James Norton has revealed he was so bullied at school that he was in therapy 20 years later.
The actor, 37, admitted “only now” does he “acknowledge the effect” of his troubled past and “what it did to him”.
“I had a pretty dark time,” he told the Daily Mail’s Eden Confidential. “It’s only now, later in my adult life, that I recognize this effect and what it did to me.”
‘I only now recognize what it did to me’: James Norton revealed he was so bullied at school that he was in therapy 20 years later (pictured in 2021)
He explains, “With the help of a therapist who unraveled some of these things that were really not pleasant, in a weird and perverse way, I’m kind of grateful for that.
“It’s definitely a part of me and maybe allowed me to access the characters and the people that I play in a certain way and with a certain empathy.”
The Happy Valley star has been tipped to become the next James Bond, with odds of 6/1, now that Idris Elba has left the role.
James said it was ‘crazy and quite flattering’ to be considered a James Bond replacement – although his consideration is ‘pure speculation’.
Childhood: ‘I had a pretty dark time,’ he told the Daily Mail’s Eden Confidential. “It is only now, later in my adult life, that I recognize this effect and what it has done to me”
He told The Times in 2020 that being in the running was, “Crazy… It’s weird and quite flattering to even be considered in this world, but beyond that?” Pure speculation.
James added, “I love the franchise and hope Barbara Broccoli continues to make it relevant.” Penetrating into the heart of Bond’s intimacy, unlike the one-liners, is already progress.
In a 2021 interview with GQ, he insisted that while it was important to have a “color connection”, leaders should focus on “treating the cause rather than the symptom”.
The TV star said: “That I think is more important. Obviously, throwing a color link is important if it’s handled sensitively, but there’s the big picture: we need to address the cause rather than the symptom.
“There is an argument that, rather than making Bond a person of color, why not create a new story that is authentically representative and not repurposed?
“But, then, you’re never going to create a franchise that will rival the power of Bond from the start.” It has to be a bit of everything, right? I realize that I speak in platitudes.
Crossed fingers! The Happy Valley star has been tipped to become the next James Bond, with odds of 6/1, now that Idris Elba has quit the role (pictured in 2021)
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