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Lena Headey shares awkward breastfeeding encounter with Game of Thrones fan

Published 21/04/2016

Lena Headey
Lena Headey

Lena Headey still thinks the superfan is "lovely" despite the strange run-in.

New mum Lena Headey had her nipple pinched by a Game of Thrones fan who subconsciously channeled Cersei Lannister while nursing her baby girl.

The 42-year-old star portrays evil queen Cersei in the hit HBO network series and she was confronted with one of the most famous scenes involving this character to date in the most bizarre of circumstances.

Recounting the strange scenario during an appearance on America's The Late Late Show, Lena told host James Corden the event happened while in hospital soon after she gave birth to her second child, a daughter, in July 2015.

“In the early stages of breastfeeding, you have to kind of get the milk in, that takes a bit of ‘hand milking’ of sorts,” she explained. “So my fella was trying to do it and the nurse said to me, ‘I think we should swap,’ and I went, ‘Yeah,’ ’cause I was about to punch him ’cause it was like milking a goat.”

The nurse in question had already confessed to being a “really big fan” of Game of Thrones before volunteering to help Lena suckle, and the environment quickly transformed into a fan-girl frenzy after the medical professional began assisting the actress with lactation.

During Lena's breastfeeding session, the actress became fully aware the nurse was clearly channeling one of the most poignant and memorable moments in the entire series, in which she Cersei has a walk of shame through fictional capital city King's Landing.

“She came around and sat next to me and squeezed my nipple and went, ‘Shame,’" Lena recalled, but noted the nurse was "lovely". “She was holding my nipple so I couldn’t really (stop her) - and then she said it again and then I saw her go, ‘I’m sorry!’ She was like, ‘I can’t believe I said that!’”

Game of Thrones season six debuts in the U.S. this Sunday (24Apr16).

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