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.
“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.
“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.