NY Castings recently interviewed a number of young performers to see just how they handle working in show business as a teenager. Issac Hempstead-Wright is included in the mix of interviews and discusses some of the more technical sides of being a part of Game of Thrones, including auditions, costume fittings, call times, and a whole lot of waiting around!
You play Bran Stark on the HBO series “Game of Thrones.” Tell us some behind the scenes details. What was your average call time? Do you read the scripts in paper format or electronic?
The average call time is probably about 7:30am for me, but much earlier for the adult actors. My mum is my chaperone so she keeps an eye on my times. We get the scripts electronically and a paper copy too if there’s a read-through. And we get sides [parts of a script] when we are filming, so I learn my lines then as I never have too much to say and you don’t want to be over-rehearsed because the Director will guide you if necessary. It doesn’t take me long at all so the rest of the time I hang out with the cast and crew. I take lots of games on set with me because there is always a lot of waiting. Depending on our location, I might have some time with my tutor, but I prefer to study in the hotel away from the distraction of the set. We have 3-way trailers, and I’m usually next door to Kristian who plays Hodor or Ellie (Meera) or Thomas (Jojen) and we all get on really well. There is always a good catering service, although I probably eat way too many biscuits and sweets things.
What was going through your mind when being fitted for the “Game of Thrones” costumes?
My first costume fitting was so exciting, and it felt like I was transported to another time and place. Far from getting sweaty, the challenge often was to stay warm as we filmed in some remote places.
What were your auditions like for “Game of Thrones” and “Boxtrolls”?
The first “Game of Thrones” audition was in a church somewhere. I had no idea what it was about, but the casting assistants explained what you had to do; it was pretty relaxed and informal. For “Boxtrolls” I just taped a voice recording at home and sent it to my agent. At the second “Game of Thrones” audition I met the producers and read from some scenes. I remember it was a hot day and the tube trains were on strike so we walked past Buckingham Palace and through Green Park which was lovely. There were some other children there for the auditions and their parents were already reading the books – we bought a copy after that!
For Isaac’s full interview visit NY Castings. Thanks to Myrish Swampert for the news tip!