Aidan Gillen isn’t mourning the lack of Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish.
The 50-year-old Irish actor, who starred because the self-made lord and schemer in HBO’s “Sport of Thrones” from 2011 till 2017, informed Fox Information he’s not sorry to see his character go.
Followers of the fantasy drama nonetheless bear in mind when Baelish met his finish on the Season 7 finale. After his demise sentence for treason and homicide was pronounced by former ward Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), her sister Arya (Maisie Williams) carried out the execution by slitting his throat.
“It was sensible to be a part of ‘Sport of Thrones’ for the period of time I used to be, which was seven seasons,” mentioned Gillen. “However it’s additionally good to be carried out with that, stroll away and discover a new go well with to placed on. For me anyway, it’s all the time what’s taking place proper now. That’s the thrilling factor. And that’s all the time what I’m doing. And every part else takes place within the background.”
And Gillen has already moved on from the grasp manipulator. The truth is, he’s determined to ditch dragons to seek for alien life.
Gillen is presently starring in a brand new thriller collection on the Historical past Channel titled “Mission Blue Ebook.” The present, which is predicated on a real story, explores U.S. Air Pressure-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomenon from 1947-70. Gillen performs Dr. Allen Hynek, an astrophysicist who serves as a advisor to the Air Pressure venture the place he assesses experiences on UFOs.
Hynek is credited with coining the phrase “shut encounters of the third variety” to explain people assembly aliens from outer house. He later served as technical adviser to the 1977 Steven Spielberg movie that had the identical title.
Gillen mentioned he didn’t hesitate to tackle the position.
“I’ve been type of fascinated with this topic since an early age,” he defined. “So, to have the ability to drop into the life of the particular man who impressed Spielberg to make considered one of my favourite movies, the primary movie I ever went to see alone within the cinema, ‘Shut Encounters of a Third Sort,’ was a no brainer.”
The actual-life Hynek handed away in 1986 at age 75 of a malignant mind tumor. Nevertheless, Gillen shared his sons have been supportive of the present and served as advisers.
“For my very own half, I suppose there may be numerous materials there,” mentioned Gillen. “Hynek had written books and a number of onscreen stuff that was out there to observe. In fact, I learn all that I might discover and glean from that. However we additionally have been fortunate sufficient to have the ability to have some entry to the Hynek household, particularly, Paul and Joel, two of his sons, who would share extra private insights and little issues like household images, which weren’t little to me.
“It was actually nice to have them concerned. My massive factor was I simply wished to know what sort of an individual he was outdoors of the general public eye, off-camera — as a household man. As a result of I reckoned that was what it was all rooted in. His work and his passions have been rooted within the love of household and earthly issues.”
Gillen added that every episode of “Mission Blue Ebook” focuses on an precise case that was investigated. ETOnline beforehand reported that over 12,000 sightings have been reported to Mission Blue Ebook throughout its time, and present creator David O’Leary meant to utilize as many as he might — or no less than the “juiciest.”
“To work in a style that’s primarily related to fantasy, or make-believe, or the creativeness, and to have every of your scripts primarily based on an actual case that was reported by a number of folks and investigated by the federal government is exclusive,” mentioned Gillen. “Sci-fact versus science fiction.”
And Gillen wasn’t the one one who meticulously studied for his new position. Gillen’s co-star Michael Malarkey of “The Vampire Diaries” fame mentioned he fortunately dived into the position of Captain Michael Quinn, who’s loosely primarily based on Edward J. Ruppelt, the Air Pressure officer concerned with Mission Blue Ebook.
“… I’ve someone I do know who’s within the Air Pressure who was an excellent supply for me,” the 35-year-old British-American actor informed Fox Information. “And likewise, I grew up very near [the] Wright-Patterson Air Pressure base, which is the place the Blue Ebook headquarters was, which is a bizarre little full circle for me personally.
“I went into Wright-Patterson to do a number of my preliminary analysis, I even did some flying classes and flew a airplane myself. … I felt it was essential for me to get a way of the etiquette and the place their coronary heart sits on issues.”
Gillen is conscious he could by no means escape his “Sport of Thrones” previous. However nowadays, he’s trying ahead to his future and the good past.
“I’m taking up characters on a regular basis,” he mentioned. “It all the time feels good, regardless of the newest one is, that’s the place it’s taking place, ? … I do know the ‘Sport of Thrones’ factor remains to be very present for me and I speak to folks about it on daily basis, however I’m Hynek now.”
“Mission Blue Blue” premieres Tuesday, Jan. eight at 10 p.m.