It is the popular TV program that millions of people have watched because of the complex storylines, warlike characters and the generous share of wild sex.
But for actor Josephine Gillan, who plays the limber, red-haired courtesan, the HBO hit series allowed her to escape her life as a prostitute with X-rated films in the film.
Today, Gillan is in high demand as a serious actress, although she had not had any professional training when she started the show – only a disturbing understanding of the world for which she should be paid.
& # 39; Game Of Thrones saved me from a life in prostitution and made me a much stronger person & # 39 ;, she told the Mail Sunday in a candid interview in 2016.
For actress Josephine Gillan, who plays the limber, red-haired courtesan, the HBO series allowed her to escape her life as a prostitute with in the X-rated films.
& # 39; I worked as a whore and at the same time made X-rated films, named Sophie O & # 39; Brien, when I saw an advertisement on a website for film industry actresses.
& # 39; They were looking for young women with natural breasts and no tattoos who didn't mind being filmed naked. So I immediately sent in a photo.
& # 39; They wrote back that they wanted me and I was very happy because it was a great opportunity to act well. But I had no idea how much it would change my life. & # 39;
Game Of Thrones is based on the books of the American author George R. R. Martin and has become one of the most viewed dramas on TV.
It has won 26 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series in 2015, and attracts an average of 8.6 million viewers for each episode.
Some suffer from the unrestrained approach to the drama: Josephine debuted in series two as a starting prostitute who was shown how to fake an orgasm.
Some suffer from the unrestrained approach to the drama: Josephine debuted in series two as a starting prostitute who was shown how to fake an orgasm
But she does not doubt the difference between the fantasy on the screen and the reality.
Josephine suffered from a childhood corrupted by class A sexual abuse, alcohol, and drugs. She went to 24 different primary schools when her mother fled a violent relationship, and was cared for and then raised at the age of 12.
& # 39; They brought me into a household where I was taken care of by a family friend who gave me cannabis and alcohol when I was 12 and became addicted to cocaine when I was 14. He raped me two years later and then pimped me out to his friends.
& # 39; I was too scared to tell someone because he threatened to bury me in the garden if I did. He said he had done it before and I believed him & she said.
Her childhood experiences made her feel unworthy of a worthy relationship and she broke an engagement and turned to prostitution to earn a living.
By the time she arrived on the Game Of Thrones set, she was understandably nervous, but soon discovered that there were several actresses with similar backgrounds.
They appear as slaves and prostitutes, parading naked, performing sexual acts and participating in orgies.
Josephine is determined to use the success of the series to further her career as she seeks more conventional roles.
By the time she arrived on the Game Of Thrones set, she was understandably nervous, but soon discovered that there were several actresses with a similar background
She has become one of the longest surviving characters in a series that she routinely butchers against the dozen.
Between scenes, slaves and brothel girls mix with men and women.
Josephine says: & I remember that one day some of us girls from brothel scenes had afternoon tea with Charles Dance – who played Lord Tywin Lannister – and he was so flirty. With so many people working so closely together, you can imagine there have been a few things, but I haven't had one yet!
& # 39; I spoke to Kit Harington [Jon Snow in the series] at the hairdresser's hairdresser when he complained that he should have his brown hair dyed black. He was very talkative and all the girls were silent in his presence. I'm not the only one who's happy he wasn't killed. & # 39;
The show has attracted international criticism for its depictions of rape, incest, murder and torture, as well as shady sex. Josephine wants to remind people that it is just a fantasy world. She says: & # 39; Watch the entertainment and enjoy. Or not if you are too prudish. & # 39;
To her, that fantasy world has been the savior of her real world. She credits the show with stopping her life that gets out of hand and says it has allowed her to dream of a better future.
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