Kit Harington and Rose Leslie celebrated their second wedding anniversary back in June. They’d been living in New York for a few years during their engagement and early part of their marriage while she was working on The Good Fight but spent much of last year in England as Kit was shooting Eternals. Rose is now filming a series for BBC in Scotland so they’ve remained in the UK; she’s also promoting the upcoming Death on the Nile which is why she’s featured in the new issue of Make Magazine. And that’s where she announced her pregnancy:
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So wonderful working with the beautiful Rose Leslie for the cover story of @make_magazineuk out now! A very special all woman team photographic shoot capturing Rose at this wonderful time as she prepares for motherhood for the first time! My team were: @billiescheepersphotography @liztaw doing beautiful hair and @justinejenkins wonderful makeup. Rose wears @stellamccartney. Huge thanks to @vrwpublicity for organising the shoot and to Hannah Rand for her interview. #roseleslie #makemagazine #rose #portraitphotography #portrait #interview #covershoot #cover #stellamccartney
Rose didn’t actually talk about being pregnant in the interview – it’s just that there was a photoshoot and, well, she’s kinda making it obvious with the pose.
PS I love this look, in the oversized suit:
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New cover story for @make_magazineuk with the wonderful Rose Leslie, looking amazing in a grey oversized @stellamccartney trouser suit. Huge thanks to my brilliant, all girl team for these beautiful images: photographer @billiescheepersphotography, hair by @liztaw and makeup by @justinejenkins. Interview by @hancathrand. Fashion direction by me! Huge thanks also to @vrwpublicity and @onerepresents for their help. It was very special to work with Rose at this special time in her life. #roseleslie #makemagazine #rose #portraitphotography #portrait #interview #covershoot #cover #stellamccartney
With their first child on the way, maybe that’s why Kit Harington has been reflecting on his own childhood. He made headlines last week in a new interview with The Telegraph about being raised by his mother, Deborah Jane Catesby, in a gender fluid environment:
“I asked for a Mighty Max and she bought me a Polly Pocket. I asked for an Action Man and I got a doll – it was very gender fluid from the word go. And I went with it.”
As for how that past is informing his present and his future, Kit says he no longer wants to play characters who uphold an increasingly out-of-date version of masculinity:
“I feel that emotionally men have a problem, a blockage, and that blockage has come from the Second World War, passed down from grandfather to father to son. We do not speak about how we feel because it shows weakness, because it is not masculine. Having portrayed a man who was silent, who was heroic, I feel going forward that is a role I don’t want to play any more. It is not a masculine role that the world needs to see much more of.”
The interview and the subsequent coverage of it happened before the confirmation this weekend that Rose is pregnant and this news adds another layer to his comments. For most parents, this is a time of serious reflection on how they want to raise their children, and the values they want to impart on them. Toxic masculinity is evidently not one of them. Jon Snow does not want to raise a Jon Snow.
All this pregnancy talk though reminds of all that speculation during the final season of Game of Thrones about whether or not Daenerys could conceive and if she was pregnant with Jon’s baby, remember? Or maybe you don’t want to remember because there were a lot of things that didn’t actually get sorted that could have been/should have been. People were so mad though. And then they got over it. And now they’re re-watching and missing it. Or not re-watching it and not missing it the way they thought they would (like me). If you’re looking for something to hit you hard and not let you down…
Attached – Kit and Rose in London a few days ago.