Not that I don’t appreciate a cute guy shirtless wearing only Speedos (because I DO), but the cover of GT’s latest issue seems to contradict one of the interviews featured in the publication. Finn Jones plays Ser Loras Tyrell on the HBO series Game of Thrones. The 24-year-old English actor discusses his experience portraying the gay character on the show. Here’s his response:

“In terms of the gay community, I’ve got a very strong reaction that people are happy with it, happy that gay characters are being portrayed but not in a sensationalized or stereotyped way, and they’re being put into a world that is a very masculine, hard world. I hope that they think that we’re not stereotyping them.”

I wonder if the stylist for the Gay Times cover read the above before giving an orange winter coat and a banana hammock for Finn to wear. Because that’s not stereotypical at all ;) From my experience, I see at least five guys in that very get-up within the first ten minutes of hitting the village of any gay ski event in North America. I kid. Jones certainly is packing some heat in those tiny orange Speedos.

On His Acting Career

“It’s part of the experience. For me, in my life, acting is all about meeting good people and having a good experience. I feel if I can do that, I feel that I’m succeeding, you know, I’m progressing. So even if I don’t get a certain role or a certain job, obviously it’s a bit of a bummer, but as long as I’m still doing it and having good experiences whilst pursuing this career, that’s what it’s about. It’s not about the end goal, it’s about the journey, the route. And as long as I’m having an interesting route on the way to wherever I want to go, for me that’s all that matters.”

For more from the issue, head over to www.gaytimes.co.uk.