How does Melisandre view her relationship with Stannis?
She's convinced that he's the chosen one. She believes he's going to defeat the "Great Other," so she loves him—but not necessarily in a sexual way. She respects him, but it's not a romantic relationship. I wouldn't say either of them are the romantic kind, per se.
What was it like filming the scene with Gendry and the leeches?
There were a few real leeches. You need some movement in the animals for the close-ups. I wasn't keen on touching them-they're tricky little animals. Joe [Dempsie] was very, very brave to have them crawl on his chest. They move so much that it can be difficult to place them. Some takes I'd put them on Joe and they'd roll off, so it took us a while to shoot the scene.
Was it uncomfortable to be naked for so much of the scene?
I wore a modesty patch and Joe did too. I come from Holland, and there's a lot of nudity in film there. We're very used to it. That doesn't mean that nude scenes are my favorite to do-not at all. But I'm not uncomfortable. I also believe that on set, the more you change into a robe or the more timid you are, the more people will want to see you. At the end of that day, I was basically walking around naked the whole time. That took away the sex and the tension. I pick up on other people's discomfort. I'd rather than have people be bored with my naked body. But again, it's not my favorite thing in the world. I had less trouble with it when I was younger.
How did this scene size up to your birthing scene from Season 2?
That scene had less to do with sex or seduction; it was more of a magic moment. It was a little uncomfortable because it was at night in a real cave in Ireland. It was cold and wet, I was half-naked and didn't know what was coming out of me. They tried to explain it to me but I couldn't really visualize it. I was basically acting to nothing.
What did you think when you watched the episode and saw your "son"?
Like everyone else, I was very impressed by what they did with it. It's something you've never seen. It was really cool that I was a part of that. The whole scene of giving birth was both painful and ecstatic... It was a mixture of almost orgasm and extreme pain, which made it a little different, a little weird, and a little spooky. I quite liked that direction.