Stephen Dorff admits his rebellious nature initially hampered his career.
The 37-year-old actor is best known for portraying villains on film, most notably in vampire smash hit Blade. The respected star admits he struggles to maintain a varied portfolio of work due to his tendency, in his earlier years, to shy away from mainstream cinema.
"[After the 1992 coming-of-age drama 'Power of One,'] Hollywood was coming to me, but I was kind of resisting. I really wanted to make art films. I loved working on movies like 'I Shot Andy Warhol' [and] 'S.F.W.' I liked doing edgier things. I was kind of into Nirvana, I was into rebelling against my childhood," he told MTV.
Stephen has bucked the trend for his latest role in Somewhere, where he portrays a Hollywood actor shocked to discover he has an 11 year-old daughter. Stephen credits his new direction to the film’s director Sofia Coppola.
"Up until now, really, this movie is the first time somebody like Sofia [Coppola] said, 'Well there's another side to Stephen, maybe he can play the leading man, maybe he can be a little sweeter and not have to kill everybody," he added.