Jude Law is “relieved” he’s no longer seen as a “young pretty thing”.
The British actor is known for his handsome looks and in the past has been cast as the stereotypical heartthrob in films such as The Holiday.
The star turns 40 next month and is happy to embrace the milestone age.
“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 admitted to the New York Times magazine.
“It’s quite nice talking about what it was like to be the young pretty thing, rather than being it.”
In Joe Wright’s big screen adaptation of classic Leo Tolstoy novel Anna Karenina, Jude was allowed to sink his teeth into the meaty role of Karenin, Anna’s controlling husband.
The character is a far cry from his usual characters and the 39-year-old is looking forward to the changes age will bring to his career.
“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,” he explained.
“I feel kind of more confident, more settled as a human being, more settled in my own skin. [Being older] you are allowed to be an actor, and the parts you get are more interesting.”
Acting has always been in Jude’s blood, so it’s no wonder he has grown into his career.
His parents were part of an amateur drama company and he has childhood memories of his family preparing for their roles.
“It was just a huge part of my childhood. I would come down in the mornings, and half the furniture would be gone because they were using it as a set in a new play,” he laughed.
“It wasn’t like I suddenly announced that I was going to do this. It was just what I always did, and what always felt kind of comfortable and familiar.”