Kit Harington and Rose Leslie’s love story began on the set of Game of Thrones during season 2. While their characters Jon Snow and Ygritte fell for each other on-screen, Harington and Leslie were falling in love behind the camera. The couple fueled romance rumors for four years before going public in 2016. When they appeared together on The Jonathan Ross Show in 2014 Harington and Leslie could not keep it together when their GOT co-star talked about one of the series’ most shocking sex scenes.
Rose Leslie recalls one of her steamiest ‘Game of Thrones’ scenes with Kit Harington
Leslie and Harington first met in Iceland while shooting season 2. As Harper’s Bazaar notes, Harington revealed that Iceland is his favorite country because that’s where he fell in love.
“If you’re already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it becomes very easy to fall in love,” Harington said.
The couple had just as much chemistry on-screen as they did off. And their characters shared a steamy moment that Leslie remembers well. She told Entertainment Weekly that it was a big scene for Jon and Ygritte.
“It was such a moment for the two lovers to finally come together, and the promiscuous side of Ygritte was wanting to teach Jon Snow a few things,” Leslie said. “There was a lot of fun to be had in terms of her demeanor and the way she held herself. I remember enjoying this side of her. She was a lot of talk, but she ended up walking the walk.”
Leslie noted that she felt very safe shooting the scene. She also remembers enjoying the day because it was a different element for both characters.
Kit Harington was a ‘gentleman’ when shooting a sex scene with his future wife
Leslie remembers jumping into hot water with Harington during the scene. She called the experience “rather enjoyable.” She also noted that her future husband was a “gentleman.” Leslie says Harington made sure she was comfortable with where he was positioned.
As soon as the director called cut, Leslie says Harington made sure the wardrobe dailies had a dressing gown waiting. She explained that the director never spoke to her or gave her notes until she was covered.
Leslie recalls Harington being “very considerate.” She says he made sure that she wasn’t feeling awkward standing in front of people with her “tits out.”
The red-headed beauty – who just revealed she was expecting the couple’s first child – said that it’s always going to be awkward when shooting a sex scene. However, she says Harington and the rest of the crew were “incredibly considerate.”
Leslie also revealed that she and Harington had a conversation about where their boundaries were before shooting.
Charles Dance had Kit and Rose struggling to keep it together
In 2014, Harington and Leslie appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show with their Game of Thrones co-star Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister). He explained that he wasn’t in the first couple of episodes. But, when he went to a screening, Dance says he was astonished at the amount of “rumpy pumpy.”
Ross added that there was nudity and sex in Game of Thrones every five minutes, which made it “great.” But when Dance noted that it was all “doggy fashion,” — assuming he was describing that infamous scene with Cersei and Jaime in the pilot — Leslie and Harington couldn’t stop laughing.
Dance described the GOT sex scenes as lacking foreplay. Instead, he said they were “flip, wallop.” Leslie kept trying to hold in her laughter while avoiding eye contact. Meanwhile, Harington tried to cover his face while laughing.
Dance said he told the producers after the screening that “obviously the missionary position didn’t come into vogue for a few years.” They told him that they wanted the scenes to be “animalistic.” He conceded that they are “certainly that.”