Picks and Pans Review: Jonathan Rhys Meyers Is Merry ... with Children

updated 06/02/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/02/2008 01:00AM

The Tudors star, 30, plays a heroic journalist who helps rescue 60 Chinese orphans in the historical drama The Children of Huang Shi

WHAT WAS FILMING IN CHINA LIKE? You suddenly find that you're really, really far from home. But it's not like Big Brother is watching you the whole time. There is no brother so big that it can watch a billion people at once. That's a lot of brothers.

THIS ROLE IS A BIG CHANGE FROM THE SELFISH ROGUES YOU OFTEN PLAY, LIKE KING HENRY VIII. It was a great relief in me that I could get to care for something that wasn't me. And the kids were incredible. They didn't care if it was 10 in the morning or 1 in the morning; they were constantly laughing.

ARE YOU READY FOR KIDS OF YOUR OWN? I am not so sure. Children don't need a check or a nanny, they need you. Until you can give them that, do us all a favor and stay away from it.

SO YOU DON'T WANT TO GIVE UP YOUR LAZY SUNDAYS? No. I'm a lazy guy. In fact I'm wearing a shirt that says "Lazy" on it right now.

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