Interview

Kristian Nairn on the “ridiculous” reaction to his WiC interview, and Game of Thrones Season 4

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When Kristian Nairn agreed to an interview with Winter Is Coming’s Fire and Blood to promote Season 4 of Game of Thrones, he wasn’t expecting a media frenzy to follow. But when he claimed the gay community as his own, he came out all over again. In a new interview with Gay Times magazine, Kristian reacts to the media’s reaction, teases what we can expect from Hodor and Bran in Season 4, and explains how he relates to his simple, but genuine character.

Kristian on the media reaction:

“It was fucking ridiculous,” laughs Kristian. “It was a real explosion and a bit of a strange experience. I never thought it would go much further than reaching a few fans, and if there were a few gay fans of the show out there it might give them a bit of support.”

Kristian on same-sex marriage:

“I don’t want to get married – but I want my friends, who it’s important to, to be able to get married. And why not?”

He might not want to get married but he knows what he’s looking for:

“I’m definitely a complicated guy when it comes to that kind of stuff,” he laughs. “But I’m old enough now to look back and see patterns in the kind of people I went for. I definitely go for people for the chase – people I could never have! But the minute I get a whiff that something’s actually going to happen, I’m like ‘abort, abort!’ Now, though, I know what I’m looking for. I like someone with a bit of mystery and a spark about them, but also someone who’s pretty creative in their own right and pretty deep.”

Kristian on Game of Thrones season four:

“It’s fucking incredible. Everyone’s really at the top of their game making this show. For Hodor and Bran, in this series you see a bit more of the magic grow that was hinted at the end of series three. You see more of their bond. I love Hodor, though. In the land of Westeros, he’s the only sort of real true and genuine person. He doesn’t have a hidden agenda, he’s very loyal and, you know, he kind of reminds me of my hidden self without any cynicism of the world. He reminds me of a young me – but I’m able to talk!”

To read Kristian’s full interview, you can download the latest issue of Gay Times via their website.

40 Comments

  • HODOR!

    Who knew he was part of the Brotherhood Without Vajayjays!?!

    Great for him being open about it. Every celeb who comes out makes it easier for that younger child to be open to their parents in the future

  • Test test test.

    EDIT: nope, spoiler tags do not hide spoilers on the mobile version. You just see gray text and the black highlight doesn’t hide it…

  • I don’t mind what people do in their own time provided it is not something that is hurting other people or hurting children. This is off-topic and I’m not sure where to post it but it would appear Big Brother (as in the book “1984” not the “reality” TV show) is alive and well and living in London. The link is about a police force who are trying to clamp down on sites that make “Game of “Thrones” and other shows available for download:- http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/game-of-thrones-season-4-police-crack-down-on-illegal-download-websites-9243649.html

    It’s a grey area. More revenue for HBO would mean they could cast more minor characters and do more special effects but times are tough and some people just can’t afford paid-for TV.

  • jentario:
    Test test test.

    EDIT: nope, spoiler tags do not hide spoilers on the mobile version. You just see gray text and the black highlight doesn’t hide it…

    It works fine on my mobile. (Iphone/ipad)….
    just click/touch the ‘hide spoilers’ option on the top of the comments section.

  • jentario:
    Test test test.

    EDIT: nope, spoiler tags do not hide spoilers on the mobile version. You just see gray text and the black highlight doesn’t hide it…

    You’ve probably got the “show me the spoilers” button on, becaus3 it works for me

  • Rygar,

    To paraphrase a favorite character: “One day, Wic.net shall fade and crumble yet Al shall always be remembered in the hearts of all who yearn for freedom…”

  • I found something interesting on the TVGuide website: extended press releases for upcoming episodes, with extended if incomplete guest cast listings.

    Link: http://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/game-of-thrones/episodes-season-4/305628

    Season 4, Episode 2
    Episode Synopsis: A who’s who of honored guests turns out for Joffrey and Margaery’s wedding in King’s Landing, but the king’s taste in entertainment rubs many of them the wrong way. Meanwhile, Bronn gives a lesson to an unlikely pupil; Bran’s vision helps map out his journey; Stannis loses patience with Davos; and Ramsay takes a perverse delight in his new pet.
    Original Air Date: Apr 13, 2014
    Guest Cast
    Pedro Pascal: Oberyn Martell
    Iwan Rheon: Ramsay Snow
    Julian Glover: Grand Maester Pycelle
    Ellie Kendrick: Meera Reed
    Indira Varma: Ellaria Sand
    Tony Way: Dontos Hollard
    Ian Beattie: Meryn Trant
    Noah Taylor: Locke
    Kristian Nairn: Hodor
    Diana Rigg: Olenna Tyrell
    Michael McElhatton: Roose Bolton

    Season 4, Episode 3
    Episode Synopsis: In the frenzied aftermath of the royal wedding, Tyrion gets a visit from a loyal subject, but wonders if anyone in his family will help him out of his current predicament. Meanwhile, Tywin offers to work for the common good with a presumed enemy; Sam takes stock of the personnel at Castle Black; the Hound gives another life lesson to Arya; and Daenerys makes a decision outside the walls of Meereen.
    Original Air Date: Apr 20, 2014
    Guest Cast
    Ian McElhinney: Barristan Selmy
    Ben Crompton: Dolorous Edd
    Diana Rigg: Olenna Tyrell
    Tony Way: Dontos Hollard
    Julian Glover: Grand Maester Pycelle
    Joel Fry: Hizdahr zo Loraq
    Brian Fortune: Bowen Marsh
    Owen Teale: Alliser Thorne
    Finbar Lynch
    Peter Vaughan: Maester Aemon
    Michiel Huisman: Daario Naharis
    Pedro Pascal: Oberyn Martell
    Hannah Murray: Gilly
    Lu Corfield
    Nathalie Emmanuel: Missandei
    Josef Altin: Pyp
    Indira Varma: Ellaria Sand
    Jacob Anderson: Grey Worm
    Ian Beattie: Meryn Trant

    Looks like we’ll be getting our first look at Hizdahr in episode 3. Also, given that the guest list for Episode 1 was accurate, it looks like Diana Rigg, Michael McElhatton, and Iwan Rheon are still being billed as guest stars this season. Strange that there’s always a discrepancy between the Starring Cast on the HBO press releases, and who actually ends up in the opening credits.

  • pntrlqst:
    “The Mountain and the Viper” finally confirmed on HBO.com

    Thank you for this update!

    Now what a twist it’ll be if the others are wrong.

  • Strider:
    Rygar,

    To paraphrase a favorite character: “One day, Wic.net shall fade and crumble yet Al shall always be remembered in the hearts of all who yearn for freedom…”

    Freeeedoooom…………:breath: KK, congrats to Mr. Nairn on his announcement. BUT, not a real kraken? WTH? lol

  • That beard is truly incredible. Did they originally cast him as Maege Mormont?

    Good for him. Hodor FTW!

  • Weirdly, Hodor seems to be the only unanimously liked character in Game of Thrones. I think it’s because he’s the only truly neutral character. He has no agenda, he’s not out to hurt anyone, he makes people laugh, what’s not to like?

  • There was a media frenzy about Nairn being gay? I missed it. But I get my gay news from the Washington Blade and not the click-baiting Gay Times. Maybe that’s why.

  • Sister Wrister:
    That beard is truly incredible.Did they originally cast him as Maege Mormont?

    I was trying to think of a “Bear/Mormont” joke, but couldn’t come up with anything…

    Seriously though, Kristian’s a cool guy, the best GOO episodes are the ones when he guested.

    There’s also something oddly brilliant about casting an 8-foot tall Irish DJ as Hodor.