Nikolaj Coster-Waldu is being sought after in Hollywood — by both men and women.
Although he is traveling in Hollywood circles now, he grew up in a village of just 17 people. Lucky for him, his first movie, in which he played a morgue employee, made him a success in his native Denmark.
However, this instant success was short lived. He didn’t have another big break until 15 years later, and it happened right before he was about to flee Hollywood and return to his native Copenhagen.
He was wrong.
Here’s what you should know about the man behind Jaime Lannister.
1. His Wife Got a Letter That Cameron Diaz Was Sleeping With Him
He met his wife, Nukaaka, a former Miss Greenland, while doing a radio show with her in 1997. “I’ve been married for 17 years; I enjoy monogamy,” he told Screen Slam.
People must not believe he is happily married because after the paparazzi printed a picture of him and Diaz looking intimate, which was actually during their filming of The Other Woman, his wife dealt with some backlash:
My wife started getting letters from women all over.’You should know that your husband is cheating on you with Cameron Diaz. Cameron Diaz is not to be trusted.’ My wife just laughed, but still . . .”
Although they are not sleeping together, Diaz plays one of his mistresses in the rom com.
2. Kate Upton Whipped Him
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In a sex scene that was cut from The Other Woman, where Upton, who plays his mistress, spanks Coster-Waldu, the actor endured some abuse.
He even brought pictures of his battered backside to Chelsea Lately. As they flashed on screen, Handler said, “Oh my God!”
Coster-Waldu replied, “It’s beautiful isn’t it?”
“Oh my god did you send those to Kate?” she continued. “No, I think she hasn’t seen them yet,” he said.
“Well you need to send them to her,” she added.
Supposedly, during the filming, the actor asked Upton to be gentler, but the director, Nick Cassavetes of The Notebook, let her continue.
3. He Lives in Copenhagen
The Danish native lives in his country’s capital. He bought a 19th-century fixer-upper, which had to be completely renovated.
In the clip above, he told Chelsea Handler that his family moved into a trailer while the work was being done:
We were having our house re-done. Well, they’re still working on it. It was supposed to take three months. So I thought, great, we’ll just get a trailer. We’ll be right on site and follow it all, it was a terrible, terrible decision.
It is his European attitude that has enabled him to succeed in Hollywood. He said there is an expression in Denmark that he lives by:
‘Don’t fly any higher than your ears will carry you.’ It means don’t get cocky. Keep your feet solidly planted on the ground. Don’t think you’re special. Don’t think you’re better than anyone else. It’s a fundamentally different approach than you have in America.
4. He Read About People Who Lost Limbs to Prepare for ‘GOT’
In preparation for the crucial scene, the actor told Vulture, ” there was a lot of thought going into it, what it means.”
He did try to compare it to people losing limbs in war, saying:
It’s not that uncommon — you see soldiers coming home from deployment who’ve left limbs behind on the battlefield — and I’ve been trying to read about people who’ve experienced this.
He remembers that monumental time in Season 3 where he gets his hand cut off. He told Esquire:
Even when you did it and it was clear my hand didn’t come off, there’s something about being held down and him lifting his arm up with a knife and going full force down on you … It’s very scary.
Since his character plays a leading swordsman, this loss had quite an impact.
He said, “If it was any other part of his body, it would have been easier to do. But because he identifies himself so much with him being the greatest swordsman in his own mind, the loss of identity was what I thought of a lot.”
Jaime now has a pretty ornate golden hand.
5. He Talked to Tom Cruise About Hollywood Marriage
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In 2013, when the pair was filming Oblivion, Katie Holmes filed for divorce.
Coster-Waldu said he talked to Cruise about the pressures of being a married actor.
“I asked Tom about it. He said, ‘It’s been like this for 30 years,” he told Details.
He prefers to keep his life low key, and said:
The pressure of having all that craziness around you all the time—I wouldn’t want to live that kind of life.