I had the pleasure of hanging out with Hiddleston for a couple of hours at the end of April — just a few days before he met Swift at the Met Ball — and he is as charming as advertised. And tall six foot two. And well-dressed custom-tailored navy suit with an open-collared white shirt and no tie. Here are 28 things you learn from hanging out with him. I just have always had great enthusiasm for it and enjoy it. Just try to be normal for a bit, do normal stuff, read books, think about how I might want to redo the kitchen.
But I would do impressions of the newsreader and the weatherman and the DJ. I just always did all these different voices. Tilda Swinton taught him the serenity prayer. Menus are just suggestions to him.
Eggs Benedict is not on the lunch menu, but if you are Tom Hiddleston and ask politely and flash your Tom Hiddleston smile, that will not be an obstacle. When offered goat at a dinner in Vietnam while shooting King Kong: I should have, but I was just thinking I needed to be in one piece for the shoot. He will ask you questions about yourself. Is it a ploy to not have to talk about himself the whole time? He will also compliment your vocabulary. Yes, he knows he has a tendency to ramble. If you go back to his hotel room, you might get a serenade.
After playing Hank Williams , he brings his acoustic guitar with him everywhere. He actually read Norse mythology to play the Marvel supervillain Loki, and he can recite it from memory. Hiddleston tells me about an obscure myth in which Loki was female. Or somebody who identifies as a woman. The man can keep a secret. Ragnarok, but he never slipped up to the press. But he never worried about Loki coming back.
I knew that eventually the Thor narrative and mythology would have to pick up where we left off. Mistaking him for Michael Fassbender is so You can only control who you are. In a way, that gives me peace. His friendship with Benedict Cumberbatch began with bruises.
So it was very intensive. We both fell off the horses a lot in training. It was very humbling. Skull Island footage on his iPhone.
And it looks amazing. At one point, Hiddleston whipped out his phone to show me a slow-motion video of him running through a swamp in Vietnam with presumably fake bullets flying at him and a helicopter carrying the camera right overhead. Improvisation is key, he says. We practiced these scenarios. He also knows capoeira, which he learned while playing Loki.
He thinks moral conviction is sexy. No kids yet, but he already has a parenting philosophy. They get a self-generated creative impulse to do something, to play a game, to paint a picture, to climb a tree, play hide-and-seek, read a book, or just stare out the window.
That time you never get back. Not every child gets that. Is it just staring at your phone? I was in LAX yesterday and we were waiting to board. I looked up and every single person I could see in the airport was glued to their phone. I realized I was glued to my phone, too. He gets tired of social media, too.
So when I do something I do it to the exclusion of everything else. Which is great for the work and less great for my life, if you know what I mean. In High-Rise, Hiddleston plays a psychologist named Dr. Lange, who begins the movie by spit-roasting a dog. He also has some very sexy sex with Sienna Miller along the way. Still, you might fall asleep listening to him explain it: There is a huge moment of self-recognition that happens within Dr.
Lange of an acceptance of a new identity, a new nature. This is when life is devolved to sort of a more feral landscape and he accepts it: This is who I am now. I forage for my food. Ultimately, Hiddleston says, it helps to divorce his experience of making a film from the two hours an audience spends deciding if they like it.
Friendships you make and experiences that happen off-screen that belong to you entirely, and you treasure those deeply. So for me, every project is a huge investment of time and energy. He regrets saying that he wanted the Bond rumors to stop. It came out of frustration during a press junket for The Night Manager where all anyone wanted to ask him about was His dancing days are far from over.