Richard Madden talks to about ‘Thrones’ and his new Netflix movie, ‘Ibiza.’

  • Richard Madden talks to about playing a DJ in Netflix’s new comedy, Ibiza
  • Madden says he’s a “hopeless romantic” — and gives advice on pursuing a romantic partner
  • The Scottish actor is famous for playing Robb Stark in Game of Thrones — and says he’s “excited” for the series to come to an end

Netflix’s new original comedy Ibiza sees a New Yorker named Harper (Community’s Gillian Jacobs) going on an ill-advised odyssey to the titular party island to meet up with Leo (Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden), the — in the words of Netflix’s official synopsis — “hot DJ” she met only once.

And in a twist that could only be genuinely shocking in the hellmouth that is 2018, Leo, a male celebrity, turns out to be a perfectly nice, normal dude. chatted with Madden to see if the Scottish actor had any advice himself — especially in an age of terrible texting etiquette that is almost certainly making you sound like a dick — for remaining gentlemanly while pursuing a romantic partner.

“It’s just about chemistry, really,” Madden said.

“I feel like that’s what made [the relationship in Ibiza] not creepy, and more of a classic love-at-first-sight kind of thing,” he added. “There’s a real motive behind his pursuit of her, like a genuine connection.”

We asked Madden — a Scottish Style Award winner who has portrayed both a king and a prince — how a man stays humble in his personal life, whether or not his job is to play an attractive, world-famous DJ.

“I just try not to think about it too much, honestly. My life is actually quite normal, it’s boring,” he said, with the type of chuckle that makes it clear he doesn’t expect anyone to believe that at this point. “I pulled from that in [Ibiza]. I love the concept of a guy who is not defined by what he does for a living. I carried him a bit lonely, a bit goofy. He just happens to be good at what he does.”

Which is basically Madden in a nutshell, an extremely chill Scotsman who just happens to be etched into pop culture history forever thanks his three seasons as Robb Stark on Game of Thrones. But we can’t help but notice that between his Thrones role and Leo the Ibiza DJ — and, hell, even Cinderella’s Prince Charming — Madden has a habit of being cast as dudes who make that genuine connection across crowded rooms at the absolute worst times.

“You know, I don’t know why that is,” he said. “Maybe it’s because I’m a hopeless romantic at heart and in denial about it.”

We can’t really blame him. The last time he attended a wedding it turned into the most infamous death scene this decade. Now, five years and dozens of non-Stark roles later, Madden is looking forward to the HBO mega-hit’s eighth and final go-around.

“You know, I don’t think I can quite feel the weight of it [ending]. But I am excited,” he said. “I’m excited for that story to come to an end. It played out so rich, so beautifully, so full. It’s exciting when you’re able to get to the end of a story and then you get to leave it. You get to say goodbye to something for good.”

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