Ser Brienne of Tarth, since her debut in season 2 of Game of Thrones, has always been an embodiment of female empowerment, but it seems her real-life counterpart possesses just as many admirable qualities. And one of them that stand out is the actress’ knowledge about herself and her worth.
Nominations for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards were announced and petitioners be damned, Game of Thrones’ final season has broken records by earning nomination for no less than 32 Emmy Awards. But what’s unusual is the fact that Gwendoline Christie nominated herself for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series as she doesn’t believe in sitting and waiting around for someone to prove her worth.
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The last season of Game of Thrones gave Brienne some of her most emotionally challenging hit scenes ever, including receiving a knighthood and finally acting on her long-standing feelings for Jaime Lannister. The actress proved there’s reward to be had when you are your own biggest cheerleader, and that’s exactly what we all need to live by. With a cast of that size, HBO couldn’t nominate all of its actors, so Gwendoline took it upon herself to throw her own name in the nominee list.
However, Gwendoline Christie isn’t the only cast member to not be submitted for Emmy consideration by HBO. Even Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) is up for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and Carice van Houten (Melisandre) for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series after self-submitting. Well, when you know your worth, it can get you places in life, which is exactly what these talented actors proved by submitting themselves for the Emmy and getting nominated.