'Game of Thrones' star Lena Headey says not flirting during auditions has cost her some roles.

'Game of Thrones' star Lena Headey says not flirting during auditions has cost her some roles.
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In Game of Thrones, it seems Lena Headey's Cersei Lannister will stop at nothing to secure and retain power. But in real life, as a working actress, Headey draws a strong ethical line: she won't flirt with directors to get a role.

'Game of Thrones' star Lena Headey says not flirting during auditions has cost her some roles.

Speaking with British fashion magazine The Edit, Headey said she is glad to be a little older, because it takes the emphasis off looks in casting:

I’m happier now I’m older, playing women who aren’t expected to be beautiful. That pressure has gone for me. [Male] actors can be ‘interesting’, but there’s a real pressure on women to be beautiful and skinny. When I was in my twenties, and doing a lot of audition tapes in the States, a casting director told me: “The men take these tapes home and watch them and say, ‘Who would you f***?’” I’ve never played the game of going in [to auditions] and flirting; I’ve never done it.

When her interviewer asked if that policy has ever kept her from getting a job, Headey said: "Yes, and I’m very happy I didn’t." Besides, it's their loss—right?

'Game of Thrones' star Lena Headey says not flirting during auditions has cost her some roles.

At any rate, one thing's for sure: after Game of Thrones, Headey will probably never have to audition again. Directors will be lining up to offer her parts.

Long live the Queen.

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