Kristian Nairn, the actor who plays the character "Hodor" on the hit HBO series "Game of Thrones," is gay.
Nairn, who never made an attempt to hide his sexuality, discussed being gay in an interview with fan site WinterIsComing.net
"Well, in all honesty, when you talk about 'the gay community,' you are talking about my community," Nairn said when asked about his sexuality.
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In the article, the interviewer specifically asked the Irish actor how he felt having been labeled a "bear" in gay circles. The term "bear" as used in the LGBT community refers to men who are generally large in stature and project a rugged, masculine image, MSN.com noted
"I am aware of it, yeah, and I think it's really lovely," Nairn said regarding his "bear" status. "There's not a day that I don't get a few messages, but 99 percent or more are super sweet and nothing smutty at all!"
"Again, it's a privilege, and I really mean that," Nairn added.
The 38-year-old actor added that he was surprised it had taken so long for someone to ask about his sexuality.
"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!" Nairn told WinterIsComing.net.
"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," the Belfast-born actor continued. "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."
Aside from discussing his sexuality, Nairn also discussed his former career as a DJ.
"I guess it’s kind of funny that maybe growing up you have this dream of being a DJ, where you learn to express yourself and your emotions through music and not words, and then you become an actor in which you are best known for playing a character that has to express all of his emotions using only one word," he said.
In "Game of Thrones," Nairn's character Hodor serves as a bodyguard to Bran Stark, and is known for being large and physically intimidating, yet apparently mentally challenged, being able to only say one word — his name.
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