But we all know, thanks to blooper reels, just how easy it is to lose it in a fit of giggles in the middle of a scene.
Game of Thrones star Gemma Whelan, who plays the tough warrior Yara Greyjoy, revealed to news.com.au that one of her favourite scenes in the series is also one which she and Emilia Clarke struggled to get through, “losing it”.
In season six, episode nine, Daenerys and Yara meet for the first time in Meereen, the two formidable women are trying to cement an alliance.
Dany wants Yara’s fealty and her fleet of ships. Yara wants to take control of the Iron Islands back from her awful uncle Euron.
It’s a serious, pivotal scene, one which has Dany expounding on the evils of men: “Our fathers were evil men. They left the world worse than they found it. We’re not going to do that, we’re going to leave the world better than we found it.”
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After the brief exchange, the alliance is sealed with a handshake between the two female leaders.
Whelan said she loved the scene because it was intimate and enlivening, and she found it was very well shot and directed.
But then she shared this little morsel: “Then we just had a lot of fun as well because Emilia and I really struggled to do the handshake because she just found it so funny that she kept losing it and laughing.
“That was infectious and in the end we had a lot of takes to get that handshake.
“We weren’t doing it right, we couldn’t quite work out how to hold each other initially. Initially it was sort of like this and then they came in and said ‘just do it like this and shake once’ because we were wiggling a lot.
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“So what started off as a strong, interesting, powerful match of acting ended in laughter!”
But at least she wasn’t cold, Whelan, who spent most of her previous seasons in filming in icy outdoor locations, said.
Let’s hope someone eventually releases that blooper reel.
Whelan also praised Yara’s characterisation as being tenacious and witty, with a strong sense of family loyalty — at least to Theon, and not her father “who is dead in the water to her”.
“She loves her brother,” Whelan said. “What happened to him is not his fault, he was a baby.
“I think she feels very much driven to have some sort of family connection. We don’t ever hear from their mother. For her, Theon is the only lifeline left in terms of family. Her compassion and love for him drives her to try and keep saving him. I think that’s admirable and very human.”
And now Yara has to rely on Theon and his newfound courage to rescue her from the clutches of Euron. As one of the few Westeros families still remaining in Game of Thrones, expect them siblings to play an important role in the coming battles.
Game of Thrones returns for its final season on Monday, April 15 at 11am AEST on Foxtel and Foxtel Now.
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