Business Insider sat down with Tom at the Crosby Street Hotel in Manhattan while he was attending the Tribeca Film Festival to talk about “High-Rise,” why he watched a real human autopsy to prepare for the role, how often he’s slept in his own bed in the last year, and what he thinks about no one going to see “I Saw the Light.”
Business Insider: Has it been fun to do these roles — “Crimson Peak,” “I Saw the Light,” “High-Rise” — where you play characters who are conflicted and have a lot going on?
Tom Hiddleston: I feel immensely lucky that I’m allowed to do so many different things. I have chosen to do those things, deliberately, but not every actor is allowed to do that and that’s an immense good fortune to choose different kinds of things to explore. They have all been fascinating for different reasons. Now in your position it’s a strange compression of all this work coming out at the same time. Where as for me, each project had its own integrity and focus. It’s very peculiar, the work of the last 18 months of the my life has been released in the space of one month.
BI: Is it daunting to have all these characters reaching the public at the same time?
Hiddleston: Not especially. It’s not like I have any control over it.
BI: It’s interesting because we as an audience are seeing you in different characters at once —
Hiddleston: Is that a good thing?