Kristian Nairn is a Northern Irish actor and DJ. He is best known for his portrayal of Hodor in the hit TV series Game of Thrones.
What made you agree to do the SodaStream video?
I’ve been using SodaStream myself ever since I was a kid, and I love the brand. I was instantly drawn to this opportunity to work with SodaStream because of this campaign’s strong environmental message. I mean, the message of this video is so true: plastic bottles make no sense! I consider myself environmentally conscious, and I of course, try to do my best to be as earth friendly as possible, so this concept really resounded with me. On top of that, I think SodaStream’s script offers a clever and creative delivery of this message, by portraying an idealistic future where plastic bottles are truly an obsolete thing of the past. In this video, my character plays the “alpha male” of this fictional, last-living species of plastic-obsessed “Homoschlepiens,” who eventually became extinct due to their single-use plastic bottle polluting habits. I honestly had a blast playing this role, and working with Mayim Bialik, and I think it shows in this video.
You were recently in the KFC video, now the SodaStream video – it seems you’ve been involved in a lot of advertisements recently. Can we jump to the conclusion that your favorite meal is chicken, rice accompanied by a fresh glass of SodaStream sparkling water?
You’re right, and it’s really just a strange coincidence. I hadn’t done any advertisements previously, but when SodaStream came to me with this proposal, I simply couldn’t turn it down. It’s fun to be a part of a clever advertisement, especially when you can connect with the message. I felt proud to be part of KFC’s campaign which offers their prime consumers a healthier alternative. On the same token, SodaStream is really offering a revolutionary alternative for consumers; one that empowers them to take their health & wellness into their own hands, in a fun and convenient way.
Do you own a SodaStream machine?
Oh yeah, I’m a huge sparkling water fan. How could I not own one? Look, the bottled water industry is massive in Northern Ireland, where I grew up. For most of my life, I didn’t even consider another option for drinking sparkling water, since I’d been surrounded by water bottles my whole life. That’s why when I learned of the SodaStream sparkling water maker, I was eager to get one myself. Even for a big guy like myself, it’s quite annoying to be lugging around bottles of sparkling water from the store. It’s just so much more convenient to be able to make your own sparkling water at home.
How was it to work with Mayim Bialik on the SodaStream Homoschlepiens set?
Prior to actually meeting Mayim, I’d heard so many times how lovely she is. I was really happy to learn that her reputation is completely accurate – she’s an amazing and talented actress with a really lovely personality. We had a lot of funny moments on set, making this SodaStream video happen.
In the SodaStream commercial we see the impact of the plastic bottle pollution on the environment, how do you try to reduce your own carbon footprint?
I’ve always been environmentally conscious and I love to think that this campaign might help raise environmental awareness and reduce waste from single-use plastic bottles. I’m a natural born nature and animal lover – I have three dogs at home. One of my favorite things to do is just to go for walks in the wild outdoors with my dogs. A big part of being an animal lover means loving our natural surroundings, and being kind to the planet. Not just for ourselves, but for our future generations. I’m happy to get onboard with any product which instills strong environmental messages.
What do you expect for the next season of Game of Thrones?
You mean you’ve already recovered from the tragic ending of my character in season 6? You’ve already moved on?! How DARE you. Honestly though, I have no idea what’s to come next. Now that we’ve seen Khaleesi sailing towards Westeros, I think it’s safe to say we’re headed towards a climax in the plot. So, a lot of excitement in the storyline to be revealed soon. Since I haven’t seen it myself, All I can say is there’s an amazing team of talented, creative people who have yet to fail us with an amazing, gripping, endlessly entertaining storyline. I’m excited myself for what’s to come in Season 7! July 16th is just around the corner, just hold…your horses.
What is next for you personally?
I think I’ll put more focus on my DJ career, writing music and continuing touring with Rave of Thrones. I was a resident DJ in Belfast prior to working on Game of Thrones, but being a well-known cast-member of Game of Thrones has really enabled me to play at bigger venues and reach more ears with my music. I’m happy to be gaining more recognition as a great DJ, and it’s something I hope to continue building in the future.
SodaStream has a tendency to choose big characters (both in size and heart) to play lead roles in their recent videos. Did anybody tell you why?
That’s a good point. To be honest, I’ve never met Thor Bjornnson, even though I love his character in Game of Thrones. I think SodaStream is pretty intentional in choosing memorable characters like Thor and myself in order to hopefully point out obvious but somehow overlooked key messages – enough is enough. Plastic bottles make no sense, and I hope one day both Thor and myself will be remembered in propagating this environmental message.
How did you react when you found out Hodor’s tragic fate in season 6?
Truth be told, I cried. I totally appreciate the epic momentum that was created by Hodor’s death and I was actually satisfied to see how his character played out. It was a bittersweet moment though, since I realized my involvement in the show was coming to a close.
Any chance Hodor’s character will come back as a white walker?
There’s nothing I would love more than for that to happen! To be honest though, it seems like a long shot at this point. One good thing about his tragic death is that now I can watch the series myself and enjoy it like everyone else, without the stressful anticipation of knowing what might happen to my character, Hodor.
Tell us about your last day on the Game of Thrones set. What was it like?
I remember it really clearly because it fell very close to my birthday. It was tough both physically and emotionally. I mean, physically, I was holding a door with 100 MPH winds blowing into my face, while pushing against a door with something like 8 other people on the other side. Emotionally though it was especially tough, since I had grown quite close to the small group of cast members over the course of my time working on Game of Thrones. I’ve never been good at “goodbye”s.