GOT’s Hordor and Podrick Payne at NYCC 2014

“This literally came out of the blue,” says Kristian Nairn, the Northern Irish actor who plays the lovable giant, Hordor, in HBO’s “Game of Thrones” franchise. “I was in some musicals and stuff, but this literally changed my life,” he said at the 2014 New York Comic Con.

Nairn and Daniel Portman (who plays Podrick Payne) were two of the guests featured in Comic Con’s “Game of Thrones” fan forum Thursday afternoon, hosted by Wikia’s Eric Moro, GOT Wikia founder Adam Werthead and Marvel Wikia founder Jamie.

Nairn revealed that he’s never read the books; Portman was a huge fanboy before he was casted for his role.

“When I was first cast, I felt pressure from the fans,” says Nairn about reading the books.

The cast compared the books with the show, including age discrepancies between the different mediums.

“You can’t have an eight or nine year old killing people,” says Portman, “just like you can’t have a 10 year old in a brothel.”

Portman blushed when a fan asked him to comment on the brothel scene. Also when a fan asked him what it’s like to play opposite Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth. She’s 6″3′ while he’s 5″11′.

So what did they learned from their experiences?

“Carrying children,” says Nairn. That and asking permission for things.

Portman says it takes a lot of practice on horses to look bad at horse riding.



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