Josh Hartnett: I have to fight for roles

Josh Hartnett

Josh Hartnett has to fight harder to land the roles he wants these days.

The 35-year-old actor is enjoying a career resurgence thanks to winning one of the lead roles in new TV series Penny Dreadful.

After spending many years as one of Hollywood’s elite actors, Josh took time out and found himself back home in Minnesota. His break left many wondering where the screen heartthrob had disappeared too.

It also made his comeback more of a struggle, which was a far cry from how easily he won parts as an 18-year-old actor, fresh on the scene.

“Within two weeks [I was landing roles]. I didn’t have to struggle as an actor, although I think that I’ve made up for it now,” Josh confessed to Details magazine.

“I still get offered films and TV roles, luckily, but years ago, if I saw a role I wanted, there was a good chance I could grab it. When I see a role now, I’ve got to fight for it. It’s not bad. It’s actually more rewarding. Depressing when something doesn’t go your way, but only for a minute.”

Part of the reason Josh turned his back on his career, was due to the influence his father had on him.

After starring roles in films such as Pearl Harbor and Lucky Number Slevin, Josh shunned the limelight in order to pursue a quieter life.

“My dad is a very specific type of hippie. He came from a scientific family. My great-uncle was a physicist at the University of Minnesota who was later involved in NASA’s Gemini program. My dad went to school for economics and math, then decided to join a band, grow his hair long, and rebel against his family.

“He broke up with my mom and unshackled himself from what was defining him. It was an important lesson I learned at a young age. Thinking about it now, it explains some of the rebelliousness in my career,” Josh smiled.

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