Theo James – I find social media very self-centered

Theo James: I’m allergic to selfies – I find social media very centered

His smoldering looks made him a Hollywood heartthrob (and earned him an army of fans) but Theo James says he’s more than a pretty face.

Theo made a name for himself on British TV before being cast in Kate Beckinsale’s vampire franchise Underworld: Awakening and as Tobias “Four” Eaton in The Divergent Series.

Being recognized by fans is now an everyday occurrence for the 32-year-old, and while he’s happy to chat with them, he’d prefer if they didn’t ask for photos.

“One thing I couldn’t get used to was that a lot of people after the show (Theo’s recent run in London play Sex with Strangers) would ask, ‘Can we have a picture?’ I’m a little allergic to selfies and I’m not on social media – I find it a bit invasive, and very centered,” he admitted to ES Magazine. “So I would say, ‘I’m not going to take a picture, but I’m happy to chat to you.'”

After gracing the London stage, Theo is back at work in Hollywood with new film Backstabbing for Beginners, due for release in September 2017.

He’s part of an all-star cast, including former couple Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, in the big screen adaptation of Martin Amis’ novel London Fields, though releasing the film is proving difficult following numerous legal battles.

Director Matthew Cullen filed a lawsuit against the film’s producers in 2015 for fraud, failing to pay him, and taking away final cut, and a second lawsuit was filed the following year against Amber for breaking her contract by failing to film sex scenes.

“I love the book – that’s why I wanted to do it,” Theo explained. “The director was American and adapted a Martin Amis book about very specific British class roles. It’s tricky because it is a subject that is very nuanced – and the director missed the nuance of Amis’ fiction.”

Is Theo the next Leo, as it has been suggested? Can he be more than a walking target for a fan-girl siege? There’s no doubt he has the brain and the right intentions. He can act. But of all the problems to have in the world, your beauty overshadowing everything you do is not the worst I can think of.