Tom Hiddleston and Lily James for Variety’s Actors on Actors: ohnotheydidnt — LiveJournal

For some reason, the interview between Tom Hiddleston and Lily James of Lily Goes West fame has not been uploaded to YouTube. Maybe because it’s so boring, maybe because someone at Variety forgot to upload it. If for some reason you want to check it out, the video is on Variety’s website.


TOM HIDDLESTON: I thought your work was extraordinary. Hiring a real person feels like a huge responsibility.

LILY JAMES: It’s scary, isn’t it?

HIDDLESTON: You want to honor and respect and –

JAMES: I felt like if I put my heart into it and a total desire to be honest, that was all I could do. I don’t know if I would do it again anytime soon. I felt that desire to do her justice.

HIDDLESTON: Loki has changed so much for me over the years. I was cast when I was 29 and I’m 41.

JAMES: Thank you for letting it emerge and grow and shift.

HIDDLESTON: Initially I always tried to escape from the mask with the wigs and the costume. Let something fair come through. By the time we get to the series, Loki has been stripped of all the familiar stuff. Immediately he is literally stripped naked and put into a jumpsuit, and his status is gone. Everyone now knows who the character is. Let’s open him up and discover new aspects of him and challenge the character to change and grow.

JAMES: I was reading, which is so exciting, that Loki is the first queer Marvel character.

HIDDLESTON: In the MCU. Back from my early days of researching the character in myths, Loki’s identity was fluid in every way. In gender, in sexuality. It’s an old part of the character and it didn’t show up in the stories we’ve told. It’s a small step. There is so much more to do. But the Marvel Cinematic Universe should reflect the world we live in. In a way, an extraordinary character has to contain so much.

JAMES: I have to watch “The Essex Serpent”. I want to know about that first meeting with Claire Danes.

HIDDLESTON: There’s a meeting between my character and Claire Danes’ character, and it’s quite unusual. It’s 1893 and she’s off the coast of Essex looking for fossils. She comes across this very loyal and God-fearing community and I play the pastor.

JAMES: The scenery, it’s so beautiful and atmospheric. Why did you want to do that job?

HIDDLESTON: It seemed very romantic in an old-fashioned way, yet really earthy. I just wanted to jump in.

JAMES: It’s obviously very different from “Loki.” Is that a conscious choice you make?

HIDDLESTON: There is no other way. I read it towards the end of making “Loki”. These characters are all having a hard time, as it is a time of tremendous change. The age of reason is coming and religion will wane. It’s a psychological, poetic piece, and I loved making it, in the Essex swamps.

JAMES: When you’re somewhere real and you’re out there in the landscape, even if you’re freezing cold…

HIDDLESTON: You endure it. With Claire, I’d be a weather forecaster. I kept saying that spring was coming and the weather in the UK wasn’t always that bad.

JAMES: “It will be fun!”

HIDDLESTON: So every day we’re like, “I know it’s cold and it’s pretty wet today, but next week, just wait and see.”

JAMES: But you wouldn’t really have wanted the sun. Something feels so brooding and unsettling. And if the sun had shone through the clouds, that might have ruined the temperature a bit.

HIDDLESTON: There was a great day when the sky and the beach were the same shade of gray. Claire and I were walking toward the tide and I said to her, “This is like walking into a Rothko painting.” It was like being on the moon. I couldn’t believe it was England.

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