Game Of Thrones Star Joe Dempsie On Fight Scenes And Crazy Fans
Joe Dempsie has quite the effect. It's a rainy, apocalyptic looking day in East London when Topman Generation meets him. The photographer, stylist and various assistants tap their toes and listen to the sound of the rain as we wait for his arrival but when the ex-Skins and now Game Of Thrones star makes his entrance, the mood shifts.
Dempsie is a ball of friendly energy. He is instantly entranced by the rail of Spring/Summer Topman offerings that hang on a rail in front of him. Keen to work the florals, animal prints and other bright colours and light denims that make-up the clothes for the day, Dempsie seems unafraid of any direction our creative team might want to take. Which might explain why his acting career has gone from strength to strength. He made his breakthrough in the hit Channel 4 show Skins and now graces screens in HBO's stellar show Game Of Thrones.
We tweet a behind-the-scenes picture as the shoot gets into full swing and almost immediately young girls from across the world begin re-tweeting it. It turns out Dempsie has racked up quite the female following as Britain's young television heart throb. Plus, he's good at what he does. A dedicated actor who has bulked up to meet the physical demands of Game Of Thrones. Oh, and he's funny too. It can take a lot to crack a fashion stylist's face but he does so with ease, which is exactly why we sit down with him to talk fashion and thrones.
Topman Generation: Last time we saw Game of Thrones, your character Gendry and Arya (played by Maisie Williams) had just escaped from prison. What can we expect next?
Joe Dempsie: This is the kind of weird thing about talking about Game of Thrones. Pretty much all you feel you're permitted to say is at what point your audience are going to find you in the new series. So, having escaped from at the end of last season, you catch up with them. And there's the trio, essentially there's Gendrie, Arya and Hot Pie and they're heading in the direction which they hope is North. But the reality is that none of them are particularly sure where they're going. And it kind of becomes a bit of a road trip for them in this series. As you can imagine there are many dangers lurking along the way. And loads of interesting people to meet.
Topman Generation: The cast in itself is pretty epic. Whats it like being part of such a mammoth operation?
Joe Dempsie: It takes some getting used to. Being part of such a big production is a lot to take in. I remember, probably until midway through the second series, being really quite nervous everyday when I went onto the set because the scale of it. It wasn't like anything I'd ever worked on before, it was unbelievable. But then actually cast-wise, I really found it quite comforting being such a small cog in such a massive machine. I think you get trusted to do a lot more of your own accord because the directors have so much more to be thinking about. How you're delivering a certain line; you have to make quite a lot of decisions yourself, so you have to be quite bold about that. Its great having so many people around. Belfast is like a revolving door.
Topman Generation: Do you film in quite a lot of locations?
Joe Dempsie: For the past couple of years I've been entirely in Belfast. But thats kind of the hub of operations so there's always people coming around and there's always people on set. Even people I'll probably never be in scenes with, I make friends with them.
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