Q & Andy: Alfie Allen

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Photography David Burton

Published November 2, 2015

In the very first episode of Game of Thrones, HBO’s cinematic fantasy drama, we meet the extended Stark family: husband and wife Eddard and Catelyn; their children Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon; Eddard’s son Jon Snow; and Eddard’s ward Theon Greyjoy. When it comes to Game of Thrones, however, it’s best not to get too attached to anyone one character. By the end of Season Five, the Stark family has been decimated, with half the original members deceased and the other half desperate, dispersed, and, in the case of Theon Greyjoy, partially dismembered.

Of the remaining Stark children, Theon, played by British actor Alfie Allen, should be the least sympathetic, but he isn’t. In spite of everything Theon has done to his adoptive siblings, a level of hope lingers within the audience. Maybe Theon will recover himself and do the right thing.

The son of actor Keith Allen and producer Alison Owen, and younger brother of singer Lily Allen, Alfie Allen has been acting since the mid-2000s. While Game of Thrones is certainly his breakthrough role, he has plenty of other projects in the works. Next year, Allen will appear in the mini-series Close to the Enemy with Angela Bassett and the film Pandemic with Mekhi Phiefer. Last week, Allen received the Rising Star Award at the Savannah Film Festival presented by SCAD.

ANDY WARHOL: What did you eat for breakfast? 

ALFIE ALLEN: Omelet and French toast.

WARHOL: What was your first job?

ALLEN: Kitchen porter.

WARHOL: How were you discovered?

ALLEN: Yet to find out.

WARHOL: Who was the nicest person you worked for?

ALLEN: My mum.

WARHOL: What are you working on now?

ALLEN: Just finished a one-night charity benefit performance of The Children’s Monologues at the Royal Court and working on GoT.

WARHOL: Did you ever have any nutty fans who scared you?

ALLEN: No fans that have scared me. As long as people are not rude, they can be as scary as they want.

WARHOL: What’s the craziest thing a fan has sent you?

ALLEN: I’ve had a few self-portraits!

WARHOL: What are you beauty secrets?

ALLEN: Moisturize.

WARHOL: What’s your favorite movie? 

ALLEN: La haine (1995) or The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005).

WARHOL: When do you get nervous?

ALLEN: When Arsenal play.

WARHOL: Who would be your dream date?

ALLEN: Nice meal and then a dance. And good banter!

WARHOL: What kind of clothes do you like now?

ALLEN: Well, I prefer a winter wardrobe to a summer one.

WARHOL: Do you dream?

ALLEN: YES!!!

WARHOL: Do you feel frustrated with the way things are now between men and women?

ALLEN: Sometimes.

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