Thrones' Red Viper helps fans accept sexuality

Pedro Pascal, left, describes his character as "very sexy".
Pedro Pascal, left, describes his character as "very sexy".

The man who plays Game of Thrones' bisexual prince thinks it's wonderful his character has helped fans accept their sexuality.

Pedro Pascal, who plays exotic hellraiser Oberyn Martell in the popular series, took part in a Reddit Ask Me Anything on Monday. In the session, Pascal said it was "wonderful" his character had brought a more complex sexuality into mainstream entertainment.

"I think that that's key to Oberyn," he wrote. "The fact that anyone would be attracted to him, no matter what their sexual orientation is, is very in line (his) character.

"So I think that's great."

While he agrees Oberyn's hedonistic energy is "very sexy", Pascal says it hasn't translated into real-life conquests.

Asked by one Thrones fan if he got hit on more, the Chilean-American actor quipped: "I wish ... maybe I just need to get out of the house more."

Summing up the Red Viper, he says the easiest way to describe his character is as "the greatest badass you've ever seen". But if he could swap roles with anyone, it'd be Maisie Williams.

"I'm in love with Arya," Pascal confessed. "I don't know if I could handle the kind of trauma that her character has to go through, but (that) would be a very, very juicy role."

Despite his initial nerves, Pascal says he's come to love working with his Game of Thrones family - even rating scenes with Peter Dinklage as a career highlight.

He also says fans might be surprised to learn Sophie Turner, who plays the melancholic Sansa Stark, regularly had him "in stitches".

While he skirted around any spoilers, Pascal did weigh in on who he thought should ultimately take up the Iron Throne.

"I think the most capable rule of Westeros would be Tyrion Lannister," he said."Tyrion is very cunning - smarter than everyone in the room."

- AAP

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