Wednesday 24 July 2019

Game Of Thrones king Jack Gleeson ‘is just my baby brother’ says his big sister Rachel

Jack stars as evil boy king Joffrey Baratheon in the hugely popular HBO drama.
Jack stars as evil boy king Joffrey Baratheon in the hugely popular HBO drama.
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

HE might be a high-flying star of Game Of Thrones but Jack Gleeson is really just a baby brother.

At least that’s the view of his sister Rachel who is a rising star in her own right. The actress told the Herald that she doesn’t think of Jack in his character Joffrey. “Of course I don't think about him as Joffrey,” she said.

“Not at all. He'll always be my younger brother Jack. I think it's amazing how well he's done but I don't think about it at all.”

Jack stars as evil boy king Joffrey Baratheon in the hugely popular HBO drama.

It's the gig of a lifetime, but Jack recently expressed his desire to leave the acting world behind. “The lifestyle that comes with being an actor in a successful TV show isn't something I gravitate towards,” he said.

Rachel said: “I think it would be different if he enjoyed the celebrity thing. But I think it's not really for him. He's figuring out where he wants to go next, he's only 21.”

Rachel, Jack and their elder sister Emma all attended drama classes from a young age.

“I think our parents were trying to find a place to put us on Saturdays,” she said. “It was either drama classes or tennis lessons. Thankfully, they went with drama classes.”

Rachel recently starred in Brecht's Threepenny Opera at The Gate Theatre with Love/Hate stars Aaron Heffernan, Aoibhinn McGinnity and Laurence Kinlan. And she's back treading the board with period piece Pride and Prejudice.

“I just finished The Threepenny Opera and am straight into this,” she said. “The two parts couldn't be more different. In Pride and Prejudice I play Mary Bennett, the bookish and prudish Bennett sister.

“In the Threepenny I was playing a low rent prostitute who performed a striptease in the opening scene. So worlds apart.”

The festive production, which runs until January 18, is directed by Alan Stanford and has already broken all box office records at The Gate.

“It's a classic and a perfect Christmas show,” Rachel said. The 24-year-old says she's happiest when on stage. “Theatre is very much my first love so I'm delighted to be in this production,” she said.

(The Herald)

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