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Out & proud: ‘Game of Thrones’ star Kristian Nairn reveals sexuality

Kristian Nairn attends WIRED Cafe at Comic-Con held at Palm Terrace at the Omni Hotel on July 12, 2012 in San Diego, California.
(Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for WIRED)

Coming out wasn’t an issue for “Game of Thrones” actor Kristian Nairn, he just hasn’t shared it publicly until now. According to a report by US Weekly on March 11, the actor who plays Hodor on the hit HBO series revealed that he is gay.

The British actor shared his sexuality in a nonchalant kind of way. In response to a question on a “Game of Thrones” fan blog, which Nairn was asked about his “bear” following among the LGBT community, Nairn subtly called the community his community.

“Well, in all honesty, when you talk about ‘the gay community,’ you are talking about MY community. I AM aware of it yeah, and I think it’s really lovely. 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 didn’t come out on social media or during an important speech because his sexuality was never something he kept hidden. It is his personal life and basically he was just waiting for someone to ask.

“I’ve never hidden my sexuality from anyone, my whole life in fact. 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!”

The popularity of “Game of Thrones” and the character he plays has brought attention to him as an actor. His costars were well aware of his sexuality and according to Nairn, it has never been an issue on set because “it’s a very small part” of who he is on the whole.

Like other celebrities who have revealed their sexuality publicly, Kristian Nairn has received a lot of support because “it still takes courage to say it to media!”

The actor joked that seeing him coming out as a headline is weird because he has always been out. No one bothered to ask him.

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