David Benioff and D. B. Weiss (writer of “The Game of Thrones“) recently talked about the series to the Daily Beast and they revealed why they choice Carice as Melisandre in the upcoming season.
You’ve cast Carice van Houten as Melisandre and Skins’ Hannah Murray as Gilly in season two. What do each of these actors bring to their respective roles? What about their auditions stood out to you?
Benioff: In both cases, Dan and I looked at each other after the auditions: She’s the one.
Weiss: [...] As for Carice, she has always been in the forefront of our minds, ever since we saw Black Book five years ago.
Benioff: Melisandre is a tricky role, and very few actresses have all the attributes required. Drop-dead gorgeous? Check. Charismatic and fiercely intelligent? Check. Able to convey a sinister, menacing presence without going over-the-top villainess? Check. In Carice’s hands, Mel is like Lady Macbeth and the three witches rolled into one.
Weiss: When you put it that way … yeah, it is a tricky role to cast. If we hadn’t gotten Carice, we might’ve just had to put Lena [Headey] in a red wig.