Liam Payne keen to follow Harry Styles into acting

The singer says that acting is a dream he shares with his bandmate, and he considers breaking Hollywood as one of his biggest aims.

Liam Payne. Picture: Twitter.

HOLLYWOOD - Liam Payne wants to follow in the footsteps of Harry Styles - who starred in 2017's Dunkirk - by acting in a movie.

The 24-year-old singer rose to fame in 2010 alongside Harry when they took the world by storm in boy band One Direction alongside Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, and former member Zayn Malik.

Since the group announced plans for a hiatus in late 2015, the stars have been going it alone with various solo projects, and 23-year-old Harry even landed himself a role in Christopher Nolan's World War II epic Dunkirk.

Now, Strip That Down singer Liam has said that acting is a dream he shares with his bandmate, and he considers breaking Hollywood as one of his "biggest aims".

Speaking at the launch for the Brit Awards on Saturday, Payne told BANG Showbiz: "One of my biggest aims to do is acting. When I watch a film it hits me in a certain way. Maybe Batman or whatever who knows."

But making the transition from pop star to movie star certainly won't be easy, as Styles previously admitted he "didn't know what he was doing" when he first got onto to the set of Dunkirk, having never been on a film set before.

He said: "Before filming I watched films like Saving Private Ryan for inspiration. But I kind of went into this with a feeling a bit like I didn't know what I was doing. I kind of wanted to go in that way.

"The young soldiers also didn't have any idea what they faced or what they were getting into. And for me, I think always being a little bit nervous when I was filming helped me. Any tension I felt personally helped the character."

And the singer admitted there was one moment on set where he wanted to give up the acting and return to singing.

He added: "My first day was the worst weather we had on the shoot. I thought, 'What am I doing? I want to be back in the studio'. The long days in the water were definitely the most challenging. It's where you end up so exhausted that however much you want to do it, you start to get emotional. And being underwater is just on another level, because you obviously can't breathe."