Today Patrick Stewart turned 68, and he is still going strong. TNG’s Picard recently finished his Tony-nominated Broadway run in Macbeth and is now preparing for Hamlet where he will play Claudius across from David Tennent (Doctor Who) as Hamlet. In a new London Times interview Stewart talks Trek, aging and more!
Stewart had once described his life in theater before Trek playing Kings and Emperors and heroes, was the perfect preparation for playing a Starfleet Captain. In the new interview with the Times, the actor explains
The fact is, I was fed up with journalists constantly suggesting that I was slumming it. I said it in a sort of weary defiance, but there was some kind of truth in it: Star Trek was very theatrical – a throne, a king – classical in a sense. And the people who did it well all had a background on the stage.
Stewart on young women and getting older
The actor, who recently ended a relationship with one women who was 28 years younger and started up with another younger women, assured the Times that he doesn’t date younger women by design. Stewart says he doesn’t "search them out," but he just doesn’t meet women his age…sure Patrick. Regarding getting older the actor did admit that he considers his mortality:
Well I’m afraid of dying, yes, you can tick that box, and I work hard on fitness. If you want to be a classical actor, as Laurence Olivier said, you have to be fit as an athlete. You can’t go around with a big belly hanging out, drinking late at night.
More from Stewart in The Times.
Stewart keeping young at at last month’s Tony awards (wireimage)
Hamlet opens at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, July 24 and runs to November 15. More info at rsc.org.uk.
Happy Birthday Patrick
And in honor of Mr. Stewart’s birthday, here are our ten favorite Patrick Stewart videos from YouTube.
Stewart singing for Roddenberry
The Picard Music Video
“Picard Maneuver” Compilation
A scene that is even better taken out of context
Stewart on Extras
Animated Stewart as Director Bullock on "American Dad"
Stewart on Sesame Street
Stewart talks baldness on "Parkinson"
There are four lights