December 1, 2020

Tom Bateman, in It for the Thrill of It

Tom Bateman isn’t interested in sitting around.
“I’m not a sit-on-the-beach kind of guy,” admits Bateman from the café La Pecora Bianca down the street from his hotel in New York’s Flatiron neighborhood.
Case in point: last year, he had three weeks off between filming a TV show and starting a theater gig, so he decided to become a certified scuba diver. “Second day in I was bored, so I flew to Gozo [Malta], and I did my license,” he says, nonchalantly.
Although not one to sit still, the chatty and charming actor is quick to delve into stories over a flat white. While an actor’s approachability can be deceptive — at what point does the acting stop when media is involved? — he seems genuine when deflecting from himself and peppering the conversation with inquisitions, wanting to share the fruits of his wanderlust.
“I got in so much trouble when I was doing ‘Snatched’ in Hawaii,” he says, recalling the film he did alongside Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, released in May. “I was driving back on a Saturday afternoon from the beach, and I just saw this sign saying ‘Skydiving for $95.’ And I was like, I can’t not sky dive for

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