'Game Of Thrones’ Actor Jack Gleeson Dispels Retirement Rumours

11 March 2016 | 7:23 pm | Daniel Cribb

"I’m just taking a step back."

Former Game Of Thrones star Jack Gleeson, aka King Joffrey, has said reports he was retiring from acting after his stint on the hit show were not correct.

Speaking to theMusic.com.au in the lead up to Supanova this month, the Irish philosophy graduate and former king of Westeros said his words had been twisted.

“It was never something that I actively proclaimed or decided that I was never going to do it again and that I was going to quit,” Gleeson said.

“It was more a thing of taking a break and wanting to do other things because Game Of Thrones was so big…I wanted to re-evaluate my career choices or whether I wanted to be full-time actor. But no, I’m just taking a step back.”

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“Someone probably asked me if I planned on doing any other projects after Game Of Thrones and I probably told them exactly what I just told you, which is I don’t really know.”

Since his time on the show, Gleeson has completed a philosophy and theology degree, been maintaining his theatre company, Collapsing Horse Theatre Co., as well as attending conventions.

The new trailer for season six didn’t make much sense to him, as he hasn’t watched the show since leaving.

“I watched [the trailer] for the new season, but it’s all gibberish to me; I don’t know what’s going on.”

Despite not keeping up to date, he is aware of Jon Snow’s tale, which is one that proves anything can happen, and Gleeson would likely say yes if offered a similar revival.

“I’d say yes. It’d be hard to say no. I suppose there’s more a chance of that kind of thing happening now that the TV show has caught up with the books, so the storylines are becoming slightly more inventive, whereas before a lot of the storylines were based on the books,” he said.

“As an actor, you kind of knew where all the twists and turns were coming from, whereas now, they might call me up, but I haven’t gotten a call yet. I’ll wait.”

You can catch Jack Gleeson at Supanova Pop Culture Expo in the Gold Coast (8-10 Apr) and Melbourne (15-17 Apr).

Game Of Thrones season six premieres on HBO April 24.