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Domhnall Gleeson

Domhnall Gleeson says Margot Robbie has taught him how to handle public attention

‘It can feel intense and I’m not necessarily good with that.’

IN 2015, DOMHNALL Gleeson’s career stepped up a gear after he appeared in four Oscar-nominated films; Ex Machina, Brooklyn, The Revenant and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Given this new-found level of acclaim, it’s perhaps no surprise that the Dubliner found himself struggling with press and public scrutiny from time to time.

Speaking to Total Film, the 35-year-old admits that each actor’s experience is unique, and their approach to attention is personal.

It can feel intense and I’m not necessarily good with that. It’s just not how I was built. But it just depends on the person and how they handle themselves.

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The actor, who was nominated for a Tony Award at the age of 23, told the publication that his Goodbye Christopher Robin co-star, Margot Robbie, has helped him put the level of attention into perspective.

My favourite is Margot Robbie, who is incredibly well known and has a very intense fan base, and she said, ‘There’s nothing bad about it, comparatively, to complain about.’ And I think, ‘If Margot’s not complaining…’.

Despite being lauded by critics and securing starring roles in Oscar-nominated films, Domhnall sees a distinct disparity between himself and the other A-listers he has starred opposite in the past.

I’ve worked with people who are truly famous, like Leo [DiCaprio] and Tom [Cruise] and Angelina [Jolie]. They can’t really go anywhere. That’s not my issue. I’m doing fine by comparison.

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The actor hints that his own experience has dictated how he approaches performers he admires, saying he tends to leaves them alone.

I’ve got to the point now that if I see someone whose work I really dig, I leave them alone because I think, ‘Ah maybe I’ll make their day better by not doing that’.

Good to know.

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