Before Pilou Asbæk and Nikolaj Coster- Waldau played enemies Euron Greyjoy and Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones, they were good friends living in Denmark. So good of friends, actually that Asbæk was once Coster-Waldau's children's "manny."
Don't let their GoT characters fool you, or the fact that they fought to the death in the latest episode "The Bells," which saw both of their characters eventually killed off. Offscreen, the two are best of pals.
Asbæk revealed to Entertainment Weekly that a while back he used to watch Coster-Waldau's children. Can you picture Euron Greyjoy with kids? We really, really don't want to.
“We’re actually good friends because we both come from Denmark and — he will hate me saying this, but it’s true — I was the manny for his kids before I became an actor in 2003,” Asbæk shared. “I was like 19, 20 years old. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I thought I wanted to be a teacher because I love kids. I was like a substitute teacher at a kindergarten and his kids were there and I was a manny for them.”
So even with Thrones ending, we're sure the two actors will remain friends and supportive of each other in the future. It's great to see onscreen enemies turn out to have a great--and seriously hilarious--story like this in real life.