Hannah John-Kamen is a British actress known for her roles as Dutch in the Syfy television series Killjoys, she is also known for her role as a Dothraki widow in the sixth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones and for voicing a character in the video game Dark Souls II.
Most recently Hannah has had a role in Star Wars The Force Awakens and Tomb Raider and she also plays Ghost in the upcoming Marvel’s Ant-Man & The Wasp… but today we are speaking to her all about Stephen Spielberg’s Ready Player One where she plays F’Nale Zandor the offsider to Ben Mendelsohn’s character the villainous Nolan Sorrento.
From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the action adventure “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon.
In the year 2045, the real world is a harsh place. The only time Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) truly feels alive is when he escapes to the OASIS, an immersive virtual universe where most of humanity spends their days. In the OASIS, you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone—the only limits are your own imagination. The OASIS was created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance), who left his immense fortune and total control of the Oasis to the winner of a three-part contest he designed to find a worthy heir. When Wade conquers the first challenge of the reality-bending treasure hunt, he and his friends—called the High Five—are hurled into a fantastical universe of discovery and danger to save the OASIS and their world.
Ready Player One opens in cinemas March 29.
Please note the below is just a part-transcript of the interview, listen to the full interview above! We talk about her small role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens where I let her know she has her own Wookiepedia page… its all very exciting.
Have you seen the film?
I have I saw it in Toronto on my own is a very very funny I was jumping up and down in joy at the end but I had no one to share it and I was like ‘oh dear’ it’s just me and the bouncer at the back. I thoroughly thoroughly thoroughly enjoy it, it was like a ride
I watched it the other day as well and its 2 hours and 20minutes long and it honestly didn’t feel like that at all…
No. No it really doesn’t it really fly’s by and the minute the credits are going up I was really like aww I wanna watch it again, I need to watch it again. I feel like it’s one of those films where you know you kind of have to watch it say more than three times to really kind of see and feel the extras references.
What was the process like Auditioning for a Spielberg film?
Oh, look it was actually amazing I read the book already actually my co-star on my TV series he was in a book club and he gave me this book to read and I absolutely loved it. My agent called me and said so we’ve got a meeting for you in a movie which is called Ready Player One and I said oh my gosh. Wow. Wow okay. Alright Cool. So which role is it? it’s a new character, a new character called F’nale Zandor… I mean that’s a cool name that’s a really cool name so I’m definitely going to read it. I read the kind of description of the character and I did a self-tape and then I sent it off and then before I knew Stephen wanted to meet me in person and I flew out to L.A. and I remember about being at Amblin Studios and I had to use the wash room to just kind of breathe for a minute before I was about to meet Stephen and I remember I was like looking in the mirror, I hadn’t told anyone that I was meeting Stephen either and I called my Dad and said Hi I’m about to meet Steven Spielberg I’m just feeling quite nervous and my Dad was quite amazing he didn’t even bat an eyelid.. he said “okay alright, where are you?” I’m sitting in a toilet looking in the mirror. Ok darling look in the mirror you know who you are your grounded just have fun enjoy it. Then I met Stephen and it was just such a pleasure to meet him. He was just so wonderful. And then afterwards he said you’ve got the job and I think that’s when I lost my cool.
You worked closest on the film with fellow Aussie Ben Mendelsohn what was it like to work with him?
Oh my gosh he is so phenomenal, I was a huge fan of his actually I really rooting for him before even knowing that he was going to be playing Nolan Sorrento so I was so so excited to work with him and I don’t think he even really knew he certainly even though they know now that I was excited to meet him because I was such a huge fan of Bloodline he is so funny he really is funny and also I think with our characters the way we both approach it we had a very similar kind of way of kind of working so that really made the day fun and the days you know really just quite effortless to work with him could really bounce back and forth with our chemistry so that was that was I mean I couldn’t have asked for anyone better than Ben.
Working with such a young cast, what was the atmosphere like on set?
I think we all kind of go back to our inner child like when we were working on this film because it’s just so much fun and also with Steven Spielberg as well you can you know he even described it as a playground we all get to go in and play and it really was just that it was so much fun and it was just creating magic and everything had that kind of real wonderous kind of sense of wonder and making this fantasy movie and it was you know I think we all ended up being kids.
You’re in Ant-Man and the Wasp, is there anything you can tell us about Ghost? Or is there a red dot on your forehead?
There’s a red dot approaching my forehead depending on what I say next… I can say playing the character Ghost we know that in the comics it was played by a male character, its so much fun to completely take a character off a page and completely re-adapt it into your own so yeah that was so much fun to work with Paul Rudd and work with Peyton Reed aswell who directed the first movie. It was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy it… It’s all I can say.
Congratulations for being in the 10th Anniversary Marvel photo aswell.
Oh that was AMAZING was such a crazy day I couldn’t believe it I was like… look at us all, WE’RE ALL HERE!
Ready Player One opens in cinemas March 29.