The actress Lena Headey has been talking to the Los Angeles Times ahead of the new season premiere of Game of Thrones, revealing the problems of playing a near-motionless character in freezing set conditions. The 38 year-old actress describes her character, Cersei as "deeply, deeply fearful," explaining "She sleeps with fear in her soul. She is full of terror and paranoia and insecurity. She hides it with stillness. She does not move much and that's been a real challenge for me. I fidget. She's like a cobra, she's a snake just waiting and waiting. the hard thing is it's freezing where we film [in Belfast] in a shipyard for five months a year and I'm there in a silk dress trying to be totally still."
Headey also explained that she's grateful to be playing such a strong character, in an incredibly popular series. "I'm 40 next year and I'm very well aware that where I am now, it becomes a bit of a wilderness for actresses," she said. "So where I am now, in this role, it is such a blessing. I'm a parent now, we have a young son, and I lived life and that's all part of Cersei as I sit in there." Her co-star Peter Dinklage was full of praise for Lena, saying "All the great actors, they don't need to do much on screen," he said. "They have stillness and they resonate so much power. That's what Lena can do."
The next series of the HBO series Game of Thrones is scheduled to begin its second season on Sunday (March 25, 2012). The first season was a huge hit, with viewers and critics alike.