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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Game of Thrones star Jack Gleeson doles out advice to his actress sister

Laura Butler

Published 03/12/2013|10:55

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Actress Rachel Gleeson pictured at The Gate Theatre ahead of her production of Pride of Predjudice
Actress Rachel Gleeson pictured at The Gate Theatre ahead of her production of Pride of Predjudice

The sister of Game of Thrones star Jack Gleeson says she turns to her brother for acting advice while rehearsing for roles.

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Rachel Gleeson is starring as Mary Bennett in ‘Pride & Prejudice’ tonight at The Gate Theatre in Dublin, to help Michael Colgan celebrate 30 years as artistic director of the theatre.

Her younger brother Jack, 21, rose to fame as evil King Joffrey Baratheon on HBO’s award-winning series ‘Game of Thrones’.

She described having her brother around when she’s auditioning for screen as a blessing.

“I do ask his advice and we sit down to discuss it, because the way of working for screen is so different.”

“We have four weeks of rehearsals before a show, they don’t. Jack is different too as he is very instant and sees himself very much as a pawn of the director.”

“Maybe that’s because he fell into this at 17 and doesn’t know if it’s necessarily something he really wants.”

Jack recently expressed his hopes to return to anonymity when the drama comes to an end.

 “You can’t even comprehend success like Jack’s and fame is not a dream for him or what he wants, it’s just something he goes off to do during the summer.”

“He’s still figuring it all out, but I know I’m in it for the long haul,” she said.

And now the Trinity College graduate will begin a six-week run at one of Dublin’s main theatres.

Gleeson made her debut at The Gate theatre at age 11 in ‘A Christmas Carol’.

She has worked in the industry since she was “knee high to a grass hopper”. While she has only been acting full time for three years, the 24-year-old has already made a name for herself among some of the country’s leading casting agents.

“I’m still a newcomer, but I do find it’s been so helpful to be out working in this area and on stage from such a young age,” she said.

“I got to gradually build up a network and luckily it all just ‘happened’ for me in theatre rather easily compared to what most people have to go through. I get seen for most things I go for and I can get on the casting agent’s ‘list’, whereas I have some college friends who simply can’t get a job.”

Gleeson has also enjoyed a minor role in Lenny Abrahamson’s film ‘What Richard Did’.

And along with Jack, she harbours no desire to try her luck in Hollywood.

“LA is not a pipe dream of mine, it’s far too image based and would not be my scene at all. London would be more my thing, but I’m extremely content in Dublin at the moment, there’s a buzz in Irish theatre circles and I don’t want to leave that.”

‘Pride and Prejudice’ will run at the Gate Theatre until January 18.

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