Sure, he's got a background in theater and starred in prestige pics like War Horse and Midnight in Paris. But it was the super-sized blockbusters Thor and The Avengers that brought Tom Hiddleston global fame, thanks to his dangerously fun turn as the villainous Loki. While the world goes wild for all things God of Mischief, Hiddleston has proven just as charismatic off screen. But he uses his charm for good: Not only is he an outspoken activist for equality and a UNICEF ambassador, but also he regularly uses press ops and Twitter to promote self-acceptance, risk-taking, and living life to the fullest. Here are a few choice quotes.
1. On taking on challenges:
"I never get afraid of things; I only get excited."
2. On following your dreams:
3. On following your dreams, part 2:
"Never stop fighting. Never stop dreaming. And don't be afraid of wearing your heart on your sleeve … For myself, for a long time ... maybe I felt inauthentic or something, I felt like my voice wasn't worth hearing. And I think everyone's voice is worth hearing. So if you've got something to say, say it from the rooftops."
4. On ambition:
"Complacency is the enemy."
5. On redemption:
"I don’t think anyone, until their soul leaves their body, is past the point of no return."
6. On living for the moment:
"Every day is a creative act: a step closer to becoming who you want to be."
7. On learning to make the best of every day:
"Maybe it's just getting older, you become so palpably aware this is not a dress rehearsal. There's a big sign in blazing neon that says 'You Haven't Got Long.' But I think it takes a beat to learn that. Life has to knock you down in order for you to realize it, because when you're a kid you think you're immortal."
8. On activism:
"We are all responsible for the state of our world. The world—and the system by which we trade, share, cooperate and conflict—is clearly not working. We are only as strong as our weakest members."
9. On sexual orientation:
"I feel very proud that I’ve grown up as part of a generation that simply doesn’t make a distinction between gay and straight really … It’s like, ‘Oh. So you like strawberry ice cream and you like vanilla ice cream.’ It’s all good. It’s all ice cream."
10. On Bullies:
11. On haters, Loki included:
"Haters never win. I just think that’s true about life, because negative energy always costs in the end."
12. On gratitude:
"Life is generally pretty damn amazing if you let it be."
13. On taking chances:
"If you risk failure, then you also risk success."
14. On delayed gratification:
"Didn't it taste better for waiting?"