I had no concept that I’ve followers right here,” exclaims a stunned Richard Madden, once we inform him that his character Robb Stark enjoys broad reputation in India. The actor shot to international fame in 2011 for his portrayal of the righteous ‘King of the North’ in Sport of Thrones. “We shot Sport of Thrones principally in Eire, knee-deep in mud. To suppose that a number of folks in India liked it’s mind-blowing,” he beams.
Now, the path-breaking fantasy drama is behind him, and Madden is on to what would possibly nicely be the following path-breaking spy thriller — Amazon Prime Video’s marquee sequence, Citadel. On his maiden journey to India, the actor is equally stunned by the joy that the Russo Brothers’ manufacturing has generated amongst desi audiences. “Now that I’m right here, I’m blown away by how massive this present is. I’ve lived with it for 5 years,” he says.
The motion thriller sees Madden and Priyanka Chopra Jonas as spy company Citadel’s members, whose reminiscences have been erased. For the Scottish actor, the concept of enjoying two excessive personalities was tempting. “It was the character’s duality [that drew me]. Whereas the story is from the lens of my character, Kyle, he’s additionally a spy. It was attention-grabbing to be at two completely different ends of the story. I used to be fascinated by what traits are constructed into you from beginning, and what behavioural traits are [imbibed] out of your life experiences. This was a possibility to discover that.”
The icing on the cake was his co-actor, a bona fide Bollywood star. “Everyone seems to be conscious of Priyanka’s stardom. It’s a must to dwell below a rock to not learn about it,” he gushes, earlier than revealing that they first met at a celebration eight years in the past. “We had been seated beside one another on the dinner, in a room of 400 folks. We immediately hit it off, and had a lot enjoyable that evening. Then we noticed one another once more at completely different events. Once we learnt [Citadel] goes to occur, it was glorious. She is enjoyable, the kindest and loveliest human.”
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His admiration for Chopra solely grew in the course of the shoot, on seeing her involvement as an artiste. “What struck me probably the most about her was how a lot she cares. She needed to mine these characters with [me]. We prod, poke and convey out one of the best in one another. Additionally, she listens [keenly] — you’ll be able to say something, and also you’ll get a response that isn’t rehearsed. We shock one another continuously, and that makes approach for the script to evolve.”