Recreation of Thrones star Equipment Harington says he doesn’t detest social media, he simply doesn’t belief himself with it. The actor will not be there on any social media platform, be it Twitter, Instagram, or Fb regardless of his international recognition as Jon Snow, the brooding hero of the epic HBO fantasy drama collection the place he additionally met his spouse, actor Rose Leslie.
The 34-year-old London-born actor, who will subsequent be seen within the second season of Amazon Prime Video’s anthology collection Trendy Love, mentioned his avoidance of social media is to guard his “psychological well being”.
“I don’t detest social media, I simply don’t fully belief it. And with that I imply I don’t belief myself on it. I don’t suppose it’s going to be excellent for my psychological well being. I simply keep away from it and I discover a better way of life my life. Plus, I believe my spouse would take the p*** out of me day by day if I went on social media. So, I’m simply not going to endure that,” Harington advised PTI in a bunch interview.
This isn’t the primary time that the actor has opened up about preserving his psychological well being. In 2019, Harington had revealed that he needed to resort to remedy to cope with Jon Snow’s loss of life within the present’s fifth season.
He had mentioned that it was the “darkest time” until the character was resurrected within the subsequent season.
Harington’s belief points with social media is one thing that he shares with Michael, the character he performs in Trendy Love.
He options in Strangers on a Practice, the third episode of the anthology present, reverse Lucy Boynton, the star of the 2018 biographical musical drama movie Bohemian Rhapsody.
The Eire-set episode, which appears to have taken a leaf out of Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy’s 1995 basic “Earlier than Sundown”, presents the meet-cute story of two strangers Michael and Paula, who meet on a practice from Galway to Dublin.
The story sees their bond become one thing ‘significant’ in the course of the journey, a lot in order that they resolve to go for the old fashioned romance by not exchanging numbers or social media contacts and meet once more within the conventional manner.
“What I preferred about my episode was that these two individuals determined to not do the standard factor of swapping numbers even, or Instagram or Fb or something.
“They go in a manner that’s extra romantic and with out all of this type of fashionable expertise that type of dominates our life. And naturally, it backfires however there’s a romance to that,” Harington mentioned.
The actor mentioned Michael and Paula are “form of antithesis” to the time period Trendy Love.
“They’re like, ‘We don’t wish to do fashionable love in a contemporary manner. We wish to do it the previous manner.’ And that’s why you may have this motif of strangers on a practice, after which on a platform with individuals coming via… it’s this rejection of relationship apps or textual content messaging. I believe it creates for a extremely romantic story really, as soon as you’re taking these issues away,” Harington added.
The actor mentioned the episode is a light-hearted tackle the pandemic situation and can present a much-needed reduction to individuals’s heightened anxieties.
“We dwell in a really difficult world for a lot of causes in the mean time. And I believe our music, our artwork, our drama displays that. However there’s a necessity for reduction from our nervousness. And I consider ‘Trendy Love’ is a extremely clever manner of giving people who reduction.
“My episode offers with the pandemic instantly nevertheless it does so in a manner that you just go, ‘oh, individuals can nonetheless fall in love. Human connection can nonetheless occur. There may be hope’. This was one of many causes I did this piece,” Harington mentioned.
“Another excuse for accepting Trendy Love got here from a private house,” he added.
“I wasn’t in a spot the place I wished to do one thing notably darkish. I mentioned sure simply when my spouse grew to become pregnant and so I used to be feeling type of very weirdly upbeat and on the identical time terrified in regards to the world. So this type of felt like one thing I wanted to do.”
For the reason that pandemic struck, there have been many motion pictures and exhibits which have included COVID-19 and its aftermath into their plots, together with Michael Bay-produced Songbird and the HBO Max film Locked Down, starring Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Harington, nonetheless, believes that pandemic-set dramas can be a factor of the previous as soon as all the things is again to regular.
“I don’t suppose we’re going to dwell in a world now the place we see individuals with masks on display on a regular basis. I believe we’re going to maneuver previous it. We’ll transfer to a spot that we have been out earlier than until it’s instantly coping with what occurred to us over these final two years.”
As for Recreation of Thrones, there’s a informal point out of the epic fantasy present in Trendy Love.
In a scene, Harington’s Michael is seen discussing his love life along with his brother Declan, performed by a mustachioed Jack Reynor.
Throughout their dialog, Declan asks Michael about Paula and what she does. He replies that she is learning Medievalism to which Declan quips, “Like ‘Recreation of Thrones’?’, leaving his brother with a puzzled look on his face.
In actuality, Harington mentioned he has come throughout individuals who consider that Recreation of Thrones, based mostly on creator George RR Martin’s guide collection, is definitely historical past.
“I’ve met individuals who have mentioned to me, ‘You understand, I don’t know a lot about that ‘Recreation of Thrones’ stuff. I’ve by no means been a lot of a historical past buff.’
“And I used to be like, ‘Actually? I’m undecided it’s important to be’,” the actor mentioned.
Trendy Love season two, created by John Carney, will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on August 13.