“Game of Thrones” star Lena Headey says a male reporter told her that she looked “disappointing in real life.”
“Game of Thrones” star Lena Headey has told an uncomfortable encounter with a male reporter that during her appearance, while an auditorium filled with journalists watched.
The actor, who plays the role of Cersei lannister in the hit HBO show, told the surprising story during her appearance on a recent episode of “Running Wild With Bear Grylls.”
“How are you with the press?” Grylls asked Headey if she appeared on the adventure-based show together.
“I’m awful,” Headey said.
“You have to do these things for all the prices and everything, where a lot of people to interview. I went inside and was seven months pregnant and (there is) an entire room of journalists, and this man stood up and he said, “Uh, I just want to say that you are really disappointing in real life,” she said.
“And he went out,” Is that your real hair?'” Headey continued. “And I went ‘Yes’ and he said, ‘The wig is much better. I love you as a blonde.'”
Headey wears a blonde wig to play lannister on the show, but is a brunette in real life.
Lena Headey as Cersei lannister in “Game of Thrones.”
(Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO)
“I was like, ‘OK.’ I was just crushed,” she continued. “How is that all right to say?”
Headey has made headlines in the recent months to speak out about the creepy and undesirable behavior she experienced from men in the past.
Last year she opened about an alleged disturbing experience with Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein in a lift — that when they rejected him, he warns her to keep her mouth shut.
After hitting her, ” he whispered in my ear, ‘don’t tell anyone about this, not the manager, not the agent.’ I got in my car and I cried,” Headey claimed on Twitter.
The british-born star, 44, has also spoken about the sexism she experienced as a young actor trying to gain a foothold in the industry.
“When I was in my 20s, and doing a lot of audition tapes in the States, a casting director said to me: ‘The men take these tapes home and watch them and say, ‘Who would you f— ?'” she revealed.
“I’m happier now that I am older, women that are not expected to be beautiful. That pressure is gone for me. (Male) actors can be ‘interesting’, but there is a real pressure on women to be beautiful and skinny.”