Sibling Sh-t: GOT Edition
Lainey loves her Girl Sh-it and her Boy Sh-t, and I love Sibling Sh-t. It’s like Girl Sh-t and Boy Sh-t piled with childhood issues and family dynamics. Of course we’ve had our fair share of it lately (thanks, Solange!) but it doesn’t have to be so dramatic to be interesting. I’m fascinated by Kate and Rooney Mara (why won’t they pose together?!). I’ve always wondered if Maggie scolds Jake over his choice of girlfriends.
And when it comes to fictional Sibling Sh-t, no one does it better than Game of Thrones. Yes, there are the Lannisters, but also the Greyjoys. Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy aka Reek) recently gave an interview to Vulture about his role on the show, and he was asked about his sister Lily Allen, who recently said she was offered the role of Theon’s sister but turned it down because of the incest (Source).
Of course the internet lit up because GAME OF THRONES. The fans are rabid and vocal and any news having to do with the show or cast is widely covered (case in point: this glorious photo of Peter Dinklage’s high school mullet).
But when speaking with Vulture, Alfie shoots down the idea of Lily on the show – and he does it pretty decisively:
“I heard about this, yeah. The only thing I'm going to say on that is that it's not true. And also that Gemma Whalen was always their first choice for the part. And she's fantastic. And that's the only thing I'm going to say about that.” (Source)
Now, maybe it’s just me, but I read this as, “Bitch wishes she was on the show.”
He could have laughed it off, or said that he’s left out of the loop on the casting decisions. But no, he basically calls her out for fibbing. He clearly wants to be respectful to the actress who plays his sister, but there's some shade for his real sister, too. Lily has been famous for about 10 years now, so is it weird for her to see her brother on this massively successful show? Considering she once wrote a song about him being a lazy stoner (she even called it, “Alfie”), and now she's fairly irrelevant and he's part of a pop culture obsession, it has something to do with the sibling dynamic. Alfie’s answer isn't funny, or flip, or the least bit warm towards her, like "Oh that Lily, here she goes again." He calls her a liar without actually calling her a liar.
And I get where he’s coming from. For an actor, this is probably one of the best jobs, if not the best job, on television right now. I wouldn’t want my brother or sister f-cking with my flow either. (On the flip side, if my brother was on GOT I would be stealing his scripts and forcing him to let me visit him on set.) Actors and musicians are conditioned to be competitive and protective of jobs, because there is always someone behind them who wants a piece of what they have. But what if the person who wants a bit of your shine is your brother or sister? (See: the Jacksons, the Lohans, the Cyruses.)
Attached – Lily and husband Sam Cooper leaving the Chiltern Firehouse last night.