Hen­wick looks for­ward to next ‘Game of Thrones’ sea­son

The China Post - - ARTS - BY DIM­ITRI BRUYAS

Fans of “Game of Thrones” re­acted with dis­be­lief Mon­day af­ter the sea­son five fi­nale proved to have a higher main-char­ac­ter body count than the se­ries has pro­duced so far. This fi­nal episode fea­tured some of the most ex­plo­sive scenes of the se­ries while the prom­ise that “win­ter is com­ing” has now be­come more omi­nous than ever be­fore.

Luck­ily, Jes­sica Hen­wick, who plays Nymeria Sand in the se­ries, sur­vived the griz­zly episode and she is look­ing for­ward to the next sea­son; al­beit with a cer­tain ap­pre­hen­sion. In re­gards to Nymeria’s fu­ture as a char­ac­ter, the Sin­ga­porean-Bri­tish ac­tress re­cently told The China Post that “it would be nice to stay alive” and maybe “leave Dorne.” The out­come is dif­fi­cult to pre­dict, how­ever.

First Cast Mem­ber of Asian De­scent in TV Phe­nom­e­non

As the cur­rent sea­son re­cently came to a close, Hen­wick also said that it has been “sur­real” and “in­sane” and that she has been ex­posed to a lot of new things thanks to the se­ries. Re­gard­ing her re­cent stay in Sin­ga­pore, she noted that it has been quite some time since she last vis­ited and that she is very ea­ger to visit land­marks such as the Ma­rina Bay Sands.

Hav­ing been to the is­land-na­tion sev­eral times as a child, the 23-year-old ac­tress was ex­cited to be back and to talk about be­ing the first cast mem­ber of Asian de­scent on the world­wide TV phe­nom­e­non and her ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing on the most-watched se­ries in HBO’s history.

In re­gards to her Asian her­itage, she said there is “lit­tle con­nec­tion be­tween her eth­nic­ity and her role as Nymeria.” When asked how her Asian back­ground has helped or hin­dered her act­ing ca­reer though, Hen­wick said that be­ing Asian helped her land one of her first ma­jor roles in a TV se­ries called “Spirit War­riors.”

Yet, Hen­wick also noted that there seems to be a “mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion” of Asians in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try and that there are not a lot of Asian ac­tors or ac­tresses in the in­dus­try. She says peo­ple she looks for­ward to work­ing with in­clude An­thony Chen and Wang Kar-wai.

More­over, in her down time, she likes hang­ing out with friends, bond­ing with her fam­ily, trav­el­ing and writ­ing. Hen­wick loves writ­ing and al­ways wanted to be a sto­ry­teller. In fact, she is try­ing to write and pro­duce her own drama in her spare time. Hen­wick, how­ever, ad­mits that there is lit­tle down time in her line of work.

Learn­ing to Use Nymeria’s Iconic Whip

Hen­wick ex­plained that she was at­tracted to the role of Nymeria Sand be­cause Dorne’s cul­ture is not pa­tri­ar­chal and it is dif­fer­ent from the rest of Wes­teros. She be­lieves that the “strength and beauty of Nymeria was the re­sult of col­lab­o­ra­tion.” She trained with a pro­fes­sional trainer for six months and watched YouTube videos to learn how to use Nymeria’s iconic whip.

Her char­ac­ter, Nymeria, de­scribed as half-Dor­nish, el­e­gant, and who uses a whip as her weapon of choice, is one of the daugh­ters of the Dor­nish prince, Oberyn Martell, a fan favourite who met a tragic end last sea­son.

In re­gards to her re­la­tion­ship with her fans, she of­ten tries to write back and re­ply to fans that take the time to con­tact and com­mu­ni­cate with her. Af­ter land­ing the role on “Game of Thrones”, she be­came more rec­og­nized in­ter­na­tion­ally and has been able to have a wide va­ri­ety of new ex­pe­ri­ences. For in­stance, when Hen­wick went to a ho­tel with her fam­ily and some­one an­nounced who she was, many fans wanted to meet her.

When work­ing with the pro­duc­ers on the other hand, Hen­wick said that some­times she would tell them what kind of moves she wanted to use but that most ac­tors do not know what will hap­pen in the show’s fu­ture so they kind of just need to trust the pro­duc­ers.

Hen­wick has lots of com­ments on her fu­ture. When asked whether she would fo­cus more on the film or TV in­dus­try in the fu­ture, she said she wants to be in more films. How­ever, she also noted that it re­ally de­pends on whether she likes the script and whether she could work with the other cast mem­bers.

Fur­ther­more, Hen­wick wants to play dif­fer­ent kinds of char­ac­ters in the fu­ture. She thinks that this will al­low her to learn and have more new ex­pe­ri­ences. Her ad­vice to young Asian ac­tors who as­pire to be like her in the fu­ture is to do it be­cause there are not a lot of Asian ac­tors in the in­dus­try. She also wants young ac­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent parts of the in­dus­try and learn more.

Binge-view­ers can still en­joy the whole sea­son 5


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(Above) Sin­ga­porean-Bri­tish ac­tress Jes­sica Hen­wick par­tic­i­pates in the highly an­tic­i­pated sea­son fi­nale’s pro­mo­tional Asia tour. (Left) Nymeria Sand, left, is the sec­ond of the eight il­le­git­i­mate daugh­ters of Prince Oberyn Martell, known as the “Sand Snakes.” Her char­ac­ter, Nymeria, de­scribed as half-Dor­nish, el­e­gant, and who uses a whip as her weapon of choice.

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