GQ Magazine: July 2018 – Pedro Pascal

Narcos alum Pedro Pascal is featured in the July 2018 issue of GQ Magazine.

From the digital issue:

“I’ve been to such extreme locations,” Narcos star Pedro Pascal says from Oahu where he’s filming a scene that he describes as “survivalist.” Hawaii is good to him, though. “At the end of the day, it’s a caress being here. There aren’t any snakes, no deadly spiders. It rains a lot but it’s never cold. The locals are just too cool.”

Still, he feels he’s been away from his spiritual home (New York City) for far too long. He’ll be leaving Oahu soon for London and a Wonder Woman sequel. He misses being onstage in New York, where he hustled in theater and on cop shows for more than a decade.

Narcos has been renewed for season four and five on Netflix.

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Photography: Daria Kobayashi Ritch / Styling: Lucy Armstrong / Grooming: Hee Soo Kwon

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GQ South Africa: July/August 2018 – Kit Harington

Game of Thrones star Kit Harington is featured in the July/August 2018 issue of GQ South Africa.

From the digital issue:

At the end of the final season of Game of Thrones (set to air in 2019), Kit Harington will return to real life. After spending ten years living on the edge of The Wall, dying, and coming back to life again, he’s ready to lay down his sword. We find out what he’s doing after Winter is over.

It was almost immediately after drama school that Kit Harington was approached for the role that would make him globally famous. He was not aware of George R.R. Martin’s books and was only drawn to participate in the pilot because of the company producing it. “It was HBO, and that’s all that really mattered to me But the script? I didn’t really understand it. I read it twice and thought, ‘this is the most bizarre thing ever. I don’t quite get why they’re doing it, but I’m in.'”

What will he miss when Game of Thrones is over? Iceland, the location of Westeros’ north beyond the wall, where much of 2011’s second season was filmed. “That season was the most significant because we realized the show was successful, we were suddenly in this incredible location and I was with the girl I fell in love with,” he says. That girl, Rose Leslie, played Ygritte with whom Snow fell in love with before she died. But in real life the pair recently tied the know. They now share a house in the English countryside. “It’s in Suffolk – it’s lush – in the middle of the country.”

Game of Thrones returns in 2019 with new episodes on HBO.

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Photography: Luca and Alessandro Morelli

GQ South Africa: June 2018 – Nikolaj Waldau-Coster

Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Waldau-Coster is featured in the June 2018 issue of GQ South Africa.

In the issue, Nikolaj talks his new gig as brand ambassador of L’Oréal Men Expert:

“I definitely feel proud. L’Oréal Men Expert is known for its efficient products tailor-made for men. I’m absolutely on board with Vita Lift: ageing better. It’s satisfying to use one product knowing it’s going to do five different things to your skin.”

What’s your favorite place in the world?

“Greenland, where my wife’s from, is one of the most magical places on earth. It’s been eye-opening seeing the impact climate change is having there.”

What’s the secret to improving with age?

“Don’t worry. Be who you are. And don’t let a number define you. Keep winding people up, make everyone laugh.”

Game of Thrones returns 2019 on HBO.

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Photography: L’Oréal Paris

Vanity Fair: Summer 2018 – Emilia Clarke

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is featured in the Summer 2018 issue of Vanity Fair.

In the issue:

Game of Thrones, the HBO juggernaut which stars Clarke as its most unstoppable heroine, Daenerys Targaryen. In fact, the very tour we’re taking, put together by a company called Museum Hack, is based on the series, and offers a fan-friendly survey of the sometimes inscrutable displays of the Met. You don’t have to be an art historian (our guide is an aspiring actress) to understand what Greek fire, Damascus blades, heraldry, mutilated men, samurai kamon, the dragon-born St. Margaret of Antioch, and an early female pharaoh have to do with wildfire, Valyrian steel, house words, and Clarke’s world-famous alter ego.

And yet, despite her fame, Clarke has managed to spend a full half-hour in the museum sponging up our guide’s trivia without being spotted. For years, Clarke’s brown hair let her hide in plain sight, but she recently bleached it an icy Targaryen blond. So, why the invisibility? Maybe it’s her height. “We both have a thing about our stature not quite being what people expect,” says her co-star Kit Harington, who, at five feet eight, has six inches on Clarke. Maybe it’s her outfit—the gray overcoat, cream sweater, and jeans are a far cry from the cloaks and armor of Thrones. Or maybe it’s her bright, decidedly non-intimidating personality. “When I’m goofing around with my pals, I’m unrecognizable,” she says. Harington calls Clarke’s humor “naughty,” and it’s certainly true that her informal, expletive-laced banter is a far cry from Daenerys’s imperious tones. “Sometimes, if I’m in a really bad mood,” Clarke notes, “people are like, ‘Khaleesi!’ ”

An active member of Time’s Up, Clarke negotiated with Weiss and Benioff in 2014 to ensure she maintained parity with her male counterparts. She and four co-stars—Harington, Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister)—reportedly each landed $300,000 per episode, a dazzling figure that skyrocketed to half a million per episode for the final two seasons. “I get f—ing paid the same as my guy friends,” Clarke says. “We made sure of that.”

Before accepting the Solo role, Clarke had to ask Game of Thrones show-runners Weiss and Benioff for permission to complicate their plans for a final season by adding a demanding Star Wars filming schedule to the mix. They didn’t hesitate. “Solo felt like a great fit that would let her show off her versatility,” Weiss and Benioff explained. “Also, we figured she’d probably get to shoot a ray gun. Ray guns are something we just can’t offer, unfortunately.”

Game of Thrones returns in 2019 with new episodes on HBO.

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Photography: Craig McDean / Styling: Jessica Diehl / Hair: Orlando Pita / Makeup: Diane Kendal / Manicure: Casey Herman

The Malaysian Women’s Weekly: June 2018 – Emilia Clarke

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is featured in the June 2018 issue of The Malaysian Women’s Weekly.

From the digital issue:

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen has enraptured fans around the world with her delicate beauty, powerful aura and capacity for mass destruction as “mother as dragons” in Game of Thrones.

The HBO series is rumored to only be released worldwide in 2019. In the meantime, the 31-year-old has been expanding her repertoire. This month, she stars in the new Star Wars prequel alongside Alden Ehrenreich who plays the young Han Solo. “Success forces you to change,” she says. “I want to keep learning and never stop working on myself so that I can be more open and engaged in whatever I do.”

Why do you think Daenerys has had a big impact on audiences?

“She’s a leader, a fighter and survivor. She combines strength of a man with the sensitivity of a woman. Her ultimate goal is to rule over a world where all people are equal.”

What are your goals when Game of Thrones comes to an end?

“I want to continue working in theatre because I love performing in front of an audience. I would also like to do a musical at some point because I enjoy singing. I’m going to simply trust my instincts and see where that takes me.”

Did you always have the feeling that you would be successful?

“I believed that if I worked hard, good things would happen. My parents were worried when I told them around 17 or 18 that I wanted to pursue acting as my profession. But once they knew how determined I was, they were very supportive.”

Game of Thrones returns with new episodes in 2019.

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Photography: The Malaysian Women’s Weekly

Square Mile Magazine: Issue 128 – Raleigh Ritchie/Jacob Anderson

Game of Thrones actor Raleigh Ritchie aka Jacob Anderson is featured in Square Mile Magazine‘s issue 128.

In the issue:

Raleigh Ritchie? Jacob Anderson? Er, Grey Worm? What am I supposed to call him? This is the question I’m confronted with a dozen times before he even arrives on set. It doesn’t matter that he’s instantly recognisable to the hundreds of millions of people who watch him in the most popular show on television. Nor that he collaborated, and is on first name terms with Stormzy, the crowned prince of British music (real name: Michael).

The problem is that Raleigh Ritchie AKA Jacob Anderson AKA Grey Worm from HBO’s Game of Thrones (GOT) seems to have as many personas as he does careers.

He’s best known to GOT’s 30 million viewers as Daenerys Targaryen’s stoic military commander, Grey Worm. But a not-insignificant six million listeners a year on Spotify may know him by a different name: Raleigh Ritchie. The name is, in his own words, ‘disappointingly shallow’ and stems from his love of two characters in Wes Anderson’s film The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).

But as a musician, his album You’re a Man Now, Boy (2016) earned Jacob (as I shall now call him) widespread critical acclaim and resulted in he and Stormzy featuring on each other’s albums. Stormzy raps on ‘Keep it Simple’, while Jacob offers soulful vocals to ‘Don’t Cry For Me’ on the hit grime album Gang Signs & Prayer (2017).

Jacob came to this realisation on a farm in rural Oxfordshire where he retreated to write his second album. “I wrote a song and I’ve said to my manager he has to force me to share it with people. It’s personal stuff. Stuff about my mental health and my family and friendships and things I haven’t really talked about in any detail before. This time round I have and it is a scary experience.”

“I want to be a person who talks about it with a sense of confidence and knowing exactly what I want to say, because I feel like it can be just as irresponsible for me to spontaneously go into stuff that could be damaging for other people.

Fans might think that this is selling his performance short. As Grey Worm, Jacob has added a personality and warmth to a character that, in less accomplished hands, might very easily have been as drab and lifeless as the name suggests.

“I’m just glad that I get to be in something that I really, really like,” he says. “I enjoy going to work, I like the people I go to work with, and that’s the most important thing.”

Game of Thrones returns with new episodes in 2018.

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