It may not be King’s Landing, but the Hollywood home of “Game of Thrones” star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is pretty fantastic.
Fans learned that when the erstwhile Jaime Lannister opened his home to Architectural Digest for the magazine’s latest issue, along with an accompanying video tour (above).
I watched that [Quentin] Tarantino movie, ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’, and there’s a point where [Leonardo] DiCaprio says something like, ‘Once you own a house, you’re really here. You’ve decided to become one of the tribe,’” says the 49-year-old actor, who hails from Denmark.
He took that to heart this summer when he, wife Nukâka Coster-Waldau and their two teenage daughters moved into their first home in Los Angeles, in the Hollywood hills. “And there is some truth to that,” he explains. “It’s a little more mature now, it’s official. I have been working out of L.A. for 15 years, and I can’t hide it anymore.”
When seeking a home to buy, one must-have feature was a backyard swimming pool, “because that’s terribly exotic for us from Scandinavia,” he jokes.
Despite his embrace of Hollywood, he admits that his Scandinavian design ethos has permeated the home’s decor.
“I was doing a FaceTime with a friend, showing him the house, and he was like, ‘This is pretty much like your house in Denmark.’ I was like, ‘Nooo! It’s nothing like my house in Denmark, what are you talking about?!’” he says with a laugh.
“But there are similarities: We’ve also got a flat roof, the same lamps, and red bricks in our backyard there.”
He’s also adamant on maintaining a sparse, minimalist look after coming to the realization that his home in Denmark had too many things in it.
“Every two years we go, ‘Okay, now we really have to get rid of stuff,’” he says. “So we do, and then things creep back in.”
You can read more with Coster-Waldau at Architectural Digest.