NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU
Men’s Health Confessions

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Talk about hot guy of the day. Actually, make that hot guy of the week! Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau opens up to Men’s Health this month, where he talks about his career and how he keeps in shape. Here are some highlights:

Nikolaj on why it took him a while to admit he wanted to be an actor: “I always wanted to be an actor, but I just never told anyone,” he laughs. “I had this superstition that if I said it out loud, it wouldn’t come true.”

On his favorite movie, Once Upon a Time in America: “Here I was growing up in a tiny village in Denmark,” he says. “And I’m identifying 100 percent with this gangster from New York. And I think how amazing would it be to explore human behavior in that same way.”

Nikolaj on how sports are like acting:  “I love team sports,” he says, “and being in a movie [is like that]. If you’re not good, you’re going to pull everyone down.”

Nikolaj on what years of auditioning taught him: “You have to take control of the room,” Coster-Waldau says. “You have to be sharp when the camera’s rolling,” he says. “I want to be totally unselfconscious, like a child playing. I do as much prep as possible so I can lose myself for those seconds.”

On where he shines at the gym: “Jesper (Coster-Waldau’s trainer) is huge, so he wins anything involving serious lifting,” says the actor. “I win at tire flipping, though. I’m pretty fast.”

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Photos via WENN/Men’s Health

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