David Benioff, co-creator of Thrones, says Rigg "was funny, she was naughty, she was everything we wanted for this character."
One week after Diana Rigg's death, Entertainment Weekly published highlights from the upcoming making-of book “Game of Thrones”, “Fire Can't Kill a Dragon”, in which the cast and crew tell unforgettable stories about the legendary actress. Riggs starred as Olenna Tyrell in "Game of Thrones" from 2013 to 2017, appeared in 18 episodes and received three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
"We had tea with her," says David Benioff, co-creator of "Thrones," of Rigg's casting. "Dames don't audition for you; they audition for them. We loved her, she was funny, she was naughty, she was everything we wanted for this character."
Lady Olenna was one of the fieriest characters to appear on Game of Thrones, and the actress she played was perhaps even more fiery on set. Director Mark Mylod, who directed several episodes of "Thrones" during its run, jokes in the book that he was "scared" of Diana Rigg because she was confident and strong-willed on set.
"My very first scene with her, I asked her to do a very small thing," said Mylod. "How" would it make sense if you shut the door and take a few steps before this moment? "She came back with a counter-argument as to why she wanted to do it differently and then said," Thank you! Go away! “I became a five year old boy. I could feel myself blush and creep back to my monitor without any dignity or authority. "
Another memorable rig moment came while filming a scene in which Olenna breaks off a conversation with Ellaria Sand and the Sand Snakes by joking, "Oh, shut up. Let the adult women speak. "
"She went to the set and said," I'm ready now! “Says Nymeria actress Jessica Henwick.” A cameraman came over and said, “Okay, but we haven't finished setting up.” She cut him off and said, “Roll the cameras!” And she was just starting, to make their lines. She took two pictures and then the guy came over and said, "Great, let's get a close-up now." And she just got up and said, "I'm done!"
Henwick continued, "Now she can't walk fast. She needs help. Basically we just sat and watched Diana Rigg effectively do her own version of storming off the set, but it was 0.1 mph . She drove me crazy. I loved her. "
Fire Can't Kill a Dragon is available for pre-order and will be released on October 6th.