Hugh Grant shared insights into his evolving career during an interview on The Drew Barrymore Show

Expressing enthusiasm for the shift away from romantic comedies that defined his earlier years in Hollywood. The 63-year-old actor revealed that he began receiving more “interesting” roles as he embraced the realities of aging.

Acknowledging the passage of time, Grant humorously stated, “I got too old and fat and ugly to do romantic comedies, obviously, so I got off with more interesting things.” The actor, known for his roles in iconic rom-coms like “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Notting Hill,” seems invigorated by the opportunities that have come with maturity.

Grant attributed his growth as an actor to both aging and personal milestones, sharing, “I got a bit better. I got a little less bad after I had children, got married, got happier.” Reflecting on his past roles, especially the “sweet roles” in romantic comedies, he admitted feeling somewhat uncomfortable in those parts. Grant expressed a preference for roles that provided “more of a mask,” allowing him to delve into characters and be someone else.

In a playful note, Grant mentioned that playing an Oompa Loompa in his latest film, “Wonka,” felt closer to his real-life persona. This film, starring Timothée Chalamet in the titular role, marks another departure from Grant’s romantic comedy legacy.

Having risen to fame in the ’90s and early ’00s with romantic comedies, Grant has since diversified his portfolio with projects like “Paddington 2” and “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves.” As he continues to explore diverse roles, “Wonka,” set for release on December 15, stands as the latest testament to Hugh Grant’s versatile and evolving career.

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