Tom Hardy has revealed he’s exactly like the rest of us and developed an obsession with baking sourdough bread thanks to the pandemic.
In fact, the actor is so into his carby hobby, he’s keen to open a sourdough-based cafe.
We cannot express how much we support this business venture.
Tom, 43, opened up about how he spent England’s first lockdown, sharing his love for home workouts and his newfound passion for baking, in an interview with Esquire UK.
Asked what he got up to last year, he divulged: ‘Fifteen-minute workouts in the garden, home-schooling and making sourdough.’
‘I still have the leaven! You have to feed that every day. That’s a commitment. I’ve actually managed to back it up so I’ve got two. Just in case someone drops one on the floor or the jar explodes and it’s like, “That’s a year-and-a-half’s work!”’
For those not in the sourdough know, a leaven is considered an off-shoot of your starter, the mix that starts the whole baking process.
The Venom star, who appears on the cover star on Esquire’s autumn 2021 cover, even teased the idea of opening his own eatery.
He explained: ‘I was thinking I might open up a sourdough café.
‘Coffee and sourdough and jiu-jitsu and AA meetings. You can bring your dog.’
Tom, also known for roles in Peaky Blinders and Inception, also spoke about what he learnt during lockdown and offered deep insight into his appreciation for life’s necessities.
‘I had an opportunity to observe the world and my own behaviours and how I lived my life and what’s important and what isn’t.
‘I think there’s less reason to work, ultimately, because the life-drive is to be with the kids and to be fit and healthy and eat well and stuff.
‘If you’ve got a roof over your head and a bed underneath you and food in the fridge, how much is enough? Because it’s not a dress rehearsal, life, is it? It’s going out live. This is one-time.’
On whether the lessons he learnt in lockdown might affect the roles he takes in the future, Tom admitted he ‘isn’t so worried to disappear now.’
‘When I was a youngster you had to be heard. Once you’ve established yourself you can stop making that much noise. Because you’re here now, what are you going to do? What do you need? What do my family need?
‘I think everybody needs a little bit of their own thing that they do. I like jiu-jitsu and sourdough. That fulfils me.’
Tom Hardy returns for Venom: Let There Be Carnage this September.
The Autumn 2021 issue of Esquire UK is on sale now.
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