THE EVENING STANDARD – Rose Leslie has spoken about her relationship with Game Of Thrones co-star Kit Harington for the first time — joking that he “hung her out to dry” when he revealed on TV that she had known about his character’s fate all along.
The couple, both 29, fell in love on the set of the show. Harington plays Jon Snow and Leslie played Ygritte until she was killed off in 2014. The pair kept their relationship under wraps until last month, but they had another secret to keep, too — the fate of Jon Snow, who was left for dead at the end of the last series after being stabbed. It prompted intense speculation and producers ordered Harington not to tell a soul that Jon Snow would be brought back to life. His fate was revealed in the second episode of the new series this month.
Afterwards Harington revealed to US chat show host Jimmy Kimmel that he had told his parents and girlfriend the secret — which came as a surprise to Leslie, who had been officially denying all knowledge for the past year.
She told the Standard: “I’m such a moron. I had been spewing this lie for over a year … It just regurgitated out of me to the point where it was almost effortless.
“I was completely oblivious to the fact that Kit hung me out to dry! It was so funny when I found out. So, yes that was me being unaware and not being able to pick up the ball beforehand. He should have said, ‘By the way, I’m going to speak to Jimmy about it.’ But I did find it quite funny.”
Leslie, who lives in north London, also said she had managed to avoid the intense interest in their relationship, explaining: “I’m a dinosaur when it comes to social media. I don’t have any personal accounts, so I don’t really know if there’s much attention. I’m aware because of the shows and there is some element of hype behind it. But I genuinely, genuinely don’t try to engage on that front. I try to keep myself relatively private. I don’t really look for anything so it’s not really there in my periphery.”
Leslie was speaking as she launched Sky Box Sets Club, which lets fans talk about their favourite shows — including Game Of Thrones. “It’s similar to a book club,” she said. “It will give people a platform to interact with one another.”
Leslie is soon to appear in two films — Sticky Notes with Ray Liotta and Morgan with Kate Mara. She said: “My guiding principle is to challenge myself. I will always look for the quality of the script — it doesn’t matter if it’s theatre, TV or film.” (source)