Kit Har­ing­ton on say­ing good­bye to Jon Snow and the whiff of suc­cess

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You’re the face – or neck – of Dolce & Gab­bana The One Grey. Do you know what you’re look­ing for in a fragrance?

Not re­ally. You change it up over the years, don’t you? And be­cause they’re evoca­tive they mark out pe­ri­ods in your life, re­la­tion­ships. Peo­ple of­ten change their scent af­ter a break-up. So you just stum­ble across them, and that might be The One.

You got mar­ried re­cently. Con­grats.

Thanks a lot, mate.

Did you have a wed­ding scent?

I think I for­got. I was in such a rush and so ner­vous. I know what she [Rose Les­lie] smelled like, but me? I couldn’t tell you.

Do you wear fragrance all the time?

I do, yeah. It’s part of my daily rou­tine. It’s not much of a rou­tine: splash my face with wa­ter, bit of mois­turiser, brush my teeth, scent. Not too heavy.

Gives you con­fi­dence, right?

Yeah. You like some­one who walks into the room and there’s a cer­tain pres­ence to them. Never trust some­one who doesn’t smell of any­thing.

Yeah, they prob­a­bly don’t have re­flec­tions, ei­ther. Do you wear it on the Game Of Thrones set? Or do you need to stink for au­then­tic­ity?

It’s point­less wear­ing fragrance on the set. By the time you get there you’re wear­ing some­thing that smells like wet dog.

The Ikea rug?

Yeah. I was re­ally miffed when they said that. Ev­ery­one else gets real furs and I get an Ikea rug on my shoul­ders. The cos­tume depart­ment must hate me.

Ikea owes you.

Yeah, I should get an Ikea con­tract.

Or at least a gift card. I have to ask about Jon Snow. Will you miss him?

I will. I al­ready do. It’s about now I’d be step­ping back into cos­tume for him. I took off the cos­tume for the fi­nal time when we fin­ished in the sum­mer and it felt like shed­ding a skin. I think a cou­ple of years from now, I’ll re­ally miss him. I’ll think, “That was a lot of fun.”

Jon is a ground­break­ing ac­tion hero: a tough, gritty char­ac­ter, but also sen­si­tive and vul­ner­a­ble. Do you think it’s im­por­tant to have role mod­els like that?

I think so. I haven’t thought about it in those terms. Per­son­ally, I’m not in­ter­ested in the stern, noth­ing-can-beat-me ac­tion hero. There’s got to be a fault there that the per­son is work­ing against. John is a war­rior, but he doesn’t like killing peo­ple. He’s do­ing the thing that’s the po­lar op­po­site to what he wants, which is peace, and that’s his con­flict. My favourite su­per­hero film re­cently is Lo­gan be­cause he’s grow­ing older; his su­per­power is fail­ing him. That’s what he’s work­ing against.

Has Jon’s flawed char­ac­ter made you feel more at ease be­ing ‘you’ in pub­lic?

It’s strange. You get into act­ing to play some­one else, then when you’re suc­cess­ful at it, you’re asked to be your­self. I find that the hard­est thing about Thrones. It’s a world you’re not trained for. But now it’s given me a great train­ing in it. You go through all these phases of who shall I be, what do peo­ple want me to be, then you get to the point – as ev­ery­one should – where you go, do you know what, I’m just go­ing to be my­self.

What’s the worst that could hap­pen?

Peo­ple hate you.

That is quite bad, ac­tu­ally, but if you’re be­ing your­self you’d prob­a­bly de­serve it.

Yeah, fair enough.

Do you have a plan post-GoT?

There’s not a mas­ter­plan, just quiet de­sires. I want to con­tinue be­ing an ac­tor, but also try my hand at some things from be­hind the cam­era.

You’re do­ing a play, True West, in Novem­ber. Hon­estly, I’ve never heard of it.

I’m glad you haven’t. I think this is its West End de­but. No, Mark Ry­lance did it at the Don­mar.

No pressure then…

What­ever, it’s only Ry­lance. Who cares? It’s a bril­liant two-han­der about two broth­ers. It’s just a funny show. A funny, dark, bru­tal show.

Is that you try­ing to move away from Jon Snow?

He has very few jokes. And they never land when he’s got them. They handed me jokes a few times and it didn’t fit him. Joke about him, but don’t give him the jokes. He’s not a joker. But if you’re ask­ing if I want to do com­edy, yes I do. My strength in com­edy isn’t the wacky guy, it’s the slightly con­fused, stupid one.

Does be­ing con­fused come nat­u­rally to you?

My friends say I’m slightly up in the clouds, a bit away with the fairies.

Do you fear Thrones fans rock­ing up to the theatre dressed as White Walk­ers?

No, be­cause I did a play be­fore and they didn’t do that. They’re a great crowd. The good thing is that you’re at­tract­ing peo­ple who don’t go to the theatre that of­ten. So you get an en­thu­si­as­tic crowd, not just peo­ple go­ing, “Hmm.”

Kit is the face of Dolce & Gab­bana’s The One Grey

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