So this happened. A trip to the HBO studios in Santa Monica, CA, where I, the freakishly fantasculous FaBio met with our resident raven-tressed mistress-of-Ravens, Simone Boyce, as well as HBO’s PR über-goddess, Mara Mikialian, there with the expressed purpose of interviewing one Richard Madden.
The King in the North. (…The King in the North…)
How did it go? Well bloody well see for yourself!
Fire And Blood: This interview was a complete pleasure to do. Richard Madden (“The Lovely Richard”) is a consummate gentleman, an easy guy to just hang with, and pretty much the nicest actor I’ve ever met. He smiles a lot, and—especially when the cameras aren’t rolling—laughs even more. He laughs as freely and joyfully as any person I can recall. (Yes, ladies, his accent is awesome.)
Of course part of it could have been because he had the jet-lag giggles, having just flown in from Miami, and before that South and Central America. But he was lively and didn’t yawn once.
And my god does he understand his character. As he told me, he’s lived in Robb’s boots for three years now—the longest of any role, by far, in his young career. When talk turns to Robb, Richard gets this look—like this fierce, intense look, and you feel like he’s slipping right back into Robb’s skin. One mention of the abuses Sansa has been suffering is enough to make him immediately pace a room, a look of almost ferocious protectiveness coming across his features.
Yes, it makes him even more striking. This is our King in the North. Hope you enjoy the interview.
5/1 UPDATE: This interview was originally published on Saturday, we’re bumping it up for those who may have missed it. Enjoy!