\'Game of Thrones\' Keisha Castle-Hughes totally fangirled over her Jaime Lannister fight
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The Dorne storylines collided in "Game of Thrones" Season 5\'s sixth episode, appropriately titled with the Martell credo: "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken." As both the Sand Snakes and Jaime Lannister tried to get Myrcella out of the Water Gardens, they ended up crossing paths in a dramatic fight scene.
For Keisha Castle-Hughes, who plays Obara Sand, the fight was more than just a chance to showcase her new skills with a spear. It was also her first scene with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime, and that was very exciting for the longtime "Game of Thrones" fan.
"Once we started rehearsing for that big fight scene, I honestly think it took two weeks for me to get past the fact that he was Jaime Lannister and that he looks that he looks the way he looks before I finally could breathe again," she tells Zap2it.
Much of Castle-Hughes\' fight training is done with stunt performers, so actually working with an actor -- and not just any actor, but one of the biggest names on the show -- was terrifying for her.
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"It was such a massive pressure," she says. "It\'s different when you\'re practicing with a Bulgarian stunt guy who can take a hit and doesn\'t flinch. All of the sudden I was like, \'Oh, this is an actor, and he\'s really important in the show ... so what if I hit his face?\' And they\'re like, \'No, you can\'t. You can never hit his face. Don\'t hit his face. You can never scar him.\' And I\'m like, \'Oh gosh. [
The scene was fairly short in the episode, but Castle-Hughes says she and her cast members established a backstory for the fight. They decided Obara would have called dibs on killing Jaime, which is why she was the one who fought him.
"Obara Sand is absolutely a match for Jaime Lannister, which was very exciting to play but also terrifying as well when you\'re wielding a 7-foot spear and it\'s heading straight for Nikolaj Coster-Waldau\'s face. It\'s a little bit nerve-wracking," the actress admits. "It was very surreal."
It doesn\'t help that it\'s a very attractive face. "It took me a while to accept that Nikolaj was a person and not just a drawing of a prince," Castle-Hughes says. "He literally looks like someone drew him. He looks like someone in your ideal world just drew. Have you seen that man\'s jawline? It\'s ridiculous."
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