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Steve Toussaint Ironically Suffered From Seasickness While Portraying House Of The Dragon's Sea Snake

Steve Toussaint shocked fans of "House of the Dragon" during an interview with Jonatan Blomberg — the actor, who plays acclaimed sea voyager Corlys Velaryon, suffered from seasickness while filming.

The "Game of Thrones" prequel series debuted in October 2022, with Toussaint's character introduced in the premiere episode "The Heirs of the Dragon." Lord Corlys, aka the Sea Snake, is the patriarch of a powerful, sea-faring family. Besides House Targaryen, House Velaryon is the only other Valyrian family featured in "House of the Dragon," having fled Old Valyria before the freehold's destruction. The Velaryons may not ride dragons, but with their finesse on the ocean as the finest sailors in Westeros, they rule the seas just as surely as the Targaryens rule the skies.

For Toussaint, playing the Sea Snake posed its own ironic challenges. In his appearance on Jonatan Blomberg Interviews alongside Eve Best (who plays Corlys' wife Rhaenys Targaryen), Toussaint opened up about the challenges of playing a character like Corlys Velaryon, an esteemed figure with a legendary reputation in the "Game of Thrones" universe.

Steve Toussaint hid his seasickness from showrunners

When asked by the interviewer about his seasickness, Steve Toussaint revealed this was something he kept from showrunners initially. "The seasickness thing is something that sort of crept up on me," said the actor, to co-star Eve Best's amusement. "The last couple of times we've been on a boat, I've just been like [shudders]."

Luckily for Toussaint, the actor filmed only a few scenes on the water for Season 1. Upcoming seasons will likely be a different story, however. As the most legendary seafarer in Westeros and an asset for Rhaenyra Targaryen's (Emma D'Arcy) faction during the Dance of the Dragons, Corlys is set to showcase his renowned skills in Season 2 of "House of the Dragon" as Rhaenyra goes toe-to-toe with her half-brother Aegon (Tom Glynn-Carney).

In an earlier interview with Extra before his appearance at the first Game of Thrones Official Fan Convention, Toussaint teased "all-out war" for Corlys next season, which begins filming in Spring 2023. "I haven't actually seen any scripts yet [but] I've been told some good stuff's gonna happen."

Eve Best loved filming flying scenes

While her husband spearheads the mightiest fleet of ships in Westeros, Rhaenys Targaryen roams the skies like the rest of her family, riding the dragon Meleys. Meleys, nicknamed the Red Queen for its crimson scales and crown of horns, appears briefly in "We Light the Way" (Season 1, Episode 5). The dragon makes a more dramatic impact in Episode 9, "The Green Council," when Rhaenys and Meleys smash their way out of the Dragonpit after sending a deafening warning to Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke) and the rest of the Greens.

For Eve Best, filming Rhaenys' dragon-riding scenes was more enjoyable than she had anticipated. "I'm not very good at roller coaster rides," the actor told Jonatan Blomberg. "Everyone kept saying 'this is like a bucking bronco,' and I just thought this is not going to be good for me ... It turned out to be quite fun."

With the dragons poised to clash in Season 2 of the HBO series, fans can expect to see more of Rhaenys and Meleys in action as the Targaryens battle each other for the Iron Throne of Westeros.