Why Jack Gleeson Is Calling It Quits When ‘Game of Thrones’ Ends

jack-gleeson-game-of-thronesWhen an actor reaches any type of success in the entertainment industry, they are usually plotting their next big step. For Game of Thrones star Jack Gleeson, his post-show move is not what you would expect.

When the HBO series ends, the 21-year-old actor is hanging up his acting career.

He shared why he is making such a decision, “It was always a recreation beforehand, but when I started doing Game of Thrones perhaps the reality was made too real for me. The lifestyle that comes with being an actor in a successful TV show isn’t something I gravitate towards.”

While that may seem unusual to many people, sometimes a young actor like Gleeson just needs to see what else is out there in life. The show has been rumored to run up to eight seasons if the cable channel keeps renewing the series. Currently, the show has three seasons under its belt with Season 4 heading to television in 2014.

Not surprisingly, the Irish actor doesn’t watch his work onscreen either.

“I don’t tend to. It’s bizarre when you see clips,” he said. “You tend to abstract yourself from the creepiness of it when you’re playing it, but when you see it on television it sends shivers down my spine.”

The young star went to university at Trinity where he enjoyed his anonymity. He also worked with the charity Goal to aid those still suffering from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

“Since going to Trinity and garnering an interest in philosophy and with Goal and my theatre company I’ve kind of just re-evaluated what I want to do. I’m 21, so it’s hard to decide what kind of course life will take,” he shared.

While Gleeson hasn’t mentioned his future plans just yet, it will be interesting to see how long he stays away from acting. Will it be a short-term decision or a permanent one?

Via the Independent

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