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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Covers Men's Health May 2013

Posted Wednesday April 10, 2013 11:10 AM GMT

Fresh off the successful season three premiere of his hit HBO series "Game of Thrones," Nikolaj Coster-Waldau scored a cover spot on the May 2013 issue of Men's Health.

While rocking a casual ensemble for the Nino Munoz-front page shot, the 43-year-old Danish actor chatted about everything his career to approaching a new role.

"I always wanted to be an actor, but never told anyone," the "Mama" actor admitted. "I had this superstition that if I said it out loud, it wouldn't come true."

When discussing what really motivates him, Mr. Coster-Waldau revealed, "I love team sports and being in a movie [is like that]. If you're not good, you're going to pull everyone down."

In regards to taking on new characters, Nikolaj said, "You have to be sharp when the camera's rolling. I want to be totally unselfconscious, like a child playing. I do as much prep as possible so I can lose myself for those seconds."

Photo Credit: Nino Munoz for Men's Health