This Game of Thrones actor just revealed how his fame led to women groping him

‘What can you do?’

‘What can you do?’

Game of Thrones season eight is finally here (episode three is going to be insane!) and we officially can’t wait.

It’s hardly surprising therefore that our past few months have been dominated by Game of Thrones news and updates, from the emergence of the teaser trailer to theories about what’s to come in Westeros.

Will Daenerys have Jon Snow’s baby? Will the prophecy come true? And who is going to end up on the iron throne?

But it wasn’t the characters that made news this week, but instead the actors, with several Game of Thrones stars struggling to distance themselves from the parts that they play.

Emilia Clarke In Game Of Thrones

Emilia Clarke In Game Of Thrones
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For badass Mother of Dragons, Daenerys, that’s not a problem, but for Daniel Portman, the actor behind Podrick Payne, it has proven a little more difficult.

Podrick Payne is a sex god on Game of Thrones - yes, literally the character is a sex god - something that has caused Game of Thrones viewers to approach him in an inappropriate way.

In a recent interview with Esquire, Daniel opened up about how he has been treated in public since Game of Thrones, recalling women coming up and grabbing him.

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‘I’ve been grabbed by so many,’ Daniel explained to Esquire, reportedly going on to explain that it was predominantly ‘older women’ who grabbed him.

‘What can you do? You know? Obviously tell them not to do it,’ recalled Daniel, going on to explain how he didn’t really know how to react.

He continued: '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,’ the actor went on to explain. ‘I don't want to say it comes with the territory, but, you know, people are crazy about it. It's certainly not cool.’

While Daniel has explained that it’s usually no bad thing in being tied to your character, he’s right in that the inappropriate behaviour towards him is never acceptable.

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