Video: Tom on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Tom Hiddleston stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight to promote Loki.

Scans: Empire June 2021

Empire: Tom Hiddleston Explains Why He Took ‘A Moment Of Consideration’ Away From Screen Roles

If Tom Hiddleston’s success wasn’t quite overnight, his ascent was swift. His turn as Loki in Marvel’s Thor caught fans’ attention, and the character grew in stature as he became the charismatic central threat of blockbuster crossover Avengers Assemble – leading to many more appearances through the MCU, a headline role in the BBC’s hit John Le Carré spy thriller The Night Manager, and major roles in movies including High-Rise, Kong: Skull Island, and Crimson Peak. But his brief appearances in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame aside, Hiddleston has kept a lower profile in recent years – taking stage roles in London and New York, and retreating somewhat from screen work.

As he prepares to make a major comeback in his own MCU series, Loki, on Disney+, as well as starring in the upcoming series adaptation of The Essex Serpent, Hiddleston spoke to Empire in our world-exclusive cover interview about where he’s been these past few years, and why now was the time to come back. “A few things crossed my path and I thought carefully about them, but they didn’t feel quite right, so I didn’t do them,” he says of roles that came his way.

If Hiddleston’s retreat from the spotlight was preceded by a greater tabloid focus on his personal life, his time away was less a conscious choice on that front than “a moment of consideration,” he says. “I’d been playing so many different people in so many different parts of the world, and it’s very important to distinguish what’s real in one’s own life, and look after those things. Because if you don’t look after them, they can be lost, or they can be marginalised, and then you come home one day and they’re not there anymore.”

He relates his viewpoint and philosophy to that of Tilda Swinton’s character, Eve, in the Jim Jarmusch vampire drama he starred in, Only Lovers Left Alive. “She says life is about surviving things, appreciating nature, nurturing kindness and friendship, and dancing,” he explains. “So perhaps, in the moment, I needed to come back and do it. I don’t know, to be honest, that I danced a lot. I should have danced more. But I’m sure there are some people who’d say I’ve danced far too much.”

Source: Empire

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Current Projects
Earth at Night in Color (2020)

Tom as Narrator

Next-generation cameras reveal the nocturnal lives of animals across six continents, from the Arctic Circle to the African grasslands. Narrated by Tom Hiddleston. The moonlit dramas of animals at night, revealing new insights and never before seen behaviors.

Loki (2021)

Tom as Loki

Takes place after Avengers: Endgame, which saw Loki steal the Tesseract during the 2012 events of The Avengers (2012), which created an alternate timeline from the main MCU films. In the series, Loki uses the Tesseract to travel through time and alter human history.

White Stork (2022)

Tom as James Cooper

Netflix drama series revolving around aspiring politician, James Cooper who tries to keep his dark past a secret before he runs for a seat in Parliament.
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