David Tennant as the 10th Doctor in 'Doctor Who'

Kit Harington is not alone.  The star of ‘Game of Thrones’ is currently living at a treatment facility, which he checked into before the airing of the finale of the HBO phenomenon, to deal with stress and alcohol abuse stemming from the wrap-up of this series, which made him famous.  Fellow Brit actor, David Tennant has revealed that he also sought professional assistance to cope with the pressure that arrived when he won the coveted role of the tenth ‘Doctor Who’.


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In an interview with the Sunday Times, Tennant recalled:

“The way you imagine it’s going to be is not the way it is at all.  It’s much more exposing, and the imaginative leap you’ve had that it will give you status or make you invulnerable is all wrong. It makes you very vulnerable, and very raw.


“I remember way back, when I’d be in a room and someone well known would walk in, and there’s that sort of whisper goes around the room and everyone looks. And you imagine being that person is somehow powerful.  When you are that person, you walk into a room and everyone turns their head and whispers, and you feel like you’re being squashed. You feel intimidated, and you feel scared, actually.”

He added:

“I’ve always had insecurity, a lack of self-confidence, which is classic [for an actor].  It’s why you like dressing up and pretending to be someone else.”

Tennant’s words very closely echo sentiments that Harington expressed recently.  In an interview with Variety, to promote the final episodes of ‘GoT’, Harington discussed his discomfort with his newfound fame and 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.  My darkest period was when the show seemed to become so much about Jon when he died and came back.  I really didn’t like the focus of the whole show coming onto Jon.  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—–g terrifying.


“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.”

Harington is still staying at the Privé-Swiss facility.  Hopefully, he gets better soon.

Tennant can currently be seen on the Amazon miniseries ‘Good Omens’.


Source: Radio Times