“I wasn’t expecting it because all of that had just faded into ridiculousness that that would even happen,” admits Alfie Allen about his surprise first Emmy nomination for his role as Theon Greyjoy on the blockbuster HBO epic “Game of Thrones.” “It wasn’t like I didn’t have any hope, it just wasn’t realistic. For it to happen was just insane,” he says. Watch our exclusive video interview with Allen above.
“Game of Thrones” received 32 Emmy nominations this year, a record breaking haul that includes an incredible 10 nominations spread across the acting categories, including fellow Best Drama Supporting Actor nominees Peter Dinklage (3-time Emmy winner in the category) and two-time nominee Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
Much has been made of Allen’s surprise nomination because the actor submitted himself on the Emmy ballot (as did fellow nominees Gwendoline Christie and Carice van Houten), which ended up being a wise decision. It appears nobody was more surprised with the nomination though than the actor himself, who recalls his shock on the day the nominations were announced.
“I was in a shop and got a text from my agent saying congratulations on the nomination,” he explains. Thinking that this meant the show was up for the big Best Drama Series award, his agent had to clarify that he himself had finally been singled out. “My agent said, no you’ve been individually nominated and I was, well I still am in shock about it,” the actor says. “So I tried to call all of my family members, but couldn’t get through to any of them, so I had a glass of champagne with the lady in the shop to celebrate it,” he smiles.
“I’m not going to lie, when Thrones first started, there was a part of me that was like maybe one day I’ll get an opportunity to be up for an award or something, but it all faded into it definitely wasn’t going to happen,” Allen declares. “It’s nice to have a pat on the back from the academy, from the people who vote on the Emmys. It does feel vindicating.”
Looking forward to his next projects, Allen admits that “Game of Thrones” has made a huge impact on his life. “The accurate thing to say would be how it hasn’t changed my life,” he admits, “because it has in every respect.”
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