Andrew Garfield refused to read reviews for his Broadway show Death Of A Salesman because he didn't want to rely on glowing feedback to spur him on.
The British actor won over critics when he made his Broadway debut in the latest revival of the Arthur Miller classic in February (12), and was even nominated for a Tony Award for the role.
But Garfield, who took his final bow earlier this month (Jun12), was unaware of the praise he received as he gave up reading about himself when he began to "depend" on the positive reinforcement.
He tells lifestyle magazine Nylon Guys, "I haven't read any (reviews). I keep my head down. That's something I struggle with - the whole validation thing. You know, like, we all need validation as human beings. We all need a pat on the back occasionally - like, the monkey gets a banana, or, 'You're doing all right, keep going.' But I started to depend on it, and really need it."
Garfield also admits he's dreading the media attention he'll receive after the forthcoming release of his blockbuster The Amazing Spider-Man.
He adds, "The exposure that's going to come with (Spider-Man) doesn't make me happy, and I've discovered that I do just want to be an actor - I don't have any interest in being a movie star. I'm finding out where that distinction is."