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01 March 2024

Kit Harington's stressful fame

By Bang

Kit Harington's rise to fame was reportedly "extremely stressful".

The 'Game of Thrones' star has checked himself into rehab to work on some "personal issues" at a "wellness retreat" following the end of the HBO fantasy series and he is reportedly receiving help to "figure things out and be himself".

A source told People magazine: "For 10 years, Kit was almost interchangeable with Jon Snow, and fully inhabited this intense character. The role and especially the level of fame he was thrust into was a lot for someone so young and just out of drama school. He took it very seriously, but it was extremely stressful. Ultimately, now that he has that break and has said goodbye to Jon Snow, he needed help to figure things out and be himself - to just be Kit."

Meanwhile, Kit previously confessed he sought therapy at the height of his 'Game of Thrones' fame.

He said: "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 f***ing terrifying. You get people shouting at you on the street, 'Are you dead?' At the same time you have to have this appearance. All of your neuroses -- and I'm as neurotic as any actor -- get heightened with that level of focus...

"It wasn't a very good time in my life. I felt I had to feel that I was the most fortunate person in the world, when actually, I felt very vulnerable. I had a shaky time in my life around there -- like I think a lot of people do in their 20s. That was a time when I started therapy, and started talking to people. I had felt very unsafe, and I wasn't talking to anyone. I had to feel very grateful for what I have, but I felt incredibly concerned about whether I could even f***ing act...

"It's like when you're at a party, and the party's getting better and better. Then you reach this point of the party where you're like, it's peaked. I don't know what I could find more from this. You realise, well, there isn't more. This is it. And the 'more' that you can find is actually in the work rather than the enjoyment surrounding it."

Kit Harington checks into rehab

Kit Harington's representative has confirmed he has checked into a "wellness facility" to work on "personal issues".

The 'Game of Thrones' actor is taking time out from the spotlight to work on some "personal issues" at a "wellness retreat", his spokesperson has confirmed.

The representative said: "Kit has decided to utilise this break in his schedule as an opportunity to spend some time at a wellness retreat to work on some personal issues."

The statement came after it was reported the 32-year-old star had checked into a facility shortly before the final episode of the fantasy drama series - in which he shot to fame playing Jon Snow - aired earlier this month.

Kit is said to have been at luxury Connecticut health retreat Prive-Swiss for almost a month to tackle stress and alcohol use after the ending of the show "really hit him hard".

A source told the New York Post newspaper's Page Six column: "The end of 'GoT' really hit Kit hard ...

"He realised 'This is it - this is the end', it was something they had all worked so hard on for so many years. He had a moment of, 'What next?'

"He's in the clinic predominantly for stress and exhaustion and also alcohol."

The British actor has the full support of his wife, former co-star Rose Leslie.

The insider added: "His wife Rose is being extremely supportive. Everyone close to him really wanted him to get some rest. Right now, he just needs peace and quiet."

The clinic costs over $120,000 a month, and the actor has been spending time there undergoing psychological coaching, practicing mindful meditation, and cognitive behavioural therapy.

But Kit isn't confined to the facility and has been seen by local Connecticut residents heading to the gym and a book store.

A source said: "Kit looks really good and appears to be very focused on his health and wellness.

"I have personally seen him out in the community many times. I think it's wonderful that he is taking time to take care of himself - more people should."

The star recently admitted he had a "full-on breakdown" after filming his final scenes for the show.

He said: "My final day of shooting, I felt fine ... I felt fine ... I felt fine ... then I went to do my last shots and started hyperventilating a bit ...Then they called 'wrap' and I just f***ing broke down. It was this onslaught of relief and grief about not being able to do this again."