It’s the kind of dilemma any actor would kill for – being forced to choose between appearing in a Marvel project, or Game of Thrones.
Either of these gigs would be enough to satisfy most rising stars, but for Jessica Henwick, who plays Colleen Wing in Iron Fist and Nymeria Sand in Game of Thrones, the best option was ultimately to do both at the same time.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Henwick explained her predicament, and how she managed to do the impossible by filming in Europe and America at the same time:
“My schedule clashed. I was filming Iron Fist for six-to-seven months and they wouldn’t give me the time off. [GoT] was so massive for me in terms of my career and building my profile and as an experience in itself, I wanted to return. [A GoT producer explained], ‘It’s really important that you come back otherwise your character will just disappear.’ So I spoke to Marvel and I managed to get a release. I literally was flying back and forth while I was doing Iron Fist in New York to Belfast, even during Christmas break.”
Henwick is certainly winning some big points for commitment here, and it’s likely that this will pay off. Despite Iron Fist being something of a box office dud, Henwick’s character, Colleen Wing, is solid and enjoyable enough that she might well pop up again in other Defender shows, and will likely have a larger part in the next season of Danny Rand’s show, should one ever actually get made.
Meanwhile, if you can stay alive in Game of Thrones for long enough to earn a solid fan following, you’re going to have work in Hollywood for a long time to come.
This is just one of those fantastic real life stories about how an actor has gone above and beyond to make their dreams come true. Here’s hoping Henwick gets plenty more opportunities as a result of her continent-hopping escapades.