The actor, who plays Jon Snow on the HBO drama, talks about the pros and cons of the show's popularity

By Gillian Telling
December 01, 2014 07:00 PM
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Fans of Kit Harington‘s luscious locks can breathe a sigh of relief – the actor who plays Jon Snow on Game of Thrones says he won’t (and can’t) cut his hair because of the show.

However, he says it’s that distinguished coif that keeps him from being able to go incognito when he’s out and about.

“I’m more recognizable in public than much better-known actors,” he says in the January issue of British GQ, out Thursday. “So many people watch, and I go around looking like my character.”

He also says his usually solemn face isn’t part of the Jon Snow character – it’s just how he looks.

Kit Harington
Courtesy British GQ

“I’d get people coming up to me in the street asking if I was okay,” he says. “But this is my default. I laugh, I make jokes, I just happen to reside in this face.”

While Harington, who quickly rose to fame as the bastard son on the HBO show and recently starred in the film Pompeii, says he’s happy about his straight shot to fame, he does admit there are downsides to being on GoT.

Game of Thrones is my life, it’s my day job, I love it,” he told the magazine. “But honestly, if there is a curse of Thrones, it’s a lifetime of having to talk about it.”

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