Josh Hartnett: Actors Are More Respected in the UK than America

Josh Hartnett

Josh Hartnett attends the Los Angeles Premiere of "30 Days of Night" held at the Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, United States on October 16, 2007. (Tinseltown /

Josh Hartnett says he is changing his career path and will start focusing on directing and writing because his acting is not respected in the United States.

The actor said British audiences appreciate actors more than American viewers. As a result, he wants to explore producing, writing and directing as he no longer feels connected the US acting.

During the British Independent Film Awards in London, Hartnett said, “I just started a directorial debut, I’m writing as well. I’m branching out, I’ve been doing this for a while and feel like I was as much a part of it as I’d like to be in the States.

“I love to support independent films, that’s why I got into filmmaking – watching films, British independent films, things like Trainspotting, I was in high school.

“There is such a great culture of arts. Actors are more respected in the UK and it’s considered a real profession.

“Everyone in the States thinks you were just picked up at a Schwab’s drug store and you don’t know what you’re doing. Actors have a real sense of purpose and belonging here that I don’t think we traditionally have done in the States.”

Josh Hartnett is an American actor and movie producer. He first came to attention in 1997 for his role as Michael Fitzgerald in the television crime drama series Cracker. Josh started off doing small plays and national commercials but broke into the big-screen movie business with his starring roles in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), The Faculty (1998), and Pearl Harbor (2001). Related: