Richard Madden has been told to lose weight and bulk up for work before.
The handsome Scotsman found fame playing Robb Stark in Game of Thrones as a 20-something, but he actually began his career as a teenager.
Over his nearly 20 years in the business, the 32-year-old says he’s been subjected to comments about his health and fitness – an occurrence he admits “sucks”.
“I’ve done loads of jobs where I’ve been asked, or told, I need to lose weight – or I need to be in the gym every day,” he told Mr Porter. “And that sucks, because it actually gets in the way of the job, a bit. And also because it’s just unrealistic. Not everyone walks around with six-packs – unless you’re on (dating show) Love Island.
“I was out in Ibiza earlier this year, and it was so funny – every guy had a six-pack. It was like, have you all just worked out all year for that one week in Ibiza where you can drink and party? Or is everybody just really genetically gifted? Because I know I only get a six-pack if I don’t eat and work out for months. That’s the only way it happens. I mean, I’m eating f**king potatoes and bread right now, you know?”
However, after playing roles like Prince Charming in Kenneth Branagh’s live-action Cinderella and more recently personal security officer David Budd in hit BBC drama Bodyguard, Richard is often labelled as hunky.
While he isn’t worried by the objectification, the actor confesses it can sometimes distract from the job.
“I worry sometimes about it affecting my job. If people go, ‘Oh, you know, he’s that hunky thing’, then it undermines that actually I’m an actor, and I’m trying really hard to be good at it,” he sighed, adding that he can’t complain as women get it worse.
“So I don’t really have a right to be p**sed off.”