06/08/2019 15:13 BST

Game Of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie Submitted Herself For An Emmy As A 'Testament' To Her Character

Gwendoline likes to take charge of her own destiny, just like her character, Brienne of Tarth.

Game Of Thrones actor Gwendoline Christie put herself forward for an Emmy nomination because she likes to be in charge of her own destiny ― just like her character, Brienne of Tarth.

She recently told The Los Angeles Times that she submitted herself for the nomination as a “testament” to Brienne, an all-around badass who is one of the few characters to survive to the end of the series.

In July, Gwendoline was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

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Gwendoline at the New York premiere of Game Of Thrones

“I checked that it wasn’t an inappropriate thing to do, and I was told it wasn’t. People submit themselves all the time,” Christie told the paper. “I truly never expected it to manifest in a nomination and I don’t think anybody else did either.

“But I just had to do it for me. And I had to do it as a testament to the character and what I feel she represents.”

Although it is not uncommon for actors to submit themselves for an award, it is rare that they actually receive a nomination.

Gwendoline added that she wanted to be nominated so that female characters like Brienne ― who is not the conventional woman portrayed on screen ― get more recognition.

Gwendoline in character as Brienne of Tarth

“I wanted the possibility of being recognised for everything that character represents, for what she’s meant to me and for the part I feel she’s played, in some small way, in the burgeoning landscape we have in entertainment of seeing women in a different way,” she said. “A more realistic way and a more unconventional way.”

Other Game Of Thrones characters who submitted themselves for Emmys and received nominations include Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, and Carice van Houten (Melisandre), nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. 

Head over to The Los Angeles Times to read Christie’s full interview.