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Game Of Thrones Actor Says Being Waterboarded For 10 Hours Was 'Worst Day Of Her Life'

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Game Of Thrones Actor Says Being Waterboarded For 10 Hours Was 'Worst Day Of Her Life'

Game of Thrones actor Hannah Waddingham has spoken out about the famous waterboard scene, saying that the day it was filmed was the worst day of her life.

Waddingham, 46, played Septa Unella in seasons five and six of GoT, and she had one very traumatic experience on the HBO series, when she was 'waterboarded for 10 hours'.

Speaking to Collider, Waddingham said: "There I was strapped to a wooden table with proper big straps for 10 hours. And definitely, other than childbirth, it was the worst day of my life. Because Lena was uncomfortable pouring liquid in my face for that long, and I was beside myself.

Cersei Lannister poured wine on Septa Unella. Credit: HBO
Cersei Lannister poured wine on Septa Unella. Credit: HBO

"But in those moments you have to think, do you serve the piece and get on with it or do you chicken out and go, 'No, this isn't what I signed up for, blah, blah, blah?'.

"And then, the funny thing was, after we'd finished shooting it for the whole day, and people like Miguel Sapochnik, the director by the way, walking past with a cup of tea and a sandwich on-the-go and going, 'Hi, honey, you all right?' And I was like, 'Not really'. 'The crew have just been saying we are actually really waterboarding you here'.

"And I was like, 'Yup, you don't need to tell me that'."

Following the traumatic filming of the scene, Waddingham said she had some after painful physical symptoms.


She explained: "I could barely speak because I had been screaming through the Mountain's hand, which is quite frightening as a singer to completely lose your voice, so I had no voice at all to barely whisper, bruises already coming up like I had been attacked and I was like, 'I've basically just been waterboarded for 10 hours'."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Not only that, but she had more lasting consequences after the harrowing day.

"I hadn't even realized that it definitely gave me claustrophobia around water," she added. "Definitely. I hadn't realized until I watched a program where the camera's down on the actor's face and they're being dipped into the water, but you see them face-up to the camera, and I got in a terrible panic about it.


"And I actually went and had a bit of a chat to somebody about it, because it's quite full-on being waterboarded for 10 hours, and then only one minute and 30 seconds can be used on camera."

LADbible has approached HBO for comment.

Featured Image Credit: HBO

Topics: Game of Thrones

Amelia Ward
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