Before landing the role of Jaime Lannister on cult show Game of Thrones, actor Nikolaj Coster Waldau had been working regularly for two decades. With the show’s meteoric success following its 2011 premiere, the low-key actor was suddenly catapulted into global stardom. In his 2017 flick ‘Shot Caller’, Waldau had played the role of a family man Jacob Harlon, who was forced to join a prison gang for protection after being sent to jail for a tragic traffic accident. Harlon goes from fun-loving everyman to a ruthless gangster called Money, in order to survive the American prison system.
Despite portraying a large variety of roles, the 47-year-old actor has admitted he cannot watch spooky movies with spirits. This includes Guillermo de Toro’s horror film Mama in which he played identical twins Jeff and Lucas, the father and uncle respectively of two feral girls, Victoria and Lily. According to Waldau, he is terrified of the otherworldly beings.
In an interview to UK’s Metro newspaper, he said:
“I don’t but I’m still afraid of them.. I can’t watch ghost movies. I did a ghost movie a couple of years ago called ‘Mama’ and I still haven’t seen it. So clearly I’m lying when I say I don’t believe in them.”
Despite his fear of the supernatural, he doesn’t let his phobia overpower him in the roles he plays in the movies.
On what makes him a good actor, he said: “I’m not sure. Let me have a think … the actor thing is: you just have to be reasonably good at a lot of things.”
“One of the things I love about my job is that you get to educate yourself and get to be exposed to things you haven’t before.”