Freddie Highmore Is All Grown Up On Attitude Cover

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Freddie Highmore has certainly come a long way since his breakout roles in Finding Neverland and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. The former child star turned psycho on Bates Motel has grown into a fine-looking young man. The 23-year-old English actor graces the latest issue of Attitude magazine sporting some manly stubble.

Along with posing for a ten-page spread, Highmore chats with the publication about avoiding child star pitfalls, on becoming a pin-up, his support for the LGBT community and his dark side. Check out more quotes and another pic from the issue below.

On Becoming A Pin-Up

“I think in a way, being judged as a sex symbol and being famous almost go hand in hand but it is not something I have ever sought. It’s tricky because these days success relies on promoting the film or the show more and more, and promoting the actors via Twitter and social media, which I am not on. There is more and more pressure on actors to try to embrace a public social media presence. But I am still holding out.”

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On Avoiding The Pitfalls Former Child Stars Struggled With

“A lot of it is because I had a supportive family growing up. Between making films, I would go back to ordinary school in London instead of home schooling. I didn’t go to school in Los Angeles, where it must be harder to maintain that distinction between a normal life and film work. I wasn’t defined as an actor in London. And going to uni studying foreign languages rather than drama helped to keep me grounded.”

On Supporting The LGBT Community

“In the past I was more often asked to support children’s charities! In some ways, change is best started with yourself. You and your friends not just being aware of what you believe in but standing up for it. If a situation arises that you don’t agree with – like someone making a joke at the expense of the LGBT community – you have to speak up for it: Hopefully remain friendly but don’t let the moment go by. When I was at school, that phrase ‘you’re so gay’ suggesting weakness was commonplace and kind of acceptable – but at uni it was happily not used. Maybe that kind of thing is the real positive education of going off to university! I don’t think people are born homophobic – at least, I hope not.”

For more, head over to Attitude.