Game of Thrones actor comes out as gay
Best known as the monosyllabic Hodor on Game of Thrones, actor Kristian Nairn has come out during an interview yesterday with a Game of Thrones' fan site, winteriscoming.net.
Nairn said he's been out and proud for all his life to family,many friends and Game of Thrones cast members, but no interviewer had ever asked him the question. So when the subject of his character's popularity with the bear community came up, Nairn seized his chance.
“Well, in all honesty, when you talk about ‘the gay community,’ you are talking about my community,” Kristian told WinterIsComing.net. “I am aware of it yeah, and I think it’s really lovely. There’s not a day that I don’t get a few messages, but 99% or more are super sweet and nothing smutty at all!
"Again, it’s a privilege, and I really mean that. I’ve never hidden my sexuality from anyone — my whole life in fact — and I’ve been waiting for someone to ask about it in an interview, because it’s not something you just blurt out. I’ve tried to lead the questions a few times, to no avail!”
When asked by the interviewer if he was out to the cast of GoT including his child co-stars, Nairn said he had been brought up to respect other people and himself so would not have it any other way.
“I had an upbringing to respect other people’s privacy, and their right to be and choose what they want, and I expect — no — demand no less for myself,” he says. “It’s a very small part of who I am on the whole, but nonetheless, in this day and age, it’s important to stand up and be counted. I have and always will stand my ground.
So, yeah, people have been great, on the show, but I don’t see why it would be an issue… I would love to see the children in question on the show react to [someone telling them] that. That’s so not even been an issue. The families and kids on the show are so switched on to reality, ‘old ways’ aren’t an issue.”
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