Luke Evans Smolders in Black and White for Interview Magazine

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You might not know his name, but you know his face! Luke Evans is that British actor with dark features who just keeps cropping up in movie after movie — and manages to steal scene after scene. The handsome thespian recently chatted with Interview magazine about everything from what he wanted to be as a child, to the characters he was sad to say goodbye to when the cameras stopped rolling.

“I felt that with Bard the Bowman [in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug], although I’m not a father yet,” Evans said. “I felt his human spirit. I understood it completely and what he was fighting for. He was willing to take on a dragon the size of the Empire State Building to save his people with one arrow. He was the most self-sacrificing man and I admired him.”

The 37-year-old also discussed his dream job as a kid — to be a singer. And, although he isn’t burning his way up the Hot 100 charts, Evans has definitely incorporated music into his life.

I think my dream would have been to be a solo artist,” he continued. “But it didn’t work out like that, and I also love to sing lots of musical stuff; I was really good at that, I’ve got a big voice. I dropped into musical theater and really enjoyed it and I sang for about nine years of my career.”

Those musical skills came in handy when he was asked to audition to play Gaston in the forthcoming live-action version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast!

“They wanted to hear everybody. I can tell you huge names that were in the room before me and after me. I was like, ‘Fuck.’ Everybody was being seen for these roles, and for Gaston especially. It’s a great role, and he has this big song—well, there are a few big songs.”

Evans gushed that the extravagant production for Beauty and the Beast reminded him of the classic musicals from the golden age of Hollywood.

“I loved every second of [the film],” he said. “It was thrilling. You just felt like you were on a big MGM set of a musical. It’s huge and it’s breathtaking, some of the stuff that we shot. I can’t wait to see the final cut.”

Head over to Interview magazine to read more and check out the accompanying photo shoot in the gallery above!