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    8 Celebs Who Didn't Watch Their Own Shows, And 8 Who Were Massive Fans Before They Were Even Cast

    One Game of Thrones star was too young to actually watch the show.

    1. Bella Ramsey, who played the inimitable badass Lyanna Mormont in Game of Thrones, wasn't allowed to watch most of the famously graphic show when it aired, since she was only 15 at the time.

    Lyanna at Bear Island

    Ramsey told the L.A. Times, "I’ve been watching Season 8. And I’ve watched a bit of Season 7. I’ve not watched the rest of it. I’ll probably watch it all when I’m 18, maybe. There’s a few bits where my mom and dad just stand in front of me."

    Lyanna on her horse

    2. Whoopi Goldberg told Yahoo! Entertainment that she was a huge Star Trek fan before she played the bartender Guinan on Star Trek: The Next Generation. She recalled that she told creator Gene Roddenberry, "I really want to be on this show."

    Guinan behind the bar

    When asked in a meeting with Roddenberry and an executive producer why she was interested in the show, Goldberg replied, "Do you not know that, prior to your show, there were no Black people in any sci-fi, anywhere?" She also said, "When I was a little girl, it was like, 'Oh, we are in the future.' Uhura did that for me. So I want to be on your show."

    a close-up of Guinan

    3. During the 2010 Newsweek Emmy Roundtable, Matthew Fox admitted that he never watched Lost, despite starring as protagonist Jack Shephard for six seasons.

    Jack in a bunker

    Fox said, "I don't really ever watch myself, so I can't be objective. ... I never watched an episode of Lost." This led Bryan Cranston to joke in response, "It's a good show, you should see it sometime."

    Jack on the beach immediately following the plane crash

    Fox added that while he "loved the story," he "got it all from the script."

    4. Tennis star Serena Williams is a big fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and she actually guest-starred on both the series and its follow-up, The Legend of Korra.

    On Avatar: The Last Airbender, Williams voiced Ming, a Fire Nation prison guard who is sympathetic to Iroh during his captivity in Season 3. And in The Legend of Korra, Williams returned to voice a sage.

    Ming smiles at Iroh from outside his prison cell

    5. In 2012, Adam Driver told Vulture that he'd only watched the first episode of Girls. He didn't try to watch more because of how easy he found it to critique his performance as Adam Sackler.

    Adam talking to Hannah on the street

    Driver said, "I haven’t watched the show. I saw the pilot, and I learned my lesson. I can’t help but see the mistakes."

    Adam talks to Hannah in a cafe

    6. Emma Corrin told Backstage that during their first conversation with their agent, they were asked what their dream role was. Corrin responded, "A series like The Crown." Corrin was later cast as Princess Diana in the fourth season of the show.

    Diana in her wedding dress

    Corrin said, "I knew that I needed to have a very singular focus. I needed to have a drive in completely one direction. If I let myself contemplate doing anything else, I would maybe lose momentum."

    Diana greets paparazzi and fans

    7. Jodie Sweetin, who played Stephanie Tanner in the beloved sitcom Full House, told an audience at the 2017 PaleyFest Fall TV Preview that she's never actually watched the show. Her kids have, though.

    Jodie poses as Stephanie

    Sweetin said, "I have to be honest. I don’t know that I’ve ever watched an entire episode of Full House. Not sat down for an entire episode." She added, "Now, I don’t have a TV. I have, like, Netflix and HBO GO, but I don’t have regular TV, so it’s never on in my house. My kids watch it, like at their dad’s house, or on the iPads. But I don’t know that I’ve ever watched it. I watch clips."

    the full house kids pictured with their Dad

    8. David Tennant was a true Doctor Who devotee growing up, long before he was cast as the 10th Doctor. He told Rolling Stone that the show was a "massive influence" on his career choice. He said, "I think it was for everyone in my generation; growing up, it was just part of the cultural furniture in Britain in the Seventies and Eighties."

    Tennant as the 10th Doctor, with his screwdriver

    Tennant told the Big Issue, "I did like superheroes, too, but Doctor Who was my great passion when I was a kid. Maybe because I could identify with that character. I could never identify with the Incredible Hulk, though I loved the comics. But the Doctor felt like someone I could aspire to being like."

    the doctor standing on theater seats

    9. In 2013, Maggie Smith told 60 Minutes that she'd never watched Downton Abbey, in which she starred as the dowager countess Violet Crawley.

    Smith as the countess in an office

    Smith said, "I've never actually seen it. I don't sit down and watch it. No, I've never watched it." She added, "I will look at it when it's all over, maybe, because it's frustrating. I always see things that I would like to do differently, and think why in the name of God did I do that?"

    the countess smiling

    10. When Brooklyn Nine-Nine was cancelled by Fox, Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted a plea for its renewal and wrote, "I only watch like 4 things. This is one of the things."

    The show was ultimately rescued by NBC, and Miranda appeared as Amy Santiago's infuriatingly perfect brother, David, in the Season 6 episode, "The Golden Child."

    David smiles out the front of jail

    11. In 2014, Bob Odenkirk told the Hollywood Reporter that he hadn't "seen a frame" of Better Call Saul, despite the fact that he plays its title character, the lawyer Saul Goodman. Odenkirk explained, "I really don’t want to know what’s coming later, and I don’t look back at what came before. I think it’s a perfectly good way to approach acting to not know what the fuck is going on."

    Saul points at a woman in his kitchen

    He didn't really watch Breaking Bad, either. By Season 3, Odenkirk had only watched 10 minutes of the series. This resulted in an incident where Bryan Cranston had to correct his line reading, since Odenkirk was acting too friendly towards a character who was Saul's enemy. Afterward, Cranston said, "You don’t watch the show, do you?"

    Saul and Walt argue in a parking lot underneath a better caul saul bulletin board

    12. Mark Hamill told Vulture that when he watched What We Do in the Shadows (the movie) with his son, he "became a huge fan," and that he was "unprepared for how great" the follow-up series was. Hamill said, "I always get nervous about shows I like, because I find something I really love and it gets canceled. So I tweeted about it several times, trying to get my followers to give it a try. Apparently, that’s what put me on their radar, and the next thing I know they asked me to come on the show."

    Mark Hamill as the flamboyant Jim the Vampire

    Hamill played Jim the Vampire, an enemy of Laszlo Cravensworth's, and he described the episode as "a joy" and called one of its jokes "just nutty." Said Hamill, "I thought I’d be playing a meter reader, or a next door neighbor, or someone at the Department of Motor Vehicles. When I found out that they wanted me to play what was called in the script The Vampire, I just flipped out. I couldn’t wait."

    Jim breaks a pool cue in half

    13. Taylor Schilling, who starred as Piper Chapman on Orange Is the New Black, told Entertainment Tonight Canada in 2015 that she hadn't watched the first three seasons of the show yet.

    Piper sitting alone at the prison cafeteria

    Schilling said, "I actually have not watched the show yet. My plan going into shooting the next season is to make sure and watch 1, 2, and 3, so I have a lot of television watching to do." At the time, Season 3 was a few months away from dropping on Netflix.

    Piper on her bunk bed

    14. When his guest run on The Office as Deangelo Vickers was announced, Will Ferrell expressed his admiration for the show to Entertainment Weekly.

    Vickers at his desk

    Ferrell said, "I’m friends with Steve [Carell] and a fan of the show, and I just selfishly wanted to do one episode with him, and they pitched multiple ones, and I said, ‘That’d be great.’"

    Vickers greets other employees

    15. In 2012, Adam Levine told MTV News that he was "still too scared" to watch American Horror Story, despite the fact that at that point he was set to star in Season 2 as the ill-fated present-day thrill seeker Leo.

    Adam Levine as the tourist, standing outside the decrepit asylum

    Levine said, "But I'm gonna try and beat my fear of really creepy, scary things like that by doing it. I think that's a good way to tackle that fear."

    Leo lying on an electroshock table and shrugging

    16. And finally: Bob the Drag Queen, the winner of Season 8 of RuPaul's Drag Race, told Vulture that he was such a big fan of the show that it pushed him to get into drag, long before he became one of its cast members and then champions.

    Bob talking to RuPaul at the final

    Bob said, "The show inspired me to do drag. I didn’t do drag before RuPaul’s Drag Race. I moved to New York City to be a comedian and an actor, and one day I was flipping through TiVo and I saw RuPaul had a new show. I watched the first episode, and I started TiVoing every episode — this was back when TiVo was a thing. I became obsessed."

    Bob on the red carpet