Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor on HBO’s Game of Thrones, said in an interview this week that he’s gay. However, he doesn’t seem to be considering this a big “coming-out” announcement, as he says his cast knows and has been very supportive, and that he’s always been open to talking about his identity.
While Nairn considers being gay only a small part of his identity, he does understand the importance of coming out. “In this day and age, it’s important to stand up and be counted,” he told the site. “I have and always will stand my ground.”
Additionally, he mentioned that the Game of Thrones cast has been overwhelmingly supportive of him as a gay man.
During the interview, Nairn was surprised that that the issue hadn’t been discussed earlier in his acting career: “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, [because] it’s not something you just blurt out. I’ve tried to lead the questions a few times, to no avail!”