Hi Kit! Lovely to meet you. Tell us a bit about your latest film, Pompeii.
Kit Harrington: It’s a high-octane disaster movie. It’s a disaster flick, it’s a gladiator flick, and it’s got a bit of romance thrown in. What more [could you] want, really?
What was it like stepping into a leading role?
KH: It was a great thing to do. It was more tiring and exhausting than anything I’ve ever done before. When you’re playing a lead in a movie, you’re there every day, you’re not just in and out. It’s a full-time job. With all the training that went into it, and the fight scenes, and the long hours, it was a remarkable experience.
So [are leading roles] something you’re looking to do more of?
KH: I hope so.
Game of Thrones is a big ensemble thing, so no one is really the lead; there are about five or six leads, maybe more. So this is a chance to take a lead in a film. [Now that I’ve] done this movie, I want to go back and investigate some really interesting supporting roles.
Cool! Who do you reckon would win if Jon Snow and Milo, your Pompeii character, were in a fight?
KH: I think I have to say it would be a dead heat, wouldn’t it? Because they’re essentially the same person [laughs]. Probably Milo just because I got a lot better at fighting when I did the film. Milo’s pretty bad-ass.
Is it weird when randoms shout ‘You Know Nothing Jon Snow’ (or other GoT catch-phrases ) at you?
KH: It’s weird… It’s great that people are so enthusiastic about the show, and I’m thrilled they feel the need to say that to me. I still don’t really know what it means, really, as tagline.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: Well, I’m on the red carpet now [so obviously I’m being recognised]. But I was just walking down the street and it didn’t happen [laughs].
Can you give us a bit of insight into your roles in GoT Season 4?
KH: It’s a really big season for me. It’s the most I’ve ever filmed. There are some big episodes for Jon Snow this season, and generally the north of The Wall scenes. It’s very action-packed, lots of battles… lots of death! Not giving anything away [but] it’s a fantastic season.
NCW: Well in Season 3 I was covered in mud, crawling around all the time. This time I’m back in King’s Landing with my family, and it’s quite different!
What’s been the most challenging thing you’ve done over the course of GoT?
NCW: Well I’ve been filming [without my right hand] for over a year now, and I love it! I think it’s great. As an actor, you want challenges, and this has been [awesome]. My favourite scene ever was the one in the bathtub with Brienne—it was a great—but tough—day.
When are we going to see you in something less historical?
KH: My next movie is a First World War drama, and then the next movie after that is a modern-day British spy thriller. I’m playing a spy and a First World War soldier so I’m stepping out of medieval [for] now.
And we have to ask, what were your picks from this year’s Oscars?
KH: I loved
Blue Jasmine—it was an amazing movie! Was Her nominated? I loved Her! I haven’t seen 12 Years a Slave, so I’m looking forward to seeing that.
NCW: My favourite performance was
Philomena, with Judy Dench—she was amazing! Cate Blanchett was amazing as well! But I loved Philomena. Obviously Gravity—you just get blown away. And 12 Years a Slave was amazing. All good!