Tom Hiddleston has been playing Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a while now, first appearing as the fan-favorite trickster in 2011. Thor. In the more than ten years since then, the character has taken quite a journey towards the character fans see in the Disney+ series, Loki and it has been a journey for Hiddleston as well. The actor spoke with Lily James to Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” and pondered playing the iconic role.
“Loki has changed so much over the years for me,” Hiddleston said. “I was cast when I was 29 and I’m 41.”
“Initially, with the wigs and the costume, I was always trying to get out of the mask,” he continued. “Let something honest happen. By the time we got to the show, Loki is stripped of all the things that are familiar to him. Immediately, he’s literally stripped naked and put on a jumpsuit, and his status is gone. All the everyone knows who the character is now. . Let’s open it up and see new sides of him and challenge the character to change and grow.”
Part of this growth and change is the character’s sexuality. The first season of Loki confirmed that the character is bisexual, and for Hiddleston, it’s a small step, but still a significant one and an integral part of who Loki is.
“In the MCU. From my early days researching the character in mythos, Loki’s identity was fluid in every aspect,” Hiddleston said. “In gender, in sexuality. It’s an old part of the character, and it hadn’t emerged in the stories we told. It’s a small step. There’s so much more to do. But the he Marvel Cinematic Universe should reflect the world we live in. Extraordinary, in a way, to contain so much.”
Loki fans will see more of the “extraordinary character” when Loki returns for a second season. Hiddleston recently revealed that the entire cast of the series will be returning, including Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku, and Sophia Di Martino. With Season 1 of the series seeing Loki well into his redemption, Hiddleston previously explained how thrilled he was for fans to see more of this side of the complex character.
“I understand that audiences see good in Loki — they want him to overcome his internal and external obstacles,” Hiddleston said. “They want him to mend that relationship with his brother and become the hero he can be. He realizes, ‘I actually can choose my path and choose to do the right thing. Or I choose , at least, not to repeat the same old tricks that I repeated over and over again in a cycle of trust and betrayal It’s exciting to retain all the characteristics that make Loki, Loki, and at the same time play slightly different music in him.”
The first season of Loki is now streaming on Disney+.