Last year Game of Thrones actor Indira Varma joined as a member whilst she was filming for a new series. We caught up with the Queen of Dorne to see what she had been up to.
What brings you to Manchester and how have you found it?
I’m filming a new series for ITV, for Red Productions called Paranoid and it’s an 8 part new cop show. It’s annoying because I can’t talk about the theme of it, which is what excites me the most about this show. It concerns something that is prevalent in our society at the moment, that has become a massive problem, and I think it needs to be discussed and explored. That’s the big theme. The show takes place in Cheshire, it has three cops and I’m one of them, along with Robert Glenister and Dino Fetscher.
There’s a murder…. And we’re trying to get to the bottom of it and it becomes obvious that it is not just some local person with mental health issues, it seems to have spread and it seems to have become a global issue, much bigger than we thought, like a conspiracy thriller. It has a brilliant cast, including Lesley Sharp. Michael Maloney. So that’s been the last 6 months.
I absolutely love it [Manchester] and I’m going to really miss it. I’ve worked here before and my fella has worked at the Exchange a few times, but I’ve never really got to know it. I’m staying in the Northern Quarter and it is just so cool.
The next section is to do with Game of Thrones, if there’s anything you can’t answer, just say. Have you read the script for next season?
Yes! And it promises to be a cracker!
Sometimes I feel I really need a massage, but that therapist was not available so I’ll have someone else and I’ll be like they’re my new favourite therapist! Everyone is different but skilled at what they do. There hasn’t been one dud. Genuinely so.Indira Varma on her treatments at Bali Health Lounge
What is the filming like for Game of Thrones compared to other work you have done?
Game of Thrones is like a beast, it’s massive. There is more than one filming unit. Some of it takes place in Belfast; some of it takes place abroad in Europe. My character has been in filmed in Croatia, and Spain, so that’s amazing. They have money to make things look astounding. They are award winning costume designers and award winning creators; it’s a real privilege to be part of a monster like that. And a really lovely team, they’re all really good people who are passionate about what they do.
What is Peter Dinklage like in person?
He’s the most charismatic, lovely human being, really phenomenally talented, charming, funny, really intelligent, and generous. We play ‘Words with Friends’ on our phones together, which is fun.
Do you know if your character dies in the end?
I’m not allowed to talk about that!
Is your work often very intensive?
Really intensive and the reason I know about Bali Health Lounge, is because I bumped into another actor, Anne-Marie Duff. I bumped into her on the train on the way up, and I asked her for any top tips for places to go in Manchester? And she said go to Bali Health Lounge, because they do really good massages. And she knows what it is like filming.
At the beginning we did lots of night shoots, which were really cold, and wet. Your body when it gets cold, you tense up and I was in such pain from the tension working at night, and so, I’d come to Bali Health Lounge as often as I could, and it was just so helpful.
Did you get regular massage before coming to Bali Health Lounge?
Not really, I don’t. It feels like a treat. When you’re working and it’s nearby, you take advantage and you make time.
I would recommend it. It works out cheaper!
Are you more of a massage or facial person?
I have to do both for my work. I like massage because it’s the whole body. It’s both relaxing and gets rid of problems including aches and pains.
How do you feel the membership has benefitted yourself and would you recommend it?
I also had to do some stunt work in the lake in Delamere Forest, involving kicking motorbikes and getting very cold, wet and lots of running about. Your muscles get achy and also the long hours, you really need it.
On top of that, because of my time, I haven’t always been able to see the same therapist so I’ve seen quite a few of the therapists and I’ve loved how different everybody is. Everyone is really unique and has their own technique and if you have a good therapist you want that person again and again. Sometimes I feel I really need a massage, but that therapist was not available so I’ll have someone else and I’ll be like they’re my new favourite therapist! Everyone is different but skilled at what they do. There hasn’t been one dud. Genuinely so.
Do you do much training to keep fit? What’s your training regime?
I try, but my problem is that I love food, so it’s a bit of a battle between ‘shall I have that extra portion’, versus, ‘oh dear I need to fit in those trousers again, I better do a few squats’, so, yes I do try to keep fit.
Your body when it gets cold, you tense up and I was in such pain from the tension working at night, and so, I’d come to Bali Health Lounge as often as I could, and it was just so helpful.Indira Varma explains why she visits Bali Health Lounge
What would be your favourite dish?
I love all kinds of food. I haven’t eaten out loads, but I went to Australasia which was phenomenally good. Trof – hands down best breakfast, I’m going to go there after this. Lavuna, a tapas place in the Northern Quarter which is really excellent, and Evelyn’s I love as well, really nice also.
If you had to give people top health tips, what would they be?
Drink lots of water and do some exercise, even if it’s 10 minutes. Move! Stop sitting on your ass and go outside! Put your phone down, turn the TV off, go outside and walk about.
Outside of acting, what sort of things do you like to do, any particular hobbies?
I love travelling, as much as I can, with my family. I love going to the cinema, theatre, friends, cooking and going to art galleries. I even went to the Whitworth and the Manchester Art Gallery. I like exploring my environment, which is why I’ve really enjoyed Manchester!
Share this Post