Louis Tomlinson: From X-Factor to Boybander to…Actor?

By: Emily Gadsby

Louis Tomlinson has been in the headlines for actual reasons lately- a stark departure from the post-1D-haitus vacuum that left the Doncaster native turning away from the siren-song of A-list parties and a carefully manufactured image. Tomlinson recently revealed to Vice UK that the immersion back into his working-class Northern roots allowed the singer to discover himself without the distortion of flashing cameras and airbrushed filters, blurring the line between who he is and what others expect him to be.

“You see people who are beyond self-absorbed, and that’s why it can be a dangerous place. For me, I much prefer messy nights out with my friends from home…You can surround yourself with super successful celebrities, but you can get swallowed up in the glitz and the glam of it all.

” Tomlinson’s urge to find solid footing after One Direction’s meteoric rise to boy band superstardom followed a year of hard partying with his former bandmates, a time the singer recounts as “going a little bit…west.”

His first single released as a solo artist was a collaborative track with American DJ Steve Akoi titled “Just Hold On,” a catchy EDM number that debuted at no. 2 on the UK Singles Chart. Tomlinson pivoted his new solo-style once more and began working on a single featuring Bebe Rexha, an American R&B/electropop singer-songwriter who has worked with artists such as Nicki Minaj and David Guetta.

Tomlinson and Rexha on the set of their “Back to You” music video.

Premiering at no. 13 on the UK Singles Chart, the track has been met with praise from both critics and fans- yet it doesn’t touch the commercial success of former 1D-ers such as Harry Styles and Liam Payne, a fact Tomlinson is very aware of.

True to his humble roots, Louis is anything but resentful of his bandmates successes- and instead hints at following them in their footsteps, particularly Harry Styles’ foray into acting via Christopher Nolan’s wartime epic Dunkirk.

“Unless you are someone like Harry – who is immensely talented in so many different areas – I think it’s really important to stay in your lane [music] and do what you do well.”

“Having said that,” Tomlinson added, the idea of acting sounds quite exciting to me. The idea of playing the ultimate rough chavvy – it’s like me being everyone I always wanted to be in Doncaster! But I’d rather get the music 100% right, rather than 90% right while trying to dip my toe in something else.”

With the singer’s fanbase still thriving from his 1D days, we know there will be millions lining up for his album releases or film premieres- or both!

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