Kit Harington Admits Playing with Dolls, and Is a Better Man for It

Tuesday September 22, 2020

Kit Harington
Kit Harington  (Source:Associated Press)

Kit Harington acknowledged the importance of being brought up in a 'gender fluid' environment by recalling a childhood incident when he asked for a present from his mother, playwright Deborah Jane Catesby,

"I asked for a Mighty Max and she bought me a Polly Pocket. 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," the Daily Mail reports citing an interview with The Telegraph.

And playing with dolls has turned Harington into a gender-aware adult in tune with the dangers of toxic masculinity.

Harington is best-known for playing the heroic John Snow on "Games of Thrones" for nearly a decade, but doesn't see himself in similar roles in the future. The reason, he says, comes from the unrealistic perception of masculinity that's been culturally defined.

During lockdown, the 33-year old admits that he's been haunted by the show having come to an end.

"You know that elated feeling you get when you are walking down the street and you realise 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.

But the final season took its emotional toll. "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 actress], more about the people around me and the story coming to an end."

He even thought of leaving acting after the show, which turned him into an international star. But what proved to be biggest dividend of his involvement in the show was meeting his now-wife Rose Leslie, who joined the series as Ygritte in season three as Jon Snow's love interest. The two married in 2018.

"It has been interesting — going through lockdown, getting over this TV show, where by the end of it I didn't know if I wanted to be an actor any more, coming out the other side, living with another actor. I realised that I actually miss my craft, I miss what I do. It's a nice revelation," Harington said.

They even took their craft home. "We would be walking around the house playing scenes and doing accents. Two actors locked up together will end up performing for no one."

Harington can currently be seen guest-starring in the Netflix police drama series "Criminal," now in its second season. He'll also appear in the new Marvel flick "The Eternals," alongside Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani and Richard Madden (Robb Stark in "GoT"), scheduled for release next year, adds the New York Post.

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