Benedict Cumberbatch: “Very Flattered And Slightly Bemused” About Heartthrob Status

Benedict Cumberbatch was one of the celeb guests at Saturday’s Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at New Jersey’s Liberty State Park. He mingled with his Star Trek 2 costar Zoe Saldana, as well as fellow Brits like Matthew Rhys and Clive Owen, who cohosted the challenge with Argentine polo star Nacho Figueras. We snagged a couple minutes at the VIP tent with Benedict, who was flying somewhat under the radar. The much-hyped star of BBC hit Sherlock was happy to talk about the ongoing Diamond Jubilee in his native London, and what it was like joining the Star Trek family. Benedict also touched on what life is like as a newly-minted heartthrob. Benedict said:

PopSugar: We’re here celebrating a very English sport, polo, while back in London, the Diamond Jubilee is going on! Are you excited for the queen’s 60th anniversary?
Benedict Cumberbatch: I am exited for the Jubilee. I feel a bit of a treason-worthy abscondee. I planned to have a holiday here a long while after I finished shooting a film I’ve just done. I guess that’s why I am here rather than over there. It’s very exciting. We’ve got three huge events, really, in this next couple of months, this being a kickoff for it. I think, like lots of places in Europe, we need all the home-spun joy and festivities and celebrations we can get at the moment.

PopSugar: Does that mean you’re attending the Olympics?
Benedict: I am as much as anyone who doesn’t have a ticket can go to the Olympics. I’m going to avoid all the traffic and maybe see the best events at home, I think. But we’ll see, hopefully. I haven’t really made any plans, to be honest, to go, but I’m really, really excited about hosting it.

PopSugar: You’re obviously talking about Star Trek 2. How was it joining that cast to make the movie?
Benedict: Fantastic. Zoe’s just my amazing, good friend. The whole thing was just an absolute blast. I mean really, really good fun. I had a terrific time doing it.

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