Never mind the medieval swashing and buckling in Game of Thrones. With Silent Hill: Revelation, Kit Harington is jumping into the world of horror.
"I am a horror fan. I genuinely love being scared," says Harington, 25, in Manhattan to promote Silent Hill: Revelation. It opens Friday.
"My love affair with horror began early on when I watched The Exorcist. I was about 12. I was terrified!"
Does anything scare him in real life?
"Spiders, flying and injections."
For followers of the increasingly fearless Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, this will be news. Harington is happy to elaborate. "I'm turning into a flying alcoholic," he says, laughing, "because I can't deal with it," he says of air travel. "My dad started taking flying lessons. He's now got his solo flying thing, and he says, 'You've got to come up in the air,' and I'm like, 'Not for s---!'"
In Silent Hill: Revelation, Harington plays the lone character at school who befriends Heather (Adelaide Clemens), a character on the run and plagued by nightmares. She feels herself drawn back to the terrifying place known as Silent Hill, despite its horrors; they go there in search of her father.
Silent Hill: Revelation will likely see Harington win a whole new following among horror fans and gamers, adding to the fans who know him from HBO's Game of Thrones. Those fans he saw in droves at the recent ComicCon in New York.
"I've seen lots of people dressed as me, which is interesting," he says. " I mean, it's a lovely experience. I'm ecstatic that people are that enthusiastic about the show that they'd want to dress up as one of the characters.
"And the detail they've gone into to make these costumes is quite awe-inspiring."
The British-born Harington grew up in a household where he and his brother were always encouraged to follow their interests. Harington pursued writing and photography, and then surprised his parents when they sent him off to do drama courses at National Youth Theatre by becoming serious about acting.
He was barely finished at the Central School of Speech and Drama when he was cast in a very successful National Theatre production of War Horse. Harington described himself as primarily a theatre actor when he was cast in Thrones; the immediate success of the HBO series has contributed heavily to his meteoric rise.
But his success isn't out of control.
"I'm not hounded yet," he says about the downside of celebrity. Most of the time he can keep a low profile, says Harington, "But when I'm filming, with the hair and the beard, yeah, I get recognized a lot. But generally I've had no bad experience of people."
Harington is quite modest and takes none of his success for granted. He says his career was, "All going kind of One Direction-like," until he fell and broke his ankle last summer. That meant lying on his back for three months recuperating.
"You know, First World problems, not a huge thing in the scheme of things, but three months on your back really p----es you off and forces you to think a lot about things," he says.
How did it happen?
"It wasn't anything action hero-y at all, unfortunately -- I was drunk and trying to climb in my upstairs window to rescue my keys." He laughs, adding ruefully, "I'm in the process of buying a flat. They keep asking my requirements.
I say, 'Just got to be ground floor, that's all.'"