HBO’s Game of Thrones is popular with audiences for many reasons — the drama, the blood, the dialogue, and, of course, the sex. So when Gemma Whelan, who starting playing Yara Greyjoy on the series in the second season, auditioned for the role she probably expected she might have to go out of her comfort zone.
Turns out she had to go about six miles out of it… but it actually didn’t faze her.
During an appearance on Yahoo! UK’s “Fringe in Five” chat show she reveals that one scene that she had to improvise during her audition was masturbating a man… while riding a horse. Whelan recalls, “It was weird, but the casting director makes you feel … so comfortable. I just had to pretend I was on a horse and I was ‘seeing to’ somebody behind me as I rode my horse and [the casting director]said, ‘Look straight down the barrel of the camera and just go for it.’ So there I was.”
She actually didn’t even intend to audition for the series. She explains, “I didn’t know how big it was. It was serendipitous how it happened. I did an audition for a completely different thing – a comedy called Threesome – and the same casting director was on that as Game Of Thrones that was casting the following week and I think he thought I might be appropriate [for that]. I went home and watched series one back to back and thought ‘This could be really fun. I’m never going to get this. Oh well, I’ll just prepare really well.'”
Of course, the article doesn’t elaborate on how she prepared for such an audition, even if inquiring minds would like to know how she prepared for the, well, task at hand. And in this case I do mean “hand.”