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Wanted, a girl for Grant

Los Angeles, April 1 (Reuters): British film star Hugh Grant may be Prince Charming on the screen but he says he is secretly a cad and hates acting so much that he’s ready to take some time off, meet a nice girl and settle down.

“I’m ready, baby. I need to get married and have children,” Grant, 42, told Vanity Fair magazine.

“Put it this way,” he said. “If I went to a party tonight and bumped into a fantastic girl, whereas three years ago it might have led to a short-term relationship, now I definitely keep my thoughts open to the idea of settling down. Definitely.”

Grant, who has spent years as a bachelor, also dismissed the idea that he could rekindle a romance with actress and model Elizabeth Hurley, with whom he spent more than a decade.

“She’s with another guy and, you know, we’re good friends,” he said. “But no, that train has sailed as Austin Powers would say.”

Grant told the magazine that he wants to take a break from acting to focus on his personal life, but also because he “hates” acting, despite the wealth that comes along with it.

“In fact, I hate it quite a lot,” he said. “All acting, but especially movie acting.”

The star of About a Boy and Four Weddings and a Funeral said he fell into acting “by mistake” and would like to spend time pursuing other interests, including writing, and insists that he is not as charming as the characters he often plays.

“I’m full of poison and jealousy,” Grant said.

“Virtually no milk of human kindness.”

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