Last year I asked Iain if he would mind answering a few questions from fans for us. It took him a while but finally got round to answering them and they really have been worth the wait. I have attached his original typed answer sheet along with the note he sent to me with the answers.
1) What is your most embarrassing moment on a film set? Regina Zschoke
I have had many embarrassing moments on a film set. I think it’s just the nature of the beast.
As an actor you put yourself on the line and there is always a danger of ridicule. A very early memory is being on a set of a BBC drama called The Picnic (1987).
I was working with a wonderful actress called Billy Whitelaw and we were playing lovers. She was a teacher and I was a young adult with learning difficulties and we formed a bond that lead to love. We were doing a very sensitive first kissing scene and I, full of anxiety and probably trying to be method, used my tongue ever so slightly. She was very sweet and made no comment but the director after the first take came over and said “Iain, can you not do that? On camera your tongue looks like a huge slug.” I felt mortified and ashamed. The director could have offered more gentle direction. But Billie and I became the best of friends. Sometime later she introduced me to one of my childhood heroes, the writer Samuel Beckett while we were rehearsing in Paris.
2) Do you have a personal philosophy or ‘mantra’ of sorts that has been especially valuable and relevant to you on your life’s journey? Marissa Valentine
I have no personal philosophy or ‘mantra’. I think life is what you make of it. It’s in the eye of the beholder. The exact same set of circumstances can be looked on with despair or joy. There is a great inequality to what people are born into throughout the world. I know I have been incredibly lucky to have been gifted the life I was given. I have no good reason not to wake up each day and celebrate the possibilities. So I just try and try to make the most of things. Life offers so many beautiful things to enjoy. Avoid the negative and nuture the positive.
3) What do you think about social media and your fans especially about your fans in Ser Jorah’s Army? Daniela Bosslet
I’m afraid I’m a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to social media. I’ve just never used that method of finding information or communicating with friends. I have never tweeted. I have never had Facebook or Instagram. It’s a bit of a mystery to me why people stare at tablets and phones. I feel that the world must be passing them by. That said, I do utilise the internet and I’m still awed as to what is available at a touch of a button. I’m fairly computer literate and use it recording music, mixing movies, developing photographs, reading newspapers and a great deal more.
I thank Jorah’s Army for all their incredible support. I am truly flattered that I have fans out there that have so much belief in me. I thank you with all my heart.
4) Can you tell us how you got cast on Game of Thrones? Julia Fernandez Bautista
I was cast very simply in Game of Thrones. I went in for a reading on camera with Dan Weiss and David Benioff, the show runners, at Nina’s Gold Casting office. I remember feeling good about the meeting and thinking that I hadn’t let myself down. The people in the room seemed to be excited. But you can never tell. Often people just want to be kind and positive. I also remember confiding in my partner how much I wanted the role which is unusual for me as I always keep possible jobs private until I can share the good news. I have always wondered if there was any prescience in my desire to play Ser Jorah. A sense that the show would go on to become something special.
5) If Daenerys magically disappeared from the show, which other female character would Jorah hook up with? @SerWhiteWalker
I would feel very fickle to think Ser Jorah would turn his loyalty towards any other female character if Daenerys was no longer there. I simply cannot imagine that scenario. He has dedicated so much if his life to her and it doesn’t feel possible for her to be replaced. No, it’s Daenerys or no one!