FORGE – Known to thousands as the fiery Ygritte of Game of Thrones fame, Rose Leslie is much more approachable in reality. Friendly and engaging, she is keen to “have a proper scope around Sheffield” as soon as possible. As I catch her between lunch and a scheduled call from BBC Breakfast, she describes the play as an exciting shift in her career.
“I haven’t done theatre for a very long time, but in drama school we did a lot of classical texts. From my experience, this is the most camera-esque theatre acting I’ve done, because there’s so little movement, there’s no physicality. We’re on a disc that we never penetrate, and every minor detail gets picked up, so in that way it does mesh with my experience of camera-work. It’s such an intimate space and an intimate play – it’s very intense”.
The play’s relentless 50 minutes of escalating drama is nothing if not intense, and Rose’s character, Emma, comes under immense pressure as her privacy is increasingly attacked. During her rise to fame, I’m intrigued to find out whether Rose has faced similar pressures from the public eye. “Gosh!”, she exclaims, “Can you imagine, to that extreme? It would be utterly terrible!”. Reassuringly, Rose confirms that she’s never been forced into such an extreme situation, but believes this is because “I’ve been incredibly fortunate with the jobs I’ve worked in and the people I’ve worked with. I feel lucky that I’ve had the older generations to fight for me; they’ve made me realise that it’s OK to speak up”.
A trailer for Rose’s upcoming play, Contractions, has been released ! It is described as a ‘darkly funny play about ever-decreasing privacy’. Watch it here :
Today (June 10), Rose was interviewed on BBC Breakfast to talk about the play Contractions in which she has one of the lead role, Emma. You can also see a clip of the rehearsals in the video below :
She was spotted later leaving the BBC Breakfast Studios in Manchester, be sure to check the photos in the gallery here :
Candids > Leaving BBC Breakfast Studios [+ 24]
As previously announced, Rose has attended an event to celebrate the launch of the Sky Box Sets Club in London today (June 8). She was part of a panel with Tanya Burr, Kevin O’Sullivan Alex Zane and Emma Kenny to talk about box sets and tv shows. I have added many HQ pictures and some MQ and LQ from Twitter and Instagram as well, be sure to check them in the gallery :
Evenys > 2016 Appearances > Sky Box Sets Club VIP Event [+ 39]
You can also watch a Q&A that took place at the event :
Besides the interview, The Telegraph has also released three pictures of Rose taken by Andrew Crowley – be sure to check them in the gallery :
Photoshoots > 2016 — The Telegraph [+ 4]
THE TELEGRAPH – Rose Leslie has a phobia of velvet. This is a remarkably strange coincidence as I happen to be sitting on a small sofa, in a brightly lit corridor of her agent’s office in central London, on which the only thing other than me is a giant purple velvet cushion. Truly, I’ve never seen such a large velvet object. It is resplendent in its velvetness. It seems to have been designed specifically to taunt Rose Leslie and confront her with her fears in the most extreme manner possible – almost like aversion therapy.
“No, no don’t worry!” Leslie says but I can see her actually shudder as I stroke it. “Honestly, it’s fine,” she insists politely. “It’s just the touch of it I don’t like. The sound it makes.” I put the cushion on the floor and she visibly relaxes, sitting cross-legged on the sofa in her jeans and trainers.
Luckily, the 29-year-old actress has never played a part which requires her to wear velvet robes. Her breakthrough after graduating from LAMDA was playing Gwen, the self-improving housemaid in the first series of Downton Abbey. More recently she has been on our screens as DS Emma Lane alongside Idris Elba in Luther. But the role for which she is most famous is Ygritte, the flame-haired wildling lover of Jon Snow in HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones. Leslie was swathed in furs and stitched-together animal pelts for much of the shoot which kept her warm as she filmed in Iceland.
“It was the winter months,” she says, “so we only had from 10am to 2.30pm to film before we’d lose light. We were in the middle of a glacier. It’s a really, really stunning place and we saw the Northern Lights, which was extraordinary. I’ve never before been somewhere so vast and magic. And I’m Scottish, so I have an affinity with cold, crisp days.”
When the light went, the cast would all traipse back to their hotel in the pitch black and pass the time playing card games. Did she ever wish she was cast as one of the characters who got to film in warmer climates? Daenerys, for instance, who is played by Emilia Clarke and got to waft around sunny locations in Morocco and Malta? Leslie laughs. “Have you seen my skin?” She stretches out thin, white arms. “Can you imagine what I would be like in Malta or Morocco?”
But there was another reason she enjoyed filming in Iceland – namely Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow and with whom Leslie’s character had a steamy romantic union. After much speculation, the couple have now confirmed they are dating in real life. Harington said in a recent interview: “If you’re already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest, it becomes very easy to fall in love.”
Sticky Notes will premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 next month.
Screenings will be on Saturday 18th at 18:00 and Sunday 19th at 15:45 and a new trailer has been posted on the event’s website here, be sure to check it ! You can also buy tickets on the site if you want to attend the screenings.
THE EVENING STANDARD – Rose Leslie has spoken about her relationship with Game Of Thrones co-star Kit Harington for the first time — joking that he “hung her out to dry” when he revealed on TV that she had known about his character’s fate all along.
The couple, both 29, fell in love on the set of the show. Harington plays Jon Snow and Leslie played Ygritte until she was killed off in 2014. The pair kept their relationship under wraps until last month, but they had another secret to keep, too — the fate of Jon Snow, who was left for dead at the end of the last series after being stabbed. It prompted intense speculation and producers ordered Harington not to tell a soul that Jon Snow would be brought back to life. His fate was revealed in the second episode of the new series this month.
Afterwards Harington revealed to US chat show host Jimmy Kimmel that he had told his parents and girlfriend the secret — which came as a surprise to Leslie, who had been officially denying all knowledge for the past year.
She told the Standard: “I’m such a moron. I had been spewing this lie for over a year … It just regurgitated out of me to the point where it was almost effortless.
“I was completely oblivious to the fact that Kit hung me out to dry! It was so funny when I found out. So, yes that was me being unaware and not being able to pick up the ball beforehand. He should have said, ‘By the way, I’m going to speak to Jimmy about it.’ But I did find it quite funny.”
Leslie, who lives in north London, also said she had managed to avoid the intense interest in their relationship, explaining: “I’m a dinosaur when it comes to social media. I don’t have any personal accounts, so I don’t really know if there’s much attention. I’m aware because of the shows and there is some element of hype behind it. But I genuinely, genuinely don’t try to engage on that front. I try to keep myself relatively private. I don’t really look for anything so it’s not really there in my periphery.”
Leslie was speaking as she launched Sky Box Sets Club, which lets fans talk about their favourite shows — including Game Of Thrones. “It’s similar to a book club,” she said. “It will give people a platform to interact with one another.”
Leslie is soon to appear in two films — Sticky Notes with Ray Liotta and Morgan with Kate Mara. She said: “My guiding principle is to challenge myself. I will always look for the quality of the script — it doesn’t matter if it’s theatre, TV or film.” (source)
I have added 48 (sadly tagged) outtakes of a photoshoot Rose did for The Edit Magazine last December. She looks absolutely stunning, be sure to check them !
Photoshoots > 2015 — The Edit [+48]