Meet the actress who played Lena Headey’s body double on ‘Game of Thrones’

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Cersei’s body double speaks out about the ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 finale.

“Game of Thrones” actress Lena Headey’s nude body double has opened up about what it was like to film the Queen Regent’s chilling walk of shame in the HBO show’s Season 5 finale. While fans have almost universally praised Headey’s brave performance, many noticed that CGI was used and that it was actually Headey’s head on another nude body. That’s right — the naked woman who made fans wince as she was doused with garbage and poop during the trek from the Great Sept of Baelor to the Red Keep wasn’t actually Headey, but 27-year-old Rebecca Van Cleave, EW reports. In the season five finale, wicked queen Cersei confessed to her incestuous relationship with her cousin Lancel Lannister and as punishment was stripped naked, beaten, had her head shaved and was paraded through the streets as crowds gathered to mock her.

Both actresses shot the scene in Dubrovnik, Croatia in October — Headey wore a beige cover up — and, later, effects wizards superimposed her shorn head onto Van Cleave’s body. “I never in a million years would have thought I would be in Dubrovnik surrounded by hundreds of extras and crew members throwing food at me, but it was amazing.” “The first time I took off the robe there was all this anticipation building up to it. Seven finalists were then flown to Belfast to meet with producers, including Van Cleave, an American who has landed theater and minor roles since she was 5, but had never previously performed a nude scene. “It was actually the most comfortable casting I’ve ever had, considering,” Van Cleave says.

The courage of this girl, who’s never done anything like this in her life, who understood what was important about this… once I had her I felt like I could accomplish anything.” Headey says she chose not to be nude for the six-minute climactic sequence “for several reasons,” among them that she wanted to focus on the emotions in her performance. We were playing tag team — ‘You’re it!’ — and trying to make light of the fact we’re all covered in everything and going through this together.” “I’ve said from day one that I’ve got no problem with nudity.

Lena and I put so much into that scene and to see it all come together was really special.” The actress said of Rebecca: “I was like, ‘Listen guys, she happens to have a beautiful body, but I don’t do casting.’ If somebody is brave enough to do this, I applaud it.” Hannah Waddingham, who played the septa accompanying the queen, revealed Lena has many tattoos that the make-up department would have had to cover up if she had done the walk herself. “I’m sure it’s a nightmare for them!” she told Vulture.com. “But our fantastic body double was just so brave. Headey was all praises about the new actor as well, “It was a long process trying to find somebody who got what it means physically to be there with all that stuff going on, and Rebecca is a great actress.” “It takes a lot to walk through the crowd naked for three days in a row with the crowd braying at you,” she added. And while body doubles are typically nearly invisible to those outside the industry, the U.K. press outed Van Cleave on Thursday, so she won’t be anonymous for long.

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