Fan-favorite (former) “Game of Thrones” actor Richard Madden is donning new furs and making new wolf friends as he heads up to the Yukon territories in Discovery Channel’s new series “Klondike.” Zap2it had the lucky opportunity to sit down with Madden and talk to him about the channel’s first scripted show while he was promoting it at TCA 2014 winter press tour.
“‘Game of Thrones’ is not half as intensive as this. This is like every single day, every scene. As an actor, it was a huge job, but physically, mentally, emotionally, it was really, really intense,” Madden admits of playing the part of real-life gold rush adventurer Bill Haskell. “That’s kind of part and parcel. That kind of had to happen.”
To prepare for the role, Madden read Haskell’s book as well as many Jack London novels. In “Klondike,” London is played by Johnny Simmons. But Madden feels it’s Abbie Cornish‘s Belinda Mulrooney who fans will be most surprised to discover was a real — and powerful — woman.
Madden has starred in a number of projects over the course of his career, but his role of Robb Stark in “Game of Thrones” is his biggest. After his character was killed off on that show, he admits he wanted a very different TV series.
“I always try to push myself to do something, a totally different challenge from the last thing I’ve done,” Madden tells Zap2it. “I played Romeo when I was younger, and I think I did a couple kind Romeo-like parts after that, and I kind of went, ‘I mustn’t do this again. I must always choose something that I don’t know if I’m a good enough actor to play.'”
Looking forward, Madden says he really wants to try his hand at writing a script because he finds it hard to judge others’ works well without having the knowledge of what it is to write something under his belt. But there’s also another genre he wants to delve into: Sci-fi.
“I’d love to do something in the future, mostly on a space ship with some sort of laser gun,” he says with a laugh. “I’ll just put that into the world: Sci-fi, please.”
So, uhh, maybe like “Doctor Who”? When asked later in our interview whether he would ever join girlfriend Jenna-Louise Coleman in the beloved BBC sci-fi project, he hedges, “I mean, I love ‘Doctor Who.’ I’ve always loved ‘Doctor Who,’ but … we’ll just see what happens in the future.”
“Maybe the outer space thing isn’t a good thing because I love watching that kind of stuff, and maybe if I did it then maybe it would take away some of the magic of it,” he admits.
Watch our full interview above, where Madden discusses “Klondike” deleted scenes, some of the most challenging parts of filming and why he never has finished reading “Game of Thrones.” “Klondike” premieres on Jan. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.