Hunger: We last spoke to you two years ago. Talk us through what’s been happening in your life since then.
Sam Claflin: I think I was engaged then, and I can now safely say that I’m a married man. That’s probably one of the biggest steps I’ll ever take in my life. Other than that I’ve been involved in a few projects in the industry , one being The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which is the second instalment of The Hunger Games trilogy. I also managed to squeeze in a romantic comedy, and a drama based on a play, called Posh. I think that’s pretty much my life in the last two years. Squeezing in a wedding in the middle of all that was near impossible.How’s married life treating you?
I don’t think there’s a huge amount that has changed about our life, other than the added responsibility of looking after a puppy. We bought a Cockapoo, which is a mix between a cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. I think the fact that I could say cock and poo in one word is what sold the idea to me.Is it difficult being away from your wife Laura [Haddock] and your puppy when you’re filming abroad, or do you get used to it?It’s always been difficult. I don’t think you can ever get used to the distance. It’s not only my wife and the puppy, it’s England in general. I really struggle, and I miss the lifestyle that I have here. I miss my local pub and waking up in my own bed.You’ve said before that you’re not interested in fame. Being part of The Hunger Games trilogy, do you think it’s something you’re going to have to get used to?
Maybe, but it’s hard to predict. I didn’t do the movie to be famous. I chose to do it partly as a way to get my face and name out there and to hopefully open a few more doors, but also because it’s a project that I’m hugely interested in. I watched the first movie and I was a huge fan, so it has been a real creative curve in my career to be able to work with this incredible cast of actors, directors and producers on [something] that I’m proud to watch back.The Hunger Games is a huge Hollywood blockbuster. Do you think that to make it as an actor these days you have to have Hollywood in your sights?
To be one hundred percent honest, I did not at all have Hollywood in my sights when I left drama school. I just never assumed that it was a possible dream. Part of me was expecting to lose from day one, and I definitely had no higher hopes than to be on the stage in some sort of touring production.
In your last interview with us you said that you tend to look at the negative side of life rather than the positive. Is that still the case ?
I think so. It’s only because I don’t want to guess at what might not happen. I don’t want to live in disappointment. My expectatios are very low, so in that sense I look at life in a negative way. I do dream big, but I don’t ever think those dreams will come true. Luckily so far those dreams have gone quite well, but I know full well that it could all end tomorrow, and people might work out that I can’t act ! [Laughs]
That’s very British.
I save half of everything. I earn purely because I think, « I don’t want to be overtaxed ». I don’t want to get caught short. I’m basically preparing for an apocalypse.
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