And speaking of giving birth to a shadow demon, van Houten described the experience on HBO’s Game of Thrones website, saying, “Like everyone else, I was very impressed by what they did with it. It’s something you’ve never seen. It was really cool that I was a part of that. The whole scene of giving birth was both painful and ecstatic… It was a mixture of almost orgasm and extreme pain, which made it a little different, a little weird, and a little spooky. I quite liked that direction.”
Watch the Melisandre Baby Shower video:
For those who are need a refresher on Melisandre, here’s the description of the character as provided by HBO: “A Red priestess from Asshai, Melisandre worships the Lord of Light. Her visions have told her that Stannis is the true king and as his advisor, she has encouraged him to pursue the throne at all costs.”
In addition to her role in Game of Thrones, Carice van Houten’s credits include Race, The Fifth Estate, Jackie, Repo Men, and Black Death.