"Game of Thrones" Cast Transformations

"Game of Thrones" star Lena Headey believes she lost out on roles in her career because she "never played the game" of flirting during auditions.

"There’s a real pressure on women to be beautiful and skinny. When I was in my twenties and doing a lot of audition tapes in the States, a casting director told me, 'The men take these tapes home and watch them and say, 'Who would you f-ck?'" she told Net-a-Porter’s magazine The Edit. "I’ve never played the game of going in [to auditions] and flirting; I’ve never done it and I’m very happy I didn’t."

When the interviewer asked for clarification if she thought not flirting ever cost her a job, she confirmed, "Yes, and I’m very happy I didn’t."

Now in her 40s, the actress who plays Cersei on the hit HBO fantasy series returning next week said she feels like a weight has been lifted off of her shoulders now that she's older.

“[I’m] playing women who aren’t expected to be beautiful. That pressure has gone for me,” she said. “[Male] actors can be ‘interesting,’ but there’s a real pressure on women to be beautiful and skinny.”

Headey didn’t stop there. The actress also touched on the lack of respect she got because she was a woman.

“I was talking about this with another actress, and I said, ‘Do you find that you have to say the same things seven times, whereas a man says it once and everyone listens?’”

“Male counterparts can say the same thing [I just did] and everyone’s like, ‘Oh, that’s a great idea’ and I’m like, ‘I just said that 19 times, but you chose not to listen or take it on board.’”

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