Winter may finally be coming, but before it does, we took the Game of Thrones cast out of Westeros and photographed them in modern-day hotspots that are almost---if not as---luxe as King's Landing for the pages of InStyle. Stars such as Sophie Turner, Nathalie Emmanuel, and our April Man of Style, Michiel Huisman, have swapped their old-school threads for designer ensembles at our photo shoots, bringing us right back to modern times.
To celebrate the long-awaited return of the HBO series this Sunday, we're republishing our favorite images of the cast. Scroll down to see highlights from the photo shoots and interviews.
When 13-year-old Turner (above) auditioned for the role of Sansa Stark, she didn't have high hopes of being cast as the fiery Lady of Winterfell. "I had auditioned for other jobs before and hadn't gotten any of them, so when this came up, I didn't take it too seriously," she told us in March. Five callbacks later, the role was hers---despite one major difference between Turner and her redheaded character. "People are super-disappointed when they find out I'm naturally blonde," she said. "I'm like, 'Sorry to disappoint! I can't help the hair I was born with.'"
When he took on the role of sellsword Daario Naharis in the show's fourth season, Huisman admitted to being a bit intimidated. "When you work on a show that’s already so well established, it can be hard not to think about that when you take on the role," he said. "But with Game of Thrones, once you’re on set, the cast is so professional; everyone is about the work and the story. Then you go home and think, 'Oh my god, I just shot a scene in Game of Thrones!'"
Unlike her scheming G0T character, who serves as Daenerys Targaryen's right-hand woman, Emmanuel says that she’s just a “home girl” with a dream to teach yoga and open a café. “An English teahouse, because I am a 90-year-old woman in the body of a 26-year-old,” she told us in the April issue of InStyle, on newsstands now.
Unlike his high-maintenance character from King's Landing, Coster-Waldau prefers to keep it casual in real life. "Jeans and a T-shirt is what I generally wear," he revealed in April 2014. His no-fuss approach to getting ready? "I’ll grab shirts from the T-shirt pile." We have a feeling that Jaime Lannister would not approve.
As much as we miss Momoa's dearly-departed Dothraki king Khal Drogo, we were lucky enough to catch up with---and photograph---the actor at InStyle's Sundance Film Festival portrait studio the past two years. Although his character was killed off in season one, fans still approach Momoa about the show---and they're often in for a surprise. "A lot of people are just like, 'Oh my god, you speak English!'" Momoa told us in January 2014. "I'm like, 'Yeah, I do.'"