Game Of Thrones Q&A: Thomas Brodie-Sangster Talks Jojen Reed
Thomas Brodie Sangster as Jojen Reed in 'Game of Thrones' Season 3 -- Helen Sloan/HBO
It took a season longer than most fans expected for the Reed siblings -- Jojen and Meera -- to enter the "Game of Thrones" world, but now that they have, they've given a mysterious twist to Bran Stark's journey.
It's British actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster who plays the wise Jojen Reed, a character not physically domineering, but a master of the mind, who has been serving as a guide and teacher as the young Bran steps into the minds of animals and has visions of his family.
Although the 22-year-old actor -- an alum of 2003's "Love Actually" and 2009's John Lennon early years biopic, "Nowhere Boy" (he played Paul) -- hadn't seen the series when he first came on board the project, Thomas was well aware of it.
After powering through the first two seasons, Thomas was more than impressed. "'This is fantastic!'" he told AccessHollywood.com of his early thoughts of the show. "It's such a pleasure to be part of something that's such good quality and [has a] really good story as well. And I like my character. I think he's an interesting character. I think the Reeds are both really interesting."
In a new interview with Access , the actor opened up about joining the franchise, hinted at what's ahead for The Reeds and Bran, and revealed a unique encounter he had with a fan, who managed to recognize him after only seeing his eyes!
AccessHollywood.com: Jojen Reed's power comes from his mind, not his physicality. That has to be interesting for you as an actor.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster Yeah, it is. When I first found out I was a little bit disappointed that I don't get to do any sword fighting or bows and arrows or anything like that (laughs), but in some ways it's kind of cool, that [although] I'm [the] male character, my sister carries all the weapons and does all that side of things. In a show that's full of a lot of blood, a lot of violence, a lot of sword wielding and a lot of death, my character is actually equally as strong, but much more spiritual and in control through his mind. It's a much more interesting path.
Access: So far, Jojen revealed that he and Meera came 'a long way' to find Bran. Osha had been leading Bran and Rickon Stark North, hoping to go beyond The Wall. What's coming up? Are fans going to find out more about why The Reeds came to find Bran?
Thomas: Yes, the series continues and the story advances and you learn slowly more and more about these two strange characters that have come into the world of Bran, and how they affect him and how they teach him and help him grow and understand his abilities. And yeah, you get an idea of why the idea is to go North and head up that way.
Access: Isaac, who plays Bran, he's a young actor. You too were young when you started acting. Did you feel a little bit like - not like an older a brother, but...
Thomas: I know what you mean. He's a lovely guy, really, really sweet... and so is his mother who's there chaperoning him, and it did -- it reminded me of me because he has this very mature and professional attitude when he's on set, which I always tried to have when I was younger. I never wanted to be the annoying kid on set. I always wanted to be treated like an adult and to do that, you have to behave like an adult and he does when he's on set. It's really nice to see and he is talented, so I don't know whether I felt like a brother to him, but I certainly felt close to [him], especially because our characters have to interact quite a bit. It was really lovely to work with him and watch this very young person slowly growing up and it did, for a moment, [remind] a bit of me. It's kind of strange.