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Sport Of Thrones Star Hannah Waddingham Explains Why Filming Horrific Torture Scene Was Amongst ‘Worst Days Of Her Life’

Former Game Of Thrones actress Hannah Waddingham shared her harrowing experience filming a stunt on the hit fantasy show that she thought was one of the worst days of her life.

Hannah played Septa Unella in the fifth season of the fantasy drama and appeared in a scene where her character was tortured.

On the Collider Ladies Night, Hannah claimed that during the shoot she “10 hours on the water ”, suffers both physically and emotionally after the scene.

She stated that initially her character should have been raped, but this was changed to a torture scene “at the very last minute”.

“I think they had so many complaints about the rape of Sansa [Stark, played by Sophie Turner] that they chose not to participate, ”she said.

HBOHannah in character on the set of Game Of Thrones

Hannah then arrived on the set in Belfast and was quickly given a wetsuit.

“They said, ‘Oh, it’s going to be waterboarding instead,” she said. “And I was like,’ But we’re not actually doing waterboarding. ‘ And they said, “No, no, no, we are”.

“There I was strapped to a wooden table with real big straps for 10 hours. And definitely, other than giving birth, it was the worst day of my life.

“[Co-star Lena Headey] It was uncomfortable to pour liquid on my face for so long and I was beside myself. But in those moments you say, “Will you serve the piece and move on?” Or do you go out and go: “I didn’t sign up for that”? “

Jeff Spicer via Getty ImagesHannah Waddingham at the premiere of the second season of Sex Education

When the 10-hour day of shooting was over, Hannah remembered saying “not really” to director Miguel Sapochnik when he asked if she was okay, to which he replied, “The crew just said we were you really really supply water here. “

“I said, ‘Yeah, you don’t have to tell me!'” Added Hannah.

The actor said when she returned to her hotel that evening her voice was hoarse from screaming and she was hurt, adding that the experience gave her “claustrophobia about water”.

“It’s pretty busy being on the water for 10 hours,” she concluded. “And then just a minute and 37 seconds to be used on camera.”

HuffPost UK has contacted HBO for a comment and is waiting for a response.

After appearing in eight episodes of Game Of Thrones, Hannah appeared on the Netflix teen drama Sex Education.

The British star can also be seen alongside Jason Sudeikis in the US comedy Ted Lasso.

View Hannah’s full interview on the Collider Ladies Night here.

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