In case you’ve been living underneath a rock for some time, Hollywood has a rampant, systemic sexism problem that affects every facet of the industry. According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film, women directed only 9% of the top-grossing films of 2015, and women only accounted for 28% of all directors working in independent film. Plus, there’s also a paltry number of substantial female lead roles in mainstream films, along with the general discrimination many actresses deal with on a daily basis.
But according to “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington, men have it hard as well, specifically attractive male actors. In an interview with the Sunday Times, Harington says he has experience career problems because of sexism and discriminatory attitudes. Though the young actor likes to think of himself “as more than a head of hair or a set of looks,” others don’t see him that way. “It’s demeaning,” he says. “Yes, in some ways you could argue I’ve been employed for a look I have. But there’s a sexism that happens towards men. Though he admits there’s “definitely a sexism in our industry that happens towards women,” he points to examples when he has felt discriminated against: “At some points during photo shoots when I’m asked to strip down,” Harington says, “I felt that.”
Harington is best known for playing the character Jon Snow on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” He had also appeared in the historical disaster film “Pompeii,” the WWI drama film “Testament of Youth,” the epic fantasy “Seventh Son,” and the HBO sports mockumentary “7 Days In Hell.”
“Game of Thrones” airs Sunday nights at 9pm Eastern on HBO.