With his highly anticipated film “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” slated to hit theaters November 22nd, Sam Claflin scored a feature in the November 2013 issue of Harper”s Bazaar UK magazine.
During his Q&A session with the publication, the “Snow White and the Huntsman” actor chatted about his role as Finnick and his observation of Kristen Stewart”s struggle with fame.
Check out a few highlights from Mr. Claflin”s interview below. For more, be sure to visit Harper”s Bazaar UK!
On becoming Finnick:
“I saw people”s reaction and some were harsh. Not to the point where I”m going to kill myself but I thought, “I”m sorry I”m not your Finnick. Trust me, when I read the book, I didn”t see me as Finnick either!” I don”t think I”m that attractive. I remember sitting waiting for the audition, reading the breakdown of the character: 6ft, tenner, toned. I felt very out of shape; I had stubble, long brown hair and very pale. This other kid walked in who looked like Brad Pitt in “Thelma & Louis” the muscles, blonde hair, a vest. I thought, I am not going to get this part.” He”s a very complex character and you have to be able to portray the vulnerabilities as well as the charm and charisma. There was something I did with the acting part of it that they liked.”
On the drawbacks of fame:
“Kristen, bless her heart, is the most looked-at person of anyone I”ve worked with. She felt she had to hide herself away. I feel sorry for her knowing how she and Rob [Pattinson] must”ve had to live.”
On marrying Laura Haddock:
“It”s difficult to go more than a few weeks without seeing each other. The longest we”ve gone is a month and that was really tough. Every time I come home to London, she”s a distraction – I want to drink wine and eat good food when I”m with her. But we Skype a lot. Our relationship started on Skype so it”s always been that way. Meeting Laura has blown me off my feet. It”s fresh, it keeps me on my toes. We spend a lot of time missing each other, which is a nice feeling. And she”s understanding because we both work in the same industry. If we made plans for this weekend and then I had to go to LA to meet Steven Spielberg, she”d understand.”