Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor on HBO’s Game of Thrones, recently opened up about his sexuality – although he’d never hidden the fact he’s a gay man.

Kristian Nairn Comes Out

Nairn, 38, was being interviewed by the Game of Thrones blog “Winter is Coming,” when his sizeable gay following – particularly among “bears” – was brought up by the interviewer.

"Well, in all honesty, when you talk about 'the gay community,' you are talking about MY community," Nairn laughed.

"I AM aware of it yeah, and I think it's really lovely," the actor continued. "There's not a day that I don't get a few messages, but 99% or more are super sweet and nothing smutty at all! Again, it's a privilege, and I really mean that."

Nairn claims that revealing his sexuality was something he was waiting to happen organically, but reporters never touched on the subject, giving him an opportunity to publicly out himself.

"I’ve never hidden my sexuality from anyone, my whole life in fact," he said, adding, "I’ve been waiting for someone to ask about it in an interview, cos it's not something you just blurt out… I've tried to lead the questions a few times, to no avail!"

Nairn later replied to a Twitter follower, admitting it was weird for him, being out in his private life, to see the headlines about him.

Nairn On Being Gay In The Industry

It’s also weird for Nairn to consider actors he works with, or parents of child actors he works with, taking issue with his being gay.

"I have and always will stand my ground," he told "Winter Is Coming." "People have been great on the show, but I don't see why it would be an issue,” he said, adding about potential problems with parents, "I would love to see the children in question on the show react to [someone telling them] that…That's so not even been an issue. The families and kids on the show are so switched on to reality, so 'old ways' aren't an issue."

Game of Thrones' fourth season will premiere June 6.

– Chelsea Regan

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