Hollyoaks badboy Jamie Lomas has revealed he has taken up meditation and chanting to calm himself down.
In an exclusive interview and photoshoot with HELLO! magazine where he poses with his daughter Polly, the actor says he first started the ritual while spending time in Hollywood to further his career.
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Jamie Lomas posing with daughter Polly
"I've learnt a lot about myself going over to LA and being there alone," he says, explaining that he was introduced to it by the director of his most recent film, The Importance of Being Andy. "I am very spiritual and learnt about chanting and meditation. Meditation does completely change you.
"It helped relieve me of a lot of stress and angst and made me calmer. I used to be stressed all the time and that doesn't get you anywhere in life.
"Everyone has got a story and everybody is going through their own turmoil and challenges. I feel that over the past few years I have a better way of thinking and have started to become a better person."
Jamie – who has daughter Polly, five, with his ex-wife, Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh – is shortly to return to the Channel 4 soap after an absence of five years. And, he says, this time around he is a very different man.
"My life has changed a lot since I was last in Hollyoaks. I am going back in a completely different mindset – older and wiser. My priorities have changed. I want to be a great dad – that is my purpose in life."
And he says he still dreams of making it big in America after receiving good feedback during his recent stay there.
"Los Angeles is a massive draw for me. Acting is something that drives me and I won’t stop until I achieve my goals. Hollywood might not be every actor’s dream, but it certainly is mine."
To read more of the interview with Jamie, pick up the latest issue of HELLO! magazine.