Kit Harington on Modern Love after Game of Thrones: “For 10 years I may have been the least comedic character on television”
After spending more than a decade playing a single character, Game of Thrones star Kit Harington has said he now wants to play roles that are a bit lighter and don’t take much time.
Harington rose to global stardom with his role as Jon Snow, a brooding warrior and one of the key characters on HBO’s epic fantasy show that ended in May 2019 after eight seasons.
Asked about his plans after the show, the actor told PTI, “I’m very bad at answering that question because I never really had a plan. I just go where the writing looks good and the thing works with my life. And I try to choose the parts that I find interesting.
Harington, 34, is currently featured in Amazon Prime Video anthology series Modern love and appears in the episode Strangers on a (Dublin) Train, opposite Bohemian Rhapsody actor Lucy Boynton.
“I did that (Modern Love) because it was a little lighter. You know, for 10 years, I maybe did the least comedic character on TV. Like literally, I couldn’t making a joke. And when they played a joke on me, it just didn’t work. So doing something like Modern Love, where there is a bit of humor and lightness, seemed like one thing to me. very refreshing to do.
The actor, who previously appeared in another Criminal: UK anthology series on Netflix, said he has become a fan of the format because it is “very manageable.”
“I love the anthology stuff. It is a piece of anthology. I did Criminal, which I loved. I’m doing another piece of this, which is quite similar.
“It kind of gives me the opportunity to jump in, tell this little story and get out there. And then this tiny little piece of bedroom exists and hopefully speaks to people. But it’s very manageable, ”Harington said.
Another reason to embark on a project like Modern Love is that the actor wants to have a varied filmography.
“I make these unique pieces because I spent ten years making a character. So I want to vary what I do and do as much as I can. And I don’t want to necessarily be tied to that same character for a long period of time. I did this for a while.
Harington described Modern Love as a “big budget independent film” that was totally opposed to Game of Thrones.
“In many ways, I would describe the Modern Love experience as a big budget indie film in a weird way. It sounds a lot like Game of Thrones, which felt like a big budget movie. It was a small team, an intimate way of filming but with a healthy budget that can make it incredible, ”he said.
“It’s a really satisfying way to work. It’s like making a little short film. It was half an hour or 40 minutes, which is about a week of work. And then it was very condensed and I could really focus on this story, ”he added.
Based on the New York Times column and the podcast of the same name, Modern Love was created by John Carney. The show features stand-alone stories and explores love in its myriad of forms – including sexual, romantic, familial, platonic, and self-love.
In his episode Strangers on a (Dublin) Train, which takes place in March 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic began, the actor plays Michael who meets Paula (Boynton) on a train from Galway to Dublin.
The story sees their bond develop into something “meaningful” during the trip, so much so that they decide to go for old-fashioned romance by not exchanging numbers or social media contacts. and meet again in the traditional way.
Harington called Michael a “nice, slightly stuck-up guy,” who isn’t a “cool guy” like his brother Declan, played by Jack Reynor in the episode.
“Michael is lightly buttoned up, tense and anxious. I can understand this. I think there’s a part of me (in there). It was nice to bring you back to a place where you could kind of be on a train and you could meet another person and have this chance that it could be love.
“I’m well past that now. I am in a relationship. But it was nice to have this kind of dream in my head somewhere, ”he said.
The actor has been married to his Game of Thrones co-star Rose Leslie since 2018. The couple welcomed their first child earlier this year.
Harington calls himself “a bit of a hopeless romantic,” but at the same time, the British actor has said he doesn’t really believe in the concept of love at first sight.
“The thing that I find most attractive, the thing that makes me say ‘Ooh, hello. What is laughter. Like I can laugh with someone. For everyone, this is it. It’s different, right? They’re different things for different people. People experience love in different ways.
“So I don’t believe love at first sight is really a thing. I think you might think so. It’s an incredibly unromantic thing to say, but I think love goes through a series of chemical reactions inside your body. For me, it’s laughter and conversation.
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