On "Game of Thrones," actor Kristian Nairn says little more than one word: "Hodor."
But in a new interview, the Irish actor (who is also a professional DJ) revealed a whole lot more than his signature dialogue would ever suggest. In addition to teasing up what's in store for his lovable, dimwitted giant Hodor in the upcoming fourth season of the HBO series, Nairn made a revelation about his life outside of the show: He's gay.
"I've never hidden my sexuality from anyone, my whole life in fact," Nairn said in a new interview with WinterIsComing.net, a website devoted to "Game of Thrones" and its associated novel series. "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 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," he continued. "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."
Beyond the revelation, Nairn spoke about how joining the cast of "Game of Thrones" has changed his life, and how fans have reacted to his character, the simple brute Hodor.
"I knew Hodor would be a popular character," he said, "but I didn't think to the level he has so far! I love the guy, I can see why people like him. It's a testament to ["Game of Thrones" creator George R.R. Martin] and the show that they can make every character so wonderful."
Nairn can be seen on the latest season of "Game of Thrones," premiering on April 6.