Harry Styles basically just said he’s faking it till he makes it when it comes to acting.
The 28-year-old singer made the comments at the Venice Film Festival while promoting his upcoming movie, “Don’t Worry Darling,” which is directed by Olivia Wilde.
“I think it’s fun to get to play in worlds that aren’t necessarily your own. This world that is supposedly so perfect, it’s really fun to play pretend in there,” Styles said of the highly anticipated psychological thriller. “There wasn’t too much acting.”
When asked about acting versus making music, Styles said one comes much more easily to him than the other, per Variety.
“Personally I find them to be kind of opposite in a lot of ways. I think making music is a really personal thing,” Styles said. “There’s aspects of acting where you’re drawing from experiences you’ve had but for the most part you’re pretending to play someone else. I think that’s what I find the most fun about it: playing pretend.”
“I think the fun part is you never know what you’re doing,” he continued. “Music I’ve done for longer, but what I like about acting is I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing.”
Even though he might appear insecure about his acting ability, Styles says he appreciates fans of his music and movies. “I’m incredibly grateful to the people who’ve supported me in my life and the fans in particular have always provided me with a place to be myself and feel comfortable doing so and express myself,” he said. “I would like to hope I can give that space back to them.”
As for the movie, Styles hopes fans take away the core messaging of stepping outside their comfort zones.
“What we hope people take away from the movie is — what does it take for someone to give up in order to do what’s right and step out [of their bubble]? We’re all able to sit in a really comfortable life and ignore the consequences of what’s happened in the world. But there’s no denying that those consequences exist.”
Besides “Don’t Worry Darling,” Styles can be seen in the upcoming drama “My Policeman,” about a law enforcement officer who falls in love with a schoolteacher in 1950s Britain when homosexual partnerships were still taboo. His previous acting roles include Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” and a bit part at the end of “Eternals.”