ expressions to that were priceless. The cold-hearted enchantress didn’t disappoint us. She played a buoyant role in the final fight against the Night King and his dead army by providing fire at crucial moments.

When all was said and done, she walked out onto the snow for one last time, stripping herself bare of the magical necklace, accepting her fate as the long life turned to dust. It was a turnaround for a character who had been despised and ostracized for a long time. We liked it! What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments below.






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Alfie Allen talks about six-pack competitions on Game of Thrones and more

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Despite atrocities others inflicted upon him and he upon others, Theon Greyjoy made sure he stuck around till the end and earned the redemption he felt he deserved. The actor who played Theon, Alfie Allen talked to The Guardian about his six-pack competition on Game of Thrones and other things in his life.

A total of 10 members from the cast of Game of Thrones were nominated for an Emmy last year, which included Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Peter Dinklage (who won!). So, one can assume that there was some competition on set as well.

“At the beginning, me, Kit Harington (Jon Snow), and Richard Madden (Robb Stark) were definitely in some sort of competition about who could be in the best shape. It’s not like we were comparing but there was definitely a macho vibe going around. But I wouldn’t say there was competition in any sense other than who had the best six-pack. And Kit would always win that,” Alfie explained.

Alfie Allen talked about six-pack competition on Game of Thrones and other things in life

Game of Thrones was a huge show; in terms of scale of production, budget, and the time invested by the cast and crew. The whole process went on for 10 long years. It’s difficult to devote such a large amount of time and be attached to something for this long; so, was there relief or longing at the end?

Alfie Allen said:

“I was excited to move on, without a doubt. I think there was always that fear from when we started: God, you know, this is going to be for quite a while. You don’t want to get sucked into thinking negatively about something that’s essentially a very positive thing, but I would fluctuate. The majority of the time, the feeling for me was: I either give it my all, or I piss and moan about it. Even if you are going to piss and moan about something, you’re going to use that emotion to the betterment of your character, and that’s what I tried to do.”

Alfie Allen talked about six-pack competition on Game of Thrones and other things in life

Theon went through a moving arc along his journey in Game of Thrones. While his fall at the end protecting Bran from the Night King and his army was cheered by all, the end for the show itself came under a lot of criticism.

“People were just massively emotionally invested in it, and that’s testament to how great the show is. Things ended in a similar fashion with Breaking Bad and The Sopranos. There’s never a good ending and I think David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (the showrunners) had a huge amount of pressure on them,” Allen remarked.

Alfie admitted that “it was isolating” to play Theon Greyjoy as the character was ridiculed at times”. The sheer amount of violence that Theon faced shook almost everyone. The brutal treatment of getting turned into Reek by Ramsay Bolton; the crisis of identity while being raised in Winterfell; it has made Allen think about men’s mental health.

Alfie Allen talked about six-pack competition on Game of Thrones and other things in life

“I think it’s important that we talk about our problems without wearing that as some kind of badge of identity. Look at who is in power (in the USA). A lot of the bad decisions are down to toxic masculinity. If we can eradicate that, it’s going to be totally beneficial for future generations; and for any kind of kid growing up.”

His next film, Jojo Rabbit is a satire set in Nazi Germany, directed by Taika Waititi, who gave Allen a chance to apply comic timing and improvisations on set. He said, “Taika wants things to happen spontaneously.” In Game of Thrones however, the rules were strict.

“Dave and Dan (the showrunners/writers) are very precious about their words, and rightfully so. I think one of the only improvs that was allowed was ‘aye’. Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos) and Kit Harington started saying ‘aye’, so Dave and Dan would allow the odd ‘aye’.”

He also spoke about people’s misconceptions and his ambitions:

“I don’t want to not care what people think, but at the same time I don’t feel I’ve done anything wrong. I don’t see my career as a trajectory because I don’t feel like that’s going to bring me happiness. I think I am ambitious, but I don’t want to lose sight of my own emotional integrity and happiness. You have to be able to preserve that.”

He also hinted at the possibility of a project that’s dark and controversial, yet exciting; but he is still not fully sure about it. It was really pleasant and peaceful to hear Alfie speak about his life. We hope that whatever happens, he is always able to be home! What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments.






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Kit Harington looks back at his fondest memory from Game of Thrones

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Kit Harington looks back at his fondest memory from Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones has been over for a while now, but we’re still obsessing over it. It seems like we might not be the only ones still not over the show as in a recent interview Kit Harington who played the role of Jon Snow revealed that he still thinks about the show a lot and also look back on some of his older fondest memories from the show.  Read on!

Kit was recently at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards where he was the only Game of Thrones actor nominated for one. Ryan Seacrest of E! Caught up with them for a short interview bit on the red carpet. Check the video out:

Seacrest noted he was the only Game of Thrones member present at the awards (except Jason Momoa). Kit said:

“I haven’t got my gang. It’s odd. I haven’t been to these things without the rest of us around. So I’m a little jealous of the Succession dudes.”

Kit was nominated for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series (Drama) category but did not win. Seacrest then asked him if he still thought about Jon Snow:

“I think about him all the time. It was always just getting into costume the first day back, getting into that outfit and just sort of being back on set, back with him on character. I loved it. It’s in retrospect that you start loving it. It does go by fast. Ten years, like that.”

Well, we hope Kit knows that we miss Jon Snow just as much as he does.  what do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Game of Thrones cast members discuss the reasons behind the success of the show

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Games of Thrones cast dissects the success of the show

Game of Thrones ended its glorious run of eight seasons earlier this year. During its run, the show garnered immense following and success. Ever since the show finished its run, there have been lots of postmortem of the show by fans and critics alike. Recently the cast joined in the discussion and tried to explain their reasons for the mammoth success of the show. Read on to find out!

Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Kristofer Hivju, Richard Dormer, Jerome Flynn, and Isaac Hempstead Wright recently spoke to IGN and answered questions in their own candid style.

Games of Thrones' cast dissects the success of the show

On asked about why the show became such a global cultural phenomenon, Maisie Williams gestured towards herself!

Sophie Turner on the other hand said:

“Fantastical elements that gave the escapism, the very human interaction and emotions” was what she believed was the perfect combination.

Kristofer Hivju a.k.a. Tormund Giantsbane on the show thought:

“It is so much that is unexpected, it doesn’t follow any rules of storytelling.” He also added the sheer amount of hard work that about 2000 people put in on the show had also something to do about making the show a giant success.

Jerome Flynn that played the character of Bronn on the show said:

“The richness of character that George originally created had so much wide array of emotions. The job the makers did of translating the characters from book to the screen and also the epic nature that HBO brought to the show”

Flynn believed are all part of the reasons why the show was such a massive success. Isaac Hempstead on the other hand believed:

“The attention to detail on the show was unparalleled. Literally, the books on the show were handwritten by the props department and you might only see it for 2 minutes..”

He also credited writer George R. R. Martin for creating such a vast universe through his books.

Wasn’t it nice to see the whole cast talking about the show so fondly? Let us know why you thought the show became such a big success?






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