Jude Law: "I'm Not That Young Pretty Thing Anymore"

"It's quite nice talking about what it was like to be the young pretty thing, rather than being it," says the ever-handsome Brit

Despite a leading role in Anna Karenina, it's not Jude Law who's playing the heartthrob this time around. The 39-year-old actor instead plays the surprisingly unattractive husband of the movie's title character, played by Keira Knightley, and he's totally fine with that.

"In a weird way, it’s kind of a relief to think, 'Oh, I know I’m not that young sort of pretty thing anymore,'" he tells T, The New York Times Style Magazine. "It’s quite nice talking about what it was like to be the young pretty thing, rather than being it."

Apparently the "young pretty thing" look comes so naturally for Law that director Joe Wright had to actively get the actor to stop doing it. Law has a receding hair line and no humor as Alexei Karenin, and getting into that mindset required the British star to do some serious acting.

"Without sounding too pretentious, it’s difficult to remember that it’s an art form and you are, maybe, an artist and you have to make decisions on that level," Law says. "I feel kind of more confident, more settled as a human being, more settled in my own skin."

Wright adds, "I had to stop him [from] doing his 'handsome face.'"

As for that hair, Law didn't want to have to wear a bald cap. Instead, he shaved off his luscious locks for the receding hairline seen in the film. "[I was] surprised when he chose to actually cut his hair that way and not just wear a wig," Knightley admits.

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