Bill Nighy, who stars in the new Jane Austen movie adaption, Emma, revealed to uInterview about what it was like to work with his “incredibly impressive” young co-stars, and if he sees himself as typecast.

“I’m never sure. People seem to think I am [typecast], even when I think I’m making great stretches into unknown territory, people just say ‘Oh it’s you again,'” he explained. Nighy plays Mr. Woodhouse, the father of the titular Emma, played by Anya Taylor-Joy.

“The great thing about acting is that you don’t have to wait to be any good,” said Nighy regarding the high level of talent he saw in the young actors. He especially lauded Taylor-Joy and Johnny Flynn, who plays George Knightley. “It’s nothing to do with the date on your passport,” he continued.

“I’m also grateful for the chance, the opportunity, to present a moving target and play a range of parts,” said Nighy. He is famous for his character acting and was brought into American consciousness after his role as washed-up rocker Billy Mack in Love Actually. He’s also played Davy Jones in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and Slartibartfast in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

“I do long to be just someone who has to just walk like me, and talk like me and wear proper trousers,” he joked.

Emma was released in select theaters on February 21 and had its wide release on March 6. Watch the trailer below:

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