Hugh Grant Opens Up About The Reasons He Won’t Do Rom-Coms Anymore

When it comes to rom-coms, there’s a handful of undisputed queens of the genre–Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan are usually the first names to come to mind.

But when it comes to kings? Well, there’s really only one guy who fits the bill: Hugh Grant.

From his breakout in Four Weddings and a Funeral to iconic films like Notting Hill and Love Actually, when you think of male rom-com leads, you think Hugh Grant and his floppy-haired, boyish good looks and endearingly British stammering. No one does it better!

Well, hope you got your fix while it lasted because it seems that Grant is done with rom-coms!

Say it ain’t so!

In a wide-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hugh talked in-depth about his career and the new turn it’s taking away from rom-coms since he’s “gotten too old and ugly and fat to do them anymore.”

But on the up side!

“ I’ve done other things and I’ve got marginally less self-hatred.”

So there’s that!

Grant also spoke about what it was like to suddenly be thrust into the role of the go-to romantic comedy lead and, perhaps unsurprisingly, it wasn’t all trading giggles with Julia Roberts in manicured London parks. But in the end he looks back on his legacy as the King of the Rom-com fondly:

“I was very lucky. And most of those romantic comedies I can look squarely in the face — one or two are shockers, but on the whole I can look them in the face and people like them.”

Yes, Hugh. Safe to say we do.

So what’s Hugh up to nowadays, now that the rom-com ship has sailed? Gasp! Television!  He now stars in A Very British Scandal, the Amazon Prime series by British director Stephen Frears, but it took a bit of convincing to get him to make the film to telly transition!

“…it wasn’t really a hesitation, it was just pure snobbery… I thought, “Television? I don’t do television.” And then I read [the scripts] and they were brilliant… So I had to say yes, and then I spent a nice year panicking about it.”

And now many believe Hugh is in contention for an Emmy nomination in the coming weeks.

Grant may be moving on, but on social media people were not quite buying the demotion he’s given himself! 



So even if Hugh Grant isn’t necessarily the King of the Rom-Com anymore, one thing seems certain: he’s still the king of our hearts (aww)!