We Know No Scene-Stealer but the One on Bear Island, Whose Name Is Bella Ramsey

Following her introduction in “The Broken Man,” feisty Lady Lyanna Mormont has quickly become a GoT fan-favorite. Bella Ramsey, the 12-year-old actress who portrays the formidable leader of Bear Island, chats for the first time about her role.
HBO

What did you first think of Lyanna when you read the script?

Bella Ramsey

I thought, “This is a character to really get my teeth into.” Lyanna is strong about what she believes, and wants to keep her family and island protected; she wants to be treated like an adult. She's strong, and firm when she needs to be, and wants the best for her house and the North.

HBO

Fans love Lyanna! What do you think about their reaction?

Bella Ramsey

It's crazy really. I didn't expect anything like it. I am very, very happy that people like Lyanna Mormont. We had to keep it quiet that I had a part in GoT so now it's out, my family have had lots of people they know contacting them, really excited they have seen me.

HBO

Had you seen the show before filming your scenes?

Bella Ramsey

When I knew I got the part, I was allowed to watch a few suitable snippets. I was interested to see the bit in Season 5 when Stannis [Baratheon] received Lyanna's letter.

HBO

How do you approach your scenes?

Bella Ramsey

I read through the whole scene first, not necessarily focusing on my lines, but on the scene as a whole. I think it's important to have an understanding for it before I start approaching actually learning my lines.

HBO

Did you realize how important your character was going to be?

Bella Ramsey

It took me a while to realize it. I actually woke up one morning and the first thing I thought was, “Wow, I really am integral to the storyline.”

HBO

What was it like playing such a fierce character? Was that easy for you?

Bella Ramsey

It was good, really good, being fierce. It all kind of comes naturally when I become Lyanna because it's in her nature; it's just who she is. I loved the script for Episode 10 ["The Winds of Winter"] – how she doesn't care that she is the youngest person in the room, and proceeds to shame the three leaders.

HBO

Why do you think Ser Davos changed Lyanna’s mind about helping the Starks?

Bella Ramsey

I think Lyanna realized she was named after a Stark, and her house should be supporting them. Davos spoke to her as a leader of a house, rather than a child, which she was grateful for. He empathized with her, without babying her, which she respected. I think that influenced her decision.

HBO

Did they tell you about the character you are named after?

Bella Ramsey

Not really. I knew that Lyanna was named after her, but that's all I needed to know, I think. Lyanna Mormont is very much her own person.

HBO

What inspires Lyanna to declare Jon Snow her king? Why does she believe in him?

Bella Ramsey

She wants to get the other houses to follow him. She believes that Stark blood runs through his veins … and she believes he is the only one that can make a difference.

HBO

How do you imagine life on Bear Island?

Bella Ramsey

I think it's pretty calm and relaxed, no stress, no rush. I think the food would be good and Lyanna would probably love the waterfall. It would be serene and peaceful. I'd like to live there!

HBO

Which scene was your favorite to shoot?

Bella Ramsey

I loved them all, as it was my first experience of filming. I loved Episode 10, but the room we were filming in was like an overheated sauna, so probably Episode 7 ["The Broken Man"]. Although, I also loved riding Iggy the horse, too.

HBO

What do you think of the costumes?

Bella Ramsey

They're amazing; I would wear Lyanna's costume every day. The bear around her neck just made it. I called him Boris.

THINK FAST

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HBO

What animal would be on your house banner?

Bella Ramsey

A tiger, or an elephant, or a monkey. Actually, a lion! I hate decisions!

HBO

If you could pick an area from Westeros to live in, would it be the North?

Bella Ramsey

Yes, definitely.

HBO

Would you rather have a pet dragon or direwolf?

Bella Ramsey

Dragon, by a mile.

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