It's confirmed! Game of Thrones actor Conan Stevens will play a special character in Encantadia 2016, the requel (remake + sequel) of GMA-7's hit telefantasya.
The 7-foot Australian actor is best known for playing a knight named Sir Gregor Clegane a.k.a. The Mountain in the hit Emmy award-winning series. Last month, Conan was spotted on the set of Encantadia with Rocco Nacino (who portrays the character of Aquil) and the show's director Mark Reyes.
In an interview with Nelson Canlas for 24 Oras, Conan revealed that he will have a special participation in the series. Conan said, "I can't talk about it but I can say that I tend to get typecasted. So you can probably expect more of the same. Big, imposing, I tend to get those roles."
This is not the first time the actor has been to the country. His favorite Filipino food include "crispy pata, sisig, sinigang... obviously, the hamburgers are easy. I eat Bibingka after training."
When asked which places he has already visited in the Philippines, Conan said that he has visited Cebu. Early this year, he went to the International Academy of Film and TV in the Queen City of the South to share his professional experience with the students.
Conan narrated, "Well I like Cebu, I've been in there. I was expecting more beach from Waterfront City but I felt relaxed there and the food was more different, fresher. I enjoyed that. I have some friends down there now."
Nelson noted that the actor hasn't been able to visit the beaches of Boracay from his previous trips in the country but wishes to have a vacation there if given the chance.
GOT MEETS ENCA. Encantadiks have been speculating about Conan's participation in the series after he was spotted on the set of Encantadia.
In a previous interview with PEP, Rocco didn't reveal much about the GOT star's purpose on the series but assumes that the fans already knew about it. He said, "I think they know. I think they're expecting."
During his stay, Rocco was able to bond with Conan on the set of Encantadia. He recalled, "We were able to exchange our experiences, like I was wearing my armor, how is it fighting with this."
The Kapuso heartthrob said about the Game of Thrones actor, "He was really open. Napakagaling na tao. He looks scary, pero napakabait niya, very warm, very accommodating when it comes to questions. Andun siya sa standby area, nakikipag-usap siya sa amin. He's really a nice guy."
Aside from Conan, other actors who were tapped to play a special role in the telefantasya are Max Collins and the former Pirena actress Sunshine Dizon.