‘Game of Thrones’ star Peter Dinklage says fame, not height, is why people approach him now

Peter Dinklage accepts the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series award for 'Game of Thrones' onstage during the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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Actor Peter Dinklage is out on the promotional trail for his new film, “Cyrano,” a musical adaptation of the Cyrano De Bergerac tale.

Through his numerous, lauded roles, including portraying Tyrion Lannister on "Game of Thrones" -- which garnered him four Emmys --Dinklage has earned a mountain of respect in the industry.

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But it wasn’t always that way, particularly surrounding to the aggravating attention his height often receives.

As Yahoo reported, in a recent interview, Dinklage, who stands 4’5”, admitted that “Being my size, I get second looks quite often. My whole life I’ve had stares.”

Per The Times, the 56-year-old was born with achondroplasia, a form of short-limbed dwarfism, and is the only member of his family with the condition.

As a child he was often stung by sideways looks from strangers. But “The Station Agent” star states that it doesn’t bother him so much anymore -- especially since they might also be staring because of the name he's made for himself.

“Now there’s an ownership to someone looking at me or approaching me,” he said. "It’s because of something positive. It’s not just my size. It’s the work I’ve done that has afforded them a second look.”

Dinklage’s confident interpretation of stares is born not just from his success, but from the steady, if slow, change in the entertainment industry, with its recent attempts at wider representation.

“Nine times out of 10,” Dinklage said, “Cyrano is played by a handsome actor with a fake nose, and you know that he takes it off when they wrap… The idea of a leading actor is changing now. Whether racially or whatever. It’s about time. We’ve been stuck with this stereotype of a leading man, and it’s healthy to open that up. Love life is not the domain of pretty people – everybody has a love life.”

“Cyrano” – written by Dinklage’s wife, Erica Schmidt, 46, with whom he shares two children – is out now in theaters only. You can grab your tickets right here.

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