Hugh Laurie: 'I live in a state of perpetual career anxiety'

19th Oct 16 | Entertainment News

Hugh Laurie's career resurgence since leaving hit show House has been "completely chaotic" and "unplanned".

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The British actor made his name playing grumpy Dr. Gregory House in the show which ended in 2012. And since leaving, he hasn't exactly struggled to repeat his success, gaining critical acclaim for appearances in show Veep and BBC miniseries The Night Manager, for which he received an Emmy nomination.

But Laurie denies it's part of any grand "master plan", and like most actors, he lives in a "state of perpetual anxiety".

"I don't have any concept of a surgence (sic) or a resurgence," the actor told Entertainment Tonight as he discussed his post-House choices. "It feels like a giant game of pinball. I don't have a master plan and it doesn't feel like clever choices. I'm living in a state of perpetual anxiety that I'm going to basically f**k it up."

The 57-year-old retains a sense of self-deprecation and, despite being a veteran of the entertainment industry, he holds on to a healthy dose of self-doubt.

"I think if you ever start thinking, 'I know how to do this,' that probably means you don't," he quipped. "To actually be constantly afraid that you're going to mess it up is a good thing."

Meanwhile, Laurie returns to the small screen as a medical professional in Chance, his new drama for streaming service Hulu. Based on the novel by Kem Nunn, he plays San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist Dr. Eldon Chance, who gets pulled into a dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness. While comparisons are already being drawn between Chance and House, Laurie insists his new alter-ego isn't jaded about his field of work like House was.

"(He) doesn't claim to have all the answers," Laurie said. "He's a man who's overwhelmed, if anything, by his job, and the problems that confront him and the patients who come to him with these terrible afflictions that he can't heal."

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