Game of Thrones Star Says He No Longer Wants to Play Jon Snow-Like Roles
Written by Taiwo Adediran on September 23, 2020
Kit Harington wants to reinvent himself in the movie industry.
The actor who is best known for playing Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, says he doesn’t want to play traditional male “hero” roles anymore.
“I feel that emotionally men have a problem, a blockage, and that blockage has come from the Second World War, passed down from grandfather to father to son,” he said in an interview with the Telegraph. “We do not speak about how we feel because it shows weakness, because it is not masculine. Having portrayed a man who was silent, who was heroic, I feel going forward that is a role I don’t want to play anymore.”
He added, “It is not a masculine role that the world needs to see much more of.”
Harington said he would like to play roles that explore trauma and masculinity in a less traditional way, adding that he had a “gender fluid” childhood that he just rolled with.
“I asked for a Mighty Max, and she bought me a Polly Pocket,” he said of his mom. “I asked for an Action Man, and I got a doll — it was very gender fluid from the word go. And I went with it.”
He also added that he’s trying to get over Game of Thrones wrapping production, and that he thinks that he’s finally reached that point.
“You know that elated feeling you get when you are walking down the street and you realize that you haven’t thought about your ex-girlfriend in a while, and you go, ‘I think I am getting over them.’ I am at that place now and I am really happy,” Harington said.
“I cried a lot in the last season, just out of sheer fatigue. But I was feeling pretty emotional that day. I think it was more to do with Emilia [Clarke, Daenerys Targaryen], more about the people around me and the story coming to an end.”