Tom Hiddleston: ‘I’m so aware of the… pretentiousness of my conversation’


Tom Hiddleston wept Loki tears when he realized that Benedict Cumberbatch had outmaneuvered him once again. Hiddles danced and cried and sang and wept and danced some more. He looked up at the heavens and asked God, “WHY? Why does HE get all the attention?” And God looked at Tommy’s pimp coat and he laughed. Then God worked his holy magic with magazine editors and gave Benedict Cumberbatch the Time Mag cover. I’m saying that Benedict and Tommy are the Cain and Abel of sassy Englishmen.

But never fear, Tommy, because some people are still paying attention to you. These are some assorted photos of Tom – he was at the BBC studios today (making a TV appearance), plus some photos from The Standard. The Standard tried to make Hiddleston look all James Bond, but it just looks… I don’t know, Tom isn’t pulling it off. Abel Cumberbatch could have pulled it off. The Standard did a magazine-style interview with Hiddles – you can read the full piece here. I was just going to pull some quotes… until I started reading it. This piece is full of some of the most magnificent, Hiddle-tastic cringes ever. This is how it begins (keep in mind it’s a dude journalist writing this):

So here we are, Tom Hiddleston and me, in a boat in the middle of the Serpentine as the sun sets on a lovely autumn evening. He is doing the rowing. ‘Shall we turn the boat around?’ the star of Thor and War Horse says as we reach the bridge. ‘I want to go downstream, show you how fast I can really go!’ It’s almost embarrassingly romantic. If this were a date, I’d probably make my move right about… now. He has already told me he is single. He pauses from rowing to dab a bead of sweat from his curls, the handsome bastard.

Then a cloud passes over and it strikes me suddenly that if I wanted to grab the oar and do a Talented Mr Ripley on Hiddleston, I will never get a better moment. He does make his life sound rather enviable. ‘I always stay by the ocean when I’m in LA,’ he is saying now, paddling the boat round in a gentle U-turn. ‘When we were shooting Thor, I’d commute 20 minutes south down the 405 freeway from Venice to the Marvel Studio… On Saturdays, I’d run along the beach, along the shimmering Pacific and I remember thinking: “You know what? This is all right.” ’

I suppose it’s lucky for Hiddleston that he’s so impeccable, so sweet. It would feel a bit mean to stove his face in and steal his identity. ‘I know that’s going to be pretty galling to read when you’re on your way home from work on a wet October night,’ he adds, sparing a thought for those readers who don’t hang out with Natalie Portman and have pretend sword fights with Chris Hemsworth for a living.

We decided to take the interview outside, since we both felt a little cooped up, and Hiddleston, who divides his time between Chalk Farm and Venice Beach, wanted to enjoy the park. He had spent a long and arduous afternoon being photographed at The Dorchester. I had spent a long and arduous afternoon waiting for him, sinking martinis and reading Tom Hiddleston fan fiction on the dedicated Tumblr, (One of the stories is billed as ‘14 pages of pure Hiddleston smut’.) The boat was a spur-of-the-moment decision, but, as it turns out, a rather good idea. The mild exertion seems to relax him. ‘I love that we’re doing this!’ he says.

[From The Standard]

Oh, Tommy. Bless your heart. I do admire his willingness to literally do ANYTHING to promote his movie. Do you want him to dance? Done. Do you want him to sing? Done. Do you want him to take you for a lovely boat ride while he quotes Shakespeare to some passing ducks? DONE. Seriously, he does that in the interview too. I feel like Hiddles will personally come to my house and drive me to the theater so that I’ll see his movie. Would you like some other quotes? Here you go:

His conversation: ‘I’m soooo aware of the borderline pretentiousness of my conversation,’ he says shortly after a 15-minute-plus discourse on identity and narrative.

Building Loki: “…so my knowledge is more of the Greco-Roman variety, but I did learn a bit about the Norse gods…This is going to sound really wanky, but because Kenneth Branagh and I are both such lovers of Shakespeare, we made Loki out of Shakespearean characters.”

He is the middle child, with two sisters. ‘I’m so close to my sisters. They’re my best friends.’

Going to Eton: ‘I know, that’s what’s so odd about narrative,’ he muses as we stroll through the autumn leaves. ‘People are formed by love and loss. By family, friendship, grief and courage… and failure and heartbreak and fun and all the things that make life colourful and interesting. But the narratives that people then form out of all that colour and interests are always so neat. It’s all chaos.’

Would he ever play “working class”: ‘I’d love to. It’s exciting when you have the chance to do something that isn’t your natural inheritance.’ He says he doesn’t mind so much coming off a production line of frightfully handsome young English actors. It’s just he doesn’t like being judged on his background: ‘Most people are running towards what they want to be and running away from who they are. The narrower that gap, the happier you are. Does that make sense? My point is that no one wants to be judged for who they are.’

[From The Standard]

Dance!! DANCE. No, I like when he says “wanky” and he admits that he comes off as pretentious sometimes (and God knows he’s still talking about Shakespeare way too much), but this does feel like… I don’t know, a budget, humorless version of a Benedict Cumberbatch interview? I’m telling you, this is Cain Hiddleston.





Photos courtesy of WENN, The Standard.

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  1. Eve says:

    ” It’s almost embarrassingly romantic. If this were a date, I’d probably make my move right about… now. He has already told me he is single.”

    “Then a cloud passes over and it strikes me suddenly that if I wanted to grab the oar and do a Talented Mr Ripley on Hiddleston, I will never get a better moment.”

    “I suppose it’s lucky for Hiddleston that he’s so impeccable, so sweet. It would feel a bit mean to stove his face in and steal his identity.”

    Oh, my god, this article is hilarious!

    • Sixer says:

      Is it not a thing of beauty? It’s one big long pant of desire.

    • amelia says:

      Exactly why I read The Standard and not Metro :)
      They need to give this journalist more work. He’s a f*cking riot.

      • KLO says:

        The first paragraph of this post gives me life.

        Is it embarrassing that I think the sweet proclamations of love by the journalist are actually nice and titillating to read? I liked it :D

        To be honest, I like Hiddles more than Cumby. I lose the hots for Cumby the moment he displays his personality.

      • Juliet says:

        I like tom better as well and I agree, cumberbatch’s personality is such a turn off.

  2. T.fanty says:

    That post was pure poetry. Oh, and TommyAnne’s comments weren’t bad either.

    And I would hit that in every one of those pics. Once I had shooed away the woman in the dreadful coat.

    • Anna says:

      His best shoot yet since the dragonfly jacket.

      PS – LOVED RUSH last night!!!

      • Sixer says:

        I’m really happy you loved it, Anna. Do you know, I so want this film to do well (for YOU) that I have even checked it at Box Office Mojo.

      • Anna says:

        You are such a sweetheart!

      • j.eyre says:

        Did you get my response luv? Turns out, there was a man in my theater yesterday who had been at the race. It was fascinating.

      • Marty says:

        Btw- Chris is on Graham Norton tonight.

      • Anna says:

        I did and it made me tres happy :-D As you usually do :-D

        PS – Aww, Marty, thank you! You guys, I might melt from all the CB sweet lovin’!

      • j.eyre says:

        Marty – I know! Have you seen the promo shots leaked? Mmmm. I wish Tom had joined them. I thought he was out of town. That would have been lovely.

        I think Graham has something against Tom. Either that or Marvel is busting a nut trying to keep Chris and Tom a part for some reason.

        ETA – Marty and Anna – don’t forget that Skype Q&A thing is today too. I have to track that down.

      • Marty says:

        Yep! I’m excited Miss j! It should be a fun interview, too bad we can’t see him on Chatty Man.

    • Sixer says:

      I read it earlier this morning and even my stone-cold heart felt joy. I’ve decided that it was a) the word wanky and b) seeing the Tomster through the prism of a reporter with a man crush.


      • TommyAnnE of the Cold and Lonely Forest says:

        Does this mean I can have Bunny back? Please? I’ll recite Titus Andronicus for you while showing you my pert backside.

      • Sixer says:

        Only if you admit that bunny is not only velveteen but real and you didn’t burn him when you got scarlet fever.

    • j.eyre says:

      I think I want threesome with Tom and the article’s writer. That was a riot.

      ps – am I the woman in the hideous coat?

      • Sixer says:

        I think we should make them do us a bawdy show at Thornfield. We could go classical, since PuddleTom loved his education. PuddleTom is the hero afraid of his father, obvs. Reporter is the clever slave. You could either run the brothel or be the corruptible virgin, Miss Jane?

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        Can I be the madame? I have plenty of ball gags. Although I think after this interview, maybe we should just let him roll….

        I want to write a love letter to that reporter.

      • j.eyre says:

        Hmmm, quite the question: On the one hand, I do love managing sex. On the other, I don’t think I have ever been a virgin and it’s always nice to try new things. Plus the flood of apologies that would spill forth from Tommyanna when I gasp at my deflowering. I think I am going to go with the virgin role this time – shake things up a bit. But Mr. Goodwin must promise to use his oar to persuade me to acquiesce to his demands.

        ps – before I sign on to the “PuddleTom” nickname, I would like to know its origins. I like it but I am fiercely defensive of my baby Tommy and need to know how cruel you are being I bandy it about. Would you mind enlightening me?

      • T.fanty says:

        Unfortunately, I won’t be able to watch the show as Cumby had got tangled in his toga and is standing in my bedroom, immobilized by linen, and hollering to me to free him. I suspect Puddletom’s hand in this.

      • Sixer says:

        @Miss Jane – I can see you as the ingenue. And that would leave the other Miss J for the madam. I’ll be the moaning mother because nobody else will want to.

        PuddleTom is a legs thing. It occurred to me that leggy Tom resembles a marshwiggle from the Narnia stories. Marshwiggles are quite depressive and dry of humour, which is not like Tom, but they do have exceedingly wanton and gorgeous long legs and I had just come off reading him getting miffy about posh-bashing – so it seemed appropriate. I should also say that Puddleglum the marshwiggle is my second favourite Narnian character (after Reepicheep the mouse).

        In short, it is mocking but affectionate.

      • Sixer says:

        @Fanty – well, Benny the Bitch is being the strict father. So you’d better organise his linen, and sharpish.

        I’m going to stop with this line of thought or I’ll bring a fascinus into it. And I don’t trust you lot with my fascinus.

      • j.eyre says:

        Ah, well – then PuddleTom it is! I love it and I do love being reminded of those glorious legs. Yes, the PuddleTom/Puddleglum fits his two interview modes well.

        Fanty – will you be needing the shears or nail clippers?

      • T.fanty says:

        I think my teeth will be more than adequate. However, the darn thing might get stuffed in DUC’s mouth if he doesn’t stop telling me that Greco-Roman orgy-related accidents are unbecoming for an Olivier Award Winning Actor.

  3. flower says:

    He’s single. Bah bye Jane… lol.

    I like these pics as apposed to the GQ ones, they suit him better.

    • Mary-Rose says:

      The next time he takes someone out in public date should be with someone he actually ‘likes’ he had zero chemistry with Jane (we know she liked him but who doesn’t)
      I prefer these photos too not sure about the quiff he has going on

      • browniecakes says:

        @M-R Until you mentioned Jane, I thought you were speaking of TH and this reporter. And I was thinking, ‘but they have chemistry’.

      • Mary-Rose says:

        That they do @brownie that they do and very much of it. Romantic boat rides and stroll through the park on a falls day…..

      • flower19720 says:

        Tom has more chemistry with Loki’s horny helmet than he ever did with Jane. He had more chemistry with the dude in the row boat, which makes me lol.

  4. Spooks says:

    Why do they always have to be compared? I like them both, although I’m overdosing on Benedict because he’s EVERYWHERE.
    Tom’s dorky and endearing. And I like that he promotes the hell out of his movies.

  5. MeowuiRose says:

    I love him. He is so eager to please. It’s very endearing in small doses.

  6. Greata says:

    Twee but irrestible man.

  7. Anna says:

    Dear Tom Hiddleston: NEVER CHANGE.

  8. Beth says:

    Wow, he’s quite the poet, isn’t he?

  9. Sharra55 says:

    He is just so…precious. That is the word. Precious.

  10. Sixer says:

    Kaiser, I love you! You mentioned “wanky” and have made all my dreams come true.

  11. Miss Jupitero says:

    The most pretentious interview everywhere, but all the in intended comedy makes it worth the price of admission. I loved the part where the reporter admits he was not supposed to mention Eton.

    • Lindy79 says:

      I like Hiddles but I LOVE this journalist!!!

      I also love the randomness of the telephone pose (can you hear that…that’s my heart beating, darling!)and the disjointed head-out-of-a-car shot.

      His over-earnest face is killing me!

    • Sixer says:

      It truly was a match of interviewer and interviewee made in heaven, purely for our delectation and assorted snorting.

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        THIS. Is exactly why this is so perfect. But I don’t think TommyAnnE intended it this way. Which in itself is always so perfect.

  12. Elodie says:

    ‘It’s exciting when you have the chance to do something that isn’t your natural inheritance.’

    …to see you portray a peasant and ramble how humbling of an experience it was, borderline UNICEF?… waaaaaaa nope I pass!

  13. Kit says:

    Damn… I don’t normally pay much attention to him but he looks really good here, especially in that shot with the table fan.

    The article is wonderful too. Loved the Mr. Ripley reference lol

  14. JuliaGulia says:

    I’m now regretting I don’t live in Chalk Farm anymore… Dammit! The more I read the more I like this guy – endearing is just the word :-)

  15. C. says:

    So fan girls get to write articles now? Time to quit my job I have found my calling. I can now fawn over my favorite men and say really outrageous things all in the name of writing! Where do I sign up?

    • icerose says:

      it was a man writing it not a boy. Tom does have his collection of male reporters who appreciate him and his work.

  16. Side-Eye says:

    What the hell was the scenery description even

  17. seVen says:

    the dirty dirty things I would do to that man are without number… I dont get the Cumbys appeal… hes just not attractive to me at least… but Hiddles? oh yes…

  18. Ginger says:

    Tom could be an English Literature professor teaching Shakespeare to a class that is 95% women. And the ladies in the front row would pull stunts like writing I love you on their eyelids as in Raiders of the Lost Ark for Harrison Ford’s character!

    Oh, and who is the lucky lady in the first photo? Next time I’m in Venice I will be scanning the beach for a strapping, handsome Englishman running along…and he’s the middle child? Now I get it!

  19. Algernon says:

    In calling them Cain and Abel, are you saying you think Tom is going to murder Benedict?

    • j.eyre says:

      I think the more important takeaway from Kaiser’s parallel is that Goddess Wanda Cumberbatch is Eve, from whom we have all sprung. It makes the analogy complete.

      • Algernon says:

        Between the interview and the nick-naming, I am now living in a world where, one day, Tom will Mr. Ripley Benedict.

      • Eve says:

        @ Algernon:


      • T.Fanty says:

        Poor Puddletom. He doesn’t stand a chance when Cumby has that ace up his sleeve. All hail Mother Wanda! In my head, Cumby left the Esquire photoshoot, took the leather sex-gloves right to Wanda, who connected them both with a long piece of wool, while lecturing her boy on his history of handwear irresponsibility.

    • Kaiser says:

      I believe Tilda Swinton is (biblical) Eve. Truly.

  20. Froop says:

    Abel Cumberbatch and Cain Hiddleston is my new favorite description ever. Perfect.

  21. Ami Rosen says:

    The Cumberbatch/Hiddleston imagined rivalry is such a delicious bit of feminist vindication. For years and years and YEARS women have been pitted against each other and compared while they’re just trying to do good work. It was so hard to find similar women who could simply be contemporaries.


    The ladies get to watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler support each other and work together to create the inevitable brilliance that will the Golden Globes while two talented, fancy men of relative privilege are continuously objectified, trivialized, and scrutinized.

    How does it feel, dudes?!

  22. GeeMoney says:

    Not sure that I like Hiddleston and Cumberbatch being pitted against each other… I don’t see the point. To me, they are two different actors.

    Cumberbatch may have more of the acclaim and the spotlight right now, but apparently Hiddleston has a more rabid fan base. And he’s Loki. I guess it’s win-win for both, to a certain extent?

  23. Rachel says:

    give me a break.Cumberbatch cannot attract moviegoers to theaters no matter how hard his PR team tries to sell him. He cannot lead at this time. Also according to critics on Rotten Tomatoes, The Fifth Estate is just not a good movie. Now the score is merely 35%. So, The Fifth Estate has failed critically. Let’s wait till Monday to see how much the movie fails at the box office. Cumberbatch probably will only serve well in an ensemble cast or he should just do British TV.

    • LadySlippers says:

      Not a fair conclusion.

      Most people have faulted the writing, but mostly the directing, for this not doing as well as it could; no one had faulted BC. In fact, I’ve read that the director didn’t use BC to his fullest potential or edit the movie to highlight BC’s strength.

    • T.Fanty says:

      You should meet Icerose. She’ll be here once school lets out.

      • Abby says:

        Lol agreed T.Fanty…it will be fun watching them rant about how BC is not a star.

        As for opening of the movie…fact is people are just not interested in Assange. BC picked an interesting role to show his range and he is getting all the praise for it.

        BO failure would be put on the bad reviews (blaming the writer & director) and Assange not being important enough for the normal public to go see a movie about him.

      • Lindy79 says:

        Exactly and some of the best actors in the history of the business wouldn’t ever have been considered box office draws or leading men.
        He seems more concerned with doing varied quality work that shows his range and has him working with well respected people in their field.
        But hey, if you want to gloat over Rotten Tomatoes ratings and box office performance then by all means go ahead.

      • Sixer says:

        It is looking increasingly likely the film is a dud. But the key for an actor is to work. That’s all that matters. The biggest, most A list stars all have duds in their credit lists.

      • T.Fanty says:

        That is true, but what’s great for Cumby is that even though both this and STiD failed, critics are emphatic that it is in spite of his work.

        Cumby was never going to be a leading man. If that’s what he’s aiming for, then he’s a fool. He’s the next Colin Firth, which is nothing to be sniffed at. And that’s a fundamental difference between the two. TommyAnne seems to be aiming at Leading Man status, which requires a different career trajectory. For that, time is more of a factor. If he loses momentum, it’ll take years to build back up the hype.

        Most actors get two waves of *real* buzz: when they first arrive, and when they’ve been around for ever (see: RDJ, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, etc.). A smart actor uses the first wave to ensure there’s steady work to keep the momentum going once the fuss goes away. That’s Christian Bale level gold, and I think what Cumby’s aiming at. He doesn’t need box office hits for that, and as long as critics aren’t blaming him for a film’s failure, he’ll be okay.

      • Sixer says:

        Yes to all that.

        (I wasn’t meaning to sound negative. I meant more to emphasise that getting cast is the main thing.)

      • Janey says:

        I am just back from seeing The Fifth Estate – it’ll be a shame if it tanks. I went with my sister and we both called it “very British” – lots of fine actors, doing fine acting but it’s basically people in rooms talking. It does dip when BC isn’t on screen, but that’s not his fault, that’s a problem of direction/editing/the choices of the film makers. I may have deeper thoughts later but my current note is – it should have just been 2 hours of BC and Daniel Bruhl eye-fucking. Also, even in character as JA, with the wiglet, Cumby could still get it – the boy has talent and charisma.

    • Delorb says:

      And? Tom can’t open a movie unless he’s wearing horns. BTW, he should be looking over his shoulder because Tom Mison is about to overtake him. I can easily see Tom M. swashbuckling his way into movies. Well, movies where he’s not asked to play Loki times 3.

  24. Brandi says:

    “I feel like Hiddles will personally come to my house and drive me to the theater so that I’ll see his movie.”

    I laughed out loud at this!! I’ve never been a fangirl of his but the more I read about him the more I like him. He should promote everyone’s movies!

  25. ncboudicca says:

    I love photos of him in a turtleneck because then I can imagine unfolding it and gently pulling it up over his mouth when he’s been orating for too long.

  26. Leah says:

    Wow. So, I went into that article, hoping to procrastinate a little. I came out with an heretofore unrealized affection for Tom Hiddleston in all his ~puppyish pretension glory… and a crush on the reporter (sigh).

    He quotes Shakespeare to ducks. I mean. Just. How do you dislike a man, in a boat, quoting Shakespeare to waterfowl? You can’t.

    Cumby saying Labradoodle. Hiddles talking to ducks. It’s been a good week.

    • LadySlippers says:

      Agreed! :-)

    • EscapedConvent says:

      Yes, it has. I don’t see how any mortal men can ever measure up to Cain & Able, with their labradoodles & their ducks.

      Thousands of pages of fan fiction about stupid, yet sophisticated labradoodles & ducks who understand Shakespeare will be written by tomorrow night.

  27. Samtha says:

    For all the Hiddleston/Cumberbitch “rivalry” (which only exists on Tumblr and a few gossip sites, as far as I can tell), neither can open a movie on his own. The Fifth Estate is predicted to do horribly at the box office.

  28. curlsunited says:

    I can so totally see him on the Hampstead Ponds, in his very own hand-crafted wooden punt (in which he used to float along the Cherwell in his Oxford days), declaiming a speech to some passing DUC walking his labradoodle.

    My weekend is going to be just perfect. Thanks, Tom. You always row the extra mile.

    • T.fanty says:

      To a DUC who is standing at the edge of the pond cursing Wanky the labradoodle who wriggled out of his leash and jumped in the water while Cumby was distracted by a pigeon.

      • EscapedConvent says:

        If Cumby doesn’t get a Labradoodle soon, it will break my heart. He should get one that matches his natural hair color.

        Which he will re-color along with his own hair, every time he has to change it for a new role.

        Parade’s End–smooth blonde labradoodle.
        Sherlock—curly black labradoodle.
        Imitation Game—geometric sleek labradoodle.

        Also, hearing Cumby curse always makes me laugh, & if you have a puppy, the thing you will do most is curse until the air around you turns blue.

      • EscapedConvent says:


        Please let the poor little labradoodle have some dignity. Can’t he name her Katia?

      • curlsunited says:

        No, he can’t, coz Katia would be a Cumber…bitch. Oooops.

      • EscapedConvent says:



  29. Gin Princess says:

    It’s a good interview, he comes across really well, very sweet and I would now, more than ever, like to do some sex with him please…

    I really don’t think he comes across as pretentious.

    • Janey says:

      I am stealing the phrase, “do some sex with him” – you can do the actual Hiddles sex, I’ll just take the phrase.

  30. Miss Melissa says:

    Mmm. Boats.

  31. FW says:

    I had to go back to double check the gender of the reporter when I finished the first paragraph…Then it’s a Richard. Ok. Man crush I got it. And I read on, the description of Hiddles quoting Shakespeare to ducks just gave me a huge crush on this reporter. Seriously, can we appoint Richard as Hiddles’ life-time interviewer? He’s done a glorious job. I bet his first question to Hiddles is are you single or not?

    • T.fanty says:

      Are you kidding me? Richard should do all the interviews. Ever.

      We need to start a petition to have him email James Franco.

    • browniecakes says:

      I double checked gender too. Usually we don’t open with relationship status if it’s a guy. I want Richard’s notes, bonus photos, behind the scenes, making-of and anything else he is willing to give us to round this out. I want more.

    • Leah says:

      I agree SO MUCH with this- we need more Richard interviews!

      The ducks thing just about killed me… and seemed so quintessentially Hiddleston. The only thing lacking was background music.

    • Sixer says:

      Absolutely. More Richard. I think the next interview setting should be a sauna. Fewer clothes. More descriptions.

      • ncboudicca says:

        Maybe we should take up a collection to supplement his income (I doubt his salary is commensurate with the level of enjoyment that we’ve all shared today)

      • Sixer says:

        I’m more than willing to stump up a sauna entrance fee!

  32. lunchcoma says:

    I still find him adorable, but I’m getting the feeling he’s one of those people who never shuts up.

  33. Mary-Rose says:

    I have to show you all this
    Bless him. Doesn’t he know that his answers are for Twittet which only has 140 characters? I think he’s so sweet in this clip

  34. browniecakes says:

    “And then, just as I’m about to take over the rowing, the boat guy comes speeding towards us in his motorboat. We have gone over our allotted half-hour.”
    Imagine what this ‘boat guy’s impression must be coming onto this scene!? One with a camera and tape recorder, one quoting Shakespeare to fowl. WTF!

  35. Sachi says:

    When he was in Seoul, a pop singer/idol named Tiffany from Korea’s most popular girl group, Girls Generation, showed him around and interviewed him.

    They took selfies together and there is this:

    Tiffany is using it as her account’s profile pic on a Korean social media website.

    So f*cking lucky. :D She also got to meet and spend time with Brad Pitt when he promoted World War Z in Korea.

  36. allons-y alonso says:

    Bless his cotton socks! That interview was hilarious and adorable. I think it’s refreshing to see someone whose always so positive. It’s endearing – and I’m the pessimist sort.

    On comparing him with ‘The Batch’ – I find it a little unnecessary. They are very different actors and I like the both of them. They are both very talented and they seem lovely.

  37. Naddie says:

    I could almost hear the soundtrack of this interview. In fact, Tom makes himself so available that is impossible not to imagine you’d actually have a chance with him (I’m 10 years old again). And I love him, he could take anywhere.

  38. icerose says:

    The crowds in Korea were incredible and he was very well received. In his photo shoots he looks as good as any model as opposed to a buttoned up business man trying to look elegant. Thor is predicted to break it’s original box office and he has just been in an indie film which as won acclaim and all the major festivals and won him praise for his performances.
    But rose coloured glasses come with the territory in fandoms so I fully understand the need you have to feel that Benny is superior in some way. But all the Tom and his background stuff just becomes repetitive. Why exclude the bit where he explains that his father came from a working class background and worked his way up through hard work and was proud he was able to send Tom to a good school. The clever editing of his threads is worthy of the Sun and the Daily Mail. But why Benny gets a free pass on most issues is just beyond me and all the cumberbitching really does not reflect well on his fans.

    • Mary-Rose says:

      I suppose one could say that Tom comes across as needing more of the fame and attention than Benny. Benny tends to not really care what people think of him. Sure he likes being loved but he equally doesn’t really care when negative comes his way. Cumberbitches would find this appealing as it comes across that he still has his own mind.
      Tommy is different as he would care if he got negative press and it would probably knock his confidence big time. That’s why us Dragonflies are a bit more protective of him against the cumberbitches.
      Tommy needs to be a bit more like Benny in that retrospect, his need to be liked is overtaking why he decided to act in the first place.
      That’s all I can think of that is why Benny gets all the glory and Tommy gets a hard time

      • flower says:

        IMO, it’s a low self esteem issue more than anything else, he feeds on the adoration like a vampire so he can go home every night and say to his Loki figures “they love me, they really do love me, yay!!!”. He needs his insane stans to make himself feel whole.

        Tonight he’s got a whole load of fangirls attending the olla premiere, not just standing on the sidelines but who actually have tickets. Dance Thomas dance.

    • Sixer says:


      Tom opens his own door to mockery. We all know class is a continual topic in British discourse. It is similar to the way race is discussed stateside. If his reaction to a bit of posh-bashing is to spend many words asserting/implying that the disadvantages to his privilege in any away approach the advantages it’s given him, then he will be mocked. And deservedly so.

      If he does lightweight work – ie Loki – and he spends endless hours aggrandizing it into a Shakespearean effort, then he will be mocked. And deservedly so. There’s nothing wrong with light entertainment.

      It might not always seem so, but I like Tom. I would like to see him do well. But if he doesn’t want to be mocked, he needs to take a different PR approach. He can either do a “f*ck you” line, a la Benny, which leaves no room for mockery. Or he can get in first and laugh at himself, a la Rupert Penry Jones – you can’t mock someone successfully if they have already mocked themselves.

      Presently, the line he is taking is one that will appeal to fangirls and fanwomen VERY strongly, but will see him mocked by most other groups. He’s not an idiot. He employs people to tell him this stuff. So presumably, he’s taking this approach deliberately. And to me, that makes him fair game.


      • Lindy79 says:

        Have a FizzyHiddles!

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        I have a big soft spot for the Hiddles, but I also agree with everything you are saying here, and, though my mockery is intended as friendly, I take the issue of class very seriously. The level of inequality in Britain and the world in general is deplorable.

        I am troubled when I see people trivialize this, and much of what Tom has said in his interviews reveal him to be not just a little unaware, but excessively so.

        I firmly believe he is capable of better, and I am not letting him off the hook.

    • Janey says:

      What’s that you say – Thor, the superhero movie about Thor, which is backed by Marvel, with a huge publicity budget and riding the crest of Avenger’s success is projected to do better than a movie about Julian Assange? Gosh, that is surprising.

      • Linda L says:

        Just got back from seeing The Fifth Estate. Funny, I wasn’t going to go- it’s not a movie in which I was interested in seeing. It’s a nice fall day here in the Mid-Atlantic, where the movie theatres were empty all around. There were only about two dozen ppl going to see this. My guy friend- serious movie guy, who has light-heartedly mocked BC because of his name/looks- went with me. When the film was over, people applauded, my friend looked at me, and said, “OK, I get it now”.
        No matter what we thought about Assange or Wikileaks (and I doubt many Americans are going to be running to see this subject matter)- one thing was glaring apparent. Benedict Cumberbatch is a phenomenal actor. Period. You can give whomever all the awards for being sexy, more handsome, better at pandering to a crowd, write all the porn you want about whomever- THIS. GUY. CAN. ACT. He became Julian Assange, this polarizing figure. His performance left me speechless. Good God, he is amazing to watch.

        Argue and cry all you want about how Tom Hiddleston is sexier, better dressed, more classically handsome, how his “body type is more your style”, how elegant and eloquent he appears to be, how utterly gorgeous he appears in those fashion shoots. That is all fine. TH is an OK actor- but he does not hold a candle to Cumberbatch in talent. He just doesn’t. They are not in the same league. Tom is OK, being a posh figure with Daddy issues, but he’s NO Benedict Cumberbatch. I respect the fangirls’ desire to squee about how varied their sex escapades with Loki/Tom will be (b/c, frankly, that’s ALL I hear about him- how he turns them on, NOT about his actual acting ability.) And, of course, you are welcome to invade Benedict’s threads to spew how ugly he is, how he’s a passing fad, how- in the long run (because of YOUR adoration)- TH will “surpass” him. You are welcome to your opinions. But, BC is simply unbelievable in this role. And most roles he’s in. As someone who appreciates great acting- I’m keeping Benedict, odd name/face and all.

  39. browniecakes says:

    This interviewer not only reads TH fanfiction he LINKS it. I love this guy. Remember how TH reviewed Natalie Portman’s movies before he interviewed her, then was late? What a waste of time. Sit at the bar, drink Hiddlefizzles and read Tumblr. That’s how a pro gets it done.

    • Naddie says:

      His laugh suits him so well! Never saw anyone who puts the tongue between the teeth while laughing.

  40. Mary-Rose says:

    For once and only once DL is right about something. TommyAnne does look really tried and drained at the OLLA premier at LFF BFI. I’m also surprised Tilda didn’t make a show

    • browniecakes says:

      Seoul is 8 hours ahead of London? I think our boy is jet lagged. I was on Twitter when TH sent a response to Ryan Penagos/Agent M of Marvel at 1:30am GMT. Hours later, he did The Chris Evans Show on BBC radio (where they teased TH as the next Bond and a running gag about him playing a trumpet). Later that day, the Apple Store appearance. Was the OLLA event the same night or the next? Anyway. Yeah, tired.

      • Mary-Rose says:

        OLLA was last night so it’s the following day. Thor premier is not till a couple of weeks so by then I hope we see our boy looking more healthier and happier.