Kit Harington became famous as Jon Snow on the much-loved fantasy drama Game of Thrones, and like many celebrities who are coming forward to talk about the impact their profession has had on their mental health, the star of the HBO series also recently addressed his mental health issues while the filming of the series and that he is “really happy” he took a year off after the show ended.
In an interview on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show, Kit opened up about the toll Game of Thrones took on his mental health, revealing he had to take a year off after the HBO epic concluded. The 34-year-old actor said the “nature” of the violent, intense, emotional series “directly” broke him down in reality.
“I went through some mental health difficulties after Thrones, and during the end of Thrones, to be honest, I think it was directly due to the nature of the show and what I had been doing for years,” Kit told on the show.
He added that he made the decision to take a break after Game of Thrones to “really concentrate on myself,” adding, “I’m really happy I did that.” Kit starred as Jon Snow on the series that turned into a cultural obsession, running for eight seasons.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, it was widely reported that in May 2019- the same month Game of Thrones ended- Kit checked into a mental health and wellness facility to seek help for “some personal issues”.
The actor recently filmed an episode of Modern Love, the second season of which hits Amazon Prime on Friday- August 6, just for the sake of fun, he said.
“You don’t have to live in that intense place all the time, why don’t you do something that takes the weight off? Why don’t you do something fun?” Kit told.
On the work front, Kit Harington will next star in Marvel’s Eternals, directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Chloe Zhao, slated to release in theatres on November 5, this year.