Game of Thrones star Kit Harington is taking a break from his work to focus on his mental wellbeing.
A spokesperson for the actor has confirmed widespread media reports that he checked into a wellness retreat several weeks ago and is expected to continue undergoing treatment, reports Entertainment Weekly.
His representative said on Monday (May 28): “Kit has decided to utilize this break in his schedule as an opportunity to spend some time at a wellness retreat to work on some personal issues.”
Prior to Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season being released, Harington spoke openly about the physical and mental toll that the rigorous months’ long production schedule took on him.
“I was there the whole time this year,” he told Variety in February. “I felt a bit like people were coming in and out, and Jon Snow was just f**king there the whole time.
“You have these in-jokes, and these relationships that thrive for eight years. That’s a long time for those jokes to be going, and they never felt old or tired.
“In the last season, I was like, these are getting tired now. And I think they got tired because we could see the end coming.
“That’s a way of emotionally detaching from something – relationships very slightly starting to strain, just on the edges, just frayed. Now everyone loves each other again.”
Harington is married to his former Game of Thrones co-star Rose Leslie, with the couple having tied the knot last summer in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
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