LONDON — Tom Hiddleston, 32, is a classically trained British actor and the latest in a long line of British performers to move with remarkable dexterity between serious theater and mass-market cinematic fame — most recently in "Thor" and its sequel, "Thor: The Dark World", which finished first at the box office last week. His resume is impeccable: He attended Eton, Cambridge University, then the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts — each on its own a notable producer of acting talent. He played F. Scott Fitzgerald in Woody Allen’s "Midnight In Paris" and had featured parts in projects as varied as Steven Spielberg’s "War Horse" and the TV series "Wallander".
But it wasn’t until he won the role of the god of mischief, Loki, that Hiddleston hit the A-list. Now he has fan clubs, a serious Twitter following and gossip-column inches. “The fame thing is so odd,” Hiddleston said in a recent interview. Speaking of Loki, he said: “It’s interesting that I’ve had that wide impact in a role that is so unlike me.”
It’s true that the real-life Hiddleston doesn’t much resemble Loki, with his vampiric pallor, long black hair and impassive, mocking stare. In person, he is unobtrusively handsome, with light brown curly hair; an open, friendly manner; and the physical elegance of a dancer. He is also articulate, thoughtful and given to poetic turns of phrase.
Hiddleston grew up in Oxford, the middle child of a Scottish father who ran a pharmaceutical company and an English mother who had worked as a stage manager. He was 13 or 14, he said, when he first thought about acting.
"Thor" star Chris Hemsworth said he thought Hiddleston’s performance makes Loki a more important character than originally envisioned. “Amongst the chaos and madness of that character, there is an incredible vulnerability and charisma,” Hemsworth added. “That’s tough to pull off.”
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Oh God. I can't believe I have to wait until APRIL 2014 for "Only Lovers Left Alive" and indulge in more Hiddles goodness now that "Thor: The Dark World" has already completed its promo tours and stuff. The wait is going to be unbearable. T_T