The 28-year-old, who is well known for his portrayal of warrior Jon Snow in hit HBO series Game of Thrones, was named one of People magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive last year.
The actor doesn’t like being praised for his looks.
“To always be put on a pedestal as a hunk is slightly demeaning,” he revealed. “It really is and it’s in the same way as it is for women. When an actor is seen only for her physical beauty it can be quite offensive.”
Kit believes objectification against both men and women just feeds into stereotypes. He also considers the practice to be a huge distraction.
“Well, it’s not just men that can be inappropriate sexually; women can be as well (yes, he actually said that). I’m in a successful TV show in a kind of leading man way and it can sometimes feel like your art is being put to one side for your sex appeal. And I don’t like that,” Harington explained.
“In this position you get asked a lot, ‘Do you like being a heartthrob? Do you like being a hunk?’ Well, my answer is, ‘That’s not what I got into it for.'”
Meanwhile, Harington has admitted he’s a “hopeless romantic” and can’t wait to find the perfect woman so that he can treat her to adorable little surprises and gush over her.
He explained: “I’m a hopeless romantic, maybe to a fault at times, because it’s gotten me into trouble. But I love romance. I think it’s one of the greatest pleasures in life.
“It’s about giving each other something, it’s giving something away and it should be a most unselfish act. It’s saying, ‘I’ve hired a little cottage somewhere. We’re going away! Surprise!'”