Jeremy Piven 'lonely' filming Mr Selfridge

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 December 2013
Jeremy Piven as Harry Selfridge

Jeremy Piven as Mr Selfridge

Jeremy Piven admits he feels "lonely" during the six months of filming 'Mr Selfridge' in London

Jeremy Piven feels "lonely" filming 'Mr Selfridge'.

The 48-year-old actor - who plays the titular department store owner - loves starring in the ITV period drama, but is often shocked by the public's positive reaction because the six-month filming process is such a private affair.

He said: "When I hear someone say, 'Excuse me, Mr Selfridge,' it's both very surreal and really gratifying. We spend six months make the series in virtual seclusion, very much under the radar in London.

"It's a very lonely process and almost like how a musician must feel. You're writing a song in the dark somewhere and then suddenly people are singing your words back to you."

The 'Entourage' star also admits he feels "humbled" when people approach him when he's out and about and praise his portrayal of the Selfridges founder.

He added: "The fact that 'Mr Selfridge' was so well received is overwhelming to me. It means a lot to come to Britain, where period drama is done so well, and be accepted.

"It's very humbling that people loved the show and really got involved in it. I'm incredibly grateful for that."

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