Episode 2

Ross Mullan

(Actor)

Sep 13, 2020 | Arts, Film & TV

In this episode, I speak with Ross Mullan, the OG Whitewalker from Game of Thrones. Also known for his work in Clash of the Titans and Dr. Who, Ross shares with us his story, from early beginnings to what it was like to play the Whitewalker. He also gives some brilliant advice to up-and-coming actors. Enjoy!

Interview with Ross Mullan: Actor (Game of Thrones, Dr. Who)

Episode Timestamps:

  • Intro and greeting
  • Ross’s background: Odyssey Theatre and mask work (1:40)
  • Moving to London, England (5:42)
  • The value of travelling or living elsewhere (8:28)
  • Ross’s family was very supportive (10:15)
  • Wise advice from a drama teacher (14:30)
  • Job insecurity in the entertainment industry (16:24)
  • Working “regular jobs” during a pandemic (19:52)
  • What is “Cameo”? (22:33)
  • Feeling “at home” in the film industry (24:36)
  • Playing the ‘Whitewalker’ in Game of Thrones (26:02)
  • Ross didn’t want to play the Whitewalker at first (28:15)
  • Whitewalker audition process (30:57)
  • Why Ross was considered for the job (33:47)
  • How that led to being on Dr. Who (35:39)
  • The informal side of the industry and DIY techniques (39:05)
  • On playing monsters in film and TV (41:30)
  • Ross worked as a puppeteer (44:58)
  • Ross trained with the Jim Henson group (45:46)
  • Our brains get in the way (46:32)
  • Ross’s other roles in the entertainment industry (47:20)
  • Ross thought about becoming a therapist (45:25)
  • Introspection during COVID (49:27)
  • Having lunch with Sigourney Weaver (51:00)
  • Working with our heroes in film (52:20)
  • The lifestyle of various roles in the film industry (54:00)
  • Sharing a TS Eliot quote and parting remarks (55:20)

Ross Mullan’s website: https://www.rossmullan.com/

Ross Mullan on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rossmullan/

Hire Ross on Cameo! https://www.cameo.com/rossmullan

 

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