When I met Rose in the spring of 2013, at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons, she was making the interview rounds with many of her fellow GoT actors. Fresh off her first season as Ygritte, I thought she seemed open and friendly, if perhaps a bit intense.
This was mostly because, when myself or other interviewers spoke to her, we had her immediate and rapt attention. She looked at us as though no one else or no other question was more important in that very moment. Her hands would fiddle with things–a water bottle or something close at hand, usually–but her gorgeous eyes (a deep sea blue-green) seemed to be extra intent, as though not just deciphering whatever question you had just asked, but perhaps even the hidden intent of it, if hidden intent there might be.
I first brushed it off as a newcomer sort of thing–a young actress fresh to the limelight (though she did win a Scottish BAFTA for her role in
in 2009) not wanting to miss a single question. But it was soon evident that Rose was not merely exhibiting a traditional extension of English etiquette–ensuring the curious intruders felt at home–she was truly invested in the conversation, keenly interested in any discussion or question having to do with Ygritte. She loved Ygritte as much as (if not more than) any person I have ever talked to–and I know a hell of a lot of Ygritte fans.
She owned the role, playing Ygritte with a cheeky sort of rough-and-tumble rarely seen in any character on television or film. And you can put part of Ygritte’s appeal in George’s lap, or in David and Dan’s, but the most credit goes to Rose. And she deserves every accolade, not only for the ferocity of her performance, but for the raw, choked honesty she was able to portray. The fans of this great series are spoiled, perhaps; the acting is largely an embarrassment of riches we gladly hoard. She was quite the find.
Rose is a performer I’m going to seek out in years to come. She proved her range within a one-year span, going from the buttoned-up and meek Gwen on
, to Ygritte who is anything but. It’s fair to say she won’t be pigeonholed or typecast any time soon; I imagine she is going to have a long and successful career if she chooses to, and won’t be too shocked to see the honorary
And what a dame! I can already imagine her gathering the Leslie Clan granddaughters and great-nieces about her chair as one of them asks, pointing to the white-leather bound bow hanging over her mantle (a wonderful parting gift from production), “Gram, what’s that doing up there?” And I can see Ygritte’s familiar playful twinkle in those eyes as she says with a hushed voice, “Well, a story comes with that, and if you’re good, you’ll hear it all.”
version than the one George is telling even now.)
She is a proud fan of the books; I’m not sure if she’s decided to pick up
just yet, as she has stated she wants to wait for the release of
so that she knows she has something to continue. Alas, Rose is as mortal as any of us, forced to wait for word on the Winds.
Rose, like Ygritte, apparently likes to remain busy. She appeared in the UK television series
this very year, and is set to star in the horror thriller
alongside Harry Treadaway (wielding an American accent like a pro) and is shooting the comedy
But of course to us she will always be the redheaded wildling of our dreams. Ygritte, the only true love Jon Snow will ever know; now immortal.
Take a bow and know the love and respect we will always have for you.
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I could have gone for a screenshot inclusion of Jon seeing all of her in the cave. :)
Such a beauty and a talent! I have never been a big fan of her character (in the book or the show), but that is no fault of hers. She played the part wonderfully, and had such brilliant chemistry with Kit. She will be missed!
Rose you were amazing. It’s a shame they didn’t give you much to do in season 4 but you were so brilliant in your death scene.
Is there going to be a curtain call for Josef Altin and Mark Stanley?
Such a beautiful, talented, charming young woman…
I adored her portrayal of Ygritte. And I appreciated the enthusiasm that she always exhibited for this show, this story and the fans. I will truly miss her.
She was brilliant! That accent was fooking great! Especially how she says you know nuffin Jun Snu.
I didn’t really care about Ygritte in the books, but Rose Leslie managed to make her an interesting character from the get go. Sad to see her go. :(
She made me a huge fan of hers as well as Ygritte. Always in the moment and even when being tough she had the ability to open up her emotion to the audience. It wasn’t exactly vulnerability but a kind of honesty and direct communication, and it clearly inspired her other co-stars to play off her.
I was particularly impressed with how ready and willing Rose was to engage with people as an ambassador for the show, for instance touring with the costumes and props, and appearances at Comic-Con. She just seems like a great mix of professionalism and warmth to go with all of that talent.
I’m looking forward to the “Honeymoon” movie, but I already knew this wouldn’t be the last we’d see of Rose Leslie. I hope she becomes a household name.
Rose, I just adored your Ygritte. Thought you were spot on how I envisioned her. I also enjoyed you in Downton Abbey as well, but GOT made me proud of you. Much luck in all your future endeavors and may the Godswood be with you :)
Yrgitte is one of my least favorite characters in the book. I was even relieved when she died.
In the show, Rose made me like and care about her. The actors on this show are always so great they make me miss characters I don’t miss in the books. Ygritte goes on this list.
Thank you Rose for adding more substance to the character. We’ll miss you!
Rose was a wonderful Ygritte, strong and smart and fierce.
Nice post as always, FaB! Rose was so great, showing Ygritte’s strength and vulnerability. And she seems so personable and approachable and earnest! I’ll be looking out for her next projects.
Best wishes for a great future, Rose! <3
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So long, Ygritte! We’ll miss you, Rose, you are brilliant!
(As I do with the other departed GoT cast, I’m going to definitely be watching for her next projects!)
Was so impressed with Rose when I first saw her in Downton Abbey and then was so excited so see her cast as Ygritte. And so cool that she is waiting to read DwD so she has more to look forward to -
Best to you Rose! We are watching you and know you will have a wonderful career.
Especially the emotional scenes with Jon Snow. I teared up at her longing “You’re mine. And I am yours.”
My favorite scene with her (I’ve said it before, but it’s her curtain call so forgive me my trespasses), was “The Climb.” It’s the discussion the two of them have about intimacy just before they do the climb.
She taunts him by saying, “Well, I’m Jon Snow, I’ve killed dead men and Qhorin Halfhand but I’m afraid of naaaked giirrrls.”
“I didn’t seem scared the other day.”
And she considers it for a second, and smiles a little and says, “Only in the beginning.”
It’s the kind of conversation people only really have when they’ve just started having sex together, the kind of mind-blowing cathartic sex that’s at the beginning of a relationship (or in advance of climbing a goddamned 700-foot wall of ice), and she’s so unbelievably sexy talking about it. And this is after playing so buttoned-up on Downton Abbey.
She brought so much to the role – certainly one of those “improved by the show” characters. That’s a well-written scene, and gives a lot of life to her later grim nature after she spurns him. I’ll miss her.
(and yes, pls, a curtain call for Grenn and Pyp, mods…and Dontos! Aw, screw it, it isn’t happening.)
So many great actors on this show, and so many of them are leaving this show with their profiles raised and their careers at another level. Anyone wanna venture how many Oscars this group collectively ends up with? I’m going to go with 3, at least, assuming one for Dinklage, and not sure who the others are – but Rose could be one of them.
Rose, you are gorgeous and I love your voice! You were also awesome as Ygritte! Thanks for being part of the greatest show ever!
Ygritte was one of my favourite female characters on the show (screw the haters, Wildlings for life) and of course without Rose Leslie’s(who seems like on of the best people you would ever meet in real life) performance I dont think I would have loved her character as much. Will absolutely miss two of my favourite women on GoT.
I enjoyed Rose’s contributions to all the extra footage/con stuff she did, I ALMOST didn’t seethe with jealousy at her close work with Jon Snuh. Almost ;)
She deserves an award for most attractive female voice. Hands down.
Rose Leslie will be sorely missed, she’s always a joy to watch in interviews, and her Yorkshire accent was on point!
My favourite scene of hers is the three none fatal arrows in 3×10, her expressions as she pulls the bow string and forces her tears back are just the most genuine, heartbreaking thing
Hear hear, FaBster. Thank you for a wonderful portrayal of a wonderful character, Rose!
Rose Leslie was a perfect Ygritte, she is very talented. Will be missed <3
I loved Ygritte the first time I saw her and I’m gonna miss her so much! She is one of my favorite characters. The way Rose played her just made me love her more. I just adore Rose Leslie and I’m so sad to see her go!
Well I’m sad to see her go. She was great in the role, she was rough round the edges, fiesty, tough and at times enjoyable to watch. And I agree she should have a great career ahead, because she was one of the best actresses on the show, not with the likes of Dame Diana Rigg but alongside Gwendoline Christie and Natalie Dormer, and I think we agree she has has more acting skills than Emilia Clarke. Anyway, I wish Rose the best of luck with her career and life.
RIP Ygritte. Rose really rose to the challenge of bringing a fan favourite to life.
She was wonderful. I will miss her. I’d love a curtain call for Pyp and Grenn too.
Rose Leslie was amazing as Ygritte! Liked her wayyy more on the show than in the book.
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