Jack Gleeson has decided to quit acting following the conclusion of his character King Joffrey’s part in Game of Thrones, saying he only intended for it to be a hobby and it is ‘not what I want to do’ in future.
The 21-year-old has hinted at his retirement before, but does not seem to be having cold feet as his time on the HBO fantasy comes to a close.
Asked why he was retiring by Entertainment Weekly, he replied: “The answer isn’t interesting or long-winded. I’ve been acting since age 8. I just stopped enjoying it as much as I used to.
“And now there’s the prospect of doing it for a living, whereas up until now it was always something I did for recreation with my friends, or in the summer for some fun. I enjoyed it. When you make a living from something, it changes your relationship with it. It’s not like I hate it, it’s just not what I want to do.”
And as for the future, he added: “I don’t know. Yeah. No idea. I have one year left in college. After that, I might do a post-graduate of some kind, but I don’t know in what.”
Gleeson is a keen academic, having previously spoken at the Oxford Union about his dislike for celebrity culture.
His GoT character Joffrey was poisoned at his own wedding in season 4 episode 2 “The Lion and the Rose”, the scene being dubbed the ‘Purple Wedding’ due to the colour of Gleeson’s cheeks as he breathed his last breath, coming after season 3’s infamous red one.