Kit Harington Says Being Called a Hunk Is Demeaning
‘Game Of Thrones’ heartthrob Kit Harington has captured the hearts of millions of TV viewers for his role as Jon Snow. But the actor has hit out at those who decide to praise him for his brooding good looks and chiselled torso rather than his acting ability — because he doesn’t want to be called a hunk, OK?
“To always be put on a pedestal as a hunk is slightly demeaning,” Harington told the New York Post’s Page Six. “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.”
“In this position you get asked a lot, ‘Do you like being a heartthrob? Do you like being a hunk?’ Well, my answer is, ‘That’s not what I got into it for.”
He added: “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.”
Meanwhile, Harington also shared with the newspaper how he relates to his character, Jon Snow, in ‘Game Of Thrones’.
“Well, I have an inner warrior,” he said. “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.”
He continued: “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. Although around my friends I can be quite lively.”
The fifth season of Game Of Thrones debuts on April 13.