Richard Armitage
Psychologies|February 2020
The star of upcoming Netflix series The Stranger shares his thoughts on embracing the unknown, seeking happiness, striving for social unity and the comfort of helping others
ALI ROFF FARRAR

Uncertainty can be exciting. I’ve had so many moments when something unexpected has happened to me that no matter how quiet things are or how much I think I’m not moving forward, I see there is always the potential to be surprised – not necessarily in landing a role but by a new idea or a new cast member with whom I connect.

Do what makes you smile. When I was four years old, I did tap dancing and I was told ‘smile and look like you’re enjoying yourself’. I realised that I wasn’t enjoying myself, otherwise I would have been smiling!

As a child, I was musical, and I enjoyed reading. When I got older, I was interested in escapism, science fiction and fantasy, and I realised that I have quite a literary mind. I was drawn to the theatre and that’s where my career began. The things that make my heart sing are the things that I now use for my acting; music, literature and theatre.

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