Clive Owen – the fame hater?!
47-year-old British actor Clive Owen says he didn’t get onto the Hollywood showbiz scene for the fame, admitting it was ‘difficult’ to adjust to his new celebrity status when he first rose to notoriety in 1990 with the UK show ‘Chancer’.
“I never wanted to be a movie star. And I didn’t become an actor to become famous. I genuinely didn’t. It was always theatre for me. ‘Chancer’ was a baptism of fire. It’s very weird to go from obscurity to suddenly being in newspapers.”
“When somebody is hot, everyone wants a piece of it. If you explode onto the scene at a very young age, there are so many people pulling you in different directions. It takes time to recalibrate and see what’s important.” The humble ‘Closer’ star, who has worked with an notable list of A-list leading women such as Angelina Jolie, Keira Knightley and Nicole Kidman, states that he never gets star-struck by famous actors and actresses, only his sporting heroes.
The football activist casually said: “I never think of meeting actors. I think of the times I’ve met footballers.” He also said that the biggest star of all in his opinion is musical legend David Bowie, who he has met a few times. Owen said: “I got very tongue-tied. It’s like meeting somebody that you feel you’ve known for so long – it’s difficult. ”I often think he inspired me to get into acting as much as any actor.”
Well, Clive – you may hate fame, but we love you all the same!