The Cast Remembers: Lena Headey on Playing Cersei Lannister | Game of Thrones: Season 8 (HBO)

The Cast Remembers: Lena Headey on Playing Cersei Lannister | Game of Thrones: Season 8 (HBO)


♪ (MUSIC PLAYS) ♪ LENA HEADEY: I mean it’s been
absolutely life-changing to take a character through
eight years of… evolution. Um, it’s just been brilliant,
you know. I’m incredibly grateful. ♪ (MUSIC CONTINUES) ♪ I remember, very clearly,
the pilot. We shot in Scotland and… I was like, “This could just be
a pilot,” you know what I mean? Another job
that doesn’t go anywhere, but you make the most of it. Yeah, I remember everybody
clear– I remember baby Sophie
and baby Maisie and baby Isaac. And now they’re, you know,
out there. Full grown. There’s so many people
I haven’t had… a chance to work with, but… Pete and Nikolaj,
I love working with them. And Charles Dance
and Jack Gleeson and Conleth, I think those were
my… kind of nucleus and I loved every minute
with each of them. It’s gonna make me cry. As an actor, you work and work
and work, and you audition, and you don’t get parts,
and you do get parts, and sometimes
they’re great experiences, and sometimes,
they’re really shitty. Um,
and this has been incredible. I’ve had such great material
to work with. Every time I opened a script,
I was like, “Oh my god!” I have– for me, personally,
just to play these moments has been really extraordinary
and good fun.. I really enjoyed the scene
with Mark Addy, way back in season one,
just ’cause it was so intense and it was like
pages and pages long, and it was really unexpected
from those two characters to be that kind of intimate
and honest. Sometimes I don’t know
what holds it together. Our marriage. -(LAUGHS HYSTERICALLY)
-(CHUCKLES) HEADEY: You get a glimpse
into her marriage with Robert Baratheon
and it sort of goes some way to explaining who Cersei is
and why she… then behaves how she does. CERSEI LANNISTER:
Was it ever possible for us? Was there ever a time,
ever a moment? No. My advice to Cersei…
(CHUCKLES) If you meet a man called
the High Sparrow, steer fucking clear of him. Am I free to go? After your atonement. Do you remember Dontos
who was like the clown? I’ve been begging Michelle
for ages– He had this amazing hat
that she made (CHUCKLES) that I’m still obsessed with,
but I think it’s gone somewhere. But, I was– every year,
I was like, “Can I– Can I just have it?” And she’s like, “No.”
And I was like, “Oh.” But that’s the one thing
I would to have. That hat. We’re nearly at the end now. I mean, I’ve got very few days
left, and I think I’m gonna feel
very emotional about saying goodbye
to all of it. The joy of coming back
and seeing everybody again. You know,
everyone’s become family now, and it’s all very familiar
in the best way. Yeah, it’s gonna be very strange
without it. It’s been eight years, you know. I’ll miss it. ♪ (MUSIC CONCLUDES) ♪

100 Comments on "The Cast Remembers: Lena Headey on Playing Cersei Lannister | Game of Thrones: Season 8 (HBO)"


  1. Great actress I’m shocked she never won an award for this show. And her character when we all hate I think we can all agree that she should have had a better death her and Jamie how about instead of Dany going mad for no reason after they win Cersei demands the wildfire cashes to be lit and destroys kings landing in order to kill Dany like if I can’t sit on the iron throne no one can but then Jamie comes in and stabs her like he did with the mad king. It be a very tragic ending but it would have made more sense than being killed by bricks

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  2. Girl you played her so good I don’t like you in real life! That’s says how amazing you are as an actress. Great job! 💗 such a good villain.

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  3. She has this awesome face which looks beautiful and prejudiced at the same time, which fits Cersei Lannister perfectly.

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  4. "Stay clear of the High Sparrow", I just remember how they made me side with and empathize with Cersei.
    And I think, imagine if they really took power, over all of Westeros. With a king not kind and cute like Tommen, but a true tyrant who really believed in them.
    Holy fook.

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  5. She is like Dolores Umbridge. Everyone hates her but love her at the same time Because it proves that she is great actress

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  6. I don’t know how people could hate your character in GoT. I’ve been infatuated with you since I first saw you playing Queen Gorgo. Cersei and Gorgo were both fierce lovers and mothers. My only regret with Cersei is that she didn’t have more reasons to smile and laugh more often. You have such a gorgeous smile, the type that makes me smile without even knowing or caring what I’m smiling about, if that makes sense.

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  7. We had amazing actors and characters come and go. But Lena's and Emilia's, Maisie's and Sophie's consistency to their characters made the show what it was.

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  8. Davif Benioff and D.B. Weiss will be remembered as the worse directors of all time they wasted all their hardwork and efforts in making the Game of thrones which such a terrible & worse story on season 8 all the the fans are disappointed and dismayed!
    Losers!

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  9. Lena, she has the best performances throughout the entire series and has won Emmys for her role.

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  10. She should have won the game she is the MVP in GOT why not making the bad character win just one time in a TV show come on !

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  11. Just realsied that in the first season Sophie and Maisie look at least a good five years apart in terms of age but were actually just a year apart. Sophie only looked so much more older due to her height.

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  12. oh how much i love her character. my favorite. she'simply the best. love her so.

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  13. By far the best character out of the entire history of Game of Thrones. ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you for giving me and everyone who watches the show a character that is prodigiously imperceptible.

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  14. lena is a BRILLIANT actress. she made me despise her guts to my absolute core! and ive admired her as an actor way before i even watched GOT (which sadly i only started this year and finished last night! man what an ending) but the way she portrayed Cersei was nothing short of genius. if she could make me hate her that much, man wowww. major props to you Lena!!! amazing work!!!!! BRAVO! #clapclapclap

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  15. The lannisters carried this show and when season 8 killed their characters it crumbeled

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  16. This interview must've been before the first S8 table reads. The writers literally gave her close to nothing to work with in S8

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  17. The greatest pity about Lena being cast as Cersei is not getting to see her smile. What a lady.

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  18. Absolutely amazing how someone so sweet could play such a convincing and believably horrible tyrannical beast who also showed a humanity that at some points would have you sympathizing with.

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  19. Uggghh i also dont like the way she died. It's not that i wanted her to die a slow painful death (although cersei deserves it) i just feel like the way she died, it wasnt a fitting way for her to die… it felt very anti climatic and i feel like there was a better way for her character to die…

    It feels kind of unfair cuz they have an amazing cast who are talented and dedicated but they (writers, directors??) Didnt give the series, the cast, the fans, the author any justice.

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  20. I really love her, both Lena and Cersei. For me she didn't die and season 8 was just a bad joke.

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  21. Let us all come together and say thank you to George R.R. Martin and Lena Heady for presenting what is by far the greatest character in television and film history. Lena Heady deserves so much more than what the academy awards have given her. No other villainous character can ever be better than what Cersei was/is/ and in future come to be. Even after her death, I say, "long may she reign". I will always love her. R.I.P My Queen.

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  22. One of the best characters on this show or the best character and they give her nothing in season 8. All she does is stare at something

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  23. So the younger, more beautiful queen that was supposed to take over Cersei was Bran?

    Makes sense.

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  24. It is an absolute crime that she didn’t win an Emmy for playing Cersei. She was fucking awesome! Y’know….. when the writers actually had her do stuff lol.

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  25. she got to play one of the most complex, amazing character ever written.
    and she fucking killed it in these last few seasons.

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