Kit Harington Is 'Happy' He Took an Acting Break After Game of Thrones : I Had 'Mental Health Difficulties'

Kit Harington attends the Tribeca Festival Welcome Lunch during the 2021 Tribeca Festival at Pier 76 on June 9, 2021 in New York
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Kit Harington recognizes the positives and negatives of his Game of Thrones ties.
During an appearance on SiriusXM's The Jess Cagle Show on Monday, Harington spoke about how participating in the award-winning drama affected his mental health.
“To be honest, I had some mental health issues after Thrones and at the end of Thrones. And I think it was directly related to the nature of the show and what I've been doing for years. ”Harington, 34, told host Jess Cagle. "I think I took a kind of hiatus after Thrones so I don't want to work for a year [and] I really want to focus on myself. I think I'm really happy that I did that." . "
Harington played Jon Snow in Game of Thrones from 2011 to 2019. The English actor's rep confirmed to PEOPLE in May 2019 that shortly after the HBO series finale aired, he was under treatment to "work on some personal issues."
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A source later told PEOPLE, "The role, and most importantly, the fame he was thrust into ... was a lot for someone so young and just graduated from acting school," but he took the job seriously, despite being "extremely stressful “Was. "
Helen Sloan / HBO Kit Harington and Rose Leslie in Game of Thrones
More than two years after the eight-year run of the HBO show, Harington admitted that he is still aware of the "real cultural implications" of Game of Thrones and "is really proud to be a part of it."
"It's been part of the journey since it was finished, I just got proud of this show and didn't run away from what it was and who I played on it, just just owning it and being proud of everything it really, "he explained.
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“May it go on like this for a long time. I really wish you the best of luck with what you do next [the spin-off shows]. I'll check it out, ”he continued. "[The original show] came at a fascinating time. It was spread around the world over a fascinating time I think."
Harington is also grateful for what he gained from participating in the acclaimed series, for which he received two Emmy nominations and a Golden Globes nomination.
"I met my wife [Rose Leslie]. My kid is a direct result of Game of Thrones. I still have very, very good friends from that show," he said. "It only worked miracles for me."
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Harington's next role is a serious departure from Game of Thrones. He will star in the second season of an episode of Modern Love.
"Doing this Modern Love episode was a bit like not having to live in this intense place all the time," said the actor, who is also preparing to star in Marvel's Eternals. “Why don't you do something that will reduce the weight? Why don't you do something funny
Modern Love premieres on August 13 on Amazon Prime Video.
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