Israeli locksmith opens door for 'Game of Thrones' star
When Nikolaj Coster-Waldau called Shahar Efraim, he had no idea a superfan would come to his rescue.
Fans of "Game of Thrones" know that Jaime Lannister could use a helping hand. Quite literally. When captured by the Stark family in Season 3, the character's hand gets chopped off, leaving him unable to fight with a sword. But that disadvantage didn't leave him helpless offscreen – especially when you have Shahar Efraim on speed dial.
The West Hollywood-based Israeli locksmith is used to being called by celebrities. "One time, we were out to dinner and we had to go stop at this mansion," Efraim's wife Rachel told From the Grapevine. "When you're on call, it's never predictable." The home belonged to record producer DJ Mally Mall. "I was waiting in the driveway and luxury cars kept pulling up."
But Rachel was confused last week when her husband texted her a selfie he had just taken with one of TV's most famous actors. The problem was Rachel didn't recognize the famous person. "I don't watch 'Game of Thrones' so I didn't know who it was."
Although he first appears to be unscrupulous and immoral, Jaime Lannister (portrayed by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) later proves to be far more complex, honorable and sympathetic. (Photo: Helen Sloan / HBO)
Her husband called her. "You won't guess who's house I'm at," he said. He was right. She couldn't guess. She had to Google "Nikolaj Coster-Waldau" and that's when she realized her husband was meeting one of his idols. "He knows everything about 'Game of Thrones.' He's crazy about it."
The Danish actor was having his house rekeyed, which is a long process, so Efraim had plenty of time to chat with him. Afterwards, Coster-Waldau shared the selfie on his Instagram account to his more than 3 million followers.
Asked if she thinks her husband is famous now, Rachel demurred. "I don't think he's a celebrity here," she said. "I think he's a celebrity in Israel."
So has she ever met anyone famous in her job as a registered nurse? "That would be a HIPAA violation," she laughed. "But if I was a locksmith, I could tell you."
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