Game Of Thrones' Rose Leslie: Ygritte Is 'Bewildered' By Jon Snow (Q&A Part 2)
Rose Leslie as Ygritte, Kit Harington as Jon Snow in 'Game of Thrones' Season 2 -- Helen Sloan/HBO
Last Sunday Rose Leslie caused a stir as she made her debut as Ygritte on "Game of Thrones."
The excitement over seeing the fiery redheaded character for the first time sent a fever across the web, in particular, lighting up Twitter, where she became a trending topic, as fans shared their delighted impressions of the lovely actress' early portrayal of the wildling.
Remembered by American audiences for her work as Gwen, the plucky Downton Abbey maid, who followed her dream of becoming a typist in Season 1, Rose made an entirely different type of impression in her "GOT" premiere.
Literally, she hit the ice running, fleeing the young, handsome member of the Night's Watch who couldn't bring himself to silence for good, her intense, clear blue-eyed stare, her honeyed husky voice or the unique spirit she exhibited immediately.
Of course, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) eventually recaptured Ygritte, and rather than finally bringing himself to kill her, he tied her up and grew increasingly uncomfortable as she snuggled in a little too close for comfort as they braved the icy night air.
In the second part of AccessHollywood.com's interview with Rose (Click HERE to read last week's Part 1), Rose shares the motivation behind Ygritte's premiere episode bum wiggle, and offers hints at what lies ahead beyond The Wall in the rest of Season 2.
Access: In her first episode, Ygritte sort of... shoves her bum into Jon Snow.
Rose: Yeah (laughs).
Access: Do you think when that scene happens that she is just trying to use her sexuality to survive or is she kind of intrigued by this guy who couldn't bring himself to take her life?
Rose: I think she's totally bewildered by Jon. She hasn't ever come across somebody like him before in her whole life. All the boys, all the men that she's ever known have always tried to come on to her or tried to steal her, 'cause she's incredibly like, sexual as well. And she just cannot figure him out. He doesn't try to take advantage of her in the situation where he's the one with the sword and she's tied up. I think it amuses her as well. I think it's a difficult balance. She's totally bewildered that this is the situation that she's not trying to fight him off and also it scares him. It's very entertaining, I thought, for her to see that this guy got so freaked out when you would kind of wiggle your bum, when we were both kind of snuggled down on the ground. And yeah, it's that whole kind of teasing element, which I love, which was very, very fun.
Access: He didn't kill her. So will the playfulness continue?
Rose: I hope so... And it hopefully becomes kind of like a mutual respect thing. I'm actually not allowed to say too much about the tempestuous relationship that Jon Snow and Ygritte have, but I hope that that playfulness stays there, purely because it's such a strong element to her personality that it would be weird if it kind of left in the series.