In a recent interview, Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn revealed he has plenty more occupations beyond acting. For instance, he balances gigs as a DJ with an active presence on World of Warcraft. (When asked to give a hint about how and where to find his avatar, Nairn coyly responded “usually I’m a small green goblin hunter with a spectral pet called Jupiter or Hannibal.” Feel free to investigate and stalk away.) In addition to his work as Hodor on HBO’s Game of Thrones, Nairn has branched out to BBC’s Ripper Street and is also working on Treasure Trapped, a feature documentary that follows the European Live-Action Role-Playing circuit (LARP-ing for short).
Then when inquired about his apparent and “extensive” following in the bear community, something unexpected and “lovely” happened.
Here was Kristian Nairn’s response:
“Well, in all honesty, when you talk about ‘the gay community,’ you are talking about MY community, haha. I AM aware of it yeah, and I think it’s really lovely. There’s not a day that I don’t get a few messages, but 99% or more are super sweet and nothing smutty at all! Again, it’s a privilege, and I really mean that. I’ve never hidden my sexuality from anyone, my whole life in fact, and 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!”
His nonchalant yet self-assured response is a refreshing one. The act of coming out has been an opportunity for sensational Hollywood grandstanding in the past. But I find the more earnest and matter-of-fact coming outs of public personas like Nairn, and also recently Ellen Page, infuses an easy dose of sincerity. In fact, it’s necessary. Your own coming out deserves to be a gentle process, not a stunt devoid of emotional potency. Hopefully, this is a trend that continues for quite some time.
So if you haven’t jumped on the Hodor bandwagon quite yet, now’s as good a time as any! And those stars tattooed to his temple are pretty rad too.
Hodor’s a gaymer y’all, and that’s pretty fantastic.