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"To always be put on a pedestal as a hunk is
slightly demeaning," laments Kit Harington, 28,
who stars as Jon Snow on the award-winning hit
TV series, Game of Thrones.
"It really is and it s in the same way as it is for
women. When an actor is seen only for her physical
beauty it can be quite offensive," says the London-
It s not often you hear of an actor complaining
about being sexually objectified but it seems that
the Game of Thrones fan base can be rather pas-
He explains further: "Well, it s not just men that
can be inappropriate sexually; women can be as well.
I m in a successful TV show in a kind of leading man
way and it can sometimes feel like your art is being
put to one side for your sex appeal. And I don t like
that," he says.
"In this position you get asked a lot: Do you like
being a heart-throb? Do you like being a hunk? Well,
my answer is, That s not what I got into it for."
Be that as it may, his ripped abs, sky-high cheek
bones and soulful eyes have no doubt helped him
remain gainfully employed. He has been a regular in
the wildly-popular fantasy drama since it first hit
the screen, in 2011.
Has any of Snow s warrior tendencies rubbed off
on him? "Well, I have an inner warrior," he smiles.
"And I m proud of my inner warrior. He fights for
me every day. That s one of the things I like about
myself. I can be quite brave in situations and foolhardy
at the same time. Like Jon, just like Jon."
In what other ways does he resemble Snow?
"I guess the way we re both black sheep although
I don t feel like I m an outcast in society like he is,
but I share his difficulty in fitting in sometimes. Also,
we re quite private people. I can be just as introverted
as Jon. I m not naturally good at being an extrovert,
being showy," he says. "Although around my friends
I can be quite lively."
We ll be seeing a lot more of Harington in the near
future. While fans eagerly await Game of Thrones
season five, which begins airing on April 12, Harington
switches gears and leaves his warrior furs behind to
star in the upcoming WW1 film, Testament of Youth,
based on the memoir by Vera Brittain.
"I knew the book because I studied it at school.
I was very excited to play Roland Leighton. I love
the way he wrote those beautiful letters and poems
to his loved one. I like doing that myself, and it s
really a lost art," he says. "Actually, I have that Tom
Hanks typewriting app. I love it. There s no spell
check so you really have to think it out," he laughs.
"I like writing in that way. There s a great romance
in writing to people, which is very apparent in Tes-
tament of Youth.
"I m a hopeless romantic, maybe to a fault at times,
because it s gotten me into trouble," he chuckles.
"But I love romance. I think it s one of the greatest
pleasures in life. It s about giving each other some-
thing, it s giving something away and it should be
a most unselfish act. It s saying: I ve hired a little
cottage somewhere. We re going away! Surprise!"
Though Harington may wax lyrical on the merits
of love and romance, he confirms his romantic status
is currently single. His last reported relationship was
with his former Game of Thrones co-star, Scottish
actor Rose Leslie, who played his onscreen
lover/nemesis Ygritte. Their on-again, off-again
romance ended last year.
"I m single and I have been for a while. And when
I said that I m a hopeless romantic, I m trying not
only to search for the love of my life, but to learn
to be happy with myself and who I am as a person,"
he says, candidly.
"Hopefully that lovely lady will come along one
day. And although I love romance, I m trying to live
without it at the moment." (He was also rumoured
Game of Thrones star
doesn't like being called a hunk
to have been in a relationship with
Aussie beauty Emily Browning, with
whom he starred in Pompeii last year).
And like Jon Snow, Harington has
the same weakness when it comes to
women. He laughs. "Redheads," he says,
nodding his head. "Love redheads."
Speaking of hair, unsurprisingly, the
state of his hair is not one of his
"Yeah, it irritates me," he bristles.
"People become fascinated by very par-
ticular things and I find that really
interesting, whether it s a catchphrase
or someone s hair. He lightens up a bit.
"But I love that I seem to have bril-
liant hair. I suppose it s a great thing
in life, isn t it?" He laughs.
"Especially that I m terrified of going
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