How would you describe a typical casting audition?
Directors are looking to see if you can take directions given on the spot, and how you act in a specific situation. When I say ‘act’, in most cases people tend to think that you need to act in a certain way but what you actually need to do is live through the situation as if you are really in it, as if it is your real life. If you just act, then you are not genuine, not real and not an actor. Audiences will not believe you are in a real situation unless you act as if it is real, and you have to imagine that something is in front of you when actually it is not.
“When you go to a casting, you sit on a chair in front of dozens of judging eyes staring at you and have to imagine that you are, say, driving a car. You must make it as convincing as possible, so that everyone present believes you are in a car and not just sitting on the chair.”
How did you get a role in the television series “Game of Thrones”?
Well, it happened through my agent. My agency sent me to the casting and I got the job. I did not really know what type of show it was. I remember early one morning as I was driving to work and talking to my friend who asked me “Do you even know what Game of Thrones is?” I said “No”. I had never watched or even heard of it before. I think the first time I started watching the series was a year or so ago.