A chat with Game of Thrones' resident resurrectionist Melisandre (aka actress Carice Van Houten) about her mother's warm fuzzy feelings for actor Kit Harington

By Kara Warner
Updated May 11, 2016 10:00 AM
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At long last, Game of Thrones fans have something to celebrate in the resurrection of Jon Snow.

Actress Carice Van Houten, aka the magical Red Woman responsible for the happy feat, Melisandre, recently revealed to PEOPLE that in addition to the heat she took from fans begging her to resurrect Snow, a couple of her family members were especially interested in the return of the handsome actor who plays the Lord Commander, Kit Harington.

“My mother and my sister both have a crush on him,” Van Houten tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “[Kit] really enjoys when I say that. He’s met my mother two times or something and he’s always sort of flirty with my mother, it’s really cute. My mother says at home, ‘He’s just like a son,’ she’s trying to hide the fact that she thinks he’s a gorgeous man. He’s really cute.” The Dutch actress says that despite the long hours cast and crew spent filming the big resurrection scene, they found a way to have fun with it.

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“I had a lot of fun with him in that sense, ‘If only my mother was here,'” she recalls with a laugh. “And he has a ripped body, he’s a beautiful young man. But most of all he’s a really generous actor and a really sweet guy, but it was a long resurrection. For that little thing it was a long day.”

“We shot the s— out of it,” Van Houten adds. “I’ve touched Kit’s body, I’ve cleaned him I don’t know, 55,000 times. To the point where I was like, ‘Can he just wake up now?'”

Game of Thrones airs Sundays (9 p.m. ET) on HBO.