Game of Thrones’ Hodor, Kristian Nairn, Comes Out | Fanboys Anonymous

Game of Thrones’ Hodor, Kristian Nairn, Comes Out

Posted by Eric Minton Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Kristian Nairn, who plays the slow-witted giant Hodor on HBO's Game of Thrones, interviewed with WinterIsComing.net on March 11. While the actor discussed a number of things—his taste in music, his interest in World of Warcraft, his work on the TV drama Ripper Street, and the LARP documentary Treasure Trapped—his most noteworthy statement was that he's gay.

Game of Thrones actor gay Kristian Nairn

I have some friends in the gay community, "bears" as they're wont to call themselves, who hold you on a pretty high pedestal. One good friend of mine (I’ve known since we were in the 5th grade together) says your bear following is "extensive." Is this something you’re aware of?
Kristian: Well, in all honesty, when you talk about "the gay community," you are talking about MY community, haha. 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, cos it's not something you just blurt out. I’ve tried to lead the questions a few times, to no avail!
Well I think most people are respectful enough these days not to ask that sort of stuff directly, especially in print media interviews. But I am curious, seeing as how some people might react negatively to it, did most of the cast and crew have an understanding of it? Or was it just never really brought up?
Kristian: 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. 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.

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