Tom Hiddleston: ‘I hope Loki coming out as bisexual was meaningful to people’

Tom Hiddleston is promoting The Essex Serpent and he was also doing some late promo for Loki in the British press. Which is why he ended up chatting with the Guardian about his transition into being an in-demand “television actor.” I still kind of consider him a movie actor, and I appreciate the fact that his ventures into television have all been pretty prestigious projects, from The Night Manager to Disney+’s Loki series to AppleTV+’s The Essex Serpent. He’s also a big Succession fan and my dude has thoughts about Shiv and Tom’s relationship. Some highlights from the Guardian:

Doing the ‘Loki’ series: “I was just really honoured to be asked. We all wanted to retain the integrity of the character – I wanted to make sure we didn’t lose the bits that people loved, while doing something new. I also hope Loki coming out as bisexual was meaningful to people who spotted it. It was a small step, and there’s further to go. But it was definitely important to all of us.

What he would do if he wasn’t an actor: “I think there would be something very rewarding about teaching. I would teach drama or Shakespeare.

His TV guilty pleasure? “Blackadder. I watched it when I had my tonsils out when I was about 12 or 13 and it really cheered me up. Going back to it now, there’s that nostalgic quality.

What he eats in front of the TV: “I don’t eat in front of the TV a lot. But a chocolate digestive with a cup of tea is a winner, especially in the winter.

What a TV show about his life would be called: “Keep Calm and Carry On [laughs]. Bouncing From Here to There. Or Just Keep Swimming … that’s a line from Finding Nemo, isn’t it?

Sometimes he turns off the news: “Sometimes you just need to ration your news intake. Which isn’t to say that we don’t need to know what’s going on, but you have to have a boundary.

The most famous person in his phone contacts: “The Avengers. I think they’re pretty well known?

Whether he’s Team Shiv or Team Tom? “I find that relationship excruciatingly painful. It’s a tough call. Do I have to choose one of them? Shiv could have been more considerate and generous to Tom, but you see how brutality is baked into the experience of that family.

[From The Guardian]

Can we talk about his Succession answer? Because I enjoy Shiv & Tom Wambsgans’ terrible awkwardness. Two people who had no business getting married, got married for all the wrong reasons and make each other sort of miserable. That’s what’s fun about it! I actually think that their marriage reads as a bummer because Matthew Macfayden plays Tom with such pathos and sadness, so you feel like he could have been happy with Shiv if only she gave a sh-t about him? But whatever! As for Tom Hiddleston…he seriously doesn’t eat in front of the TV? What does he do if he’s eating alone? Just sits there in silence? Hm. However, I also ration my news intake. We all should.

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  1. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    He will always be the only Loki for me!
    Also isn’t there a baby Hiddleston on the way? (I thought I read that?)
    Congratulations to them both

  2. Zen says:

    British actors have always moved between TV and film roles with ease and no diminished respectability, no matter their ‘level’ of fame. Academy award winner Judi Dench did a TV series. Vanessa Redgrave narrates Call the Midwives TV series. It seems in Britain if the role is good, you do it. American actors seem to pigeon hole themselves as one or the other with film seen as more prestigious and TV only done maybe early in their career.

  3. bettyrose says:

    Meaningful and etched forever in my brain: “A little of both. I assume it’s the same for you?”

  4. Danbury says:

    Oh I love chocolate digestive cookies. I could never eat just one though!

  5. jferber says:

    The word “digestive” associated with “cookie” is a turn-off for me. Of course, the Brits are used to the word. It sounds too medicinal to me, like you’re ingesting Pepto Bismol or something. But I digress. Tom, whatever sexuality you claim, suggest or associate with, I am with you forever. Forever, babe.

    • Concern Fae says:

      But digestive biscuits really do help settle the stomach. I don’t know how they do, but they work for me. They are tasty enough to be pleasant to eat, with enough fiber to sort of soak stuff up in your stomach.

      Probably not how it works at all, but it’s what I imagine. I’m near Boston, so we have British brands in the international aisle at the grocery store. I’ll pick up digestive biscuits if I’m feeling under the weather.

    • Julia K says:

      @ jferber; I recommend The Night Manager. Hiddleston bare butt scene almost broke the internet. Well I exaggerated but almost.