GLAMOUR MAGAZINE – We’re really sad not to see you in the new series of Game of Thrones – what are your favourite memories from being on set?
I was so fortunate; in the years that I was in Thrones we were able to shoot in Iceland. I think some of my favourite memories would have to be isolated, out there, surrounded by nothing but snow and ice. I just remember thinking [Iceland] is what I’d imagine the moon to be like. It was so vast.
You’re known to be sporty, but how did you find the more physical scenes? Could you handle it or did you find it tough?
I like to think that I can run, but I remember once running up and down through different terrains while on set in Iceland and I face planted. The director then decided to get a stunt double in just so that [Ygritte] looked like she knew how to handle all the different terrains. So yes, that was fairly difficult. But it hindsight it was relatively easy so it’s rather embarrassing that I fell over.
What do you do when a new episode of Game of Thrones comes out? Do you have any viewing rituals?
I geek out with my sister. I live with my younger sister and we are obsessed with it to the point where we get very, very excited every Monday night. Our ritual consists of popcorn and curling up on the sofa. You also have to make sure you’re comfortable.
Obviously the big ‘is he? Isn’t he?’ Jon Snow question has finally been answered; Did you know all along or was it a surprise for you, too?
It was! I was kind of just with everybody else: very happy to see him open his eyes and be awake. I was hoping, and I had an incling that that might be the case, but no, I wasn’t sure.
We can’t imagine how fun shooting must have been. Pleeeeeease tell us: What does a Game of Thrones night out look like?
I certainly remember the nights out when we were in shooting in Belfast and Iceland. That was, well… we’re talking about a bunch of actors [laughs]. Yes, there were some nights in the hotel bar, but it was all very causal. Also, my stamina is appalling so it was fairly bog standard.
You’ve tread the boards having done film, TV and stage work. What’s your favourite to do and why?
I was very fortunate to have gone to drama school in London for three years, and that was classical training in the sense that a lot of it was dominated by stage work, so I would love to go back to stage. But having said that, if you’re fortunate enough as an actor to get a job and if it’s a script that you respond to, you have to just go with your gut instinct and not think about what medium it is.
So Sky Box Sets Club is all about helping people geek out about their favourite shows… Is there any series that you’ve binge-watched recently? And why do you love it?
That’s got to be True Detectives. I absolutely loved watching it and it kind of had a heightened effect on me, as well. I was actually in Louisiana in New Orleans when I watched the first season, so that was a wonderful experience, also very frightening. I also loved the second season. And believe it or not, I’m also going to have to say Game of Thrones.
We’re big into books here at GLAMOUR. Do you read much and if so, what are you reading at the moment?
I do like to read! I’m currently reading Girl on a Train [by Paula Hawkins].
You’ve already had an amazing career, what have you got lined up next?
I’m doing a bit of theatre, I’m doing a Mike Bartlett play called Contractions. I’m very, very happy and lucky to be going back to the stage.
DIGITAL SPY – It’s been two years since she was part of the Game of Thrones cast – and now Rose Leslie is as desperate to avoid spoilers as the rest of us. Kit Harington recently confessed that Leslie – his former co-star and now off-screen girlfriend – was one of the few people who knew that his character Jon Snow would come back to life.
But the actress told Digital Spy that she still tries to avoid GoT spoilers, wherever possible. “I’m now the one saying ‘I don’t want to know!’ – I’ve been loving the season so far and I don’t want to know,” she laughed. “So now I’m with the rest of the world, watching it on the night, and being completely immersed… and not wanting anything to ruin my enjoyment!”
But it’s not just that – Leslie admitted that she struggles with “filtering everything” when she does know something she shouldn’t. “I actually get physical abuse from my family if I say something. I get a punch in the arm! It’s ‘Pipe down – I don’t want to hear!’ – so I’ve realised now that I have to keep a lid on it if I happen to know something.” (source)
Its latest series earned lead actor Idris Elba a BAFTA nomination – but there’s still no official word on a fifth series of Luther. Rose Leslie – who joined the grisly cop thriller last year as DS Emma Lane – told Digital Spy that she’s in the dark about the show’s future.
“But I do feel that the doors were left open in the way that it ended,” the Game of Thrones actress said. “I adored being a part of that show. I think that it’s just so brilliant. The writing is incredibly gritty and raw – and if you are a Londoner watching it, it’s even more harrowing.
“I’ve just adored it from the beginning. So yeah, I would be back at the drop of a hat, if it were to go again.” Of course, a film spinoff from the BBC One series has long been rumoured – though star Elba has said that there’ll be “a little more” of the show on television before any leap to the big-screen. “I’d be all over that!” Leslie said of a potential Luther movie. “Fingers crossed.” (source)
Sky Box Sets Club
Leslie was speaking to DS as part of a campaign for Sky Box Sets Club – helping Brits share their passion for addictively good Box Sets. “It’s Sky realising that everybody loves talking about their favourite box-sets – whether that’s with your family or friends, or even on Twitter,” she explained.
“So as a result, they have decided to set up a club, and it’s rather similar to a book club. It’s providing a platform for people to interact, and to share or bond over their favourite scenes, or particular moments that stood out to them. I think it’s a fabulous thing for people to relive the scenes that really matter to them.”
As part of the promotion for the Sky Box Sets Club, Rose was invited today at the BBC Radio 2 studios to talk about it. She was also asked about her time on Luther, Game of Thrones, her favorite box sets, and her next project. Rose has indeed announced that she would return on stage to play in a revival of Mike Bartlett’s ‘Contractions’, who was last performed at the Royal Court Theatre in 2008. The play will run from June 23 to July 16 and one performance will take place at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. (source)
You can listen to the whole interview below :
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THE EVENING STANDARD – Rose Leslie and Kit Harington played lovers in Game of Thrones and are dating in real life – but the actress isn’t keen to work with the actor again.
Leslie, 29 – who played Ygritte alongside Harington’s Jon Snow – said she is a big believer in having your own individual projects and not being associated with another person.
Speaking to Standard Online about teaming up on screen she said: “I think we leave it at that. We had such a fabulous time working together on Thrones.
“I think it’s important to do your own projects that mean a lot to you individually rather than be associated with someone else. I’m a big believer in doing your own thing.”
Leslie recently revealed that she was unaware that Harington would be returning to the show after his character died at the end of series five.
The actress said she was “ecstatic” after Harington finally revealed all, but joked that she is “going to have to have words” with him for keeping it a secret for so long.Speaking about her Thrones alter ego – who was killed by an arrow and subsequently burned by Snow after dying in his arms – she said she would not like to see her resurrected.
I’m now a little pile of ash,” she said. “The writers are being incredibly loyal to the books and the way it’s developed Jon Snow needs to be on his own and take charge of his own life. I think it’s a good thing that she died.” (source)
Rose talked about the launch of Sky Box Sets Club on Sky News this morning. You can watch the interview posted by Sky News on twitter in three parts by clickling on the following links :
One of the hosts has posted old and new pictures of her with Rose :
Finally, Rose will also be interviewed on BBC Radio 2 tomorrow afternoon between 2pm and 4 pm.
An advertisement for the Sky Box Sets Club starring Rose has been released yesterday ; you can watch it below :
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has confirmed today a number of nominees, presenters and other attendees for this Sunday’s House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
Attendees confirmed to date include (in alphabetical order):
Adrian Lester, Aidan Turner, Alan Sugar, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden, Anna Kendrick, Ant & Dec, Ashley Jensen, Prof Brian Cox, Chris Evans, Claire Foy, Claudia Winkleman, Cush Jumbo, Dermot O’Leary, Eleanor Tomlinson, Fay Ripley, Fearne Cotton, Georgina Campbell, Gemma Chan, Greg Davies, Hugh Bonneville, Huw Edwards, Idris Elba, James Norton, James Nesbitt, Jamie Campbell, Javone Prince, Josh Hartnett, Jon Snow, Justin Timberlake, Leigh Francis, Katie Derham, Krishnan Guru Murthy, Kunal Nayyar, Maisie Williams, Mark Gatiss, Mark Rylance, Martin Freeman, Michaela Coel, Miranda Hart, Olivia Grant, Peter Kay, Reggie Yates, Ridley Scott, Rob Brydon, Robert Webb, Romesh Ranganathan, Rose Leslie, Ruth Madeley, Shane Meadows, Sharon Horgan, Sheridan Smith, Sian Gibson, Suranne Jones, Tess Daly, Trevor McDonald, Toby Jones, Tom Hiddleston.
Lenny Henry, recipient of the Special Award, will also be in attendance.
The event will also feature performances from singers Elle King on the red carpet and Birdy during the ceremony.
The House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards will be hosted by Graham Norton at the Royal Festival Hall, London, and broadcast on BBC One and BBC One HD at 20.00 on Sunday 8 May with live red carpet coverage from 17.00 on www.bafta.org.
Some news about two projects Rose is involved in : “Sticky Notes”, an upcoming movie she filmed in 2014 [more informations] ; and “Carmilla”, an audiobook which was released last October. [more informations]
About “Sticky Notes” : « Carnaby has boarded world rights to comedy-drama Sticky Notes starring Ray Liotta, Rose Leslie, Justin Bartha and Gina Rodriguez. […] In post-production with delivery expected later this year, Sticky Notes explores the story of Athena (Leslie), a struggling dancer trying to make it in LA, whose father Jack (Liotta) interrupts her lonely existence when he asks her to move home to Florida to care for him after breaking the news that he has cancer. Carnaby will screen the film at EFM. » (European Film Market, 11-19 Feb 2016). [source]
About “Carmilla” : « People’s Choice Award-winning actor David Tennant and Screen Actors Guild Awards-nominated actress Rose Leslie are nominated, along with a full cast, for their performance of an audio adaptation of J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic gothic novella Carmilla, in the “Original Work” category at the 2016 Audies Awards. » (The Audie Awards are awards recognizing distinction in audiobooks). You can see the full list of finalists here. [source]
Also, some fun fact : if you have seen the latest “Game of Thrones” season 6 teaser, you may have noticed Ygritte’s face next to Jon’s. You can watch it here !
In last August, Rose showed her support to Anthony Nolan, the UK’s blood cancer charity and bone marrow register, by taking part to the #IGiveASpit campaign which urged people to add their names to stem cell donor register. She talked about the campaign here, and you can find some pictures taken to promote it in the gallery here. She said :
‘So far I’ve never had that call to say I’m a match for someone, but if I did, I’d consider it to be the greatest privilege of my life. One of my closest childhood friends, Millie, was diagnosed with leukaemia when she was 19. At the time, Millie campaigned to get more people onto the Anthony Nolan register and I remember feeling so humbled by her bravery and selflessness. She had a stem cell transplant using the best possible match on the register at the time, but it wasn’t the ‘perfect’ match and she sadly relapsed and died a few months later. If there were more young people on the Anthony Nolan register ten years ago, my friend might have found a closer match and might still be here today. So, even if just one person signs up because of the #IGiveASpit campaign, they could be the difference between life and death for someone like Millie.’
On 4 February, Antholy Nolan is uniting with Breast Cancer Care, Movember Foundation UK and Cancer Research UK to raise lifesaving awareness for World Cancer Day. They have posted a picture of Rose showing her support by wearing a Unity Band on their twitter today.
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