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In many ways, Game of Thrones has been a great gig for the actors on the series, considerably rising the profiles of the lead cast and keeping them in the news throughout the year. However, for Game of Thrones lead Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow on the series, the job definitely has its downsides. Here’s what he had to say about life during Game of Thrones.
"Game Of Thrones is my life, it's my day job, I love it. But honestly, if there is a curse of Thrones, it's a lifetime of having to talk about it."
HBO’s fantasy drama was Harington’s breakthrough role, but since he signed on to the gig, he’s nabbed other big roles, including the lead in Pompeii and a voiceover role in How to Train Your Dragon 2. It’s Game of Thrones, though, that people want to talk about, and Harington doesn’t seem to think the GOT questions will end anytime soon.
In fact, he’s probably right. During a recent British GQ interview, he was asked several questions about the upcoming Season 5 of Game of Thrones, one of which highlights the other downside to playing Jon Snow (and no, it’s not that people often walk up to him and say “you know nothing.”) Actually, Harington has famously been asked to maintain his Game of Thrones haircut for the duration of the show, which makes him easy to spot compared to some of the other characters on the show.
"I'm more recognizable in public than much better-known actors. So many people watch, and I go around looking like my character."
He has a point. During the show’ off-season, female leads like Lena Headey and Emilia Clarke get to ditch the wigs and deal with shorter and decidedly less blonde hairdos. But Harington doesn’t really get that luxury, as it would take some time to re-grow out his rather long locks. He’s stuck with those locks until Game of Thrones ends or his character Jon Snow dies on the series, whichever comes first.
While Game of Thrones does come with some cons, there are plenty of pros. The show has helped to raise the profiles of many of the actors on the series—especially the young cast members—and the popularity of HBO’s drama recently allowed the cast members to renegotiate for more money moving forward. Every job has its pros and cons, but I think if a haircut and having to talk about yourself and the show all the time are the big issues, that’s still not a half-bad way of earning a paycheck.
HBO’s Game of Thrones is expected to return to the schedule this spring.