It’s for reasons like this that I love Interview Magazine. Michiel Huisman, who has shot to notoriety thanks to his role as Daario Naharis on Game of Thrones, is featured in the magazine, and he discusses his experience on Thrones, as well as his role in the upcoming Blake Lively-starring film, The Age of Adaline. Let me just say that whether or not this movie does well, or is even well-executed, I am dying to see it! It’s very Benjamin Button/Dorian Gray and I need it in my life! Moving on…
In the interview, Michiel talked about what drew him to The Age of Adaline:
When I read the script, I was a little bit swept away, captivated by the sense of this young woman traveling through time. Right away, I could kind of see how beautiful that would be: to see this person through all these different decades. On top of that, one of the things that I was looking forward to was that he is this perfect single guy, right? He’s in San Francisco. He’s made a fortune. He’s now just a philanthropist. He’s a little bit too good to be true. So I thought it would be fun to try to undercut that.
He’s very persistent and seductive. What would you say is the key to on-screen seduction?
HUISMAN: [laughs] Um, I wouldn’t know. I guess look at the girl and breathe. It’s made very easy by such an amazing actress as Blake. So maybe that’s the secret to on-screen seduction: Blake Lively, in this case.
I like that he felt such great chemistry with Blake. I know that very many people get on her case about her being as interesting as a bowl of tepid porridge, no milk or sugar added (I’m paraphrasing), but I actually quite like Blake Lively. She seems… well, maybe not down-to-earth (see: Preserve) but nice enough and endearing.
Michiel goes on to describe that scene (warning: NSFW) in Game of Thrones, which the magazine labelled “the male version of #BreaktheInternet. On a serious note, though, people, can we please stop using this moronic phrase? It was nothing but a stupid (albeit successful) attempt to gain lots of views of Kim Kardashian’s naked behind, which would have garnered all those views anyway because, well, it was Kim Kardashian’s naked behind! One cannot break the internet any more than one can break a droplet of liquid water. The mere fact that you’re here reading this means that the internet is, in fact, still unbroken. Okay, mini rant over.
The internet kind of blew up. Twitter freaked out a bit. Very good reviews. Were you surprised by the reaction to it?
HUISMAN: [laughs] I did not anticipate that. I was happy about it. The funny thing is, whenever I’m working on something, I kind of forget there’s a lot of people watching. It makes it easier to be in the moment and to tell a story as well as possible. So when it did air, I wasn’t really prepared for such a strong response. But I’m happy people responded well. It would have been awful if it would have been the other way.
#BreaktheInternet usage aside, I can attest to the fact that people have been obsessed with that scene since it came out. I wrote a post about it shortly after it aired, and it has gotten thousands and thousands of views. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that, at any given day that you’re reading this post right here, if you look to the left of the screen, you’ll most likely see it as one of the top posts of the day.
The full interview is well worth the read, and Michiel comes off as just lovely in it. I, for one, would not mind seeing more of him… well, even more than we already have (NSFW).