A week ago, the team of Killing Eve gave the best possible news to its fans. The series which was scheduled to premiere its season 3 on April 26th was preponed by two weeks. The first episode of season 3 will be airing on April 12 now and the cast is naturally quite excited. Gemma Whelan who played the role Yara Greyjoy in HBO’s Game of Thrones is part of the season too and she had plenty to share in a recent interview. Read on to find out more!
Amongst the many actors who have been cast as part of the third season, Whelan is one of the most exciting addition. She has proved her mettle as an actor in HBO’s blockbuster saga and now looking to extend the good work. She has quite an interesting story about when she was having her first read of the third season. As per Metro she said:
“When I was at the read-through, and we went through the first block of scripts, there were quite a lot of audible gasps in the room, when certain things happen, which was very exciting.”
Whelan plays the role of Geraldine, the daughter of the calculated Carolyn (Fiona Shaw) and sister of Kenny (Sean Delaney), who is forced to move back home. About her character Whelan says:
“Geraldine’s sort of never really found her niche in life – she’s never really found her proper directional calling. She’s a bit directionless, and she’s very easy with her emotions, so that’s obviously quite interesting, is Carolyn who’s incredibly focused and driven and cold. Obviously that, against Carolyn’s sort of coldness and her deep sort of…. she’s found her calling and her profession. It’s interesting to see how the two of them learn to live together again.”
Whelan was also thrilled at the prospect of playing the role opposite Fiona Shaw. She said:
“When the casting breakdown came through for that, I was just so excited at the prospect that they would think that I was even castable to play against Fiona Shaw, I’ve just been a huge fan of her since Three Men and A Little Lady, you know I just think she’s so funny and so clever and so brilliant at what she does. So I was very, very pleased to win the role, and work with her.”
Well, we are sure that Whelan will be adding a completely different dimension of her own to an already successful franchise. Afterall she left her own little mark in a show of gigantic proportion in Thrones. We are excited to see her in a new avatar. What about you? Let us know your views in the comments below!
When a show becomes a hit like Game of Thrones, a lot of new factors come into play. To keep the show engaging and entertaining, the showrunners had to be really careful about getting spoilers leaked. A lot of hard work was put in keeping the story a secret. Sophie Turner, who played Sansa Stark, once revealed how hard HBO was trying to tighten the security. In the final season, visitors had stickers on their phones to prevent pictures. The cast was given code names on call sheets and the show itself was dubbed ‘Face of Angels’. There were a lot of reshoots, and each reshoot took a lot of time. In an interview with Digital Spy, Turner and Richard Brake (Night King) talked about the dedicated work behind the show’s success.
Richard Brake: “‘Hardhome’ was massive in terms of its budget and in terms of the amount of time we had to shoot it. The amount of time it took to shoot those 20 minutes of the battle scene at Hardhome was equivalent to almost the amount of time I’ve had to shoot entire films.”
Sophie Turner (Sansa): “We wouldn’t get physical [scripts]. We would have it on an app. We would get sent sides for the scene [we were shooting] the next day. So we would have to learn it all the day before. And once you’ve read it, it disappears 24 hours later, and you can never access it again. It was tighter than the White House security!”
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Game of Thrones remains one of the most successful TV show franchise ever made. The show reached new heights with every season. The fantasy series still holds the record for the most number of Emmy Awards won. Although, success always comes at the price of controversy. The show was popular as well as infamous for the number of sex scenes and nudity on-screen. Most of the times the actors have to face the heat of the audience. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime) talked about one such incident with Digital Spy.
He said, “A friend of mine sent me a link to this website, about concerned parents, it was more or less a hate letter to me. ‘He will always be known as that actor. Incestuous’. It was very hateful. So that was a great thing to click on.”
“There are so many people that get really passionate about this. ‘There’s too much sex! There’s too much violence! They killed a dog! Ahh!’ It’s just amazing because it’s just fiction and we’re very serious about it.
“You might not like [it], but it is what it is. David Benioff and Dan Weiss, it’s the way that they chose to tell their story. And it’s in the books, it’s the source materials. It’s the way he [George RR Martin] wanted to describe this world.
“Yes, there’s a lot of sex, but I don’t think you find any of the sex scenes if you look at them, that don’t also tell a story about the characters.”
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Game of Thrones was the biggest and also one of the most controversial shows of the past decade. The fantastical series was famous not just for its story and amazing CGI, but also graphic nudity. The sex scenes shocked quite a number of audience who questioned the show’s approach towards sex. The series is also criticized for sometimes forcing artists into such scenes, like Emilia Clarke. In an interview with Digital Spy, several cast members got candid about shooting naked on the show.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: “You start out in the extreme, after episode one where [Jaime] has sex with his twin sister and he tries to kill this innocent, sweet-looking boy. It questions your moral beliefs, that’s for sure.”
Emilia Clarke: “I didn’t watch the first couple of episodes with my parents, my dad in particular.”
Alfie Allen (Theon): “There was one time where I was with my mum and accidentally watched it. Ros (Esmé Bianco) was involved in a really graphic lesbian sex scene and my mum was just so shocked. That was pretty funny. We don’t watch it together anymore though, that’s for sure.”
Michelle Fairley: “I got a no-nudity clause so I always get to keep my clothes on… The producers put it in, not me!”
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