TW talk to Game of Thrones actress Kelly Long about the wedding massacre.

Photo courtesy of Jonny Morgan
By Owen Quinn
In a Time Warriors exclusive,we talk to actress and good friend of ours,Kelly Long. Kelly was involved in the controversial and game changing scene in Game of Thrones as the ill fated Lady Frey. In this behind the scenes interview, she tells us about how she got the role and filming those shocking scenes. Hi Kelly, great to talk to you again. How did you come by the role of Lady Frey?  
I had played the role in the first season and was asked to audition for the possibility of Lady Frey returning this Season. I was lucky enough to get the opportunity during the first Season thanks to always being on set as an A.D and a stand-in. David (Benioff) and Dan (Weiss) were kind enough to give me this wonderful opportunity again, and in one of the biggest scenes of the series so far!

Had you read the books where she is referred as Lady Frey? 
Yes, I’ve actually only read as far as the Red Wedding! So the end of ‘A Storm of Swords’. I haven’t had a chance to read any further because of university work so everything now is a surprise for me too!
How did she differ from the books?
She didn’t feature particularly heavily in the books, she was mostly mentioned in passing and is only named as “Joyeuse” in the Appendix where the family trees are given. I had to rely on the script and David Nutter’s direction for a sense of her character and reactions.
It was a electric scene with the mass slaughter. How long does a scene like that take to film?
We spent an entire week shooting the feast scene. We needed that much time with so many elements involved. There were stunts, music, SFX, large crowds and obviously a lot of intense acting! It was helpful as well that we shot the whole thing chronologically – which doesn’t happen that often – which made it much easier to key into the emotional levels at any given time. It was especially important for people like Michelle (Fairley) and Richard (Madden) to do it like this.

As an upcoming actress, were the ‘professionals’ happy to share their experiences with the other actors?
(I don’t really know what you mean by this question)

What’s the hardest part of filming a scene like that?
Definitely the emotion of it. Stunts can be tricky and blood rigs are fiddly, but the hardest thing for an actor, I think, is always keeping the emotion up throughout the day. Sometimes you’ll do the same shot, never mind the same scene, four of fives times before the director sees what he wants. It is a very emotionally draining experience.
David Bradley of course played your husband. What is he like to work with?
He’s the most lovely man. He can change from chatting to you about translation of SegaFredo on your coffee cups to culling an entire family in seconds. It was lovely to work with David again, as I hadn’t seen him since the first season and we spent a lot more time together at that top table this year! He’s a very approachable and warm man and a generous actor to work with.
Is it hard to keep the plot secret? I’m sure people that knew you were doing it were asking what was going to happen. Have you to sign a non disclosure agreement?
It is difficult, especially when you desperately want to say “Yes, I get my throat slit open by Catelyn Stark just before she gets murdered” and can’t! It was a very powerful scene to be a part of and difficult to keep quiet, but that’s part of the beauty of it really. A lot of people who had read the books knew what was coming, but even they didn’t know quite how we were going to go about it. It was a privileged position to be in for sure!
How was the cut throat scene done? Was it added afterwards digitally or a physical effect as in make up? You can’t trust your eyes these days lol
It was done for real! Well, not for real, as I’m sitting here, but it was done using prosthetics. The Prosthetics Department took a life cast of my upper chest, throat and neck a few weeks before the shoot. Then out of that life cast they molded a prosthetic neck which they glued on to my skin beneath the neck of my dress and then right up to underneath my chin. They took a few photos to keep a record of my skin colour and then painted it to match. After they had this absolute work of art applied, they – very bravely – took a knife and cut it along where my throat was to be cut. The slice could stick itself back together if I lowered my head as the prosthetic was made out of a sort of gelatin, sticky material. When I raised my chin it would open. There was what they called a “bladder” for the blood behind the cut they had made and a tube ran to it underneath the prosthetic up my back. When we were shooting this was attached to cylinders of the sugar blood, which they turned on when they wanted the cut to open. The pressure controlled blood helped open the cut too, so it was all a very delicate art form of getting the right pressure and timing. It was a really great thing to see first hand.
What was the best experience you had from Game of Thrones?
I’ve been on the show three years now. I have a lot of great memories. When you spend everyday for four or five months with the same group of people, you get very close to them and while its hard work, you make a lot of strong friendships and have a lot of fun. But getting killed by Michelle was easily my best experience. Though getting dragged down those steps by my hair was pretty fun too!

Has it spurred you on to go after even bigger roles now?
Game of Thrones has really inspired me as an actor. I can’t wait for the next job to roll in the door and get back in front of the camera, or on the stage. I have always had a special passion for acting, and the experience I had on Thrones really confirmed everything that I’ve believed about myself for a long time. Acting is where I want to be, indefinitely.Kelly thank you very much. To check out the wedding massacre scene click on the link below.
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