Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey shares “crushing” comment made about her appearance

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Game of Thrones’ actress Lena Headey recalled a time when a man said she was “disappointing” in real life (yeah, it happened). 

Lena Headey may be best known for playing the cruel Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones, but that doesn’t mean she’s of the same nature in real life – in fact she’s quite the opposite.

Having appeared on NBC’s Running Wild with Bear Grylls earlier this year, a clip of her and Grylls jumping off cliffs while chatting about press junkets has only got everyone talking now (due to an article from Insider).

“You have to do these things for all the awards and everything where loads of people interview you,” Headey recalled. “I went in and was seven months pregnant and [there was] a whole room of journalists, and this guy stood up and he said, ‘Uh, I just want to say that you’re really disappointing in real life.’”

And he didn’t stop there.

“He went, ‘Is that your real hair?’” Headey said. “And I went ‘Yeah’ and he said, ‘The wig is much better. I like you as a blonde.’ I was like, ‘OK.’ I was just crushed. How is that alright to say?”

Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones

Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones 

In recent months, the actress joined a host of other high-profile actresses – including Rose McGowan and Gwyneth Paltrow – in sharing her own #MeToo story, allegedly involving Harvey Weinstein.

The Game of Thrones actress says she met Weinstein at the 2005 Venice Film Festival, while starring in the film The Brothers Grimm. Starring opposite Heath Ledger and Matt Damon, the movie was directed by Terry Gilliam – who Headey says subjected her to “endless bullying”.

“At one point Harvey asked me to take a walk down to the water, I walked down with him and he stopped and made some suggestive comment, a gesture,” Headey shared in October last year.

She says she was shocked but attempted to laugh it off with a joke, but added: “I was never in any other Miramax film.”

However, despite believing the situation ended there, Headey says there was a second incident that left her feeling “completely powerless”.

During the meeting, Headey says they both discussed films, but Weinstein also asked her about her current love life. He then got up and went to the bathroom, and when he returned he said: “Let’s go up to the room, I want to give you a script.”

As they walked to the elevator, “the energy shifted” and her “whole body went into high alert.”

“The lift was going up and I said to Harvey, ‘I’m not interested in anything other than work, please don’t think I got in here with you for any other reason, nothing is going to happen,’” she wrote.

“I got into my car and I cried.”

Headey is currently filming the final season of Game of Thrones which will debut on HBO in 2019.

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