New Hollywood: Entertainers On the Rise - Tom Hiddleston, 32
The classically trained British actor is just as charismatic playing a grandiose villain likeThor and The Avengers' Loki as he is breathing life into erudite charmers like Midnight in Paris's F. Scott Fitzgerald or Capt. Nicholls in War Horse — or, for that matter, breaking Rachel Weisz’s heart as a callous, opportunistic cad in The Deep Blue Sea.
Meeting the Master: ”The best decision I ever made was in my car on the 405 from Santa Monica to Universal City, where I was going to meet Steven Spielberg for the first time,” says Hiddleston. ”He’d seen my audition tape for War Horse, and I remember feeling a little nervous. I actually said to myself out loud on the freeway, ‘I dare you to be yourself.’ I made a promise to tell him how much I loved his work in Indiana Jones andSaving Private Ryan and Jaws — and not to be frightened of seeming like a fan. Because I would never forgive myself if I pretended to be someone that I wasn’t in an effort to impress him and then I didn’t get the job. So I went into probably the biggest audition of my life preternaturally relaxed. And it worked!” —Adam Markovitz