Here are a couple of recent interviews with actors we don’t hear from as much, Gemma Whelan and Conleth Hill. First up, Gemma talks with Flicks in the City about Thrones and playing Ash… er, Yara Greyjoy.
And secondly, a very rare interview with Conleth Hill via the Offical London Theatre website. Most of the interview is about his current West End play, Quartermaine’s Terms, but he talks a little about Game of Thrones.
Yet for all his stage acclaim, TV work has been harder to come by… until HBO drama Game Of Thrones, which Hill describes as “a life-changing job”. But the drama of swords, snow and sauciness too almost slipped through Hill’s fingers like a greasy dagger. He was not originally seen for the part of the bald informer Lord Varys, known as the King’s Spider, but for another role entirely. Exactly which role, I don’t know, as Hill, like all good spymasters, keeps this information close to his chest.
Winter Is Coming: I’m guessing the earlier role he read for was King Robert, as that was a role that was cast for the pilot. Very glad he ended up being cast as Varys instead.