Kit Harington has babies on the brain!
As Game of Thrones nears its end, the actor, 32, opened up to InStyle this week about his time on the acclaimed HBO show and reflected on the impact that portraying Jon Snow has had on his life.
Since 2011, Harington has been playing the heroic character, which has launched him into stardom. Aside from the fame, he walks away from the show with a wife, after his on-screen romance with Rose Leslie‘s character Ygritte eventually blossomed into real-life love.
Though portraying Jon Snow for eight years was incredibly important to Harington, he explained it’s a future role he hasn’t yet assumed that will hopefully become his ultimate life achievement.
“The most important job I’ll ever have is about to finish,” he told the publication, before clarifying: “Well, not the most. Hopefully, I’ll be a father.”
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Harington and Leslie, 32, first stirred up relationship rumors in 2012. After a brief split, the couple reconciled and continued to fuel romance speculation until they officially confirmed the relationship in 2016.
The former costars wed on June 23, 2018, at the Kirkton of Rayne church. The star-studded celebration — which included many Thrones stars as guests — continued with a reception at the bride’s family’s Wardhill Castle.
Despite enjoying his time onscreen with Leslie, Harington told InStyle that he does not anticipate working with his wife moving forward.
“I think almost the worst thing about falling in love with Rose and marrying her is that it’s going to be very hard to work with her again,” he admitted. “Working opposite her was one of the highlights of my life and career. I don’t know when, if ever, I’m going to get to do that again, because we’re married now, and it’s hard to work opposite your wife.”
This is not the first time that the actor has opened up about his on-screen romance blossoming into real-life love.
In 2016, Harington discussed the early days of their relationship and revealed that sparks flew while on set in Iceland shooting season 2 — and admitting that those weeks were his favorite of the series.
“Because the country is beautiful, because the Northern Lights are magical, and because it was there that I fell in love,” he said in a cover story for L’Uomo Vogue. “If you’re already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it becomes very easy to fall in love.”
The actor also shared at the 2018 Emmy Awards this past September how the hit fantasy series has changed his life — and hinted at potential parenthood with Leslie.
“It gave me my future family and my life from here on in,” Harington told reporters in the Emmys press room. “That’s the main thing it did for me, and it’s changed it completely.”
He continued, “The last 10 years, you could not ask for a better job to have in your 20s, to take you through your 20s than to be an actor in Game of Thrones. It’s been the most amazing thing. It’s changed it completely.”
Game of Thrones season 8 premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.