Game of Thrones Actor Kit Harington Has Checked Himself into a Treatment Center
Reports surfaced Tuesday that say Kit Harington, best known for playing Jon Snow in HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, checked himself into a luxury rehab center in Connecticut earlier this month. He needed treatment for his stress and alcohol use. Harington’s representatives released a statement following the news. They clarify that he is not in “rehab” but he is attending a “wellness retreat.” They further added that it was because the actor was living “a very unhealthy lifestyle.”
For His Marriage
Us Weekly reported that Kit Harington took these steps for the sake of his wife, Rose Leslie. Harington and Leslie met when Leslie played Jon Snow’s lover, the Wildling woman Ygritte.
The source at Us Weekly said, “Kit went to treatment for Rose…He was living a very unhealthy lifestyle. He was stressed all the time and using unhealthy coping tools.” They also said that Leslie is “so supportive” of Harington’s decision. Evidently, she had been encouraging her husband to seek treatment for some time.
Because of Thrones?
Page Six reported on Tuesday that part of it was the end of Game of Thrones. It “hit really hard” for Kit Harington. He looked stunned in the behind-the-scenes video of the table read.
Their report says “The British actor has been undergoing psychological coaching, practicing mindful meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy to combat stress and deal with negative emotions at the facility.”
It wouldn’t be the first time the show took its toll on the actor emotionally. He recently spoke to Variety and discussed the emotional effects of Jon Snow dying and returning to life. “My darkest period was when the show seemed to become so much about Jon when he died and came back,” he said. “I really didn’t like the focus of the whole show coming onto Jon. When you become the cliffhanger of a TV show and a TV show probably at the height of its power, the focus on you is fucking terrifying.”
Good for Kit
Personally, I think it’s wonderful that Kit Harington could acknowledge his struggles and take steps to get better. Mental health is extremely important. I hope this works for him and that fans can be supportive. Good luck, Kit!