Henwick looks forward to next ‘Game of Thrones’ season
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.
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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.