Game of Thrones made us all remember this talented English actress. Thanks to the record-breaking series, Lena Headey is now known around the globe. Here are ten amazing facts about the actress who played Cersei Lannister which you will want to tell your friends!
1. Lena Headey wanted to become a ballet dancer.
Lena spent her childhood attending ballet classes and dreaming of becoming a ballerina. At some point, her parents decided that it was too difficult for and told their daughter to find another passion. They are lucky that she did eventually find something she was just as interested in: acting!
2. Peter Dinklage recommended Lena Headey for the role of Cersei Lannister.
The two people were friends before the series and when Peter got his part, he decided to bring his friend along, and it was a great idea, as no one could have portrayed Cersei better.
3. Lena Headey did not actually appear in all the sex scenes of Game of Thrones.
There are a lot of intimate scenes in Game of Thrones, and Cersei was not a prudish character at all. However, all the scenes where Cersei shows her naked body were played by Lena’s body double.
4. Lena is actually very shy and modest.
Even though the actress usually plays confident women, in real life, Headey admitted that she was actually very shy and struggled with social interactions.
5. Headey is actually a vegetarian.
On the screen, Headey often appears as a cruel woman who doesn’t spare a life of a living creature. It seems that Lena is the absolute opposite of her characters. She refrains from eating animals and tries to do her bit in the fight against global warming.
6. Lena Headey has worked with PETA on their campaigns.
Headey is not only against eating animals, she is an active supporter of PETA. The actress has worked with the organization on their campaigns against animal cruelty.
7. Her hobbies include boxing and yoga.
We all know that Lena is in great shape and many of us want to find out her secret. The actress manages to stay fit by mixing two polar sports: boxing and yoga.
8. Lena Headey claims to have supernatural abilities.
It may seem strange and funny, but Lena claims that she is some sort of a psychic. According to the actress, she can see ghosts and has had a couple of such experiences so far.
9. Headey was bullied at school because of her accent.
British people guess your social status just by listening to your speech. Well, Headey was born into a working-class family, but her mother signed Lena up for accent classes, because she wanted her daughter to be able to speak like a duchess. Well, this story did not end like My Fairy Lady, and the girl was actually bullied by her working-class peers for sounding “posh”.
10. Lena Headey has a passion for getting tattoos.
Fans of Game of Thrones would question this statement, as no tattoos were seen on Cersei. In fact, the show’s makeup artists did a pretty good job covering Lena’s numerous tattoos. It took them several hours to do it.