She may only be 16 years old, but Bella Ramsey definitely freaked out when she found out she had been cast as Lady Lyanna Mormont back in Season 6 of Game of Thrones. In fact, she was in school when she got the big news, but she was forced to keep it a secret from her classmates.
“I was so excited! My mum was like, ‘Shhh, you’re not allowed to tell anyone!’ My best friend was there when my mum told me, so she knew, but she had to keep it quiet too!” she told Entertainment Weekly.
Though she didn’t know much about the show — she is a preteen, after all — her older sister helped her to figure out what’s going on and how her character fits within the storyline.
“I’ll watch the rest when I’m 18. I was overwhelmed by the amount of people. My first day somebody pointed out tufts of grass that been placed on a field and said, ‘You know it’s someone’s job just to place those tufts of grass.’ That was the perfect example of the scale of it,” she said.
“I’m not that confident, really, but when I was her, I was. I love her defiance; she’s a badass. Being able to stand up there and shame all these grown men was super-cool. Everyone was so welcoming and helpful.”
She continued, “On set, it’s like a whole new language: There’s [sic] all these crazy words that aren’t in everyday life. I didn’t quite know what to expect, if they’d be reserved or weird because I’m a kid, but they treated me like an adult, which was the best thing for me because then they’re treating me like an equal.”
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