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The 'Game of Thrones' Actors Are Shedding Their Characters With Dramatic Makeovers

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There are huge pros and cons to playing a role on an iconic show like Game of Thrones. Acting isn't one of the most stable professions to pursue, so having a regular, well-paying gig for nine years is definitely like hitting the jackpot. However, once a show of that caliber ends, the stars can struggle to find their next project. Either casting directors can't "unsee them" as their popular characters or the actors find they're pigeonholed into similar roles.

Though it's not a foolproof strategy, one way an actor can shed the skin of their old character is to change up their look. That seems to be the strategy a lot of Game of Thrones stars went with. Take a look at how the stars of the HBO hit series have transformed since they wrapped the show.

Kit Harington

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Kit was never a huge fan of Jon's messy mop of hair and bushy beard, though they were obviously integral to the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. We have to imagine if felt pretty good to shave and chop off his mane.  "I’d like to step away and enjoy the obscurity, cut my hair, make myself less recognizable as the character, and go do and some other things with a completely new look and tone," he explained in an Entertainment Weekly interview.