Game of Thrones star Kristian Nairn is saying a lot more than “Hodor!” these days.
The Northern Ireland native, known for acting in HBO’s Game of Thrones and for his DJ sets on his “Rave of Thrones” tour, is speaking out for same-sex marriage in his country. In an interview with Northern Ireland’s Belfast Telegraph Tuesday, he said he hopes the country will embrace marriage equality like Ireland and the rest of the UK. And he might even get politically involved to help make it happen.
“I don’t see why people are so concerned at what other people do behind closed doors or in their lives,” he told the newspaper. Since his country has still not legislated in favor of same-sex marriage, he’s up to the task possibly in the future.
“Of course I have had thoughts about going into politics. I certainly don’t mean now, definitely not, but in the future who knows?” he said. “I’ve thought about running for office for later in life, not for now. I definitely have something to say.”
“I definitely have something to say.”
Nairn went on to say that the current political system isn’t looking out for the gay community. But if he were to get involved politically he’d champion equality beyond gay people. “It’s just making sure that everyone’s treated equally. Is that so progressive? I don’t think it’s progressive, I think it’s human. And not just gay people women’s rights, immigrants, people of different ethnic backgrounds.”
While not touring around the globe (he’ll be in Madison, Wisconsin, next month as part of the Rave of Thrones tour), he lives with his mother in Northern Ireland. He made sure to tell the newspaper he has a lot of Northern Irish pride: “People are so lovely in this country.”
But he’s upset by outdated notions, mostly led by religious beliefs, blocking same-sex marriage. “There’s so much other horrible shit happening in the world at the minute, I think it’s the least of their worries,” he said.