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can play both Romeo and Iago. You can go from playing Shakespeare’s greatest lover to playing his greatest sociopath. And often villains are the most interesting characters to explore because you find they have the most complex and twisted personalities. STRIPLV: Most actors confess to being obsessive observers of the human condition. Would you fall into that camp? HIDDLESTON: I have a great fascination for human psychology and the contradiction between the self we project to work and our underlying inner identity. I like exploring human vulnerability and what makes people tick behind the facade! STRIPLV: You must have a great sense of accomplishment with all these great projects coming your way of late? HIDDLESTON: It’s such a privilege. But I never quite feel that I’m there yet. Maybe that’s the predicament of being creative - you always feel that the center is somewhere else. I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied. I’m always chasing; I’m always thinking how can I do better, how can I expand, how can I communicate something more deeply or profoundly. HIDDLESTON LOVES SINGING “I enjoy singing and playing the guitar. I still have my Gibson J-45. Sometimes I even travel with it. It’s addictive.” FAWLTY TOWERS “One of my favorite TV shows of all time is Fawlty Towers. John Cleese is so brilliant.” SHAKESPEARE “Doing Shakespeare which is where it started for me. Shakespeare led me to superheroes.” LOKI “Loki changed my life. I was predominantly an actor in the British theater. I’d worked with Kenneth Brannagh in television and the West End, then he cast me as Loki, and within a year I was a part of this phenomenon...I am continuously amazed at how much people like Loki but...there is this old phrase that ‘the devil plays all the best tunes.’ There is a kind of freedom to being bad, an embracing of one’s most rebellious instincts.” HONESTY “Honesty is a gift. Be honest about who you are and how you feel because it encourages intimacy, and intimacy is really where it’s at. Be ready in life to nurture your confidence and make it real - don’t pretend to be someone you’re not.” HIDDLESTON HATES TWITTER “We’re all vulnerable to criticism and people are perfectly entitled to exercise their right to criticise anything. Personally, I’m so aware things are more complicated than they seem – before I judge, I think, ‘Do I know the whole picture?’” You have to be very careful not to be drawn into the riptide of the most destructive and cynical aspects of it.” “I’m not pretending I don’t have bad days, but making those feelings public? Feelings are transient, but if you make them public, (if you) post them, it’s forever. You can’t eradicate the record of what happened yesterday. There’s more than enough negativity in the world and I don’t feel like I need to contribute to that. I should add that I believe in accountability. If you’ve got something to say, then you should say that in person to somebody, as opposed to hiding behind anonymity, just throwing it over the wall like a paper airplane.” DANCING “God, it’s so embarrassing. I was on a Korean chat show doing a Q&A, there were 7,000 people there, and I was taking questions from the audience. Somebody asked: ‘Of what body part are you most proud?’ “That’s just a wrong question, of which there are only wrong answers. So I said: ‘My feet’ and they said: ‘Why?’ and I said: ‘Without my feet, I couldn’t run and I couldn’t dance.’ And they said: ‘Well, now we have to see you dance.’ So I danced... and I created a monster!” CLASS DISTINCTIONS IN BRITISH ACTING “Wherever you are from you should be able to follow your passion. Wherever you went to school, if you have something authentic to contribute, you should be allowed to. There is an acknowledged problem of access and inequality of opportunity – I don’t know how to remedy that. But yeah, I’m on everyone’s side; I’m on the side of the actors. I’m not there to divide the world into pieces.” FEAR “I was very fearful and lacking in confidence when I first when to boarding school. Fear is very inhibiting and robs you of your willingness to explore life. It took me some time, but once I overcame my fears, it opened up the world to me.” “I was very fearful and lacking in confidence when I first when to boarding school. Fear is very inhibiting and robs you of your willingness to explore life. It took me some time, but once I overcame my fears, it opened up the world to me.”

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