Several Game of Thrones actors have shared their experiences working with Olenna Tyrell’s Diana Rigg.
Natalie Dormer, who played Margaery Tyrell, said “When you have someone who has that many accolades, you just shut up and watch. She had a very dry sense of humor and was aware of the parody of herself. Sometimes I think she was mischievous to see what she could get away with."
Jessica Henwick, who played Nymeria Sand, talked about Olenna’s scene with the Sand Snakes. “She walked onto the set, and she went, 'I’m ready now!' A cameraman came over and went, 'Well, okay, but we haven’t finished setting up.' She interrupted him and said,'Roll the cameras!' And she just started doing her lines. She did two takes, and then the guy came over and was like, 'Great, now we’re going to do a close-up.' And she just stood up and she went, 'I’m done!' Now, she can’t walk fast. She has to be helped. So basically we just sat there and watched as Diana Rigg effectively did her own version of storming off the set, but it was at 0.1 miles per hour. She cracked me up. I loved her."
Emilia Clarke, who played Daenerys Targaryen, was excited to work with Rigg. "I only had one scene with her and was very blessed to have had that. Like with Peter [Dinklage], it was watching an acting master class. I kept thinking: ‘Okay, not my line yet, I’m not just watching you — really! I’m acting with you...’”