Kit Harington Doesn't Want His Marriage to Rose Leslie to Be 'Defined' by 'Game of Thrones'

Kit Harington and his wife Rose Leslie met while starring as Jon Snow and Ygritte, respectively, on the HBO series

Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are looking forward to their next chapter as husband and wife.

The actors famously met while starring as Jon Snow and Ygritte, respectively, on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Much to fans’ delight, their on-screen romance blossomed into real-life love, and they tied the knot in a romantic ceremony in Scotland last year.

But according to Harington, 32, they’ve tried to distance themselves from their fictional counterparts.

“It happens that we met in the show, and we’ve always tried not to be defined by that a bit,” Harington says in a sneak peek at his interview on Sunday Today with Willie Geist.

“That’s just a job we met on,” he continued. “And I think once … this show finishes, we get to kind of break free of it, a bit, and just be us, which is a really nice feeling.”

Kit Harington and Rose Leslie in Game of Thrones. Helen Sloan/HBO

Harington and Leslie, 32, first stirred up relationship rumors in 2012. After a brief split, the couple reconciled and continued to fuel romance speculation until they officially confirmed they were dating in 2016.

They got engaged in September 2017, confirming the happy news the old-fashioned (and very British) way: through a classified advert in The Times.

The former costars wed on June 23, 2018, at the Kirkton of Rayne church. The star-studded celebration — which included many Thrones stars as guests — continued with a reception at the bride’s family’s Wardhill Castle.

Rose Leslie and Kit Harington.

Harington previously opened up about the early days of their romance, revealing that sparks flew while on set in Iceland shooting season 2 — and admitting that those weeks were his favorite of the series.

“Because the country is beautiful, because the Northern Lights are magical, and because it was there that I fell in love,” he said in a cover story for L’Uomo Vogue. “If you’re already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it becomes very easy to fall in love.”

Catch Harington’s full interview Sunday on Sunday Today with Willie Geist, airing at 8 a.m. ET on NBC ahead of the Game of Thrones premiere at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

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