→ Actually, She is My Queen, and I Probably Will Enjoy This

A slight, laddish, liberally tattooed brunette, she bounds into the boardroom of her publicist’s Soho offices and launches into a breathless account of the music festival from which she has just returned, where she saw the Stone Roses, a band she chased around in her teens. She doesn’t sound much like the Lena Headey you expect either. On screen, she tends to speak in an American accent, or the kind of Received Pronunciation Hollywood has come to expect of British women since Mary Poppins. This is true even when she is not in character: in American television interviews with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel (which are on YouTube for perpetuity), she keeps her back straight and her vowels round.

Yet, conversely, she seems relaxed about fantasy fans, a famously dedicated bunch, obsessing over Cersei. “With fantasy and sci-fi, it’s based in a real fandom. You’re presenting to experts, and their source material is really important to them. They’ll come up and ask: ‘so when you turned your head slightly in that scene, what were you thinking?’

“I enjoy that, because the battle is over the interpretation, and they’re more interested in the character than they are in you. There’s something cooler about the geek.” If discussions about the finer points of her character are allowed, she has more fruity language reserved for the general media “circus” surrounding her profession.

They really could not have picked a better actress for Cersei1.


  1. I am also glad to hear that the time she is required to commit to Game of Thrones is actually not that intense and that she has the freedom and availability to do other things. I hope she continues to pop up in unexpected places, like as a punky hacker on White Collar