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Charlie Hunnam: I don't party

Charlie Hunnam hates small talk and socialising with strangers.

The British actor began his career in his home country but has since made it in America, taking the lead in TV show Sons of Anarchy and scoring movie roles. Many would presume he’s living the dream, but there are some aspects of his career which don’t sit so well with the star.

“My social anxiety,” he told Women’s Health magazine, when asked what he’s most insecure about. “I hate going to parties, I hate small talk, and I hate socialising with people I don’t know. I feel horribly awkward in those situations. If I have to go to a party, my whole day is ruined worrying about it.”

And that’s not the only thing which has been playing on the star’s mind. He shot into the limelight in 2013 when he was announced to be playing raunchy businessman Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation, although he pulled out of the picture not long afterwards and was replaced by Jamie Dornan.

He’s previously explained his filming schedule was so crazy, making the movie would have given him a nervous breakdown. And he was terrified of not being the best he could and failing on such a grand scale. That whole period was one of the scariest of his life.

“When all that Fifty Shades stuff went down,” he replied, when asked when he was last terrified. “I was going against everything I believed I was. I’ve never been in a situation like that, where I’d bitten off more that I could chew. I was scared there would be negative repercussions.”

Charlie is in a long-term relationship with jewellery designer Morgana McNelis and said that friendship is always the best basis for a romance. He likes to treat the lady in his life when he can, and has a healthy sense of his own best assets.

“F**k you’re getting old. But you still look good,” he laughed, when asked what he thinks when he looks in the mirror.

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