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Q: In your opinion, what was it about Sibyl that made Gannicus fall in love and leave a lot of his old habits…and girlfriends behind to become a changed man?

A: She disarmed him. He wasn’t expecting her…

Q: Many from Spartacus are now in Arrow: I wish they could be an inside connection to get you in the show!

A: Me too! They seem to like Spartacus alumni don’t they? I’ve auditioned for it a couple of times… here’s hoping :)

Q: How welcoming was the cast to you? did they take you right in like they did Liam or was there only a few who took you under there wing? and you where on both rebel and roman side what part was more hard to play they roman or the rebel?

A: Everyone was lovely. Liam & Ellen were especially welcoming - they’re such sweethearts. Ellen really took me under her wing because she knew she had to be mean to me on camera :) hehe.

Q: How did you prepare for the role? Do you have any rituals before shooting for? 

A: Thank you! I would sleep as much as possible, because we worked such long days. Haha. Does that count?

Q: How old was sibyl supposed to be?, and great job on the character , very intriguing , good actress- respect!

 A: ‘Very early 20s’ according to the brief! Thank you :)

Q: Relating back to your favorite scene…it seems Dustin Clare is a shy one. Was he fun to work with? The whole cast seems like a group of best friends (when you see photos behind the scenes).

A: The entire cast were SO LOVELY. Many of them were from overseas, so it felt like a family vibe. Dustin would have preferred to be on his surfboard I think, but he did admit he liked having our quieter scenes together - it made a nice change from yelling & fighting for three years :)

Q: Gwen, since you had to take the role of Sibyl day by day, what was your reaction when you found out you’d have a love scene with him?

 A: I knew there was one coming up, it’s inevitable on this show isn’t it?! But I’ll tell you a secret… I was only signed up until episode 9, with an option for 10. They decided to extend my contract. So the love scene in the finale was a complete surprise. I blushed when I found out. I had been preparing to get killed off instead. LOL

Q: Besides Sibyl and Gannicus, what is your favorite couple in the series?

A: Craevia :) :’(

Q: Were there any points during filming that were really tense and you burst out laughing? Were there any ‘outtake moments’ that just cracked you up?

A: All the time! Dustin & Pana are troublemakers, man. Anytime they were on set I had to hold my giggles in. Our blooper reel is probably longer than the entire season.

Q: Dustin and Pana don’t surprise me at all. Is Dustin always grinning like Gannicus did?

A: YES.

Q: Read you something about Spartacus before the shooting? What do you think about him and his role in world history?

A: Yes. Where do I even start? I could write a whole essay… he was a true trailblazer.

Q: My question is what series do you watch? 

A: There is some great TV these days! I adored Breaking Bad, I was obsessed with it. Also really into Game of Thrones, The Leftovers, and anything else by HBO!

Q: How cold were the storm scenes to shoot? Were a lot of the cold/storm elements special effects/CGI? Loved you in the show. 

A: The snow!!!! The snow. The single most logistical nightmare of the whole season. We had four different types of snow. The snow under our feet (epsom salts). The snow they used to dress the set. The snow they used in the wind machines. The snow they used on our costumes and faces. All of it was irritating, for us and the production office! So I’m REALLY GLAD we pulled it off, because as you know it was shot entirely inside. The only time I was truly cold was when the wind machines were on full blast and Dustin was carrying me through the storm. We couldn’t see or hear a thing - THAT felt like the real deal!

Q: I was wondering how you prepared for this role as Sibyl? Was it a challenge for you or did you find it easy to play her?

 A: It was my first series regular role so it was all new territory for me. I met with our Producing Director, Rick Jacobson, at the beginning of the season and he only gave me a general outline of the journey my character was going on. They kept the storyline top-secret! I had to take it day by day, and figure it out organically - which was great for staying moment-to-moment. I was lucky to act opposite Dustin, who has loads of experience, is super relaxed, and is very easy to work off.

Q: What was a favorite memory from behind the scenes?

A: Too many to choose! Probably the arena scene from episode 9. We shot all of that arena stuff over 8 days, so it was like one big party. Everyone knew we were nearing the end of our journey, so it was one last chance to celebrate being together on set. The set itself was new for some of us, and a throwback for others. The extras yelling in the stands were TROOPERS too! Good times.

Q: Were there any “roman” characters like Lucretia or Batiatus or Illithyia or Laeta ect that you liked? If so which male and female roman did you “like”… I personally love me some Gaia and Lucretia.

A: Ooooh yes I loved those two! I really liked watching their scenes from the prequel, and I cried for Lucretia when Gaia died. That’s when she really broke, you know? I also really loved Lucretia & Batiatus together, the show was really good at making you root for them.

Q: What was your reaction when you found out that you secured the role of Sibyl?

A: Haha! I was shopping for lingerie at the time, for another audition actually (I needed something racy) and got the phone call, then fell backwards into a rack of bras for support. Then I had to untangle myself, buy one, and go straight to my other audition, which I never would have gotten because I knew the dates clashed! Oh well. I got to be on Spartacus, and got a really nice push-up bra. It’s my memento :)

Q: What is your favorite gladiator style in the tv show?

A: Well, from having to watch him a lot, I would say Gannicus. Haha

Q: Gwendoline, in your mind, how did Sibyl continue her life after Ganni’s death? Was she preggy?

A: I like to think that she found peace & happiness… hmmm interpret that how you will ;)

Q: Hey Gwen did you get to keep any memorabilia from the show and if so what?

A: Yeah, we all got sent a gift from the production office, mine was a special brooch from Sibyl’s costume. My favourite thing though is an awesome letter opener from the press kit - it’s a miniature Roman standard. I’ve always wanted a legit letter opener and now I can slice through those envelopes like nobody’s business.

Q: Are there any scenes you were in that you were worried your mum might see?!

A: Not at all! Mum already watched the show, and so did Dad! Mum & I actually watched the finale together - not as awkward as you might think

Q: Is there any projects you are working on at the moment?

A: Auditioning, mostly! Although I’ve just come on board as a brand ambassador for Silent Assembly

Q: What was your least favorite thing about playing Sibyl?

A: Being on Spartacus, I would have loved to do more stunts!!! I’m a dancer so I really loved the choreography of it all - apart from the horse riding, the most I got to do with the stunt team was swing a chain then fall over, but even THAT was fun… haha

Q: As a major fan of Gannicus and Sibyl, gotta say y’all pulled it off great.. question?? Was Sybil in love with Gannicus right off the back? Or because she knew he’d protect her?

A: Great question! Thank you! You know how people can manifest things? Sibyl prayed for a saviour, and got one… that moment where she saw him for the first time, she literally couldn’t believe her eyes. She was willing to give him everything. And when you give yourself over to someone, that’s love… :)

Q: Is the scenes in the snow were in studio or outside?

A: EVERYTHING was shot inside a studio. Even those ones in the forest… can you believe it?!

Q: What was your favorite scene to shoot? And if you could play any other character from the series, who would it be?

A: My favourite scene was probably the one underneath the stables with Gannicus… when you finally get to know a little more about Sibyl and what her intentions are. That was such a treat to film. I love those quiet little moments. If I didn’t play Sibyl I would have loved to play Oenomaus - I know he’s a dude but that guy had such a great character arc!!!

Q: I wondered what it was like doing the horse riding when you were escaping from Sinuessa. It looked amazing but scary because the set looked like quite a tight space and you were just holding on.

A: YES! It WAS amazing, and scary, and all those things you mentioned… but I was lucky to have had five weeks of horse riding lessons for five minutes on camera (?!) so I felt very safe.

Q: Has being on Spartacus opened many doors for you with your career?

A: Definitely! It opened up America for me… have been over there a few times, and auditioned for heaps of amazing projects! Watch this space ;)

Q: Miss Andy???

A: I never had the pleasure of meeting Andy, but everyone who did talked of him very highly x

Q: What kind of future career you dreamed in childhood?

A: An actress, of course  :)

Q: Do you think the love between Sibyl and Gannicus was as real as the one between Gannicus and Melitta?

A: All love is real x

Q: Out of all of the actors/actresses who did you get on with the most and who would you love to work with again?

A: Loved working with Anna (Hutchison) - she’s a Kiwi girl too so we got on really well!

Q: What did you like the most about playing Sibyl?

A: Aww she was just so cute :) in fact she was so cute she almost didn’t belong in that world, you know? I thought that was hilarious!

Q: Gwendoline would you say that Gannicus feel in love with you because you reminded him of Melitta?

A: In some ways, yes… but the key difference between Sibyl & Melitta is that Sibyl was AVAILABLE to him, and gave him her whole heart… :)

Q: Was it uncomfortable doing hot and steamy scenes in front of the cameras?

A: Not really! The entire cast & crew are very professional, so for me it just felt like any other scene you would shoot!

Q: Who was your favorite character (other than Sibyl)? Who do you think was the best villain!?

A: I loved Oenomaus. And Crassus was definitely the best villain, so complex…

Q: You played a great character, was curious how you got the role and if you were a fan of the show before you got the part?

A: Thanks! I loved playing Sibyl… I auditioned like everyone else, and I was aware of the show but hadn’t watched too much of it! Naturally I watched all the episodes before I started shooting and got hooked!

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^Just the highlights. Full Q & A here :)

I was tagged by evilqueened. Thank you, love <3

tagging: everyone. 

pick your five favorite shows

  1. The Originals
  2. Dark Angel
  3. Spartacus
  4. Heroes
  5. Reign

1. Who is your favorite character in 2?

Max

2. Who is your least favorite character in 1?

Finn

3. What’s your favorite episode of 4?

I can’t answer. It’s been 4/5 years..

4. What’s your favorite season of 5?

I think the 1st one was better, but last 2 episodes of the 2nd was incredible. So I’ll go with 2nd season.

5. What’s your favorite relationship in 3?

Gannicus x Oenomaus! Or Spartacus and his wife.. Oh and Crixus x Naevia. Don’t make me choose, please. It’s bad enough they didn’t get a happy ending ;x

6. Who is your anti-relationship in 1?

Finn and anyone of his siblings! Also klayley romantically.

7. How long have you watched 4?

My whole life? idk, since 2007 or 2008 maybe.

8. How did you become interested in 3?

Oh, that’s the only show I can give you an appropriate answer to this question! Milo Ventimiglia tweeted about it and I knew I should watch it! I regretting it the first 20 minutes, but by the end of the episode I was in love!

9. Who is your favorite actor in 2?

Jessica Alba..

10. Which show do you prefer 1, 4, or 5?

1

11. Which show have you seen more episodes of? 1 or 3?

They are really close, but 3 has two more episodes. lol

12. If you could be anyone from 4 who would you be?

Elle!

13. How would you kill off your favorite character in 1?

That might seem awkward. lol So Klaus is my favorite and if he has to die, I would want Kol to kill him. And then bight him back to life, of course. So Mikael or Dahlia or someone.. can see Klaus dying, you know. idk.. I’m confused.. Why would I want my favorite to die?

14. Would a 2/3 crossover work?

I would love to see Max killing Romans, but I don’t think it would be appropriate.. 

15. Pair two characters in 2 that would make an unlikely, but strangely okay couple:

Max x Alec? idk..

16. Overall, which show has a better cast, 3 or 5?

I have to say 3, because I don’t know much about 3’s cast. But 5’s cast is one of the best <3

17. Which show has a better soundtrack, 1, 4 or 5?

idk. I’ll just go with 5.

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;; So, I just made over 100 icons of Gannicus using one colouring. This is not the time to decide I prefer a different colouring instead — anywho, I hope you lovelies are having a wonderful Christmas. Currently I have guests over so I have to go & tomorrow morning I’ll be going to the first screening of botfa in my area. I might get online again later tonight, depending on how tired I am. If not, replies tomorrow afternoon. G’night!!

gxnnicus || x

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                         Length of stride widens a fraction, if to pull her lithe body across the
                  ever quicker. The hunting trip had turned sour quicker than she’d wished
                  it to. And her bitter heart blamed only one person… Gannicus. Had he not
                  brought the Roman whore through those woods. Had he not sought out
                  Spartacus— Jealousy had filled her soul, and she knew not why. Not in
                  this instant. He was sure to kill Ilithyia… There was no other outcome, but
                  once more she took a back burner to his vengeance. It angered her more
                  than anything else.

                                   ❝   Why bring her here? Present her to Spartacus—
                                    Death brought upon her would have been rewarded
                                    more so than keeping that bitch hostage.  
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