WATCH: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Joe Dempsie Reacts To ‘Saturday Night Live’ Parody “When I was cast, the character description was, ‘tall, muscular, with thick black hair.’ I was none of those three at that time,” he tells Laura Saltman as he sits down for a chat.
“I kind of thought, ‘I can die my hair and hit the gym, but I can’t do much about the shortness.’ So two out of three ain’t bad.
One of Joe’s earliest acting gigs, though, was playing a patient in British program called “Doctors,” which like “Law & Order” does stateside, offers endless plotlines that need a stream of fresh faces.
But the great thing about it was — it was a rite of passage for young actors,” he says of the show, which was also where Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) got her start.
“It was like [you got your] first job on ‘Doctors.’ I had two jobs on ‘Doctors.’ Separated by a span of three years, Joe says he first played — a young man who, “overdosed on his older brother’s methadone,” and later brought to life “an angsty teen, who discovered he had epilepsy.” These days, on “Game of Thrones,” his first project for American audiences, Joe is once again playing a young person, and while his character, Gendry, is smart enough to know Arya is a girl in disguise, he hasn’t quite made the connection that King Robert was his father.
more than anything.” He may not have physically resembled the part, but it’s easy to see why Joe was given the role of Gendry.
In just a few scenes at the start of the Season 2, his performances – humorous, delightful and full of chemistry with co-star Maisie Williams (who plays Arya) – quickly made him a fan favorite.