Lena Headey is glad Game of Thrones hype has settled: “That was weird”

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Lena Headey played Cersei Lannister for all eight seasons of Game of Thrones. Having participated in one of the biggest TV shows in history, she’s now thankful that Thrones mania has died down.

Game of Thrones broke all sorts of viewing records when it was on. During its final season, HBO reported an incredible average of 44.2 million viewers per episode. It swept the Emmys, garnering eight consecutive nominations for Outstanding Drama Series nominations and taking home a total of 59 wins.

The hype was real, but years after the finale, it’s all starting to calm down now. “Yes, it’s died down, thank God, because it was weird,” Headey told Newsweek. “And, not in any s***** way. You kind of go, ‘OK, that was amazing and unexpected,’ and then you’re like, ‘What’s next?'”

Lena Headey is “very happy” Game of Thrones happened

That said, while Headey is ready for more projects, people are unlikely to let her forget Game of Thrones for a long while, and she’s okay with that. “No, it’s not annoying. It’s the territory. Right? Listen, it was an amazing thing to be part of. So I’m very happy it happened, obviously.”

Next up for Headey is the HBO series White House Plumbers, a drama about the Watergate scandal. She’s relishing the chance to work alongside actors like Woody Harrelson. “He’s great,” she said. “He’s the easiest. And we’re both of a certain time in this industry where I, you can’t offend Woody. It doesn’t exist. So, there’s a certain liberation in that.”

Headey plays Dorothy Hunt, wife of E. Howard Hunt, who was one of the perpetrators of the Watergate breakin. White House Plumbers premieres on HBO on May 1.

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