Matthew Goode: The Next Hugh Grant?

When Matthew Goode first starred in "Chasing Liberty," opposite Mandy Moore, he was called the next Brad Pitt. But now, a few roles later, he's beginning to seem more like the next Hugh Grant. (Maybe it's the British accent.) In Woody Allen's "Match Point," Goode plays a wealthy Englishman who dates Scarlett Johansson's Nola Rice before she sleeps with a married tennis instructor (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). With the DVD coming out this week, Goode spoke to NEWSWEEK's Ramin Setoodeh. Excerpts: NEWSWEEK: Did you take the subway here?

Matthew Goode: Yes, I did this time. The other day, I had an interview with Scarlett Johansson for Interview magazine. I had to get to midtown, and there were no cabs. I was like, "I can't be late, I can't not go." My girlfriend Sophie said, "Get on the subway—it's really easy."

How long have you and she been together?

Six, seven months. Long enough to make the commitment. We met brilliantly randomly. She works for a fashion house, with really high-end knitwear. When I was living in London, my next-door neighbor was an actor and Sophie is her best friend. I came home one day from a job, and Sophie was on the steps with her luggage. I was like, "Bloody hell, she's lovely!" I gave her a hand and got to know her over the next couple visits. Then at my neighbor's wedding, we hooked up for a first time. I'm living with her at the moment in New York. Did you know that "Match Point" wasn't going to be a typical Woody Allen film when you auditioned?

I didn't get to see the script until I got the part. I was expecting it to be perhaps a comedy. It was a bit ominous when I first met him. It was quite strange—because he's Woody Allen. You can't believe you'd possibly get the part. Scarlett's performance was terrific, but she got more attention for being on the cover of Vanity Fair.

I wonder, would I go on the cover of Vanity Fair? You never know. I might sit there with Jude Law, cheeks out. My abs are cut just like Brad Pitt's. Really?

No. I don't do any sit-ups. I don't mean to be rude, but you seem a little twitchy.

I can't help it. I believe they call it non-verbal leakage. These last couple of weeks, I've been waking up with Sophie—she's not great in the morning—but then I send her off and go back to bed. This is early for me. I was thinking about canceling, but then I thought, ‘No, I shouldn't.’ Are you liking New York?

I've been to Whole Foods, picked up a couple of steaks that cost me 50 quid. I've got no cash. I swear to God. I really don't get paid that much. Anyway, let's not get into conflicts about cash. But everyone thinks movie stars are rich.

Like I'm a millionaire? I've been totally emasculated for the past couple of weeks. Sophie has paid for everything.

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