During a recent interview, actor Kit Harington, who is known for his role Jon Snow, discusses his struggles with drinking and anxiety following the end of Game of Thrones.
The actor portrayed Jon Snow in the hit HBO fantasy series, which he starred in for all eight seasons until its finale in 2019. In an interview with Times, he opened up on his mental health problems and alcoholism after the show. He said:
“Things that have happened to me since Thrones ended, and that were happening during Thrones, were of a pretty traumatic nature and they did include alcohol.
You get to a place where you feel like you are a bad person, you feel like you are a shameful person.”
“And you feel that there’s no way out, that’s just who you are. And getting sober is the process of going, ‘No, I can change.’ One of my favourite things I learnt recently is that the expression ‘a leopard doesn’t change its spots’ is completely false: that a leopard actually does change its spots. I just think that’s the most beautiful thing. It really helped. That was something I kind of clung to; the idea that I could make this huge fundamental change in who I was and how I went about my life.”
When asked if he was suicidal, he replied:
“I will give you an answer to that question: the answer is yes. Yes of course. I went through periods of real depression where I wanted to do all sorts of things.”
“But I definitely don’t want to be seen as a martyr or special. I’ve been through something, it’s my stuff. If it helps someone, that’s good.”
In a radio interview last week, the actress mentioned having “mental health issues” while working on Game Of Thrones and after it ended (August 4). He remarked at the time, “I believe it had everything to do with the nature of the program and what I had been doing for years.”
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