‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Lena Headey Does ‘Esquire’ Magazine

"It's funny how tattoos seem to scare people"

The heavily tattooed Lena Headey, one of the stars of HBO‘s Game of Thrones, is featured in the new issue of Esquire magazine and as you can see in her photos below, she is quite proud to show off all of the ink on her bod. Lena talks a bit about her love of tattoos and, naturally, discusses her role as Cersei on Game of Thrones. I wouldn’t say her comments about the show are spoilery but … proceed with caution if you don’t want to know anything about the upcoming third season of the series. Click below to see Lena in Esquire and read some excerpts from her magazine feature.

Game of Thrones star Lena Headey showed off her some of her many tattoos in a sexy new shoot for the April 2013 issue of Esquire magazine. The actress, shot by British fashion photographer Rankin, talks about her ink and her craft in the new issue. “It’s funny how tattoos seem to scare people,” she explains. “There’s something about it that I love. I find it calming. At the end of the day, you’re just decorating skin. “I hate seeing myself covered up.” The Bermuda-born actress also talks about her character on Thrones, the conniving queen regent Cersei Lannister. Like most of the show’s myriad stars she hasn’t read the series of books by George R.R. Martin that the show is based on, and given the show’s no one is safe track record she’s just glad she’s working. “All I know is my character isn’t dead yet,” she says. “And that’s great, but I don’t take anything for granted.” Despite her successes as an actress (GoT, 300, The Sarah Connor Chronicles), the 39-year-old still plans for the worst. “I’m sort of like a t rex in the world of female actresses. Every time a job is finished, I look at my car and think, ‘Could I live in it?’” she says. The third season of “Game of Thrones” begins on March 31, and now that filming is done and the press tours are winding down she considers herself to be unemployed right now (**SPOILER ALERT**: until filming on season 4 begins). Now she plans to go home to Los Angeles to “beg for work.”


I love Lena … or, should I say, I love to hate her. When she played Sarah Connor in The Sarah Connor Chronicles, I loved her so much. In GoT, I hate her guts … but that’s only because she does the character of Cersei such justice. This is a side of Headey that I’ve never seen before … she looks fabulous. I love her tattoos and I’m glad to see her proudly showing them off. This is a great magazine feature, I’d love to see her in other magazine features as well.

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  1. Vicky

    Her tatoos are beautiful but if she has as many nude scenes in the show as her character does in the upcoming books… the producers are going to have a fun time photoshopping them all out.

  2. Bekah

    I think she does an ok job as Cersei. In the books, she is far more petulant and short-sighted than she is in the tv series. To be fair, she doesn’t write the script. However, she absolutely looks the part!

  3. lj==LJ

    If the City of Bones does as well as its predicted, then she should have another 5 book to film adaptions in that series to look forward to! but even if it didn’t, she’s does badass so well she can’t not get work?

  4. Bill O'Bong

    Another beautiful woman despoiled by tattoos. Just horrible!

    • @Bill O’Bong — While you’re free to your personal opinion, you absolutely do not speak for all people. I think she looks beautiful.

    • Danielle

      I think they make her more beautiful. They all display confidence and personality — something A LOT of people in Hollywood (and outside) don’t have.

    • I TOTALLY agree. She is so lovely, and to see about half of her skin covered in that ugly ink that is like nails on a chalkboard for me. I would never, ever get a tattoo…and as always, I think about how even uglier it will look when she gets older. Honestly, I like tattoos on other people (sometimes) but not when they have this much ink. I wish she didn’t have one tattoo!

      Piercings are one thing. You can take them out! But this is different. Ok, I’ll stop whingeing. I do love her as Cersei — I think she’s a great actress.

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