“Things that have happened to me since ‘Thrones’ ended, and that were happening during ‘Thrones,’ were of a pretty traumatic nature and they did include alcohol,” the actor said in the interview, which was released over the weekend. “I went through some pretty horrible stuff.”
“You get to a place where you feel like you are a bad person, you feel like you are a shameful person, and you feel that there’s no way out, that’s just who you are,” Harington continued. “Getting sober is the process of going, ‘No, I can change.’”
The 34-year-old shared some valuable information that helped him transform his way of thinking and make major life changes.
“One of my favorite things I learned recently is that the expression ‘a leopard doesn’t change its spots’ is completely false — that a leopard actually does change its spots,” Harington said.
“I just think that’s the most beautiful thing. It really helped,” he added. “That was something I kind of clung to, the idea that I could make this huge fundamental change in who I was and how I went about my life.”
Harington entered a rehab facility in Connecticut in 2019, around the time the final episode of “Game of Thrones” aired, to deal with “mainly alcohol.” At the time, a representative said he was “at a wellness retreat to work on some personal issues.” The actor has now been sober for nearly three years.
“I will say about my addictions that I kept them very, very quiet and I was incredibly secretive and incredibly locked up with them,” the actor told The Sunday Times. “So they came as quite a surprise to the people around me — which is quite often the case, I guess.”
During that time, he also dealt with suicidal ideation.