In the backward world of Game of Thrones, the few gay characters we've met have been forced to keep their sexuality a guarded secret. Fortunately, in the real world star Kristian Nairn (Hodor! Hodor!) is perfectly comfortable coming out publicly. In fact, he says he's just been waiting for someone to ask!
In an interview with Winter Is Coming, the hulking actor — who, unlike his one-word character, is quite witty and charming — happily discussed the topic of his sexality after being asked if he's aware he has a big following in the "bears" section of the gay community.
"Well, in all honesty, when you talk about 'the gay community,' you are talking about my community," he responded with a laugh. He went on to add, "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!"
Kristian also noted that while his sexuality is "a very small part of who I am on the whole" he thinks "in this day and age, it’s important to stand up and be counted. I have and always will stand my ground."
Oh, and as for the original question — yep, he's aware that he has plenty of fans that find him sexy. In fact, he says, "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!"
We're glad Kristian finally got his chance to "stand up and be counted," and we think it's awesome he's so confident in himself. Hodor!
Source: Winter Is Coming