Actor Kristian Nairn, A.K.A. Game Of Thrones Gentle Giant Hodor, Comes Out

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Kristian Nairn, best known as the dim-but-loyal Hodor on HBO’s Game of Thrones, just gave an interview with Winter Is Coming. While he didn’t reveal much about what we’ll see when Season 4 debuts, he did open up about being gay.

Your bear following is “extensive.” Is this something you’re aware of?

Kristian: Well, in all honesty, when you talk about ’the gay community,’ you are talking about MY community, haha. I AM aware of it yeah, and I think it’s really lovely.

There’s not a day that I don’t get a few messages, but 99% or more are super sweet and nothing smutty at all! Again, it’s a privilege, and I really mean that. I’ve never hidden my sexuality from anyone, my whole life in fact, and I’ve been waiting for someone to ask about it in an interview, cos it’s not something you just blurt out. I’ve tried to lead the questions a few times, to no avail!

I think most people are respectful enough these days not to ask that sort of stuff directly… Did most of the cast and crew have an understanding of it? Or was it just never really brought up?

Kristian: I had an upbringing to respect other people’s privacy, and their right to be and choose what they want, and I expect—no, demand—no less for myself. It’s a very small part of who I am on the whole, but nonetheless, in this day and age, it’s important to stand up and be counted. I have and always will stand my ground. So, yeah, people have been great, on the show, but I don’t see why it would be an issue.

As Loras Tyrell himself complained, there’s not enough gay loving on GoT. Can we get Hodor a boyfriend? Carrying around bratty Bran Stark all the time can’t be his idea of a good time.

h/t: Geeks Out

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.