Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Booth missing wild nights

Douglas Booth

Douglas Booth is pleased he didn't rise to fame as suddenly as Robert Pattinson in the Twilight franchise.

The 21-year-old actor has risen to prominence since it was announced he's playing the Romeo to Hailee Steinfeld's Juliet in this year's contemporary remake of the classic love story.

While he's pleased with the direction his career is taking, Douglas can't help but feel out of place when his friends are all at university, talking about their drunken nights out.

"They’ll say: 'Mate! Last night we went out in Leeds and got so messed up!' And I’m like, 'Yeah… last night I was in New York with Hillary Clinton,'" he admitted to standard.co.uk.

Douglas isn't the first British actor to face mega stardom almost overnight.

Robert Pattinson amassed an intense fan base thanks to his role as sexy vampire Edward Cullen in the popular Twilight franchise.

"I can’t complain. So far it has happened nice and slowly. It’s not crazy like Rob, where one second it was one way and the next completely different," he mused.

"That’s unhealthy and unstable, because you don’t build a foundation for yourself; I think I have managed to do that first. I was 17 when I did the Boy George thing, and I had been working professionally since I was 16."

Douglas played Boy George in TV movie Worried About the Boy in 2010 and he's now working on projects Jupiter Ascending and Geography of the Heart.

He describes other UK actors as his "family" and can't believe how far some have come, such as Benedict Cumberbatch, who appears in blockbuster Star Trek Into Darkness.

"I had an invitation in the post the other day: 'Anna Wintour invites you to a dinner in honour of Benedict Cumberbatch'. At first I thought it was hilarious, and then I thought, 'Ben’s doing well!'" Douglas smiled.

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