03/31/2013 at 10:00 AM EDT
Listen up, ladies – to get Game of Thrones
heartthrob Kit Harington's attention or maybe even his phone number, you'll need to have a joke or two handy.
"The main thing that I look for in a woman is humor," Harington, 26, told PEOPLE at the opening of the Game of Thrones
exhibition in New York.
"She could be the most good looking, famous, wealthy and intelligent person, but if she can't laugh and doesn't have a sense of humor, I'm afraid she's not the one for me."
The British actor, who plays warrior Jon Snow on the HBO fantasy drama, which returned for season 3 Sunday night, describes himself as the romantic and polite type. "I like to treat women special and sweep them off their feet," he says. "I always open doors for them and even for men. I don't discriminate in that way."
Once you get Harington to laugh, suggest a date night that includes a game of table tennis.
"A hidden talent of mine is, I'm pretty damn good at ping pong," he says proudly. "It's a great way to relax and have fun. I'm terrible at beer pong though. Mixing alcohol and games can lead to trouble."