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I came across this great collection of Tom Hiddleston quotes on a blog that may disappear, so I wanted to save all the info here... Attempting to do this on mobile, may screw up the cut text, but I'll try!

I found it when looking for this quote below, which I think is very insightful:

"Here’s the thing a wise man once said, ‘The opposite of love is not hate, its indifference.’ And Loki is not indifferent to Thor. He hates him. And in order to hate someone, you must still, therefore, love them. So I think there is, somewhere down the line, the possibility of redemption for him, because he is just in real need of self-esteem."

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Tom Hiddleston’s quotes

I really love the way he expressed his ideas and the way he played with English langue. The things he said are beautiful, poetic and intelligently well-spoken. He is great not just as an actor but also as a human being. And that’s the reason I admire him so much.



–          I have two sisters – one older, one younger – and I love them very much. Unlike with Loki and Thor, I’ve never tried to kill them.[on his siblings]

–          He is a combination of mercurial intellectual ability, emotional ambiguity, rakish charm, charisma and provocative wit. He has a wicked inclination to mischief, underneath which is a well of spiritual pain. Both these aspects are central to his depth as a character: his unashamed and perverse delight in creating chaos; and his capacity for raw emotional expression.

–          The best thing about being Loki is that he is my diametric opposite. Physically, he is a photo negative of who I am. Loki is dark and pale, and I am light and fair. Also spiritually I am not much like him either. Yet I feel an incredible freedom in playing him. [on the best thing about being Loki]

–          Underneath the steely cold veneer of his trickster charm is a certain vulnerability and sensitivity – the wounded fragility of an outcast brother and son. His mind IS a box of cats though! But I love him.

–          He’s chasing power. But the reason he’s chasing power is because, really, he’s chasing self-esteem. Anyone — I think anyone who feels powerful has no need to reach for it. Those in the world who feel they aren’t powerful, they seem to have no self-love, no self-esteem, are constantly trying to get the power.

–          It is the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. [Loki’s line]

–          I mean, that’s the reason he’ll never win, because he’s motivated by hate and the haters never win. I just think that’s true about life, because negative energy always costs in the end.

–          Loki was brought up with the expectation of entitlement — he was born to rule, both Thor and Loki were born to be kings. And yet, there is no kingdom for Loki, so he has to find one. So he’s come down to earth to subjugate humanity and rule the human race as their king. I guess we’ve skirted over the facts of where Loki disappeared to, but we’ve imagined that he’s had a pretty horrible time and this is his kind of last chance at giving himself an identity or a home, somewhere to belong to.

–          Well I have to take it seriously, and yet allow the audience to laugh. It’s that thing of if you play it straight it’s funny — the best comedy is always played straight down the middle. The adjustment is understanding from the screenplay that a moment is hilarious, [but] Thor doesn’t know it’s funny. Chris Hemsworth can know it’s funny, but as Thor he has to play it right down the middle.

– I hope that the scene between the two of us on the mountaintop is actually really deeply felt, and then Downey comes in and then calls it “Shakespeare in the park,” which is a great line and we can allow the audience to laugh at it retrospectively. But also you’ve been watching a scene which is like really deeply felt between two brothers — I hope. [on injecting humor into serious characters/situations, 2 May 2012].

–          I’ve never had a brother, but I really understand it, because I had friends when I was a kid, whose brothers were very close in age, and they would beat the crap out of each other. And I could understand that that was sort of a natural thing. [on Loki and Thor rivalry]

–          The Devil plays all the best tunes and I’m so privileged to play him.

–          What’s interesting for me is whether he’s redeemable now at this point. … Can he be forgiven by Thor, by Odin, and can he forgive himself? Is he even self-aware enough to know that’s what he needs?

–          The great thing about Loki is that there is almost no ceiling to his complexity as a character. He is a shape shifter, he’s intelligent, and he has strategic gifts but he also has reservoirs of pain.

–          I think we need superheroes to be reminded of the primacy of generosity and kindness and humility. Even when I watched this film… I love Loki, but I’m punching the air when the hero’s winning. I’m clapping along with everybody else when I get Hulk smashed. There’s something really innately inherited, I think, about redemption. We all are just intensely moved by it. And superheroes offer that redemption narrative really cleanly, I think.

–          Here’s the thing a wise man once said, ‘The opposite of love is not hate, its indifference.’ And Loki is not indifferent to Thor. He hates him. And in order to hate someone, you must still, therefore, love them. So I think there is, somewhere down the line, the possibility of redemption for him, because he is just in real need of self-esteem.

Midnight in Paris

–          You know, I read as much as I could in the time that I had and reread stuff and one of the favorite things that I did was, Alison Pill [who played Fitzgerald’s wife Zelda] and I had a day in each other’s company before we shot, to get to know each other, and we were staying at a hotel in Paris called the Bristol, and we sat on the roof of the hotel. It was a really sunny day and she had a book of the letters that Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald sent each other. It’s a compilation of all of their letters that they sent to each other in their lives, and they’re some of the most romantic, intimate beautiful writing I’ve ever read. [on doing research for Midnight in Paris]

Freddie (The Deep Blue Sea)

–          Freddie has this amazing, superficial vitality, but underneath that is a kind of great spiritual desolation. [on Freddie Paige, the Deep Blue Sea]

Caption Nicholls (War horse)

–          this agent of separation who divorces the horse from his boy.

Being an actor

–          Actors can’t call themselves actors without an audience to watch them, and the idea that you’re all out there and believing in the work I do is a source of enormous pride. [on being named The Hottest Actor on Midgard, 3 Aug 2012]

–          I am always curious about stepping into new territory. It’s good to keep expanding one’s horizons, in any walk of life, never mind as an actor.

–          It sounds cliché but I started acting by doing impersonations, and trying to make people laugh.

–          Well, there was no room for egos on this set – it’s so funny how that’s the thing that everyone asks about. There was no place for an ego in a film of this size because everyone wanted it to be brilliant so that demanded the commitment and the professionalism of every single person. And apart from anything else, it’s a film about a team! And it would be so ironic if we were trying to make this film about how the achievements of the team are greater than the achievements of the individual and there were a load of individuals throwing their toys out of the pram and behaving like divas. [on Avengers’ filming, 24 April 2012]

–          Our job is to represent the truth of human nature, whether you’re playing a tender love story that’s set in a coffee shop or whether you’re in The Avengers, which is set in a Manhattan which is exploding. Your job as an actor is to bring as much truthfulness and honesty and humanity to the characters and to the story that you can.

–          Well, the thing that I suppose is closest to my heart is Shakespeare. I really am a nerd about Shakespeare, I love it [laughs] and the reason why is because he’s one of the wisest, most compassionate writers in the course of Western literature, in the course of all literature. And he understood human nature so deeply, not just our great capacity for virtue and for goodness, and for love, but our capacity for pain and destruction and anger. [when asked if he had any historical figures or even fictional figures that inspired your take on Loki?]

–          Winston Churchill said, ‘If we cut funding to the arts, then what are we fighting for?’

–          I was really quite upset, and probably very sad and vulnerable and angry. Acting presented a way of expelling those feelings in a safe place.

–          Actors in any capacity, artists of any stripe, are inspired by their curiosity, by their desire to explore all quarters of life, in light and in dark, and reflect what they find in their work. Artists instinctively want to reflect humanity, their own and each other’s, in all its intermittent virtue and vitality, frailty and fallibility.


Attitude towards life

–          I belong where there are mountains and snow and clear, crisp blue skies.”—Tom Hiddleston. [on Iceland and his possible  ancestry]

–          I think everyone should pursue their dreams. Whether you want to play football, act, sing, become a writer or whatever you have burning inside you as you’re growing up, you should pursue it.

–          I’m terrified of sharks. Nature has designed the ultimate killing machine. I love swimming in the sea and don’t think about sharks until I’m the furthest person out from the shoreline and then the John Williams Jaws theme starts in my head. [when asked what he is afraid of].

–          So I suppose my simple advice is: Love your life. I only say that because your life is what you have to give. [23 Sep 2012, Madrid].

–          It’s in our nature to want to watch our human frailties played out on a huge, epic canvas. Ancient societies had anthropomorphic gods: a huge pantheon expanding into centuries of dynastic drama: fathers and sons, star-crossed lovers, warring brothers, martyred heroes. Tales that taught us the danger of hubris and the primacy of humility. It’s the everyday stuff of everyman’s life, but it’s writ large, and we love it.

–          I think if you’re going to be conventionally romantic you’ve got to go all the way: a beautiful dinner somewhere lovely, with boat-loads of flowers, chocolates and champagne. But it might also be nice to wrap up warm and sit on a roof somewhere, with a cup of hot soup and your girl, watch the planes come in over London and listen to the night. [when asked what is his idea for a Valentine’s day date in London].

–          You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.

–          People love escapism and there should be a place for it.

–          I try to react with decorum! I just have to let it be water off a duck’s back. There was one instance where I was marginally insulted by somebody who dismissed Thor as a piece of ridiculous paper-thin lightweight entertainment. As if somehow it wasn’t deemed ‘proper work’ for a young actor. But that particular person had never attempted anything of that scale and I just had to say [to myself] ‘he doesn’t know – it’s fine’.

–          I never get afraid of things, I only get excited. [when asked if he had any fears playing a relatively well-known character like ‘Loki’, 28 May 2012]

–          I was never the clown at school, I had some really rebellious classmates when I was at school. I’ve always been quite internally rebellious. I think everybody at school thought I was going to become a teacher; it was a massive misjudgment of my character. Which maybe reflects that I never played all my cards, I kept them close to my chest. I guess that is somehow like Loki in some way. There is a distance. He is watching everything all the time from a distance. I guess I’m a bit like that.

–          It was very difficult and I always say that it made me who I am, because it made me take responsibility for my life and I saw my parents for the first time as human beings, not as perfect love machines. They were both very badly hurt. I mean, it’s hard enough when you’re ending a short-term relationship, isn’t it? I can’t imagine what it’s like to end a 17-year marriage. But I’m so proud of them and I couldn’t do without them and as a result [of the divorce] I have grown-up, intimate relationships with both of them.

–          I do love Othello, because it’s a forensic examination of jealousy and power, and the delicacy of being in love with somebody. If you’re uncertain in your affection and in their affection for you, you can so easily be turned and possessed by the green-eyed monster of jealousy, which eats you up and ultimately destroys the love that was there in the first place. Also, it’s got some of the most heart-attack poetry that’s ever been written in the English language. [when asked by a fan what is his favorite Shakespearean play].

–          I’d love to be a cowboy. Sometimes I think I might give up the whole game and move to a ranch and herd cattle.

–          My favorite pudding is a toss-up between cheesecake – proper, New York cheesecake – and apple crumble and custard. Custard is very important, or dark chocolate mousse. Tea: probably Earl Grey, splash of milk. [when asked what is his favorite pudding and tea]

–          We are the lead protagonists in the movie versions of our lives.

–          There’s a line in Hamlet, I think, “When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.” And the same could be true of good things as well. It’s like buses! In London, when you’re waiting for a bus, you’ll be there for half an hour and then three will come at once. It’s as simple as that.

–          Showing young children in these communities, that there are outlets for their feelings, that there is room in a space for their stories to be told, and that they will be applauded-and it’s not about ego, it’s about connection: that their pain is everybody else’s pain.

–          Never, ever, let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do. Prove the cynics wrong. Pity them for they have no imagination. They sky’s the limit. Your sky. Your limit. Now. Let’s dance.

–          Never stop. Never stop fighting. Never stop dreaming. And don’t be afraid of wearing your heart on your sleeve – in declaring the films that you love, the films that you want to make, the life that you’ve had, and the lives you can help reflect in cinema. For myself, for a long time… maybe I felt inauthentic or something, I felt like my voice wasn’t worth hearing, and I think everyone’s voice is worth hearing. So if you’ve got something to say, say it from the rooftops.


This man is currently the most inspirational thing to me.

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