Jack Gleeson Wants to Quit Acting After Game of Thrones
Once you’ve sat upon the Iron Throne, it be hard to accept anything less so we kind of get where Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon) is coming from when he says he’ll be quitting the biz after Game of Thrones.
In a recent interview with Irish publication The Independent, 21-year-old Jack, who’s originally from Cork, discussed his role as the corrupt boy king of Westeros has changed his life.
“The lifestyle that comes with being an actor in a successful TV show isn’t something I gravitate towards,” he says. Before joining the cast of the blockbuster HBO show, Jack says acting was “always a recreation” but now “perhaps the reality was made too real for me.”
As a result, he plans to stop acting professionally once the curtain falls on his time on GoT (a time that, as fans of the GoT books well know, may come sooner rather than later).
Jack doesn’t have any specific plans for his future but is currently studying philosophy and theology at Trinity College in Dublin. Since going to school, “I’ve kind of just re-evaluated what I want to do,” he says. “I’m 21, so it’s hard to decide what kind of course life will take.”
The decision has nothing to do with having to play the perverted young ruler, Jack says. In fact, he never watches himself on the show and has no plans to. “It’s bizarre when you see clips,” he says. “You tend to abstract yourself from the creepiness of it when you’re playing it, but when you see it on television it sends shivers down my spine.”
Us too, Jack.
What do you make of Jack’s announcement? Will you be bummed to see him quit acting, or think he’ll be back before long?