Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Tommy Hatto and I was born in a small country town in rural England called Swindon and have gone on to work as an actor and model. Away from acting, I love the ocean. I love surfing and traveling and really am a huge enthusiast for health and fitness. I love movies, too, so I’m a bit of a nerd in that sense.
Meeting Dustin Hoffman has been cited as your inspiration for getting into acting after he said, “you have a face for the camera.” Was an acting career on your radar at all before that or was this the genesis of your career?
That moment was very pivotal in not just my career but my life also. To have someone of that professional caliber say something like that just gave me that belief in myself to chase opportunities that I thought were not possible. That was really the starting point of a career in acting. I had done drama in school but really for confidence purposes. I wanted to be a marine biologist or a journalist growing up and those were the career avenues I pursued.
What did you learn from your minor role in “Thor: The Dark World”? I imagine seeing a production of that magnitude taught you a lot as an actor.
Imagine being this kid who had just left college, grew up in a country town in England and being thrust into this huge production with trailers everywhere, a hundred plus crew members, massive floodlights and technical equipment. That was my first proper acting gig and it did teach me the day-to-day runnings of the movie process, from being given the script to doing the numerous takes and the camera setups and my first time having craft service. Being such an inexperienced actor too gave me the opportunity to watch and observe the actors at work. Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård – they all taught me something that I’ve carried forward as an actor. I’ll always forever be the student. There’s a lot of learning.
You have an upcoming role in 2019 in a movie called “The Last Full Measure” with Samuel L. Jackson. What can you tell us about your role and the movie?
I can’t say a whole lot at the moment but I play an American soldier in the Vietnam War and it’s really meaningful and poignant storytelling of the courageous servicemen who fought in the war and the campaign to get one person, in particular, that deserved honour and recognition. There’s such a great array of talented actors that I got to work with on this project, and we filmed in the jungles of Thailand against all the elements. This project will be something I’ll remember for a while.
You were a spokesperson for The Colour Run UK in 2013. What was that experience like?
It was great. I remember them asking me to do this just after I had shot Thor and signed my first modeling contract. I’m an avid fitness fanatic so it was such a pleasure to really be that ambassador, shoot the campaigns and talk about this event. I got my best friend involved in the shoot too and it was just a great way to encourage people across the nation to put a fun spin on exercise and running. I had a blast being covered in paint.
You’ve also done a bit of modeling for GQ and Rayban. What was it like to work with such marquee brands?
It’s crazy. You know, I remember as a teenager going to the store and flicking through the pages of GQ magazine, seeing those models on the cover and inside and thinking, ‘Wow these guys are the epitome of cool’, and all these years later I’m in those pages now. Life has a funny way of working out. Never do I see myself as a typical model, so it’s nice in a way that there is this shift that brands are taking with featuring more everyday people in their collections.
You have a health, well-being, and fitness book coming out in 2019. What prompted you to start writing?
It started out as almost a diary entry with short anecdotes that I wanted to document about things I had learned or had encountered, not just in terms of my career but my life too. Nothing more than that. It was just for me. Then I learned that from what I had started writing, I was holding this mirror in front of me and taking a good look in this mirror and seeing just how far I had come in terms of self-esteem. It became this story of my journey. I’ve also been that guy who’s the helper. You know what I mean? My friends or people had always felt comfortable coming to me if they had daily struggles or wanted to talk or some advice and I would listen. Just as friends should. So it prompted me to think, ‘Well, who I am, who do people think I am, what do I want to say, what message do I want to convey and ultimately how can I help?’ So when the opportunity presented itself to write this book, I felt in my gut that this was the right thing to do. I get so inspired by other people; watching people on TV, meeting people or reading or hearing people’s stories that someone somewhere may be inspired by mine.
What’s next for your career?
Just continuing this journey of self. I have some talks and conferences that I’m doing in conjunction with the book which I’m excited for. I’m just excited to meet people around the world and listen to their stories and hear about their lives and learn things from them. I haven’t let the acting slide either, so still auditioning and casting for projects. There are a few in the works at the moment but nothing concrete so we shall see. It’s just about working hard, staying focused and paying those dues. That’s the mission for the year ahead.
What advice would you have for aspiring actors?
Work hard. Believe in yourself and keep the end goal in sight. I know first hand how hard it is to keep focus and how far out of grasp things can seem, but keep pushing yourself, keep turning up to the auditions, the casting calls, film monologues, create short films, make yourself known and work on your graft. I’m still doing it now and probably always will. Don’t beat yourself up too much and don’t compare yourself to anyone else.
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Connect with me on Twitter and Instagram – @tommyhatto