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Josh Hartnett: I don’t regret any of my romances

Published 16/04/2015

Josh Hartnett
Josh Hartnett

Josh Hartnett has opened up about his former relationships with actresses including Scarlett Johansson and Kirsten Dunst, admitting that “everybody makes mistakes” by dating a co-worker.

The 36-year-old actor has something of a reputation for being romantically linked to his co-workers, including Julia Stiles after the pair appeared together in the movie O.

But while Josh acknowledges the romances were undoubtedly “mistakes”, he wouldn’t change them for anything.

"I think it's a respectable way of going about it. I've met very important people in my life doing films," he told Playboy magazine. "Sometimes that had consequences that were just awful for everybody involved. Some were fantastic all the way through. Everybody makes mistakes dating people they work with.

"They're whom I’m attracted to because I share experiences with them and understand a bit about what they are and what they do," Josh, who is reported to be dating The Lovers co-star Tamsin Egerton, continued. "If I were able to go back in time, I don't know if I could have done anything any different."

Josh made a name for himself in the movie industry with roles in films such as Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down. However, he never achieved the level of fame he could have done, because he turned down roles in superhero movies like Spider-Man and Batman.

"I've definitely said no to some of the wrong people," he said. "I said no because I was tired and wanted to spend more time with my friends and family. That’s frowned upon in this industry. People don't like being told no. I don't like it.

"I was so focused on not being pigeonholed and so scared of being considered only one thing as an actor. I should have thought, 'Well, then, work harder, man.' Watching Christian Bale go on to do so many other things has been just awesome. I mean, he's been able to overcome that. Why couldn't I see that at the time?"

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