Thanks to a famous friend, Tom Hiddleston successfully dodged the subject still hanging in the back of everyone's mind.
In a conversation with fellow British star Benedict Cumberbatch for the October issue of Interview, the Night Manager actor discussed virtually every subject possible—from his long-awaited Loki reprisal to his running routine.
Still, there was one topic that was simply off the table—his ex, Taylor Swift. You can thank Cumberbatch for maneuvering around the elephant in the room.
"There's another weight of us being in the public eye, which is this presumption that, because your work and your promotion work is very public, your private life should be, too. And, without getting into a huge debate, I just want to say that I'm not going to ask questions about my friend's personal life just because there are unsolicited photographs of him and a certain someone, in a relationship or together," the Sherlock actor said.
"I'm not going to get into that. So that door is closed, dear reader."
While Hiddleston would not address his romantic life directly, he did offer a bit of insight into those runs the paparazzi would catch him on while shacking up with Swift in Australia during filming for Thor: Ragnarok.
"You've got to do something, even if it's just to kick-start the day," he told Cumberbatch of his method to staying centered. "I use music. And running. I find that, when I'm working, if I start the day with a run—outside, not in a gym, but just me out there in the elements, with only my own legs to propel me forward ... It's something to do with just being in the world and getting out of my own head."
Still, there are some things swirling around in his head that the actor can't shake, including one of his prominent fears.
"Mine is regret," Hiddleston told his famous friend. "I fear looking back and wishing I had done things I hadn't."
"It's interesting, I read this extraordinary article about a book, many years ago, by an Australian nurse who is a specialist in palliative care," the star elaborated. "It was her job to help people on their way out, to ease their pain. So she spent a lot of time with people in their last days and weeks. And she felt so moved by the accumulated experience, because she heard people say such similar things. Weirdly enough, at the top of the list was, 'I wish I hadn't worked so hard.'"
The October issue of Interview is available on newsstands Oct. 4.