The wildly popular HBO fantasy drama, Game of Thrones is based on the best selling series by George R.R. Martin. The show follows the struggles between the noble houses of Westeros for the Iron Throne and supremacy over the kingdom.
Theon Greyjoy became a ward of Ned Stark and lived in Winterfell after his father, Balon Greyjoy tried to rise up against King Robert. Theon became friends with Robb Stark and joined the rebellion against King Joffrey.
The show casted many unknown talented young actors who are now up and coming stars in their own right. Before appearing in Game of Thrones, Alfie Allen, the 26-year-old British actor who plays Theon had small roles in movies such as the 1998 period drama, Elizabeth. The film starred Cate Blanchett in the title role and followed the early reign of Elizabeth I of England. He also appeared in the 2007 film adaption of Ian McEwan’s best-selling novel,Atonement and the 2008 film, The Other Boleyn girl about the sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn.
In an interviw with VMan Magazine, Alfie Allen talks about the challenges of acting in a period piece based on a fantasy genre.
Not really having much real life research to look at. But that can also be a massive positive.
Lancel Lannister is the cousin of Queen Cersei and was the squire to the late King Robert Baratheon. He began sleeping with the queen shortly after the king’s death and was eventually given knighthood.
Eugene Simon, the 20-year-old British actor who plays Lancel Lannister appeared mainly in UK TV series before appearing in the Game of Thrones.
In an interview with VMan Magazine, Eugene Simon was asked how big a role his physique plays in his career.
I think that physique and being fit each plays a different role in an actor’s life. What I mean by that is, in most films or on TV series, one must look fit to give the audience the simple physical evidence that this person exercises frequently. On the other hand, “being fit” is more important, I think, and more associated with theatrical actors.