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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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Emilia Clarke calls Game of Thrones Season 8 backlash flattering, again

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Emilia Clarke calls Game of Thrones Season 8 backlash flattering, again

Game of Thrones stars have been faced with questions about their reactions about the ending of the show, and they don’t seem to stop. Emilia Clarke, who played Daenerys, has had a very positive response before, calling it flattering, and now she’s called it fragile again, in a recent interview. Read on!

Emilia has previously called previously called the Season 8 backlash “profoundly flattering”, and that seems to have become her go-to answer now, when asked about it. She was recently on This Morning to promote her new film, Last Christmas, where she discussed the backlash that Game of Thrones Season 8 received, repeating her previous comments:

“On every level, it’s just profoundly flattering that people genuinely cared that much and they were with us for that long and that they really, truly believed in it.”

She continued:

“I don’t read anything online really because it doesn’t help my brain, but largely speaking I think people are being really kind about Daenerys and Mother Dragon and backing me up, so that’s lovely.

I don’t think there’s an ending that anyone could’ve written. No matter how many signatures were on any bit of paper, you just can’t and that is really just so flattering.”

Well, what do you guys think? Was your backlash supposed to be flattering? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Would love to play James Bond in case of a gender switch, says Emilia Clarke

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Would love to play James Bond in case of a gender switch, says Emilia Clarke

Game of Thrones stars have a lot of opportunities going forward, because of how successful the show was. While Emilia Clarke, who played Daenerys, recently said she doesn’t want to do big franchise projects anymore, there seems to be one franchise that could entice her. Read on!

In a recent interview with Empire, Emilia was asked if she would like to step into the role of James Bond, and she had a very positive response:

“Yeah! Of course! Hell to the yeah.”

She continued:

“James Bond is one of those franchises where it’s never not cool. You could literally make the naffest James Bond in the world and it would still be cool.”

Emilia also reflected on the luxuries that her part on Game of Thrones has fetched her, and how it has motivated her to launch her own production house:

“I’ve had the good fortune of being in this incredible show with this incredible character. And, my goodness, if I were to get stereotyped as the mother of dragons, I could ask for worse. It’s really quite wonderful.”

She went on:

“But what it’s left me with — after 10 years of seeing that, and being a part of that, and of doing quite big movies in my hiatuses and all of those things — is a yearning for a different sort of creative ownership.”

What do you guys think? Would you like to see Emilia as Bond? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Here’s where Emilia Clarke thinks Drogon went at the end of Game of Thrones

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Here’s where Emilia Clarke thinks Drogon went at the end of Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones ended with a bad fate for Emilia Clarke‘s Daenerys Targaryen. We saw Drogon fly off with his mother’s corpse, and we have since then had a question: where did Drogon fly off to? Well, Emilia has a theory about that. Read on!

In the series finale of Game of Thrones, we had to see Jon Snow betray Daenerys, and Drogon, late to the party, rage for a while and then simply fly off with a dead Daenerys. Emilia Clarke recently did a lie detector interview with Vanity Fair, which makes for a pretty great watch. Of course, she discussed Daenerys and her fate at the end of Thrones. Watch the full 18 minute video, below:

She was asked about who her favourite dragon of the three dragon children, to which she replied:

“Drogon is kind of like, he’s my oldest boy, who was the first, really. When the three of them came out, I think he came out first.”

She was then asked if she knew where Drogon was headed, to which she had the best response:

“I’d like to think he went to Hawaii. I know there is a specific place where dragons go [that’s in the books]. Otherwise he’s just roaming the seas. Crying.”

Well, if only Bran the Broken could verify this. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, below!






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