Q&A interview with ‘Game of Thrones’ star Alfie Allen: ‘It was very hard and isolated at times but that’s what Theon had to feel’
To most people he is Lily Allen’s younger brother, after she immortalised in her song ‘Alfie’, in which she described him as a weed-smoking couch potato. However to legions of ‘Game of Thrones’ fans across the world Alfie Allen is simply Theon Greyjoy, the treacherous young man who betrayed his surrogate family and is now getting his comeuppance.
Neela Debnath caught up with the star of HBO’s medieval fantasy drama at Collectormania in Milton Keynes, where he talked about about working on season 3, getting banned from press events and what he’s got lined up.
What was it like working on Season 3 of Game of Thrones?
It was brilliant, it was really, really great to be working with a new actor who comes into my storyline and he was just fantastic. It was hard at times, it was very, very hard and isolated and lonely but that’s what the character’s meant to feel like. All the environment was set up for me to go through those emotions and being tied to that cross was not comfortable, so you just sort of went with it and used all those emotions that you could get and just really feel it.
Did you do anything to prepare for the torture scenes?
No, I think that if you think about something that’s supposed to be completely spontaneous, it’s about extreme pain which is nothing which I’ve ever really [experienced] – I’ve broken a few bones but I’ve never physically been tortured by anyone – so I’ve never really experienced that pain. So to actually draw on something was quite difficult but I didn’t want to try and think about it too much because then I would over-think it. That’s not how I prepare for my roles, to be honest, a lot of it is spontaneous.
What was it like working with Iwan Rheon?
Brilliant. Really, really good. He’s fantastic and the boy is a very great character.
Along with Joffrey and Cersei Lannister, Theon Greyjoy is quite a hated character on the show. Have you had any strong reactions when you’ve been out on the street?
No actually, not like that. I was walking down Oxford Street two days ago and gauged how big the show is. About every 30 metres I walked someone was like ‘I love Game of Thrones, man’. So I’ve not had anything bad. I still get ‘Lily Allen’s brother’ quite a lot [laughs] but other than that no I don’t get anything like that. I think I can look quite intimidating at times, I don’t think people will shout nasty things at me.
I heard you got banned from attending press events, what happened there?
Yeah, that’s a load of b******s. That’s not true. It was re-worded. I did an interview, the journalist asked me if I was a human spoiler by just by being in places, because then they [fans] would know that I would still be in the show. And so he changed what I said to me being ‘I am a human spoiler’ and I never said that. And then I wasn’t allowed to go to some of the stuff at the beginning of the third series because loads of people thought I was still dead. So, that’s why I wasn’t allowed. It wasn’t because of any other reason.
If you could play any other character on the show, who would you play?
Well, it’s got to be Tyrion, hasn’t it?
What else are you working on?
I did a thing called Plastic recently. I’m about to do a thing called Our Wars for ITV with Brian Cox, Alison Steadman, Danny Mays, so it’s a really good cast. It’s all going well and Plastic is going to come out soon.
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