Hugh Grant hates acting, wants to settle down. Alas, Elizabeth Hurley is unavailable

By Gary Susman
Updated April 01, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST
Hugh Grant: Phil Loftus/Capital Pictures/

His profession has made him rich and famous, but Hugh Grant says he hates acting. ”In fact, I hate it quite a lot,” he tells Vanity Fair in its new issue. ”All acting, but especially movie acting.” What he really wants to do, he says, is take a break from acting and settle down. ”I’m ready, baby. I need to get married and have children,” says the 42-year-old actor, whose next romantic comedy, ”Love Actually,” is due in November.

Alas, his longtime love, Elizabeth Hurley, is no longer available. ”She’s with another guy and, you know, we’re good friends,” he says. ”But no, that train has sailed, as Austin Powers would say.” He also says he’s not the shy charmer he often plays in movies. ”I’m full of poison and jealousy,” he says. ”Virtually no milk of human kindness.” Ooh, ladies, what a catch.