Gwendoline Christie, star of the hit HBO fantasy drama, Game Of Thrones, has revealed that in order to get into character, she put herself on an alcohol ban!
Christie, who plays skilled warrior, Brienne of Tarth in the hugely popular show broadcast on Sky Atlantic, took the drastic measures as part of an “intense” and “painful” training programme in order to get fit for the role.
Speaking at the recent launch of series 3, Christie explained to Digital Spy:
“About three months before filming I have to heave myself out of bed and meet a personal trainer,” said Christie at the UK launch of season three.
“I train three, four, five times a week, protein six times a day, resistance training for at least 45 minutes… it’s so very boring. It’s really painful. It’s laborious. I can’t go boozing. It’s very intense.
“I read the books and fell in love totally with the character. She was doing everything I want to do as an actor. She was playing with gender stereotypes, she was a very strong woman and she was outside of what we normally deem to be attractive and she was outside the usual rules of what make women powerful, which are created by heterosexual men,” she said.
“I immediately rang my agent and said, ‘I want to do this’. My agent said, ‘What are you taking about? I’d never ever put you up for this. She’s ugly, her nose is broken, her teeth are broken and you’ll need to use a sword’.”
The 6’3″ actress went on to explain how she had suffered at the hands of bullies since she was 14 because of her height, so she is hoping that playing Brienne will “challenge some prejudices”, explaining:
“To be able to take this issue into a forum through my art and maybe even change just one person’s mindset would actually justify my existence as an artist,”
Game of Thrones returns to HBO in the US on March 31 and to Sky Atlantic in the UK on April 1.