Tom Hiddleston: Happy to find fame
Tom Hiddleston is relieved to have found fame now - because it's given him time to grow.
Despite acting for over 10 years, the British star - who's up for the Bafta Orange Wednesdays Rising Star award - has only just been launched into the spotlight following recent turns in Kenneth Branagh's superhero movie Thor, Woody Allen's romantic drama Midnight In Paris and Terence Davies' The Deep Blue Sea.
"It feels very rewarding because it didn't happen instantly. I'm very pleased it has taken me a while - it hasn't been easy," he said.
"The fact that it has taken me 10 years, I have had to question myself and do a lot of soul-searching about why I am really doing this in the course of that time. I want to contribute to a collective artistic understanding of the world and I get to explore - every role is like visiting a new country."
Tom admitted he had been up for various high-profile roles in the past but lost out to bigger names.
"Some people are under the impression that it's all plain sailing but there has been some rejection along the way. It's a tough profession but it's also the best job in the world," he added.
The 30-year-old's latest role sees him playing ex-RAF pilot Freddie Page opposite Rachel Weisz.
"Freddie seems like a very charming and dashing pilot and he is thrillingly alive. Hester falls for his vitality, passion and his charm. Every fibre of him is alive," he explained.
:: The Deep Blue Sea is in cinemas now.