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The Maid of Tarth

I see you guys are just as sharp as ever. The long layoff between first and second season casting hasn't made you rusty. Once again, you nailed my obscure hints within minutes.

Well, okay, I did fool a few of you. For a couple minutes, anyway. But others correctly puzzled out the casting. The part of Brienne, Maid of Tarth, will be played by British actress GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE.



This was another one of those cases where there was hardly any debate. The day the first batch of auditions went up for the role, we looked at a dozen actresses who were reading for Brienne and one actress who WAS Brienne. Gwendoline gave a great reading, and her look was just perfect. No, when she auditioned, she did not look she does in the photo above. She came in looking... well, like Brienne.

As for my clues... Christie played in a music video called DAMARIS, which includes a song about Isabelle, the She-Wolf of France (wife of King Edward II, for the history nerds out there), and played in Shakespeare's CYMBELINE at the Barbican theatre. She also posed for Australian photographed Polly Borland for a show called "Bunny."



She also appears in the recent IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSAS, though I did not use that one in my clues.

Gwendoline will be a great Brienne. It's a thrill to have her join the cast.

Congratulations to everyone who figured it out... and for those who guessed wrong, well, better luck next time.

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nutmeg3
Jul. 8th, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you said she came in looking like Brienne and I'm relying on your judgement, because...tall? Check. Beautiful eyes? Check. But ugly? No check. She's gorgeous. Not even plain, gorgeous. She'll never be horsefaced, not with that tiny chin, but I'm really hoping the makeup artists can pull off the rest and really make her for-real ugly, not just Hollywood ugly, which is still 1,000 times prettier than I was on my best teenage/20-something day. I don't suppose the Powers That Be would let you post a screencap from her audition?

PS - Brienne is one of my favorite characters. Possibly I'm somewhat over-invested here.
fallingtowers
Jul. 8th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
She looks less glamorous in other shots, like these:

http://i.thisislondon.co.uk/i/pix/2010/01/05-friel-500.jpg

http://www.salon.com/entertainment/movies/feature/2011/07/08/game_of_thrones_season_two_casting_christie/md_horiz.jpg

By no means ugly, of course (I think she's sort of adorable), but not totally gorgeous, either. I can see how she'd pull it off.

(Also an over-invested Brienne fan. :D)
nutmeg3
Jul. 9th, 2011 01:04 am (UTC)
That first photo is encouraging, though I confess the second makes her look a lot like Gwyneth Paltrow to me. I think it's all up to the makeup people now. It's definitely do-able, but the big question is, will they do it? ::crosses fingers::

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