Tom Hiddleston Remembers Carrie Fisher Following His Golden Globe Win for ‘The Night Manager’

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: 74th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Actor Tom Hiddleston arrives to the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017.

Following on co-star Hugh Laurie’s Best Supporting Actor win earlier Sunday evening, Tom Hiddleston grabbed the Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie trophy for AMC’s The Night Manager. The series, based on the John le Carré novel of the same name, followed a hotel night manager and former British soldier (Hiddleston), who is pulled into an intelligence operative’s plot to bring down an arms dealer (Laurie).

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In talking about the challenges in the role of Jonathan Pine, Hiddleston, best known for playing antagonist Loki in Marvel’s Thor films, said the character had parallels to the profession of acting. “With Pine, the challenge is he’s a spy and spies dissemble and conceal and they have to be believable as they lie,” he said. “The nature of acting is always exploring identity…but Pine has to be believable in all his different guises and it was fascinating to play different people with different names with different passports.”

Hiddleston also talked about his memories of actress Carrie Fisher, who recently passed away in late 2016. “I spent one evening with her in Washington last summer at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner as a guest of The Guardian newspaper,” he said. “She had this indomitable spirit that was bigger than the occasion. She was such a force for life. If we can take anything, a lesson from her it’s to live as fully as we can, to embrace our weaknesses and that very act makes them become strengths.”

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Recalling a humourous story involving Fisher’s dog, Gary, Hiddleston smiled. “She was so funny. When we were there, she was looking after her dog, Gary, and I was looking after Gary’s rubber duck, which was a rubber duck of Princess Leia,” he recalled. “I felt in the presence of the outgoing President of the United States it was only appropriate to have a Princess Leia rubber duck in training because of Carrie’s contribution.”