Having recently opened up about difficulties with mental health following the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, actor Kit Harington has revealed further issues with depression and alcoholism.
Checking into a mental health and wellness retreat following the wrap of the final season of the fantasy HBO series in 2019, seeking treatment for “personal issues”. Last week he spoke to Jess Cagle on Sirius XM where he discussed the emotional weight of working on such a show. “I went through some mental health difficulties after Thrones, and during the end of Thrones, to be honest,” he pointed out, adding: “I think it was directly to do with the nature of the show and what I had been doing for years”.
Speaking to The Times, Harington has elaborated on these problems, noting, “Things that have happened to me since Thrones ended, and that were happening during Thrones, were of a pretty traumatic nature and they did include alcohol”. Clarifying, the actor stated that he’s now been sober for two-and-a-half years, seeking help in rehab for “substance” and “behaviours” issues.
“You get to a place where you feel like you are a bad person, you feel like you are a shameful person,” the actor stated, “And you feel that there’s no way out, that’s just who you are. And getting sober is the process of going, ‘No, I can change”.
Continuing, Harington noted the positive changes that have come since addressing these problems, “One of my favourite things I learnt recently is that the expression ‘a leopard doesn’t change its spots’ is completely false: that a leopard actually does change its spots. I just think that’s the most beautiful thing. It really helped”.
Concluding, Harington added that he wished to talk about his mental health to “maybe help someone, somewhere”, noting, “But I definitely don’t want to be seen as a martyr or special…I’ve been through something, it’s my stuff. If it helps someone, that’s good”.