Asked on stage at Lille , Freddie Highmore answered that he prefers to stay away from the digital world.. He’s also doesn’t do being famous. British, the words he most used in his masterclass at Lille were “normal,” “grounded” and “Arsenal,” the North London top-five Premiere League soccer club – about which he delivers a shrewd analysis for a Hollywood actor that the current rise of the English national soccer team owes a lot to France and seminal Arsenal players such as Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira.
“I’ve been lucky to have had the distance from a Hollywood upbringing, being able to go back [to London] and wanting to be a footballer and play for Arsenal back in the U.K.,” he said at Series Mania.
He only really decided to become an actor shooting “Bate’s Motel” for five years from the age of 19.
His advice to budding actors? “I’ve been very lucky to have kept a normal life, a reality. I would definitely recommend not deciding this is the only thing you want to do, keep going to school.”
“Also a university degree is a wonderful opportunity to get more life experience,” he added. “I sometimes wonder, and of course people do it brilliantly, but what, if you act as a kid and go straight into acting as an adult, what are those experiences which you have to draw on.”
Going to university – to Cambridge where he took a double First in Spanish and Arabic – may well be the making of Highmore in the future. At Lille, he charmed the pants of the audience, by beginning his masterclass in impeccably accented French, before claiming he hadn’t really spoken it for five years.