Richard Madden: It’s actually realistic that bodyguards sleep with their ‘principals’

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Richard Madden is everybody’s bae these days, years after he (spoiler!) was killed off of Game of Thrones. Madden seemed to struggle a bit post-Thrones, working consistently for several years but not doing anything particularly notable. Then he got the lead in the BBC series Bodyguard. And now he’s everybody’s bae. British people went crazy for Bodyguard, and Americans got to see it on Netflix, and it was popular here too (but not as huge as it was in the UK). So Madden sat down with British GQ to talk about Bodyguard, Game of Thrones, and those pesky James Bond rumors.

On finishing the first season of Bodyguard: “Yeah. I finished Bodyguard and didn’t want to act again. Really. It had taken so much out of me physically, mentally and personally. I didn’t see any of my friends for months, unless they came to set. It was just relentless. You didn’t get a day off. My character doesn’t get a second off. It took more out of me that anything else I’ve done.”

It’s actually realistic that bodyguards sleep with their ‘principals’: “It’s funny. A lot of people online were saying, ‘This is so unrealistic that they would have got together and ended up having sex.’ The bodyguards I spoke to, without naming certain names, were like, yeah, totally f–ked their principals. You get really into it with these people. So those things definitely happen. There’s a couple of stories… unrepeatable stories…”

When he was killed off Game of Thrones: “I sobbed and sobbed on that Friday. I was hysterical actually. I was so exhausted. I cried all the way home.” The air stewardess kept asking if I was OK. “And then people moved and the rows behind me moved. I was sobbing and covered in blood. I looked like I’d murdered someone and got on that flight.”

He wasn’t mad about leaving GoT: “No. I was ready to leave when I did. It was five years from the pilot until I finished filming. For any actor, five years is too long to play a part. I didn’t feel cheated at all. I was ready to leave.”

On the James Bond rumors: “My first reaction is always the same reaction, which is the papers make up a story on a Sunday so they can discredit that story on the Monday so they can sell papers on both days…. this is what happens with all these shows, like Tom Hiddleston in The Night Manager. Then there’s the next one. I’m the next one. Everyone just loves the rumour mill on that topic. I’m just the current one. There’ll be a different one next week.”

Whether he’s flattered by the rumors: “Lovely. I’m more than flattered to be mentioned, for people to consider putting me in that role. I’m very flattered and thankful. It’s a really brilliant thing to be in. I don’t want to curse anything by saying anything. I think that’s the curse of that. If you talk about it, you’ll curse it.”

[From British GQ]

I liked the part about how he did research with real-life bodyguards and they were all like “oh yeah, we totally slept with the person we were protecting.” Kevin Costner really would have slept with Whitney! And Princess Diana really did have an affair with her bodyguard too, didn’t she? I do think it’s probably more common than people realize, especially in royal circles and Hollywood circles. As for the Bond rumors… I mean, he’s right. He’s just The Guy this month. There will be a different guy soon enough.

This video is NSFW but it’s charming too – Madden watches and discusses the infamous Red Wedding scene from Game of Thrones.

Cover courtesy of British GQ.

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  1. Brittney B says:

    Who is it that has a GORGEOUS bodyguard? Is it Rihanna… or Jennifer Lawrence maybe? I remember thinking that it would be a damn shame if that never happened.

  2. Steff says:

    I still remember spilling my boiling hot tea on my feet when the red wedding scene happened. Good times.

  3. Lucy says:

    Well, I never thought I would ever have such a crush on the Late King in the North…yet here I am.

  4. BANANIE says:

    This whole bodyguard business just reminds me of “steamy” romance novels. Like back when Cosmo had those Red Hot Reads excerpts 😂

  5. Stiglitz says:

    I thought Heidi Klum (damn you autocorrect) had a relationship with her bodyguard just after Seal and her got divorced. I’m pretty sure there were others too (Britney?).

  6. Nicole76705 says:

    **swoons** This man is beautiful. Not into the Bodyguard at all, but when he calls his wife “Love” my knees get week, it’s quite ridiculous behavior for a woman my age. When I realized that he was Prince Charming in Cinderella, I nearly keeled over. <3 <3

  7. Tiffany says:

    Wow, a beard really does make a difference with Richard.

  8. QueenB says:

    I think male celebs do the Nanny and female celebs do the Bodyguard.

  9. mom2two says:

    He is such a beautiful man and such a good actor. I know it’s a long shot for a win in the Golden Globes, but I am rooting for him. He’s terrific in Bodyguard.

    • Original T.C. says:

      Me too! His charting that show is completely different from anything he has ever done. And my gosh is he hot in it! And I loved his chemistry with an older woman. You don’t see that too often!

  10. outoftheshadows says:

    Why on earth would you get on a commercial flight covered in (fake) blood? Was he too busy to get a shower? Wouldn’t the TSA be all over that situation? That story is insane.

    • xpresson says:

      He was catching the last flight out of Belfast and had to attend some function that evening in London,if i recall correctly. He had no time to change.

      • Jag says:

        But why would he be allowed on the flight, especially sobbing, too? Unless they recognized him as an actor, one would think he was a recent murderer, imo.

      • Tina says:

        I think the BA staff in Belfast gets to know all of the GoT people pretty well, crew as well as actors. It’s not that big an airport and the GoT people are always on the move. That said, as a fellow passenger, I’d have moved too!

  11. Jag says:

    He’s not my “bae.” He’s attractive, but I didn’t know who he was until reading the article. And even now, he’s not my “bae.”

  12. Veronica S. says:

    Well, yeah, I can see it. They’re together all the time in relatively intimate settings, and if they’re both young and attracted, the chemistry could spark. Maybe not the healthiest or most lasting dynamic, but I could see how it happens.

  13. Elizabeth Suzanne Phillips says:

    Not doing anything particularly noticeable? I found him VERY noticeable in Cinderella!

  14. Cee says:

    I loved Bodyguard right until the last episode. It got a bit confusing for me (even my bf was confused). However, I’m happy to see him with a higher profile. He seems to be a lovely guy.