In a new interview with The Sunday Times, Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington addressed the lesser-discussed topic of male sexism in Hollywood.
While the topic of female sexism in film and television is rife—with Game of Thrones often at the centre of it for its depiction of female nudity—Harrington says there is a "double standard" when it comes to males in the industry.
"There's definitely a sexism in our industry that happens towards women, and there is towards men as well," he says.
"If you said to a girl, 'Do you like being called a babe?' and she said 'No, not really,' she'd be absolutely right."
The 29-year-old, who plays one of Game of Thrones’ most popular characters, Jon Snow, says it’s just as demeaning to single male stars for their looks.
"I like to think of myself as more than a head of hair or a set of looks – it’s demeaning."
The British actor says he feels particularly uncomfortable during photo shoots when he is expected to take his shirt off.
"In photo shoots when I’m asked to strip, I’ve felt the sexism," he added.
“If I felt I was being employed just for my looks, I'd stop acting."