"I don't feel remotely famous," insists the usually guarded actor, despite finding success on both sides of the pond. For it to start relatively late in life could be odd, because you would be thinking, why is that person staring at me?Especially when you're having one of those days when you don't want anybody to look at you anyway." Yet after 15 years in the public eye, Jeremy is still very much excited by his craft.
In Outs June Hot Issue, we named Irish dreamboat Jonathan Rhys-Meyers the Hottest Straight Guy We Wish Was Gay.
The Mission: Impossible III costar told us about his infamous Velvet Goldmine sex scene with Ewan Mc Gregor and why he thinks playing Elvis (for which he won a Golden Globe) was his gayest role yet.
"I have always had to work at acting, but I think it was the work that appealed," he says.
"The very fact that acting was ephemeral and hard to grasp made it seem all the more wonderful.
In the past he has been linked with models Lisa Butcher and Marie Helvin, as well as TV beauty Donna Air, but is currently still in search of a leading lady despite admitting that he's not a big fan of dating.
"I am an uncle nine times over and I am getting more and more broody," said the actor a few years back.
Essentially youre selling yourself and if you can garner a gay audience, gay men and women who love your films, then straights will follow. I can really see her playing very sophisticated roles. Keris got maturity without looking any older than 25. Im playing Henry VIII [in Tudors]a sort of younger, sexier version of Henry VIII.
Youve got a lot of actresses out there, but nobodys as quite asand this might be a horrible way of describing ithandsomely beautiful as Keri Russell is. If I wasnt an actor, Id probably design womens shoes.
It always starts with what is avant garde and ends up being industry commercial over time. Ireland was a very sexually uptight country for many years because it was run by the church. Its hard to be a gay man or a gay woman in Ireland. The Prime Minister of Ireland recently pledged to legalize civil partnerships for gay couples. Im sure from a political point of view, he wants to be seen as a very liberal person. Whats said in the public eye so a politician can be seen as open doesnt necessarily give a perception of how the man on the street is going to take it. Is that something you actively pursue or do you just get offered a variety of roles? Ive always gone out to try to play different roles to give myself as much range as possible. Up until doing Match Point people still had this, Well, hes a bit pretty, and they look back at Velvet Goldmine and The Governess and Vanity Fair, and its all very lovely. You seem to have a deal to only work with Keri Russell [with whom he costars in MI3 and with whom hes currently filming August Rush]. Theres a preconception of what he looked like, but its an artists interpretation of him 50 years after his death.
I think Samantha said it once on Sex and the City to her young model boyfriend: First you get the gays as your fans, then you get the girls, then you get the industry. I have an apartment in Morocco with a load of old gay ex-pats who cant be gay at home so they run around Morocco. But once you go outside of Dublin, forget about it. More than most actors, you have really defied typecasting. I wont have any red wig, red beards, or 50 pounds of weight.
That was before he played a bad boy in the 1995 Sandra Bullock vehicle The Net.