Q: Why Hank Williams? What drew you to this man/this movie?
Tom Hiddleston: I was fascinated by the man behind the myth, the contradiction between his charism and vulnerability.
Q: One piece of advice you would give Hank if you could; and is there something you learned from him?
TH: I don’t think Hank was a man who took advice easily. Like everybody else in his life, I’d encourage him to slow down.
Q: How much do you think Hank’s musical genius & success depended on his personal unhappiness?
TH: The soul of Hank’s songs came from a dark place and his sincerity & honesty is what has given them their power.
Q: Is there a lyric in any of Hank Williams’ songs that speaks to you?
TH: ‘You’re my gal & I’m your fella, dress up in your frock of yeller, I’ll look swell but you’ll look sweller, settin’ the woods on fire.’
Q: How many hours the day did you practice on your singing vocals & are you a country music fan?
TH: On average about 7 hours per day, sometimes more. I’m certainly a fan of Hank. His music will be with me forever.
Q: What has been your most challenging role to date and why?
TH: This one, I think, playing Hank Williams. There was such a great distance between me & him. I wanted to do right by him & his legacy.
Q: How do you recover your sense of self after such an intense role?
TH: Go home and spend time with friends and family. Old friends always bring you back down to earth!
Q: What advice would you give to young aspiring actors/actresses?
TH: Be prepared, be ready, be open, be on time!
Q: Having tried a variety of movie genres, are you also open to other aspects of movies like directing?
TH: One day I’d love to, but I don’t have the hubris to ask until I’m invited. Acting is keeping me busy at the moment.
Q: What was harder: to look like Hank or to sound like him?
TH: Sounding like him. I’m a natural baritone; Hank a natural tenor. I also had to transmit the power of his songs in his dialect.
Q: What’s next for you, @twhiddleston?
TH: The Night Manager is coming out on AMC on April 19th & I can’t wait for audiences in the U.S. to see it.
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