Game of Thrones' Kit Harington recently spoke to The Sunday Times Magazine about how Hollywood hunks fall victim to the industry's sexist propensities just like Hollywood hunkettes do. The actor, known for portraying the bastard Jon Snow, references double standards for how attractive actors are treated compared to their attractive female counterparts. Apparently, being gawked at and objectified by millions of strangers is pleasant for neither gender.
I think there is a double standard. If you said to a girl, ‘Do you like being called a babe?’ and she said, ‘No, not really,’ she’d be absolutely right.
I like to think of myself as more than a head of hair or a set of looks. It’s demeaning. Yes, in some ways you could argue I’ve been employed for a look I have. But there’s a sexism that happens towards men. There’s definitely a sexism in our industry that happens towards women, and there is towards men as well.
At some points during photoshoots when I’m asked to strip down, I felt that. If I felt I was being employed just for my looks, I’d stop acting.
The HBO show has faced countless complaints about female characters being used for nude scenes far more often than male ones. Now, after calls for the show to balance its dong-to-breast ratio, guys are realizing how women have felt since the beginning of time.
Harington also spoke about his real-life relationship with Wildling actress Rose Leslie, which went public last month.
If you’re already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest, it becomes very easy to fall in love.
Here's a gif of them for your unbiased objectification: