Game of Thrones star Kit Harington has said that men experience sexism and “double standards” in the entertainment industry, as well as their female counterparts.
“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,” he said in an interview with The Sunday Times Magazine.
“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.”
The actor said that he would leave acting if he felt he was only employed for his looks, and that the attention he receives is bittersweet.
“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.”
“I don’t want to seem ungrateful – I’m lucky. But I can’t say that I like a lot of attention a lot of the time.”
Harington, who plays Jon Snow the hit fantasy show, also spoke about falling in love with former co-star Rose Leslie.
“If you’re already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest, it becomes very easy to fall in love,” the 29-year-old said.
Leslie played Snow’s love interest Ygritte on the show, and the pair went public with their relationship last month.