"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.”