Most of the characters on Game of Thrones are larger than life, but one stands even taller than the rest: Hodor, the affable giant who protects the young Stark children using his massive girth and the only word he knows how to speak: his own name. Hodor!!!
In advance of the premiere of season 4, HBO took the show on the road with a Game of Thrones exhibit filled with props like the actual iron throne, a virtual-reality simulator, and special appearances by the few cast members who aren't dead yet. We caught up with the exhibit in Austin at SXSW where Kristian Nairn -- aka Hodor -- kindly shared a pint of Ommegang's Fire and Blood Red Ale Game of Thrones-themed beer and proved himself much more eloquent than his on-screen persona. And, at 6' 10", much shorter.
Your role as Hodor is one of your first acting gigs, right?
Yes, but I've been in the entertainment business for years as a DJ. I went to acting school and drama school, obviously, but I didn't really plan to be an actor. It just kind of happened. I just follow the stars. I definitely have a taste for it and am pursuing it. I never dreamed that one character could change my life in so many ways.