Actress Gemma Whelan, who played ‘Yara Greyjoy’, was allowed to breastfeed her baby on the sets of Game of Thrones when she gave birth to her first child in 2017.
Whelan said she will always be grateful for the way she was accommodated as a new working mom, and said all sessions should be like this, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
Speaking to The Independent newspaper, Gemma Whelan said: “With Game of Thrones, I actually went back to my daughter and she was six weeks old and they allowed her to breastfeed. That should be normal: you have a child and you have to feed him, but you are also working. “
Gemma Whelan and her husband, comedian and actor Gerry Howell, welcomed their second child six weeks ago and despite her fears, she would be “on the shelf for a while” because of her baby, she landed a role in the new British police drama. ‘The Tower’, and the team on that show were also very accommodating to her needs as a new mom for the second time.
She said, “I thought it would be on the shelf for a while after I had the baby, which is fine, but I was very lucky.”
In a 2020 interview with Radio Times, the actress spoke of her concern that having children would ruin her acting career, saying, “I was worried, like many actors, that if I had a baby, my career would end.
“Actually, if you only ask for what you need without being an idiot, (taking your baby on set) is not insurmountable. And your career is not over. “