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Richard Madden: Game of Thrones Inspired My Love of Horses

Besides good looks and a Scottish accent, Richard Madden shares another trait with his Game of Thrones character, Robb Stark: a love of horses. But it didn’t start out that way.

“I didn’t know how to ride before I got the part,” he tells PEOPLE. “I actually ended up really enjoying it, and continue to do it [on my own].”

After learning he had landed the plum role on HBO’s epic series, Madden immediately began taking horseback riding lessons to successfully portray Stark, a highborn lord who grew up on horseback.

“That’s something that’s very natural to Robb,” Madden says. “I don’t want to be thinking about trying to keep a horse in check or trying to control him; I want it to be second nature to me so I can focus on doing the job.”

His appreciation for the animals has come around so much that Madden now enjoys squeezing in a ride when he’s not needed on set.

“Horses are these amazing creatures, and very cunning actually,” he says. “When I can, I’ll just jump on a horse and go for a race around in between scenes. It keeps the horses awake and it keeps me entertained too.”

(source)

 

One comment on “Richard Madden: Game of Thrones Inspired My Love of Horses”

  1. Karen says:

    I first thought this article was from People magazine – the tacky one on celebrities!

    Thanks for posting all this new stuff. it’s good to have Richard come out of hiding!

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