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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: GoT hasn't changed me

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau hasn't let the success of Game of Thrones affect his lifestyle.

The Danish actor has become a household name thanks to his portrayal of Jaime Lannister in hit TV show Game of Thrones, which is currently in its fifth series.

Despite it helping his career soar, Nikolaj is adamant about continuing as normal rather than making drastic changes to his lifestyle.

"It didn't, I'm still in Denmark with my family," he explained to British magazine ShortList when asked how the programme has changed his life. "If you decide that the quality of your life is equal to the success - or failure - of whatever project you're doing, you're bound to live a life of misery and heartache, with the occasional 'up' when you are lucky enough to be in a good show. It's a job - it's a great job - and it's given me opportunities. But that's it."

Asked if he ever stays in the character of Jaime once he steps off the set, Nikolaj reasoned that he doesn't think it's possible to remain in another person's mindset all the time. And after reading about fellow thespians Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field calling each other Mr and Mrs President even when they weren't filming Lincoln, Nikolaj admits he was baffled.

"But if you’re that deep in your method acting, how can you understand what a mobile phone is?" he mused.

His fame doesn't come without odd experiences though. The star also opened up about some of the most bizarre things to happen to him.

"Twice I’ve had guys come up to me in the shower at the gym while I was naked. The first one snuck up on me and screamed, 'What are you doing here?!' I was like, 'Er...' and then he said, 'Can I have a picture?' The second time was more low-key. 'Hey, um, are you the guy from Game of Thrones?' Yeah... 'Can I have a picture?' Then he turned away and said, 'Yeah we’ll do it after.'"

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