At FACTS spring edition 2016, two women met a man. Two women love to watch Game of Thrones. In Game of Thrones, a man plays a remarkable role. So, when FACTS convention announced a man as a guest, two women were pleased to hear this.
At FACTS convention two women rushed to the guests, to see a man. A man was already sitting there, smiling and signing autographs for fans. So, two women decided to go for a photo op with a man!
That is how it started! Tom Wlaschiha was a guest at FACTS Convention. As you may already know, he's well known for his role as Jaqen H'Ghar in Game of Thrones. In the last season, his role grew and the character has become very important. And I love this storyline. It's mysterious and exciting. Yes after meeting Ian Beattie and Eugene Simon at Dutch Comic Con we were excited to meet yet another actor from this great show. Arya is one of my favorite characters in the show and Jaqen and Arya have got many scenes together. So I was particularly interested in what Tom had to say. Meeting Tom was absolutely great! We started off with the photo op: All went smoothly. Except for the pronouncement of his name while buying the photo op ticket. Carola did good but I just mumbled something like Tom Wlawla lol. Photo ops go very quickly, but it was nice to meet him this way. We shook his hand, the photographer took the picture and we went to pick up our photo.
Later that afternoon, I went to see Tom's Q&A. Liv wasn't there because she had her photo op with Richard Dean Anderson. Yes, that was a shame, but I knew I had another chance on Sunday. Also, McGyver is my (childhood)hero so I was very excited to go to this photo op. Little did I know that I would be standing in line throughout the whole Q&A of Tom and half of Louise Brealy's. So, I was on my own. He talked about how he got involved in Game of Thrones and what it's like to play in the series. He told that, at first, he thought it was a pretty weird role: A man who talks about himself in the third person. And he had never heard of Game of Thrones before. Luckily, the producers really liked Tom's tape! Ramsey and Joffrey are his favorite characters in Game of Thrones because they are really interesting. And also really annoying, but hey I get him. They play their roles really good. Apparently offscreen they are the nicest guys. So playing a bad guy, like they do is a pretty fine piece of acting.
I really liked the Q&A, and Tom seemed an awesome guy. So, I started to think about maybe getting an autograph too. Liv and I both decided to do this, so on Sunday, we sprinted to his table full of good spirits But: no Tom. We went away for a moment and returned later. And there he was. Of course, by then, my courage was nowhere to be found. But, we had a tight schedule and it was now or never. So we walked to his table. I wasn't prepared enough, my mind was going crazy again: SAY something!! So I just mumbled a bit that I loved the show. He smiled and said, yeah me too :). (Haha). I was very courageous in saying we're gonna do this but when standing at the table my mind went blank, but luckily Tom started talking and the ice was broken...sort of.
He asked for our names, to write along with the autograph. When I said my name I quite surprised that he immediately could spell and pronounce it right. Though I knew he's German, I was still kind of surprised by how he pronounced it. Love it. Liv talked to me in Dutch, saying that it's probably easier for him because he speaks German. He look at us, not understanding what we were talking about, so we explained. When I pronounced my name, the assistant (sitting next to Tom) thought my name was Leffe (after the Belgian Beer lol). I am used to this because I always have to say my name twice, but Tom instantly looked at the guy and said " Liv! Like Liv Ullmann!" I was surprised about the fact he knew this, because I'm actually named after Liv Ullmann but no one seems to know her. ( Liv Ullman is a Norwegian actress, writer and director and is internationally known. She was an icon of the seventies). I thought it was great that I didn't have to explain this to Tom. I felt like I could have said more, but not much would come out. Though I did talk a bit about how busy it was and how many people he must have seen over the days. Oh, and he remembered us from the day before! That's so awesome. Yeah I loved that. Kudos Tom!
We also went to the Q&A again on Sunday. This time, together. At this Q&A, he told that this was only his third convention to attend. Well, he's doing awesome! He was very much at ease, kind to everyone.When he was asked who should be on the Iron Throne his answer was short: Jaqen H'Ghar. (Lol). He even talked like "A Man" at some point. He also talked about how all of his scenes are with Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and how they tried to beat each other's scores in 2048(a mobile math game) when they had time to kill between scenes. He won, by the way, haha. This Q&A was the perfect ending to a perfect second day at FACTS. Even when he walked from the Q&A room to the guest's room again, he would talk to fans and answer questions. Being very patient and making lots of people happy. We would love to see Tom again at a convention! Indeed it was lovely to meet him. And Tom if you ever read this: Vielen Dank für Ihre freundlichkeit!
Photo: Photo op at FACTS convention