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October 01, 2021

Hannah Waddingham Reveals She Took 'Game of Thrones' Prop Home after Shooting

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Emmy winner Hannah Waddingham revealed to Kelly Clarkson that she got a special keepsake after filming wrapped for her character on "Game of Thrones."

"Ted Lasso" actress Hannah Waddingham admitted during an episode of "The Kelly Clarkson Show" that production gave her her character's iconic prop from the HBO hit series "Game Of Thrones."

Waddingham played the viciously devoted nun, Septa Unella, on the show. Fans will not forget the scene when the character paraded a naked Cersei (Lena Headey) through King's landing while ringing her shame bell. 

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The character's shame bell was precisely the item Waddingham was awarded after the show's wrap. The story was brought up as the "American Idol" alum gushed over her love for Waddingham and her character. 

Before diving into the interview, Clarkson exclaimed that she loved Waddingham in "Game Of Thrones" then asked whether it was true that she took the bell home:

"First of all, I heard that you kept the bell, from "Shame, Shame." That's kinda messed up!" 

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In response, Waddingham shared her thoughts on the interesting gift. The British actress explained that when an actor is given their iconic item, or as she said, "the hero thing," you know that the character is dead.  

She said it was the production's way of thanking actors for their hard work and saying goodbye to them. This is not the first time Waddingham has been vocal about her experiences on the HBO show. 

Fortunately for Waddingham, her career has taken on a more light-hearted and comedic pathway.

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Earlier this year in May, Waddingham appeared on "Collider Ladies Night: After Hours" and described what it was like when Unella faced the wrath of Cersei as the former queen treated her to the torture of waterboarding. 

Waddingham revealed she was only informed of the change to her character's demise shortly before filming. She explained she thought it was a mistake as the production asked her to bring in a wetsuit and:

"...when I got there, I was then put in the wetsuit top and I was like, 'Because?' and they went, 'Oh, it's waterboarding instead.'"

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Waddingham shared that she had to be strapped to a table for 10 hours and endure being waterboarded while the production crew recorded what they needed for the scene. 

Although the actress was aware she would not pass away or be hurt during the scene, the brutal acting experience left her with claustrophobia and a fear of water.

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Fortunately for Waddingham, her career has taken on a more light-hearted and comedic pathway with her most recent role in the Emmy-nominated and Emmy-winning show, "Ted Lasso."

Her role as Rebecca in the show won her an Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy at the awards ceremony this year. Her co-star Juno Temple was also nominated. 

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