I’ve added more older photoshoots that I could only get with tags but at least you get to enjoy some of his younger shots!
June 08, 2015
By Katie M. Lucas/HBO
The actor behind Daario Naharis breaks down the ambush at Daznak, his character’s relationship with Dany, and why she should heed his advice.
HBO: Daario gives Dany lots of advice this season. What empowers him to speak so frankly?
Michiel Huisman: I think he really cares for her and he wants what’s best for her. I’m not necessarily saying that he would be the best possible advisor, but he speaks honestly. He sees there are not a lot of people around her at the moment capable of telling her the truth, so he figures that she needs it.
HBO: Why suggest that she burn all the masters?
Michiel Huisman: Being the warrior that he is, he has this fatalistic sensibility. He’s also trying to bring a sense of reality. Daario sees Daenerys as very talented ruler, but she’s up in her penthouse; Daario’s trying to tell her what’s happening on the street. The only language the people of Meereen speak is that of a strong message from a strong hand. It’s a horrible suggestion, but my god, if only she’d done what he suggested, [“The Dance of Dragons”] would have been such a different episode.
HBO: This season, we learned Daario was an experienced pit fighter. Is that how you pictured his backstory?
Michiel Huisman: I had had conversations about it with [series creators] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] in early stages. So it was not much of a surprise, but I was really happy to share it with the audience. That background informs a lot about who my character is. Every time you get the opportunity to refer to it, that makes the audience understand Daario a little better.
HBO: Daario proposed to Dany. Did he think there was any chance she’d say yes?
Michiel Huisman: No. He knows she’ll never say yes. I think he’s not showing all his cards. He’s playing to see how she responds, and the way she responds is to be expected. I think it shows how smart he is, really, when he says, “If you’re not free to marry me, you’re the only person in this whole city who’s not free.” I love that about him. I love that I get to poke at Dany like that.
HBO: When the ambush takes place at the Great Pit, did Daario ever foresee a rebellion of this size?
Michiel Huisman: I can’t imagine that it crossed Daario’s mind that so many people in the ring and in the stadium could be at risk. He figured the threat would be nothing he wouldn’t be able to handle with a few of his guys.
HBO: Amidst the chaos, does he have a moment to process Hizdahr’s death?
Michiel Huisman: Yes. I haven’t seen the episode yet, but I hope that registers. Daario thinks that Hizdahr’s going to do something to Dany and then he gets stabbed in the back like, 20 times. I hope that moment reads where I’m thinking, “OK… I guess I was wrong about this dude.”
HBO: What was it like shooting the scenes at the Great Pit?
Michiel Huisman: It took two weeks to shoot that sequence of everything falling apart in the ring and Dany leaving on the back of the dragon. The logistics were insane. At some point there was a whole tent of crew that I’d never seen before – they were just the visual effects guys coming over for the dragon. It was an amazing experience to walk on a set like that, in the south of Spain. The scope was unlike anything else.
HBO: Did you perform your own stunts?
Michiel Huisman: Yep. That’s me. I trained for a few days on the choreography. I loved it.
HBO: What’s running through Daario’s head when Dany flies away on Drogon?
Michiel Huisman: He’s flabbergasted. Blown away. It’s almost divine to see her fly away on the dragon. It couldn’t have been better… I’ve been telling her to use those dragons! Finally, she’s listening.
I was able to find some older photoshoots and event photos of Michiel from the Netherlands. Unfortunately they are MQ and tagged but I wanted to share them. Enjoy!
I’ve been trying to find out more information about this movie that Michiel was filming in Prague. Unfortunately there are no movies in production on IMDB by the name “Mountains and Stone” so its possible that the film name is subject to change. But here is the full set of photos of him filming!
Thanks to my lovely Dutch friend Aniek at http://jennifer-aniston.nl, I have been able to add the Elle NL scans.
Okay – I used Google to translate this from Dutch to English so its not completely accurate but my Dutch friend said its close.
MICHIEL HUISMAN: “I JUST PLAY ONE AMERICAN – AND NOBODY SEEMS TO QUESTION THAT ‘
Michiel Huisman – as he himself occasionally suddenly realized – ‘just really to succeed “because in America. In the new ELLE (from today in the shop!) You can read an interview with the Game of Thrones -acteur who shines alongside Blake Lively in June in the movieThe Age of Adaline . But because we had so much to ask Michael, we already start here at ELLE.nl.
By Iris Vandemoortele
You’re starting June 18 in The Age of Adaline with Blake Lively. What kind of movie is it?
“It’s a very beautiful romantic drama. It has a kind of magic, and it looks beautiful. It is also very fashionable or so. Blake looks incredibly beautiful, as you would expect from her. She plays a woman born at the beginning of the twentieth century and in a bizarre manner at any given time is not older than 29. So we see her in all these different periods, in the twenties, thirties, so and the clothing styles and the way it was filmed, are wonderful. “
Another opponent is Harrison Ford [he plays opposite Harrison Ford]. What was it like working with him?
“Harrison Ford plays my father. The moment he came on the set, it was just very exciting. Then you think: how will it be? What will he think of me? I noticed immediately that he has an incredible passion for acting. I thought: if I over thirty years still with so much passion in a set can be, that would be really cool. I can imagine it. I’m sure now. And if you with nice, talented people can keep working – why stop?