Game Of Thrones Star Says He's Been Sexually Assaulted By Fans
Daniel Portman, who plays Podrick in HBO's 'Game of Thrones' revealed the impact starring in the world's biggest series has had on him.
Speaking to Esquire, Portman spoke about Podrick's reputation following a scene in season three where three sex workers refused payment because of his sexual prowess.
From there, a defining trait of Podrick became his abilities in bed -- which many fans then extended to Portman the man.
"When you tell a 20-year-old actor, who's sort of stumbled onto this big TV show, that all of a sudden you're meant to be Cassanova, people all over the world wonder whether or not it's true," the now 27-year-old told the publication, "I would be lying if I said that that hadn't been fun."
But it hasn't all been fun with the actor also revealing that some fans take this reputation too far.
"I've been grabbed by so many... like the amount of like older, older women who are very--" he said before making grabbing motions.
"It hasn't happened for a while. In this day and age, you'd think that people would be able to separate reality from fiction," he continued. "I don’t want to say it comes with the territory, but, you know, people are crazy about it. It’s certainly not cool."
Portman's experience isn't isolated, with several of his co-stars revealing the other impacts starring in the most popular series worldwide has had on their lives.
Recently, Sophie Turner spoke about the mental health affects playing Sansa Stark has had, and the extent of scrutiny she faced on social media.
Speaking to Dr Phil on his podcast the actor said the ongoing criticism led her to a depressive state saying, "I just would cry and cry and cry over just getting changed and putting on clothes and be like, 'I can't do this. I can't go outside. I have nothing that I want to do."
Kit Harington's mental health also suffered, telling Variety that the intense focus on him in the time between his on-screen death and resurrection led him to therapy.
"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***ing terrifying," he said.
"I felt I had to feel that I was the most fortunate person in the world, when actually, I felt very vulnerable... That was a time when I started therapy and started talking to people... I had to feel very grateful for what I have, but I felt incredibly concerned about whether I could even f***ing act."
Later in a chat with Esquire, Harington also revealed that filming his final scene as Jon Snow caused him to hyperventilate and break down.
"I went to do my last shots and started hyperventilating a bit. Then they called 'Wrap' and I just f***ing broke down," he said calling it an "onslaught of relief and grief" and also added he felt like he was being skinned when his costume was being taken off for the last time.
"It felt like they were unceremoniously, for the last time, ripping off this character. I was still blubbering my tears," the actor said.
Thrones is currently in its final season, with audience numbers consistently breaking records and fans at a near-constant furore as to how the groundbreaking series will end.
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