Damian Lewis has revealed that he is considering recording music in a studio but admitted he has to be “pushed out of his comfort zone” because of the decision.
Speaking on the Eating out podcast on Monday, originally recorded six weeks before Helen’s tragic death from cancer, on April 16 at the age of 52, Damian said he is “too cowardly” to pursue music, as acting is his main “discipline.”
The 50-year-old actor revealed that he got in touch with music manager Steve Abbott after picking up his guitar again during the lockdown, with the two deciding to make some fun music together for the past eight months and others got involved as well.
Music: Damian Lewis has revealed that he is considering recording music in a studio but has admitted he needs to be ‘pushed out of his comfort zone’ due to the decision (pictured at the BRITs in 2018)
He explained: “We’ve put together some songs and there’s talk of trying to record a few songs in a recording studio… see if there’s anything people want to listen to.”
However, Damian admitted that he is “cautious” with the creative choice and joked that he is “too much of a coward” because he “needs to be pushed out of his comfort zone”.
The star said: “When it comes to creative choices like this, I’m careful. Sure, they’ll be queuing up to take pictures with me poking my head over the parapet, because no one is an easier target than an actor who thinks he can be a bit of a musician.
Sweet: It comes after the 50-year-old actor said he is ‘very proud’ that he and his late wife Helen McCrory raised more than £1.5 million to feed NHS staff during the pandemic (pictured in 2012)
“But I don’t want to run off and become a great jazz star or pop star or rock star. I am an actor. I want to stay in my discipline. But to me this is something of incredible value.
“It’s so much fun and what we don’t do well in this country is we don’t have cross-fertilization between the different arts and that’s a great shame.”
He added: “I’m too cowardly to want to step out of my comfort zone too much…I need a little push or shove and reassure me that it’s worth what we’re all doing together.”
Damian has shown his musical side before over the years and the actor was featured at his friends’ wedding in September 2020.
Podcast: During a speech on Monday’s Out to Lunch podcast, originally taped six weeks before Helen’s tragic death from cancer at age 52 on April 16, Damian said he is “too cowardly” to pursue music , since acting is his main job. ‘discipline’ (pictured in 2019)
The Homeland star was pictured strumming a guitar while singing along to a series of classic Irish numbers outside the Kensington and Chelsea Register Office in London.
Elsewhere on the podcast, Damian said he was ‘very proud’ he and his late wife Helen helped raise more than £1.5 million to feed NHS staff during the pandemic.
Helen and Damian along with Matt Lucas led fundraising to provide hot meals to NHS staff during the Covid-19 crisis, partnering with chains such as Leon and Wasabi for the Feed NHS programme.
Damian said: ‘We raised over £1.5million and by the end we were giving 40,000 meals a day to 100 different hospitals across the UK.
“It started with a conversation with a friend and he said, ‘Look, we’re good at taking care of patients, but we’re c**p at taking care of our own staff, can you think of how we can feed them? “
Schedule: Damian said ‘We raised over £1.5million and by the end we were giving 40,000 meals a day to 100 different hospitals across the UK’ (pictured in 2016)
“I’m very, very glad we did it and I have a lot of admiration for people who spend their time working in the charitable sector.”
The Homeland star continued: “I knew one of the founders of Leon and I knew Leon was popular with people and Helen and I became friends with CEO John Vincent.
“He’s good friends with Matt Lucas, so we kind of got together to try and raise money; we did and I’m actually very proud. It was hard work.’
Helen, who received the OBE for her services to drama in the New Years Honors 2017, was best known for playing the matriarch Polly in Peaky Blinders and Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films.
Damian has previously said she showed “no fear, no bitterness, no self-pity” and only told close friends and relatives about the diagnosis.
Gushing: Damian (pictured in 2012) added: ‘I’m very, very happy we did it and I admire people who spend their time working in the charities…I’m very proud’
In April, Damian revealed that two weeks before her death, Helen urged him to find love again. in The Sunday TimesDamian said Helen told him, their daughter Manon, 14, and son Gulliver, 13, that she wanted Dad to have lots of girlfriends.
He wrote: ‘She has been utterly heroic in her illness. Funny of course – generous, brave, not complaining, constantly reminding us how lucky we have been, how blessed we are.
“Her generosity has extended to encouraging the three of us to live. Live fully, seize opportunities, have adventures.
Just a few weeks ago she said to us from her bed, ‘I want daddy to have girlfriends, lots of them, you all need to love again, love is not possessive, but you know Damian, at least try though the funeral to kiss someone.”‘
Heartbroken: In April, Damian announced the Peaky Blinders star had passed away after a ‘heroic’ battle with cancer
Damian also wrote of his heartbreak that Helen had left their children “too early,” but they were prepared for life when she taught them to be “courageous.”
The actor also wrote that Helen had told her children not to be saddened by her passing because she had lived the life she wanted.
He stood by the actress’ side during her illness, as Helen waved her raspy voice away in her last TV appearance in March to talk selflessly about their charitable work.
The couple’s devotion to each other shone bright for all to see, with Damian saying the actress passed away peacefully at home surrounded by “peace and love” and their children.
Brave struggle: Damian has previously said she showed ‘no fear, no bitterness, no self-pity’ and only told close friends and relatives about the diagnosis (Helen pictured in Peaky Blinders)
In his first announcement of the news, Homeland star Damian tweeted: “It pains me to announce that after a heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and powerful woman that is Helen McCrory has passed away peacefully at home surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family.
‘She died as she lived. fearless. God, we love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives.
‘She beamed so brightly. Now, Little One, get up in the air, and thank you.’
The couple were last seen performing on Good Morning Britain in March, where they appeared to be speaking about their charitable work for the Prince’s Trust and the Prince’s Trust Awards.
Emotional: Damian recently wrote about his heartbreak that Helen left their children ‘too early’, but they are prepared for life when she taught them to be ‘brave’ (pictured in 2015)