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L’Officiel Hommes NL – No. 8 2014
He walks in on flip-flops. we agreed to meet at a terrace in the center of Edam. Tons of tourists check out the old houses. Michiels family has a cottage in the neighborhood. He is staying here for a few day.s He left for the USA 5 years ago, to work. It seems to work out fine. Huisman, born in Amstelveen, was featured next to Brad Pitt in World War Z. More prominent roles are in post-production, with costars as Reese Witherspoon and Harrison Ford. Click here to read
Have you watched Game of Thrones this season and thought, “I wish Daario Naharis was my champion”? Did you then flipped over to Nashville and found yourself cursing music producer Liam for getting Scarlett addicted to uppers? And have you been attracted to them both? Yup, that’s the power of chameleon-like Michiel Huisman, who has brought his dark horse appeal to Westeros, the pop-country music circuit, and now, TV’s most beloved cult favorite, Orphan Black. For the uninitiated, the BBC America sci-fi thriller, which airs Saturdays at 9 pm EST, stars Tatiana Maslany as a collection of clones. In season 2 of the cult favorite, Huisman plays the beleaguered love interest to one of them: rebellious single mom, Sarah. We caught up with Huisman to discuss his roles on Orphan Black and Game of Thrones, as well as his upcoming film The Age of Adaline, which co-stars Blake Lively and Harrison Ford. And for the record he’s just as charming on the phone as he is clad in armor reigning victorious for the Mother of Dragons.
You really are all over TV right now.
Yeah, it’s a little weird almost. I just did a photo shoot for a magazine with a bunch of supporting actors and they’d ask me, “So what show are you on?” and I was almost embarrassed to say, “Well, Game of Thrones, Orphan Black, and Nashville.” They’re like, “How’s that possible?” And I don’t know. Somehow it was possible to be guests on all those shows in the last year. It’s been fun. One of the fun things as an actor is to really spread your wings as wide as possible and do a variety of roles. I’ve been really lucky in that sense I think.
Are these shows ones you were a fan of before?
There’s so many great TV shows out there right so there’s no way I can see all of them. So Orphan Black, when I was asked to do an audition for it, I’d never seen it. So I started watching it and I loved it right away. I was completely blown away by Tatiana’s performance in it and that I’m looking at scenes with two characters that are played by one actress and I’m believing it. After watching the show I was even more eager to be part of it. The same goes for Game of Thrones. I’d seen a lot but after auditioning I watched everything. It’s weird to say I’m a fan of shows I’m working on myself, but I think I am.
Will you be in any scenes on Orphan Black that involve more than one clone?
Not really. There’s one scene towards the end where I get to see a couple more but not really. My storyline involves Sarah.
By Caitlin Brody
You’ve seen Michiel Huisman on Nashville, Orphan Black, Game of Thrones, and in our fashion story with him in our August issue (photos below!). We insisted on getting to know him.
Glamour: Let’s make sure we’re pronouncing your name right, as we say it a lot around here. It’s pronounced “Mik-KEEL,” right?
Michiel Huisman: Yes, it’s a very common Dutch name. Growing up in Holland, I always thought my name was boring, but in the U.S. all of a sudden I have a very cool name.
Glamour: You’ve costarred with some amazing women we at Glamour love: Emilia Clarke, Connie Britton, Tatiana Maslany. And you’re in upcoming movies with Reese Witherspoon and Blake Lively….
MH: I agree—they’re in the position they’re in rightfully. They’ve proven it. They’re all very talented and committed to their careers. They’re rock-solid, and they all have amazing hair.
Glamour: Did you have to up your workout game to play the warrior Daario [Daenerys’ love interest] on Game of Thrones?
MH: I had to bulk up! I worked out five days a week for an hour and a half. There were certain things I’d do before a shirtless scene, but I can’t tell you about them—it’s embarrassing.
Glamour: OK, fine, but I’m just going to say it: Seeing your bare bum on Game of Thrones was all the talk in the office for days….
MH: That was actually one of the first scenes I read, and I thought that it was going to be fun.
Glamour: What did your wife think about it?
MH: She said that I had a great ass. But she already knew that.
Photography by Bjorn Iooss | Styling by Ms Gaelle Paul
Words By Mr Mike Hodgkinson
As things stand, if Mr Michiel Huisman is to be remembered for only one role it would surely be his plum assignment as the lover of the Mother of Dragons. By landing the role of mercenary Daario Naharis on season four of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the Dutch actor has been required to do his lascivious best with Ms Emilia Clarke’s character, Daenerys Targaryen. At one stroke, by acting out such a popular nerd-boy fantasy, he simultaneously announced himself in spectacular fashion and unleashed the green-eyed monster in us all.
On the back of that enviable exposure, Mr Huisman is currently riding a wave of Hollywood momentum. Later this year we’ll see him with Ms Reese Witherspoon in Wild, to be followed early in 2015 by a leading role, as Ms Blake Lively’s love interest, in The Age of Adaline.
ABOVE: MICHIEL HUISMAN AT THE LINE HOTEL IN LOS ANGELES, APRIL 2014.
PHOTOGRAPHY: BRIAN HIGBEE.
STYLING: LIZETTE PENA.
“I guess I was a child actor,” admits 33-year-old Dutch actor Michiel Huisman. Holland, however, is not Hollywood, and Huisman, who grew up in and just outside of Amsterdam, assures us that his early start in the film industry didn’t get him any special treatment. “Acting was one of the things I did alongside going to school: I’d be playing guitar, I’d be playing soccer, and I would be acting in movies,” he explains. “Because Holland is so small, it was never considered a career.”
In grade school, Huisman downplayed his extracurricular activities: “I would keep it to myself a little bit. If kids would ask, ‘Where were you yesterday?’ I would tell them, but if not, I wouldn’t say, ‘I was shooting.'” It wasn’t until later, as a teenager at university, that he decided to pursue acting seriously. “I thought, maybe I’m already doing what I want to be doing,” he recalls.
Chances are that you recognize Huisman from a television series; the question is which one. After moving to the US in 2009, Huisman’s first American role was as a drug-consuming musician on the New Orleans-set jazz drama Treme. This year alone, he’s had significant roles on ABC’s Connie Britton-starring country music show, Nashville, HBO’s fantasy behemoth Game of Thrones, and BBC America’s cult drama Orphan Black “I can’t quite put my finger on it,” Huisman says of his diverse range of fans. “People come up to me: ‘I saw you on this and this.’ I look at them and I’m like, ‘I would have never thought that; I would have thought you were watching this show.’ “On Game of Thrones, Huisman plays Daario Naharis, a merchant soldier (“sellsword”) and leader of the prestigious Second Sons, who pledges his allegiance (and love) to the mother of dragons, Daenerys Targaryen. Daario appeared in several episodes at the end of Season Three played by British actor Ed Skrein. At the beginning of Season Four, however, Skrein was silently replaced by Huisman, and few fans seemed to notice Skrein’s absence.
EMMA BROWN: Where do you live these days?