Do you remember the moment you wanted to be an actress, as a career?
"My first main job was [Lasse Hallström’s 2007 drama] Casanova, and I remember being in one of the taxi speedboats from Venice Airport flying over across the lagoon to be taken to the hotel to start production. And I was looking at Venice while riding out over the water and pinching myself, thinking, “Oh my god, I am actually being paid to be in this incredible city to act.” After three years of classical training, where we are told, in British drama schools at least, that we are going to sit in sawdust for years and years and years and see so much unemployment and we should prepare ourselves for the worst. The magic of Venice appearing out of the lagoon and me realizing, “I can actually do this as a job.” You just never take it for granted."
How are you liking Jaime’s new hand?
"I’m very pleased with my golden hand. It’s easier than having the stump and various prosthetics. It was a challenge to find ways to hide my arm. Now this beautiful work of art hides my own hand, which gets really sweaty and disgusting. It’s a great, annoying obstacle to have." Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
The preparation for the role really came from talking with the show’s creators, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, and one of the show’s directors, Alex Graves. They invited me into dialogues about the character very early; what motivates him, what makes him human. They were very trusting and generous, so there was a lot of room to explore, and to let the imagination run free. The writing was so good, so that really did most of the work. The stunt team put me in some Wushu training with a master of the form for a couple of weeks before I started, and very intense fight rehearsals throughout.
Pedro Pascal | by Macey J. Foronda for Buzzfeed