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Kit Harington discusses mental health difficulties brought on by Game of Thrones

Kit Harington has been speaking about his mental health difficulties during the filming of Game of Throne and described how he now feels “proud” of his time on the iconic show

Kit Harington has been discussing his previous mental health difficulties that he says were brought on by starring in Game of Thrones.

The actor, 34, spoke about the obvious highlights of appearing on the HBO hit series, but also admitted that his mental health struggled because of the show.

Speaking on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show, the star said: “I went through…some mental health difficulties after Thrones and during the end of Thrones, to be honest.

“And I think it was directly to do with the nature of the show, and what I’ve been doing for years.”

He confessed that it was crucial that he took time off following the show’s finale having starred in eight seasons between 2011 and 2019.

“I think I took sort of a break after Thrones where I said, ‘I don’t want to work for a year. I want to really kind of concentrate on myself,’” he said. “And I think I’m really happy I did that.”



Kit Harington (right) admits he had to take a break after Game of Thrones finished
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And he admitted that his thoughts on the show have changed as the years go by.

He continued: “Part of the journey since it finished…was just becoming proud of that show, and not running away from it.

“Not running away from what it was, and who I played in it, but just owning it and being proud of everything about it.”

The actor who played star character Jon Snow in the iconic series also said that the drama “had a real cultural impact” which he admits to looking back fondly on.









He also gushed over the fact that he met wife Rose Leslie – who he married in 2018 – while appearing on the show.

“My child is a direct result of Game of Thrones,” he said. “I still have very, very good friends from that show. It did nothing but wonders for me.”

Kit’s struggles were publicised in 2019 after he checked into rehab for stress and alcohol-related issues.

A statement by his representative at the time read: “Kit has decided to utilize this break in his schedule as an opportunity to spend some time at a wellness retreat to work on some personal issues.”



Kit Harington checked into rehab in 2019
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Kit previously told Variety that the end of season five which saw his character left for dead was hugely difficult.

He said: “It wasn’t a very good time in my life. I felt I had to feel that I was the most fortunate person in the world, when actually, I felt very vulnerable.

“I had a shaky time in my life around there, like I think a lot of people do in their 20s. That was a time when I started therapy, and started talking to people.”

He described the attention he was getting, and the people shouting across the street to ask about his character, as “f***ing terrifying”.










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