Douglas Booth compares fame to feline

Douglas Booth

Douglas Booth likens becoming famous to “watching your cat grow”.

The British actor has recently hit the big time after landing a role as Romeo to Hailee Steinfeld’s Juliet in the new movie adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic love story.

The 21-year-old shared his unusual way of rationalizing his growing star status.

“It’s like watching your cat grow,” Douglas puzzled to Flaunt magazine. “It’s really hard to tell it’s gotten bigger. If you go away for months, then when you come back you notice your kitten has grown. But if you’re there watching it, you don’t notice that it’s getting bigger every day.”

Douglas is also starring in upcoming sci-fi movie Jupiter Ascending with a whole host of A-listers including Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum. He has noticed that the level of attention he gets in public is growing, naming this year’s Glastonbury festival as one particularly amusing occasion.

“I’ve been to Glastonbury [Festival] for the last four years, but this year was the first time that, every couple of minutes I was stopped and asked for a photo,” he explained. “On the last night my friends and I were leaving a club area and we realised we hadn’t taken a picture of us together all weekend, so my friend stopped a random guy and said, ‘Do you mind taking a photo of the two of us?’ and he said, ‘Are you Douglas Booth?’ And I was like ‘I’m drunk but erm, yeah’ and he said, ‘Can I have a photo of you?’ I said ‘Sure’ and so he just gave his camera to my friend and [my friend] took a picture of the two of us and then he just walked off. He didn’t even take the picture of me with my friend!”

While he’s still enjoying the attention he gets in public for now, he has discovered one downside of fame. Douglas is struggling to learn how to cope with what can be a minefield online.

“I looked on IMDB, at the message boards there, and someone had posted something about a sheep having more talent than me,” he revealed. “So that’s the last time I looked. It’s not healthy. Sometimes articles come up online in the Daily Mail and it’s like, ‘f**k’s sake, man, don’t read it.’ It’s not healthy to do that but I think people do do it.”

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