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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Highmore still not sure of career

Freddie Highmore hinted that a career in acting might not be for him

Freddie Highmore has said despite his success in acting, he's not sure he wants to pursue it as a career.

The 21-year-old star of TV series Bates Motel has also acted alongside Johnny Depp in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and Finding Neverland, but said the breaks many actors dream of have not convinced him it's definitely what he wants to do.

Freddie, who was 12 when he starred as Charlie, said: "I probably still have it now, that thing of not wanting to commit to something for the rest of your life. Saying this is what I want to be forever is a big step, especially at 12 years old.

"I didn't want to be forced into thinking this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. And still now, it would be great to carry on acting and to do more things, but I've kept my studies going and the tricky thing is I've always had something alongside acting. Acting has almost never been the focus of my life so it is a big shift to say that acting will be the main thing that you're doing as opposed to something that fits in really well with your normal life back at home."

The actor, who studies Spanish and Arabic at Cambridge University, said he would like to use his language skills in a film project.

"I'd love to, it'd be brilliant to use the Spanish or the Arabic in some way. Or be a spy, that's what people always think about doing Arabic, I'm going to be a spy. Supposedly in your last year at Cambridge they come by with this brown envelope and say, 'Have you thought about a career along the lines of James Bond?' and you say, 'Oh, well perhaps.' Maybe I'm already a spy now, that'd be good. This is all just an act. That's why I've been filmed in lots of different places - no one suspects me," he joked.

Freddie stars in Bates Motel, airing now on Universal.

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