‘Game of Thrones’ star Isaac Hempstead-Wright considers future in science
TORONTO — Isaac Hempstead-Wright was only 11 years old when he was thrust into the global spotlight as Bran Stark on Game of Thrones, the epic HBO series based on the fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin.
Today, less than two months shy of his 15th birthday, he says acting may not be the career path he follows.
“I’m not sure if I’d like to continue when I’m older. I don’t know,” he admitted during an appearance on Global’s The Morning Show.
“I’ve had a wonderful time, it’s been a great experience, but I just think I’d quite like to try some new things. I like particle physics, which would be interesting.”
Hempstead-Wright said most of the residents of his hometown in the English countryside are not aware of the show, affording him some normalcy.
When he travels to major cities, the impact of Game of Thrones hits him.
“You see that on the street corners there are posters for it and everyone is really psyched for it,” he said. “It’s really exciting.”
Bran, who lost the use of his legs, navigates the seven kingdoms of Westeros under the care of Hodor, played by Kristian Nairn.
The 38-year-old Irish club DJ said Game of Thrones has given him valuable exposure in the entertainment industry but in his hometown “people sort of follow me around the supermarket filming me doing my grocery shopping.”
Nairn said Game of Thrones has become such a popular series because it’s not a typical fantasy.
“It’s more like a soap opera, a really advanced and sophisticated soap opera, rather than a swords and sorcery thing,” he said.
Season 3 of Game of Thrones is now available on DVD/Blu-ray. Season 4 debuts on HBO Canada in April.
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