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Peter Dinklage Opens Up About the Attention He Receives Over His Height: 'My Whole Life I've Had Stares'

Peter Dinklage Opens Up About the Attention He Receives Over His Height: 'My Whole Life I've Had Stares'

Peter Dinklage is recalling the attention he’s received due to his height.

The 52-year-old Game of Thrones actor was born with achondroplasia, a form of short-limbed dwarfism that necessitated he undergo a corrective leg-surgery at the age of five.

In an interview with The Times, Peter explained that he was often met with “stares” because of his height.

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“Being my size, I get second looks quite often,” Peter told the outlet. “My whole life I’ve had stares.”

He went on to say that he finds the attention doesn’t bother him as much as it used to.

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

The actor currently stars in Cyrano, which is an adaptation of his wife Erica Schmidt‘s musical, which was based on the 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac.

“Nine times out of 10,” he 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,” Peter continued. “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.”

Find out what the actor recently said about the Game of Thrones finale

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