“Game of Thrones” Star Kit Harington for Esquire Magazine

Posted on April 15, 2019

“Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington covers the May 2019 issue of Esquire magazine photographed by Alexi Lubomirski.



On saying goodbye to Jon Snow: “My final day of shooting, I felt fine . . . I felt fine . . . I felt fine. . . Then I went to do my last shots and started hyperventilating a bit. Then they called, ‘Wrap!’ And I just fucking broke down. It was this onslaught of relief and grief about not being able to do this again. It wasn’t so much about Jon. It was about not being in this world, not getting to smell those smells, fight those fights, be with these people—the whole package. But the weirdest bit was when we came off set and they started taking the costume off and it felt like being skinned. It felt like they were unceremoniously, for the last time, ripping off this character. I was still blubbering my tears. The costume girls were like, ‘Fucking, come on, get it together.’ I’m being very actorly and crying. I remember going, ‘Wait, wait, wait!’ And they wouldn’t. They just ripped. [Pantomimes sleeves being taken off.] I was like, ‘I need to say goodbye.’ But it was too late. He was gone.”

On pranking costar John Bradley (who plays Samwell Tarley) during season five shooting: “John Bradley, as Samwell Tarly, leaves the Wall and goes off to the Citadel…me and Hannah Murray, who plays Gilly [Samwell’s love interest], decided to pull a prank on John, because obviously he’d be getting a new costume. And so we said to the costume people, ‘Can you just mock up the most ridiculous outfit you can possibly come up with that could still be feasible? Like it can’t be too wild, because you won’t believe it—but just about feasible. The amount of effort and time that’s gone into that, just for a joke, is brilliant… I was expecting a text off him straightaway saying, ‘What the fuck have they done with my costume? And I didn’t get anything, and I turned to Hannah and I was like, ‘I think we’ve genuinely upset him.’ We got a report back from the costume designer saying that he completely bought it… I was like, ‘Let’s see if he has to call his agents or how far this goes.’ And he was so silent and he got on set, and I think they even hung it up in his trailer for his first day before they broke it to him. And then I still didn’t hear from him and I thought I’d actually pissed him off… I asked him afterward, and he was like, ‘I was never going to tell anybody about that.’”

On meeting Emilia Clarke for the first time: “I remember the first time I ever saw her. She came into the Fitzwilliam bar. I had been talking to Rich Madden at the bar and he went, ‘I’ve just met the new Daenerys. She’s gorgeous.’ And I was like, ‘Really? I haven’t met her yet.’ And then she came in and I saw her and was like, ‘Wow.’ She takes your breath away when she walks into a room, Emilia. I think we’re good mates because we, maybe more than anyone else, know what the other one’s going through a bit. I don’t mean to sound like we’re going through the worst thing in the world. But I think no one else other than Emilia will know exactly what being on Thrones is like, the way we’re on Thrones. That’s really how we kind of bonded.”

On being a mentor to the younger actors on set: “I haven’t got any little sisters or little brothers. I’ve got one older brother. But I guess if I were to say, ‘What’s the closest thing I have to a younger sibling?’ it would be Isaac, Maisie, and Sophie, just from a shared experience. I mean, it’s a weird thing seeing someone like Sophie grow from thirteen, fourteen—I can’t remember how old she was when she started the show—to now, when she’s twenty-three years old and engaged…Sophie and Isaac grew past me! Each year, they’d come back and they’d just be taller. I’d go from looking down at them to looking up at them. Now they pat me on the head. I used to pat them on the head, ruffle their hair. Now Sophie ruffles my hair.”



Style Credits:
Cover: Gucci Sweater
First Image: Jacket by Saint Laurent | Sweater by The Row | Trousers by Dior Homme | Shoes by Pierre Hardy
Second Image: Sweater and Trousers by Salvatore Ferragamo | Socks by Pantherella
Third Image: Suit and Shirt by Givenchy | Boots by Barbanera

[Photo Credit: Alexi Lubomirski/Esquire Magazine]

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