The cast has been busy promoting the season 2 DVD release and the upcoming premiere of season 3. Here’s what Michelle Fairley, Gwendoline Christie, and Rose Leslie had to say in new interviews about femininity, strength, and being “too pretty” to play in Game of Thrones.
Michelle Fairley spoke to the Sydney Morning Herald about Catelyn Stark’s priorities, what production set wowed her the most, and life on a show with a high kill count.
In addition to her onscreen interview, Fairley added:
There are different strands of female characters within the piece and, depending on what world they’re from, they have certain traits,” says Fairley. “Some are born into intrigue and are very good politicians, while I think ultimately what most of them have, irrespective of whether they were born with that aspect, they learn quickly. They learn how to become a politician. In many ways they have to be stronger and faster and cleverer than the men in order to survive.
In the same article, Rose Leslie comments:
Everywhere you look you have dominant women taking hold of the situation.
Gwendoline Christie shared her thoughts on Brienne fighting for a place in the world on her own terms, and her character’s developing acceptance of herself:
“Personally, I feel that Brienne is coming to terms with her own femininity…It shows the evolution of one woman’s psychology and I think that’s incredibly enlightening and brave for a mainstream television show to have that sort of storyline…Women in Game of Thrones have a harder job because they’re existing within a man’s world…[Brienne's] interaction and encounter with Catelyn Stark was enormously illuminating to her because she sees a woman that is full of power and strength, but is also very, very much a mother. And motherhood, certainly to Brienne, encapsulates being a woman.
When criticisms of her being “too pretty” surfaced after her casting, Christie tells EW that she “didn’t mind at all. I knew all the things I wanted to do to become the part. I’ve always been able to look very different very easily.”
She also notes:
There’s so many parts of my life that I’ve struggled with — that so many millions of others struggled with — about being an outsider, about feeling ugly, about having to overcome looking different to other people,” she says. “The great thing about this character is she’s found her strength. And this season, she goes beyond that as a person.
Ours is the Fury: There are few shows on television today that have such a variety of roles for women, and I love the intensity with which the cast members discuss their characters. I’m especially excited for Brienne’s journey this season; it’s one of my favorite story arcs from the books.