Tom Hardy Opens Up About Tackling The Challenges Of Parenthood: "There Is No Harder Job On The Planet"

Date August 9, 2018

Hollywood superstar Tom Hardy always plays tough guys on the big screen, but turns out he's an extremely dedicated family man in real life. Parenthood always changes people, and celebrities are no exception. For the 40-year-old actor, his role as a father even started to influence his career.

Changing roles

Tom Hardy is a father of two: 10-year-old Louis and a 2-year-old child with his current wife Charlotte Riley. Now that his first son has grown up enough, the famous actor has faced the challenges of having to pick new roles, which Louis can enjoy.


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The 40-year-old made a decision to enter the comic book movies genre purely because of his son. According to Hardy, he wanted to do something that Louis can watch, since most of the actor's movies are not suited for the young audience. Hardy shared during the panel at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con:

My son is a massive Venom fan, and he was a strong influence on my why I should play Venom specifically. I wanted to do something my son could watch.

So, while most parents can only dress up as their kids' favorite superheroes, Hardy was able to become one for his son's. The reason for such a major career decision is Tom's realization that parenting is the most difficult thing he's ever had to do.


Hardest job on the planet

In Esquire's July 2018 issue, Tom Hardy opened up about his experience of being a parent and what it means for him. The 40-year-old father of two is extremely protective of his children, so much so that public doesn't even know the gender of his 2-year-old child.

But secrecy aside, Hardy simply accepts that being a father is the most challenging thing he's ever had to do:

What I’m saying is, there is no harder job on the planet, and more important, than parenting. You’ve got the military, police, doctors, service personnel — massive respect, huge consequences — but parenting? It’s beyond a job, isn’t it.


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Although Hardy is being tough on himself, it's a fact that he's an extremely caring person. As an animal lover, he's learnt how to take care of living things, so he was always somewhat prepared for the challenges of fatherhood. In addition, the photos of the actor with his children prove what an amazing dad he really is.

Embracing the age

The actor is now 40 years old, and while it's not an irregular thing in show business, Hardy admitted it comes with certain adjustments. It's been a surprise for Tom to be getting more physically demanding roles the older he's gotten. As he jokingly revealed to Esquire:

By the time you’re 40, you get harder action heroes. I’m absolutely broken now! Why didn’t you give me this 10 years ago?


But we know that Tom Hardy is no quitter and he's more than capable of being a tough action star and tackle any role that comes his way.

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