Kit Harington on His 'Modern Love' Meet-Cute and Knowing Rose Leslie Was 'The One'

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Fair warning, rom-com fans: "Modern Love" Season 2 might give you PTSD. Amazon Prime's anthology comedy series, created by John Carney ("Sing Street") and based on the New York Times column, features Anna Paquin, Minnie...

Fair warning, rom-com fans: "Modern Love" Season 2 might give you PTSD.

Amazon Prime's anthology comedy series, created by John Carney ("Sing Street") and based on the New York Times column, features Anna Paquin, Minnie Driver, and Garrett Hedlund in its second season (now streaming). The third episode follows two attractive strangers named Michael (Kit Harington) and Paula (Lucy Boynton), who strike up a conversation on a train in Ireland, which is preparing for a two-week lockdown at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Being hopeless romantics, they forego exchanging phone numbers and simply decide to meet again at the same train station two weeks later, once the shutdown is "over."

As we all know by now, the pandemic was hardly a blip on the calendar, and Michael and Paula debate among their families whether it's safe to break quarantine so they can go meet their potential future sweetheart.

Paula (Lucy Boynton, left) and Michael (Kit Harington) are strangers who meet on a train at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in Amazon anthology series "Modern Love." Paula (Lucy Boynton, left) and Michael (Kit Harington) are strangers who meet on a train at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in Amazon anthology series "Modern Love".

Harington, known for his role as Jon Snow in the hit series "Game of Thrones," reflects on his own naivety during the early days of the lockdown.

"I remember saying to people, 'Now look, it won't be two weeks, but it might be a month and a half.' Like I knew," he says with a laugh. "It's kind of amazing looking back to that time and seeing the ignorance we were all walking around in. It's not like we weren't armed with the facts: We were told that this could happen, and yet we still lived in denial of it."

Harington, now 34, and his wife, Rose Leslie, who also starred in "Game of Thrones," spent much of the quarantine at their country home in the United Kingdom, where they enjoyed activities like setting up a mini-golf course in their garden and caring for their infant son. The London native also opens up about romance, fatherhood, and the reactions to the "Thrones" series finale in 2019.

A Meta Moment in "Modern Love"

There's a delightful meta moment in "Modern Love" Season 2 when Michael tells his brother about Paula's ambition to become a medievalist, to which his brother responds, "So, like 'Game of Thrones' and stuff?" This clever joke brings a smile to Harington's face.

"That was one of the main reasons I did this piece. That line, I was like, 'I've gotta do this now,'" Harington shares. "John Carney wrote that. He said to me, 'Should we drop that? Is that awkward for you?' And I was like, 'No, it's kind of hilarious and meta and weird.' That's what John does so well, those strange, absurd moments. And I think that should get a big laugh from people because, on one level, you've got Michael looking at Jack's character going, 'I don't think I've ever seen that show.' At the same time, his expression could also mean, 'Don't even dare talk about that to me.'"

Kit Harington as Jon Snow, commander of the Night's Watch, in Kit Harington as Jon Snow, commander of the Night's Watch, in "Game of Thrones."

A Real-Life "Meet-Cute"

When asked about his own romantic experiences, Harington describes his early relationship with Rose Leslie as a prolonged "meet-cute." Being on a globally popular TV show and filming in Iceland as lovers made their romance feel incredibly romantic.

"Oh, I'm sure lots of people feel this about their romances. Our whole early romance felt like one long meet-cute," he reminisces. "The whole thing felt horrifically romantic. So it's nice doing something like this where it's two people meeting for the first time, and you can transport yourself to what butterflies felt like."

Knowing She Was "The One"

When asked about the moment he realized Rose Leslie was "the one," Harington chooses not to divulge the specifics but rather playfully teases, "I won't go into it, but I just remember thinking, 'God, I'm in trouble here. This could be trouble.' Wonderful trouble, that is."

Navigating Parenthood During Quarantine

Congratulations are in order as Harington recently became a father. He reflects on the challenges of navigating new parenthood during the quarantine.

"There were scary bits about it. Rose went into labor during lockdown, and you're always worried you're not going to be by their side as a birth partner. But luckily, I was, and you get through it. Hopefully, I'll be able to tell my son about it when he's old enough to understand and tell him he was a COVID baby, as they're called."

Kit Harington on his 'Modern Love' meet-cute and knowing Rose Leslie was 'the one'.

Reflecting on the "Thrones" Finale

Two years after the final season of "Game of Thrones," Harington acknowledges the mixed reactions it received from fans.

"There's definitely a pain when people responded in certain ways to it, but I don't know what I was expecting. It's very difficult to finish anything that is that long. People will always have their opinions and feel let down or disagree with certain things. I'm still very proud of the whole thing. My process since finishing that show is learning to be proud of what we did. The fact that some people were upset with the ending just shows how much it impacted people, and that's a wonderful thing. I'm still processing it all, but I'm proud of it."

The Future of Jon Snow

With several "Game of Thrones" spinoffs and prequels in the works, fans wonder if Jon Snow could make a return. Harington reveals that there have been no discussions about his character's return, but he expresses excitement about the upcoming series "House of the Dragon."

"(There have been) no discussions, God knows. I'm really looking forward to seeing 'House of the Dragon.' I'm a really big fan of Miguel (Sapochnik, an executive producer and director), who's doing that. I think there's going to be a rawness about watching it for me, feeling so emotionally attached to that series. But I'm going to watch it because I want to support his work and I wish the people continuing that story the best of luck."

As we delve into Kit Harington's personal and professional life, it's evident that his charm and talent extend far beyond the screen. "Modern Love" offers a unique glimpse into the actor's experiences, providing a refreshing perspective on love, romance, and the unpredictable nature of life.

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