Be­tween takes

The Fast & Fu­ri­ous star talks phones and foam…

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Game Of Thrones star Nathalie Em­manuel’s on-set an­tics.

What’s the first thing you do on set?

Get a cup of tea! I’m like, “Let’s get that in straight away!”

Hot or cold lunch?

I gen­er­ally pre­fer hot. De­pends on what’s there; I’ll take any­thing I can eat that’s healthy. I do take a lot of snacks with me, be­cause I’m a ve­gan and I’ve got al­ler­gies.

Best on-set ex­pe­ri­ence?

On Fast & Fu­ri­ous 7, there’s a scene where I have to jump from a mov­ing bus onto the hood of a car… ob­vi­ously I didn’t ac­tu­ally do that but I did have to jump into a big pile of foam, which was re­ally fun. [Di­rec­tor] James Wan was like, “Nathalie, look scared! Not like you’re hav­ing the time of your life!” But it was re­ally fun, and it was with Paul Walker as well – he was the one throw­ing me off the bus.

Worst on-set ex­pe­ri­ence?

Prob­a­bly on Fast & Fu­ri­ous 8. We had to shoot out­side in At­lanta, Ge­or­gia, which is very, very hot – but be dressed like we were in Rus­sia. Feel­ing so hot but hav­ing to look cold was re­ally tough.

Have you ever stolen any­thing from a film set?

Well, of­ten wardrobe departments have re­ally great bras, which are hard to find… I haven’t stolen them but I’ve asked, “So if this bra just wasn’t here any­more, what would hap­pen?” And they’ve been like, “I don’t know what you’re talk­ing about,” which means I can take it!

Any on-set su­per­sti­tions?

I’m not par­tic­u­larly su­per­sti­tious, but I do like to run my lines by my­self, in my trailer, quite a few times. Usu­ally in the mir­ror! [laughs]

Do you use your phone on set?

Yeah. I can pre­tend like I don’t, but I do. I’m to­tally a phone ad­dict. Not dur­ing re­hearsal or when the di­rec­tor’s talk­ing, but if we’re wait­ing for them to change the lights, I’ll have a lit­tle gan­der.

Most em­bar­rass­ing mo­ment?

When I first started out, on Hol­lyoaks,

I found it re­ally, re­ally hard to hit my marks with­out look­ing at them. We kept do­ing it, and I just wasn’t getting it. It got so bad that they lit­er­ally put gi­ant, flu­o­res­cent yel­low ar­rows on the ground so I could see them out of my pe­riph­eral vi­sion and would know when to stop walk­ing… I was so em­bar­rassed that it re­ally worked!

How would you com­pare the Game and sets?

Of Thrones Fast & Fu­ri­ous They’re both huge sets with lots of mov­ing parts, so sim­i­lar in that sense but also very dif­fer­ent – Fast & Fu­ri­ous is mod­ern, but on Thrones you feel like you’re step­ping into an­other era, an­other world. It’s al­ways a bit “Whoa!” when you walk on set and there are hun­dreds of ex­tras in ar­moured cos­tume.

Best-ever wrap party?

The one in Seville for Game Of Thrones Sea­son 7 was ter­rific. Ev­ery­one was danc­ing, hav­ing a great time; and Hafþór Júlíus Björns­son, who plays The Moun­tain, bench-pressed me above his head. That blew my mind. I didn’t think he could do it – then again, this is a guy who can ac­tu­ally pull a plane, so I shouldn’t have been sur­prised.

Who’s the best dancer on Game Of Thrones?

Al­fie Allen’s got some moves on him. I’ve seen him throw down. ML

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‘the moun­tain bench-pressed me above my head. then again, he’s a guy who can pull a plane’

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