Actress Gemma Whelan, who played ‘Yara Greyjoy’, was allowed to breastfeed her baby daughter on the sets of Game of Thrones when she gave birth to her first child back in 2017.
Whelan said she will always be grateful for the way that she was accommodated as a new working mother, and she said that all shoots should be like that, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
Speaking to The Independent newspaper, Gemma Whelan said: “With Game of Thrones, actually, I went back with my daughter and she was six weeks old and they allowed for breastfeeding. That should just be a normal thing – you have a child and you have to feed it but you’re working as well.”
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 little while” due to her baby she landed a role on new British police drama ‘The Tower’, and the team on that show were also very accommodating of her needs as a new mum second time round.
She said: “I thought I’d be on the shelf for a little while after having the baby, which is fine, but I was very lucky.”
In a 2020 interview with Radio Times, the actress spoke of her concerns that having children would wreck her acting career, saying: “I was worried, as many actors are, that if I had a baby my career would be over.
“Actually, if you just ask for what you need without being an idiot, it (taking your baby on set) isn’t insurmountable. And your career isn’t over.”