Acclaimed composer Ramin Djawadi is no stranger to winning awards for his work, having 15 of them under his belt. Surprisingly though, an Emmy isn’t one of them. Despite being nominated three times – only once for Game of Thrones, which is a crime in and of itself – Djawadi has never taken home the coveted trophy. Hopefully his luck will change this year with his nomination for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music for Westworld.
How does Djawadi feel about getting the nod? Billboard has the scoop. “It was a total surprise. I never expect anything,” he confesses. “That’s always my motto with things like this, so then the surprise is even better. It came out of nowhere for me.” It may have been unexpected, but certainly not undeserved. “We worked very hard on the show and it’s really fantastic. I’m ecstatic to be one of [the show’s 22 nominations],” Djawadi admits. “[The theme] is very unique and there was definitely a very positive response to the whole player piano thing. The main title and themes are based on my piano playing and we shot my fingers to match the notes on the piano in the main title. A lot of work went into that.”
When asked whether he has any ideas for next season’s score, Djawadi claims to be in the dark right now. “I don’t know anything about it yet,” he says. “I’m literally just this week getting into the final stretch of Game of Thrones, and now Westworld is just starting to shoot. I don’t know much about it, and I’m just now getting with [co-creators] Jonah [Nolan] and Lisa [Joy] to find out what season two will bring us.”
“For the first season I started writing music while they were shooting, but I haven’t gotten any scripts yet, so I’m curious to see what they’re up to,” Djawadi explains. “Hopefully there will be more piano stuff because clearly it was very well liked and it was fun to do.” I’m sure we’d all agree with that!
Check out the entire interview at Billboard.
Another of Westworld‘s Emmy nominees (for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series), Evan Rachel Wood, reveals to Vulture how she found out about the multiple time periods taking place during season one. Most of the key plot points were kept from the cast during filming, to reduce the risk of leaks. Wood was no exception, despite her character Dolores Abernathy being at the heart of one of the show’s biggest mysteries.
Wood admits the cast was “piecing it all together just like the audience” during production and beyond. She was able to guess a few theories on her own, but she stumbled upon one key during filming by accident. “It was so nonchalant how I found out. It was around production of the third episode and I asked the question, ‘Why is this gun here?’ When I closed the door, it was gone. As an actor, I want to know what’s going on, it’s a legitimate question. Then somebody explained that it was part of a completely different timeline,” she says.
That small slip by one of the crew had Wood questioning everything from then on. She confesses, “I walked off the set and thought, ‘I don’t know anything. This show could be anything. My mind is completely blown.’” Wood definitely wasn’t alone as fans of the show can attest. Hopefully season two will have many more mind-blowing moments in store!
Read the rest at Vulture.