“Game of Thrones” actor Daniel Portman tells Esquire he’s been sexually assaulted by fans of the HBO series, asking "what can you do?" about such interactions.

“I’ve been grabbed by so many [people],” Portman, who plays squire Podrick Payne on the fantasy series, told the magazine, describing his assailants as predominantly “older women.”


“What can you do? You know? Obviously tell them not to do it,” he added. “It hasn't happened for a while. In this day and age you’d think that people would be able to separate reality from fiction. I don't want to say it comes with the territory, but, you know, people are crazy about it. It's certainly not cool.”

The sexual prowess of Podrick — or Pod as he's commonly known — despite his shy, awkward manner has become a running joke among fans of the show. The actor quipped that on that front, “it’s really not a bad thing, to be tied to your character,” especially compared to actor Alfie Allen, whose character, Theon Greyjoy, was castrated after his own libidinous run on the show.

“When you tell a 20-year-old actor, who’s sort of stumbled onto this big TV show, that all of a sudden you're meant to be Casanova, people all over the world wonder whether or not it's true,” Portman told the magazine. “I would be lying if I said that that hadn't been fun.”