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Wednesday 4 March 2015

Josh Hartnett: I’m not afraid of fame

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 16:  Actor Josh Hartnett speaks onstage during the 'Penny Dreadful' panel discussion at the Showtime portion of the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour at Langham Hotel on January 16, 2014 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Josh Hartnett

Josh Hartnett is changing the way he handles fame, as he makes his comeback in TV series Penny Dreadful.

The actor is making his Hollywood comeback after taking a few years out of the limelight to enjoy life back at home in Minnesota.

Taking one of the lead roles in new TV drama Penny Dreadful means Josh has once again been thrust into the spotlight, but this time round he feels much more prepared and is ready to deal with the trappings of fame.

"I don't feel like I need to hide any more. I used to think I needed to protect my anonymity, so I only went to places with my friends and ignored people I didn't know. But that was a dead-end road because it's pretty narcissistic," Josh confessed to the British edition of Marie Claire magazine.

"So I've gone in the other direction. My theory is if they get aggressive, I'm 6ft 3in and I'm not small. I would be much more afraid of being famous if I were shorter and more vulnerable."

Penny Dreadful is the latest critically-acclaimed drama to be made by Sky Atlantic. It co-stars Eva Green and Timothy Dalton and tells the story of supernatural goings on that threaten Victorian London.

Josh, 35, takes on the role as gun slinging Ethan Chandler, a part he is truly relishing.

"It's always interesting meeting directors; their perception of you shifts as they get a better idea of who you are. There are films that, unless you sit down and talk to someone about, they would never consider you for. For the first time in a long time I'm excited. I have Penny Dreadful to thank for that," he gushed.

"Just being on set and the camaraderie you feel when you're in a collaboration with others - that's something I've missed."

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