Think right now about a character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Any character, doesn’t matter who exactly. Now, what actor is portraying that character? And just as important, can you trust that actor to deliver a strong performance no matter what the situation? There are many in the MCU whom you could say “yes” to that with, and the biggest one in the minds of many is that of Tom Hiddleston as Loki.
The moment people saw him as Loki in the first Thor movie, people were over the moon. He was in Phase 1, and now in Phase 4, he’s still ever popular via his Loki TV series. In a special interview, Tom Hiddleston talked about what has made Loki such a great acting job for him:
“Loki’s changed so much over the years for me,” Hiddleston said. “I was cast when I was 29, and I’m 41.”
A long time indeed, but it helped him over time:
“Initially, with the wigs and the costume, I was always trying to break out of the mask,” he continued. “Let something honest come through. By the time we got to the series, Loki’s stripped of all the things that are familiar. Immediately, he’s literally stripped and put in a jumpsuit, and his status is gone. Everyone knows who the character is now. Let’s open him up and find new aspects of him and challenge the character to change and grow.”
He went on:
“In the MCU. Back from my early days of researching the character in myths, the identity of Loki was fluid in every aspect,” Hiddleston said. “In gender, in sexuality. It’s an ancient part of the character, and it hadn’t emerged in the stories we’ve told. It’s a small step. There’s so much more to do. But the Marvel Cinematic Universe has to reflect the world we live in. Extraordinary character, in a way, to contain so much.”
And with Loki Season 2 coming? You can see more from Hiddleston in the future.