IT IS NORMALLY Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow in TV show Game of Thrones, that intimidates ladies with his good looks and flowing locks but one Limerick girl turned the tables on him.
Elaine O’Dwyer, Pallasgreen, scooped a part in the biggest television series in the world, watched by tens of millions of fans. Elaine played a wildling - the free folk who live beyond the wall - in last week’s episode and took part in a ground-breaking scene. Jon Snow and Tormund went to speak to the leaders of the wildings to agree a truce, fight the white walkers together and travel to the other side of the wall.
“When Jon Snow and Tormund were coming up in front of the wildlings I was one of the ones sizing them up and intimidating them as they came in off the boat. It was pretty cool alright,” smiled Elaine, who is 23.
Kit Harington is one of the most in demand actors on the planet.
“I was talking to Kit, he was very down to earth. Kristofer, who played Tormund, was lovely too. We had good craic with him,” said Elaine, who also featured in one of the biggest scenes ever in Game of Thrones when the white walkers attacked the wildlings.
“Most of the episode we were running around, they needed numbers. I’m in it a lot, I was killed a few times and I was up again. They didn’t use all the footage - they picked the cream of the crop of what they filmed.”
But it wasn’t the epitomy of Hollywood glamour. The scenes were shot over three weeks in Northern Ireland in October and November.
“They were 15 hour days, very long. We all undertook stunt training before the filming started - a workshop of using different stunts for the action parts,” said Elaine. The opportunity came by chance.
“There are different forums and online sites where you can just basically sign up, pay your registration fee and you’re on their books. They get in touch if they are interested. I heard for Game of Thrones that hair was a big factor - the long curly red hair. There are loads of different online sites that people sign up to, you just never know, sometimes you could be lucky, sometimes you might never get a call.
“I didn’t apply as such, they contacted me one day out of the blue. I got a text message, my heart started racing and I just said, ‘Yes please, that would be great!’” said Elaine, who is a daughter of John and Ann and she has three siblings - Marie, Catherine and Hugh. Forever more she will have Game of Thrones on her CV.
Elaine’s love of acting is thanks to her mum who brought her to music and drama classes when she was a girl. She did a primary teaching degree in Mary I and performed in three musicals with the college’s musical society.
After she qualified she was elected vice-president of the students union and decided to give acting “a shot”.
“For the last six to eight months I have been delving into anything I can to do with drama. I have been doing short films, plays and auditions for various commercials. It’s an exciting world, I love the diversity of it.”
Elaine and Johanna O’Brien came third in the All-Ireland one act final in December from their performances in I’m not ADHD, I’m Bold. She has also worked on the set of a movie, which she can’t reveal just yet, coming out in 2016.
And to top it all, Elaine has just been accepted to do an MA in Acting at the prestigious Guildford School of Acting.