Kit Harington: ‘To always be put on a pedestal as a hunk is slightly demeaning’


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Kit Harington is not a big guy. At all. In photos, he seems like he could be sort of lanky, but he’s not. I doubt he’s much taller than 5’6”, although his official height is 5’8″ (yeah right). I’m not saying that as disrespect – he can’t help it! And at least he’s not wearing lifts. Although I do suspect that he’s probably standing on some crates during some Game of Thrones scenes. What’s my point? My point is that Kit really isn’t a bodice-ripping hunk. He isn’t traditional man-candy. He’s a small guy with permanent sad-face and nice hair. But to Kit’s way of thinking, we’re constantly ogling him and objectifying him. You know nothing, Kit Harington! Some highlights from a recent Kit interview:

Don’t objectify him: “To always be put on a pedestal as a hunk is slightly demeaning. 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. 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. 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’s a romantic: “I’m a hopeless romantic, maybe to a fault at times, because it’s gotten me into trouble. But I love romance. I think it’s one of the greatest pleasures in life. It’s about giving each other something, it’s giving something away and it should be a most unselfish act. It’s saying, ‘I’ve hired a little cottage somewhere. We’re going away! Surprise!’”

He’s single: “I’m single and I have been for a while. And when I said that I’m a hopeless romantic, I’m trying not only to search for the love of my life, but to learn to be happy with myself and who I am as a person. Hopefully that lovely lady will come along one day. And although I love romance, I’m trying to live without it at the moment.”

His weakness when it comes to women: “Redheads. Love redheads.”

His popular hair: “Yeah, it irritates me. People become fascinated by very particular things and I find that really interesting, whether it’s a catchphrase or someone’s hair … But I love that I seem to have brilliant hair. I suppose it’s a great thing in life, isn’t it?” He laughs. “Especially that I’m terrified of going bald.”

[From Page Six]

Congrats, redheads. You can have the sad-faced wee bastard who knows nothing. This is actually one of my new favorite things: men getting pissy when they’re treated like pieces of meat, or when they’re treated like every single actress or woman out there. Even Jon Hamm got pissy about it when people started talking about the Hammaconda. My opinion? What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Besides, listening to Kit Harington of all people complain about his beefcake status is… um… interesting? Maybe that’s because Kit is only like 16th most attractive dude on Game of Thrones. I’d rather bang The Hound before I’d do Jon Snow. I’d rather bang Jorah Mormont. I’d rather bang Jamie Lannister. I’d rather bang Brienne of Tarth.

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  1. merski says:

    Oh no, such hardships!

    • Jessica Fletcher says:

      Indeed. Male resting bitchface is a real condition, and this guy has a severe case. The prognosis is grim.

      • JohnWayneLives says:

        Yeah his face says smarmy, smug, and self-important to me, not “le sexy” at all.

  2. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I actually barked with laughter when I read that headline. Um, relax, Kit. Really.

    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      I want to assure Kit that his manhood, such as it is, is perfectly safe in the same room with me. No prob. At all. Ever.

    • Anna says:

      Actually a lot of men and women find him attractive and really hot and don’t seem afraid to let him know. He’s not really my cup of tea but there’s a lot of posts of fan encounters of them thirsting after him pretty obviously.

  3. kai says:

    hah hah….second you on Brienne of Tarth…jon snow knows nothing!!!

    • Amelia says:

      Second on Jorah Mormont!! Why is Iain Glenn considered a second choice to the mopey dumbass?!

      • Kaiser says:

        I think Iain Glenn is SO HOT. When he was on Downton Abbey, I was all “Why are we supposed to be mad at him again?” Lady Mary was such a dumbass for letting him go.

      • Amelia says:

        Lady Mary has downright awful taste in men.
        She doesn’t deserve all that quality dong.

      • Lori says:

        Did you watch him in “the Red Tent”? I have very inappropriate feels for him in a Bible story.

    • I Choose Me says:

      Third on Brienne of Tarth. That woman is sexay.

      • Franca says:

        Really? I think Gwen Christie is very sexy, but Brienne herself? She’s one of my favourite characters, but she’s not sexy. At least not to me.

  4. epiphany says:

    Wow, I bet somebody’s publicist wanted to slap him after this flew out of his mouth! He’s complaining because he gets attention for his looks – are you kidding me? He needs to learn the concept of gratitude, and quick, before the only attention he’s getting is, “hey Kit, it’s your turn at the fry station.”

  5. Lin says:

    Don’t worry honey. There are some of us who don’t see your appeal whatsoever. Also, thanks for ruining one of the best characters in the books.

  6. Serenitynow says:

    Woe is me.

  7. Catelina says:

    You aren’t even that good looking, calm yourself. SN: I don’t watch GOT.
    Anyway, the only solution to this ‘problem’ is to take on challenging roles in good projects and get people talking about you for that reason.

  8. Chrissy says:

    LOL, such suffering. If his looks are such a hardship, maybe he should try shaving his head. His career would tank. Count your blessings, Kit and get over yourself. GOT won’t last forever and I can’t see him as leading man material.

    • mom2two says:

      He’s not bad looking but I wouldn’t put him as the top hunks on GoT (past or present)..I’d rank him below the likes of Richard Madden, Jason Momoa, Sean Bean, Harry Lloyd, Michel Huisman, Nikolaj Coster Waldau, Pedro Pascal. He’s not that good of an actor and definitely not leading man material.

      • Jen43 says:

        There are so many actual hunks on GOT. I can’t believe he thinks he is one of them. I mean, Jason Momoa. Sean Bean. Pedro. Nikolaj. Kit looks like he is always on the verge of tears. Such delusion.

      • jen2 says:

        Me, I would say Charles Dance was one of the best and is still one of the best looking men around..and his voice is just, well, hard to describe. I don’t follow this show, but know Dance was in it, and I have thought highly of him for years. And looking at the photo above, he should stop complaining because he is not a show stopper. Kind of cute, but not drop dead gorgeous.

      • BunnyBabe says:

        Yesss Tywin Lannister can have me any way he wants me

      • GlimmerBunny says:

        Yes, he doesn’t even make my GoT top 10.

        1. Jaime Lannister
        2. Oberyn Martell
        3. Petyr Baelish
        4. Jaquen H’Ghar
        5. Gendry
        6. Jorah Mormont
        7. Viserys Targaryen
        8. Ramsay Snow
        9. Khal Drogo
        10. Robb Stark

  9. Chihiro says:

    Eh, I actually read once that a fan asked him if he was as good at oral sex as Jon Snow. I can understand why he would get upset about something like that because I think it’s really gross to ask an actor about their sexual activities. As for being upset that he is called a hunk, it makes sense if that is all that interviewers ask him about, which it seems like it is, I would get sick of it too.

    • epiphany says:

      I agree, asking about sexual things is way out of bounds, but to object to being complimented because he’s good looking is…crazy. Doesn’t he know everyone who ever interviewed Elizabeth Taylor, or Brad Pitt, or anyone else known for their physical beauty, spends the first 5 minutes of the interview gushing over how good looking they are (were) ? Watch a You Tube video of NBC’s Ann Curry interviewing Pitt – she can barely contain herself! Your looks are what got your foot in the door, Kit – thousands of actors would kill to be where you are – you should thank God every time you look in the mirror – and for Pete’s sake, smile!

      • Chihiro says:

        That is true, seeing as he is not a very good actor. I doubt he would be anywhere without his looks, and he also seems to complain more than any of his cast members. I’m sure Emilia Clarke gets asked much the same questions as he does.

  10. Mia4S says:

    Watched Pompeii on an airplane for free…that was too much to pay.

    He’s utterly perfect for Jon Snow (the bastard, the runt of the litter so to speak) but I really don’t see him making much of a career beyond GOT.

  11. Lucy2 says:

    I don’t follow GoT, so I don’t really know anything about him, but in general I don’t have a problem with what he’s saying. My first instinct was “now you know how the women feel”, but thinking about it more, unwanted objectification is not good for anyone.

    • Josefa says:

      This. We shouldnt celebrate that men are also seen as sexual objects.It means feminism has gone all wrong. Its like we wanted to achieve social equality by making everyone poor.

    • I Choose Me says:

      Yeah. My first instinct was to roll my eyes but then I felt bad for being a little gleeful about the shoe being on the other foot.

    • PrincessMe says:

      Exactly this. I don’t think he said anything wrong. He personally feels it’s “slightly demeaning” to be objectified. Women being historically objectified, doesn’t mean we should tell men to “live with it” or call them stupid for not wanting to be objectified themselves. I think we should be moving in the other direction.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I agree. I don’t think that just because women have been mistreated for centuries means that it is suddenly ok if it happens to men as well.

  12. Virgilia Coriolanus says:

    I agree with O’Kitten–dude ALWAYS looks like he’s about to cry. ALWAYS. He looks like he could be on the cover of a romance novel–hidden behind Fabio (who stole his woman)……

  13. Katie says:

    For someone who has clearly maximized his genetic potential with expensive clothes and good grooming, he should be thankful for his hunk status. If he were not an actor, I doubt anyone would label him a “hunk”. Good looking, perhaps, but not a hunk.

  14. khaveman says:

    He is gorgeous! Just a young actor finding his way in the business. I like that he has an opinion.

  15. Courtney says:

    I’ll pass.

  16. Lilacflowers says:

    For God’s sake! SMILE!

  17. serena says:

    Well, although his character in GOT is kinda dumb (but cute), he’s one of the hottest for me. I don’t know why, I just find him irresistible. I’m sorry if I’m objectifying you Kit, I just can’t help it.

    LOL the Hammaconda made me laugh a lot, thanks.

  18. 'P'enny says:

    moaning git.

    move over, and welcome Aiden Turner

  19. original kay says:

    The dreaded “art” quote.
    Game of Thrones is good enough TV. Art, it is not.

  20. Tig says:

    The appeal is lost on me as well. That being said, he needs to enjoy the ride while he can! At least he wasn’t saying he turned down the role of Christian Grey😃!

  21. Pandora says:

    “His weakness when it comes to women: “Redheads. Love redheads.” I just thought about Jessica Chastain when I read that. Ha. They are working together in the next Xavier Dolan’s film, but she doesn’t seem to date other actors.

  22. Estella says:

    Okay, Kitten.

  23. kri says:

    He’s so tiiiiiired-tired of being admired. Really, go have a wank and just chill.

  24. ToodySezHey says:

    He should thank his lucky stars he landed GoT. Dude has the charisma of a wet noodle and will have a fast fading career when the show ends.

  25. Who ARE these people? says:

    If he’s willing to step off the pedestal he could have a good career as a comedian.

  26. frisbeejada says:

    Aidan Turner in Poldark, (and Being Human, Desperate Romantics, the Hobbit – he’s even beautiful as a Dwarf!) a man who would have every right to complain about being portrayed as a total hunk (which he totally is – swooningly gorgeous) and never does. Instead he treats it all with humour and good grace, (saw him on a TV interview threatening to insure his chest! – he has a sense of humour but then he’s Irish so he would) Mr Harrington – who I’ve never seen before (don’t watch GOT) could learn a lot from him.

    • Tig says:

      I adore Aiden! I am so bummed to have to wait till June for Poldark. He was also in Mortal Instruments for about 10 mins- still couldn’t finish it even with him in it!

      • frisbeejada says:

        It’s worth the wait, you have no idea what’s coming at you, this site will explode. Which reminds me, I have first dibs…

      • **sighs** says:

        Oh, fris, girl you are in for a fight. I’ve been trying to lobby for him on here for ages. Mr. Turner. So much yum. being Human. I even saw that terrible indie movie Alarm. That hair. And he seems like a genuinely nice guy to boot.

      • frisbeejada says:

        @ **sighs** well, handbags at dawn it is then… mind you if we get in there first we could do a timeshare so exclusive nobody else gets a look in… they’re all busy with Bendy, Hiddles and The Bloke anyway so it might be a good move. Did you see the kiss, on the neck! Quivering wreck…

      • Olenna says:

        Aiden seems like a real sweetheart. I’ve had a crush on him since seeing him in Being Human. Looking forward to watching Poldark.

  27. Cameron says:

    Really Kit? Really? Please shut up and continue looking hot.

    • Kara says:

      would you say the same thing to a woman?

    • Cameron says:

      And I’m not just saying that in spite. I do believe it would be demeaning to say an actor is valuable only for his/her looks (e.g., saying “Kit’s a horrible actor – I just watch him on GoT because he’s hot.”) However, there are plenty of GOOD actors who are attractive (and, in my opinion, Kit is one of them). That’s what my comment was getting at – he said nothing about people only praising him for his good looks and saying negative things about his acting skills.

      It sounds like he is equating calling someone attractive to objectifying him/her (which isn’t always the case). You can view an actor as attractive but still appreciate his/her talent as an actor. While Kit is an attractive man to me, I enjoy watching him in GoT not because of his looks, but because I believe he brings a lot to the table in terms of his acting abilities (and because of this, I truly enjoy his scenes). I’m not sure how that’s demeaning to him. Bottom line: Kit’s hot, but I’m in no way objectifying him by saying/thinking that about him.

  28. Skins says:

    Tool

  29. A.Key says:

    He’s right but I mean, he’s an actor. Most actors are judged for their looks. If you don’t want appearance to be a part of your work, change your career man.

  30. meme says:

    Well, Kit, perhaps you should stop posing for photos showing off your muscles wearing a tank top that says “HEARTBREAKER” on it. And BTW, I don’t think you’re a hunk at all. Whiney nancy boy.

    • Platospopcorn says:

      Thank you so much for saying this! I was scrolling down in search of the comment box to make this very point. I have only ever seen photo shoots of this guy that attempt to play up his potential as a sex symbol — yet another case of soliciting a certain type of attention, then being resentful once you get it. Standard celebrity narrative, it seems.

  31. Chinoiserie says:

    I think he gets a lot of questions about his looks interviews and not much else so he is tired of that. I do not he is very handsome but many do.

  32. Betti says:

    To be fair in interviews it doesn’t really go beyond the ‘pretty boy’ narrative and am sure he gets fed up with that. But i agree he needs to suck it up – women have had to endure this for millennia, so welcome to our world.

    He’s a good actor but if he wants to be taken as a serious actor he needs to work on getting those kind of roles, instead of going for the movies where he’s the ‘hunk’ with a nice pay check.

  33. Beth says:

    AAAHAHAHAHAHA

  34. Patricia says:

    My husband is 5’6″ and he’s sexy as hell. You know women can be attracted to men who are shorter than them. Imagine that.

  35. KBeth says:

    It’s kind of cute how delusional he is…..

  36. MtnRunner says:

    “When an actor is seen only for her physical beauty, it can be quite offensive.”

    What the hell is this guy doing in Hollywood? Does he not know how things work in that world? Whining about the very thing that women deal with every friggin’ day is nauseating.

    Hey Kit, don’t worry. I won’t be objectifying you. You do absolutely nothing to my lady bits. Not just because you’re a whiny pee-pants. You’re not hot at all.

  37. Cindy says:

    Sometimes I hate it when actors talk.

  38. Clara says:

    The other Snow /Iwan Rheon is much fitter

    • GlimmerBunny says:

      YES. I had very inappropriate thoughts during his shirtless fight scene with Yara and the dogs…

  39. Cankles says:

    Er…is this guy popularly considered a hunk? Not to be rude, but if I walked past this bloke in the street, he wouldn’t even merit a second glance. Who is telling him he’s a hunk??

  40. laughing girl says:

    Oh poor you.

  41. Ankhel says:

    All I can hear is : “It is such a burden being so handsome! Also, this pedestal is quite hard on my junk. Did you know that most people are obsessed with my junk? Such hardship…”

  42. HoustonGrl says:

    “You know nothing Kit Harrington,” HAHAHAHA!

  43. Ashling says:

    Well to be fair, at GOT events and press Kit gets a lot of attention. He is also one of the few male characters that are “good”. Sometimes the only questions he is asked are about his hair and sex scenes. Personally, Aidan Gillen and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau are my jams. Petyr Baelish and Jaime Lannister are problematic and HOT.

  44. Marianne says:

    I always think its BS whenever some guy says he “doesn’t like being told he’s sexy/hot/attractive etc”. Yes, you obviously are more than your looks but everyone likes getting compliments.