In a December 17 profile of Michael Sheen, the London Times reported that the actor plans to quit acting, move back to Wales, and go into politics. Sheen has subsequently stated that the Times writer “misconstrued” what he had said, and that he does not necessarily intend to quit acting. Still, his move to Wales leaves Sarah fans wondering if the long-time couple plan to try for a Trans-Atlantic relationship, or if she’ll move with him. Sheen reportedly admitted that maintaining the relationship may be a challenge. This People article is the version updated after Sheen’s clarifying statement.
Michael Sheen says he wants to fight the rise in far-right populism.
In an interview with the U.K.’s Times that was published on Saturday, Sheen said he thought it was important to stand up against the far-right and that he intended to get more involved in political activism.
“In the same way as the Nazis had to be stopped in Germany in the Thirties, this thing that is on the rise has to be stopped,” he told the Times.
“It will be a big change for how people relate to me,” he said. “Once I’m in, I’m fully in, and this is big. As soon as you start to be effective, then people try to crush you, because it’s dangerous.”
Sheen went on to explain that his participation in the National Theatre of Wales’s The Passion first inspired him to get involved in community organizations, and he said his increased political activism has been a “natural progression” to “having a more direct influence.”
And while he admitted to feeling “terrified” in the current state of politics, he added there is “a freedom in it.”
He also admitted that he was unsure if his relationship with girlfriend Sarah Silverman would survive his move back to England. The couple has been linked since February 2014 and both starred in Showtime’s now-cancelled Masters of Sex.
“He really classes me up and I just pull him right down to my level unfortunately for him,” the comedian told James Lipton while appearing on Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio last year. “I could go on and on.”