“Game of Thrones” made Isaac Hempstead Wright’s college experience so difficult, he withdrew from school.
Wright, who plays Bran Stark on the hit HBO series, started college in the fall, like many 18-year-olds, but his level of fame negatively affected his transition into higher education to study math and music.
“I walked in and this girl just looked at me. And I was like: ‘Hello,’ and they were like ‘Hi(!)’. I went down to get some more stuff and when I came back, they’d had like a flat conference to say: Oh my god, what the f–k is going on,” Wright told Esquire UK of starting school at the University of Birmingham in England.
“We went for dinner and they didn’t actually say anything until, eventually, one of their mates was like: ‘So apparently you’re in Game of Thrones?!’ I went out to some awful club night, and it was just … a massacre.”
Although Wright, now 19, anticipated a certain level of fascination at his presence, he was still blindsided but the level of attention paid to him by fellow students and the media.
“My address got published. I couldn’t walk out of my halls without having to take a selfie. Eventually, I got assigned a campus police officer,” Wright shared. “There were so many tweets. And because your email is public domain, I got like, billions of emails from people going: ‘Hi, three-eyed raven!’. I was just trying to find out where my next lecture was.”
Despite having the “nicest flatmates,” Wright eventually realized university might not be the place for him.
“ … it made it quite difficult to make friends. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to have a normal university experience, which is kind of sad,” Wright said. “I couldn’t relax and go out and have a drink or get drunk or whatever, because if I did someone would be like: ‘I saw Bran and he was all f–ked up’. My ex-girlfriend came up to visit and we just sat in my room for a week.”
Wright ultimately withdrew from the University of Birmingham to focus on acting full-time.
This article originally appeared in Page Six.