Hannah Waddingham says she was watered for 10 hours filming the Game of Thrones torture scene.
Play in Game of Thrones has never been easy for the actors and actresses and one of the actresses recently shared a traumatic experience that unfolded during the filming. Hannah Waddingham (Sex Education, Ted Lasso), who played Septa Unella in seasons 5 and 6 of Game of Thrones, had a difficult time on set.
In Ladies Night of Collider, the actress said she was tortured by drowning (waterboard) for 10 hours. Waddingham said the original scene was meant to be even more torturous, with Unella being raped by Gregor Clegane, aka the Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson).
“I think they had so many complaints about Sansa’s rape [Sophie Turner] that they chose not to do it “, she said. “As unbelievable as it sounds, they changed it at the last minute. I think they changed it when I was flying to Belfast because all of a sudden I got these new sheets that said I would need a wetsuit top. I thought they sent the wrong script sheets. “
She adds that when she arrived they told her “Oh, it will be waterboarding instead.” She didn’t think they were really going to torture her that way, but they told her, “Yes, I am. “
Waddingham said she was tied to the wooden table in the scene with “Real big straps” for hours as Cersei (Lena Headey) poured wine on her face. “Apart from childbirth, [c’était] certainly the worst day of my life ”, she said. “Lena was uncomfortable pouring liquid on my face the whole time, and I was beside myself. But in those moments, you say to yourself: ‘Do you serve the story and keep going?’ Or do you walk away saying, “I didn’t sign up for this.” “? “
She also confides that when the director Miguel Sapochnik asked her if she was okay, she answered ” not really “. And when he pointed out the fact that the waterboard was real, she told him: “Yeah, you don’t have to tell me that!” “
Traces of trauma
Waddingham did not come out of this traumatic experience intact. On returning to her hotel, she had bruises as if she had been attacked and in the long term, this left traces: “It definitely made me claustrophobic around water”, she declared. “It’s a lot to be waterboarded for 10 hours – and then only a minute and 37 seconds were used on the screen. “
Waddingham was driven by the designers’ desire for authenticity and her confidence in the production team. “I didn’t want the strap to be tight around my neck, but as they pointed out if the camera can see you lift your head to save yourself, it’s not genuine”, she said.
“As pointed out [le co-créateur de GOT] Dan Weiss, he came over and said, “Look, in the script it says Cersei empties the rest of her glass of red wine to wake Unella. People are not going to think that is enough. It’s not enough retribution for Cersei (…) The only thing I kept thinking was that the production wouldn’t let me die, so I continued to be uncomfortable. “
Neither HBO nor the creators of Game of Thrones did not comment on the words of the actress.
Source: Collider / Credit © HBO