Nathalie Emmanuel poses the house down, Maisie Williams in Mac ad, and more


Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) posses the house down on magazine covers, Maisie Williams (Arya) is in a new Mac ad, and more!

Even in quarantine, the cast members of Game of Thrones are staying busy, promoting their new projects and getting their life. I’ll show you what I mean.

Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) is starring alongside John Travolta and Kevin Hart in Die Hart on Quibi, about a rivalry between two would-be action stars. The show has yet to set the world on fire, possibly because it’s on Quibi, but it does mean that Emmanuel get to put on cool outfits and post the house down for outlets like Story and Rain:

Emmanuel, eloquent as always, also had plenty to say about her experience on Game of Thrones. “It changed my life, it changed my life,” she said. “There would be no Fast + Furious without Game of Thrones. There would be no Die Hart without Game of Thrones. There would be no Maze Runner. All of these amazing things that have happened to me, have happened because of that show. It put me on a platform and in front of an audience. It changed everything. I had some really beautiful stories to tell, and I’m just so proud of so much of what we did on that show.”

She also talked sensitively about the topic of inclusion and representation, something she was asked about a lot as the only prominent woman of color on the show. “In the final season, with the conversation around Missandei’s death came a lot of controversy, and people were disappointed or had opinions about how the only women of color was treated on the show. And I guess I had to be and wanted to be a part of that conversation too. What often happens, is there’s the one character that somehow represents so many groups of people, even though she shouldn’t represent every brown or black person that’s watching. Because, how could I possibly represent every black or brown person? As black people specifically, we’re so diverse, there are so many cultures and traditions. The idea that I should represent all of those people is kind of absurd, but somehow the women of color that I would come into contact with would be like, ‘oh my God. We’re so proud of you. We’re so glad that you’re there. You’re repping us, repping the women of color.'”

"And I realized that she meant so much more than maybe I had even realized. As a black, mixed woman in the industry, I do know that whenever I’m in any space, it means something in the wider, societal or sociopolitical sense. I’m aware of that. I think maybe I, to an extent, had an education about how important that moment and the wider conversation was, that happened afterwards. I’ve been very engaged and continue to be engaged, and obviously this is a movement we are in right now, with the fight for equality for black people everywhere. And for all people who have suffered racism of any kind, or religious persecution, or homophobia, or transphobia. Everybody deserves equality. But right now this moment is for black people. And I think these discussions about inclusivity on all levels in the industry just need to happen, and it will bring more voices into the room and will help people avoid situations in the future. I’m so here for that conversation. Always, always, always."

You could do a lot worse for a spokesperson than Nathalie Emmanuel.

Moving on to some lighter topics, Carice van Houten (Melisandre) is a fan of fan art of her:

Meanwhile, Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy) goes on The Mother/Daughter Manuel podcast and reveals a secret skill:

And finally, Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) talks about her participation in a new Mac ad:

Ever relatable, she also has ideas about how to improve the Fortnight experience:

And because it bears repeating: congratulations to Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas on their first child!

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