Shortlist Magazine revealed their Best of British issue which celebrates rising stars (coincidentally in the same year Tom was also nominated for BAFTA Rising Star). The class of 2012 included Douglas Booth, Laura Haddock, Tom Hiddleston, Fred Macpherson, James Norton, Craig Roberts, Adrien Sauvage, and Michael Socha. I love the tag line they used: The new wave of British talent taking the world by storm. Using cheekbones!!!!!! For the most part their predictions were very accurate. Tom Hiddleston is now Tom Hiddleston. Tom was the oldest person on this list and has frequently commented that he was glad he didn't find major success until later in life.James Norton has starred is several series and his name is always mentioned in the James Bond conversation. Laura Haddock starred in the most recent Transformers film. Douglas Booth was in Noah, Jupiter Ascending, and There Will Be None. Douglas was also the youngest person on the list at just 19! Adrien Sauvage found success outside of film and created his own clothing line House of A. Sauvage. His designs have been worn by Jeff Goldblum, Dave Chapelle, Jude Law, Robert Downey Jr, Anthony Joshua, Lewis Hamilton, and more.
Tom Hiddleston had a short interview in the magazine. It's always interesting to look back at these interviews, especially when Tom has listed his goals, and see if they've actually happened. Did Tom get a new car? Yes! Has he found more of a work/life balance? It seems so. Directing and writing? Not quite yet but Tom has started producing.
Was there a standout moment for you last year? Well,ThorandMidnight In Pariscame out in America within about two days of each other, but I was on the set ofThe Avengersin Albuquerque and missed all the hype. Then when I eventually went to seeMidnight In Parisat this LA cinema that I visit every time I’m there — as a punter, totally incognito — I got recognised by Billy Crystal. It was this crazy, surreal moment — Billy Crystal coming up to me, saying, “Did I just see you in that movie?” I guess that was a turning point when I thought, “Oh, this is going well.”
Is there something you’re most looking forward to in 2012? I’m looking forward toHenry IV[Hiddleston is playing Prince Hal], which I’m doing for the BBC. Jeremy Irons is playing my father, and Julie Walters, Simon Russell Beale and Maxine Peake are all in it. It’s going to be fantastic.
Does it give you a big surge of patriotism, delivering all those speeches? It’s funny — it really does. My father’s Glaswegian and when I was a kid I’d always support Scotland. So I’ve always had an ambivalent relationship to the St George’s Cross. But suddenly, when there’s one on your shield, one on your elbow, and you’re saying words like, “Cry God for Harry, England and St George,” you think, “Yeah, I’m a bit English, actually.”
Do you have a new year’s resolution? It sounds really cheesy to say it, but balance is my new year’s resolution. I tend to go hell for leather with everything — in work, in relationships, with food, drink, exercise and stuff. I just need to get the boat on an even keel, otherwise I’ll fall apart.
What would you most like to achieve in 2012? I’m going to go on holiday. I haven’t had a formal holiday in five years. I’d like to try to surf. Possibly Cornwall? Or, if the wind took me there, Bali. Also, I don’t have a car at the moment. I would like a slightly nicer one than my old one. Basically, when I got my first pay cheque from an HBO BBC thing, way back in 2001, it was just enough to afford a Peugeot 106 1.1. I had it for 10 years, and I drove it around France and Spain, and then when I went to America forThorI left it with my sister, whose boyfriend lived on Blackhorse Road [in north London]. I don’t think it lasted very long. So I’m in need of four motorised wheels to take me places I’ve never been. And I’ll tell you what else I’m going to do — I keep having these ideas for films that I’d like to make myself, so I’m going to start writing and directing more.
Do you feel part of a movement of interesting, young British actors? If I’m a part of it, I’m flattered. It’s interesting, because I used to look up for inspiration, like every actor does, to people like Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert De Niro, Ken Branagh… Now I look sideways. I worked with Benedict Cumberbatch on War Horse, then he went off to doTinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He was so good. I was so proud to call him my friend — it’s one of the most electrifying performances by an actor this year. Tom Hardy — he’s doing things that I think no British actor has ever done. His performance inWarriorwas visceral, pure and muscular, and it made me cry. Michael Fassbender has had an annus mirabilis withA Dangerous Methodand his studio breakthrough inX-Men: First Class, where, hands down, he and James McAvoy were the best things in it. His work is just astonishing. Anyway, there is this new generation of interesting people — Felicity Jones, Craig Roberts, Andrea Riseborough. I guess when you’re inside something it doesn’t feel like a movement. I’m just putting one foot in front of the other, trying to make the best choices that I can.
Do you think this generation is breaking new ground — doing things that British actors haven’t traditionally done? Yeah, it’s great. About five years ago, very quietly, in a back room in Hackney, the rulebook got torn up. The thing about film is, it captures the truth — but it also captures falsity. If you’re pretending, it’ll look like bullsh*t. Performance on film is all about authenticity. If somebody is absolutely right for the part, it doesn’t matter whether they were found in the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art or in a train station.
Tom Hiddleston was photographed by David Venni for the issue. One thing I miss about 2012 Tom vs 2019 Tom: Stripes! In his early career Tom wore a lot of stripes and plaid and different colors.