The Irish thriller Unwelcome follows the story of an expecting couple, Jamie (Douglas Booth) and Maya (Hannah John-Kamen) when they move to rural Ireland in hopes of a quiet life. Since their new houses needed repairs, the couple hire the Whelan family who bring their superstitions and violent tendencies with them. Kristian Nairn, who is best known as Hodor in Game of Thrones, plays the eldest of the Whelan children, Eoin.


In an exclusive interview with uInterview founder Erik Meers, Nairn discussed the scariest scene from the movie.

“I just love the scene in the forest, it was such a beautiful atmospheric setting,” Nairn said. “Also playing a character that is very different to myself and doing things that I would never do, I mean that’s one of the most fun things about been an actor, you get to do even the horrible things are kind of fun. We were filming in like a beautiful woodland setting, but it was all sort of smoked up and made super eerie. It kind of made me uncomfortable, the subject matter made me uncomfortable, and I think being uncomfortable is good and I hope that translates on the screen, I’ll be very happy.”

Nairn went on to talk about what makes his character scary.

“I mean with Eoin, he was quite a quiet person but also could be quite explosive,” he explained. “I think that itself is quite scary as they say, that one of the things you fear is the wrath of a quiet man. I think that’s very true, and I think he’s had quite an abusive relationship with his father as well and he’s sort of harboring all that stuff and it sort of brings that to life. You do have to call on experiences that you might not have yourself but it’s all about something about your character, trying to take yourself away from your own personal experiences, and just try and inhabit that space.”

Unwelcome will be released in theaters on March 10 and VOD on March 14.

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