Tom Hiddleston: ‘You could write that I’m single. There’s no ring on this finger.’


Tom Hiddleston gave an interview to the current issue of New York Magazine, and it is charming. Our Lord Dragonfly is becoming increasingly self-aware of how he, at times, comes across as a bit try-hard and pretentious. And while he now seems a bit stiffer, it’s also nice that he has other public settings beyond “overeager puppy.” He seems to be very well-mannered, as always, and he’s very nice to the waitstaff, which goes a long way. Hiddles chats about preparing for The Night Manager by working at a hotel, and how Elizabeth Olsen hasn’t put a ring on it. And my new happy place is imagining Hiddles dancing to “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).” Some highlights:

He now knows how high-end hotels operate: “All the staff have a profile on me that they can access… They have my room number; they probably have a photograph somewhere. The guy standing over there probably knows I have two sisters and I live in London. They probably know how many times I’ve stayed here before, what my favorite drink is. This is a theater, and we are being stage-managed. Truly.”

Working the night shift at the Rosewood London hotel: “Under the cover of night, I was invisible, and then at breakfast time, people were like, ‘Hang on, are you that actor?’ I would say, ‘I couldn’t possibly comment.’ ”

He’s tall and nice to the waitstaff: Meeting Hiddleston is almost as good as YouTubing him. He’s an imposing six-foot-two (“Farther to fall”) and is unfailingly kind to our waiter, begging off his efforts to freshen our table: “Honestly, don’t dirty any more plates. Keep these plates dirty, and I’ll be fine.”

He keeps on getting Bond questions because he said he was a fan: “I’m a huge fan of expensive Champagne, and nobody’s written about that. I think one should be able to say one is a fan of something without it meaning that you’re throwing your hat in the ring to play that role.”

On his “rumored relationship with Elizabeth Olsen”: “Some things have to remain sacred. You could write that I’m single. There’s no ring on this finger.”

He’s drawn to characters who face a profound challenge: “You see their true colors. That’s what I’m interested in, because I think it’s very easy to glide through life pretending to be someone else… Alan Rickman said, ‘If you want to know who I am, it’s all in the work.’ I love that. I think I’m all the characters I’ve ever played, and I am none of them at the same time… Sorry. Massive pretension alert! Red zone on the pretension! I should just dance on talk shows. It’s much more interesting, isn’t it?”

[From Vulture]

Vulture specifies that they asked him directly about Elizabeth Olsen and that was his answer. I take “Some things have to remain sacred” to mean that he and Olsen are dealing with each other in some way, possibly girlfriend-boyfriend, possibly friends with benefits. Because if there was nothing going on, why not just say, “Nothing’s happening.” Tom has never directly lied about Olsen, like Olsen has directly lied about Hiddles. As for “You could write that I’m single. There’s no ring on this finger”… part of me wants to believe that Tom is trying to tell the dragonflies that he never married Jane Arthy!!!!

Oh, and I forgot to mention this in Wednesday’s Hiddlespost, but most of you probably know this already: Tom Hiddleston is returning to Graham Norton’s couch on May 6th. Hopefully, no one will embarrass themselves with their try-hard act. *touches nose, subtly points at Hiddles*


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  1. lilacflowers says:

    Cakes and champagnes on the veranda for those of us who do not care. The vending machines in the field are fully stocked for the fray and there are fresh portapotties out there too. And Mark has the dogs and hoses ready.

    • Solanacaea (Nighty) says:

      I’ll have a glass of champagne.. (maybe I’ll see my students actually writing correct english… One can only hope…)

    • jammypants says:

      Might I recommend some savory pastries at these parties? I quite like chicken and salmon if we’re talking protein.

  2. Sixer says:

    How very dare you, Kaiser! He did marry JArthy. I will believe this until my dying day.

    (Man should be shot for offences of coyness. Can’t stand precious behaviour. It’s only a girlfriend or not a girlfriend for crissakes. Nobody cares).

    • Becky says:

      Ugh awful woman and her stupid Twitter behaviour.

      • Sixer says:

        Heresy! JArthy is a goddess!

      • Guest says:

        Sixer, as Nutty is not proud of me for not commenting on THEO anymore as they drive me crazy, I will say this: Team Jarthy all the way. Loved how she trolled some people.

      • Becky says:

        Goddess of the famewhores Sixer, haha!

      • Sixer says:

        She was the BEST. I like a piss-taker and she was a genius at it. If LEGS hasn’t married her in secret, he’s a fool.

    • spidey says:

      Hey, Sixer why are you wasting time on this thread? I’d have thought you would have been on the other one about THE most important matter of the day. 😆

      • lilacflowers says:

        She’s here because I give her cake.

      • spidey says:

        Cake sluts 🙄

      • Sixer says:

        I followed Twitter for about half an hour this morning after Nicholas Witchell generated much hilarity with his corgi remarks. I did post that on yesterday’s let’s all take some deserved pot shots at Normal Bill thread, honest!

        But as to the 90th. I. Am. Avoiding. My head will explode. I usually put the news on TV in the background while I’m working, but not today. My mental health comes first! Instead, I have some beautiful British youth expressing themselves in episodes of BBC Young Musician of the Year, which I’ve had recorded for ages but not watched. I love that show. Sod 90ths.

        Plus, of course, Lilac’s lemon drizzle.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Careful with that cake slut shaming, Spidey!

      • spidey says:


    • Cee says:

      He’s giving me 2014 Otter flashbacks…

    • KittyKat says:

      Thick question but what the hell or who is Jarthy?

  3. Guest says:

    Nutty, see I keep my own promise and I say: THEO who?! Btw Graham Norton and Tommy Boy part II! Hell yes. Just without de Niro please.

    • lilacflowers says:

      Samuel L. Jackson will be on the same show. The two of them could result in a totally insane show.

      • Meee4 says:

        Hopefully some fun KONG stories a la “jellyfish peeing”.

      • Cranberry says:

        He does a good impression of SLJ too. So I’m sure Graham will put him on the grill again. And G doesn’t offer any cake.

    • NUTBALLS says:

      You’ve done NO.SUCH.THING, Missy.

      Believe it or not, I don’t give a rat’s hairy ass about the whole thing. I have my interpretations expressed in excruciating / nauseating detail on prior threads to everyone’s amusement / enjoyment / consternation / irritation etc. Many here don’t give TommyAnnE the credit I think he deserves for his savvy publicity maneuvers. I maintain that everything Tom says and does in public is tightly planned and managed.

      Do I think he was annoyed with the question? No. And his response ensures that it will continue to be speculated about. Y’all have fun discussing… I have to go climb a mountain that has snow on it… sh!t.

      The only thing that will make Tom’s love life interesting at this point is another Bora Bora picture hitting the webs when he goes on vacation. I will pray that it happens and hope that it’ll be as fun as the 2013 threads.

      • Dara says:

        That is a topic I can get excited about – possible exotic vacations destinations now that an end is finally in sight to this seemingly endless round of promotion That’s not a complaint, but frankly I’m tired from all the excitement in the last few weeks and all I’ve been doing is watching him, I can’t imagine how he feels.

        So – is Bora Bora a possibility or do we chalk that up to been-there-done-that? Or is somewhere closer to home a likelier choice – perhaps Italy or Provence. There are a couple of spots in Spain and Portugal that look intriguing, or maybe head north up into the wilds of Scotland where he and his +1 (dealer’s choice for whom that might be) can cuddle in a quaint stone cottage after long scenic treks through the Highlands. Dear Lord, I do need a vacation – just typing that paragraph has got me itching to pack a suitcase.

      • jammypants says:

        I can’t tell who’s the coy, private one in this arrangement and who is the one playing grudge games haha. Because I’m biased, I will blame Lizzie.

        @Dara, I’m tired too! I gave up keeping up if honest. So much content. I just wish it was more evenly spread because the dry spells are awful then you get overwhelming deluge, then nothing again. I also need a vaycay. I’m exhuasted, mentally and physically.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        My husband Tom and I will vacation in May, my birthday month for a restorative week, then we’ll climb Mt Kilamanjaro for a fun, active week.

      • Cranberry says:

        “another Bora Bora picture hitting the webs when he goes on vacation. I will pray that it happens and hope that it’ll be as fun as the 2013 threads. ”

        I’ve known about all the Jarthy fuss and Bora Bora. I know tumblr had a meltdown. I’ve looked at TH archives during that time and I wonder if some threads were taken down or miss-tagged. It seemed like there was only a few threads that really covered Jarthy well as compared to the endless THEO threads. I guess CB hadn’t realized yet the ‘click’ treasure trove they have in TH. I wasn’t reading CB back then when it all went down but I’ve read else where that there was some very sad, sticky situation with a poster so I’m going to assume some threads were taken down and not un-tagged like this years B-Day thread.

        For me nothing sums Jarthy up better than the Hitler.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Tom won’t be getting far up the mountain if he’s still puffing on the cancer sticks.

        He needs at least two weeks of vacay after two years of nearly non-stop work. Besides, how can we be sure of a photo if only 7 days?? Stalkers need time to find him and get the money shot!

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Nutballs, part of my vacation answer was eaten by the Internet zombies. That should say a restorative week on a beach in Costa Rica before the mountain climbing. As for the cancer sticks, one of the print interviews early on this PR juggernaut, he was asked directly and said he is a non-smoker. So, he probably had picked it up as an occasional thing in 2014; swore it off for New Year resolution, slipped a few times in 2015 before that interview in early autumn 2015, but straightened it out since

      • icerose says:

        no interest in who he dates and what happens on Graham Norton -that is Norton’s and the editors problems and they obvious left in the bits they the audience would like best.I wish Norton would have him and all the Night Manager gang.Loved Hugh and Tom on their one and a half hour interview -best yet.

      • KittyKat says:

        Wait! lilacflowers has a husband called Tom too?

      • Dara says:

        @Cranberry, you way to also surf through some of the Cumby threads from around the time of Bora Bora. There was a Hiddlesnews drought when the JArthy photo surfaced so we shamelessly thread-jacked and posted on whatever open thread we could find that was remotely related to the Tomster. Golly those were fun times, but yes, in retrospect the kerfuffle pales in comparison to what THEO created.

      • Cranberry says:


        Was that a PR interview for TNM then? Anyway thanks for the info. I don’t know why that bugged me. It just didn’t make sense that he’d be so disciplined about keeping in top form and running everyday to then choke down a cancer stick after all that. I used to smoke many years ago so I know much of a toll it takes on the body’s physical performance.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        I maintain that nothing beats the 545 comment thread when fans knew he had flown to Tahiti but unsure who was with him. The fab comments were summed up nicely by Dara on comment #48.

        This was a few days before the now famous snapshot confirmed JArthy joined him in Bora Bora, thanks to late-breaking news in the comment section:

        The first picture of the post above… he looks like he just had a sexy rumpus in the sheets.

        And followed up by a 612 comment thread about ISTL and Arthy:

        Those were the golden days of Hiddles threads, nevermore to be seen, I think.

      • Diane says:

        @Nutballs FYI – In this recent interview he address the “smoking” at about 8:00 min. He is asked if he is a smoker and point black says, “No I am not”

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Hmmm… he said previously that he broke a new years resolution by smoking a bit when he played Hank and that it was a stupid idea, so he’s contradicting himself in that radio interview. He may have given it up since then, but sounds like smoking’s been a habit he’s had to break more than once.

  4. spidey says:

    Carrying on from the last thread, this article is a classic example of exactly why Tom isn’t very forthcoming with the press about his personal life. They will write what they want anyway!

    And just to add to the party:

    • lilacflowers says:

      That dress made no sense to me but it is still better than 90% of what she has worn in public in the last year.

      • jammypants says:

        hair and makeup looking good though

      • spidey says:

        She wore that dress deliberately so that Tom would have little choice but to put his hand on her bare flesh!!

      • Cranberry says:

        There’s something off with the cut of the bottom of his waist coat. It’s too short and straight across, but it’s not noticeable since everything is the same color. Also still don’t think this is his best color palette, but it’s at least in the neutrals – dark neutrals. The blue, brown and burgundy combo? Not the most complementary, but the suit does fit nicely. Over all it’s more Tom than the tight plaid pants with pj socks.

      • Cranberry says:

        Oh poo. I put that on wrong thread.

    • Guest says:

      Spidey I watched an interview of Sienna and Luke and they were asked about Hiddlestoners and his fans in general and you know what? Between the lines they basically were saying that we were all nuts. I kind of felt offended tbh. That was not nice.

      • spidey says:

        But Guest, bear in mind the fans’ behaviour whilst they were filming High Rise in Northern Ireland. Sienna and Luke probably saw the worst of them.

      • Annetommy says:

        And bear in mind that most posters on this site are not Hiddlestoners but Dragonflies; with unexploded ovaries and an interest in his work as well as his bum.

      • lilacflowers says:

        @Annetommy, OMG, those exploding ovaries screams drive me insane. They are not reactive organs. They don’t become sexually stimulated. Other parts do. And all this screaming about exploding ovaries does not help the fight against judges and congressional morons who believe that a woman can’t get pregnant during rape because, well, her ovaries would realize that this was a rape situation and not a happy, lustful exploding ovaries situation and would shut down production immediately.

        And for me, the best part of TNM episode 4 is not the naked bum; it’s what happens with Corky.

  5. Meee4 says:

    Speaking of rings this business is like being trapped in a traffic circle. Round and and round we go, where it ends only Tom knows.

  6. Abbott says:

    Is anyone watching Night Manager? I’m conflicted on whether to watch the second episode or give up.

    • Meee4 says:

      I watched the orginal BBC airing. I say decide after episode 2. The second sets up the plot. But the really great stuff is in 4-6. So worth sticking with in my opinion. Not the greatest series ever though.

    • AG-UK says:

      It’s really good I enjoyed it but you need to stick with it. 🙂

    • spidey says:

      It gets better.

    • lilacflowers says:

      It is slow building. Keep watching. Sixer described it as “STONKING!” , which is a good thing.

      • Abbott says:

        I’ll keep watching. I can’t wrap my head around Sofie. Did they have history or are we to believe they fell madly in love over the course of a day?

      • Sixer says:

        I had no idea that word would prove so attractive to you guys!

      • jammypants says:

        @Abbott: I wouldn’t say love, necessarily, more like his moral sense of duty to protect her gone wrong. He’s lived with that guilt for 4 years. I do think he cared deeply about her though. I like to think in a way, he admired her courage to end corruption, which put her life directly at risk. He definitely saw her as more than “Hamid’s tart”. I guess his feelings towards Iraq saw a glimmer of hope when she showed him the papers at great cost.

    • Susan says:

      It gets better but then dramatically worse. The final episode is farcical.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      @Abbott, some things don’t get fully translated over from the book. Sofie lived in a suite in the hotel, paid for by Freddie Hamid, and Jonathan was infatuated with her. That little scene with the hotel clerk was intended to explain that but wasn’t really clear. He wasn’t just some random guy she decided to give stolen documents.

    • icerose says:

      I have watched the whole series and then rewatched it again.It created quite a lot of discussion in our house so my advice is stay with it.The complexities do not happen until later episodes

  7. NUTBALLS says:

    “Some things have to remain sacred.”

    In other words, “I know that you know that she visited me in Hawaii. I’m still not going to talk about it.”

    • spidey says:

      Or “why don’t you sod off”

      • Guest says:

        This one made me laugh. I think you are totally right.

      • lilacflowers says:

        Yes, I got “sod off” from it as well.

      • Sixer says:

        I got:

        “My PR has told me there’s maximum mileage in trying to come across as an international man of mystery, so that’s what I’m doing. I know Sixer is on to me, but I’ve got the rest of you fooled.”

        (I know I’m the most annoying person in the world, but I do amuse myself.)

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Sixer, I am terribly unhappy at how the first season of Spiral ended! Not sure if I can proceed with season two. Does that nasty, evil politician get his cummupence at some point??? Seriously, they pretty much offed all the baddies except the Big Bad. Not cool.

        I love Berthaud. She’s awesome.

      • Guest says:

        I thought spidey’s comment was the best one but Sixer’s was even better. I laughed so much. And no Sixer you are not annoying. Very refreshing instead and you show me why I do love English people. Thanks. Btw, Tommy Boy never denied anything. Olsen did though. So without even checking their CVs you see who is the smarter one here….

      • spidey says:

        Ah, and I thought I had moved up in the rankings. 🙂

      • Guest says:

        Oh Spidey, no worries, you, Nutty and Sixer are my lovely Hiddles family…. And Jammy. And Lilac. Always a joy to read through those comments on here. They make my day. Sometimes.

      • Sixer says:

        Whoops. Double post. Sorry.

      • Sixer says:

        Not telling you, Nutballs Schmutballs. I will only say: watch on! I love Spiral. It gets better as it goes on through the seasons.

        Haha, Guest. Me and my runaway gob do aim to please.

      • jammypants says:

        @Sixer, haha! I much prefer your version of events. Makes for an amusing case study of “celebrity”

        @Guest: <3

      • NUTBALLS says:

        Great Gob Almighty, I’ll watch another season of Spiral then!

        Spidey, he wasn’t telling the journo to sod off. You were overhearing his telepathic message to Sixer and I. Tom doesn’t like it that we’re on to him.

        Along the lines of PR gaming… I give you this long and interesting article from someone who studies celebrity gossip from an academic standpoint:

      • spidey says:

        @nutballs – Oh right, thanks for the heads up. 😆

      • Cranberry says:


        Didn’t come near finishing the article but can’t get on with their premise that R. Reynolds finally crossed over from “on the cusp of true stardom” to full fledged stardom because of the stealth relationship with Blake. Maybe it helped him a little, but crap like that is given too much credit especially when there’s so many other factors in play. In an industry like this, true unfortunately gossip can increase your fame and marketability especially for reality stars that are only trading in tabloid folly to begin with. But when there’s an established famous person who’s already been with so many other famous people, I don’t think the undercover engagement is The Thing that put him finally over the top. It’s just a coincidence. (I don’t know any specifics, but I’d wager it was a very quick engagement – like they fall into bed/love and three months later down the isle).

    • Becky says:

      My take was he’s being vague enough to deny a relationship, but also not an outright denial in case they are sightings of them again (because whatever was/is going on is a casual hookup arrangement)

      Honestly though except for Lizzie being spotted in London at New Year, there’s been no sightings of them together. I can’t see there’s anything serious going on.

      Long-term relationships are hard, long distance relationships are really hard. It’s not surprising he’s single, but at the same time he’s not a monk.

      • chelsea says:

        Before it was, “nothing is going on, it’s all for PR.” Now it’s “it’s nothing serious”. I believe the wagons are circling.

    • SloaneY says:

      I still think they’re friends with benefits at best and both like to stoke the fires so they can get more publicity.
      He’s married to his work.

    • Nike says:


      I think Tom’s a nice guy, and a decent actor…

      That said, he’s always come off (to me) like a debutante blushing through a flurry of flattery, humbly collecting compliments in an antique clutch, while denying all the fuss. And if someone mentions his less-than-humble background, he bristles, as if to say, “How rude!” Like Kate Winslet at the mention of somebody’s salary.

      I don’t really care about his background, one way or another… I just think it’s funny that he seems to see it as something to be swept beneath a rug.

      I also think he’s very adept at generating publicity for himself, and most of what he does is calculated.

      • Cranberry says:

        I don’t thing Tom is any more calculated than the rest of that industry. Tom definitely knows how to play the game especially now because he’s seen how crazy it’s gotten. But that’s just it. It’s a game – showbiz/fame. And anybody who doesn’t understand that and tries to butt heads with it is mostly likely going to suffer even more.

      • Nike says:

        I just said he’s good at it. He is.

      • Sixer says:

        Nike – I think he’s aggressively selling a certain British stereotype to an American market (or, more specifically, a Hollywood market that likes to see a fan base) and is doing remarkably well at it. It’s not an approach that appeals to me personally, in case you hadn’t guessed! I also think it’s why he comes a cropper more often with British media than he does when he is stateside.

        On my slate, the plus points about him are: fanciable, not bad at acting, clearly not a diva on set. The minus points are: absolutely everything else!

      • Nike says:

        Sixer, those are all lovely pluses, and I agree with your assessment. He’s very attention-grabby, though… I’m supposing that’s the ‘everything else’ you were nodding to. That, and the stereotyping for American audiences (those Jag commercials are as ridiculous as Mcconaughey’s Lincoln lobbying; fun, though).

        I felt like that “There’s no ring on this finger” comment was very flirty. He’s teasing us. I have a feeling there’s little he wouldn’t share, if he thought it would spike his popularity… but I think he realized he was exhausting everybody, giving us so much access, being such a goofball… that’s why his Twitter presence has thinned.

        At first, it served him well to be so candid and available, then it turned. He’s taking a beat, now, trying to negotiate the balance.

      • Guest says:

        Nike, I totally agree with you and loved your comments. I also think that he is planning and calculating everything and yes, I do think that he is very smart. Sometimes his behavior backfires but all in all he is very smart.

      • Nike says:

        @Guest There’s no doubt. He’s playing this game admirably, if not exactly perfectly.

        And thank you, you’re very sweet. **grins**

  8. Mewsie says:

    For a man who complained that people think him more posh than he is, he refers to himself as “one” way too often. Royals do that a lot, and precious buttholes who want to seem humble!

    At any rate, and in spite of all the grapevine stuff, I still like him. He’s always balls to the wall about every new character he plays. And his cat photoshoot with Bentley still warms my icy dead heart.

    • spidey says:

      I’ve only seen it in one sentence in the recent interview, never noticed it before.

  9. Mewsie says:

    I wish I were really rich so I could pay him to have chats with me. He strikes me like the kind of person who doesn’t placate philosophical questions with: “I don’t know, stop asking me deep stuff.” He also strikes me as a very loyal friend, if you can get him to be your friend in the first place.

    • jammypants says:

      He seems highly introverted of late. Not complaining because introverts can make great friends…once they let you in.

      • Mewsie says:

        I’m an introvert too and I get along fine with extros and intros, but I am really looking for someone who’s game for talking philosophy until the dawn. And someone who understands my references.

      • icerose says:

        Just like his work and his ability to articulate on issues when he wants to -and I do like that he spruces up so well and hope all these PR people do not ruin his style

        Off to see High Rise again with my daughter’s boy friend I loved it so much the first time. You will not get me near a Bond,Marvel or super Hero film and what I have seen I have of seen/heard of Dr Strange has put me right of dispite Tilda and Chiwetel Ejiofor but if I find something I really like I will we watch infinitum.Have also seen some brilliant films recently.

  10. amurph says:

    I took the romance comment “remain sacred” as not being about EO in particular. It was more a some part of his life needs to not be spoken about thing, whether he has someone or not. So, if something is going on, he doesn’t want to talk about it. If something isn’t going on, he doesn’t want to talk about it.

  11. Lady Snow says:

    I like the fact that he keeps his cards close to his chest,it’s quite sexy and mysterious.Celebrities over share things these days,this is a refreshing change.Anyway,no matter what he says, people are going to have preconceived ideas without knowing facts.He’s aware of that and he’s smart enough not to let it bother him.

    • browniecakes says:

      I agree – keep quiet until it is just too good not to share. When a male celeb finds the woman he loves and with whom he wants to make a future – he is usually happy to talk about her (George, couch jumping Tom, Rob K. today, Johnny, etc.)

  12. Madly says:

    I think he meant his privacy has to remain sacred. He has already denied dating her despite what some here insist.

  13. jammypants says:

    @Smutballs! I’m sorry for the delay in response. I haven’t seen Grantham but have been meaning to. My crush grows ever stronger.

  14. Ninette says:

    Judging by the wording in the article they asked him directly about EO, and It sound like THEO is somewhere in the grey zone between being single and married…

    I doubt Tom will ever be public about a relationship, unless he is getting married.

    • Anon says:

      He was. With Susannah. So a grey zone between single and marriage? I guess they are dating then 😁

      • spidey says:

        He was. With Susannah. And that ended well. Perhaps a case of once bitten….

      • Maxine Ducamp says:

        Whenever Susannah is mentioned as an example of how he’s gone public with a relationship, I always wonder if that was a function of the relationship being more serious than any he’s had since or if it was just that he was less famous and hadn’t yet felt the need to protect his privacy as much as he does now. I speculate that if he and Susannah were together now, they (or at least he) would keep it more on the down low.

      • lilacflowers says:

        @Maxine Ducamp, I have also always thought (based on answers that he gave that sounded like a list of grievances from a girlfriend who had tried to revamp him) that she dumped him, he was hurt badly by it, and, because of the timing, he had to go promote War Horse with reporters sticking microphones in his face and asking about her. That could not have been easy and would make anyone shy of discussing anything personal in public.

      • Cranberry says:

        Agree. When Susannah was in the picture it was a whole different ball game. He was getting professionally recognized with better roles and Thor, but public recognition (and mania) was slower to culminate. But it did start to get tacky and as spidey points out, Susannah was his first lesson or casualty of fame.

      • MI6 says:

        @Lilac: This. That is all.

  15. A. Key says:

    Obviously f-buddies and obviously he’s not exclusively just “buddying” her, but he’s right that his sex life is definitely a private matter.

    Why do journalists even ask these things?? Unless the person is publicly engaged/married or initiates the topic of their own partner by themselves, then why prod strangers with such personal matters.

  16. Eve says:

    “There’s no ring on this finger.”

    That implies that there might be other rings…you know…to be worn on…*cough*…other thingers

  17. spidey says:

    Viewing figures for TNM on Tuesday don’t look too good.

    • Guest says:

      How many people watched it?

    • lilacflowers says:

      AMC shows tend to get binge-watched. Also, I think putting it on at 10 PM on a Tuesday was questionable. AMC doesn’t usually program on Tuesday nights like that, and that’s late for a lot of people.

      • Beach girl says:

        I agree. I think the target audience probably leans a little older and may not stay up at 10pm, so some may have just recorded it. I have satellite feed from east coast and saw it at 7pm. Sunday would have been great as TWD is over, GOT hasn’t started, and The Good Wife has only 2? Episodes left. Too bad.

      • lilacflowers says:

        My 87 year old aunt rarely stays up until that time but she watched it On Demand yesterday afternoon. She’s not going to miss a LeCarre with Britisher guys speaking Britisher.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        My parents taped it and watched it today. So, I’m not sure those numbers are indicative of how many are actually watching it.

      • Guest says:

        At 10? WTF… What kind of stupid time is that? I thought that AMC invested a lot of money and they were broadcasting it at 10?! Gotta understand that.

      • icerose says:

        It has been picked up in European countries,China and and Other Eastern countries but I do not think it was designed to have a film type numbers.It has already made its money from pre broadcasts sales so I doubt they are worried however if it does not do well world wide it may definitely mean no second series.The actors are now saying if le Carré, writes it they will return.
        The UK numbers mean they have cancelled one of my favourite shows Indian Summmer

      • Dara says:

        Everyone I’ve talking to that was planning to watch missed the first ep because they didn’t realize it was on Tuesday. Original programming on that night is a new strategy for AMC:

        It is also competing against some big sporting events in the coming weeks (basketball and hockey playoffs). I’m waiting for the Live+3 and Live+7 ratings to come in for the 1st ep, that should be a better picture of how many are actually watching.

      • lilacflowers says:

        My aunt was watching it again this afternoon. Because: Britisher guys speaking Britisher. A friend and her husband plan to binge watch all six episodes over a weekend.

  18. madly says:

    Just curious as to how many months, birthdays, holidays of them being separate have to pass before the THEO crap will be dropped.

    Any other “couple”, people would be pushing breakup rumors by now. Why is it different here?

  19. seesittellsit says:

    Regretfully, I had one of the worst sick drunks of my life on champagne and now cannot bear even the smell of it. This is why there’s no ring on that finger . . .

    Seriously, his reply sounded terribly evasive, and the only reason one is evasive, is to evade acknowledging something. My guess is, that something is THEO. Thus, he may indeed be legally single, but not available. Unless, of course, they’re going the FWB route . . .

  20. gigi says:

    Hes played with internet !!!
    If I say it 100 times its the same.They are just friends Not sexual.
    But I will not argue with!!
    After ISTL DVD was released. You will get the “””market share””!!

    Wait and see 😉

  21. Susie Shirley says:

    I wanna know why the guy never smiles. If you’re all that and a box of cupcakes, you should look even better when you smile!

    • TotallyBiased says:

      You haven’t been observing this gentleman very long at all if you honestly think he doesn’t smile.

    • Guest says:

      Susie this dude is famous for the sound of his laughter which implies that he laughs and smiles quite a lot.

    • Cranberry says:

      If smiling is what you want to see, you’ve come to the right place.

      He actually smiles a lot. Google him or go to YouTube you’ll see there is no shortage of Tom smiling.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      The Kit Harrington thread is that way

  22. icerose says:

    Over here they are already predicting TNM it for Bafta nominations -i can see it now Tom ,Hugh and Benedict (Hollow Crown) all up against each other.

    • TotallyBiased says:

      If BBC pushes BC for a BAFTA re Hollow Crown I will be royally pissed after the way they left Hiddleston out in the cold. His performance, carrying Prince Hal/King Henry V through all three plays of the Henriad, was such incredibly fine work. I was angry enough that PBS shoved it over into Great Performances instead of running it under the Masterpiece aegis it deserved (which would have given it serious Emmy consideration.)

      • spidey says:

        @ TB, I think the problem on The Hollow Crown was that who was the best actor or supporting actor in the Henry IVS Tom or Jeremy and his Henry V wasn’t to everyone’s taste because of the different take on it. So Ben W got it for Richard II

      • Beach girl says:

        Completely agree with everything you said. Showing it on Great Performances limited its audience. Definitely should have been on Masterpiece Classics. I’m wondering how they’re going to handle this new HC.

      • Cranberry says:

        I agree with you Totally B. I don’t think they gave HC a good effort on PBS. Why? I have no idea except I wonder if it had something to do with scheduling. I know late in the game BBC moved up HC airing schedule quite a bit to coincide with the Jubilee. That made rehearsals get cut down quite a bit for all the Henry plays but especially for Henry V.

      • Cranberry says:

        Forgot to add that I don’t know how that would have affected PBS scheduling though.

      • TotallyBiased says:

        BBC threw their main support behind Parade’s End, and PBS didn’t want anything distracting from Downton Abbey. Just my thoughts.

      • Cranberry says:

        Yes. I can see that especially with Parade’s End. As for PBS maybe they had committed already to a full schedule with DA, Sherlock and Mr. Selfridge. PBS probably also thought it made sense to put HC in Great Performances because they figured it’s Shakespeare plays with some of the most outstanding British stage actors in Whishaw and Beale in the leads. So out of necessity rather than accuracy PBS treated HC as staged productions of the plays rather than the cinematic production it was.

  23. koko says:

    Now what he should have said when asked about EO was “that it wasn’t anything to write home about”, then I would have understood that rather innocuous answer. Neighborhood lunching, possible future tennis match sightings and a South Sea island vacation would all be a future possibility.
    Truthfully though, if anyone besides JArthy ends up in the next island spotting, I will be inconsolable.

  24. NUTBALLS says:

    I see below that Sarah at Lainey Gossip is mourning the loss of Saint Tom the Huge Dork today…

    He popped up in the Fug Girls post on Sienna’s as well.

  25. KittyKat says:

    It can read three ways in which he means that comment;

    A) I’m sick of this question as much as the James Bond one and no matter
    What I say you’re not going to believe me

    B) I Define single as not being married. Yes I’m with someone but I’m
    Single because I’m not married.

    C) I’ve been told to say I’m single because nobody trusts my fandom and
    Has such a low opinion of them that they think they can’t handle the
    Fact I’m taken.

    In other news How Awsome is his new PR Lauren? So far she’s got him dressed properly, not wearing orange crap on his face, exclusive parties, no cheesy interviews and higher interviewers.

    So glad he binned bloody Luke who loved the camera

    • neverland says:

      He hasn’t binned Luke, Lauren is dealing with US publicity as Luke has other clients in the UK (I assume that’s the reason anyway). As for Luke loving the camera, that may be a case of once you’re aware of the publicist, you see them everywhere. There’s loads of fandoms who have the same complaint about their fave’s publicists simply because once you notice, you really notice.

      • Cranberry says:

        Agree. It’s the case of the ol’: now that you know him, ya see him everywhere.

    • Cranberry says:

      I choose: D. All of the above.

    • Leah C says:

      Maybe it is his way of saying “mind your own business and get a love-life of your own.”

    • lilacflowers says:

      Lauren isn’t the one who is dressing him. He has a new stylist. She also isn’t the one booking most of the interviews. The studios do that. Sony said last October they wanted him on Colbert for ISTL and Sony got him on Colbert for ISTL, Kimmel and the Today show too. AMC is responsible for scheduling all the promo for The Night Manager, like the Times Talk and Seth Meyers and a lot of the print stuff related to High Rise, that’s the studio too.

      • KTE says:

        It makes me wonder how much the various PR departments talk to each other! There must be a degree of coordination over his availability and trying to get a good fit between the project being promoted and the show he can promote it on.

        Olly must have his work cut out coordinating the diary.

      • lilacflowers says:

        They do have to all coordinate with one another. He’s not paying for his own hotel rooms, flights, and cab rights to all these events.

      • TotallyBiased says:

        Look up the Wall Group. Everyone on his team for the recent promo tour(s) except Olly is repped by them; they organize packages like this. Publicist, hair/makeup stylist, and clothing stylist.

  26. Beach girl says:

    Actually I think Olly has been home for awhile. Perhaps since Tom went to NY.

  27. Beach girl says:

    Good news from Deadline re TNM ratings in US. The live+3 days viewership is up approx 72% to 1.6mil over the live Same Day numbers. Much better than any other AMC show. So our thoughts re everyone taping the show for what ever reason is accurate. Glad to see they can measure it. If I’m understanding this correctly….

    • Dara says:

      That’s great news – that kind of bump is record-setting. Any more, Live+3 is more important to the industry than the Same Day ratings.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        So does that metric count the online streaming? How else would they know who was watching after the original, live showing?

      • lilacflowers says:

        My boyfriend has now watched it On Demand three times, in addition to the initial broadcast Tuesday night. My great aunt has also watched it multiple times On Demand.

  28. Beach girl says:

    Tom in LA today participating in the LA Times Drama Roundtable. Taping for JC Late Late Show airing tonight. I’m assuming he will head home to London afterwards for a nice and much needed break…. except for the Wizard World convention in June!

  29. lilacflowers says:

    There are pictures with a baby leopard. Cuteness multiplied a billion times.

  30. TotallyBiased says:

    The Late Late Show.
    Cheesecake, baby cloud leopard climbing him like a tree, penguin cuddling his leg, and baby bearcat displaying its snakehunting skills.
    Culminating in perfect gif-making Lion King pose.
    Oh, a little Who Was Shakespeare and Shakespeare Improv thrown in there.
    Go ahead and cringe.
    I dare you.

    • lilacflowers says:

      And the impression of his mother. That bearcat did make a beeline for his lap, didn’t it?

      I think Middleditch tried to control the early segment but finally had to surrender to the overwhelming adorableness of two English guys squeeing loudly over a penguin while baby leopards frolicked about.

    • NUTBALLS says:

      I cringed just a little when he took over answering the Shakespeare question. I think he has a hard time sharing the attention… as does Middleditch, who I wasn’t familiar with, but enjoyed his humor and the contrast he provided.

      The animals were the best part. The penguin and leopard were acting like horny Hiddlestoners, trying the climb the HiddleTree. I was a little jealous that they could get away with it.

      • lilacflowers says:

        While the leopard went climbing, the bearcat went digging. She knew what she was looking for.

        He was fine with the Shakespeare question. To that point, Middlesditch had pretty much been monopolizing everything. Monopoly! With Patrick Stewart.