Tom Hiddleston: ‘I belong where there are mountains, snow & crisp blue skies’

I’m sorry I didn’t see this Tom Hiddleston interview before now. GQ UK sat down with Tom last week for a sort of end-of-the-year interview about all of the various things he’s involved with. Technically, I think the interview was supposed to be a promotion for Tom’s work as “ambassador” to the Jameson-Empire Done In Sixty Seconds short film competition in England, as well as his recent appointment to the BFC Menswear Committee for London Collections: Men, but Tom talks about a lot of different stuff. So, I’m sorry Hiddles Girls, for not seeing this piece earlier. Try to keep your panties on. You can read the full GQ UK piece here, and here are some highlights:

Don’t call it ‘Thor 2’: “Or should I say Thor – colon – The Dark World”

Tom on Thor 2 and the pressure of making a successful sequel: “It’s mostly self-applied pressure actually. I remember Chris [Hemsworth] and I saying over the summer when Avengers came out, where do we go now? Going into this one we were – very flatteringly – involved in big creative conversations about tone, and story. Thor and Loki are these two characters that people know and love and understand – so we have to take this in the right direction. You want to do something new – you don’t want to re-heat the same recipe in the microwave, you want to cook up something different and exciting – but you don’t want to lose the things that worked the first time. So we’re our own slave drivers, in a way. Complacency is the enemy. But that’s exciting and it’s going well. I have never seen a group of actors or a crew work harder.”

Loki has been humbled: “He’s certainly eaten humble pie. The springboard for us in the second Thor film is at the end of Avengers you see Thor and Loki beamed up back to Asgard. The first question that we all asked was “what happens next? What does Odin have to say about the events of Avengers?” What’s Jane Foster been up to while she wasn’t involved?” It’s really exciting, actually. We’re literally half way through – we started at the start of August and we should be finished by Christmas. It’s going beautifully.”

If Tom had to choose an artist to record the soundtrack of his life, who would it be? “Oh my god, that’s an incredible question. Let me just think about this. I’m such a soundtrack freak myself – I need to consult my computer! I wonder if it would be electronic or it would be classical? I think a mixture… Yes! Well I think [Mumford & Sons’ new album] is a great album, but I’m not sure they would be the soundtrack of my life. I would love to have Bon Iver write some stuff because their music is so soulful. Sigur Rós! Yes!”

He feels he might be part Icelandic: :So, we actually shot some of Thor 2 in Iceland and it was amazing when we were actually there, driving up these volcanoes listening to Sigur Ros. It suddenly all made sense. I think I must have Icelandic ancestry – I haven’t researched it, this is completely unofficial, I just feel very at home there. Or, the further north I go the more at home I feel. I went to Hawaii in the spring and I thought “this is paradise, why don’t we all live here” but I confessed to myself that I don’t belong in a tropical environment. I belong where there are mountains and snow and clear, crisp blue skies.”

More about music: “If there’s any extraordinary action – which there isn’t really – I’d want Hans Zimmer to write it. I’ve just thought of the last one and forgotten it. A film composer… not Clint Mansell, not Elliot Goldenthal… Moby! So, Bon Iver, Sigur Rós, Hans Zimmer and Moby. There we go.”

His favorite alcoholic beverages: “When I’m at home, and I’m not just saying this, I’m very partial to a Jameson on ice. When the nights draw in it’s nice to come home, tinkle a few ice cubes in a tumbler, pour a little Jameson in and watch a movie. But if I’m going out, I’ll probably have a vodka tonic – either Kettel or Grey Goose. Actually in Iceland there was a great vodka called Reyka. We would shoot on this dormant volcano, then we’d come back when the sun went down. It was really cold – sub zero already – and I’d order a Reyka and tonic with a squeeze of lime, then go and sit in the hot tub and wait for the Northern Lights to roll in.”

Tom talks about clothes: “I’m very partial to a leather jacket. There’s a particular Armani leather jacket, which it fits me so well and is itself such an elegant piece of tailoring, that the combination of the two is just great. It’s somehow perfect in every weather, so I can wear it in the summer and it’s not too hot, and I can wear it in the winter and it keeps me warm. It just feels great. However, I’m very partial to a suit – and Giorgio Armani made me a three-piece suit for the release of War Horse. I was going to wear it to the premiere, then I found out it was black tie because the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were attending! So I ended up wearing it another time. But on the inside pocket it’s inscribed to Captain Nicholls, my character from War Horse. I think it’s really special.”

Tom on Benedict Cumberbatch: “Benedict and his braces! Actually Benedict is a friend of mine and I know he’s talked about it, but I do think it’s a really creative industry. Maybe both of us a little bit later in life are starting to understand style. I think it comes hand in hand with having a visual imagination. When you work in film, you begin to understand that how people construct themselves is fascinating, and can often tell you a lot about who the person is. Benedict talked about working on Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and the tailoring of that particular time [being an inspiration] but it’s also simply that if you work with great filmmakers and cinematographers and costume designers, you start to understand there is a delight in the beauty of a beautiful shot or a beautiful picture. If people look good in the picture then it helps!”

Tom’s 2013: “At the moment I’ve got a blank canvas, and I’ve been quite deliberate about that. I’m really pleased. It’s been so long since I’ve been able to turn the corner into empty, open road. I know something great will happen and I was kind of waiting for that thing where you just fall in love. You fall in love with a possibility – a film, a character, a project – there’s no self persuasion. It’s just “I have to do that, and that’s where I’m going.”

[From GQ UK]

When I used to drink, I too enjoyed a good whiskey or Scotch on the rocks. That was my drink, and I found it very relaxing. The problem was never the first Scotch on the rocks, it was the second. The second got me sh-tfaced. Basically, I’m saying that I would love to have a Jameson on the rocks with Tom and then we would retire to his Icelandic hotel room and get into the hot tub and he would pour me a second drink and then he would just have to pour me into bed and then…

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. alons-y alonso says:

    Sigur Rós and a vodka tonic. A man after my own heart. I think I’ve just melted.

  2. Gracie says:

    I’m about to go to class right now, just marking MY TERRITORY before all of you bitches. I’ll check back in later, hands of mah boo. *gives side eye*

  3. Ms Kay says:

    Kaiser don’t push your luck young lady… Benedict Cumberbatch and Fassy are enough… Eve we need to do something!

    Parker Hiddleston is MINE! I can already see LucyOriginal, Gracie, EscapedConvent you vultures stay away :-D [yes it's Dooliloo speaking, my Hawkeye is ON]

    During that interview Tom was wearing a pretty blue Louis Vuitton blazer, the colour was very suitable. Not a Vuitton fan at all so I was quite surprised on that one.. May be it’ll become his new fave after the leather jacket he wears 24/7..

    It’s funny he still looks like a young boy to me, so when he says he drinks Jameson I’m like “dude is a man?” :-D

    • Miss M says:

      She is pushing her luck, isn’t she?

      waving to Gracie, EscapedConvent and Dooliloo (it’s me LucyO)!!! :)

      Did you see some of his fans reaction on twitter over his post saying he ran on the streets of London?

      I was at the gym the other day and I did know what they were playing, when I saw the hiddles… OMG, it’s Fitzgerald! So, I basically exercised 6 miles watching Midnight in Paris.

      • Ms Kay says:

        Hey LucyO

        What happened? He said he was a runner anyway… Ohhh no wait you mean people went down in London streets in a bid to catch him? Now that’s… Messed up!

        I haven’t been on his twitter for ages I swear… Been busy stalking Merlin actor Eoin Macken, met him last month with my boss, been fairly smitten ever since… He’s now in the US.. *sigh*

        But nothing happened, I’m faithful though ha! MAH husband has been in London for a while… A mate queued with him at the cinema, he was going to see Skyfall, turns out Tom too :-D

      • Miss M says:

        He just described the London sky while running, very poetic of him. His fan girls were like: don’t tell me you were running at Hyde Park (etc)? As If he would tell them in advance where he was going to run, hahaha.

        ps: Off topic…I was kind of inspired by the movie The Holiday and I always pulled off the idea of spending New Years Eve in London, haha.

      • EscapedConvent says:

        Hiddles is going to need the One Ring from LOTR so he can be invisible when he goes out running!

      • EscapedConvent says:

        I am so jell-y that you can run down the street & see Fitzgerald!

        But if *certain* ladies find this out, well…you in danger, girl.

  4. pastyousayyouneverknew says:

    I belong wherever Tom Hiddleston is. That’s all I wanted to say.

  5. Esmom says:

    Nice interview. I totally get the kinship he feels with snowy mountainscapes. I was just in Lake Tahoe and felt the same way…as I always do on rare trips to the mountains. Then I return to city life with a melancholic sense that I might not be living the life that was meant for me.

  6. Amelia says:

    Veering away from the territory marking (I’m bowing out now: I’m under the weather and don’t stand a bloody chance) I will say that I ADORE Hans Zimmer. My little obsession is buying film scores and soundtracks, and Hans Zimmer is one of my absolute favourites.

  7. gloaming says:

    He’s such a good interview.

  8. Miss Kiki says:

    Ahh the waistcoat, the bloody waistcoat. I’ve been to-ing and fro-ing with Hiddles, Cumby I’ve loved for yonks now but I hadn’t made a firm decision on Tom. The waistcoat has finally sealed the deal. Hiddles take me, I am yours.

    *runs and hides from Eve*

    • Ms Kay says:

      Ummmm someone needs to do a raincheck… Hiddleston is MINE and Benedict belongs to Eve.. I may have changed username and account but I’m still very much the same Dooliloo!

      • Miss Kiki says:

        Oh puuhleeze. Eve knows to watch her back when it comes to Cumby. As for you Dooliloo (allegedly) bring it.

        Honestly though I’ve always liked Hiddles- he gives a great interview and he’s just sweet but he was never a biscuit tingler for me, until the waist coat. I’m a sucker for a good waistcoat. Lol actually didn’t you stalk Hidds at the London Film Festival?

      • Ms Kay says:

        Hey Miss Kiki

        Yes it’s Dooliloo here, there has a been a problem with my other account for some reason it got blocked so I had to register under another name email etc. A pain in the neck I miss my old ID…

        Anyway haha I wish I’d stalk him but I was at my best behaviour ha! He’s the one who was in the car next to us whilst I was changing clothes hmm hmm!

        As for bringing it ruh-oh you are on missy!

      • Miss M says:

        @Dooliloo/Miss Kay: The same thing happened to me, :/. I had to change my ID as well. Yes, it’s LucyOriginal speaking.

      • EscapedConvent says:

        Oh Nooooo……New names! New identities! How will I keep it all straight in my head….whom to run from, whom to trust, who is about to stab me through the heart that beats for Cumby!

        And Hiddles….well, he’s starting to look REALLY yummy to me the more he talks! That beautiful silk voice…mmmm.
        But I don’t want to upset j.eyre because she is a gentle soul, & I am just straight-up afraid of dooliloo! Hahaha!

        Waving to aforementioned ladies, one & all! :-)

      • j.eyre says:

        @EscapedConvent – darling, there you are! I was typing my salutations at the same time you were.
        Come sit with me and let these ladies work out their pecking order.

        “I belong where there are mountains…” I have never been so grateful for my bust-line as I am now. *sips Jameson’s and dangles fingers into hot tub*

      • Miss M says:

        “But I don’t want to upset j.eyre because she is a gentle soul, & I am just straight-up afraid of dooliloo! Hahaha!”

        I love when my “competitors” underestimate, hahahahaha *evil laugh* *fierce eyes*

        Oh, as for my new identity is inspired by M — you know? MI6…skyfall…

      • Ms Kay says:

        Look at y’all… You’re goddamn right you should FEAR me!.. As for you M, words blablaaaaaa!

        I’m watching you…

        *Hawkeye side eye*

    • j.eyre says:

      Dooliloo and LucyOriginal – it’s good to see you. I was wondering to where you had run off and now I see you have been here the whole time.

      RE: the promotional photos of him for the Jameson ‘Done is 60 Seconds Awards’ – where he is sitting in front of the sign that says that (in his sassy blue Vuitton, Dooliloo)? Someone wrote “It takes a confident man to sit next to a sign saying ‘Done in 60 Seconds.’” Made me laugh out loud.

    • Miss M says:

      @Dear Kay: You damn right!

      “A word is dead when it’s been said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.”
      ― Emily Dickinson

    • Eve says:

      That’s right, bitches! Cumberbatch is MINE.

      You guys should have hoped for Captain Sexy never going back to Minka Kelly.

  9. MissMary says:

    My dear BC needs to pick up a few tricks from Hiddles here when it comes to interviews. Hiddleston has a very privileged background and the potential to come off as a jerk but he’s always gracious and funny in his interviews and doesn’t kvetch about going to posh schools. That said… both are beautiful men. Rawr.

  10. Micki says:

    I don’t get his appeal but must admit that he scored a big red point talking beverages.

  11. Green Is Good says:

    And I belong right next to you, Tom!

  12. Lipsy says:

    He talks too much, yet not enough pictures. I need new visuals!!!

  13. rightgrrl says:

    Unbelievably HOT. Ooh baby!

  14. madpoe says:

    Can’t get enough of this man! ;)

  15. Jo says:

    Unpopular opinion. He comes down way too pretentious… Please if weren’t for Branagh and the Marvel machine, he would still be stuck in second hand roles… Now he acts like Shakespeare reincarnated. Cumberbatch is annoying in interviews cuz of he’s lack of filter while Hiddleston is painfully boastful verging on Franco territory but with his false modesty ever so present. At least Franco is full on delusional.

    • Calimero says:

      sure it’s an unpopular opinion but even if at the beginning I appreciate him, his behaviour bothers me a little and lol at Shakespeare reincarnated, it’s so true when you see him on stage :) .
      And for his carrer he said he “is eyeing a return to the theatre as he feels the need to step away from the security of Hollywood and face the challenges of acting on stage again”, perhaps because he has no new film in perspective

    • Feebee says:

      Unpopular perhaps but on one hand totally valid. He certainly talks a good game. On the other there have been many excellent actors who just needed the break. Even amongst his Marvel co-stars Mark Ruffalo struggled for many years and Renner seemed to come out of nowhere for the Hurt Locker.

      I can’t speak to his stage cred. Maybe if he made Broadway…. but please god don’t make it Shakespeare.

      Ouch to the Franco comparison, you lost me there, totally unfair :)

    • Ms Kay says:

      I get what you are saying Jo, but every actor has their popular time. Look at ScarJo if it wasn’t for Coppola she wouldn’t be were she is now. Some lucky actors have their big break, whether is through a director or else way. In a few years it’ll probably be another new Hollywood little darling under the spotlight, this isn’t new game.

      And thing is as much as it sounds incredible, Hiddleston speaks like that even in real life, he speaks in grammatically perfect paragraphs, is very polite and talkative. My boss met him several times and she told me, I literally quote her here : “urgh he’s so well spoken GTFO!” not everyone is used to have someone who is like that and genuinely enjoys what he does. Hell even in my entourage I don’t have many people behaving like that, the only person I know being my Mother, she’s like a Nanny McPhee 24/7 that sometimes my friends wonder if I’m coming from that woman womb.

      As for Shakespeare, well his RADA classmates Ashley Madekwe and Co they said he has been a Bard fan all day long. I’m a fan of French literature and I quote my fave authors at length and at times my friends tease me about it like “yeah yeah we get it Miss Sartre now bugger off!”… I understand your point Jo but the man is actually genuine, and unless he’s a master in disguise in real life, people who have met him *outside interviews* are unanimous : dude is for real.

      James Franco? Oh dear he is anything but close to him sorry… The day Hiddleston will bash critics for “not understanding his “art”" and show his butt and spread pica of him head to toe painted, we’ll talk ;-)

      • Eve says:

        Please, don’t be mad at me, but I think Jo has a point.

        I do not agree with everything she says (comparing Hiddleston’s overall behaviour to Franco’s entitlement is a bit much, I think), but what she says about Branagh, the Marvel machine and that he acts now like he’s Shakespeare reincarnated is spot on.

        Also, I’m turned off by his overly positive attitude towards everything — ALL. THE. TIME. I find that weird (but I already told you that).

        Love his hands though. Can I do a couple of things with them? Pretty please?

      • GoodCapon says:

        Eve -

        I think he’s just always very perky and smiley? But he’s at a high point in his life right now, we just have to wait if he changes his demeanor when everything’s not going right for him.

      • Eve says:

        I agree that he’s at a high point in his life — and maybe that’s why he’s so happy about everything, he’s at that “savouring the success” phase. I wonder, however, if he’ll be able to keep up with his fans expectations (set by, well…himself, with all that tweeting).

        But wouldn’t you agree with me that being constantly (like, all the time) perky and smiley is indeed a little weird?

        It’s not that I doubt his “authenticity” — he can totally be like that in “real life”. It’s more about me finding overly positive/happy people annoying sometimes.

        As I told Dooliloo/Ms Kay on another thread, if I had to deal with him on a daily basis, I’d probably end up wanting to kill myself after some time.

      • LucyOriginal says:

        @Eve: I am aquarius like him and I am happy all the time… I had to learn to tone it down, it bothers people to see others looking on the bright side all the time, :)

      • Eve says:

        See? I’m not the only one who thinks like that.

        Side note: do you think that being a natural born cynic and a Skorpio are related things? :)

        Though I don’t believe in Astrology (signs and their respective characteristics), I find it funny/amusing when people guess — right away — that I’m a Skorpio (that happens a lot, by the way).

      • LucyOriginal says:

        @Eve: I would not take astrology seriously either, but some of the general characteristics for the signs are interesting. I would not mess up with a scorpio, hahaha. As for Hiddles, his positive attitude and authenticity tend to be a strong characteristic of aquarius and it bothers a lot of people because people think you are doing an effort to be that way, but it’s just natural (Well, maybe I am speaking for myself, hahaha).

      • Eve says:

        …aaaaaaand I misspelled Scorpio. Man, I hate when that (misspelling) happens.

      • Miss M says:

        @Eve: I didn’t even notice before. No worries!

    • Camille (TheOriginal) says:

      Jo – I’m with you on this one. Completely agree with you.

    • GoodCapon says:

      Maybe I’m biased but he always comes across as very earnest in literature (i.e. Shakespeare’s works). He did read Classics in university after all so it’s right up his alley. He’s also incredibly well-spoken in interviews which probably rubs people off the wrong way. Comparing him to Franco is unfair. They’re not on the same level, they’re not even on the same universe!

      I do think he is still a bit high from his recent success these past few years and that may have clouded things for him a bit.

  16. KellyinSeattle says:

    I could belong with him on the mountains and blue skies; we could make our own “Sound of Music”.
    I think he looks a teeny bit like Matthew McConnehey (sp?)

  17. Melly says:

    I would give birth to all of his children. ALL OF THEM!!!

  18. midnightmoon says:

    The top photo is the first where i see some appeal. He might be attractive to me in 10 years. I think he is too young to inhabit that face. And i usually go for the babies 20 years younger, and therefore must ponder this inconsistency. Must check out the Eion or whatever his name is. Still searching for someone to heat up my panties over. Boo!

    • Ms Kay says:

      Now now now now get in line :-D

      Eoin Macken. Aye another Irish on my list! He played in a few episodes of Merlin, a kickass rebellious Knight, Arthur sidekick.

      • EscapedConvent says:

        I’m worried someone is going to notice Ray Stevenson—I’m not sure I have the strength to fight for him. I would expect his ladies to be very *very* fierce!

      • Ms Kay says:

        Didn’t he play in Thor as well, one of Thor sidekicks or something?

        EscapedConvent girl I read that little note to j.eyre, the little seduction plan with hot tub and Jameson and all… One more word and say bye bye to your Ray Stevenson! You wouldn’t want anything bad to happen would you? *evil cackle*

      • j.eyre says:

        Oh man, EscapedConvent – you and I could have a little man-eating party. I adore Ray Stevenson (and, for the record, did proclaim my love for him on an earlier Thor TDW post.) With Vostagg-the-Clever, he-who-shall-not-be-named, Hemsworth-the-Blond, Idris-the-Oh-Lord-Somebody-Catch-Me AND Zach-the-Aaaahhhh, this movie is out to kill me.

        Come, let’s pour another glass and have you-know-who recite my original poem “I Don’t Know Who Ms. Kay OR Dooliloo Are, Darlings”

      • Miss M says:

        j.eyre: I am profoundly disappointed at you. I would counsel you to stop this nonsense while you have a chance to save your tormented soul. Otherwise, you won’t even know/feel who slut-shank you.

      • Ms Kay says:

        @ EscapedConvent, @ j.eyre

        Keep trying… Better yet quit trying… Got the imaginary wedding ring on my finger already…

        @ Miss M… be a dear agent, hold the fort and don’t try back stab me à la Skyfall will you? Otherwise I’ll Silva your a$$ :-D

      • j.eyre says:

        @MissM – sigh, you are right. I ordered the children to clean the house and it took the all bloody day, rendering me housebound and without enough to do, apparently.
        I simply forgot myself, forgive me.

        *hangs head and heads back to Mr. Rochester*

        Yes, dear, of course Mr. Mason can stay for dinner…

      • EscapedConvent says:

        Paralyzed with fear. (Head & hair whipping wildly from side to side as I try to keep track of the Hiddles posse— some of whom are getting mighty riled up—as they ascend Hiddleston/Jameson mountain (Colorado) & the Sound of Music hilltop (Switzerland) all at once!

        And it’s not even my fight! I’m not trying to climb Hiddles like a tree or ride him like Seabiscuit! I am willing to wait my turn! I recognize that Dooliloo is going to meet him first! Please! Spare my life!

      • EscapedConvent says:

        @ j.eyre

        ;-) Would that be Fassy’s Mr. Rochester? That doesn’t sound so bad!

        I just saw on IMDB that Fassy is in pre-production for something called “Jane Got A Gun.” Is that not *weird*?

        Because the Fight For The Heart of Hiddles hasn’t escalated to guns yet, & I hope we can all stay civilized & keep it to just slutshanks, crossbows & arrows & the occasional banana peel.

        Okay? –tiptoes away–

      • EscapedConvent says:

        @Ms Kay, No! no! You musn’t touch a hair on Ray Stevenson’s beautiful head!

        @j.eyre, I’ve never recovered from seeing Ray Stevenson as a Roman Legionairre, whose character was that great combinaton of studly & funny as hell.

        And so….the drunker we get, the less the slutshanking will hurt, I suppose…..

      • Miss M says:

        @j.eyre: I am glad you recognized your mistake. You reemeded yourself! :)

        @EscapedConvent: I see your strategy right through you… you want to be in the good graces of Dooliloo/Miss Kay just because she will be the first one to meet him. Watch out your back, your front and your sides…daggers, arrows, capoeira moves, swords are waiting for you, :) .

  19. Grace says:

    Wow this man is so hot that it’s just disturbing. Definitely do want and will definitely wait in line for it :)

  20. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    Sorry, but that interview just made me do the most massive KStew-style eye roll. Good grief.

    You gals can all have him, I don’t get this guys appeal at all.

  21. GoodCapon says:

    I enjoyed reading that. He can be so incredibly poetic sometimes *LOL*

    • DreamyK says:

      He’s very well spoken and quite charming. I hope he enjoys this phase of wide eyed wonder at the whole Hollywood movie making scene before he gets burned out by all the sycophants and fakery. It’s seems to be inevitable: a breath of fresh air actors who turn cynical and start some sleazy secret addiction, goes to rehab and then shows up on the cover saying how much they love life again thanks to being sober (I’m looking at you Gerald Butler). Can’t they just skip that whole middle part and stay grounded and thankful?

  22. Miss M says:

    “Basically, I’m saying that I would love to have a Jameson on the rocks with Tom and then we would retire to his Icelandic hotel room and get into the hot tub and he would pour me a second drink and then he would just have to pour me into bed and then…”…Then, You would fall asleep, once you woke up he was no longer there and you would be in despair and embarrassment for choosing to be a sh*tface… hahaha
    *gone in 60 seconds*

  23. Sugar says:

    dude call me-if we have room for Matthew Fox we def have room for you up here with the skies of blue-mountains & snow-see you on outback!

  24. Fangirl says:

    Oh my hat !! I think he is sooo adorable !!! *sighs *