Andrew Garfield felt "incredibly uncomfortable with the attention" that came with 'The Amazing Spider-Man'.
The 32-year-old actor admits he used to be seduced by the wealth and power of fame, but "something shifted" inside of him after starring in the 2012 blockbuster.
He said: "I started out at drama school, struggled, worked a bunch of odd jobs, like Starbucks, waited on tables, and had a very beautiful beginning doing theatre and f**king starving in the best way. The work was this alchemical gold thing that I was searching for and longing for.
"And then, yeah, something shifted with the 'Spider-Man' stuff. It was a character that I wanted to play my whole life and not one part of me was indifferent ... but I got incredibly uncomfortable with the attention that just came with that job. It was nothing to do with me, it was to do with this idea of celebrity.
"Hopefully I'm just more myself as I get older and as I grow, but in our culture they're telling us to be something totally f**king different."
Despite his success, the British star, who is dating Emma Stone, still feels insecure and is trying to figure out who he is.
The '99 Homes' star told New York Magazine's Vulture: "It's like, 'Oh, f**k, my life is now great!' But in fact, I'm still f**ked up in my own ways, and insecure, and scared, and don't really know who I am. Celebrity is the new religion, as far as I can see, along with money, power, status. It's all the same umbrella -- the seductive forces of evil, really.... That's right. I struggle with this question every day. Who am I? Do I have anything to say?"