Being on a hit show like Game of Thrones means your life is perfect bliss, right? Wrong.
In fact, despite killing it in her role as Queen Cersei Lannister, Lena Headey struggled quite a bit while filming the first season of the HBO drama. During an interview conducted by fellow GoT star Maisie Williams for The Edit, the 43-year-old revealed she was battling postnatal depression (AKA postpartum depression) while filming most of the show’s premiere season.
Talk about a tough situation. The 300 alum explained:
“[Filming was] really horrendous ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ I was postnatally depressed but I didn’t know it. I saw a doctor for the medical check, and I just burst into tears.”
Poor thing. Thankfully, Lena sought help for her issues as she continued:
“She said I was postnatally depressed and I went, ‘Am I? Why is that?’ I saw a great guy and he sorted me out, but I did the first year [on Game of Thrones] in that space, figuring out motherhood and going through a weird time personally. It was tricky.”
We bet. In case you forgot, Headey is a mother to two kids as she has a seven year old, named Wylie, with ex Peter Loughran and a toddler aged daughter, named Teddy, with another man. And despite being a bit of a wild child back in the day, she’s not quite ready to imagine her kiddos in adult situations.
“I know my son is going to enjoy his time sleeping with girls ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ well, I know he is ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ but then I thought of my daughter and had an instinctive reaction: ‘No! No one’s touching you!’ My mum’s like, welcome to the world of children.”
HA! Headey is also protective of her young costars as she praised Miz Williams for handling their rise to fame with such grace — admitting she probably wouldn’t be as mature as the young starlet if she was in the same situation.
Although Lena made her acting debut at 17, the mother-of-two dished:
“[Fame] hasn’t changed my life because I did my madness when I was younger. I’d probably be dead if [fame] had happened to me when I was young. The things it allows you to do, the places it takes you, the people you meet, the parties you go to… It’s bonkers.
I’ll always love you, Maisie, because you’ve just remained. You guys [Game of Thrones’ younger cast members] have all handled it brilliantly. I just think it’s great; you’ve grown up with this, and you’ve remained delightful. There isn’t a k**b amongst you, which is incredible. Not everybody would have come out├óΓé¼┬ªk**bless.”
Awwww. Be sure to catch Game Of Thrones when it returns to HBO on July 16!
[Image via The Edit.]