Hannah Waddingham, who plays Rebecca in the hit series Ted Lasso, has admitted that she spent one of the worst days of her life on the set of Game of Thrones, where she was "waterboarded" for ten hours during a torture scene.
In the show, Hannah played Septa Unella, one of Cersei's main torturers when she is imprisoned. Cersei eventually has her revenge by pouring wine onto her face before leaving her to be tortured by the Mountain - and Hannah opened up about the difficult realities of the shocking scene.
WATCH: Hannah opened up about the horrific Game of Thrones scene
Chatting to Collider, she explained: "I was strapped to a wooden table with proper big straps for ten hours. And definitely, other than childbirth, it was the worst day of my life. Because Lena was uncomfortable pouring liquid in my face for that long, and I was beside myself. But in those moments you have to think, do you serve the piece and get on with it or do you chicken out and go, 'No, this isn’t what I signed up for, blah, blah, blah?'"
Hannah plays Rebecca in the hit show Ted Lasso
She added: "The funny thing was, after we’d finished shooting it for the whole day, and people like Miguel Sapochnik, the director by the way, walking past with a cup of tea and a sandwich on-the-go and going, ‘Hi hunny, you alright?’ And I was like, ‘Not really.’ ‘The crew have just been saying we are actually really waterboarding you here.’ And I was like, ‘Yup, you don’t need to tell me that!'"
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The star admitted that the traumatic filming had an impact on her, saying: "I hadn’t even realised that it definitely gave me claustrophobia around water. Definitely. I hadn’t realised until I watched a program where the camera’s down on the actor’s face and they’re being dipped into the water, but you see them face-up to the camera, and I got in a terrible panic about it. And I actually went and had a bit of a chat to somebody about it."
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