'Pan' Star Garrett Hedlund Gets Used to Growing Up: This Is 'the First Time I've Said That I'm in My 30s'

Pan actor Garrett Hedlund talks about "lusting for lost years," like his character Hook

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At age 31, Pan star Garrett Hedlund is already yearning for his younger years.

The actor, who plays Hook in the latest adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s beloved children’s classic Peter Pan, seems to be having a hard time accepting the fact that he’s in his 30s.

Claiming he’s “much more [like] Hook” than he is Peter, he told PEOPLE at the NYC premiere of Pan on Sunday, “There’s something about Hook that is really envious of Peter Pan because he’s young and doesn’t grow old and Hook is the opposite and does, and there’s this sort of lust for lost time.”

“I’m now getting into my 30s, and I feel that,” admitted Hedlund, who turned 31 last month. “That’s the first time I’ve said that I’m in my 30s,” he added, looking stunned.

With a girlfriend like Kirsten Dunst and a career that is taking off, what could Hedlund be lusting for?

Perhaps it’s his innocent days on the farm, pre-Pan.

“I grew up on a farm and we had three channels, so I had to go to my grandma’s for Disney,” he told PEOPLE. “That and Days of Our Lives,” he added, laughing. “I didn’t grow up with Peter Pan, or a lot of fairy tales for that matter, but I got to see it when I grew up, which was almost better.”

While he didn’t have movies or TV to entertain him as a kid, Hedlund still had fun.

“Obviously, as a child, my imagination – growing up on a farm – was the only way I survived. When you’re not doing chores, you’re in nature playing, you’re sort of out in the woods playing cops and robbers, building forts and growing your kingdom,” the Tron: Legacy star said of growing up in Minnesota.

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