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“Game of Thrones” Star Lena Headey Reveals How She Gets Into Character

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LOS ANGELES - MAR 18 - Lena Headey arrives at the Game Of Thrones Season 3 Los Angeles Premiere on March 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA - Image (Ga Fullner / Shutterstock.com)

The final season of “Game of Thrones” is nearly here. The stars of the show have started reflecting on their acting, and how the show has made their career. Lena Headey, who has played Cersei Lannister on the show has opened up about her acting process for the hit medieval drama series.

Headey recently spoke with “The Daily Beast” about how she would get into character and she points to her character’s wig as the key to getting into character.

Headey gives credit to her character’s wig as helping her develop the necessary emotions to play Cersei. She explains, “That makes me very angry, so that helps when they put [the wig]on at 6 a.m. and I’m like, fuck. I do this thing before a take where I just have to have a little minute of getting to the place where I’m immersed in it myself, and I believe everything I’m about to say, because there’s nothing I find more uncomfortable as an audience than I don’t believe you. I have to buy into who she is, and that takes a little minute of reassessing everything and blocking out everything else.”

Headey goes on to explain that it is not all that serious on set and it is a fun experience.  “I’m also a total twat as well,” she continues, cracking a wry smile. “We f– around more than anyone will ever know. I’m always saying, ‘Can we not do one comedy take?’ And David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] are just like, ‘No! We don’t have the time!’ If we did a comedy version of Thrones we’d have enough for two series. We’re such a bunch of eejits, it’s the funniest thing.”

She goes on to explain that there was a massive wrap party for the cast and crew of “Game of Thrones”.

“There was a massive wrap party, and I’m not really good with wrap parties, but this one was massive—like 2,500 people—and it was in Belfast. There were many themes happening and many drinks, but I’m sort of like, ‘Peace out! See ya later!’”

She added, “Momoa was there and he’s incredible. He’s a lot of fun. Everyone was there—the dead awakened and drank a lot of booze.”

Headey looks back fondly at her character Cersei. “We’ve seen them over such a long period of time, and with the subtleties of men’s weaknesses being exposed throughout, these women have risen over the course of this series. I really, genuinely love Cersei and think she’s quite funny, so I try to bring humor wherever it’s not going to dampen everything else. But you just have to admire a survivor like that. She absolutely refuses to let go.”


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