Most of us only met Peter Dinklage a few years ago, when he landed (and crushed) the role of Tyrion Lannister on the HBO hit Game of Thrones. From his raw, honest portrayal of a beloved character to his impassioned speeches at awards shows, it’s been impossible not to fall in love with him.
Still, I’m betting there’s plenty of things you don’t know about him. At least, until now.
#20. Dinklage’s form of dwarfism, achondroplasia, only affects the long bones in the arms and legs.
#19. He’s classically trained – Peter graduated from Bennington College in Vermont with a Bachelor’s degree in Drama. The school invited him back in 2012 to give a commencement speech to the graduating class, which he slayed.
#18. He doesn’t worry too much about whether people are politically correct.
“I hate all that ‘little person’ shit. Call me a midget, but just be real. I am all for correct terms, but please don’t tiptoe around feelings. Don’t be too careful, because that shuts you off from people.”
#17. Peter loves animals – he’s a vegetarian.
#16. He really loves animals, and is avidly outspoken against animal testing.
#15. He’s thinking of making the celeb move of creating his own fragrance.
“You know how Jessica Simpson and Beyoncé have signature perfumes and make a mint? I’m thinking this cologne could be the ticket to fortune.”
#14. Despite having legions of screaming fans worldwide, Dinklage isn’t convinced of his sex appeal.
“They’ll say, ‘Oh, he’s so sexy’, but women still go for the guys who are 6’2”.
#13. Peter and Steve Buscemi met in 1995, and have been BFFs ever since.
#12. He has a real scar that runs from his neck to his eyebrow, which he got during his days playing with his punk band Whizzy. (You can’t make that up).
#11. Peter flubbed a line in a scene with Bronn. He was supposed to say ‘I want to die at the age of 80 with wine in my belly and a girl’s mouth around my c**k’. Instead he said ‘at the age of 80 with wine in my belly, and a girl’s cock around my mouth’. The two reportedly laughed so hard they had to stop filming for a day.
#10. He loves playing Tyrion Lannister, but he doesn’t love the fight scenes he has to film.
“The fight scenes are all a big lie. The whole time, you’re trying not to get hit in the eye with a sword, and you wish you had on a welding helmet.”
#9. Peter and Lena Headey (who plays Cersei Lannister) were friends before being cast on Game of Thrones. It’s been suggested that he brought her name up for the part, and if so, we all owe him a big ‘thank you’!
#8. Peter and Lena once crashed a Canadian gay bar together (I mean, who hasn’t?), and reportedly drank and hula-hooped the night away.
#7. The New York Times Magazine featured him (among others) in a cover story titled Eight Actors Who Turn Television into Art.
#6. He’s the only American cast member on Game of Thrones.
#5. His hair is so casually wonderful and windswept that he doesn’t own a brush. But I’m guessing the makeup and wardrobe departments do!
#4. Even when he was struggling to land parts, Dinklage refused to take roles as elves, leprechauns, or anything that made him feel “dirty.”
“I said no a lot,” he confesses. “A lot.”
#3. Charles Dance, who plays Tyrion’s father Tywin Lannister, is such a nice guy that he’s constantly apologizing for how he treats Dinklage when in character.
#2. He lives with wife Erica Schmidt, and their daughter Zelig. Peter loves tending his herb garden at home in upstate New York.
#1. He used to get private concerts from Bruce Springsteen when they were neighbors.
Anything on this list that you didn’t know about Peter? Is it possible to love this guy any more than we already do? (Especially after fact #1).
h/t: The Chive