Were you expecting someone else?
Kim and I didn’t spend a full minute choosing our first annual Head Over Feels Entertainer of the Year. Talk about a no-brainer. Tom Hiddleston is the definition of “the whole package,” and what a year he had. From blockbuster sequels to Shakespeare on stage and screen to busting a tasty move or two, Hiddles has kept us on our toes in 2013.
He may be fangirl catnip, but his appeal crosses genre and gender – I dare you to find someone who DOESN’T like this man. Beyond his effortless talent and presence lies the heart of a true gentleman. Hiddles is endlessly charming (and charmed) with his fans, and he approaches every one of his roles, whether it be a Henry V or a Loki, with the same excitement and work ethic. And did I mention that the man can DANCE?
Without further ado, we give you a year’s worth of Tom Hiddleston’s greatest hits. Hold onto your heart. It’s going to be a bumpy post.
He Traveled with Unicef to Guinea, West Africa
Tom kicked off the year with Unicef, taking a trip to Guinea to see its programs in action. Now an official UK Ambassador of the organization, he reflected on the experience in his final field blog. I recommend reading all of them, if you can.
“I am no saviour. I’m absolutely the last person on the planet who can practically help. I don’t know how to make the different types of therapeutic feeding milk. I’m no chemist. I’m no doctor. I’m no engineer. I can’t manufacture polio vaccines or organise their transportation to the health centres in Saramoussayah or Bissikirima. I can’t build schools, or design drainage systems. I can’t provide the women and children of Mandiana with water….All I can do now is help make people aware of what is happening, of what they are doing. That is all that I can do. For now.”
He Ruled in Hollow Crown: Henry V
In March of this year, PBS aired the Hollow Crown, a filmed series of Shakespeare’s historical plays. Tom starred as Henry V and proved to the US that every single British actor we co-opt for one of our comic book franchises has the chops to climb onto a horse and go conquer France.
He Took San Diego Comic Con and He Took It in Style
We firmly established by in July that Tom Hiddleston single-handedly WON Comic Con.
Actors are very protective of their reputations and extremely wary of typecasting, lest you assume that anyone in Tom’s position would have gleefully Loki-ed up and delivered that speech to Hall H. It’s simply not true.
And then he moseyed over to Nerd HQ and enchanted everyone who gathered for his “Conversations with a Cause.” My personal favorite moment was when he easily slipped into a flawless impression of host Zachary Levi and recalled the threatening text that his Thor: The Dark World co-star sent to him to get him there.
“Hiddleston…I have an inkling that you are coming on a top secret mission to Comic Con. If you do not swing by Nerd HQ, I will PERSONALLY punch you in the dick
But the rest of that hour was downright inspiring. It could have gone on for three more and I wouldn’t have been bored. He talked about the above and beyond research (from classic Marvel to Norse legends) that he did to play Loki; how it was Tilda Swinton who first introduced him to “Gangnam Style;” and explained his life philosophy to a room full of rapt fans.
“Listen, I’m from London. France is two hours on the train, for heaven’s sake. So the quote is, ‘On a deux vies, le seconde commence quand on realise qu’il y on a seulement une.’ Which for those of you who understand that is, “we all have two lives. The second begins when you realize you only have one.” And so, I’m not wasting any time. And the thing is, with negativity, for my money, they are just, they are like clouds that pass across the sun. And they will pass, they’re just feelings. It’s important not to dwell on them. To just move past it. Maybe it’s my nature. There is so much about life that’s amazing. And when you key into that, I don’t know it’s just a strange thing. I get excited about stuff, I can’t explain it. And I try not to get bogged down in disappointment.”
See?? It’s okay to get excited about stuff! Hiddles says so. He’d fit in so well here at Head Over Feels.
He Was a Total Gentlemen to Our Girl Emma Watson
When he presented Ms. Hermione Granger with the GQ 2013 Woman of the Year award, Tom was his typical gracious self. And it was a fandom collision of epic proportions. Can these two do a movie together already?
He Showed His Inner Dis-Nerd at D23
Tom appeared at D23 to promote The Pirate Fairy, an animated Disney film where he voices another smooth-ass Brit: Captain Hook. Then he broke out into a little “Bare Necessities,” which is completely unrelated to anything, just because he’s a treasure.
He Launched a Steady Charm Onslaught during the Thor: The Dark World Press Tour
Listen. You don’t have to be on the Marvel payroll to know that press junkets are dry, endless time sucks that are generally the un-fun part of being a ginormous movie star. Of course, Tom treats every interview like its his first and ever interviewer like she’s from the most important outlet he’s ever been in. Every day of that tour brought us a few more Hiddleston gems, and usually double when paired with fictional (or not…) brother Chris Hemsworth.
And Had a Sleepover on MTV After-Hours
Should Josh Horowitz ever want to retire from this gig, Kim and I gladly volunteer as tributes.