Hold door for Hodor Game of Thrones star to make guest ap­pear­ance

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Hodor. Hodor, Hodor, Hodor. Hodor!

Trans­la­tion: In­ter­na­tional DJ and Game of Thrones ac­tor Kris­tian Nairn is rid­ing into this year’s comic Cal­gary Comic Expo, nearly a year af­ter his char­ac­ter’s farewell from the show. How did you grow as an ac­tor from the be­gin­ning of the se­ries? I mean, it changed my life im­mensely. I don’t think there’s any­thing in my per­sonal life that’s the same as it was be­fore Game of Thrones, all in pos­i­tive ways. I’m hugely grate­ful for it.

As an ac­tor, I’d only ever stud­ied act­ing. I never re­ally pur­sued it as a ca­reer be­fore. The big­gest part of that, I think, was hav­ing con­fi­dence in what you do. Con­sid­er­ing a large part of your role was car­ry­ing ac­tor Isaac Hemp­stead Wright on your back, how much was phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and stay­ing in shape im­por­tant? It def­i­nitely was im­por­tant — my back def­i­nitely suf­fered through the role. There was im­mense, im­mense ef­fort in­volved; I’m not go­ing to lie about it. Es­pe­cially Sea­son 1, 2 and 3. As Isaac got big­ger, it was al­most im­pos­si­ble for one per­son, so we had to find other ways to do it.

I al­ways man­aged to ful­fill what I needed to do, but you have to keep your­self right. Al­ways on top of physio and stuff. As a suc­cess­ful DJ, why do peo­ple need DJs to­day, when it’s so easy to plug in an iPod? There’s more than be­ing a DJ that press­ing play on an iPod. Like, I don’t plan my sets be­fore I go out on stage. I go out there, play a song, gauge the re­ac­tion, and that’s how I choose the next song. Then I build it up into a crescendo. It’s a jour­ney.

That’s called hav­ing mu­si­cal­ity. I have a de­gree in mu­sic. I play the pi­ano, gui­tar and DJing is us­ing ev­ery bit of my mu­si­cal abil­i­ties.

Not only that, but you’re man­ag­ing the emo­tions and en­ergy of a crowd. You’re mix­ing track, so you have to know what tracks go to­gether. An iPod can’t do that. I also have to say, not many DJs can do it ei­ther, be­cause there’s a lot of shit DJs around.


Kris­tian Nairn por­trays Hodor in the HBO se­ries Game of Thrones, in ad­di­tion to DJing in­ter­na­tion­ally.

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