Here’s a really interesting interview with Lena where she talks for the first time about her pregnancy and her childhood. Enjoy.

The actress has nothing in common with the manipulative Cersei from Game Of Thrones, except the strong woman and opinionated bit.

LENA Headey may play the all powerful Cersei Lannister in Game Of Thrones but in real life she doesn’t want to rule the world.

“I’ve been doing this for 23 years. I started at 17 and did lots of little movies. I’ve had an up and down sort of path; so to land here at the age I am, when it starts to become tricky for a woman in this industry, to have this job on HBO – one of the best jobs in the world and to get to play this character – I feel very lucky.”

Over the course of those 23 years, she’s appeared in over 40 movies and a number of TV series but it is her role as Cersei in Game Of Thrones that lifts her to the pantheon of great actresses.

At her press conference in Beverly Hills, California, she’s a publicist’s nightmare – her very words.

Hair pitch black, unruly and misshapen, there’s nothing regal about her.
But in front of the camera, she’s a powerhouse, a ruthless, beautiful woman. You can’t take your eyes off her.

The 41-year-old who is pregnant with her second child is not comfortable doing press, and she’s vocal about it. “I like to be private and I like to do my work, do the best I can, but it’s not about that anymore, it’s about doing photo shoots, going on talk shows and being a part of that which I understand but is never the easiest thing for me to do. So I dig my heels in until they say I’m going to get fired. It’s that inane press, a celebration of nothing, that bothers me. I think it’s out of control, and I don’t want to be a part of it. Besides I’m honest, too, which is troublesome because I’m not good at lying.”

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I’ve added four more Game of Thrones season 5 stills to the gallery.

Gallery Link:
Television Series > Game Of Thrones > Season 5 > Production Stills

 

I’ve added the captures of Game of Thrones season 5’s first episode.

Gallery Link:
Television Series > Game Of Thrones > Season 5 > Screen Captures > 5.01 – The Wars To Come

 

 

Game of Thrones’ fifth season opened with a glimpse into Cersei’s past, and the root of her paranoia. As a young girl, she visits a fortune teller to learn her future, and receives a disturbing prophecy instead. Yes, she will be queen one day, but she will have a rival: “Another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear.” She would have children, but they would die. (This fortuneteller was short on specifics — dying is inevitable for almost everyone in Westeros.) Still, these vague forecasts have been enough to haunt Cersei over the years, and explain why she has been so obsessive about some things (ahem, Margaery), and so dismissive of others (just about any legitimate threat to the Seven Kingdoms).

“She’s rather shortsighted in all of this,” actress Lena Headey laughed. “She’s about to learn some really severe lessons.”

When we caught up with Headey during an international press day for Game of Thrones in Belfast, she agreed on this point about her character: Cersei is the queen of bad decisions. “She doesn’t really see the bigger consequence,” Headey said. “It’s part of what I love about her. She’s not too savvy about things.” Cersei is no fool, but she doesn’t bother to stay as informed as the other members of the Small Council, or to think long-term. “When Tywin tried to school her on some finer points last year, she was a bit like, ‘Hmmm?'” Headey said.

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With the premiere of the fifth season of Game of Thrones, a lot of digital newspapers and TV/Film bloggers have begun with their reviews.

Obviously I won’t post all of them, just the ones coming from ‘serious’ sources. Here’s one from The Independent – Lena’s part is at the end of the review.

If you’ve spent the last 300 days in a state of starvation waiting for HBO to satisfy you with a juicy serving of Lannister drama then sadly you might still have a hole in your stomach.

Season 5 started promisingly (and predictably) enough with an horrendous throat slitting, a burning alive and a glimpse or two of bare boobies.

But while the threads that intertwined so dramatically at the end of last season continue to weave their merry way through George RR Martin’s fantasy land of Westeros, proceedings seem so brief as to leave one wanting.

The show suffers from its own appeal, being so good as to create an appetite in its viewers that is difficult to sate in a ten episode series. And with more players than your average primary school to give airtime to, it’s no wonder matters feel rather rushed.

The season premiere opens with a curveball creators David Benioff and DB Weiss haven’t thrown at us before: a flashback. The shadowy glimpse of a childish Cersei threatening a cave-dwelling witch with having her eyes gouged out in return for a prophecy foretelling the demise of her three children (all of whom will be monarchs, she reveals) is an interesting, if not exactly earth shattering, insight into her twisted nature.
After this matters kick off where we left them with Twyin Lannister (Charles Dance’s evil twinkle will be badly missed) having been removed from the privy where his son dispatched him with a crossbow and laid out for the lords and ladies of the seven kingdoms gathering for his state funeral.

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