Tom Wlaschiha, Jaqen H’ghar in Game of Thrones’ second season, is featured in a new Q&A published today by Access Hollywood. Wlaschiha discusses the pronunciation of his character’s name (he says “Jack-in”) and reveals that he has read the first two novels in the A Song of Ice and Fire series.
Tom speaks vaguely of his mysterious character in the interview, avoiding spoilers (great for newbies!) and says of Jaqen’s famously two-toned hairstyle:
“…in the books it’s clearly two colors — the grey or white and red. A lot of people are very concerned that might look ridiculous in real life, but I think they did an incredible job – [the] makeup people. I thought it [looked] perfectly natural. The last time I had long hair, I was 24. That’s quite a while ago, so it felt good to have long hair again.”
He shares what it was like working with Maisie Williams:
“She’s great. I mean, it’s incredible. Everything seems to come really natural with her. You don’t have the impression — I mean how old is she?… I think she’s 14 now and she’s totally cool and doesn’t seem to be nervous. [She] just does her stuff and delivers perfectly.”
There is also a great interview with Carice van Houten (Melisandre) at Vulture.com. Carice discusses her new film Black Butterflies, which features her Game of Thrones costar Liam Cunningham. This interview has a few spoilers, so you may want to pass on it if you haven’t read the ASOIAF series.
About her character Melisandre’s appearance, Carice says:
I have big sleeves, and a big wig, great red hair. Everybody has a wig, except the girl who plays Arya. She cut her hair. And I have a big ruby, but I don’t think it is glowing. And my eyes aren’t red. I think they’re trying to make Melisandre look a little more human.
Carice confirms she originally was asked to audition for the role of Cersei, and is questioned about onscreen nudity, something expected in both her Game of Thrones and Black Butterflies roles:
“We kill everyone in films, we see blood, we see war, we see killing machines, but you cannot see a breast that your mother has. It needs to be in an elegant way, of course. But who has their bra on during sex? It’s so much easier if you just let it all loose. Let it hang. Let people see some flesh. It’s not necessarily my favorite thing to do; it’s not like I’m running around with my bra off on every set, or going, “Hey, when can I take my bra off?” But I’m lucky enough to still be young enough where it’s okay. I could understand not wanting me to do that if I were older. But if you’re making love in a film, you gotta take the bra off.”
Ours is the Fury: I love these interviews! Tom seems really charming, and I am beyond excited to see his Jaqen. I’ve always pronounced it “Jay-ken” in my head, though! Carice’s interview is very interesting, and I appreciate her attitude on nudity.