Kit Harington on 'Game Of Thrones' and sex scenes with Emilia Clarke

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  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in a scene from 'Game of Thrones'.

A few things you might not know about Kit Harington.

• He’s never been nominated for a Golden Globe.

• He has blue blood on his father’s side; his father is Sir David Harington, a baronet.

• He has the middle name (Catesby) of one of his ancestors on his mother’s side who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament and murder King James, who was a distant relative of his father.

• He was snubbed by Steven Spielberg when Jeremy Irvine was chosen to play the role Harington had originated in the West End production of War Horse.

• His mother is a playwright, but he was inspired to become an actor after seeing Ben Whishaw play Hamlet.

• Although wealthy, he is not above earning revenues from his Jimmy Choo, Nissan and Dolce and Gabbana endorsements.

• He is committed to doing charitable work.

But of course the world knows him as Jon Snow from Game Of Thrones (GoT).

And last July, the 32-year-old actor finally married his GoT co-star Rose Leslie at his father’s ancestral church witnessed by his many GoT co-stars.

Actors Kit Harington and Rose Leslie react as they leave after their wedding ceremony, at Rayne Church, Kirkton of Rayne in Aberdeenshire, Scotland in June 2018. Photo: AP

How comfortable are you being a heartthrob?

I never got into acting to be a heartthrob. I got into acting because I love playing characters and not being myself in a weird sort of way.

But yeah, it just goes with the territory. I am a young leading male actor, and with that goes that aspect of the work, but I am not very comfortable with it.

I am not saying woe is me, because it gets me working in lots of ways, but you have to work very hard to not get boxed into that.

Are you always besieged by fans?

When we were in Seville (Spain) there was like three or four hundred, maybe more, people camped outside our hotel literally the whole time, and in Croatia that’s been the same for the other actors.

What was your weirdest encounter?

Just yesterday I had a lady say that she had given up her appointment for back surgery to wait outside this hotel. And I said to her, “I think you should have gone for the back surgery.”

When I was doing True West (at West End), I had one woman who came 40 times to see the show. Forty times, and she sat in the front row. She’d bring me a bottle of wine every night. Really expensive bottle of wine.

I had to go out and say, “Stop bringing me bottles of expensive wine. You must be breaking the bank. You come every night to this show. I know the tickets are 100 quid, and you’re bringing me a bottle of wine. Where do you work? How have you got all this money?”

So what does this final season mean for you? What will you miss?

My last scene was on a horse and suddenly I went, “I don’t get to come back and do horse riding anymore.”

That was something I got to do every year, and I have become quite a good horseman, and enjoy horse riding on these beautifully trained horses. So I’ll miss that.

Why do you think it’s been so emotional for you?

I think the main thing is, over a seven- or eight-year period, we completely change as humans; the stuff that happens to us, our whole body’s physicality changes.

I look back at who I was nine years ago when I started Thrones and I get emotional when I think about that Kit and how he’s so different from me now.

What I really want to do is watch the final episode, go back and watch the whole thing once and then put it on the shelf and go thank you. That’s how I’m going to say goodbye to it.

So would you do another series like this?

Yes I would. Not in the immediate future unless something really amazing, extra special turns up. But right now what I’m looking at is theatre, limited series and movies.

Also read: Maisie Williams initially thought her ‘Game of Thrones’ sex scene was a prank

Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke star in Game Of Thrones. Photo: HBO Asia

You have some steamy scenes with Emilia Clarke? Did your close friendship with her get in the way?

Well it’s odd isn’t it? Usually you come into a movie and you develop a relationship with the person playing your love interest over a couple of months. Or you meet them quite early on, and the love interest happens quite early on in the series, and you don’t know each other so well when you’re being intimate on screen.

But what happened with me and Emilia was we were best friends over a seven-year period so by the time we had to kiss, it was a little weird.

My wife Rose and I and Emilia, we’re all very good friends. But you get over it.

I mean, she’s wonderful and I love Emilia and I’ve loved working with her. And it’s not hard to kiss her really, is it?

Were those scenes uncomfortable for your wife to watch?

I don’t think it’s ever comfortable to watch ... that’s the weird thing about acting isn’t it?

I went to see a movie she did called Honeymoon where she spends half the movie snogging another one of my friends, Harry Treadaway.

I sat there and about five minutes into the movie I had to close my eyes. I sat between Harry and her, and it was awful.

It’s not pleasant; it’s never pleasant.

You’re getting a lot offers now. What are you looking forward to doing as a change of pace?

I want to do a comedy, maybe because there’s almost nothing comedic about Jon Snow. There really isn’t, even when he’s got a joke. I was given a couple of jokes this year and it just didn’t feel right for him. He’s not a humorous person.

So that’s why I want to do something farcical and ridiculous.

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