Kristian Nairn — otherwise known as “Hodor” — gave an interview to WinterIsComing.net to talk about Game of Thrones, his music career (Nairn is actually an accomplished working DJ), World of Warcraft, as well as some other projects he’s involved with. What was completely unexpected however, was that after the interviewer asked him about his apparent gay following, Nairn candidly revealed himself to be homosexual. God, if you want to know whether or not Hodor is gay, all you have to do is ask Hodor:
I have some friends in the gay community, “bears” as they’re wont to call themselves, who hold you on a pretty high pedestal. One good friend of mine (I’ve known since we were in the 5th grade together) says your bear following is “extensive.” Is this something you’re aware of?
Kristian: Well, in all honesty, when you talk about “the gay community,” you are talking about MY community, haha. 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% or more are super sweet and nothing smutty at all! Again, it’s a privilege, and I really mean that. 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!
Well I think most people are respectful enough these days not to ask that sort of stuff directly, especially in print media interviews. But I am curious, seeing as how some people might react negatively to it, did most of the cast and crew have an understanding of it? Or was it just never really brought up?
Kristian: I had an upbringing to respect other people’s privacy, and their right to be and choose what they want, and I expect, no, demand no less for myself. It’s a very small part of who I am on the whole, but nonetheless, in this day and age, it’s important to stand up and be counted. I have and always will stand my ground. So, yeah, people have been great, on the show, but I don’t see why it would be an issue.
As much as it is really great for an actor or public figure to be comfortable and open about their sexuality — if for no other reason than to help someone out there struggling — who really cares whether or not Hodor is gay? What I really want to know is, will he give me a piggyback ride?
I am extremely, extremely happy to hear that. You hear horror stories all the time. I’m glad your experience, at least with the show, has been good. On to more questions! Other than people asking for piggyback rides, what’s the weirdest or funniest request you’ve ever gotten from a fan?
Kristian: Well, regarding those piggyback ride. Although i DON’T do them, (I’m not ACTUALLY a pony), at a convention recently, for a joke, I put a sign up “ Piggyback rides $5000” obviously to discourage people from asking. But after one or two people stood staring for a minute and were clearly thinking about it… I decided to amend the sign to $150000… just in case!
Oh well, no piggyback rides, then.