As we've stated before (opens in new tab), Game of Thrones' Lyanna Mormont is a blessing to us all. She has everyone wondering "Who is that?" as soon as she appears on screen with her not-here-for-any-BS attitude. All the credit goes to the young actress who plays her, 12-year-old Bella Ramsay. Here, eight things we learned about her in a new interview (opens in new tab) with HBO.
1. She never anticipated the fanfare over her character
"It's crazy really. I didn't expect anything like it. I am very, very happy that people like Lyanna Mormont. We had to keep it quiet that I had a part in GoT so now it's out, my family have had lots of people they know contacting them, really excited they have seen me."
2. She hasn't watched the whole (very risqué, violent) series
"When I knew I got the part, I was allowed to watch a few suitable snippets. I was interested to see the bit in Season 5 when Stannis [Baratheon] received Lyanna's letter. "
3. She didn't realize how important Lyanna would be in the series.
"It took me a while to realize it. I actually woke up one morning and the first thing I thought was, 'Wow, I really am integral to the storyline.'"
4. She loves portraying Lyanna's strong personality
"It was good, really good, being fierce. It all kind of comes naturally when I become Lyanna because it's in her nature; it's just who she is. I loved the script for Episode 10 ["The Winds of Winter"]–how she doesn't care that she is the youngest person in the room, and proceeds to shame the three leaders."
5. She's a fan of her wardrobe
"I would wear Lyanna's costume everyday. The bear around her neck just made it. I called him Boris."
6. And riding her horse!
His name was Iggy.
7. She understands her character really deeply
"I thought, 'This is a character to really get my teeth into.' Lyanna is strong about what she believes, and wants to keep her family and island protected; she wants to be treated like an adult. She's strong, and firm when she needs to be, and wants the best for her house and the North."
8. This would be her Westerosi pet:
"Dragon, by a mile."
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Kristina Rodulfo is the Beauty Director of Women's Health—she oversees beauty coverage across print and digital and is an expert in product testing, identifying trends, and exploring the intersections of beauty, wellness, and culture. Prior to Women's Health, the Filipino-American, NYC native and NYU alumna was at ELLE.com for four years. As Senior Beauty Editor, she reported and co-produced the Webby Award-nominated documentary Beat: How Drag Queens Shaped the Beauty Industry and hosted the millions-viewed video series "Beauty Haul." She can never decide whether or not to get bangs, feels naked without winged eyeliner, and will never shut up about running the NYC Marathon.
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